Final Cut Pro adds live multi-camera recording on iPad and AI on Mac


Final Cut Pro for iPad and Mac
Big updates to Final Cut Pro will boost mobile production capabilities.
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Apple Let Loose Event:Final Cut Pro has been updated with live multi-camera recording on iPad and powerful new AI color correction on Mac. A free new app for iPad and iPhone, Final Cut Camera, allows for professional video capture in multicam or on its own.

These “amazing updates” will “take creativity to the next level,” said Will Hui, project manager for creative apps at Apple, during its “Let Loose” event today.

Updates to Final Cut Pro for iPad and Mac — and the new Final Cut Camera app — will be available later this spring.

Final Cut Pro 2 for iPad is now a multi-cam recording studio

Live Multicam inside Final Cut Pro 2 for iPad
Live Multicam brings the power of 1960s television three-camera videotape recording into the digital age — all on iPad.
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Last year, Apple released Final Cut Pro for iPad — letting users record, professionally edit and export videos all from its thin-and-light tablet. The entire interface was rebuilt from the ground up around multitouch input. Just a year later, the app is getting powerful new features that push the iPad version of the app forward.

Live Multicam lets directors switch between the live camera feeds of up to four iPhones or iPads, while recording directly into the Final Cut timeline. This “opens up entirely new video workflows,” says Hui.

On an iPhone- and iPad-based production, this significantly reduces the friction between independently recording video on four separate devices, importing footage and editing hours later.

Final Cut Camera for iPhone
Final Cut Camera can be used for Live Multicam or as a standalone camera app.
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Powering Live Multicam is a new app for iPad and iPhone called Final Cut Camera. From the director’s iPad, you can remotely control focus, exposure, white balance and more. It can also be used as a standalone video recording app with more precise manual controls than what Apple can fit in the regular Camera app.

Other improvements to Final Cut Pro 2 for iPad include storing project files on an external drive, thanks to the iPad Pro’s Thunderbolt port. Final rendering is “up to two times faster than M1” on the new iPad Pro with M4, announced at the same event, according to Hui. The M4 also enables “up to four times more streams of ProRes RAW” video footage, a huge increase in bandwidth for editing high-quality video.

Final Cut Pro for Mac gets powerful AI color correction

Final Cut Pro for Mac showing new “Enhance Light and Color” feature
Color correction is easier with the new update to Final Cut Pro.
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The Mac gets some love with these updates, too. While it wasn’t called out during the event, the press release on the Apple Newsroom shares some details.

Color correction is made easier with a new “Enhance Light and Color” button. Clicking it is a shortcut to getting improved “color, color balance, contrast, and brightness in one simple step, and is optimized for SDR, HDR, RAW and Log-encoded media,” according to the press release. Professional color correction takes years of skill and a great eye — this feature offers an easy starting point for those with less experience.

You can easily drag-and-drop the color correction made to one clip to other clips in the timeline, too. To make edits easily identifiable, you can give each tweak a different name — like Sepia, High Contrast, Desaturated Reds, etc.

AI now fills in the gaps when you slow down a clip from its original speed, too. “With Smooth Slo-Mo, frames of video are intelligently generated and blended together,” according to the press release. That means that slowing down a segment of video to 80% of its original speed will look more natural and less choppy.

These new features require a Mac with Apple silicon. These updates, alongside Final Cut Pro 2 for iPad and Final Cut Camera, will be available this spring.

Final Cut Pro for iPad costs $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year; Final Cut Pro for Mac is available as a one-time purchase for $299.99. Final Cut Camera will be available for free.


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