Apple's Final Cut Pro X enables 360-degree VR editing

Apple updates Final Cut Pro with features like 360-degree VR editing, advanced color grading and HDR support.

  • Published: December 15, 2017 9:12 AM IST
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Apple has announced Final Cut Pro X, a new pro video editing app alongside the availability of iMac Pro. With Final Cut Pro X, Apple is bringing support for 360-degree VR video editing to the Mac.

With Final Cut Pro X, professional editors can now create VR content with the ability to import, edit and deliver 360-degree video and has the option to view the project in real time through a connected HTC Vive headset powered by SteamVR. Apple brought support for VR headsets on Mac at WWDC early this year. The FCP users can add 360-degree titles in 2D or 3D and add options like blur, glow or any other immersive effects and then use visual controls to straighten the horizons or remove camera rigs from equirectangular videos.

Apple is also supporting the option to add standard photos and videos to VR project and 360-degree video can be shared directly to platforms like Facebook, YouTube and Vimeo. It is also extending 360-degree VR video support to companion apps like Motion and Compressor.

The update aso brings new features like advanced color grading tools and support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) video. The software now supports built-in controls to adjust hue, saturation and brightness using color wheels feature. Apple is also allowing FCP users to apply custom lookup tables (LUTs) from popular color grading apps like DaVinci Resolve and websites including PremiumBeat, Color Grading Central among others.

The FCP editors can output video to HDR monitors using I/O devices from AJA and Blackmagic with brightness levels up to 10,000 nits. The new color grading tools introduced with Final Cut Pro X support both HDR and Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) video and users can change HDR to SDR output for broadcast with tone mapping.

Other features include option to import iMovie projects from iPhone and iPad into Final Cut Pro for advanced editing, audio work, motion graphics and even color grading. The app also supports HEVC and HEIF formats and improved workflow logic powered by Metal, Apple’s advanced graphics technology.

“When combined with the performance of Mac hardware, including the all-new iMac Pro, Final Cut Pro provides an incredibly powerful post-production studio to millions of video editors around the world,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Apps Product Marketing.

The updated professional video editing software is fully optimized to take advantage of the iMac Pro, which brings new hardware including a 10-core Intel Xeon W processor and AMD Radeon Vega GPU. The Final Cut Pro 10.4 is now available as a free update to existing users and is priced at Rs 24,900 for new users on the Mac App Store. The companion apps like Motion 5.4 and Compressor 4.4 are also available as free update to existing users and will cost Rs 4,000 each for new users.

  • Published Date: December 15, 2017 9:12 AM IST