Apple recently issued a series of significant updates for Final Cut Pro X, Compressor and Motion, adding features such as new 3D titles, support for more camera formats, etc. Final Cut Pro 10.2 now has new 3D titles that are easy to use and it also adds improving masking for color grading and effects. Apple even included native support for more camera formats and GPU-accelerated RED RAW processing. Motion 5.2 also expands the capabilities of 3D titles in the recent update. With the new Motion update, users can create custom materials and environments, instantly publishing them to Final Cut Pro X. Last but not least, Compressor 4.2 makes it easy to package a movie for sale on the iTunes store.

Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, Phillip Schiller, had the following to say regarding the matter:

From Hollywood blockbuster directors to first time movie makers, Final Cut Pro X is changing the way we edit movies today. The updated Final Cut Pro X, Motion and Compressor make it even easier to edit, title and package everything from short videos to feature-length films.
All three of the updates are available for free for existing owners of the software. New purchases of Final Cut Pro 10.2 costs $299.99 on the Mac App Store while both Motion 5.2 and Compressor 4.2 are available for $49.99 each.

To dig into more detail, Final Cut Pro 10.2 will allow video editors to create 3D titles with drag-and-drop ease and ships with simple templates to get started quickly. Furthermore, it also ships with cinematic templates with built-in backgrounds and animations. Users will be given the option to choose from a set of text styles to customize the look of their titles with hundreds of combinations of materials, lighting and edges and the ability to convert 2D titles to 3D and see changes in real time. Furthermore, the software has also been updated to let editors view up to four video scopes simultaneously for more precision when color grading, including improved Shape masks on any effect that can be saved as presets for quick access later. In addition to all of this, the tool also natively supports even more video formats including Panasonic AVC-Ultra and Sony’s XAVC-S, all of which make working with RED RAW files faster than ever with GPU-accelerated transcoding, playback and rendering, including support for dual GPUs on a Mac Pro.

When it comes to Motion 5.2, Apple appears to have included even more 3D title options. According to the company, the app lets users create dynamic titles with multiple lights and cameras as well as multilayered scenes with 3D titles that cast ultra-realistic shadows and reflections on other objects. As of right now, dozens of third-party partners offer even more options for 3D titles and several new 3D templates are said to be coming soon from developers including Ripple Training, motionVFX and FxFactory, all of which seem to work well with the new updated versions of Motion and Final Cut Pro. The Motion update also includes 12 new generator effects, improve keyframing and enhanced controls for mask and shape creation.

Last but not least, Apple said Compressor 4.2 makes it easier than ever to prepare a movie for sale on the iTunes Store. Users have the ability to choose the movie, trailer, closed captions and more along with Compressor creating an iTunes Store package that users can submit to an iTunes Delivery Partner for sale on the store.

Are any of you excited about the updated versions of the video software?

Source: iTunes (Compressor) (Final Cut Pro) (Motion) via AppleInsider