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Apple Release Final Cut Pro 10.6, Motion 5.6 and Compressor 4.6

Apple has released a good update to the ProApps, Final Cut Pro to 10.6, Motion to 5.6 and Compressor to 4.6. iMovie gets some love too.

We have had to wait for quite a long time now, but Apple has finally released a good update to the ProApps. Timed to coincide with the announcement of the new MacBook Pros, this is great news for us FCP editors.

As always, we recommend that you don't upgrade mid-project and that all projects andmedia should be backed up before hitting that button. Zipping up the previous version of the apps to store on another drive also helps. More information as we get it, the update will take time to propagate around the world.

Don't forget Apple are demoing the Pro Apps live from Apple Park during the FCP Global Summit. Register for free to see all these new features running on the new Macs and more.

 

What's new in Final Cut Pro 10.6

Object Tracking and editing of focus in cinematic mode

'Videos recorded in Cinematic mode on the new iPhone 13 lineup can be edited easily with Final Cut Pro and Motion, giving editors the ability to adjust the depth effect of any shot and use keyframes to change it over time. By simply clicking on a face or object in the viewer, editors can add or delete focus points, all without having to reshoot.'

Apple Final Cut Pro Cinematic Mode screen

 

Object Tracker

  • Drag effects, titles, or generators into the viewer to automatically detect, track, and match the movement of faces or objects using machine learning.
  • Manually add a tracker from the inspector, adjust its mask shape, and choose between different tracking analysis types.
  • Use the Tracking Editor in the timeline to quickly delete or re-analyze segments of an existing track.
  • Attach additional titles or generators to existing tracks using the tracker source drop-down in the viewer.
  • Object tracking uses the Apple Neural Engine to accelerate video analysis on Mac computers with Apple silicon.Cinematic Mode

Cinematic Mode

  • Edit videos recorded on iPhone 13 in Cinematic mode (requires macOS Monterey).
  • Use Cinematic controls in the inspector to modify the intensity of the depth effect, and add keyframes to change the effect over time.
  • Choose to focus on faces or other objects by selecting them with the Cinematic tool in the viewer.
  • Use the Cinematic Editor in the timeline to view or delete focus points.

Final Cut Pro 10.6 also includes these additional fixes and enhancements:

  • New Neon effect adds a glow to text and graphics.
  • Improves stability when duplicating a project.
  • Improves stability when selecting a library in the sidebar on Macs with Apple silicon.
  • Improves stability when performing a trim during double speed playback.
  • Improves stability when removing a through edit within a compound clip.
  • Improves performance when using Avid DNxHD and DNxHR media with the Avid Universal decoder on Apple silicon Macs.
  • Improves stability when using the RED RAW Settings tool with multiple RED RAW clips and images selected.
  • Improves stability when drawing a shape mask in the viewer.
  • Improves reliability when choosing between multiple GPUs in Final Cut Pro Preferences on Mac Pro (2019).
  • Fixes an issue where a custom camera LUT could be ignored during a render or export.
  • Fixes an issue where a ProRes 4444 file lost its alpha channel after export.
  • Fixes an issue where scroll bars were not persistent when choosing to always show scroll bars in System Preferences.
  • Fixes an issue where thumbnails were not generated for some clips in the browser or timeline.
  • Fixes an issue where custom role colors would not change after choosing Undo.
  • Improves appearance of animation paths when using the transform tool.
  • Audio skimming (Shift-F) now toggles on and off when using the keyboard arrow keys to step through frames.
  • Fixes an issue where pops could occur during MP3 playback.
  • Improves reliability of MXF audio during playback.
  • Improves reliability of HE-AAC v2 audio during playback.
  • Adds support for playback of Opus audio files.
  • Fixes an issue where audio waveforms would not redraw after an audio level change.
  • Updates FCPXML to version 1.10 with new bundle format.
  • Improves reliability when importing an XML that includes closed captioning.
  • Improves reliability when importing XML that contains rolling shutter or SmoothCam metadata.
  • Adds support for hiding FCPXML extension during export.

 

What's new in Motion 5.6

'With Motion on the new MacBook Pro, a complex project renders up to 2x as fast and can play two streams of 8K video at 5x the frame rate. Graphic artists can now combine object tracking with masks, shapes, 3D objects, behaviors, and filters for stunning visual effects. And a new Neon filter adds an eye-catching glow to images, shapes, text, and more.'

Apple Final Cut Pro Motion Neon Filter print

 

Object Tracker

  • Select the new Object mode in the inspector to automatically detect, track, and match the movement of faces or objects using machine learning.
  • Use object tracking with the Analyze Motion, Match Move, and Track behaviors.
  • Choose between different tracking analysis types.
  • Object tracking uses the Apple Neural Engine to accelerate video analysis on Mac computers with Apple silicon.

Cinematic Mode

  • Edit videos recorded on iPhone 13 in Cinematic mode (Requires macOS Monterey).
  • Use Cinematic controls in the inspector to modify the intensity of the depth effect, and add keyframes or behaviors to change the effect over time.
  • Choose to focus on faces or other objects by selecting them using the Cinematic tool in the viewer.
  • View or delete focus points in the video timeline.

Neon Filter

  • Easily add a neon glow to text, shapes, video, stills, and more.


Motion 5.6 also includes these additional fixes and enhancements:

  • Sets the zoom level to Fit in Window to display the whole canvas (in any Viewport configuration).
  • Fixes an issue where scroll bars might not be visible when “Show scroll bars” is set to Always in General preferences.
  • Fixes an issue where typing a letter in the Font pop-up menu doesn't move the selection to that letter in the font list.
  • Fixes an issue where the Refraction filter might not render correctly when you add an image to the Image well.
  • Fixes an issue where changing text styles might cause Motion to quit unexpectedly.
  • Fixes an issue where dragging a font to the Favorites folder in the Library might cause Motion to quit unexpectedly.
  • Fixes an issue where deleting an Opacity tag in the Gradient editor might cause Motion to quit unexpectedly.
  • Fixes an issue where turning the Crop checkbox on or off (in the Properties Inspector) for a layer with an applied Motion Tracking behavior might cause Motion to quit
  • unexpectedly.
  • Fixes an issue where you might be unable to rotate the track region onscreen control in the Stabilize behavior.
  • Fixes an issue where scale was applied in the Unstabilize behavior when the Scale parameter was turned off in the referenced Stabilize behavior.
  • Fixes an issue where referenced track points might have been lost when duplicating a shape, mask, or paint stroke with an applied Track Points behavior.
  • Fixes an issue where the Four Corner parameter (in the Properties Inspector) is disabled after viewing a Motion Tracking behavior in the Inspector.
  • Fixes an issue where a preview might not appear in the Inspector in Point mode tracking.
  • Fixes an issue where previous tracking data might be applied after resetting a Motion Tracking behavior.
  • Improves reliability when choosing tracking regions by dragging the tracker onscreen control in the canvas.
  • Fixes an issue where the Match Move behavior’s four-corner settings might be lost after converting a track to keyframes.
  • Fixes an issue where a Sequence Text behavior might not animate correctly when there is no keyframe on the last frame of the behavior.
  • Improves reliability of the Undo command in the Time Date generator when making adjustments in the HUD.
  • Fixes an issue where kerning might not be preserved when deleting a character.
  • Fixes an issue where a gradient on 3D Text might render incorrectly.
  • Fixes an issue where clicking Set Current Time in the Time Date generator set the time to Pacific standard time (PST) rather than the user’s local time zone.
  • Improves reliability when using Color Space Override (in the Media Inspector) with projects containing ProRes RAW media files.
  • Fixes an issue where an object with an applied Align To behavior might flicker during playback.
  • Fixes an issue where the Concentric Shapes generator might not render HDR colors when Color Type is set to Gradient in the Generator Inspector.

 

 

 

What's new in Compressor 4.6

'Compressor can transcode HEVC video up to 2x as fast and transcode ProRes video up to 10x faster. Compressor can also transcode Canon Cinema RAW Light video files to other professional formats like ProRes and H.264 for the first time, and Watch Folders make it simple to automatically encode content placed in a selected folder in the file system.'

Apple Final Cut Pro Compressor print

 

  • Automate transcoding with watch folders and experience workstation-class performance on MacBook Pro (14-inch, 2021) or MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2021)
  • Automatically encode videos that are added to selected folders in the file system.
  • Play and transcode Canon Cinema RAW Light to other video codecs and formats with the Canon RAW plugin.
  • Encode videos recorded on iPhone 13 in Cinematic mode (requires macOS Monterey).

Compressor 4.6 also includes these fixes and enhancements:

  • Adds the ability to create captions directly within Compressor without having to import a captions file.
  • Adds support for creating uncompressed TGA image sequences.
  • Adds support for creating compressed TIFF image sequences.
  • Improves speed and reliability when processing a batch on a cluster using manual sharing.
  • Adds 7.1 and discrete audio channel layout menu options for uncompressed audio.
  • Adds the ability to set a frame rate when importing images sequences.
  • Adds support for multi-pass HEVC encoding on Mac computers with Apple silicon running macOS Monterey.
  • Adds support for decoding H.264 10 bit 4:2:2 files and transcoding them to other formats.
  • Fixes an issue where the Timecode and Preview windows would be out of sync with files from certain cameras.
  • Fixes an issue where a user could not adjust the data rate of an Apple Devices preset.
  • Fixes an issue in which Blu-ray disc creation may fail if the source has chapter markers and the source and output frame rates are different.
  • Fixes an issue where HLG HDR video may not encode properly when adding Gamma Correction in video effects.
  • Fixes an issue where clicking a successful job notification for an image sequence does not put the output folder into focus.

 

What's New in iMovie 10.3

Cinematic Mode

  • Edit videos recorded on iPhone 13 in Cinematic mode (Needs macOS Monterey)
  • Use the Cinematic control in the Inspector to modify the intensity of the depth effect.
  • Choose to focus on faces or other objects by slectingthem in the viewer
  • View and delete focus points in the timeline

Optimised for Apple silicon - improved performance with M1 Pro & M1 max MacBook Pros.

Apple imovie 10 3 

 

 

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alex4D's Avatar
alex4D replied the topic: #116767 18 Oct 2021 18:31
Another update that fits into a tweet.
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peteramwiggins replied the topic: #116769 18 Oct 2021 19:03
I didn't include Object Tracker and focus editing!
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Henkelman replied the topic: #116770 18 Oct 2021 20:32
I can't see this update in the appstore. I have a Mac on an Intel processor, does that mean that FCPX will no longer be developed on computers with an Intel processor? Is this how this update should be understood?
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dgwvideo replied the topic: #116772 18 Oct 2021 22:20

I can't see this update in the appstore. I have a Mac on an Intel processor, does that mean that FCPX will no longer be developed on computers with an Intel processor? Is this how this update should be understood?
The update may not be scheduled in all parts of the world yet, but in the App Store menu click on "reload page" and that should force it to appear.  It became available for me on an Intel iMac Pro when I did that.
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cseeman replied the topic: #116773 18 Oct 2021 22:24
It requires Big Sur 11.5.1 or higher.
So Catalina be gone if you’re an FCP user.
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Albo replied the topic: #116774 18 Oct 2021 23:36
Catalina with 2017 iMac so I will just have to wait...
I don't want my computer to slow down if i download Big Sur.
New Mac mini should come around 2022.
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Ben Balser replied the topic: #116776 19 Oct 2021 05:46
So if I don't spend a ton of money to buy a brand new MBP, I get basically nothing in this update but bug fixes that should have been done three years ago. No audio mixer, nothing of practical use for daily broadcast work, nothing but a tracker I'd never use. Good bye FCP, hello Resolve. Apple has disappointed me with letting FCP/Motion/Compressor go stagnant for too many years. I just don't think they really care about the pro apps that much. A tracker, and that's it? Shame...
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Ben Balser replied the topic: #116777 19 Oct 2021 05:48

I can't see this update in the appstore. I have a Mac on an Intel processor, does that mean that FCPX will no longer be developed on computers with an Intel processor? Is this how this update should be understood?

As has been the case for years now, the pro app updates don't show up in the Update section of the store.  Do a search for each pro app, go to it's page in the App Store, the button will now read Update.  Apple has let these apps stagnate for years now, and can't even get the App Store updates to work correctly?  Seriously?
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nick314 replied the topic: #116780 19 Oct 2021 05:58
CAREFUL! FCP 10.6 crashes upon launch. Macbook Pro 15" 2017 (max ram&gpu). Tried starting with option+alt to reset preferences. Nothing. Motion & Compressor seem to work.

"Application Specific Information:Last ProCore Log: assertion failed: Unable to map metal device into an FFImageLocation (loc != _FFImageLocationNowhere()) :: -[FFHGRendererManager getFFImageLocationForMtlDevice:] (file: /Library/Caches/com.apple.xbs/Sources/Flexo/Flexo-40100.137.14/framework/image/FFHGRendererManager.mm, line: 954)abort() called"
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Ben Balser replied the topic: #116781 19 Oct 2021 06:19
iMac Pro and I'm getting horrible results from the tracker. TrackX does an infinity better job. Sorry, being totally honest, but go ahead and flame me for my honest opinion.
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Steve McGarrigle replied the topic: #116784 19 Oct 2021 11:51
I've just tried out the tracker on a late 2013 MacBook Pro with great results. ( I mostly use Coremelts 'Track X' and 'Slice X' ) I would suggest that if you haven't already, watch the Ripple training video showing new features of 10.6 as although the tracker is easy to apply to a clip some things are not immediately obvious like changing the analysis method between point cloud or machine learning manually or turning on the ( optional ) 3D rotation etc.
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Ben Balser replied the topic: #116788 19 Oct 2021 13:23
Saw the video, aware of all of that, if it's not a human face, it doesn't track well, in the hours I spent testing.
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dgwvideo replied the topic: #116789 19 Oct 2021 14:57

As has been the case for years now, the pro app updates don't show up in the Update section of the store. Do a search for each pro app, go to it's page in the App Store, the button will now read Update. Apple has let these apps stagnate for years now, and can't even get the App Store updates to work correctly? Seriously?
Sounds like you're pretty frustrated for sure.  But this comment is incorrect.  The App Store updates have always shown the pro apps updates for me, and this is exactly where I downloaded them all from last night.  I have never got them from any other place.  iMac Pro, MacBook Pro and Mac Pro Towers.
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manoucho replied the topic: #116791 19 Oct 2021 15:47
The Macbooks look fantastic.

FCP 10.6 ? Still no audio mixeeeeeeeeeeer
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Ben Balser replied the topic: #116794 19 Oct 2021 17:11
Still no audio mixer, still no collaboration tools, lots still missing. But thank the gods of IT that we got tracking, which we've actually had for a very, very long time now. Apple is more invested in iPhones, so apps will simply follow what the latest iPhone candy requires.
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yellowpony replied the topic: #116798 19 Oct 2021 20:54
Still waiting on that sweeet sweet braw…
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cseeman replied the topic: #116800 19 Oct 2021 22:13

Still waiting on that sweeet sweet braw…
You'd think with Apple being so Resolve friendly during the presentation that B-Raw would have been in 10.6. It certainly didn't look like there was any of the alleged feud between Blackmagic and Apple. 
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Karsten Schlüter replied the topic: #116806 20 Oct 2021 04:27

....  Good bye FCP, hello Resolve. ..... A tracker, and that's it?...

Does Resolve's tracker offer ML-driven 'Intelligent Object Selection' as FCP10.6 does?
(see Mark's video, examples 'face color correction' or the arial shot with the highlighted hut)
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Ponponpostprod replied the topic: #116807 20 Oct 2021 06:45
Ben I'm also desapointed by this update, but my choice stay for FCPX. I know very well DVR and I'm not ready for slow rendering, lots of bugs, doing track mapping at every edit, Using really slow Fusion instead Motion, making really slow AAF ...
But agree that Apple did not hear pro users. Where are scrolling Timeline, better keyframe editor with bezier tools, Dupe detection in timeline, collapse Multicam option, Media Management library, transition alignement, draggle Timeline markers, More color for markers, Match frame source clip for Multicam, Braw support... ?
I'm the only editor using FCPX in France Television and I know why, for me this editing tool stay in advance, but please Apple, hear us !
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Ben Balser replied the topic: #116818 20 Oct 2021 12:54
Why can't I overwrite audio to the primary storyline? Why can't I copy a connected clip and Paste To Primary Storyline? Where's a REAL audio mixer?

I've been experimenting with the built-in tracking. I have major issues taking anything that is not a very super clear human face. I'll be keeping TrackX around for awhile, since I rarely track a human face.
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Sybren replied the topic: #117385 09 Nov 2021 09:19
A word of warning: 2013 Mac Pro 'Trashcans' updated with Monterey and FCPX 10.6 will be very slow. Especially opening events! If you don't want to upgrade you hardware yet, don't install these updates. The update is nice but you will be fine without it too.
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jrm replied the topic: #117408 10 Nov 2021 03:29
I read through this topic hoping to find a message with a solution to the slow performance of 10.6. Unfortunately, no solutions.

I'm running an iMacPro with 64GB of RAM. I've been working with a large library (all media is external and stored on an SSD). Prior to 10.6, things could slow down a bit, but it was all workable. I could live with the long load times to open a library. The bigger problem for me is the entire app running very slow.

Since 10.6, things have slowed to a crawl. I created a new library with much of the same media and started some new projects. Didn't help at all. Things are crazy slow. Sometimes, just clicking to place the playhead in a new position gives me the spinning beach ball for 10-30 seconds. (Yes, background rendering is off).

On the plus side, the new tracker works pretty well for me. Contrary to the experience of others here, it tracks objects (non-face) very well for me. Ironically, the tracker is lighting fast.

I'm considering using time machine to roll back to 10.5. I don't remember if my library was updated by 10.6... are there any potential problems with rolling back? (library incompatibility, conflicts with support files, etc.)? Is there anything more to do aside from grabbing the older app version from time machine?
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Ben Balser replied the topic: #117422 10 Nov 2021 14:47
10.6 Libraries can not be opened in 10.5.
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jrm replied the topic: #117430 10 Nov 2021 16:48

10.6 Libraries can not be opened in 10.5.

There goes that idea. :)

The media isn't an issue since none of it's in the library. I could also export any compound clips. That just leaves some partial projects. Perhaps I could xml those to re-create everything in 10.5? Or just start from scratch. Hate to say it, but I'm also thinking about going to Resolve for what I am working on now. I was playing around with it recently and it is very fast and responsive. Although I'd much rather Apple fix the problem.
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Ben Balser replied the topic: #117431 10 Nov 2021 17:47
There is the option to export "previous" version XML 1.9 which I'm sure would work.