We now know we have a couple of new features coming from Apple in Final Cut 10.6.2. Dupe detection and better Voice isolation using ML in the Inspector.
In parallel with the announcement of the Mac Studio was the first glimpse of Final Cut Pro 10.6.2. Now, how the new features got leaked, who saw them first and who knew but didn't tell, could make a good read by itself. We will just say that we think these are two great additions for Final Cut Pro.
Yes, Dupe Detection has been asked for since the app's release, but the Voice Isolation shows how Apple is harnessing the power of machine learning within the 'new technology ready' app. Remember the built-in tracking also uses ML to recognise objects. We expect more AI powered features in the future.
Lets take a quick look look at Dupe Detection first.
This is activated by selecting the option in the menu as you would expect. This gives the shaded pattern in the timeline AND in the Timeline Index which is really handy as these can be selected and will be highlighted in the timeline.
Second is a better Voice Isolation in the Inspector. A simple slider selects how much background noise will be removed using the patterns extracted from many previous examples using machine learning. This is not just for an AC fan or traffic rumble, it tries to isolate the voice from everything. It also gives significant improvement over the previous noise reduction which always sounded like somebody was underwater if you pushed it too far. Which, to be honest, wasn't that far.
But... We have to thank Steve Martin at Ripple Training for putting together this rather excellent run through of both of the new features. We think he's rather impressed by the machine learning powered Voice isolation. It will be interesting to compare the results of the new internal tool against some of the expensive third-party plugins.
Finally, we should also thank Joe Marler here who pointed out in comments on an article that 10.6.2 might have fixed a bug in FCP where HEVC export is extremely slow using the built-in preset.
And so far, that's all we know about 10.6.2, but as Apple normally doesn't comment on pre-release software, that's already a lot.