Apple Introduces 360-degree VR Video Editing With New Final Cut Pro X Update

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In case you’ve not heard about Final Cut Pro. It is Apple’s video editing app which is currently one of the (if not the) best in the industry.

The Final cut pro X is the most popular version of the software ever and is it’s being used by professional video editors ranging from the guys working on award-winning Hollywood feature films and commercials to international broadcasts and the world’s most popular YouTube videos.

That said.

A new major update has been announced for the app, Final Cut Pro X, this new update comes packed with new features including 360-degree VR video editing, advanced color grading tools and support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) video.

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It has been optimized to take full advantage of the incredible performance capabilities of the all-new iMac Pro.

With this release, Final Cut Pro users can now edit full-resolution 8K video for the first time on a Mac. Additionally, Apple is also extending 360-degree VR video support to Final Cut Pro companion apps, Motion, and Compressor.

Final Cut Pro lets professional video editors create VR content with the ability to import, edit and deliver 360-degree video and view the project in real time through a connected HTC VIVE headset with SteamVR.

360-degree titles in 2D or 3D, blurs, glows, and other immersive effects can easily be applied using this new update and the use of visual controls to straighten horizons or remove camera rigs from equirectangular videos can also be implemented.

Standard photos and videos can also be added to VR projects and 360-degree video can be shared directly to popular websites including YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo.

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Additional Features in Final Cut Pro 10.4:
  • Easily import iMovie projects from iPhone and iPad into Final Cut Pro for advanced editing, audio work, motion graphics and color grading.
  • HEVC and HEIF support for importing and editing high-efficiency video and photo formats from Apple devices.
  • Updated audio effects plug-ins from Logic Pro X with redesigned, resizable interfaces.
  • Faster, higher quality optical flow analysis built on Metal, Apple’s advanced graphics technology.

Final cut pro X’s new update is available for free for already existing users but for new users, the price is $299.99 (US) for new users on the Mac App Store.  Education customers can purchase the Pro Apps Bundle for Education for $199.99 (US).

Finally, final cut pro X companion apps – Motion 5.4 and Compressor 4.4 are available for free for existing users while it will cost $49.99 (US).

Motion 5.4 enables users to create immersive 360-degree VR titles and effects that can be instantly accessed in Final Cut Pro. The update also makes it easy to convert between any type of Motion project at any time, create realistic spring-loaded animations with the new Overshoot behavior and apply photographic-inspired looks with new filters.

Compressor 4.4 lets users deliver 360-degree video with industry-standard spherical metadata. The compressor also lets users export HEVC and HDR video while adding a range of new options for delivering MXF files.


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