Minimum
System Requirements
  • 256MB of VRAM (1GB recommended for 4K)
  • 3.5GB of disk space
Application
  • External monitoring of video and audio with third-party Thunderbolt and PCIe devices, or via HDMI on select Mac computers1
  • 64-bit architecture to take advantage of more than 4GB of RAM
  • Background rendering using GPU and CPU
  • ColorSync-managed color pipeline
  • High-precision floating-point render in linear-light color space
  • Uses Grand Central Dispatch to tap into all available processors
  • Full-screen, real-time preview playback of SD, HD, 2K, 4K, and 5K media
  • Customizable keyboard
  • Full Unicode support
  • GPU-accelerated exporting
  • Full-screen view in OS X Lion and later
Editing and
Timeline
  • Multicam editing with automatic sync and support for mixed formats, mixed frame rates, and up to 64 camera angles
  • Magnetic Timeline automatically keeps material in sync, prevents clip collisions, and eliminates gaps
  • Clip Connections keep secondary material in sync while trimming and moving the Primary Storyline. Press a modifier key to keep Connected Clips stationary while slipping, sliding, or moving clips in the Primary Storyline.
  • Compound Clips allow complex compositions to be simplified into a single clip. Compound Clips are automatically saved to the Browser for easy reuse, and changes to Compound Clips actively update in all projects where they have been used.
  • Auditions combine multiple clips into a single clip to see alternative takes, color grades, or effects in context
  • Duplicate a clip inside an Audition for comparison of different effects on the same clip
  • Edit while importing media in the background from multiple sources
  • View material in Filmstrip or List view with a mini-filmstrip and metadata columns
  • Skimming functionality enables fast viewing of large amounts of material
  • Create projects with custom frame sizes
  • Mix frame sizes, frame rates, and formats in the same timeline up to 5K in real time
  • Edit at 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, or 60 fps
  • Create the correct project setting with the first edit
  • Snapshots enable quick copies of a project for versioning
  • Insert, Overwrite, Replace, Append, and Connect with keystroke or drag and drop
  • Extend edit to Skimmer position
  • Split edits with J and L cuts in the timeline
  • Blade audio in J and L cuts
  • Dual viewers for matching action between source material and edited timeline
  • Direct access to iTunes, iMovie, iPhoto, and Aperture through Media Browsers
  • Timeline Index for timeline navigation and the selection of items based on text searches and other important metadata
  • Position tool for moving and deleting media in the timeline and leaving a gap
  • Clip Markers that include to-do items that can be checked off when tasks are completed
  • Snapping to Playhead, Skimmer, Clips, and Markers
  • Replace with Gap
  • Lift from Primary Storyline
  • Create Storyline to consolidate B-roll into a single unit
  • Insert Placeholder
  • Insert Gap
  • Numeric entry of precise clip durations
  • Blade tool and Blade All command for adding edits
  • High-quality, real-time vectorscopes, waveforms, and histograms for both Viewer and Event Viewer. Vertical placement of scopes below viewers optimizes onscreen space.
  • Record Audio tool for adding narration includes a countdown and the option to record multiple takes into Auditions
  • Six Clip Appearance presets for timeline display
  • Multi‑Touch gesture support
  • Organize, view, mute, and export based on automatically assigned or custom roles metadata
  • Customize project start time
  • Join Through Edit command removes bladed cuts in the timeline
  • Indicator dot on playhead can be used for autoselection of effects
Trimming
  • Inline Precision Editor allows skimming of used and unused media around edit point, plus trimming to Skimmer with a single click
  • Basic timeline trimming
  • Trim tool for advanced timeline trimming functions
  • Trim Start, Trim End, or Trim to Selection in a single keystroke for fast news and documentary editing
  • Ripple and roll
  • Slip and slide
  • Lift and ripple delete
  • Dynamic 2-up trimming with Show Detailed Trimming Feedback enabled
  • Keyboard and numeric moving and trimming
Effects
  • Advanced chroma keying with controls for color sampling, edge adjustments, and light wrap
  • Drop Shadow includes intuitive onscreen controls and automatic orientation adjustment
  • Shared Render Engine with Motion and Compressor
  • Add multiple effects and transitions within a range selection
  • Multistream real-time effects in SD and HD formats
  • Alpha-channel support in real time
  • One-step freeze frame creates a still frame and adds it to the timeline
  • Integration with Motion for advanced motion graphics work
  • Use “Open in Motion” on any effect, modify in Motion, and save as new in Final Cut Pro
  • Access music, sound effects, transitions, filters, color looks, and generators through Media Browsers
  • Over 176 advanced 2D and 3D title templates
  • Over 95 high-quality transitions
  • Over 125 sophisticated animation templates with video drop zones created by a top Hollywood effects company
  • Over 113 filters, keys, blurs, and color looks
  • 41 backgrounds, elements, solids, and textures
  • Numeric and keyframe control for precise animation and effects
  • Multiple keyframe selection, copy, paste, and move in the timeline
  • Selectively paste video and audio effects to multiple clips using Paste Attributes interface
  • Trim, crop, and Ken Burns effect
  • Distort tool with keyframes and onscreen controls
  • Transform tool with keyframes and onscreen controls
  • Stabilization effect in real time after background analysis
  • Intelligent image stabilization with InertiaCam and Tripod mode
  • Rolling Shutter correction to improve DSLR video
  • Spatial Conform to make different aspect ratios fit into a project seamlessly
  • Retime bar for speed changes on entire clips or selected ranges
  • Enter exact percentage or duration for retiming effects and choose to ripple or leave the timeline length the same
  • One-step Replace with Retime to Fit
  • Three Retime quality settings: normal, frame blending, and optical flow
  • Preserve audio pitch when changing speed
  • Find and Replace Title Text
  • Show Title/Action Safe Zones for positioning titles and effects
  • One-step transitions for Secondary Storylines
  • Automatic Speed to change source media frame rate to the project frame rate in one step
Audio
  • Multichannel audio editing for adjusting individual audio channels in the timeline, with ability to assign roles to channels
  • Subframe audio keyframing
  • Support for audio samples up to 192kHz
  • Real-time OS X Audio Units and Logic plug-in effects included
  • Support for 64-bit third-party Audio Units plug-ins
  • Keyframable audio levels and effects
  • Adjust audio filters in real time during playback
  • 5.1 surround monitoring and keyframe control for panning
  • Preset animations for 5.1 surround panning such as Back to Front, Rotate, Create Space, and more
  • 10- or 31-parameter EQ built into each audio clip
  • Match Audio for smoothing out EQ from different microphones
  • Audio enhancements for volume normalization, background noise removal, and hum removal for both 50Hz and 60Hz
  • Audio analysis during import option to remove serious background noise and flag medium-level issues for enhancement
  • Over 1300 royalty-free sound effects included as a separate download
  • Individual audio channel control for enable/disable and configuration
  • Audio skimming with pitch preserved
  • Fade handles at the head and tail of each clip and individual audio channel in the timeline
  • Audio pan controls
  • Disable and solo controls
  • Audio waveform display in viewer and timeline
  • Logarithmic audio fades
  • More than 100 audio filters
  • “Show Reference Audio Waveforms” preference to see original waveform height when adjusting volume in the timeline
  • VU meters that expand as needed
Color Correction
  • Unique Color Board with controls for saturation, exposure, and color
  • Match Color for precise shot matching in one click
  • Balance Color instantly improves skin tones, removes color casts, and expands dynamic range of bright and dark regions of the image
  • Keyframable masks with size, rotation, and softness adjustments
  • Adjust inside or outside of color mask
  • Unlimited numbers of color corrections per shot
  • Save and reuse color settings presets
  • 20 Color Board presets
  • Over 20 advanced color Looks in the Effects Browser
  • Supports High Dynamic Range (HDR) files and real-time Look Up Tables (LUTs) from the latest pro cameras from ARRI, Canon, Blackmagic Design, and Sony
Supported
Formats and I/O2
  • Single interface for importing from cameras, drives, network locations, and camera archives. Browse media in List view or Filmstrip view, and save Favorite locations on networks and volumes when frequently importing from the same places.
  • Apple ProRes family, a 10-bit, full-width VBR codec that supports all major frame sizes and frame rates from ProRes 422 Proxy to ProRes 4444 XQ, including ProRes Log C from cameras including ARRI AMIRA and ALEXA
  • Custom frame sizes for projects with frame size presets available up to 5K
  • Background transcode original media to ProRes 422 or ProRes 422 Proxy for better performance
  • Create Camera Archives from any folder of media for importing into Final Cut Pro
  • Import Camera Archives from third‑party video capture cards and software
  • Import from Apple devices including iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
  • Import photos from iOS devices
  • Import projects and events from iMovie
  • PTP support enables import of photos and videos directly from DSLR cameras
  • FireWire device control for streaming capture for tape-based HDV, DV, DVCAM, DVCPRO, DVCPRO 50, and DVCPRO HD
  • Share interface includes export presets and ability to create custom export destinations; create a bundle to deliver to multiple destinations in one step
  • Export presets for Apple devices, including Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, and Mac
  • Export presets for YouTube (up to 4K), Facebook, Vimeo, CNN iReport, Youku, Tudou, and email
  • Export and burn DVD, AVCHD disc, and Blu-ray disc3
  • Create Chapter Markers for use with DVD, Blu-ray disc, and QuickTime file. Adjust poster frame separately from marker location
  • Apple-designed menus for DVDs and animated menus for Blu-ray discs
  • Export as Image Sequence
  • Export as HTTP live streaming for Internet streaming to cellular, Wi‑Fi, and broadband
  • Export to uncompressed 8-bit and 10-bit 4:2:2
  • Export to AVC-Intra 100 and AVC-Intra 50
  • Export audio as AAC, AC3, AIFF, CAF, MP3, and WAV files
  • Import and edit layered Adobe Photoshop files

    Native editing4 support for:

  • MXF‑wrapped media
  • H.264 from GoPro and iFrame cameras
  • H.264 from DSLR cameras
  • DV, DVCAM, DVCPRO, DVCPRO 50, and DVCPRO HD
  • HDV
  • Panasonic AVC-Ultra, including AVC-Intra 100, AVC-Intra 50, and AVC-LongG
  • Sony IMX, XDCAM, XDCAM EX, XDCAM HD, and XDCAM HD422 import supported with additional Sony software
  • Sony XAVC import up to 4K supported with additional Sony software
  • Canon XF MPEG-2 import supported with additional Canon software
  • JVC-created XDCAM EX
  • AVCHD, including Panasonic AVCCAM and Sony NXCAM
  • REDCODE RAW (.r3d) files up to 5K with optional background transcode to Apple ProRes 4444. Playback, transcode, and render accelerated by RED ROCKET card.
  • Uncompressed 8- and 10-bit SD and HD
  • Apple Intermediate Codec
  • .MTS and .MT2S files from AVCHD cameras
  • Still images including PSD, BMP, GIF, RAW, JPEG, PNG, TGA, and TIFF
  • Compressed audio including AAC, AIFF, BWF, CAF, MP3, MP4, and WAV
  • Broadcast Wave Format
  • SDII audio files
  • Support for portrait/landscape metadata in still images
  • XML import and export for collaboration with third-party finishing tools and media asset management systems
  • XML interchange supports Metadata Views that can include standard metadata fields like scene, take, and reel along with custom fields
Media Management
  • Content Auto-Analysis attaches useful metadata during import
  • Range-based keywords for creating custom searchable metadata
  • Create Smart Collections for automatically organizing clips based on selected criteria
  • Keyword Collection created by importing a folder of media
  • Preserve multiple range selections in the Browser and maintain multiple selections on a single clip
  • Mark ranges as Favorites or Rejects for sorting and sifting
  • Used-media indicators on source clips in the Browser
  • Automatic library backups can be saved to a user-defined location
  • Render file deletion per project
  • Merge Events function
  • Easily edit across and copy between libraries
  • Consolidate Library to move media to another system or for archiving
  • Extensive search, sort, and sift capabilities in the Browser
  • Transcode Media function offers a choice between optimizing to ProRes 422 or creating ProRes Proxy media in the background while editing. Native RED RAW files are optimized to ProRes 4444.
  • Media relink to manually connect projects and events to files that have been moved or modified
  • Batch rename clips based on metadata from Clip Info, Date/Time, Format, or Camera Info with custom naming presets
  • Group clips by creation date, date imported, reel, scene, duration, or file type
  • Group events by year or by year and month
  • Show date ranges in the Event Library
  • Arrange clips by name, take, or duration
  • Reveal clip in Finder or Browser
  • Custom comment fields
  • Preference for connecting to proxy or original high-resolution media
  • Send-to-Compressor integration
  • Original source clips, optimized and proxy media, and render files can all be stored outside the Library in a user-defined location
  • Save libraries to connected volumes or directly on Xsan
  • Options to delete optimized media, proxy media, and render files per event, or delete render files per project
  • Events can be sorted by date or name in the Library sidebar
  1. Video monitoring via Thunderbolt requires a Thunderbolt-enabled Mac and third-party I/O device.
  2. Some features require additional hardware and software.
  3. Blu-ray recorder required for burning Blu-ray discs.
  4. Native editing includes support for import and playback without transcoding.