What’s New in Final Cut Pro X.

Now optimized for the incredible power of the new Mac Pro and featuring dozens of pro editing enhancements, Final Cut Pro X is the best choice for editing and delivering 4K video.

4K Powerhouse.

Final Cut Pro has been updated for the next-generation architecture in the new Mac Pro, providing unprecedented performance when editing and monitoring 4K video and working with complex graphics and effects.


Smoothly edit multiple streams of 4K at full resolution. An enhanced playback architecture paired with the power of the new Mac Pro lets you edit Multicam with up to 16 simultaneous streams of 4K ProRes. And if you prefer to work directly with 4K camera formats, Final Cut Pro natively supports Sony XAVC, REDCODE RAW, and more.

Up to 16 Streams, 4K Multicam Native support 4K, ProRes, Sony XAVC, REDCODE RAW

Real-Time Graphics and Effects

Final Cut Pro uses both graphics cards to play back effects the moment you add them, so you can color grade, retime video, and apply complex filters ― all in real time. And Final Cut Pro is optimized to use both GPUs for demanding tasks like optical flow analysis, which lets you create stunning slow motion faster than ever.

Number of 4K Secondary Color Corrections


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4k Optical Flow Analysis


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Video Monitoring

For the first time, Final Cut Pro supports external monitoring at resolutions up to 4K. Use the HDMI port on the new Mac Pro to connect directly to a high-quality display. Or use third‑party I/O devices for gorgeous 10-bit video monitoring via Thunderbolt 2.*

Thunderbolt 2



High-Speed Export

Final Cut Pro harnesses the power of both GPUs in the new Mac Pro to accelerate rendering and export in the background, so you can deliver files as fast as you edit. Create 4K ProRes masters and even export directly to YouTube at 4K resolution.

4K Rendering


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Export to YouTube. 4K Resolution.


Efficiently organize and share media using new libraries that collect your source clips and edited projects into a unified bundle.

Learn more about updating to libraries

Simplified Media Management

Projects and events are now contained within libraries, so there’s a single place for all your work. You can manage multiple productions using separate libraries and easily edit across libraries using the Library sidebar. It’s simple to open and close individual libraries to load just the material you need. And you can even configure Final Cut Pro to automatically back up libraries to a custom location.
View the Media Management White Paper

Streamlined Collaboration

Easily share your creative work by passing libraries between editors, assistants, and high-end sound and color finishing. Each library can contain source media, edited projects, or both.

Flexible Organization

Save libraries and import camera media to any system directory. You can choose to keep media inside the library bundle or locate them in a folder externally for instant sharing with multiuser workflows.

FxPlug 3

Enjoy powerful third-party integration with the exploding universe of Final Cut Pro plug‑ins.

Custom Interfaces

FxPlug allows developers to create custom controls and layouts directly within the Inspector in Final Cut Pro X. In addition, FxPlug 3 supports new interface elements including push buttons, help buttons, and an integrated font menu.

Optimized for the New Mac Pro

FxPlug 3 plug-ins can take advantage of the dual GPUs in Mac Pro to greatly improve real-time playback and speed up rendering.

Additional Features

Project Snapshots

Instantly capture the state of any project for fast versioning. With each Snapshot, Final Cut Pro also creates static Compound and Multicam clips to avoid accidental changes to the Snapshot as you continue editing.

Enhanced retiming

Add precise retime speeds by entering them numerically in the Custom Speed window as percentage or duration. Choose to ripple or maintain length when adding a retime effect, and use the Replace with Retime to Fit command to swap clips while retaining the original timeline length.

Multicam controls

Add just the audio or video portion of a Multicam Clip to the timeline. You can also detach audio from Multicam Clips in the timeline to manipulate audio and video separately.

Intelligent Stabilization

A new stabilization engine analyzes footage for dominant motion characteristics and automatically applies the correct algorithm. The new InertiaCam can even eliminate wobble during pans and zooms, with controls that let you fine-tune stabilization amounts.

Audio fade handles

Add and adjust audio fades on individual audio channels in the timeline. You can even select the type of fade, including linear, S-curve, and fast or slow ramps.

Through edits

View through edits on all clip types and use the Join Clips command to remove bladed cuts in the timeline.

Improved split edits

Blade and move audio in J and L cuts to remove unwanted silence or adjust the pace of your edit. You can also roll audio when splits are open, making it easy to choose just the segment you want.

Export integration with
third-party apps

Developers can plug directly into the Share interface within Final Cut Pro, allowing for seamless export to third-party systems such as Sienna, Vizrt, Primestream FORK, axle, and Cantemo Portal.

Other improvements

Final Cut Pro 10.1 includes many other highly requested features, such as custom project resolutions, used media indicators on source clips, richer XML interchange with text and font information, native support for .MTS and .MT2S files from AVCHD cameras, and more.