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Final Cut Pro X 10.2, Compressor 4.2, Motion 5.2

by Agen G. N. Schmitz

Apple has updated its lineup of professional video editing apps, releasing Final Cut Pro X 10.2 [1], Compressor 4.2 [2], and Motion 5.2 [3]. Adding the capability to create animated 3D text, Final Cut Pro X 10.2 includes cinematic templates with built-in backgrounds and animations, and enables you to customize text with hundreds of combinations of materials, lighting, and edges. The update also adds support for displaying up to four video scopes simultaneously, improves color grading precision, enables you to apply super ellipse Shape mask to any clip, adds support for using Smart Collections at the event and library level, and brings support for several additional camera formats (including Panasonic AVC-Ultra, Sony XAVC S, JVC H.264 Long GOP, and RED RAW anamorphic formats).

Compressor 4.2 now enables you to create packages for iTunes Store submission, which include a movie file as well as trailer, closed captions, and subtitles. You can preview closed captions and subtitles in the Viewer, plus zoom in to watch content with true pixel accuracy. Version 4.2 also provides hardware-accelerated, multi-pass H.264 encoding on compatible systems and adds support for dual GPUs when using Send to Compressor. Motion 5.2 enables you to create dynamic 3D titles with multiple lights and cameras, as well as multilayered scenes with 3D titles that cast shadows and reflections on other objects. Motion 5.2 also adds 12 new generators (including Manga Lines, Sunburst, and Spiral Graphics), improves keyframing, improves mask and shape creation for rectangles and circles, and improves performance of FxPlug plug-ins and built-in effects that use multiple frames (such as Echo and Trails). (Final Cut Pro [4], $299.99 new, 2.82 GB, release notes [5], 10.10.2+; Compressor [6], $49.99 new, 428 MB, release notes [7], 10.10.2+; Motion [8], $49.99 new, 2.20 GB, release notes, 10.10.2+; all three titles available from the Mac App Store with free updates for previous purchases)

[1]: http://www.apple.com/final-cut-pro/
[2]: https://www.apple.com/final-cut-pro/compressor/
[3]: https://www.apple.com/final-cut-pro/motion/
[4]: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/final-cut-pro/id424389933?mt=12&at=10l5PW
[5]: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201237
[6]: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/compressor/id424390742?mt=12&at=10l5PW
[7]: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202204
[8]: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/motion/id434290957?mt=12&at=10l5PW
[9]: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202203