Final Cut Pro X Overview Updated October 18, 2021

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Final Cut Pro X is a non-linear trackless video editing application (NLE) created by Apple for the Mac. The original version of Final Cut Pro X was first released back in June 2011, and is available on the Mac App Store.

Final Cut Pro X is the successor to Final Cut Pro 7, a widely popular video editing application used by a wide variety of persons, including industry professionals and studios. Final Cut Pro X was very controversial when first released due to the fact that Apple essentially started with a clean slate, and rebuilt the app from the ground up for 64-bit machines. As such, many of the features deemed necessary by professionals were dropped for the initial releases.

Apple has since provided iterative updates to reinsert key features that were missing from the inaugural release. The current version of Final Cut Pro X is version 10.2.3.

Final Cut Pro X features a trackless magnetic timeline that allows clips to automatically slide into position. Users can thus edit footage in a storyline without knocking any other clips or audio out of place at other points on the timeline.

Final Cut Pro X supports Multicam footage, compound clips, and keyword management. All libraries, projects and events are organized in a logical structure that makes data management easy. Final Cut Pro X is well-known for its ability to scale between small underpowered machines as well as high-powered machines like the Mac Pro. Its implementation of proxy media and support for Intel’s Quick Sync Video, make it particularly attractive for MacBook users.

The great thing about Final Cut Pro X is that it’s a one-time purchase. Unlike competing apps like Adobe Premiere and Avid Media Composer, which both charge monthly or yearly subscription fees, Final Cut Pro X can be purchased for a one-time fee of $299. While the upfront cost may seem substantial, it will save most users a significant amount of money over the long term, as every update since its initial release over five years ago has been free.

Apple also offers a free 30-day trial of Final Cut Pro X on its website.

Final Cut Pro X Stories October 18

Apple just released amazing new updates to the MacBook Pro, and unsurprisingly, the company’s pro apps team has corresponding updates to Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro ready to go. Particularly of interest are the new updates to Final Cut Pro, which focus heavily on 8K video workflows and bring new native support for tracked motion graphics, along with compatibility with Cinematic mode videos shot on the iPhone 13.

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Final Cut Pro X Stories February 24

Apple has filed a trademark update that paves the way for a future Final Cut Pro subscription.

Apple’s pro video editing software is currently a $300 one-off purchase, with all updates free of charge. But the company has just taken a step that would open up four potential new scenarios…

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Final Cut Pro X Stories December 14, 2020

Apple updates Final Cut Pro with new Facebook and YouTube sharing option

Apple has released a small but notable update to Final Cut Pro for the Mac. The update brings two new sharing options to the video editing app: YouTube and Facebook. Apple has rolled out similar updates to iMovie and Clips on iOS, as well as Motion and Compressor on Mac.

Final Cut Pro X Stories October 29, 2020

While you probably know the Emmy Awards, which recognizes the best talents from TV, the Television Academy also holds the Engineering Emmy Awards every year. This year, Apple won an Emmy Award for its ProRes video codec, which was also honored today during the 72nd Engineering Emmy Awards presentation.

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Final Cut Pro X Stories September 24, 2020

Apple has released several updates for Mac today including macOS 10.15.7 and new versions of Final Cut Pro X and iMovie that squash a number of bugs and improve stability. macOS 10.15.7 includes fixes for a WiFi issue and an iMac graphics card issue. The FCP X update solves problems with brightness levels, keyframes, exporting, and more.

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Final Cut Pro X Stories August 25, 2020

If you’re looking to add the type of pizazz to your videos that goes beyond what’s offered natively in Final Cut Pro X, then Pixel Film Studios has you covered. For a limited time, get 30% off each of these five plugin bundles by using code 9to5pixel at checkout.

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Apple today has announced a significant update to Final Cut Pro X, bringing new editing features and workflow improvements. Apple says that Final Cut Pro 10.4.9 is available today as a free update for existing users.

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Final Cut Pro X Stories March 11, 2020

One of the things that make Final Cut Pro X so great is its support for third-party plugins. MotionVFX, with over 25 years of experience in visual effects, provides many plugin options for FCPX and Apple Motion.

In this post, I’ll highlight some of the key features of MotionVFX that make it the premier destination for enhancing your Final Cut Pro X and Apple Motion experience.

For a limited time, we’ve teamed up with MotionVFX to give you 10% off everything when using code 9to5Mac at checkout. Watch our hands-on video walkthrough for the details. expand full story

Final Cut Pro X Stories February 3, 2020

Quite a few viewers and readers have asked me to do a behind the scenes look at my video editing workspace, so in this latest edition of Back to the Mac I’ve decided to do just that.

Although my setup is currently built around a Mac Pro + Pro Display XDR, a similar setup can be achieved with virtually any Mac machine and monitor combination. Watch our hands-on behind the scenes video for a look at the hardware on my editing desk. expand full story

Final Cut Pro X Stories January 28, 2020

Final Cut Pro X features an easy-to-use key-framing system that allows you to move text and images frame by frame in order to faux track objects on-screen. However, you can employ the use of real contrast-based tracking, and save a whole lot of time in the process, by using a plugin like the FCPX Auto Tracker from Pixel Film Studios. expand full story

Final Cut Pro X Stories November 6, 2019

Tomorrow’s Final Cut Pro X Creative Summit will feature ‘surprises from the Apple product team’

The yearly Final Cut Pro X summit starts tomorrow. Whilst the conference is technically run by an external group, it is one of the few third-party events that Apple actively participates in.

Final Cut Pro X Stories October 17, 2019

In recent months, I’ve been looking to upgrade my Final Cut Pro desktop editing rig. I wanted something that could last me at least the next two to three years and provide me with a smooth workflow; I also wanted to spend less than $2,000 total. If you’re in a similar predicament, then read further. For less than $2,000 I put together a Mac mini video editing setup that works great with Final Cut Pro X. expand full story

Final Cut Pro X Stories October 7, 2019

Alongside today’s release of macOS Catalina, Apple has pushed a new performance-oriented Final Cut Pro X update featuring optimizations for the new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR. The new Final Cut Pro 10.4.7 update is available for download today on the Mac App Store. expand full story

Final Cut Pro X Stories August 30, 2019

In a textbook example of addition by subtraction, cutting footage from a Final Cut Pro X project timeline can be just as important as placing footage on the timeline. But what if you want to quickly recover a clip that you previously removed? Watch our hands-on Final Cut Friday video walkthrough that shows how using keywords can make it much easier to find previously cut clips.  expand full story

Final Cut Pro X Stories August 17, 2019

Final Cut Pro X features a decent built-in stabilization system that can easily be enabled with just a click in the Inspector. However, if you’re looking for a much more robust and customizable stabilization system, look no further than Pixel Film Studios’ FCPX Stabilizer 2.0. For a limited time, you can get 30% off by using code 9to5pixel.

In this hands-on video, we showcase how this plugin can not only perform simple stabilizations, but is capable of breathing new life into otherwise mundane footage. expand full story

Final Cut Pro X Stories May 10, 2019

Final Cut Friday: How to store FCP X libraries on a Synology NAS [Video]

In this walkthrough, we show you how to easily store Final Cut Pro X libraries on a Synology NAS with just a few configuration steps. We’ve posted a prior solution before that utilized the NFS protocol, but this solution uses SMB. Watch our hands-on video tutorial for the details.

Final Cut Pro X Stories May 3, 2019

In this week’s edition of Final Cut Friday, I explain why it’s advantageous to switch to the Checkerboard Player Background from the standard black background when editing video. Watch our brief hands-on video explainer for the details. expand full story

Final Cut Pro X Stories March 22, 2019

Apple has released the latest version of Final Cut Pro X, version 10.4.6. The update is dominated by stability improvements and bug fixes, but it also contains one major new feature pertaining to future versions of macOS. Watch as we explain what that means for current Final Cut Pro X users. expand full story

Final Cut Pro X Stories March 21, 2019

Apple releases Final Cut Pro 10.4.6 with stability and bug fixes

Apple has issued a stability and bug fix update for Final Cut Pro X. Version 10.4.6, now available via the Mac App Store, focuses primarily on boosting the reliability of Apple’s flagship NLE.

Final Cut Pro X Stories March 15, 2019

Whenever I post a video on YouTube, I strive to post accompanying teaser footage on 9to5mac’s official Instagram account. Because Instagram Stories are traditionally viewed in portrait mode, you’ll need to configure your project and corresponding video export with vertical orientation in mind. Watch this week’s episode of Final Cut Friday as I briefly step through my Instagram Stories workflow.

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Final Cut Pro X Stories March 1, 2019

Last week we discussed how to create one-off title cards for FCP X on a per-project basis. This week, we’ll show you how to create title cards that can be reused and customized — handy if you often use title cards in your projects.

By enlisting Motion 5, Apple’s $50 motion graphics application, you can shave off precious time from your editing sessions. Watch our brief hands-on video for more details. expand full story

Final Cut Pro X Stories February 22, 2019

In some of my videos I like to use title cards to separate subjects being discussed. I find that title cards are especially useful when creating videos that are based around a topical list of features. One such example being a recent video where I discussed some of the top iPhone tips that everyone should know.

Although it’s possible to quickly create these title cards in a third-party app like Affinity Designer, making them directly within Final Cut Pro X presents several key benefits. Watch this week’s Final Cut Friday video tutorial for the details.  expand full story

Final Cut Pro X Stories February 15, 2019

Transitions are key building blocks for putting together cohesive videos in your NLE of choice. In Final Cut Pro X, there are many shortcuts, tips, and tricks that can be used while inserting or editing transitions. In this week’s episode of Final Cut Friday, I share 10 transition tips to help you master this vital part of the editing process. expand full story

Final Cut Pro X Stories February 1, 2019

Have you ever wanted to fix problems in a video similarly to how you fix problems in typical photo editing apps? Things like dust, blemishes, or other unwanted items are easy to remove in static photos, but prove to be more challenging in moving pictures.

Enter CoreMelt’s PaintX, an easy-to-use tool that allows you to quickly paint on video with nondestructive edits. Powered by the excellent mocha tracker, it makes fixing up small problems, like removing dust from an iPhone’s display, a simple affair. Watch our brief hands-on video as I demonstrate PaintX in action. expand full story

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