Excuse me while I watch this Final Cut Pro new features video on loop

Final Cut Pro X has had its share of ups and downs since its massive rebuild several years prior: Early missing features left loyal editors frustrated, and though the pro apps team has regularly updated the app since, it hadn't seen much love since February of this year. And with longtime pro apps leader Randy Ubillos retiring last year, it left some users concerned about the app's future — myself included. Happily, I am eating some good humble pie tonight. Just look at this 10.3 features video, as cut together by Trim editor Thomas Grove Carter.

He got an early look at the next version of Final Cut Pro, and boy is it a doozy. I put just some of the features he highlighted below, but you really should watch the video. It's enough to make this woefully-out-of-practice video editor want to go outside and make something RIGHT NOW.

Final Cut 10.3's new features include:

  • A new interface and color-coded timeline
  • Overall timeline refinements
  • Continuous playback
  • Roles organization
  • Per-attribute removal
  • Audio lanes, individual role lanes, and subrole lanes
  • Roll connected clips
  • More keyboard clip selection options
  • Copy/paste timecodes from Notes directly into the viewer to jump to the right point
  • toggle fade handles
  • Focus on parts of the timeline
  • Multiple presets for workspaces
  • Save custom layouts
  • Mixing roles

You can grab the Final Cut update for free right now from the Mac App Store (opens in new tab), as well as updates to Motion (opens in new tab) and Compressor (opens in new tab) that add wide color workflows, 3D text enhancements, and a new dark interface for Compressor.

Serenity Caldwell

Serenity was formerly the Managing Editor at iMore, and now works for Apple. She's been talking, writing about, and tinkering with Apple products since she was old enough to double-click. In her spare time, she sketches, sings, and in her secret superhero life, plays roller derby. Follow her on Twitter @settern.

  • I've never used Final Cut Pro, so I really can't comment on its functionality. But boy, is it an ugly program. At least on a purely aesthetic basis.
  • It looks much better than Sony Vegas or Adobe Premiere Pro though
  • Nice update to only call it a dot update.
  • I just can't wait to use this upgrade on my new Mac Pro that I'm about to order after several years of patience! Oh, wait! Now, I hear that if it does come, it may not be until some time next year. I just don't get it. We were hoping that the signs for a new model were here in hints in the software, and the timing of this FCP upgrade.