Hard to believe that Apple’s Final Cut Pro is only now releasing the second major update for software that debuted about four years ago. Bringing things up to date means accounting for more robust files, thus, downloaders of Final Cut Pro X 10.2 will gain GPU acceleration for RED RAW workflows, as a well as native support for JVC H.264 Long GOP, Panasonic AVC-Ultra, Sony XAVC S. What else keeps us more current than better titling options? Final Cut Pro X 10.2 will allow drag-and-drop 3D title options, as well as adjust materials and lighting. Found under the Inspector, these titles will need to be sent to Apple Motion for other parameters.
If you stay in Final Cut Pro your color grading falls under the Color Correction effect, and will be treated like one. Use the built-in masks and precisely chose where it is applied. You can also display up to four video scopes simultaneously. Masks can now help control every effect, including third-party plug-ins. Speed up your masking with a super ellipse for similar shapes or go off the options for B-spline smoothing, bezier, or linear shapes.
Practice will tell us just how fast the processing options get with the Final Cut Pro X 10.2, the best part is, if you’ve already paid the $300 for Final Cut Pro, you get the update for free.