FCPX 10.4 dropped in mid-December 2017 to coincide with the release of the new iMac Pro. The key new features for Final Cut Pro X include:
- 360° equirectangular video editing with a simplified viewing interface.
- Advanced color grading tools with new curves, wheels and LUT capabilities (yay finally!).
- High Dynamic Range (HDR) video support for Rec. 2020 HLG, Rec. 2020 PQ for HDR10 (not a major need for everyone but this will be critical in the future, especially for broadcast content).
- Tighter iMovie for iOS integration, to enable projects to begin editorial work in the field before finishing in FCPX.
- And a lot of nice under the hood fixes and enhancements we’ve all been in need of (like HEVC support!).
Some of the reviews for FCPX 10.4 include:
- New features run-through from MacRumors.
- ★★★★⭐︎(4 out of 5 stars) from TechRadar.
- DPReview (some interesting comments in this one that re-run the gamut of FCPX emotional responses, just in case you weren’t sick of them yet).
- FXGuide with some well-informed insight into where FCPX 10.4 fits in the professional landscape.
- 9 to 5 Mac.
The general consensus is that FCPX 10.4 is a solid release at a great price that in conjunction with the release of the iMac Pro and the forthcoming Mac Pro, reaffirms Apple’s commitment to the professional editorial market. That said, the competition has never been stronger- so let the games begin!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
This blog post contains the personal musings of FCPWORKS’ Marketing Director, Noah Kadner. Prior to joining the company, Noah spent several years at Apple where he worked with internal Workflow and Editorial teams in support of Final Cut Pro X customers. Noah also directed a feature film available on iTunes called Social Guidance and wrote “RED: The Ultimate Guide to the Revolutionary Camera.” Noah’s ongoing career goal is communicating digital post-production workflows to experts and enthusiasts alike.You can follow him on Facebook or Twitter at @FCPWORKS.