Final Cut Pro X release notes

Learn about current and previous Final Cut Pro X updates.

New in Final Cut Pro X 10.4.3

  • Support for viewing and editing ProRes RAW files from DJI Inspire 2 drone with the DJI D-Log setting
  • Fixes an issue where some 25 fps-interlaced MXF files may display incorrectly
  • Fixes an issue in which using Option-drag to duplicate clips in the timeline could move them later in the timeline
  • Fixes an issue that caused some Panasonic P2 video files to be imported with mixed-down audio channels
  • Fixes an issue in which English keyboard shortcuts were incorrectly applied to other languages
  • Exported audio with certain plug-ins applied plays correctly
  • Deleting unused render files from a Compound clip in the browser works correctly

Previous versions

Final Cut Pro X 10.4.2

  • Fixes an issue in which selecting multiple clips using the Shift key or marquee selection could inadvertently select other clips in the timeline
  • Fixes an issue in which XML import may not preserve color effect and color board settings
  • Dragging events between libraries no longer uses XML and correctly copies all settings and media
  • Removes unnecessary settings that were included in XML 1.7 export

Final Cut Pro X 10.4.1

Closed Captions

  • Import caption files into a Final Cut Pro project to automatically create time-synced, connected captions in the timeline
  • See captions directly in the Viewer
  • Use the Inspector to adjust text, color, onscreen location, and timing
  • Create captions in multiple languages and formats in the same timeline
  • Use the new Captions tab in the Timeline Index to search text, select captions, and quickly switch between different versions of your captions
  • Attach captions to audio or video clips in the timeline
  • Extract embedded captions from video to view and edit the captions directly in Final Cut Pro
  • Send your project to Compressor in a single step, making it easy to create a compliant iTunes Store package with audio and video files, captions, and subtitles
  • Validation indicator instantly warns about common errors including caption overlaps, incorrect characters, invalid formatting, and more
  • Embed captions in an exported video file or create a separate caption sidecar file
  • Share captioned videos directly to YouTube and Vimeo
  • Support for CEA-608 and iTT closed caption formats

ProRes RAW

  • Support for ProRes RAW files lets you import, edit, and grade using pristine RAW image data from the camera sensor
  • RAW image data provides ultimate flexibility when adjusting highlights and shadows — ideal for HDR workflows
  • Enjoy smooth playback and real-time editing on laptop and desktop Mac computers
  • Highly efficient encoding reduces the size of ProRes RAW files, allowing you to fit more footage on camera cards and storage drives
  • ProRes RAW preserves more of the original image data, making it an ideal format for archiving
  • Work natively with ProRes RAW or ProRes RAW HQ files created by ATOMOS recorders and DJI Inspire 2 drone

Enhanced export

  • The new Roles tab in the share pane displays title, video, and audio roles in a single, consolidated interface
  • Quickly view and choose roles to be included in exported video files
  • Roles settings and enabled/disabled states from the timeline are carried through to the share pane
  • Embed closed captions in a video file or export a separate captions sidecar file in CEA-608 and iTT formats

Final Cut Pro 10.4.1 also includes the following:

360 VR

  • Changing 360° metadata from rectilinear to equirectangular displays the clip’s correct orientation
  • 360° Viewer has a new keyboard shortcut to reset field of view: Control + Option + Command + Delete
  • Command Editor function of “Reset Point of View” is now listed correctly as “Reset Angle”
  • VR headset drop frame warning preferences are honored with a VR headset connected
  • Stray pixels are no longer visible in high contrast regions of a frame


  • It is easier to create custom project sizes when using accessibility applications as accessibility width and height labels have been added for project properties


  • Volume automation is retained after a retiming effect is applied
  • Quicker display of custom audio effects interface from the audio Inspector tab when using Final Cut Pro in German
  • Correct parameters are displayed in the Inspector when viewing a duplicate audio effect


  • Text in the notes field of the Inspector is saved automatically
  • Text entered into the notes field in list view in the Browser displays in the Inspector
  • Project thumbnails load correctly when the system is connected to an HDMI display

Color Correction

  • Color wheel sliders retain values at 100 IRE for white and 0 IRE for black, with the ability to move above and below using color correction controls
  • Color board exposure parameters are consistent for Rec. 2020 PQ projects
  • Keyframes are properly maintained when copying and pasting color wheel effects
  • Custom white balance values are pasted correctly in Rec. 2020 HDR libraries
  • View Masks selection displays the mask in the Viewer before color grading parameters are changed


  • Camera LUT is applied correctly to de-interlaced media
  • Fixes an issue in which the playhead jumps to a transition when adjusting the Ken Burns effect
  • Fixes an issue where the Viewer displays black when adjusting a crop or Ken Burns effect using on-screen controls in an Audition clip
  • Fixes an issue where Replicator edges appeared corrupt when exporting or rendering from projects set to Rec. 2020 HLG color space
  • Undo works correctly after a Luma Keyer effect is applied
  • Fixes an issue where a blade edit could reset an effect checkbox


  • MXF Item Signal Standard is set to correct values for AVC Intra, DVCPRO HD, and Uncompressed HD
  • Fixes an issue where spanned Canon C300 clips are imported as multiple clips
  • Clips over 4GB on FAT32 media cards including Sony and JVC source files are represented as one clip in the Import window and also honor the recorded start and stop points
  • Fixes an issue where certain Sony SxS cards with large files would cause Final Cut Pro to quit unexpectedly
  • XAVC/XDCAM plug-in returns the correct timecode values for BPAV file types
  • Improved performance when stabilizing RED RAW files on iMac Pro
  • Fixes an issue where the folder structure for the Panasonic AU-EVA1 is not recognized
  • Loading spanned JVC XDCAM clips no longer causes Final Cut Pro X to quit unexpectedly
  • Failures while Sharing with AVCHD media now displays the corrupt filename in the error dialog for easier troubleshooting
  • Fixes an issue where, with multiple camera volumes mounted in the Import window, skimming in Filmstrip view displayed the incorrect clip


  • Changing media storage locations from one location to another then back again on NFS storage updates the media links correctly
  • After typing text into an Inspector metadata field, entering text into a second text field works correctly
  • Relink Files button highlights after selection, allowing you to press Enter to commit the command
  • Screen recordings created using QuickTime Player in French or Spanish apply retiming effects correctly when imported into Final Cut Pro
  • Find People and Create Smart Collections After Analysis works correctly
  • Fixes an issue where PSDs with an alpha from Pixelmator appeared cropped in the Viewer


  • Fixes an issue where switching between video scopes and the Angle Viewer or the 360° Viewer causes the Angle Viewer to display incorrectly
  • Fixes an issue where spatial conform causes Multicam clip angles to display incorrectly in the Angle Viewer

Optical Flow

  • Last frame of 100% reversed clip with optical flow retiming renders correctly
  • Optical flow retiming renders correctly on clips with audio that is longer than video
  • Reversed clips with optical flow applied now render in the timeline without requiring analysis on the entire source clip


  • Render bars appear correctly on 29.97i (60 field) clip in a 30p project
  • Background rendering works correctly on 29.97i (60 field) clip in a 30p project


  • 29.97i (60 field) clips in a 30p project export correctly
  • YouTube “Visit” and “Tell a Friend” buttons open video URL correctly

Stability and reliability

  • Fixes an issue in which resetting a gradient control could cause Final Cut Pro to quit unexpectedly
  • Fixes an issue in which quickly switching back and forth between View > Layouts then selecting a color picker could cause Final Cut Pro to quit unexpectedly
  • Fixes an issue in which initiating an undo action after re-arranging roles in the timeline index could Final Cut Pro to quit unexpectedly
  • Improves stability when lifting two adjacent transitions from a Storyline
  • Improves stability when skimming over or importing a corrupted MXF (MPEG-4) file
  • Improves stability when importing a PSD file created in Pixelmator
  • Improves stability when inserting a SxS card into a Sony SxS USB card reader
  • Fixes an occasional hang after adding a title, relaunching Final Cut Pro, and then modifying parameters


  • On screen controls for text in the Viewer are more responsive and properly sync with the Inspector


  • Timecode display no longer skips timecode or frames during processor intensive tasks
  • Rename Clip in the timeline applies to all selected clips


  • Color Balance effect now properly round trips via XML in HDR Libraries
  • Final Cut Pro no longer considers the part of the library name after a period “.” specified as the library location import option in FCPXML as a file extension

Final Cut Pro X 10.4

360 VR editing

  • Import and edit 360° equirectangular video in a wide range of formats and frame sizes
  • Output 360° video to a connected VR headset1
  • Open the 360° viewer to simultaneously monitor headset and equirectangular views while editing
  • Option to track movement of a VR headset in the 360° viewer in Final Cut Pro
  • Add 360° effects including blurs, glows, and more
  • Share 360° video directly to YouTube, Facebook, and Vimeo
  • Use the 360° patch to instantly remove cameras and rigs from the scene
  • Use the Horizon overlay to easily change the orientation of 360° video right in the viewer
  • Edit 360° video into a non-360° project and animate the pan, tilt, and zoom
  • Place any graphic, still, or video into a 360° project, then reposition and resize to fit perfectly into the 360° scene
  • Support for monoscopic and stereoscopic 360° video

Advanced color grading

  • Dedicated color tab in the inspector provides one location for all color controls
  • Powerful new color wheels improve upon traditional wheels with integrated sliders to adjust hue, saturation, and brightness
  • Color curves enable ultra-fine adjustments using multiple control points to change color and contrast
  • Hue/saturation curves let you select a specific hue or brightness level to make adjustments while leaving other parts of the image unchanged
  • Use the eye dropper in the color and hue/saturation curves to quickly sample parts of an image for adjustment
  • Balance Color command includes an eye dropper for manual white balance
  • Apply custom LUTs from popular color grading apps and sites
  • Adjust color corrections over time with precise keyframe controls
  • Speed through color correction using new keyboard shortcuts for color adjustments and role-based timeline navigation
  • Color presets are now located in the effects browser for skimmable preview and fast search

High Dynamic Range

  • Import, grade, and deliver High Dynamic Range (HDR) video as Rec. 2020 HLG or Rec. 2020 PQ for HDR10
  • Output video to third-party HDR monitors using third-party I/O devices
  • Built-in waveform monitor indicates HDR brightness levels up to 10,000 nits
  • HDR Tools effect lets you easily tone map HDR to Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) output as well as convert between PQ and HLG formats
  • Option to view HDR as raw values when working without an HDR monitor

Additional features

  • Import your iMovie for iOS project directly into Final Cut Pro for advanced editing, audio work, and finishing
  • Import, playback, and editing of High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC, also known as H.265) video clips and High Efficiency Image Format (HEIF) photos from Apple devices2
  • Send to Compressor to export video projects in the HEVC format
  • Adjust audio using effects plug-ins from Logic Pro X with redesigned, resizable interfaces
  • Support for Canon Cinema RAW Light format with additional software from Canon
  • Faster Optical Flow analysis using Metal 2
  • Support for NFS-based libraries and media
  • XML 1.7 with support for new color grading controls, 360 VR effects, and HDR

1 Requires compatible VR headset, macOS High Sierra, and SteamVR. Video output to VR headset requires a Mac computer with discrete graphics running macOS High Sierra. 27-inch iMac with Radeon Pro 580 graphics recommended.

2 HEVC and HEIF support requires macOS High Sierra.

Issues addressed in Final Cut Pro X 10.4:

  • Support for importing and exporting WAV files greater than 4GB as RF64 when using macOS High Sierra 10.13
  • Fixes a stability issue that could occur when using Final Cut Pro on macOS High Sierra with a laptop in closed-display mode and attached to an external monitor
  • Fixes an issue in which text in the Browser in List mode could occasionally disappear
  • Enabling transform, crop, or distort no longer closes Video Scopes
  • Third-party asset management systems can now send low-resolution media to Final Cut Pro through XML import and later replace those low resolution files with full resolution files through another XML import
  • Glue Tools Phantom Cine Toolkit works correctly with Phantom high speed camera “Cine” files when editing in Final Cut Pro
  • Support for new YouTube authentication protocols
  • Contextual menu option to create a new project from a selection of one or more clips in the Browser
  • Ability to use key commands in full screen mode when the Viewer is on a second display
  • Alert dialog appears when sharing a file if playback mode is set to proxy
  • Square pixel photos at 960 x 720 and 1440 x 1080 resolutions no longer appear distorted
  • The Toggle Fade In and Toggle Fade Out commands now appear under the Adjust Volume menu
  • Press Ctrl-Tab to cycle through tabs in the Inspector when the Inspector is selected