New Mac OS and FCP-X Updates

If you are a Mac user, then you *should* be aware that Apple has just recently released an update to the OS, but some major revamps to FCP X.

The biggest change to the OS – dubbed Catalina – is the complete disdain now for anything 32 bit (which Windows got shot of years ago) so you’ll have to update any apps that are strictly 32bit to a hopefully newly available version.

And according to RedShark, that includes Quicktime 7 player so any 32 bit codec footage won’t work. You’ll need to recompress any you have.

It’s also to be noted that Avid has as yet to give Catalina the thumbs up.

For all the other (non-video editing) goodies, go to https://www.apple.com/macos/catalina/

FCP X

The main target here is the new Apple hardware its seems, and to quote RedShark, “The multiple GPU support and support for up to 28 CPU-core processors, accelerated ProRes RAW playback with the Afterburner card for MacPro, internal/external GPU processing selections are clearly new MacPro centric. Single Thunderbolt 3 connectivity to the Pro Display XDR as well as simultaneous connections of up to 3 ProDisplay XDR monitors positions this upcoming new monitor as an integral part of a high end new MacPro workstation ecosystem. Improved HDR tools keep current with the trend to HDR video production.”

The complete feature set (as described by Apple) is as follows:

  • New Metal-based processing engine improves playback and accelerates graphics tasks including rendering, compositing, real-time effects, exporting, and more
  • Enhances graphics performance with support for multiple GPUs including Radeon Pro Vega II and Radeon Pro Vega II Duo on Mac Pro
  • Optimizes CPU performance with support for up to 28 CPU cores on Mac Pro
  • Accelerates ProRes and ProRes RAW playback when using the Afterburner card on Mac Pro
  • View, edit, grade, and deliver stunning High Dynamic Range video on Pro Display XDR
  • Connect Pro Display XDR with a single Thunderbolt cable to use as a display or reference monitor
  • Simultaneously use up to three Pro Display XDR units connected to Mac Pro — two for the Final Cut Pro interface and one for dedicated monitoring
  • Grade High Dynamic Range video with enhanced color mask and range isolation tools
  • View High Dynamic Range video tone-mapped to compatible Standard Dynamic Range displays when using Final Cut Pro on macOS Catalina
  • Select which internal or external GPU is used to accelerate graphics processing

Three Pro Display XDRs linked together via Thunderbolt 3. Image: Apple

Motion:

  • New Metal-based processing engine improves playback and accelerates graphics tasks including rendering, compositing, real-time effects, exporting, and more
  • Enhances graphics performance with support for multiple GPUs including Radeon Pro Vega II and Radeon Pro Vega II Duo on Mac Pro
  • Optimizes CPU performance with support for up to 28 CPU cores on Mac Pro
  • Accelerates ProRes and ProRes RAW playback when using the Afterburner card on Mac Pro
  • View, composite, grade, and deliver stunning HDR video on Pro Display XDR
  • View High Dynamic Range video tone-mapped to compatible Standard Dynamic Range displays when using Motion on macOS Catalina
  • Improved load balancing of graphics processing across multiple GPUs

Compressor:

  • New Metal-based processing engine improves playback and accelerates graphics tasks including rendering, compositing, and exporting
  • Enhances graphics performance with support for multiple GPUs including Radeon Pro Vega II and Radeon Pro Vega II Duo on Mac Pro
  • Optimizes CPU performance with support for up to 28 CPU cores on Mac Pro
  • Accelerates ProRes and ProRes RAW playback when using the Afterburner card on Mac Pro
  • View and deliver stunning High Dynamic Range video on Pro Display XDR
  • View High Dynamic Range video tone-mapped to compatible Standard Dynamic Range displays when using Compressor on macOS Catalina
  • Improved load balancing of graphics processing across multiple GPUs

Apple also slipped in a new ProVideo Formats update, which usually means new codecs or improvements to earlier codecs.

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