Software : Apple : Final Cut Pro

Apple Final Cut Pro

(as of 9/20/2016)

Software Overview

Main Features

  • Support for a wide range of video formats, including H.264 from DSLRs, AVCHD, and RED
  • Smooth editing and high-speed export of 4K video
  • Magnetic timeline that eliminates black gaps and clip collisions
  • Filmstrip view allows you to quickly view hours of footage
  • Auditions feature lets you try out different shots in your timeline to test what looks best
  • Smart collections to organize imported clips based on your criteria
  • Broadcast effects with over 160 predesigned filters

Apple Final Cut Pro is a professional video editor for OS X. It features timeline-based editing with support for a variety of video formats and helpful editing features. It is available as a 30-day free trial and can be purchased through the Mac App Store.

Final Cut Pro supports a broad range of video formats, including H.264 from DSLRs, AVCHD, MPEG-4, and RED, along with 2K, 4K, and 5K video resolution. When you import your footage into Final Cut Pro, you can choose how it is organized, by the number of people in the shot or by the shot type, such as close up, medium, or wide shot. During the import process, Final Cut Pro can also analyze your content for any video or audio problems, such as shaky footage or rolling shutter distortion, and automatically fix them.

Editing in Final Cut Pro revolves around a magnetic timeline that improves upon the restrictions of track-based timelines that helps eliminate black gaps and avoid clip collisions. The Filmstrip view in the Event browser lets you quickly skim through hours of footage and move video to a precise location on the timeline. The Auditions feature allows you to insert different shots from your footage, even if they are different lengths, and preview them in the timeline. If you choose to keep the footage, the timeline automatically ripples to keep all other project clips in sync. Also, Final Cut Pro gives you broadcast quality visual effects, over 160 predesigned filters, that help you create the "look" of your video.

Final Cut Pro is used by a wide range of users, from hobbyists to independent and mainstream filmmakers to television editors. It supports a large amount of popular video formats and provides professional tools and effects for editing footage. These factors and other recent upgrades makes it one of the best professional video editors for OS X, along with Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere Pro. If you are looking for a professional video editor for OS X that won't leave your wallet empty, go with Final Cut Pro.

Supported File Types

Primary file extension

.FCPEVENT – Final Cut Pro Event File

Other file extensions used by Apple Final Cut Pro X

Supported File Types
.CBOARDFinal Cut Pro Color Board Preset
.CINEPhantom Digital Video File
.FCARCHFinal Cut Pro Archive
.FCPFinal Cut Project
.FCPBUNDLEFinal Cut Pro Library
.FCPPROJECTFinal Cut Pro Project File
.FCPROJECTFinal Cut Pro X Project File
.FCPXDESTFinal Cut Pro Share Destination File
.FCPXMLFinal Cut Pro XML File
.FLEXOLIBRARYFinal Cut Pro Library Database
.IMOVIEPROJiMovie Project File
.MTSAVCHD Video File
.R3DREDCODE Video File
Additional Related File Formats
.AACAdvanced Audio Coding File
.AIFFAudio Interchange File Format
.ALEAvid Log Exchange File
.ARCUTPrelude Rough Cut File
.BMPBitmap Image File
.BWFBroadcast Wave File
.CAFCore Audio File
.CAFFCore Audio File
.DPXDigital Picture Exchange File
.EDLEdit Decision List File
.GIFGraphical Interchange Format File
.MP3MP3 Audio File
.MP4MPEG-4 Video File
.PNGPortable Network Graphic
.RAWRaw Image Data File
.RCPROJECTiMovie '08 Project
.STLSpruce Technologies Subtitle File
.WAVWAVE Audio File

Updated: September 20, 2016