Apple Final Cut Pro

Version10.5(as of 1/25/2021)
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Rating:2.4  |  43 Votes

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

Software Overview

Apple Final Cut Pro is a professional video editor for macOS. It features timeline-based editing with support for various video formats and helpful editing features. It is available as a 90-day trial.

Final Cut Pro supports a broad range of video formats, including H.264 from DSLRs, AVCHD, MPEG-4, and RED, along with 4K, and 8K 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 help eliminate black gaps and avoid clip collisions. The Filmstrip view in the Event browser lets you quickly skim through hours of footage and move the 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 many 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 macOS, along with Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere Pro. If you are looking for a professional video editor for macOS that is affordable (one-time purchase compared to other subscription-based editors), go with Final Cut Pro.

Primary File Type

fcpevent icon.FCPEVENTFinal Cut Pro Event File

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.FCPEVENTFinal Cut Pro Event File
.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
.R3DREDCODE Video File

Additional Related File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.AACAdvanced Audio Coding File
.AIFFAudio Interchange File Format
.ALEAvid Log Exchange File
.ARCUTPrelude Rough Cut File
.BMPBitmap Image
.BWFBroadcast Wave File
.CAFCore Audio File
.CAFFCore Audio File
.DPXDigital Picture Exchange File
.EDLEdit Decision List File
.GIFGraphical Interchange Format File
.MP3MP3 Audio
.MP4MPEG-4 Video
.PNGPortable Network Graphic
.RAWRaw Image Data
.RCPROJECTiMovie '08 Project
.STLEuropean Broadcasting Union Subtitles File
Updated 1/25/2021