When Apple first unveiled the new Mac Pro at WWDC in June, the company touted the potential performance gains that the system’s dual-GPU configuration could bring to demanding workflows like video editing and effects rendering. But applications would need to be updated to take advantage of the GPUs, and Apple promised that its professional apps like Final Cut Pro X would be ready for the new hardware.
Final Cut Pro has been updated for the next-generation architecture in the new Mac Pro, providing unprecedented performance when editing and monitoring 4K video and working with complex graphics and effects.
Final Cut Pro 10.1 brings a slew of new features, including support for the new Mac Pro hardware, support for 4K displays and Thunderbolt 2, new 4K content, 4K sharing and exporting options, including the ability to directly upload 4K video projects to YouTube, and a new file management option called Libraries, which combines projects and events into a unified bundle.
There are also dozens of additional bug fixes and feature enhancements. Those interested can check out the complete list of changes at the Mac App Store.
With the new hardware and optimized software, Apple claims that Final Cut Pro users can expect performance improvements of up to 4.4 times that of the previous generation Mac Pro.
Final Cut Pro 10.1 is a free update for all current Final Cut Pro X users. Those new to the application can pick it up on the Mac App Store for $299.99. Companion apps Motion and Compressor both received minor updates and are available for $49.99 each.