About Final Cut Pro

Learn more about Final Cut Pro for Mac.

Final Cut Pro is a revolutionary app for creating, editing, and producing the highest-quality video. Final Cut Pro combines high-performance digital editing and native support for virtually any video format with easy-to-use and time-saving features that let you focus on storytelling.

Where can I purchase Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Compressor?

What are the features and system requirements for Final Cut Pro?
Full system requirements, features overview, and more

Where can I get information about graphics card compatibility with Final Cut Pro?
See Graphics card compatibility for Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Compressor for information.

What's new in Final Cut Pro?
View the Final Cut Pro release notes, the Final Cut Pro product page, and the What's New in Final Cut Pro article.

What media formats does Final Cut Pro support?
Find out which media formats are supported by Final Cut Pro.

What cameras and devices work with Final Cut Pro?
Find out which cameras are supported by Final Cut Pro.

Are there any support or training and certification resources to help me troubleshoot and learn Final Cut Pro?
See Final Cut Pro support resources for complimentary self-help support resources.
See Final Cut Pro training resources for Final Cut Pro training information.

Is a trial version of Final Cut Pro available?
Read about the Final Cut Pro trial for information and a link to download the free 90-day Final Cut Pro trial.

Can I purchase Final Cut Pro pre-installed when I buy a Mac?
You can add Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro pre-installed to your Mac purchase when you customize your Mac at apple.com.

How many computers can I install Final Cut Pro on?
The Final Cut Pro license agreement states:

“…you have the right to use the Apple Software as permitted by the Mac App Store Product Usage Rules set forth in the App Store Terms and Conditions (http://www.apple.com/ legal/itunes/ww/) ("Usage Rules"), and are granted a limited, non-transferable, non-exclusive license:

(i) to download, install, use and run for personal, non-commercial use, one (1) copy of the Apple Software directly on each Apple-branded computer running OS X (“Mac Computer”) that you own or control; and

(ii) if you are a commercial enterprise or educational institution, to download, install, use and run one (1) copy of the Apple Software for use either: (a) by a single individual on each of the Mac Computer(s) that you own or control, or (b) by multiple individuals on a single shared Mac Computer that you own or control. For example, a single employee may use the Apple Software on both the employee’s desktop Mac Computer and laptop Mac Computer, or multiple students may serially use the Apple Software on a single Mac Computer located at a resource center or library.”

For complete details, view the Final Cut Pro License Agreement.

Can I commercially use the royalty-free content, such as loops and samples, that come with Final Cut Pro and Motion 5?

The Final Cut Pro and Motion 5 software license agreements state:

“Except as otherwise provided, you may use the Apple and third party audio file content (including, but not limited to, the built-in sound files, samples and impulse responses) (collectively the 'Sample Content'), contained in or otherwise included with the Apple Software, on a royalty-free basis, to create your own original soundtracks for your film, video and audio projects. You may broadcast and/or distribute your own soundtracks that were created using the Sample Content, however, individual files may not be commercially or otherwise distributed on a standalone basis, nor may they be repackaged in whole or in part as clipart, stock animation, audio samples, sound files or music beds.”

How do I purchase Final Cut Pro in volume for my business or educational institution?
You can buy apps in bulk with Apps and Books for Business or educational institutions.

Can I purchase all of Apple’s Pro Apps in a bundle as a college student, teacher, or educational institution?
You can get all five professional applications for video and music at a special price — including Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Compressor, along with Logic Pro and MainStage with the Pro Apps Bundle for qualifying college students, teachers, and educational institutions.

What documentation is available for Final Cut Pro?

You can find user guides in the Help menu of each app, online, or in Apple Books:

  • Help menu: To find the user guide in an app, click Help in the menu bar, then choose Final Cut Pro Help, Motion 5 Help, or Compressor 4 Help.
  • Online user guides: User guides are available online for Final Cut ProMotion, and Compressor.
  • Apple Books: User guides in ebook format are available from Apple Books for Final Cut ProMotion, and Compressor.

What technical support options are available for Final Cut Pro?

View Final Cut Pro support resources for detailed information.

Where can I get more information about transitioning to Final Cut Pro for Mac from Final Cut Pro 7?
Learn about making the transition to Final Cut Pro from Final Cut Pro 7.

Where can I get more information about managing media with Final Cut Pro libraries on Mac?
Managing Media with Final Cut Pro Libraries
Media management overview
Move a Final Cut Pro library

When was Final Cut Pro for Mac released?
Final Cut Pro for Mac was initially released on June 21, 2011.

Where can I submit product feedback on Final Cut Pro?
Visit the Final Cut Pro feedback page.

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