What’s new in Final Cut Pro 10.3
Final Cut Pro 10.3 introduces new features and enhancements, detailed below.
A redesigned modern interface puts the focus on your video. See Final Cut Pro interface.
Configure custom workspaces for tasks like organizing and color grading. Fill a second display with the timeline (or hide the timeline completely). Expand the inspector to full-screen height. See Arrange the Final Cut Pro main window, Change the workspace layout in Final Cut Pro, and Use a second display with Final Cut Pro.
Enhanced roles support and Magnetic Timeline 2
Color coding of clips based on roles—Dialogue, Music, and Effects—lets you understand your project at a glance. Enhanced roles support lets you create and manage a unique set of roles for each Final Cut Pro library. See Intro to roles in Final Cut Pro.
You can create and assign roles to identify different types of audio and video clips, and you can customize the colors of roles. See View and reassign roles in Final Cut Pro, Create custom roles in Final Cut Pro, and Change role colors or names in Final Cut Pro.
An enhanced timeline index lets you drag audio roles to rearrange the layout of the timeline. See Reorder audio roles in Final Cut Pro.
You can use the Focus button in the timeline index to highlight specific audio roles and collapse all others. See Focus the Final Cut Pro timeline on a role.
The Show Audio Lanes button in the timeline index displays a structured timeline layout with dedicated lanes for each audio role. The Show Subroles button expands the view down to the component level. See Organize the Final Cut Pro timeline with audio lanes and View and edit components in audio lanes.
You can now add audio effects and keyframe audio volume changes for an entire role within a compound clip. See Work with audio roles in compound clips in Final Cut Pro.
iXML support enables automatic creation and assignment of roles based on metadata from an audio field recorder. See Create custom roles automatically during import using iXML metadata.
Wider color gamut
Video shot in wide-gamut color space can now be viewed in wider color gamut on supported Mac computers and external displays. See Intro to wide color gamut and HDR in Final Cut Pro.
You can now import, edit, and deliver video in Standard (Rec. 601 and Rec. 709) color spaces or in Wide Gamut (Rec. 2020) color space. You can configure color space settings for both libraries and projects. See Use wide-gamut HDR color processing in Final Cut Pro.
Log footage from ARRI, Blackmagic Design, Canon, Panasonic, and Sony cameras, as well as RED RAW footage, can be manipulated in real time to preserve wider color gamut. See Apply LUTs in Final Cut Pro and Import REDCODE RAW files into Final Cut Pro.
The range check overlay in the viewer highlights areas out of the standard RGB range. Video scopes accurately display wider color gamut in real time. See Detect out-of-gamut colors in Final Cut Pro and Intro to measuring video in Final Cut Pro.
Support for the Touch Bar on MacBook Pro
Tap to perform common tasks such as adjusting volume, creating fade-ins and fade-outs, and importing media.
Easily access advanced editing commands, including Override Clip Connections, Trim to Playhead, Trim to Start, and Trim to End.
View your entire project at a glance and navigate with touch in the timeline overview.
More video formats
MXF-wrapped Apple ProRes provides a flexible new standard for broadcast delivery.
MXF master file export uses audio roles to configure industry-standard channel layouts. See Export MXF files with Final Cut Pro.
The following formats are now supported:
Sony XAVC-L at 4K for the Sony PXW-FS7 and PXW-X70 cameras
Panasonic AVC-Intra LT playback
Export of AVC-Intra files
Other notable features
SMB 3 network support allows you to access libraries on network-attached storage devices. See Create a new library in Final Cut Pro.
You can consolidate custom Motion projects into individual Final Cut Pro libraries. This includes effects, transitions, titles, or generators created or customized in Motion. See Manage Motion content in Final Cut Pro, Set storage locations in Final Cut Pro, and Consolidate projects and libraries in Final Cut Pro.
Larger media and content browsers let you view photo libraries, sound effects, music, titles, and generators at a glance. For example, you can access music and sound effects in the Photos and Audio sidebar and then select ranges of audio clips in the browser. See Import into Final Cut Pro from Photos, Add music and sound in Final Cut Pro, Add titles in Final Cut Pro, and Intro to generators in Final Cut Pro.
New XML support lets you update clips, projects, and events by dragging them directly between Final Cut Pro and supported apps. See Use XML to transfer projects in Final Cut Pro.
You can now set continuous playback of clips in the browser. See Play back video and audio clips.
You can apply fades to one or more audio clips using the Modify menu. See Apply fades using the Modify menu.
You can now roll adjacent audio components. See Example: Perform a roll edit on adjacent audio components.
You can copy and paste timecode to speed up timeline navigation and numerical entry from text documents and spreadsheets. See Navigate using timecode in Final Cut Pro.
New effects, transitions, and generators: The Timecode effect displays the clip name and source clip timecode in the viewer and in exported files. The Flow transition seamlessly merges jump cuts to remove pauses or mistakes in on-camera interviews. The new Broadcast Safe filter supports both standard and wide-gamut color spaces in SDR (standard dynamic range) video media. For information about adding effects and transitions to your projects, see Add video effects in Final Cut Pro and Add transitions in Final Cut Pro.