18.12.17

Final Cut Pro X introduces 360-degree VR video editing

Apple Final Cut Pro X

Apple has announced a major update to its video editing app, Final Cut Pro X, with new features including 360-degree VR video editing, advanced colour grading tools and support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) video.

Final Cut Pro users can now edit full-resolution 8K video for the first time on a Mac. Apple is also extending 360-degree VR video support to Final Cut Pro companion apps, Motion and Compressor.

Final Cut Pro lets professional editors create VR content with the ability to import, edit and deliver 360-degree video and view the project in real time through a connected HTC VIVE headset with SteamVR.

Users can add 360-degree titles in 2D or 3D; apply blurs, glows and other immersive effects; and use visual controls to straighten horizons or remove camera rigs from equirectangular videos. Standard photos and videos can also be added to VR projects and 360-degree video can be shared directly to YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo.

Editors can output video to HDR monitors using I/O devices from AJA and Blackmagic with brightness levels up to 10,000 nits. The new colour grading tools support both HDR and Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) video, and with tone mapping, users can change HDR to SDR output for broadcast.