More New Features

Previously in the Import drop down sheet and in Import you had the option to create Keyword Collections based on folders, you now have the option to also create Keyword Collections based on Finder tags.

This means you can effectively keyword media files into a collection on a clip by clip basis anywhere in the Finder before importing.

Also added to the FCP Import window when importing from a camera is a little popup on the right-side that allows you to select whether you want the window to show Video, Photos, or All files. Great when importing from a DSLR.


Another nice feature of this update is that you no longer have to drag and drop files right on the event in the library; you can now drag and drop anywhere in the Event Browser, which is a much bigger target of course.

You can now right-click in the Libraries Browser and select Sort Events By and choose based on Date or Name or Ascending or Descending. 

An important audio feature is the ability to adjust volume of a clip or a range either to an absolute level or relative to any keyframed levels. Previously volume control was always relatively to where it was, now you can make an absolute change so a clip, a range, or multiple clips. You can do this from the Modify menu and select Adjust Volume>Absolute or Relative or use the keyboard shortcuts Control-Option-L for Absolute or Control-L for Relative. Selecting Absolute activates the Dashboard to enter a decibel value.

Selecting Relative also activates the Dashboard, with a slightly different display, again allowing you to type in a plus or minus value relative to the current value.

You can also toggle between Relative and Absolute by clicking the icon at the right end of the Dashboard.

FCP’s simple, little audio recording tool has had a makeover. 

In addition to the record button, input selector, and Gain control, you can now name a recording before you begin recording, mute the project during playback, add a countdown that appears on the screen, and create an Audition from takes.

The automatic creation of an Audition is a really neat new feature. Now each recording in the same session starting from the same place, will appear as a separate clip in the event, but be combined into an Audition in the Timeline.

Used clip indicators have been available for a while now, but what’s been added is the used clip indicators are now also on Compound Clips, Multicam clips, and Sync clips.

Previously there was a hidden keyboard shortcut that allowed you to filter for unused clips in the Browser, Control-U, but the selection was not available in the filter popup. It’s now there.

One more feature that’s really a handy improvement is that you can now copy a transition and paste it to a connected clip. Previously you could only paste to clips that were either in the primary storyline or a connected secondary storyline. Now you can copy and paste to a regular connected clip either by selecting the clip and pasting to the edit points at both ends or by selecting an edit point and pasting to just that edit. The clips will be converted to a storyline and the transitions added.

Previously you could export an event XML file, and for a library you had to export event by event. Now you can export an entire library as an XML file in XML 1.4. Another useful function for collaboration. In addition, when you export an event it now includes any projects. Previously exporting XML of a project was separate from exporting the XML of an event.

New in 10.1.2 is the ability to close all your libraries one after the other till you’re left with an Open Library icon in the Libraries pane.

Also a neat feature is that if you can select a project in the Browser and press the spacebar, the project will load and start playing from the beginning. Now all we need is the same feature, select the project, and press Shift-Command-F to load and start playing in full screen.

Custom 3D LUT from ARRI Amira cameras can be controlled during import and work as realtime effects.

The speed of clip syncing and its accuracy has also been improved.

The speed of exporting of cuts only XDCAM projects has also been improved.

Finally, Apple has added a new codec, ProRes 4444 (XQ). This very high data rate format also exports with an alpha channel like ProRes 4444. Designed for 4K media, it’s a further step forward in cinema ready video production.

A note on the updated Compressor: It of course now also has ProRes 4444 (XQ), but has separate options for ProRes 4444 with Alpha and ProRes 4444 (XQ) with Alpha. To export with transparency you have to select these options, the normal ProRes 4444 and ProRes 4444 (XQ) will export without the alpha channel, replacing it with black.  

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