It has been a difficult year for Apple when it comes to professional users, thanks to failures such as the rebooted Mac Pro and Final Cut Pro X that drove many people away. Lately, the company has been trying to fix it with products like the iMac Pro (and still promised the return of a more traditional Mac Pro at some point) and a steady stream of updates for its professional applications.
The latest Final Cut Pro update seeks to continue that momentum, adding two new main features to video editing applications: an integrated subtitle tool and the presentation of a new video format called ProRes RAW that offers users the best of the compressed format ProRes and true video RAW without losses.
With the new update, Final Cut Pro now allows users to import and edit subtitles for their videos without the need for a separate application. The implementation of Apple allows subtitles to work with the existing magnetic line in Final Cut, and users can connect the subtitles to audio or video clips. Just as when you connect audio separately to video, the two clips are linked, making it easy to move through segments of your video without losing the associated subtitles. Apple supports two major formats for subtitles with the update: CEA-608 (used in broadcasts in the US / Mexico / Canada) and iTT (coincidentally, what iTunes movies use for subtitles).
ProRes RAW seeks to offer the best of uncompressed and compressed video formats
The other big update is the introduction (and support) of the new ProRes RAW format, which Apple considers as a kind of bridge between the company's existing ProRes and full RAW formats. ProRes Raw allows users to combine data from RAW sensors with the space and processor savings of a compressed ProRes file, while retaining the ease of use of the compressed format (especially for laptop publishers) without necessarily sacrificing all the benefits of RAW video. For now, the company is partnering with Atomos (its Sumo 19 and Shogun recorders will receive firmware updates to support ProRes RAW) and DJI, which will sell a Zenmuse X7 compatible with ProRes RAW and will inspire later this spring.
The Final Cut Pro update is expected to reach users next week on April 9. Like other Apple Final Cut updates, version 10.4.1 will continue to be a free update for existing customers.