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Final Cut Pro updates for iPad and Mac are now available

Final Cut Pro 2 on a new iPad Pro

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After announcing Final Cut Pro for iPad 2 with the new iPad Pro, and a corresponding Mac version at the same time, Apple has made the pair available.

Announced alongside the launch of the new iPad Pro, Final Cut Pro for iPad 2 uses the capabilities of that processor to add live multi camera work on the iPad Pro. The footage continues to be recorded on the individual devices, which can now be multiple iPhones or iPads. It requires the devices to be running a new, free, Apple app called Final Cut Camera.

This ability to work on projects on storage that's external to the iPad presumably allows both for larger files, and for an easier way to simply move the storage device over to a Mac. However, Apple does not appear to have added the much-wanted ability to move a Final Cut Pro project back and forth between the Mac and the iPad at will.

Apple says that the M4 chip enables up to 2x faster rendering and supporting up to 4x more streams of ProRes RAW than with M1. Final Cut Pro for iPad 2 also supports the new Apple Pencil Pro gestures.

Final Cut Pro for Mac brings new AI features including Enhance Light and Color, and Smooth Slo-Mo. New organizational tools include custom names for color corrections and video effects in the inspector, the ability to search for and navigate to clips with missing media or effects in the timeline index, and text-based timeline search.

Final Cut Camera is available now on iPhone Xs and later running iOS 17.4 or later, and iPad models running iPadOS 17.4 or later. Final Cut Pro for iPad 2 requires iPadOS 17.4 or later, and iPad models with the M1 chip or later.

Final Cut Pro for Mac 10.8 requires macOS 13.5 or later, 8GB of RAM with 16GB recommended, a Metal-capable graphics card in Intel Macs, and 6.5GB of available disk space.

Final Cut Pro for iPad 2 and Final Cut Pro for Mac 10.8 are now available as free updates for existing users. For new users, Final Cut Pro for iPad 2 is available on the App Store for $4.99 per month or $49 per year.

Final Cut Pro for Mac 10.8 is available on the Mac App Store for $299.99.