Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video What's new in Final Cut Pro X v10.3?, part of Final Cut Pro X 10.3 and 10.4 Essential Training.
- [Instructor] In this movie I want to introduce you to the major new features in Final Cut Pro version 10.3. So this movie is really for people already familiar with Final Cut Pro who want a rundown of what's new. And with ever major software release I will aim to update this What's New section so you can just check the introduction of the course for the latest. Now there's no exercise files with the What's New content so just sit back and watch. But just realize I do have a library open and a project loaded in the timeline so I'm able to show you a few things. So first of all, the most obvious change is right out there front and center and that's the newly designed user interface.
For those of you familiar with Final Cut you'll notice that the new interface has a darker, flatter, perhaps sleeker look and quite a few of the most important buttons and icons have changed locations. For example, you'll notice that some of the buttons that were in the center toolbar have now moved to the top. Like the Import command, the Keyword editor, the Background Tasks button, the Inspector and the Share button. Also I'm able to very easily show the windows and tools that I need and these functions have been consolidated into useful buttons.
For example, if I want to focus one my source clips I can hide my timeline by clicking on the Hide Timeline button. If I'm editing in the timeline and I don't need my browser I can give myself more room by hiding that as well. And if I have a second monitor hooked up to my system I can fill that monitor with anything I want. As you see here under Window, Show in Secondary Display I can move my browser, viewers or timeline over to my second monitor. Of course, I only have one monitor hooked up right now so those are grayed out but that can be an excellent option for you.
Speaking of customizing windows, I want to show you the new workspace feature. There are several workspaces that now come with the program by default. If I come to Workspaces, there's the Default editing workspace which shows the browser, viewer, inspector and timeline. There's the organize workspace and this hides the timeline but expands everything else. And there's also the color & effects workspace which hides the browser, brings up my scopes and then I have the viewer, the inspector and the video effects browser along with my timeline.
Now you can also setup your own custom workspace. I'm going to go back to default. Let's setup a workspace where I show my event viewer and my timeline index. I simply come up to Window, Workspaces and Save Workspace As. There's a lot going on here so I'll just call this detailed. And save. And now I can easily go back and forth between my various workspaces. If I make any changes to this, for example I'll close the timeline index, and I want to save that, I simply come to Workspaces and Update Detailed Workspace.
Alright, so that's very useful. And these options aren't only for a single monitor setup like I have here, but they're also if I want to setup custom layouts for different screen sizes and multiple monitors. So if you sometimes edit on a laptop and sometimes edit on a giant dual monitor setup, making those different custom workspaces is a great solution. I'll go back to my default workspace for now. And by the way the keyboard shortcut for that is command 0, so that's a good one to remember. Now I want to get into roles, which got a big upgrade in this release. I go into these features in detail in Chapter 7, but I'll touch on a few things right now.
As a review for those who may need it, roles are essentially categories of video and audio. So if I come up to Modify and Edit Roles, you can see the five default roles. I have two video roles, Titles and Video and three audio roles, Dialogue, Effects and Music. In this release things got much easier to organize and categorize. For example, each of these roles is assigned a color which is then translated in the timeline. You can change the role color categories within this editor. You simple hover over the color wheel and then select it and choose a new color.
And then you can see everything in the timeline is updated. I'm going to head over to my timeline index and click on roles and notice that there's an edit roles button down here as well. And I want to mention that if I add a role, it gets a new color. And if I hover over here I can add a subrole which retains the color of the parent role. And I'll delete that for now. Notice I've added subroles for each person that speaks in my project. And that comes into play for the next thing that I'm going to show you. I'm going to come back over to the timeline index and look at these three buttons here.
This first one shows the lanes contained within this role. So if I click on it, you can see that everything breaks out in the timeline into the individual audio elements and each element has their own lane. I'll collapse that for now. Now here is where I can actually show those subroles. And again I assigned a subrole for every single person that talks in my project. So I'll click on this. And you can see all of those subroles both in the timeline index and in my timeline. If I reorganize anything in my timeline index it's likewise reorganized in the timeline.
So if Mike is my principal character and I would like to move him up to the top I can simply drag up, and he's now in the number one position. Also notice that I can select a role and that role is likewise selected in the timeline. I can also enable or disable a role which again follows suite in the timeline. This last button is a focus button. So if I click on that, then I'm only going to be focused on my dialog and my music is going to be collapsed. Or maybe I want to just focus on my music and then all of my dialog is collapsed into this series of bars.
I'm going to hide my subroles for now. And I'll climb out of my timeline index. Assigning roles is easy no matter where you are. You can select one or many clips in the timeline and then right click and choose Assign Audio or Video roles. You can also do this in the browser. So select as many clips as you like in the browser and then right click and those same commands exist. And then you can also do it on Import. So if I was to import media, I could come over to Audio Roles and I could have Final Cut assign it automatically or I could force a role selection.
Okay, so again we'll go more into roles in Chapter 7 and also in Chapter 12 when we talk about using roles to export stems. Alright, so that's a lot of improvement in the roles category. Now I want to touch on a few things regarding effects. The first is a specific effect that has been greatly desired in Final Cut for a while now and that is the new flow transition effect. I'm going to open up the transitions browser which is now over here and it's in the Dissolves category Flow. And what this does is smooth out jump cuts.
So I'm going to play over this section here and you'll notice that I have jump cuts in my dialog. (man in video speaking) Alright, so I'll just apply my Flow transitions between those edits. And now I'll play again. (man in video speaking) So as you can see it works pretty well as long as the two clips aren't too visually dissimilar.
For the first one I think it's completely hidden. And for the second one I still think it looks pretty good but you can sort of tell because of the hand placement. In that case you can trim this a little bit shorter and that can improve things. Okay, not too bad. Now another effect upgrade I want to show you is the Remove effects and Remove Attributes commands. You're now able to exercise even more control when you need to remove effects on multiple clips.
So I can select all of my clips and then come up to Edit and Remove Effects will blow all effects away but if I want to cherry pick I can go to Remove Attributes and now I can select exactly which effects I want to remove. So this is some nice control and a welcome addition to Final Cut. Finally, there are a few time code features that I want to point out. There is a new larger time code display here in the user interface and it lets you input exact time code numbers. You just single click and then type in some time code, Enter and it goes to that exact point in the timeline.
That also works with copying and pasting by the way. You can also burn in time code as an effect. I'll go to my effect browser and just type in timecode. And here it is and I'm skimming and you can see that it even works in preview mode but if I applied it and then opened up the inspector there's a lot of control here. You can choose to show source timecode or project timecode. You can show you clip names or not and lots of ways to customize exactly how this looks. So that is a quick rundown of some of the new features in Final Cut Pro 10 version 10.3.
You'll also find these features highlighted where applicable within this training if you need more in depth instruction on these on an individual basis.
- Ingesting and organizing your assets
- Editing and refining
- Basic audio editing
- Additional editing and organizational techniques
- Multicam editing
- Working with effects
- Color correcting footage
- Project and media management
- Sharing and exporting video
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 11/22/2017. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover what’s new in Final Cut Pro X 10.4, including how to work with the color correction tools and Compressor.
Q: This course was updated on 06/06/2018. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover what’s new in Final Cut Pro X v. 10.4.1, including updates related to closed captions, the export settings interface, and exporting stems using roles.