What is Final Cut Pro?

Final Cut Pro window showing Browser, Viewer, and Timeline

Final Cut Pro X is a revolutionary application for creating, editing, and producing the highest-quality video. Final Cut Pro combines high-performance digital editing and native support for virtually any video format with easy-to-use and time-saving features that let you focus on storytelling.

In Final Cut Pro, you can:

  • Edit everything from uncompressed standard-definition video to HDV, DVCPRO HD, and uncompressed high-definition video—as well as file-based formats such as AVC-Intra, AVCHD, and XDCAM HD.

  • Play back and skim resolution-independent media up to 1920 x 1080, 2K, 4K, and even 5K resolution. You can also play your video full screen or on a second display.

  • Assemble clips with ease using the Magnetic Timeline, which fluidly adjusts clips around the clip you’re dragging to eliminate gaps, collisions, and sync problems.

  • Edit quickly with the complete set of professional editing and trimming tools. Fine-tune edits with the inline Precision Editor.

  • Have Final Cut Pro analyze your video and nondestructively fix common problems such as camera shake, excess hum, or loudness. You can also have Final Cut Pro detect the presence of people or the shot type, and automatically apply keywords such as One Person or Wide Shot.

  • Organize your media using Keyword Collections, which automatically group clips based on keywords, and Smart Collections, which automatically group clips based on criteria you specify.

  • Try out clips in your project using auditions—sets of alternate takes, effects, or text treatments—and then choose the best clip for the edit.

  • Create compound clips to group any combination of clips, and nest clips within other clips.

  • Use connected clips and storylines to add cutaway shots, superimposed titles, and sound effects to your project. Connected clips and storylines always stay in sync.

  • Add special effects to video, audio, and photos, and adjust them using keyframes and onscreen controls. You can also change clip speed to create fast-motion or slow-motion effects.

  • Automatically balance and match color, or use the color correction tools to precisely control the look of any clip in your project.

  • Publish your project directly to websites such as YouTube and Facebook, or send your project to iTunes for syncing with Apple devices such as iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.