What’s new in Final Cut Pro 10.1

Final Cut Pro 10.1 introduces numerous new features and enhancements, detailed below.

Performance and Mac Pro optimizations

Final Cut Pro 10.1 brings the following performance improvements:

  • Optimization to take advantage of multiple GPUs in the new Mac Pro

  • HDMI and Thunderbolt output at frame sizes up to 4K (UltraHD and DCI 4K)

  • Better playback and rendering performance, plus faster opening of the application and projects

  • Improved performance when modifying or keywording large numbers of clips at the same time

  • Selected titles, effects, and other media content scaled for 4K projects

Project and media management

Project and media media management tools have been enhanced to deliver:

  • Improved media management with the introduction of libraries, a new way to organize multiple events and multiple projects in a single container

  • Project snapshots: on-demand backups that allow you to quickly return to an earlier version of a particular project

  • Media file storage on disk locations external to the Final Cut Pro X library, making your media accessible in specific folders on a wide range of SANs

  • Direct importation of MTS/M2TS files into Final Cut Pro

  • Used clip range indicators that show you at a glance which clips are already in a project

  • Direct import of photos from iOS devices using the Media Import window

  • Support for portrait/landscape metadata in still images

For more information, see Organizing libraries overview, Media management overview, and Editing overview.

Playback and effects

Significant improvements in the Final Cut Pro playback interface and powerful new effects features will empower your workflow.

  • Improved retiming lets you set custom speeds easier than ever—by typing frame rates directly in the interface. You can also create jump cuts at specific frames, replace and retime in one step, and retime clips without rippling the Timeline. For more information, see Retiming clips overview.

  • A new stabilization method called InertiaCam has been optimized to smooth video footage containing camera moves such as pans and zooms. Tripod Mode creates the effect of a static camera, as if it were mounted on a tripod.

  • An improved optical flow algorithm makes retiming and frame rate conform speedier than ever. In addition, for Macs with two GPUs, the optical flow algorithm now makes use of both GPUs, providing a more than 2x speed increase over a single GPU.

  • You can now create custom project resolutions for web video, digital signage, and other nonstandard frame sizes.

  • New controls in the Viewer menu let you switch between better playback quality and better playback performance. There’s also a control to switch between proxy media and original or optimized media.

  • And you can now view all pixels of a 2K frame on a MacBook Pro with Retina display.


Improved editing tools give you more creative flexibility than ever.

  • Through edits are now supported in all types of clips. The new Join Clips command removes cuts from bladed Timeline clips.

  • You can detach the audio portion of multicam clips in the Timeline to manipulate audio and video separately. You can also make video-only or audio-only edits into the Timeline with multicam clips as sources.

  • You can blade audio cuts in J- and L-cuts separately from the video. And you can now roll the audio in open split edits.

  • If no clips are selected in the Timeline, a white dot now appears on the playhead to indicate the clip whose attributes are shown in the Inspector.

  • Moving clips with transitions is now easier.

For more information, see Editing overview.


When it’s time to export your project, there are several new Share options:

  • You can share 4K finished videos directly to YouTube.

  • You can share videos directly to the Chinese video sharing websites Youku and Tudou.

  • And you can receive notifications on the status of items you shared.

For more information, see Sharing projects overview.


Audio fade handles have been added to individual audio channels in the Timeline. For more information, see Fade audio in or out.

Third-party support

Final Cut Pro 10.1 also features several new third-party support options:

  • Developers can utilize a new API for customizing Share operations.

  • FXPlug 3 has been updated to include the ability to design custom effects interfaces.

  • Effect parameters, fonts, and text size information are now preserved in XML files.

General application

You can now hide the Browser to free up more screen area for color grading and other operations that are improved by larger video images.