Apple updates its pro apps: Compressor, Final Cut Pro, MainStage and Motion

Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2 for OS X (Mac screenshot 001)

As we continue to chew on the ramifications of Apple’s eyebrow-raising decision to stop development of Aperture and iPhoto for OS X and focus exclusively on the upcoming Photos for OS X Yosemite (due in 2015), the Cupertino firm has just issued a round of updates to its pro apps: Compressor, Final Cut Pro, MainStage and Motion.

New versions of these apps are now available in the Mac App Store under the Updates tab. I’ve included release notes for each app right after the break…

If you’ve purchased the aforementioned apps, the updates will of course be free. Note that an update to MainStage will be available later today, as per TechCrunch.

For those unfamiliar with MainStage, it’s Apple’s live-performance companion app for Logic Pro X which lets you sound “as great on stage as you do in the studio.”

Compressor 4.1.2

  • Support for Apple ProRes 4444 XQ
  • Better performance when working with large batches
  • Status display and improved responsiveness when using “Send to Compressor” from Final Cut Pro X and Motion
  • Improved performance and color accuracy when encoding H.264 source files from GoPro cameras
  • Fixes issues transcoding alpha channels in image sequences
  • Includes general stability improvements

The 318MB app costs $49.99.

Final Cut Pro 10.1.2

  • Optimized, proxy, and rendered media can be stored at any location outside of the library
  • Easily delete optimized, proxy, and rendered media from within Final Cut Pro X
  • Used media indicators for Compound clips, Multicam clips, and Synced clips
  • Option to show only unused media in the Browser
  • Apply a standard (Rec. 709) look in real time to high dynamic range and wide color gamut video from ARRI, Blackmagic Design, Canon, and Sony cameras
  • Automatically apply an ARRI embedded 3D LUT from the new AMIRA camera
  • Support for Apple ProRes 4444 XQ
  • Improved speed and accuracy when synchronizing clips
  • Audio recording improvements including countdown and automatic Audition creation from multiple takes
  • Fast export of cuts-only projects containing XDCAM media
  • Export entire library as a single XML file
  • Selecting a library displays key metadata in the Inspector
  • Adjust relative and absolute volume of a clip or range selection
  • Create Keywords from Finder Tags when importing media
  • Option to sort events by date or name in the Libraries list
  • Import a clip by dragging directly into the Browser
  • Share 4K video to Vimeo

The app comes in at 2.28GB and costs $299.99.

Motion 5.1.1

  • Support for Apple ProRes 4444 XQ
  • Improved Sequence Text behavior for animating characters, words, and lines
  • Enhanced Contrast filter parameters for refined adjustments

Motion costs $49.99 and comes in at 1.63GB.

Again, the MainStage app was unavailable in the Mac App Store at the time of this writing, but a new version should arrive later today. As soon as it goes live, I’ll update the article with release notes.

For those concerned about Apple’s decision to cede the pro market to Adobe by killing Aperture and iPhoto, the company told TechCrunch that it was committed to supporting the rest of its pro apps outside of Aperture.