Final Cut Pro X 10.4.9 Brings Workflow Improvements

Apple released Final Cut Pro X 10.4.9 on Tuesday with improvements to improve remote workflows and speed up editing.

Final Cut Pro X Enhancements

Proxy Workflows

  • Users can create proxies in either ProRes Proxy or H.264 in dimensions as low as 12.5% of the original
  • Proxy media, images, and audio can be consolidated on an external or network hard drive
  • Final Cut Pro Libraries can be relinked to proxies already created
  • Links to proxy media can be generated by third-party apps using XML


  • Project clips are automatically analyzed for dominant motion and cropped with Smart Conform to convert them to square, vertical, or other formats using machine learning
  • Transform Overscan reveals media outside the crop boundary when adjusting scale, rotation, and position
  • Users can add a Custom Overlay when placing text and graphics within a non-landscape frame

Editorial Workflow Improvements

  • ProRes RAW camera settings are now available in inspector
  • A new context menu lets users close projects, clear timeline history, and sort clips and projects in List View according to the last modified date
  • New Metal-enabled plug-ins for RED RAW and Canon Cinema RAW Light
  • Stereoscopic 3D video and view footage can be stabilized in the 360-degree Viewer with separate streams for each eye
  • Users can work on remote content immediately while it’s downloading in the background from web-based assed management apps

Motion and Compressor

  • Motion can handle importing of third-party 3D models and has its own built-in library of 3D models in the USDZ format
  • Behaviors and key frames can manipulate the position, rotation, and scale of a model, and take advantage of existing replicators, emitters, lights, and cameras
  • A new Stroke Filter automatically outlines an object or text element using its alpha channel
  • Compressor supports custom LUT effects and the ability to use Camera LUTs to convert log-encoded footage to SDR or HDR outputs

Final Cut Pro X 10.4.9 is available as a free update for existing users and costs US$299.99 for new users. Motion 5.4.6 and Compressor 4.4.7 are also available today as free updates for existing users, and cost US$49.99 each for new users.

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