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Final Cut Pro 4+

Professional post-production

What is Final Cut Pro?

The Final Cut Pro window showing the browser, viewer, and timeline

Final Cut Pro is a revolutionary app for creating, editing, and producing the highest-quality video.

Edit everything

Work faster, smarter

Get organized

Make every effect special

Perfect your pixels with advanced color grading

Export and share everywhere

Note: For a complete list of topics covered in this user guide, click Table of Contents at the top of the page.

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  1. Performance of projects containing 3D text may be adversely affected on systems with less than 1GB of VRAM.
  2. Video monitoring via Thunderbolt requires a Thunderbolt-enabled Mac and third-party I/O device.
  3. Some features require additional hardware and software.
  4. Blu-ray recorder required for burning Blu-ray discs.
  5. Native editing includes support for import and playback without transcoding.
  6. Float processing requires a graphics card with 256MB of VRAM; 512MB or more recommended.
  7. Requires macOS Monterey version 12.3 or later.

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Final Cut Pro Specs

Minimum System Requirements

  • macOS 11.5.1 or later
  • 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended for 4K editing, 3D titles, and 360° video editing)
  • Metal-capable graphics card
  • 1GB of VRAM recommended for 4K editing, 3D titles, and 360° video editing1
  • 4.5GB of available disk space
  • Some features require Internet access; fees may apply. Blu-ray recorder required for burning Blu-ray discs.


  • Import, edit, and share 360° video from equirectangular images stitched together from a wide variety of cameras
  • Send your iMovie for iOS project directly to Final Cut Pro for advanced editing, audio work, and finishing
  • Automatically detect faces or other objects and track their motion to match their movement with an effect, graphic, or title
  • Add and delete focus points and modify the depth-of-field effect in video recorded in Cinematic mode on iPhone 13 (requires macOS 12.0 or later)
  • Generate proxy media in custom frame sizes from 12.5% to 100% of the original in ProRes Proxy or H.264
  • Support for standard Rec. 709 Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) and Rec. 2020 High Dynamic Range (HDR) in libraries and projects from camera import to delivery. Edit and share Rec. 2020 PQ and HLG.
  • Range Check shows which areas of an image are out of color gamut
  • Camera Look Up Tables (LUTs) automatically applied to footage from select ARRI, Sony, Panasonic, and Canon cameras including ARRI Log C, Canon Log 2/Cinema Gamut, Panasonic V-Log, Sony S-Log2/S-Gamut, and Sony S-Log3/S-Gamut3.Cine
  • Import third-party camera LUTs and apply to source clips in the browser for use without rendering
  • Adjust ProRes RAW camera settings such as ISO, color temperature, and exposure offset using controls in the inspector
  • Monitor full-quality video up to 6K with Pro Display XDR. External monitoring of video with third-party Thunderbolt and PCIe devices, or via HDMI on select Mac computers2
  • Final Cut Pro features improved performance and efficiency with optimizations for M1 Pro, M1 Max, and M1 Ultra on the new Mac Studio and MacBook Pro
  • 64-bit architecture to take advantage of more than 4GB of RAM
  • Background rendering using GPU and CPU
  • ColorSync-managed color pipeline
  • High-precision floating-point render in linear-light color space
  • Uses Grand Central Dispatch to tap into all available processors
  • Full-screen, real-time preview playback of SD, HD, 2K, 4K, 5K, and larger-frame-size media
  • Customizable keyboard
  • Full Unicode support
  • GPU-accelerated exporting

Editing and Timeline

  • 360° viewer allows navigation in 360° while also viewing the equirectangular file side by side
  • Large browser for titles and generators
  • Custom Motion templates can be saved with the library
  • Option for continuous playback of clips in the browser
  • Timeline Index enables vertical rearrangement of roles and display of expanded channels
  • Create, rename, and change clip colors for roles and subroles
  • Read iXML metadata from audio clips and use them to automatically create and name roles
  • Automatically create custom roles during import or voiceover recording
  • Assign roles in the browser, timeline, or inspector
  • Enable individual audio role lanes or all audio lanes in the timeline for more fluid audio editing
  • Focus button minimizes all but one role to reduce visual timeline clutter
  • Create and manage unique roles per library
  • Copy and paste timecode
  • Search for custom metadata in the browser or timeline
  • Quickly locate duplicate video or audio media in a project
  • Search Timeline Index for Auditions, Compound Clips, Multicam Clips, and Synchronized Clips
  • Multicam editing with automatic sync and support for mixed formats, mixed frame rates, and up to 64 camera angles
  • Magnetic Timeline automatically keeps material in sync, prevents clip collisions, and eliminates gaps
  • View audio clips as separate, visually distinct lanes in the timeline automatically arranged based on their role assignments
  • Resizable floating timecode window shows project timecode and color-coded source timecode for all clips beneath the playhead
  • Clip Connections keep secondary material in sync while trimming and moving the Primary Storyline. Press a modifier key to keep connected clips stationary while slipping, sliding, or moving clips in the Primary Storyline.
  • Compound Clips allow complex compositions to be simplified into a single clip. Compound Clips are automatically saved to the browser for easy reuse, and changes to Compound Clips actively update in all projects where they have been used.
  • Auditions combine multiple clips into a single clip to see alternative takes, color grades, or effects in context
  • Duplicate a clip inside an Audition for comparison of different effects on the same clip
  • Edit while importing media in the background from multiple sources
  • View material in Filmstrip or List view with a mini-filmstrip and metadata columns
  • Skimming functionality enables fast viewing of large amounts of material
  • Create projects with custom frame sizes
  • Mix frame sizes, frame rates, and formats in the same timeline — with support for 8K resolution and beyond
  • Automatically transform projects for square or vertical delivery with Smart Conform
  • Edit at 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, or 60 fps
  • Create the correct project setting with the first edit
  • Snapshots enable quick copies of a project for versioning
  • Insert, Overwrite, Replace, Append, and Connect with keystroke or drag and drop
  • Extend edit to Skimmer position
  • Split edits with J and L cuts in the timeline
  • Blade audio in J and L cuts
  • Dual viewers for matching action between source material and edited timeline
  • Direct access to Photos, Logic Pro, GarageBand, and Music through media browsers
  • Timeline Index for timeline navigation and the selection of items based on text searches and other important metadata
  • Position tool for moving and deleting media in the timeline and leaving a gap
  • Clip Markers that include to-do items that can be checked off when tasks are completed
  • Snapping to Playhead, Skimmer, Clips, and Markers
  • Replace with Gap
  • Lift from Primary Storyline
  • Create Storyline to consolidate B-roll into a single unit
  • Insert Placeholder
  • Insert Gap
  • Numeric entry of precise clip durations
  • Blade tool and Blade All command for adding edits
  • High-quality Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) and High Dynamic Range (HDR), real-time vectorscopes, waveforms, and histograms for both viewer and Event viewer. Vertical placement of scopes below viewers optimizes onscreen space.
  • Record Audio tool for adding narration includes a countdown and the option to record multiple takes into Auditions
  • Six Clip Appearance presets for timeline display
  • Multi-Touch gesture support
  • Organize, view, mute, and export based on automatically assigned or custom roles metadata
  • Customize project start time
  • Join Through Edit command removes bladed cuts in the timeline
  • Indicator dot on playhead can be used for autoselection of effects
  • Use multiple presets or configure window layouts into custom workspaces for tasks like organizing and color grading
  • Batch share to quickly transcode multiple clips in the browser, with or without a camera LUT
  • Batch share to export multiple projects to multiple formats


  • Roll Trim between two adjacent connected clips
  • Inline Precision Editor allows skimming of used and unused media around edit point, as well as trimming to Skimmer with a single click
  • Basic timeline trimming
  • Trim tool for advanced timeline trimming functions
  • Trim Start, Trim End, or Trim to Selection in a single keystroke for fast news and documentary editing
  • Ripple and roll
  • Slip and slide
  • Lift and ripple delete
  • Dynamic 2-up trimming with Show Detailed Trimming Feedback enabled
  • Keyboard and numeric moving and trimming


  • High-quality, drag-and-drop noise reduction effect reduces or eliminates grain and video noise
  • 360° titles, generators, and effects including the 360° Patch and Tiny Planet effects
  • HDR Tools effect lets you easily tone map HDR to Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) output as well as convert between PQ and HLG formats
  • LUT effect can import third-party 3D LUTs
  • Flow transition seamlessly smooths jump cuts
  • Remove Effects and Remove Attributes commands
  • Timecode effect and generator to display source clip name and source timecode
  • Beautifully animated and easily customizable 3D titles with hundreds of combinations of materials, lighting, and edges
  • Cinematic 3D title templates with built-in backgrounds and animations
  • Large collection of 3D text styles to create stunning looks in one click
  • Apply superellipse Shape mask to any clip
  • Customizable Default Effect lets you choose a video and audio effect that is assigned to a keyboard shortcut
  • Advanced chroma keying with controls for color sampling, edge adjustments, and light wrap
  • Drop Shadow includes intuitive onscreen controls and automatic orientation adjustment
  • Shared Render Engine with Motion and Compressor
  • Add multiple effects and transitions within a range selection
  • Multistream real-time effects in high resolution formats
  • Alpha-channel support in real time
  • One-step freeze frame creates a still frame and adds it to the timeline
  • Integration with Motion for advanced motion graphics work
  • Use “Open in Motion” on any effect, modify in Motion, and save as new in Final Cut Pro
  • Access music, sound effects, transitions, filters, color looks, and generators through media browsers
  • Over 176 advanced 2D and 3D title templates
  • Over 95 high-quality transitions
  • Over 125 sophisticated animation templates with video drop zones
  • Over 113 filters, keys, blurs, and color looks
  • 41 backgrounds, elements, solids, and textures
  • Apply Draw mask to any clip with options for linear, bezier, and B-spline control point smoothing
  • Shape and Color mask controls for every effect with one-click display of alpha channel
  • Save custom effects as presets for quick access
  • Numeric and keyframe control for precise animation and effects
  • Multiple keyframe selection, copy, paste, and move in the timeline
  • Selectively paste video and audio effects to multiple clips using Paste Attributes interface
  • Trim, crop, and Ken Burns effect
  • Distort tool with keyframes and onscreen controls
  • Transform tool with keyframes and onscreen controls
  • Stabilization effect in real time after background analysis
  • Intelligent image stabilization with InertiaCam and Tripod mode
  • Rolling Shutter correction to improve DSLR video
  • Spatial Conform to make different aspect ratios fit into a project seamlessly
  • Retime bar for speed changes on entire clips or selected ranges
  • Enter exact percentage or duration for retiming effects and choose to ripple or leave the timeline length the same
  • Blade Speed function enables precise speed changes on a single clip
  • One-step Replace with Retime to Fit
  • Three Retime quality settings: normal, frame blending, and optical flow
  • Preserve audio pitch when changing speed
  • Find and Replace Title Text
  • Show Title/Action Safe Zones for positioning titles and effects
  • One-step transitions for Secondary Storylines
  • Automatic Speed to change source media frame rate to the project frame rate in one step


  • Adjust audio using effects plug-ins from Logic Pro with redesigned, resizable interfaces
  • Large Music and Sound Effects browser allows skimming and selecting of clips
  • Voiceover tool automatically assigns a user-selectable role
  • Use Compound Clips to add audio filters or make volume adjustments to an entire role
  • Multichannel audio editing for adjusting individual audio channels in the timeline, with ability to assign roles to channels
  • Subframe audio keyframing
  • Support for audio samples up to 192kHz
  • Real-time macOS Audio Units and Logic plug-in effects included
  • Support for 64-bit third-party Audio Units plug-ins
  • Crossfade audio in one step using a menu command or keyboard shortcut
  • Keyframable audio levels and effects
  • Adjust audio filters in real time during playback
  • Improve speech clarity by automatically reducing background noise on Mac computers using macOS 12.3 or later
  • 5.1 surround monitoring and keyframe control for panning
  • Preset animations for 5.1 surround panning such as Back to Front, Rotate, Create Space, and more
  • 10- or 31-parameter EQ built into each audio clip
  • Match Audio for smoothing out EQ from different microphones
  • Audio enhancements for volume normalization, background noise removal, and hum removal for both 50Hz and 60Hz
  • Audio analysis during import option to remove serious background noise and flag medium-level issues for enhancement
  • Over 1300 royalty-free sound effects included as a separate download
  • Individual audio channel control for enable/disable and configuration
  • Audio skimming with pitch preserved
  • Fade handles at the head and tail of each clip and individual audio channel in the timeline
  • Audio pan controls
  • Disable and solo controls
  • Audio waveform display in viewer and timeline
  • Logarithmic audio fades
  • More than 100 audio filters
  • “Show Reference Audio Waveforms” preference to see original waveform height when adjusting volume in the timeline
  • VU meters that expand as needed

Color Correction

  • Color wheels with integrated sliders to adjust hue, saturation, and brightness
  • Color curves enable ultrafine adjustments using multiple control points to change color and contrast
  • Hue/saturation curves let you select a specific hue or brightness level to make adjustments while leaving other parts of the image unchanged
  • Comparison Viewer lets you reference other frames for accurate and consistent color grading across your timeline
  • Balance Color command includes an eyedropper for manual white balance
  • Adjust color corrections over time with precise keyframe controls
  • Unique Color Board with controls for saturation, exposure, and color
  • Match Color for precise shot matching in one click
  • Balance Color instantly improves skin tones, removes color casts, and expands dynamic range of bright and dark regions of the image
  • Keyframable masks with size, rotation, and softness adjustments
  • Adjust the interaction style between masks with add, subtract, or intersect settings
  • Adjust inside or outside of color mask
  • Unlimited numbers of color corrections per shot
  • Save and reuse color settings presets
  • 20 Color Board presets
  • Over 20 advanced color Looks in the Effects browser
  • Supports real-time Look Up Tables (LUTs) from the latest pro cameras from ARRI, Canon, Panasonic, Blackmagic Design, and Sony

Closed Captions

  • Import and export captions in CEA-608, iTT, and SRT formats for compatibility with a wide range of workflows and websites
  • Burn in captions to embed text into a video, serving as subtitles that will play on any television worldwide
  • View captions directly in the viewer
  • Adjust text, color, onscreen location, and timing
  • Create captions in multiple languages in the same timeline
  • Captions roles enable fast switching between different versions of captions
  • Search text and select single or multiple captions in the Timeline Index
  • Captions automatically move with the clips to which they are connected
  • Validation indicator instantly warns about common errors including caption overlaps, incorrect characters, invalid formatting, and more
  • Embed captions in the exported movie file or create a separate caption sidecar file
  • Send your project to Compressor in a single step to include captions in an iTunes Store package
  • Instantly extract captions from video clips to view and edit the captions directly in Final Cut Pro

Supported Formats and I/O3

  • Import, playback, and editing of High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC, also known as H.265) video clips and High Efficiency Image Format (HEIF) photos from Apple devices
  • “Send to Compressor” to export video projects in the HEVC format
  • List view in import window allows you to select clip ranges before importing
  • MXF-wrapped ProRes provides a new broadcast standard
  • Export a project as an MXF Master File and use audio roles to control audio channel layout to match industry-standard broadcast delivery requirements
  • Export AVC-Intra files
  • Both XML 1.9 and XML 1.8 support drag-and-drop import or export of clips, projects, and events with supported third-party applications
  • Single interface for importing from cameras, drives, network locations, and camera archives. Browse media in List view or Filmstrip view, and save Favorite locations on networks and volumes when frequently importing from the same places. The import window consolidates media management, keywording, transcoding, and image analysis options into a single sidebar.
  • Apple ProRes family, a 10-bit, full-width VBR codec that supports all major frame sizes and frame rates from ProRes 422 Proxy to ProRes 4444 XQ, with ProRes Log C from cameras including ARRI AMIRA and ALEXA
  • Use ProRes RAW to import, edit, and grade pristine footage with RAW data from the camera sensor. Work natively with ProRes RAW or ProRes RAW HQ files created by Atomos recorders and DJI Inspire 2 drone.
  • Custom frame sizes for projects with frame size presets available up to 8K
  • Background transcode original media to ProRes 422, ProRes 422 Proxy, or H.264 for better performance
  • Create Camera Archives from any folder of media for importing into Final Cut Pro
  • Import Camera Archives from third-party video capture cards and software
  • Import video and photos from iOS devices
  • Import projects and events from iMovie
  • PTP support enables import of photos and videos directly from DSLR cameras
  • FireWire device control for streaming capture for tape-based HDV, DV, DVCAM, DVCPRO, DVCPRO 50, and DVCPRO HD
  • Share interface includes export presets and ability to create custom export destinations; create a bundle to deliver to multiple destinations in one step
  • Export presets up to 4K resolution for Apple devices including Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, and Mac
  • Export HLG high-dynamic-range projects with Dolby Vision 8.4 metadata for optimized playback on Apple Devices
  • Export interlaced H.264 video from interlaced timelines
  • Export a video optimized for YouTube, Facebook, and other popular video destinations
  • Export and burn DVD, AVCHD disc, and Blu-ray disc4
  • Create Chapter Markers for use with DVD, Blu-ray disc, and QuickTime files
  • Adjust poster frame separately from marker location
  • Apple-designed menus for DVDs and animated menus for Blu-ray discs
  • Export as Image Sequence
  • Export as HTTP live streaming for Internet streaming to cellular, Wi-Fi, and broadband
  • Export audio as AAC, AC3, AIFF, CAF, MP3, and WAV files
  • Import and edit layered Adobe Photoshop files
  • “Send to Compressor” uses GPU rendering with support for dual GPUs
  • High-quality H.264 export uses CABAC entropy mode for multipass encoding

Native Editing5 Support for:

  • Monoscopic and stereoscopic 360° video
  • MXF-wrapped media
  • H.264 and HEVC from Apple Devices, DSLR, GoPro, and iFrame cameras and drones
  • HDV
  • Panasonic AVC-Ultra, including AVC-Intra 4:4:4 at 2K and 4K frame sizes, AVC-Intra 200, AVC-Intra 100, AVC-Intra 50, AVC-LongG, and AVC-Intra LT
  • Sony IMX, XDCAM, XDCAM EX, XDCAM HD, XDCAM HD422, XAVC, XAVC S, and XAVC-L including XAVC-L at 4K
  • Canon XF MPEG-2 (additional Canon software required when using Final Cut Pro version 10.3.4 and earlier)
  • Canon XF-AVC from Canon XC10 and C300 Mark II cameras (additional Canon software required when using Final Cut Pro version 10.3.4 and earlier)
  • Support for Canon Cinema RAW Light format with additional software from Canon
  • JVC-created XDCAM EX
  • JVC H.264 Long GOP
  • AVCHD, including Panasonic AVCCAM and Sony NXCAM
  • REDCODE RAW (.r3d) files up to 8K with additional software from RED. Optional background transcode to Apple ProRes 4444. GPU-accelerated playback, transcode, and render with support for dual GPUs and RED ROCKET card.
  • Uncompressed 8- and 10-bit SD and HD
  • Apple Intermediate Codec
  • MTS files from AVCHD cameras
  • Still images including PSD, BMP, GIF, RAW, JPEG, PNG, TGA, and TIFF
  • Compressed audio including AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, and WAV
  • Broadcast Wave Format
  • SDII audio files
  • Portrait/landscape metadata in still images
  • XML import and export for collaboration with third-party finishing tools and media asset management systems
  • XML interchange supports Metadata views that can include standard metadata fields like scene, take, and reel along with custom fields

Media Management

  • Support for NFS-based libraries and media
  • Access libraries from SMB shared storage
  • Content Auto-Analysis attaches useful metadata during import
  • Range-based keywords for creating custom searchable metadata
  • Create Smart Collections for automatically organizing clips based on selected criteria
  • Automatically generated Smart Collections for every new library
  • Keyword Collection created by importing a folder of media
  • Preserve multiple range selections in the browser and maintain multiple selections on a single clip
  • Mark ranges as Favorites or Rejects for sorting and sifting
  • Used-media indicators on source clips in the browser
  • Automatic library backups can be saved to a user-defined location
  • Render file deletion per project
  • Merge Events function
  • Easily edit across and copy between libraries
  • Consolidate Library to move media to another system or for archiving
  • Create a proxy-only copy of a Library for portability or performance
  • Create and save custom column views, and edit them with the column editor
  • Search for media by clip text, markers, or notes
  • Sort clips by proxy, optimized, or missing media types
  • Transcode Media function offers a choice between optimizing to ProRes 422 or creating ProRes Proxy media in the background while editing. Native RED RAW files are optimized to ProRes 4444.
  • Media relink to manually connect projects and events to files that have been moved or modified
  • Batch rename clips based on metadata from Clip Info, Date/Time, Format, or Camera Info with custom naming presets
  • Group clips by role, creation date, date imported, reel, scene, duration, or file type
  • Group events by year or by year and month
  • Show date ranges in the Event Library
  • Arrange clips by name, take, or duration
  • Reveal clip in Finder or browser
  • Custom comment fields
  • Preference for connecting to proxy or original high-resolution media
  • Original source clips, optimized and proxy media, and render files can all be stored outside the library in a user-defined location
  • Save libraries to connected volumes or directly on Xsan
  • Options to delete optimized media, proxy media, and render files per event, or delete render files per project
  • Events can be sorted by date or name in the Library sidebar

Workflow Extensions

  • Use powerful third-party tools from within the Final Cut Pro interface
  • Extensions include tools for review and approval, large-scale media asset management, stock media, and more
  • Connect to existing extension accounts, which can then be viewed and managed through Final Cut Pro
  • Navigate projects from within the extension window
  • Drag and drop clips from the extension window into the browser or timeline and vice versa


MotionSimply special effects.

Motion is the powerful motion graphics tool that makes it easy to create cinematic 2D, 3D, and 360° titles, fluid transitions, and realistic effects in real time. With breathtaking performance, Motion is optimized for Apple silicon and the Apple Neural Engine — letting you create and play back stunning visual effects and motion graphics at incredible speeds.

Minimum System Requirements

  • macOS 11.5.1 or later
  • 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended for 4K editing, 3D titles, and 360° video editing)
  • Metal-capable graphics card
  • 1GB of VRAM recommended for 4K editing, 3D titles, and 360° video editing1
  • 4.7GB of available disk space (3.5GB app, 1.2GB supplemental content)
  • Some features require Internet access; fees may apply

User Interface

  • Use the 360° Look Around view to preview your 360° scene without a VR headset
  • Dedicated buttons on the MacBook Pro Touch Bar let you easily execute common tasks like adding masks or shapes
  • Dark, flat look puts the focus on your motion graphics and reduces distractions
  • Use the streamlined toolbar to find and add elements to your project, or rearrange items to customize the layout
  • Window layouts optimized for notebook and desktop computer displays
  • Keyframe editor pane with a streamlined timeline view for intuitive time-based control
  • Semitransparent heads-up display with onscreen controls for layers, behaviors, and filters
  • Onscreen controls for 3D position, 3D rotation, 3D anchor point, skew, four-corner pin, crop, and text glyph manipulations
  • Enable/Disable viewing and rendering of Lighting, Shadows, Reflections, and Depth of Field
  • Support for dual-monitor display
  • View color channels and alpha channels independently
  • Canvas alignment tools including dynamic alignment guides, 3D grid, and rulers
  • Pen-and-tablet support
  • RAM Previews for viewing complex animations at full frame rate
  • Over 1900 pieces of Apple-designed, royalty-free vector artwork, high-resolution images, and animated design elements
  • Instantly display and access all layers in the project using a single keystroke
  • Create, save, and remap custom keyboard shortcuts
  • Show images outside the visible frame boundary for easily adjusting offscreen objects
  • Save favorite settings, custom effects, gradients, text styles, and more in the Library
  • Open multiple projects simultaneously to easily switch, copy, and paste between them
  • Color bits per channel: 16-bit float for GPU rendering; 32-bit float for background software rendering of Motion projects in Final Cut Pro6
  • Customizable nonsquare-pixel support
  • Automatically collect media used in a project for easy backup or moving to other locations
  • Use Spotlight in macOS to locate Motion projects by searching on any layer name or text string created in the project

3D Compositing Environment

  • Create 3D scenes within a 360° project for ultrarealistic 360° environments
  • Place any graphic, still, USDZ 3D Object, or video into a 360 project, then reposition and resize to fit perfectly into the 360 scene
  • Edit 360° video into a non-360° project and animate the pan, tilt, and zoom
  • Position, rotate, and intersect multiple layers in 3D space
  • Combine multiple layers into 3D groups for hierarchical 3D animations
  • Add, animate, and cut between multiple cameras
  • Walk-Camera intuitively operates like a first-person video game
  • Adjust the camera’s near and far soft clipping planes to avoid object “popping”
  • Apply Camera behaviors for easily creating and modifying complex camera moves
  • Quad split view for displaying multiple orthographic and perspective views
  • Inset viewer for quickly checking alternative views while making adjustments
  • Multiple light sources including ambient, directional, point, and spot
  • Enable shadows for selected point or spot lights, define objects to receive or cast shadows, and control the shadow colors and softness
  • Enable Reflectivity on most objects, movies, paint strokes, and more
  • Activate depth of field to enhance realism and control focus
  • Enable particles, replicator elements, and paint strokes to animate in 3D space
  • Create 3D text behaviors for character-by-character animations with full 3D position and rotation control
  • Create 3D motion paths for layers, cameras, and light sources
  • Apply behaviors like throw, orbit, and vortex with 3D attributes
  • Isolate any layer to a Front view for easily modifying masks or editing text

Timeline Editing and Layering

  • Layer list view makes it easy to change the stacking order of any layer, group, filter, or animation behavior
  • Unlimited tracks of movie clips, graphics, text, and particles
  • Grouping for applying compound transformations and filters
  • Common “bring to front” and “send to back” functions
  • Opacity and blend mode display for quick access on every layer and group
  • Create drop zones for easy drag-and-drop image replacement
  • Clone layers for linking instances of images that inherit properties automatically
  • Solo tracks for easier viewing and refinements
  • Isolate selection for temporary framing and soloing of an object to facilitate editing it in a 3D composition
  • Composite with premultiplied or non-premultiplied alpha channels
  • Mini-timeline built into the Canvas that displays a single track for the currently selected layer, group, filter, or behavior
  • Trim, slip, slide, and retime audio and video clips via the mini-timeline
  • Retime clips using frame blending, motion blur blending, or optical flow
  • Cache optical flow retiming analysis to change speed at any time without reanalyzing
  • Full timeline with drag-and-drop editing to choose between compositing and assembling multiple clips
  • Insert and overwrite editing directly into the timeline
  • Markers that can be placed in the timeline or on a specific clip with notes


  • Overshoot behavior creates realistic spring-loaded animations without the need for keyframes
  • Import, playback, and editing of High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC, also known as H.265) video clips and High Efficiency Image Format (HEIF) photos from Apple devices
  • Import USDZ 3D objects and animate their position, rotation, and scale using keyframes or behaviors
  • Align-To behavior easily connects objects to quickly create advanced animations
  • Unique behavior animations for creating natural phenomena like wind, gravity, and vortex
  • Sophisticated simulations like attract, repel, and orbit, which create multilayered 3D animations
  • Text sequencing for automating complex title animations in 3D space
  • Auto-animated parameter controls like oscillate, wriggle, and more
  • Parameter linking for driving secondary animations
  • Retiming behaviors automate ramping in and out of speed changes
  • Audio behavior for syncing animations with audio tracks
  • MIDI behavior for triggering parameter changes via any MIDI device
  • Shape behaviors allow for tracking points on a shape or creating random wriggling animated shapes
  • Complete keyframe-based animation tools
  • Keyframe editor with Bezier, Linear, Constant, and Ease In/Ease Out curve interpolations
  • Keyframe edit tool, keyframe sketch tool, and a keyframe box manipulation tool
  • Copy and paste keyframes from different tracks and parameters
  • Keyframe settings for ping pong, repeat, and progressive
  • Record animations and thin keyframes in real time
  • Draw keyframes in the Keyframe editor using a freehand pen tool
  • Squish, stretch, and move groups of keyframes using a transform box
  • Save curve sets for quick access to common parameters
  • View animated curves for easier navigation
  • View keyframes in the timeline for quick positioning
  • Enable/Disable keyframe and behavior-based animations to easily compare different results
  • Choose focus points on video shot in Cinematic mode on iPhone 13 and animate the depth-of-field effect (requires macOS 12.0 or later)

Particle Engine

  • Sprite-based particle engine with accelerated performance
  • Over 200 particle presets for easy access to sparkles, fire, smoke, and more
  • Animate particles in 3D space with Face-Camera control
  • Apply multiple 2D or 3D objects, or video clips as emitters
  • Apply additive blend mode for intense glowing results
  • Animate emitters and cells independently
  • Save newly created particles in the Library for reuse in other projects
  • Choose between point, line, rectangle, circle, box, sphere, and more for emitter shapes
  • Control birth rate, life, speed, angle, spin, scale, and gradient colors for particle cells
  • Scale particles over their life or add behaviors like orbit and vortex for amazing 3D results with little effort

Paint Effects

  • Paint with pressure-sensitive vector-based brushstrokes
  • Select from over 140 customizable brush styles from traditional to abstract
  • Modify brush width, color, opacity, and jitter over the stroke path
  • Automatically draw on and draw off with full customization
  • Edit brushstrokes as bezier or advanced B-spline paths
  • Rotate the stroke in 3D space with Face-Camera control for volumetric 3D strokes
  • Assign pressure and speed to brush properties when using a pen and tablet
  • Enable dynamics on paint dabs for particle paint-type effects
  • Apply replicator-like sequencing animations that can cause the paint stroke to ripple through 3D space

Replicator Tool

  • Automatic replication of any graphic, text object, USDZ, or movie file along defined patterns
  • Over 200 replicator presets that can be completely customized and resaved
  • Animate replicated patterns in 3D space with Face-Camera control
  • Save newly created replicators in the Library for reuse in other projects
  • Choose between line, rectangle, circle, burst, spiral, wave, box, sphere, and more for replicator patterns
  • Define the number of rows, columns, and 3D ranks that fill or outline the pattern
  • Control pattern size, cell size, angle, scale, and gradient colors for replicator cells
  • Change the offset for rows and columns, causing them to shift position across the defined pattern
  • Control origin of animation from various points of the pattern
  • Add random scale and angle setting for more natural replications
  • Apply additive blend mode for intense glowing results
  • Set color of replicated objects from a single tint to a user-defined range
  • Add Replicator Sequence behavior for wavelike animations over various patterns
  • Apply the Stroke Filter to quickly outline the edge of an object, text, or clip with a solid color or gradient

Title Design

  • Divide an image into slices to prevent distortion when scaling
  • Import 360° media and design 360° titles, generators, and effects
  • Build 3D titles from scratch or start with easy-to-use templates in Motion
  • Instantly convert any existing 2D title to 3D
  • Vector-based text engine for creating clean type at any size
  • Customize the look of 3D text with dozens of organic and artificial materials
  • Import capability supporting plain-text and RTF files to create Motion text objects
  • Create and save material presets
  • Adjust the lighting, environment, and edges of your 3D text
  • Powerful surface-shading options including texture maps, diffuse and specular reflection, and bump mapping
  • Cast shadows from any 3D title onto the title and other objects in a 3D scene
  • Format text using size, rotation, slant, tracking, kerning, and more
  • Animate individual text characters in 3D space using customizable text behaviors
  • Transform single characters with the Adjust Glyph tool
  • Select from a common set of blend modes, including normal, multiply, screen, and add
  • Customize text styles with control over the face, outline, glow, and drop shadow
  • Type-on and text-on-a-path layout/animation options
  • Scroll and Crawl layouts and animation options that support large amounts of text
  • Text field parameter in inspector makes it easy to edit text even if text is obscured in the Canvas
  • Fill text with solid or multipoint gradients
  • Apply static images or video clips as textures to text faces
  • Control textures using hold frame, offset, wrap modes, and opacity
  • Support for Asian, Cyrillic, and other Unicode system fonts
  • Right-to-left and vertical text support for non-Roman languages like Japanese, Chinese, and Arabic
  • Search-and-replace function to find and modify specific text throughout a project
  • Shrink-to-fit option that automatically resizes text to fit into a given area

Tracking and Stabilization

  • Match move using single-point tracking or four-corner pinning
  • Create tracking data that can be referenced by multiple objects
  • Track a filter’s onscreen position controls
  • Offset tracking for creating a single track from multiple offsets
  • Tracking behavior highlights best potential tracking points, eliminating guesswork
  • Advanced tracking algorithm maintains accurate analysis when patterns rotate or skew
  • Smart retry feature resets the search region automatically for less user intervention
  • Provide directional hints for fast-moving regions by using the look-ahead feature
  • Stabilize using traditional point stabilizer or optical flow analysis
  • Automated optical flow stabilizer bypasses selecting points and time-consuming setup
  • SmoothCam optical flow analysis removes jitter and rocking from handheld shots while retaining overall camera moves
  • Adjust amount of smoothing applied to transforms, rotation, and scaling in real time
  • Choose from a Machine Learning, Combined, or Point Cloud tracker to automatically detect and track faces and objects

Accelerated Filters and Effects

  • Apply the Reorient filter to easily change the orientation of 360° video
  • Apply 360° effects including blurs, glows, and more
  • Apply the Tiny Planet filter to a 360° video in a standard project
  • Apply the Comic effect to give photos and videos a comic book style and color scheme, or turn them into black-and-white illustrations
  • Over 110 accelerated filters for real-time interactivity
  • More than 10 blur filters, including Gaussian, Channel Blur, Radial Blur, and Defocus
  • Simple and bevel borders
  • More than 25 distortion filters, including Refraction, Insect Eye, Glass Distortion, Ripple, Scrape, and Polar
  • Stunning glow effects for Light Rays, Bloom, Aura, and more
  • Keying filter that automatically analyzes the dominant color of the visible frame and presents onscreen controls for refining the sample color and edges of the key
  • Keying controls for filling holes, adjusting edge distance, spill level, and light wrap
  • Advanced keying color-wheel control for adjusting the tolerance and softness in the chroma and luma channels of the keyed region
  • Stylize filters like Vignette, Bad TV, Bad Film, Color Emboss, Halftone, Line Art, and Slit Tunnel
  • Unique kaleidoscope and tiling filters
  • Time-based filters for echo and strobe effects
  • Video filters for deinterlacing and broadcast-safe colors and luminance
  • Generators that automatically generate patterns, noise, colors, caustics, and concentric shapes and spirals
  • Create unique, high-quality designs using generators like Manga Lines and Spiral Graphics that offer a hand-drawn quality
  • Text generators that create and animate text elements like numbers, currency, dates, and timecode or can generate text using the contents of a text file
  • Faster, higher-quality Optical Flow analysis using Metal
  • Apply the Neon Filter to add a neon glow to text, shapes, emitters, replicators, video, and more

Masking Tools

  • Bezier or advanced B-spline masking tools
  • Create ovals, rectangles, and arbitrary freehand shapes
  • Control opacity, rounding, and edge feathering
  • Combine masks using mathematical operations
  • Track entire shapes or control points using tracking behaviors
  • Create image masks from alpha, luminance, or RGB values of a second image

Color Correction

  • 19 professional color correction filters, including Color Balance, Gamma, Gradient Colorize, Color Reduce, OpenEXR Tone Map, Threshold, Channel Mixer, and more
  • Color wheels with integrated sliders to adjust hue, saturation, and brightness
  • Color curves enable ultrafine adjustments using multiple control points to change color and contrast
  • Hue/saturation curves enable selection of a specific hue or brightness level, allowing for adjustments that leave other parts of the image unchanged
  • Adjust color corrections over time with precise keyframe controls
  • Unlimited numbers of color correction filters per shot
  • Save and reuse color settings presets
  • Apply custom LUTs from popular color grading apps and websites


  • Support for AIFF, WAV, MP3, VBR MP3, and AAC (MPEG-4 Audio)
  • Edit audio tracks in the timeline with trim, slip, and move
  • Retime audio tracks with pitch change
  • Scrub audio tracks for frame-accurate positioning
  • Control balance, gain, mute, and solo individually
  • Use master audio controls for global audio adjustments
  • Trigger parameter changes based on audio frequencies or transient hits

Final Cut Pro Integration and Third-Party Support

  • Create and save Smart Templates in Motion for titles, effects, transitions, and generators to make them available in Final Cut Pro for drag-and-drop application without rendering
  • Easily convert between a Motion project, Final Cut Pro generator, Final Cut Pro title, Final Cut Pro effects, or Final Cut Pro transition at any time
  • Save any 360° motion graphic and access it immediately from the Effects browser in Final Cut Pro
  • Rigs allow multiple parameters to be controlled with simplified sliders, pop-up menus, or checkboxes
  • Predefined aspect-ratio snapshots make templates automatically fit the Final Cut Pro project frame size
  • Define fixed durations for intro and outro sections in templates; Final Cut Pro adjusts the title body to fit the timing in the middle
  • Rigs and parameters can be published in a template for simplified control in Final Cut Pro
  • Import vector PDF graphics, Photoshop layered documents, BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, TGA, or OpenEXR files
  • FxPlug 3 for GPU-accelerated third-party filters and effects, including support for shapes, paths, cameras, lights, and custom interfaces
  • Support for Image Unit plug-ins
  • Support for ProRes RAW and ProRes RAW HQ files for designing motion graphics using pristine RAW image data from the camera sensor


  • Export HLG high-dynamic-range projects with Dolby Vision 8.4 metadata for optimized playback on Apple Devices
  • Export Selection can render out selected objects
  • Support for standard Rec. 709 and wide Rec. 2020 color spaces
  • Export to ProRes, H.264, MPEG-4, and other QuickTime-supported codecs
  • Share feature to export and deliver content automatically to devices like iPad and Apple TV
  • Send to Compressor to export motion graphics projects in the HEVC format
  • Export OP1a MXF files using bundled Compressor settings
  • Export as movies or image sequences
  • Export as OpenEXR format
  • Export to uncompressed 8-bit and 10-bit 4:2:2
  • Support for progressive and field-based rendering
  • Accelerated motion blur with customizable shutter
  • Save custom export settings for easier selection
  • Settings created in Compressor can be accessed directly from the Share feature in Motion and Final Cut Pro
  • Send a project to Compressor for advanced encoding requirements
  • Export projects in the background


CompressorPowerful encoding. Delivered.

Compressor tightly integrates with Final Cut Pro to add custom output settings and extensive delivery features. With support for HDR, HEVC, 360° video, and MXF output — and standout performance and efficiency on Mac computers with Apple silicon — it’s the most powerful, flexible way to export your Final Cut Pro projects.

Minimum System Requirements

  • macOS 11.5.1 or later
  • 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended for 4K editing, 3D titles, and 360° video editing)
  • Metal-capable graphics card
  • 1GB of VRAM recommended for 4K editing, 3D titles, and 360° video editing1
  • 1.2GB of available disk space
  • ProRes RAW requires a Mac computer that supports Metal.
  • Some features require Internet access; fees may apply. Blu-ray recorder required for burning Blu-ray discs.

Industry-Standard Encoding Support

  • Rotate and flip video files
  • Encode files to HEVC 8-bit and 10-bit 4:2:2 on Mac computers with Apple Silicon using macOS 12.3 or later
  • Support for multi-pass HEVC 4:2:2 encoding on Macs with Apple Silicon using macOS 13 or later
  • View a video’s transparency,7 the aspect ratio of an output, and modified source media properties in the preview viewer
  • 64-bit engine uses all available RAM for improved render times and larger frame sizes
  • Support for standard Rec. 601 and Rec. 709 color spaces
  • Deliver High Dynamic Range (HDR) video with controls for color space conversions and HDR metadata
  • Deliver HDR video as P3 D65 PQ, Rec. 2020 HLG, and Rec. 2020 PQ for HDR10
  • Convert HDR to Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) video
  • Export HLG high-dynamic-range projects with Dolby Vision 8.4 metadata for optimized playback on Apple Devices
  • CABAC entropy mode for multipass encoding
  • Encode monoscopic and stereoscopic 360° video in a wide range of formats and frame sizes with embedded industry-standard spherical metadata
  • Encode video in the High Efficiency Video Coding format (HEVC, also known as H.265) for file sizes up to 40 percent smaller than H.264 while preserving the same visual quality
  • MXF presets include AVC-Intra, D-10/IMX, ProRes, and XDCAM HD in a variety of frame rates and resolutions
  • AVC-Intra is supported for QuickTime settings
  • Export ProRes and 10-bit Uncompressed video within an MXF container
  • Export HDR video in an MXF container
  • Export OP1a MXF files in a variety of frame rates, frame sizes, and codecs
  • Export simple and complete ProRes IMF Packages
  • Support for image sequence sources: TIFF, Targa, DPX, JPEG, GIF and OpenEXR
  • Support for encoding to TIFF, Targa, DPX, JPEG, GIF, and OpenEXR image sequences
  • Convert from log to HDR and SDR color spaces
  • H.264 multipass encoding for Blu-ray discs and files
  • Support for red laser burning of AVCHD discs for playback in compatible Blu-ray players
  • H.264 encoding for Apple devices, web, and mobile devices
  • Support for image sequence sources: TIFF, Targa, DPX, JPEG, and OpenEXR
  • Support for encoding HTTP live streaming
  • Support for encoding to TIFF, Targa, DPX, JPEG, and OpenEXR image sequences
  • Full QuickTime support
  • MPEG-2 encoding
  • MPEG-4 encoding
  • Two-pass VBR encoding for MPEG-2
  • Export to uncompressed 8-bit and 10-bit 4:2:2
  • Accepts file formats including QuickTime (single-channel or multichannel), AIFF, Sound Designer, and WAV files
  • Automatic setting creation via drag and drop of a QuickTime or MXF file
  • Resizing
  • Standards conversions
  • Retiming
  • Preview with high-quality color values in split-screen comparison view
  • High-quality image processing
  • Preset Destinations with job actions for automating workflow from encoding to delivery, including:
    • Add to iTunes Library
    • Create Blu-ray Disc4
    • Create DVD
    • Prepare for HTTP Live Streaming
    • YouTube & Facebook
  • Additional job actions for:
    • Open with Application
    • Run Automator Workflow
    • Send Email
  • Automated encoding with Droplets
  • Automatic and custom cropping
  • Automatic and custom padding
  • Reverse Telecine
  • Deinterlacing
  • Transcode Canon Cinema RAW Light file formats with the Canon RAW plug-in for Final Cut Pro
  • Automatically transcode video, audio, and image sequence files placed inside a selected file system folder using any Compressor setting or job action
  • Encode videos shot in Cinematic mode on iPhone 13 (requires macOS 12.0 or later)


  • Import and export captions in CEA-608, iTT, and SRT formats for compatibility with a wide range of workflows and websites
  • Import caption files into a batch or iTunes Store package
  • View closed captions in the viewer during playback
  • Make changes to captions including text, color, onscreen location, and timing
  • Search text and select single or multiple captions in the inspector
  • Support for multiple languages in the same batch or iTunes Store package
  • Validation indicator instantly warns about common errors including caption overlaps, incorrect characters, invalid formatting, and more
  • Embed captions in the movie file or create a closed-caption sidecar file
  • Embed audio descriptions in MOV, MP4, M4V, and MXF video files

iTunes Store Package

  • Create an iTunes Store package for iTunes Store submission
  • Add your movie, trailer, closed captions, subtitles, and audio descriptions to your iTunes Store package
  • Media pass-through lets you use original media and bypass additional compression
  • Audition video with any audio, caption, or subtitle to verify sync
  • iTunes Store package preview lets you audition alternative audio, closed captions, or subtitles to verify sync and seamlessly switch between audio streams during playback
  • Built-in error detection helps you identify issues with your iTunes Store package
  • Use the validation interface to select an error or warning and navigate directly to the source of the issue

Built-in Distributed Encoding

  • Built-in setup for distributed encoding, including My Computer sharing options
  • Create groups of Shared Computers that can be selected on a per-batch basis for distributed encoding
  • Advanced controls to add instances on a single computer and select the network interface, port range, and port number when sharing your computer

Dolby Digital Plus Professional Encoding

  • Dolby-certified encoding to Dolby Digital Professional AC-3 and EC-3 formats
  • Accepts QuickTime (single-channel or multichannel), AIFF, Sound Designer, and WAV format sound files for encoding
  • Support in the iTunes Store package to link a Dolby Vision graded video file to a Dolby Vision XML
  • Support for all channel formats from mono to 5.1 surround
  • Automatically creates 2.0 or 5.1 based on the number of channels in the source media file
  • Confidence decoding for preview of AC-3 and EC-3 files

Video Filters

  • BlackWhite Restore
  • Brightness and Contrast
  • Color Correct Highlights
  • Color Correct Midtones
  • Color Correct Shadows
  • Fade In/Out
  • Gamma Correction
  • Noise Removal
  • Sharpen Edge
  • Text Overlay
  • Timecode Generator
  • Watermark (Image, animated with QuickTime or Motion files)
  • Custom LUTs

Audio Effects

  • Apple: AUGraphicEQ
  • Dynamic Range
  • Fade In/Out
  • Peak Limiter