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Apple’s professional creative software, Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro have finally made their way to the iPad, according to an announcement made earlier this month. This move allows filmmakers and musicians to harness the power of these renowned tools on their tablets, bringing a new level of convenience and versatility to their creative process.
Apple’s emphasis on the seamless integration between hardware and software is evident in their taglines for Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro for iPad: “Bring your entire studio to your shoot” and “The ultimate music studio. At your fingertips.”
The iPad versions of both Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro have been carefully optimized to make the most of the tablet’s touchscreen capabilities. Not only do they include the favorite features found in their Mac counterparts, but they also come with new updates and capabilities specifically designed for the iPad. This thoughtful adaptation ensures that users can fully leverage the unique advantages of the iPad while enjoying a familiar and powerful editing experience.
For those interested in Final Cut Pro for iPad, the pricing and compatibility details are as follows: it is available for a subscription fee of $4.99 per month or $49 per year, following a generous one-month free trial. The app is compatible with the 11- or 12.9-inch iPad Pro models equipped with the M1 or M2 chip (released in 2021 or 2022) and the 2022 model of the iPad Air 5th generation. To run Final Cut Pro for iPad, users will need to have iPadOS 16.4 or a later version installed. The app can be downloaded from the App Store, making it easily accessible for aspiring filmmakers and professionals alike.
Similarly, Logic Pro for iPad comes with the same pricing and subscription model: $4.99 per month or $49 per year after a one-month free trial. However, the compatibility requirements for Logic Pro are slightly different. It can be used on iPads equipped with an A12 Bionic chip or a newer version. This includes models such as the iPad mini 5th generation and later, iPad 7th generation and later, iPad Air 3rd generation and later, and the 11-inch iPad Pro 1st generation (2018) and later, as well as the 12.9-inch iPad Pro 3rd generation (2018) and later. Just like Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro for iPad necessitates iPadOS 16.4 or a later version. The app can be downloaded from the App Store, granting musicians and music producers a powerful and portable studio experience.
Apple has not stopped at the release of Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro for iPad; they have also made significant updates to their video and audio apps for Mac. These updates not only integrate seamlessly with the iPad apps but also introduce new features and bug fixes. Final Cut Pro 10.6.6 now allows users to import projects created on the iPad version, and it offers automatic color management for editing HDR and SDR clips in the same project. Additionally, Final Cut Pro brings a fresh collection of titles, effects, and transitions, along with a Scene Removal Mask tool that enables the removal and replacement of backgrounds behind subjects without requiring a green screen.
Motion 5.6.4 introduces an automatic color processing feature that adapts to HDR and SDR timelines from Final Cut Pro. It also includes new HDR-optimized color processing sliders and filters like the Green Screen Keyer and Luma Keyer for precise foreground subject isolation. The performance of Motion has been enhanced as well, further improving the user experience.
Compressor 4.6.4 now includes features like automatic centering of cropped video and support for standard copy-and-paste keyboard shortcuts for adding files from Finder to the batch window. These additions streamline the video compression process and make it more efficient for users.
Logic Pro 10.7.8, the Mac counterpart of Logic Pro for iPad, now offers project roundtrip capabilities to support seamless integration with Logic Pro for iPad. This enhancement allows users to easily transition between their Mac and iPad for music production, ensuring a continuous and uninterrupted workflow. Additionally, Logic Pro 10.7.8 brings various bug fixes and performance improvements to enhance the overall experience for musicians.
Finally, iMovie, Apple’s popular video editing app, has received an update to version 10.3.6. This update primarily focuses on stability and performance improvements, ensuring that users can enjoy a smooth and reliable editing experience.
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Apple’s expansion of Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro to the iPad demonstrates its commitment to providing powerful creative tools across its product lineup. By bringing these professional software applications to the tablet platform, Apple is empowering filmmakers and musicians with the ability to create high-quality content on the go.
The optimized features, seamless integration, and comprehensive updates across the Mac apps showcase Apple’s dedication to refining and improving its creative suite. With Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro, and the accompanying Mac app updates, Apple continues to solidify its position as a leading provider of innovative tools for creative professionals.