My lead story this week is a look at two dozen hidden interface secrets in Final Cut Pro. (Don't worry, Premiere editors, I've something special for you next week.)
Last Monday, I was planning to upgrade my system to Big Sur
. I'd reserved the entire day, only to discover that my mouse - the Contour Design Unimouse
- which I like a great deal - needs updated drivers to work. And those drivers are not yet available. So, I continue to wait on the upgrade. At this rate, Apple will announce a new version of macOS before developers catchup to the last one. Sigh...
In the news:
Apple released updates for Final Cut Pro, Motion and Compressor last week. These are all bug fixes, there are no new features. However, Maxon announced that Magic Bullet Colorista and Looks were NOT compatible with these new versions. If you use them, hold off updating until Maxon announces an "All Clear."
Thinking of changes, Apple last Friday evening confirmed with several websites that sales of the iMac Pro will stop when current inventory is exhausted. Instead, Apple recommends that users consider the 27" iMac in its place. The iMac Pro was released in Dec. 2017, but not substantially updated since then. Apple is in the middle of its transition to Apple silicon on all its computers and the iMac Pro, I suspect, was a victim of this change.
Digital Anarchy released updates to two of their plug-ins to support Big Sur and M1 Macs: Beauty Box v.4.3 for FCP and Flicker Free 2.1 for FCP. Samurai Sharpen 1.1 for FCP is in beta and will be released in a couple of weeks.
FXFactory continues its roll-out of effects for Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro and a variety of other software. The latest is CallOut Pop 3, with 60 callout templates with built-in tracking and a brand new on-screen configuration UI that is simple to use!
Last week, Maxon announced it has completed the acquisition of forger, a digital 3D sculpting and texture painting application for iOS. Conceived over a decade ago by Javier Edo Meseguer, forger offers desktop-class, professional-level sculpting workflows on mobile devices.