Apple Professional Apps: Final Cut Pro X uses eGPU directly, Logic Pro X gets update

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The manufacturer has enriched its editing and music production tools with new features that users have been waiting for.

Apple has good news for the users of its professional programs: The video suite Final Cut Pro X gets a handy new feature and the music tool Logic Pro X a small but nice update.

Anyone who bought an eGPU box for their Mac to accelerate apps and games could only useFinal Cut Pro X with tricks on the internal screen with the external graphics. With macOS Mojave, this is now facilitated, as Apple tells in a support document . For this purpose, there is a new function in the Finder, on which one can decide per app, if they should use the eGPU. To do this, open the info dialog and put a tick – done.

According to Apple, using an eGPU promises improved video projecting and color correction projects, smooth (re) 3D rendering of titles, and faster effect analysis, along with improved rendering of complex project timelines. As an alternative to using the eGPU on the internal Mac display, you can still use the acceleration on an external display that hangs directly on the eGPU. Apple calls here also VR applications over the HTC Vive.

The new version 10.4.2 of Logic Pro X comes with a number of improvements. These include Smart Tempo, which according to Apple can now take over the tempo of multi-track audio recordings or Stems and MIDI tracks. In addition to stability improvements, MainStage 3.4 also offers many new instruments and plug-ins, according to the group.

Sound libraries can be moved to external media and a new mixer mode allows channel strip faders and pan controls to adjust send levels and pan. Track or project notes can now also attach images, “to better remember important details of the session or the studio hardware settings,” said Apple. The Alchemy instrument now offers drag-and-drop hot zones that let Apple select “new synthesis and sampling options” when importing audio. Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X cost 330 and 230 euros, respectively, and are available from the Mac App Store. 

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