updated 02:00 am EDT, Wed April 11, 2012
Bug fixes included, improves stability
[Updated: Compressor also] Apple this evening pushed up minor updates to Final Cut Pro, Motion and Compressor<, components of its professional video-editing suite. The first two are considered small updates designed to improve stability and performance and do not introduce new features, though the Final Cut update does enhance performance of multicam syncing and editing, and adds Simplified Chinese support. Motion gets performance improvements as well, but the update is mostly bug fixes.
All three components are exclusively available from the Mac App Store, and require an Intel Mac running OS X 10.6.8 or higher with a beefy video card or chipset (Intel HD 3000 or later). The Final Cut update, v10.0.4, improves image quality and responsiveness of broadcast monitoring with compatible third-party cards that use PCIe or Thunderbolt.
Animation program Motion, now at version 5.0.3, improves loading time for graphics and performance when text editing in the Canvas. The update fixes issues with Fill Opaque (enabled in images converted to Drop Zones) and resolves a stability problem that could occur when deleting all characters with the Transform Glyph tool. The update also fixes the pixel aspect display ratio of Anamorphic clips.
Compressor is now at version 4.0.3, and introduces one significant new feature: the ability to run the program as an "encoding node" without a monitor. The update also fixes an issue when exporting if a user is logged in under Open Directory, and improves performance when encoding MP4 and AVI files.
Final Cut Pro sells for $300, while Motion is available for $50 and Compressor sells for $50 as well. The updates are available now through the Mac App Store update mechanism as well as Software Update on machines with the previous versions installed.