Apple did not want to wait for WWDC23 to launch news. On the one hand, accessibility innovations have been announced that will arrive in iOS 17 even before the official presentation of the operating system. On the other hand, the arrival of an iPad version of two of its professional video editing programs, Final Cut Pro, and audio, Logic Pro, has been announced. iPad-friendly versions of these programs have limitations compared to its version for Mac, of course. Today we analyze the main limitations of Final Cut Pro for iPad.
Final Cut Pro for iPad: A long way to go…but some limitations
Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro for iPad were surprisingly announced a week ago. And a few days ago they officially launched with a great desire to explore how Apple managed to bring such complex programs from macOS to iPadOS. and surprisingly the result is very good with a nice adaptation to iPadOS.
Today we will analyze limitations of Final Cut Pro for iPad. Remember that the limitations imposed by Apple on its use are twofold. On the one hand, iOS version 16.4 or later and, on the other hand, a device with M1 or higher. That is, a fifth or sixth generation iPad Pro and the 5th generation iPad Air. Moreover, it is an application under monthly or annual subscription with one month free trial.
Comparisons are odious… especially with filters, effects and transitions
One of the main limitations comparing it with its desktop version it’s the lack of filters, effects and transitions in every sense. Although a wide range was included in the iPad version, the desktop version has dozens more that may arrive in the future. That’s why, if you know the macOS version, you’re likely to encounter some editing limitations in this regard.
Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro are now available for iPad. Requirements, prices and more
On another side, no compatibility with extensions or plugins has been integrated which allow to vitaminize Final Cut Pro. It is likely that Apple, as an idea, could open a Final Cut Pro plugin development kit for iPad at WWDC23, so the arrival of plugins is not excluded for the moment no more. Also missing is the object tracking option, which is available in macOS but not in iPadOS.
On the other hand, it highlights the lack of compatibility versatility in assembly between Mac and iPad. Now when you start a project on the iPad, you can continue it on the Mac. if you start a project on Mac, you cannot continue on iPad.
But not all are limited… there are also exclusive functions
However, as we say, not all of them are limitations but rather Apple has also committed to leaving an exclusive function not available on macOS and available on iPadOS. One of them, of course, is the Apple Pencil compatibility. This allows access to a wide range of functions such as the possibility of writing on the Stage and writing text by hand, as well as display and scrolling options which make the user experience more fluid.
And another of the functions acclaimed by the experts is the ability to capture quality video directly from Final Cut Pro without having to leave the application to later add it to the project. From the same app, you can select changes to white balance, color, and exposure, as well as determine what format you want to record in by highlighting the format. Apple ProRes.
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