The first reviews of Final Cut Pro for iPad were published today, providing a closer look at the touch-optimized video creation app in action. We also shared our hands-on video of the app, which is now available on the App Store.
Final Cut Pro for the iPad is a subscription-based app priced at $4.99 per month or $49 per year in the US after a one-month free trial. The app is compatible with iPads with an M1 chip or later, and requires iPadOS 16.4 or later.
the edgeVjeran Pavic:
Final Cut Pro for iPad is a carefully designed app that gets a lot of the basics right. It’s a great adaptation of its desktop application, and FCP users will feel right at home. It also takes advantage of the iPad’s touch-first interface and makes good use of accessories like the Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil. It’s also easily priced — Apple sells it as a subscription at $5 per month or $50 per year, which makes it easy to use for a month or two to see if it’s something you want to stick with.
But if you were hoping this would be a complete replacement for the Mac version of Final Cut Pro, you’ll likely be disappointed. There are still many features left out of this version that I missed while testing it. And if you’re the type of editor who wants to work on both an iPad and a Mac, you’ll need to be careful about how you organize your projects and which device you start with.
Me moreDarrell Baxter:
If you’re a videographer and you’ve been waiting for Final Cut on the iPad, it’s worth the eight-year wait. But it looks like a 1.5 update is already needed which will line up feature parity at the same level that Logic Pro for iPad already manages. Switching between devices with projects and not experiencing any errors when switching from a Mac to an iPad and back is crucial.
Final Cut Pro brings out the best in iPad, from the emphasis on multi-touch to the fun features of live drawing and the jog wheel. It gives some rare clarity to a bewildering device class, and buggy software features like Stage Manager have been maiming the iPad for the past year. And for that alone, it’s worth the subscription price.
Six colorsJason Snell:
After a few hours on Final Cut Pro iPad, my impressions are mixed. There were moments when I really got into a groove and felt flattered by the app—generally when I was using the Magic Keyboard because it gave me access to shortcuts that didn’t translate properly to the touch interface.
But I also felt a lot of the familiar frustration in an app packed with features but didn’t fully realize that multi-touch gestures and the Apple Pencil can make operation smoother even without a keyboard attached. Final Cut Pro is poised to be a great app for the iPad, but it still has a lot of work to do.
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