Apple has announced that Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro, its flagship professional creative apps, are now available on the iPad for the first time. The new iPad versions of the video-editing and audio-editing software are designed with multi-touch-optimized interfaces and full Apple Pencil support, making the editing process much more intuitive and interactive.
The Final Cut Pro app on iPad comes with a new jog wheel that simplifies the editing process, allowing users to navigate the magnetic timeline, move clips, and perform edits using just their fingers and multitouch gestures. Live Drawing, a new feature of the app, lets users draw and write directly on top of video content using an Apple Pencil. iPad Pro users with M2 chips can also use the Apple Pencil’s hover feature to skim and preview footage without having to touch the screen.
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The Logic Pro app on iPad is also designed with touch-friendly features, enabling users to take advantage of multitouch gestures to play software instruments and interact with controls. The app has a new sound browser that uses dynamic filtering to help users discover different types of sounds, with options for instrument patches, audio patches, plug-in presets, samples, and loops. Moreover, Logic Pro on iPad also supports the Apple Pencil, which gives users the ability to draw detailed track automation.
Both apps are available for $4.99 per month or $49 per year on the App Store, and a one-month free trial is available for new users. Both apps have more stringent system requirements than the GarageBand and iMovie apps. Logic Pro will run on any iPad with at least an A12 Bionic chip, while Final Cut Pro requires an iPad Pro or Air with an M1 or M2.
While both apps support some level of cross-platform compatibility with the macOS versions, there are still some barriers. Logic Pro projects support “roundtrip capabilities,” allowing users to use Logic Pro for Mac to open and edit projects created on an iPad and vice versa. Final Cut Pro projects created on an iPad can be exported to Final Cut Pro for Mac, but it’s not possible to export projects from the Mac to an iPad.
With the introduction of Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro on the iPad, Apple is making it easier for users to create high-quality content on the go. By offering these apps with touch-friendly interfaces and Apple Pencil support, Apple is also providing a more intuitive and interactive editing experience.