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Final Cut Pro for iPad: Release date, features, compatibility, price

Updated May 23rd, 2023 3:03PM EDT
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Final Cut Pro is finally available for the iPad. After years of waiting, the Cupertino firm has brought one of its most important Pro apps to multi-touch displays. Here’s everything you need to know about Final Cut Pro for iPad tablets.


Final Cut Pro for iPad introduces an all-new touch interface and intuitive tools — unlocking new workflows for video creators. Users can interact with content in completely new ways by navigating with the Magnetic Timeline, moving clips, and making fast frame-accurate edits with just the tap of a finger. Here are the top features of this Pro app for Apple tablets.

Live Drawing: Users can draw and write directly on top of video content using Apple Pencil. On iPad Pro with M2, Apple Pencil hover unlocks the ability for users to quickly skim and preview footage without ever touching the screen. They can also speed up their workflows by adding a Magic Keyboard or Smart Keyboard Folio to utilize key commands

Pro Camera Mode: Video creators can shoot high-quality video in portrait or landscape orientation, monitor audio and available recording time, and manually control settings like focus, exposure, and white balance. Creators can capture, edit, and publish from a single device while in the field, and on iPad Pro with M2, users can even record in ProRes.

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Scene Removal Mask: Creators can quickly remove or replace the background behind a subject in a clip without using a green screen.

Auto Crop adjusts: Auto Crop adjusts footage for vertical, square, and other aspect ratios.

Voice Isolation: Background noise can easily be removed from audio captured in the field.

Multicam Video Editing: With Multicam video editing, clips can automatically be synchronized and edited together. Users can even switch angles in a multicam clip with just the touch of a finger.

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Pro Graphics, Effects, and Audio: Video creators can choose from a vast library of professional graphics, effects, and audio to enhance their storytelling. These include HDR backgrounds, customizable animated patterns, and professional soundtracks that automatically adjust to the length of a video.

Import and Export: Editors can import supported media from Files or Photos and save it directly inside a Final Cut Pro project. Final Cut Pro for iPad also supports importing projects created in iMovie for iOS, and iPad users can export their Final Cut Pro projects to Mac.

iPad compatibility

Final Cut Pro for iPad is compatible with the following devices running iPadOS 16.4 or later:

  • M2 iPad Pro
  • M1 iPad Pro
  • M1 iPad Air

New devices could be compatible as the company announces them in the future.

Final Cut Pro release date and price

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Final Cut Pro for iPad launched on May 23. It requires a subscription, which costs $4.99/month or $49/year. Apple also offers a one-month free trial of Final Cut Pro for iPad. You can find it on the App Store here.

José Adorno Tech News Reporter

José is a Tech News Reporter at BGR. He has previously covered Apple and iPhone news for 9to5Mac, and was a producer and web editor for Latin America broadcaster TV Globo. He is based out of Brazil.