macOS High Sierra includes support for H.265 video, but Final Cut Pro users are still wait...

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The iPhone 8 shoots H.265 4K video, and macOS High Sierra can view it, but editors who rely on Final Cut Pro X cannot yet utilize the codec until Apple issues a highly anticipated update.




H.265 video, also known as High Efficiency Video Encoding, includes better motion compensation for fast-moving scenes, larger computational errors for difference-coding, and other improvements designed to keep file sizes small. HEVC can compress video up to 40 percent more than the current standard technology, H.264.

Monday's release of High Sierra means HEVC H.265 is now compatible with the Mac. Systems with a sixth-generation Intel Core processor or newer can play 4K HEVC content, including videos shot on the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and upcoming iPhone X.




But while H.265 video can be viewed in High Sierra, editing it in Apple's own Final Cut Pro X is not yet possible. Users who import such videos into the software will find that the thumbnails are displayed as black.

For now, users must take steps to convert HEVC H.265 videos to the Apple ProRes format.

HEVC updates are also necessary for Apple's Motion and Compressor apps. No timetable for release has been given.

HEVC support is hardware accelerated on Apple's recent Macs with Intel Kaby Lake processors, starting with the 2015 27-inch iMac, the early 2016 MacBook, and the 2016 MacBook Pro. The AMD Radeon Pro chipset included in the 2016 MacBook Pro also includes HEVC decoding support. Some Nvidia GPUs such as the GTX 9 and 10 series cards do as well.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 7
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,223member
    Must admit I expected to see the entire FCP suite updated immediately after High Sierra hit the streets.   Maybe any time now unless Apple feel there's no need until new Macs with hardware support built in.
  • Reply 2 of 7
    Does the iPhone 7/7 Plus shoot HEVC/H.265? After updating to iOS 11 there is an option under Settings > Camera > Formats to select High Efficiency, with a message under the setting explaining H.264 vs HEVC.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 7
    Wait, they haven't updated FCPX too? I expected FCPX to come with it and to see a minimum spec bump and metal/metal 2 support... ... Way to drop the ball there Apple. I've been waiting for a update to X for a few months now since Ive been having a few issues with 10.3.4 on my Mac Pro but it seems that the obvious time to update it and get users such as myself onto the new OS isn't here yet. Sucks that my 2011 17" MBP won't be able to play H.265 files. I guess its another thing added to the growing list of things it won't be able to do in High Sierra. At least it can use the OS though.
  • Reply 4 of 7
    Does the iPhone 7/7 Plus shoot HEVC/H.265? After updating to iOS 11 there is an option under Settings > Camera > Formats to select High Efficiency, with a message under the setting explaining H.264 vs HEVC.
    Yes it can. You'll have to manually select the new format after updating to iOS 11. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 7
    iMovie update just appeared for HEVC.  I expect FCPX suite will follow soon.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 7
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,223member
    yodamac said:
    iMovie update just appeared for HEVC.  I expect FCPX suite will follow soon.
    Awesome.
  • Reply 7 of 7
    Any other pros here seen their company drop FCP? We have 1 suite left. We're basically complete switching to Premiere. 
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