What’s New in Final Cut Pro 10.2.3

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A quick overview of the changes to Final Cut Pro in the new 10.2.3 update

Today Apple released its latest update to Final Cut Pro X, version 10.2.3. This is the 17th update since Final Cut Pro X first shipped in June of 2011. Final Cut Pro 10.2.3 is a minor update, but it does introduce a few new features along with several bug fixes and improvements.

First off, if you shoot with the new Canon C300 Mark II using the XF-AVC format introduced last year (an MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec in an MXF wrapper), these files (in 1080, 2K, and 4K resolutions) can now be imported into Final Cut Pro X as long as you’ve installed the Canon Plug-in 3.1 for Final Cut Pro X. Apple has created a great XF-AVC knowledge base article explaining exactly what software you will need, and which cameras are supported by Final Cut Pro X.

Re-assign any effect in the Effects browser

Next, you can now assign keyboard shortcuts to apply any video or audio effect. These shortcuts, Option-E for the video effect and Command-Option-E for the audio effect, can be found in the Edit menu:

By default, this keyboard shortcut is assigned to the Color Correction effect for video, and the Channel EQ effect for audio. But you can re-assign them to any effect in the Effects browser with a simple right or control-click, just like assigning a default transition:

You can of course assign different keyboard shortcuts for these commands in the Command Editor:

Customizable Default Video and Audio Effects

We’ve made a Final Cut Pro X under 5 video that discuss this new feature in more detail.

Other improvements in the new 10.2.3 update:

The devices compatibility list in the share window now includes the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro, and the 4th generation Apple TV 4th so you’ll know exactly what devices will be able to play your video:

This update also includes a variety of bug fixes and improvements:

  • You can also now share video to multiple YouTube accounts.
  • Libraries on a SAN now open faster
  • That annoying graphic glitch on the timecode display in the Dashboard has been fixed.
  • Disabled video effect could appear as Missing Effect when opening the project or when sharing to Compressor
  • Black frames could appear in imported iPhone video clips that were trimmed on iPhone
  • The playhead could jump ahead when editing short titles
  • The timeline could stop playback when switching views in the Browser
  • Points on a Bezier shape could incorrectly switch from Linear to Smooth
  • Some objects within Motion templates could render with soft edges


If you are new to Final Cut Pro, check out Final Cut Pro X Core Training available in the Final Cut Pro section of the Ripple Training website.

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By | 2017-11-14T16:23:22+00:00 February 4th, 2016|Final Cut Pro X|15 Comments

About the Author:

Mark Spencer is a bay-area based producer, editor, teacher and writer. Mark is also an Apple-certified instructor for Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5 and the author or coauthor of 5 books on Motion, including the Apple Pro Training Series Motion 5, all from Peachpit Press. See Mark's tutorials.
  • halfmac

    Thank you. This great news.

  • Steve M.

    Can this be done with transitions?

    • lin2log

      That has been possible for AGES.

      • Steve M.

        Really? How? I’ve looked all over the UI, and have never found it anywhere. Preferences, not there, where?

        • markspencer

          Just right-click any transition, and choose Set as Default. Command-T applies the default transition.

          • Steve M.

            You’re kidding me?!! Here I am looking all over this UI to change it, and it’s that simple! The old saying is true, when in doubt “Right-click”!!!!

  • Rick Henningsen

    As usual, you guys are right on top of it. Thank you.

  • Glen Thompsett

    Great tips, thanks Mark top advise as always

  • Mike Clayton

    Thank you for the tips – it’s always exciting to see new features in trusted software. I’m looking forward to a similar review of the update to Motion.

    • lin2log

      What exactly do you want to see discussed?? There were zero new features, just bug fixes. Doesn’t exactly make for a terribly informative video worth watching, does it?

    • markspencer

      As lin2log said, no new features in Motion, sorry.

    • Mike Clayton

      My bad – I misread Apple’s narrative on the Update note – the new features came in 5.2. A bit cheeky repeating them!

  • L Blake Baldwin

    The default commands didn’t appear in my custom command set. I had to add option+e and option-command+e to the custom command set. See the screenshot before I added the commands.

  • L Blake Baldwin

    The default commands did not appear in my custom command set; I had to manually enter them and restart.

    • markspencer

      If you create a custom command set, on ANY FCP X update, new commands will not appear. That’s a real gotcha.