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A secondary update to the Pixelmator Pro image editing app for Mac adds the ability to import, edit, and export videos using all existing photo tools.
Pixelmator Pro's latest update focuses on adding video editing features to the long-standing Mac image editor. The new Pixelmator Pro 3.2, known as Lumiere, is a major update that allows you to use the app to create videos, GIFs, and animations.
“With the addition of video editing features to Pixelmator Pro, quick video editing just got easier,” said Simonas Bastis, lead developer on the Pixelmator Team. “Users can make all the most important edits—crop and trim a video, adjust its colors, combine it with text, images, and shapes, apply masks, and more—all from the comfort of Pixelmator Pro.”
Pixelmator Pro will not replace non-linear video editing (NLE) tools such as Final Cut Pro, DaVinci Resolve, or Adobe Premiere. Pixelmator Pro is not a place where the user has a timeline on which to create video sequences, but effectively allows the editor to prepare the clip for use in NLE.
An MP4 or QuickTime video can now be imported in the same way as an image. Once on the Pixelmator Pro canvas, you can crop it, rotate it, and so on.
All features of the image editing application, including clipping masks and multiple layers, can be used with — and videos can be combined with images.
Completed clips can be exported to a variety of formats, including Apple ProRes, PNG, and GIF.
The new update also includes video templates and the ability to open and edit Live Photos. The ability to export files in Motion 5, Apple's animation app for video editors, has now also been added.
This isn't the first time Pixelmator Pro has added features to help video editors. In April 2021, custom LUTs (lookup tables) were added to Pixelmator Pro 2.0.8 to work with video.
In this case, video editors will save one frame of their work. , import it into Pixelmator Pro and make any necessary color adjustments. All of these settings could then be saved as a LUT that can be opened in editors like Final Cut Pro and applied to any video footage.
Pixelmator Pro is available from the Mac App Store, where it usually costs $39.99. However, there is a special discount to coincide with the launch of the new version, which means it will be available for $19.99 for a short time.
This is a free upgrade for existing users.