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Apple (NAB Booth #1902) has unveiled Final Cut Studio, an HD video production suite that features Final Cut Pro 5, a major upgrade to the editing software for DV, SD, HD and film. Final Cut Studio also includes state-of-the-art tools that complement Final Cut Pro 5 such as Soundtrack Pro, a new audio editing and sound design application; Motion 2, a real-time motion graphics application with GPU accelerated 32-bit float rendering; and DVD Studio Pro 4, the first commercially available DVD authoring software that burns high definition DVDs to the latest HD DVD specification.
Final Cut Pro 5 offers Native HDV (long GOP MPEG-2) support, which enables users to edit camera native HDV without generation loss. Powerful new multicam tools let editors cut from up to 128 sources, with simultaneous real-time playback of up to 16 angles at a time, making Final Cut Pro 5 suitable for episodic television, sporting events and concerts. A new IMX codec in Final Cut Pro 5 allows for native editing of broadcast content from Sony’s XDCAM. Direct support for Panasonic’s P2 solid-state media gives editors a high-speed solution for tapeless transfer of DVCPRO, DVCPRO50 and DVCPRO HD video. New Dynamic RT, a system that automatically adjusts image quality and frame-rate during playback, allows editors to see more real-time effects at the highest possible quality. Additionally, the RT Extreme engine in Final Cut Pro 5 has been enhanced to allow uncompressed HD effects to be viewed in real-time. New audio capabilities in Final Cut Pro 5 enable users to capture up to 24 simultaneous audio channels at high-quality 24-bit 96kHz and use audio control surfaces.
Final Cut Studio will be available in May through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $1,299 (U.S.). Registered users from any previous version of Final Cut Pro can upgrade for $699 (US). Production Suite customers can upgrade for $499 (US). Final Cut Pro 5, Soundtrack Pro, Motion 2 and DVD Studio Pro 4 will also be sold separately. Full system requirements and more information on Final Cut Studio can be found at www.apple.com/finalcutstudio.
In other Apple/NAB News, the company will demonstrate a complete HD video production and playback platform at NAB this week. Apple will showcase Mac OS X version 10.4 “Tiger” and QuickTime® 7, which includes support for the H.264 codec, along with Final Cut Studio.