Apple rolls out Final Cut Studio for HD editing

The suite of products includes a new audio editing and design tool
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Apple has unveiled Final Cut Studio. The suite includes new versions of Final Cut Pro, Motion and DVD Studio Pro, and Soundtrack Pro, a new audio editing and design tool.

Highlights include:

  • Final Cut Pro 5: Adds native HDV (long GOP MPEG-2) support; has a multicam tool that can cut from up to 128 sources at the same time with real-time playback from 16 angles at a time; an IMX codec for native editing in Sony’s XDCAM format; support for Panasonic’s P2 solid state media; and an enhanced RT Extreme engine to allow uncompressed HD effects to be viewed in real time.
  • Soundtrack Pro: A new audio editing and sound design application; features a waveform editor with flexible Action layers that lets users re-order, bypass or change any edit, effect or process; an integrated multitrack mixer; 5000 sound effects and musical Apple Loops; and AppleScript automation of repetitive audio tasks for video production.
  • Motion 2: Real-time motion graphics software that combines motion graphics with GPU accelerated 32-bit float rendering; features a Replicator to animate any number of duplicated movies or graphics along user-defined grids or patterns; has more than 130 accelerated filters; and third-party plug-in support.
  • DVD Studio Pro 4: DVD authoring program supports burning HD projects to high-definition DVDs based on the latest HD-DVD specification; features distributed encoding tools to reduce encoding time.

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