Final Cut Pro 4 Available June 14

The latest version of Apple's editing software is coming to retailers June 14, and the computer maker is gearing up with live demos of Final Cut Pro 4.

Except for NAB2003, "This is really the first time that anyone in the public will be able to see the product, complete with a comprehensive demo," Paul Saccone, Final Cut Pro product manager, told TV Technology.

Final Cut Pro 4 boasts more than 300 new features, advanced trimming and timeline tools, including RT Extreme (for real-time compositing and effects), LiveType (for advanced tilting), Soundtrack (for easier music creation) and Compressor for full-featuerd batch transcoding.

Apple said that partners including Panasonic, AJA, Quantel, Pinnacle and others hace announced tools to integrate with Final Cut Pro, to nurture what Saccone called a "growing ecosystem" around the software.

The new package carries endorsement from David Bird, regional director of KTVX, ABC's Salt Lake City affiliate.

"The news business demands high-performing tools for getting stories turned around quickly," he said. "Our producers, reporters and editors are extremely impressed by Final Cut Pro 4's powerful and efficient editing capabilities, and we think it'll integrate seamlessly into our newsroom workflow."