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Apple unveils Final Cut Studio

Apple Computer has introduced Final Cut Studio, a high-end HD video production suite that features Final Cut Pro 5, an upgrade to the editing software for DV, SD, HD and film.

Final Cut Studio includes additional tools such as Soundtrack Pro, an audio editing and sound design application targeted for video projects; Motion 2, a real-time motion graphics application with GPU accelerated 32-bit float rendering; and DVD Studio Pro 4, a DVD authoring software that burns high-definition DVDs to the latest HD-DVD specification.

The new editing application supports all major HD formats including HDV, DVCPRO HD and fully uncompressed HD. Native HDV (long GOP MPEG-2) support in Final Cut Pro 5 enables users to edit camera native HDV without generation loss. New multi-camera tools let editors cut from up to 128 sources, with simultaneous real-time playback of up to 16 angles at a time.

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 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. Soundtrack Pro features a waveform editor with Action Layers that allow users to instantly re-order, bypass or change any edit, effect or process. Intelligent “Find-and-Fix” features quickly identify and repair common audio problems.

Motion 2 includes more than 130 accelerated filters such as 3-D rotation, vignette and caustics, and more than 50 new particle effects that automatically generate animations such as sparkles, bubbles and space clouds.

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