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Apple unveils Final Cut Pro 5, Final Cut Studio suite

updated 07:30 pm EDT, Sun April 17, 2005

Final Cut Pro 5


"The arrival of Final Cut Studio ushers in a new era of high definition video production that relies on effortless integration of video, audio and effects to elevate production values," said Rob Schoeben, Apple's vice president of Applications Marketing. "Final Cut Studio allows producers to edit in a broad range of HD formats, add stunning motion graphics, sculpt the perfect soundtrack and burn their projects to high def DVDs."

Final Cut Studio features Final Cut Pro 5 for working in DV, SD, film, or all major HD formats including HDV, DVCPRO HD and fully uncompressed HD. It offers native HDV (long GOP MPEG-2) support, allowing users to edit camera native HDV without generation loss. Final Cut Pro 5 also features powerful new multicam tools to cut from up to 128 sources, with simultaneous realtime playback of up to 16 angles 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 as well.

FCP5 also features direct support for Panasonic's P2 solid state media for an easy, high-speed solution for tapeless transfer of DVCPRO, DVCPRO50 and DVCPRO HD video. In addition, it offers new Dynamic RT, an intelligent system that automatically adjusts image quality and frame-rate during playback. This allows editors to see more real-time effects at the highest possible quality, according to Apple. Additionally, the RT Extreme engine in Final Cut Pro 5 has been enhanced to allow uncompressed HD effects to be viewed in realtime. Apple also added new audio capabilities to capture up to 24 simultaneous audio channels at high-quality 24-bit 96kHz and also use audio control surfaces.

by MacNN Staff



  1. mr100percent

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A better FCP Studio link

    Here's a better link

  1. Anilan

    Joined: Dec 1969


    That's an attractive box

    It even has a handle!

  1. history1me



    The Box

    I'm getting it for the handle, I bet it handles really well.

  1. sammaffei

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Mixed DVD message

    Am I the only one that thinks this announcement sends a mixed message?

    Previously, Apple announces that they are going to support Blu-Ray in their upcoming Macs. But, now this suite is supporting HD-DVD. Talk about stradling the fence.

    Looks like I'm not buying another Mac until the format war is over. Where's the AppleCare form.

  1. sodamnregistered2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Upgrade path?

    I think every single software vendor I use has converted to some sort of suite package. I get screwed everytime.

    Macromedia has Studio MX, after I already bought and maintained Flash and Dreamweaver since several versions previous.

    Adobe with their video or print suites, even though I have owned Photoshop, Illlustrator and After Effects for years.

    And now, Apple. Even though I own FCP, Soundtrack, DVD Studio, I'm get no break on the upgrade price? I gotta pay $700 instead of $500 since I already owned the FCP suite piecemeal by the time the suite comes out.

    Software vendors, give your loyal customers some relief.

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