updated 06:25 pm EST, Thu February 15, 2007
FCP, WebObjects updated
Apple today updated its Final Cut Pro real-time editing software for DV, SD, HD, and film as well as its WebObjects Web development application. Final Cut Pro 5.1.3 provides several important bug fixes, and is recommended for all Final Cut Pro 5.1, 5.1.1, and 5.1.2 license holders. Render files created on both PowerPC-based and Intel-based Macs now work properly on either type of computer, and the update adds several commands to the default keyboard layout that were missing in the previous version. Final Cut Pro 5.1.3 resolves cases in which cross dissolves did not work as expected in nested sequences containing still images with adjusted motion parameters, and addresses effects compatibility issues as well as video format compatibility. The latest revision also resolves long-standing issues with video scope performance and audio output.
Final Cut Pro 5.1.3 includes native support and corresponding Easy Setups for the 720p24 and 720p25 as well as 1080p24 and 1080p25 HD formats. The update also offers compatibility with DVCPRO HD camcorder devices by adding two new Easy Setups:
- DVCPRO HD 720p25 is used for native editing of DVCPRO HD 720p25 footage imported from Panasonic P2 cards. Final Cut Pro does not, however, support DVCPRO HD 720p25 capture from or output to tape.
- DVCPRO HD 1080pA24 is used to capture and output DVCPRO HD 1080p24 footage with advanced pulldown to and from tape. The format uses the same pulldown technique as NTSC 24p, and the footage on tape is actually recorded at 29.97 interlaced frames per second (fps). Final Cut Pro removes redundant fields, resulting in a 23.98 fps for progressive scan QuickTime movie on a scratch disk.
The WebObjects update modifies the software to observe Daylight Saving Time (DST) and 2007 time zone changes and simultaneously addresses issues with the WebObjects supplied date classes. Apple adds that the WebObjects DST Update is formally qualified for the Java 1.4.2 platform. The Java for Mac OS X 10.4 Release 5 actually updates the JDK 1.4 version on Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. "There are no known issues with the WebObjects DST Update on J2SE 5.0 platform on Mac OS X," Apple says.