updated 05:00 pm EST, Wed November 14, 2007
Pro apps for Leopard
Apple on Wednesday released a plethora of updates to its professional applications for Leopard compatibility, including Soundtrack Pro 2.0.2 [70MB], Final Cut Pro 6.0.2 [38MB], DVD Studio Pro 4.2.1 [12MB], Motion 3.0.2 [21MB], Color 1.0.2 [80MB], Cinema Tools 4.0.1 [10MB], Compressor 3.0.2 [96MB], and Pro Applications Update 2007-02 [9MB]. The updates require Mac OS X 10.4.11 or Mac OS X 10.5 and are available via Mac OS X's Software Update or via the Web.
According to the release notes, Final Cut Pro 6.02 offers fixes for Leopard, supports the use of Panasonic and Sony video footage using transfer software and plug-ins provided by the manufacturer, supports JVC 720p50 and 720p60 HDV tape-based devices, and supports 50 fps timecode in all timecode fields and project properties as well as 60 fps drop frame timecode.
In addition, the update enables capture and output 720p50 DVCPRO HD from supported video devices, adds support for transfer of AVC-Intra footage, supports HDV camcorders with hard drive options (e.g. Sony HVR-DR60), and is compatible with the Sony HVR-V1 HDV camcorder, which is capable of recording 1080p24, 1080p25, and 1080p30 footage. Users can capture natively or capture to either the Apple Intermediate Codec or the Apple ProRes 422 codec, the company said.
The company said that Soundtrack Pro 2.0.2, the company's audio editing application in Final Cut Studio, includes support for 50 fps and 720p60 Final Cut Pro projects. and improves reliability of playback, exporting, and effects in projects that include processing effects and realtime effects, but said that Soundtrack Pro 2.0.2 cannot automatically repair realtime effects issues in existing projects. Users can work around this by adjusting the effect parameters and save the project in Soundtrack Pro 2.0.2.
DVD Studio Pro 4.2.1 brings Leopard support as well as more native support for more HDV formats (both NTSC and PAL) and H.264 formats. It also now processes still image colors correctly, and corrects an issue when using multiple DLT tapes, according to the release notes.