updated 08:10 pm EDT, Thu August 28, 2008
ProRes Final Cut update
Apple has released ProRes QuickTime Decoder 1.0 for Mac and Windows, in addition to an update for Final Cut Express 4.0.1. The new decoder allows ProRes files to be played through QuickTime. Apple's ProRes "visually lossless" format was developed last year to be used in high definition footage post production. Either 1080p or 720p resolutions can be edited without the equipment required for uncompressed video, the signal rates are compressed to standard definition levels. With the addition of QuickTime compatibility, projects can be reviewed and approved outside of Final Cut Studio.
Apple said that the update for Final Cut Express improves program function while using FxPlug plug-ins, fixes compatibility problems with AVCHD camcorders, and corrects other problems, including those associated with file permissions when opening projects. Codec 'Easy Setups' have been added to support a wider range of AVCHD footage resolutions, including 1440x1080i60, 1920x1080i60, 1440x1080i50, 1920x1080i50. An Easy Setup codec for 720p25 HDV has also been included.
Apple ProRes QuickTime Decoder 1.0 is available for free download from Apple. The Final Cut Express 4.0.1 update can be obtained through the Mac OS X software update tool.