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New Final Cut software due in April?

updated 11:50 am EDT, Fri March 13, 2009

New Final Cut in April?

Apple is indeed on the verge of releasing a new version of Final Cut Studio, new sources are said to corroborate. Although some sources have suggested than an updated Final Cut Studio suite could be announced on March 24th, people "familiar with the company's plans" are said to indicate that Apple is timing a release around the National Association of Broadcasters expo, scheduled for late April. Apple and some other major companies are not attending NAB, but the event is known for bringing major video-related product unveilings.

The new version of Final Cut Studio is said to be late into development, echoing suggestions that it was already in beta testing. Apple is also believed to be preparing an updated Final Cut Server, and possibly a replacement for Shake, its compositing software last updated in 2006. Another related product which may premiere soon is an updated Logic Studio, used in audio production and performance.

Apple is lastly thought to be working on a major update to its professional photography workflow software, Aperture. The next version is expected to use native 64-bit code, a factor of critical importance when dealing with large RAW images. The present software is in fact considered to be at a significant disadvantage in this respect, outclassed by its main competition, Adobe Lightroom.

by MacNN Staff



  1. StrongBrad247

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No Shake replacement...

    I highly doubt they will replace Shake as they have already broken out parts of its system to Final Cut and Motion. In all reality, you'll probably see an update to FCP, updates to Motion to hopefully take the 2.5D all the way to 3D, additional features to Soundtrack and Color, and I pray... pray, pray, pray, pray, pray... that they will FINALLY update DVD Studio Pro to include Blu-Ray authoring.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Nope, no blu-ray option. Don't you realize that media is dead.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Oh, and how bad would the laughter be if Apple did offer Blu-Ray burning, yet offers no computers that can play blu-ray.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969


    competing format

    Blu-ray is really a competing format with iTune's HD download content. Apple is not in the hurry. Microsoft's deosn't even bother incorporate Blue-ray into their Xbox after loosing out HD DVD war. They instead move on to download content movies such as Netflix.

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