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Final Cut Studio 3.0, new Server in testing

updated 04:10 pm EDT, Fri May 29, 2009

Final Cut 3.0 in testing

Apple has been recruiting the help of professional video editors, asking them to test out major updates to the Final Cut line of software, say sources. The biggest of these is Final Cut Studio 3.0, incorporating Motion and Final Cut Pro among other production utilities. The suite is allegedly codenamed "Sideways," and currently in the middle of beta testing, as well as compatibility checks with Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

Sideways is said to measure somewhat less than 3GB, and use 30A1xx as its build series. Past predictions hinted that Studio 3.0 could be released as soon as early spring, but it is now thought that the software will arrive only after Snow Leopard's summer release. It is unknown if the operating system's extended development has been the cause of any delay for Studio.

Also in testing is an update to Final Cut Server, so far codenamed "Dingo." The release is believed to make relatively few changes outside of Snow Leopard support, which may nevertheless make it an essential companion to Sideways. Development milestones are in fact said to suggest that the upgrade will not be branded Server 2.0, but rather just a point release for existing software.

by MacNN Staff





  1. robttwo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Now we can "cut video" -- just like on a PC -- !!

  1. byRyan

    Joined: Dec 1969



    hey, I am a professional video editor, why aren't they asking me?!?!?? how do you get on these lists anyways?!? What do ya got to do, win an emmy... oh wait - I DID!

  1. Loren

    Joined: Dec 1969


    don't feel bad...

    I'm a pro too and a past betatester. I'm out of the loop for a couple good reasons; 1) old machine and OS, 2) don't like testing in a vacuum. Other companies, like Avid, log you into a community of testers, which saves a lot of wear and tear on the engineers and chief test conductor by filtering issues which may be operator error. Oh, well... I don't hold it against them.

  1. rtbarry

    Joined: Dec 1969


    "And the Emmy...

    ...for Best Coffee Pot Cleaner goes to.... Ryan!!! yay!!!!"

  1. digital dream/films

    Joined: Dec 1969


    do you?

    hi all, do you all think fcs3 will come out a mac soda says?

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: do you

    No, unless Apple is completely and utterly cluesless as to how to release stuff, which they aren't.

    WWDC is a developers conference, and has turned into a kind of consumer oriented key note as well (who knows why, probably to get the developers together and coo over the latest hardware they're releasing - then they'll release the Ballmer to get them excited about being developers). But how many developers are going to care about the latest advances to FCP? Most are there for Snow Leopard and iPhone.

    FCP has a very small, specific target audience. You do a special event and invite the video media along (and don't forget to make fun of someone who says "cut video!!!"), or announce it at a trade show (they missed the big one in April).

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