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Apple upgrades Final Cut Studio suite

updated 09:30 am EDT, Thu July 23, 2009

Final Cut Studio upgrade

Apple has released a long-anticipated upgrade to Final Cut Studio, its video editing and production suite. At the center is Final Cut Pro 7, which expands ProRes codecs to support a wider number of workflows, and implements real-time collaboration through iChat Theater. Quicker export options allow for conversion to DVD, Blu-ray and other formats; some other interface changes include redesigned speed tools, simpler alpha transitions, and better markers.

Motion 4 incorporates 3D shadows and reflections, as well as new depth-of-field controls. It likewise includes one-click object framing in 3D, and a new Adjust Glyph tool, which controls characters in text objects. Soundtrack Pro 3 has been given new tools to normalize dialogue volume, zoom in on waveforms, and perform more precise time stretching. Color 1.5 now supports sending sequences directly to Final Cut Pro, and a series of high-end standards including 4K and ProRes 4444. Compressor 3.5, lastly, incorporates features such as automated actions and droplets, the latter of which can be used to encode files without opening Final Cut.

The suite as a whole requires Mac OS X 10.5.6, as well as 1GB of RAM, a dedicated graphics processor and 4GB of hard drive space. The full version costs $999, but upgrades from earlier suites cost only $299. Matching the new Studio is Final Cut Server 1.5, which also offers improved speed and an updated edit proxy workflow. Full and upgrade prices for Server are identical to those for Studio.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Rolando_jose

    Joined: Dec 1969



    299.00 for the 'upgrade'.... and in this economy....

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    intel only

    It had to happen... so much for universal binaries. This puppy is Intel only. Boo!

  1. Herod

    Joined: Dec 1969




  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969



    uhh who cares about the economy, we just had one of the worst films ever make tons of money. When it comes to people spending money the entertainment industry who is the major market for this product, is hardly hurting for cash.

  1. jstephe

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Can't Run on 13" Pro MBs

    To bad this new Pro Application can't run on the new MacBook Pro 13" hardware.

    Just goes to show that the MacBooks with integrated graphics should not be called Pro.

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Blu-ray support...

    So, Apple is finally caving in, but still showing its stubbornness... It's nice to be able to "share" (What is this? FaceBook? Why is there a "Sharing" menu on a Pro app suite that costs $1k???) on Blu-ray, but FCP stops there. DVDSP still has no tools for BD authoring, and all Apple gives us, within FCP and Compressor, is a Blu-ray version of a dumbed-down iDVD -- a few "beautifully designed" menu templates and not much more.

    So, if you want to make Blu-ray masters using FCP, you still have to shell out for Encore CS4 (which you have to get as a part of CS4 Production or similar suite -- another $1k ). With that Encore, you get Premiere, AfterEffects, OnLocation and other tools, making it quite difficult to justify an investment in two complete packages with mostly overlapping features.

    Apple, stop being stubborn and deliver DVDSP for Blu-ray!

  1. csimon2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: BD support & Encore

    Actually, while Encore has come a very long way since cs3 in terms of real support for BD mastering, it still has a ways to go. Even the most current version of Encore cs4 with the combination of BluStreak will NOT produce something that is compliant with most verification tools. The result can be mastered for replication, but if you require verification certification, then Encore is not a tool you should be using.

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    So right....


    You are so right about Encore. This tells us that today, several years after introduction of Blu-ray and year and a half after its emergence as the only physical delivery platform for HD, there aren't ANY tools for Mac OS that can produce standards-compliant Blu-ray master. This is an incredibly sad state of affairs.

  1. webraider

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Okay guys

    BluRay Support is included.. As long as you have a third party burner, this will AUTHOR BluRay discs. If you download the pdf file of, it goes into detail about it. You have to author it in Compressor though and you can also author regular DVD's there now as well. It doesn't have all the features of DVD studio pro though, but you can do it from Compressor! (have to have your own BluRay Drive!)

  1. Loren

    Joined: Dec 1969


    love it

    Other improvements-- besides recession-era pricing and 299.00 retail upgrade from any previous studio-- DeadType is finally folded into Motion 4! I hope it behaves better and doesn't destroy my background video upon return to FCP.

    OMG, rippling markers! I love it. Big timecode window. Love it. New ProRes codecs. Love it.

    Academic price-- $699.00 ??? What is that about? Lower retail, higher Academic? Hello, Avid, come on in, there's nobody around in your 300.00 price range.

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