updated 08:35 am EDT, Thu September 25, 2003
At IBC this year, Digital Voodoo, a manufacturer of high-end video capture cards, announced it was , saying that Final Cut Pro 4.0 would be the last version it would support and that it could not guarantee that future versions of its video cards would be compatible with current or future generations of G5-based Macs: "These were difficult decisions for us to make. They are based on where we believe the future of post production is going which we believe is 10 bit RGB. Sony with the HDCAM SR and Thompson’s Viper are two companies who believe in the same future. No doubt Panasonic will follow this lead also...moving away from a QuickTime component only solution is in the best interests of current and future users of our products and the company itself."
"We believe being completely reliant on QuickTime components as a file format has some fundamental flaws. For example, it can not capture sequential files – an absolute must for 10 bit RGB DPX and Cineon. It can not capture more than 2 channels of audio even though most NLE’s have been doing this since the mid-late 90’s. QuickTime is updated constantly, which is a big risk for development. Our code could literally be broken over night from a QuickTime update. Moving away from this reliance of QuickTime actually gives our customers real choice with file formats."