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Apple Opens Final Cut Studio

At the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) tradeshow in Las Vegas, Apple today unveiled Final Cut Studio, a top-of-the-line HD video production suite that features Final Cut Pro 5, a major upgrade to the Emmy award-winning editing software for DV, SD, HD and film.

In addition to Final Cut Pro 5, Final Cut Studio’s toolset includes Soundtrack Pro, a new audio editing and sound design application; Motion 2, a groundbreaking real-time motion graphics application with GPU accelerated 32-bit float rendering; and DVD Studio Pro 4, the first commercially available DVD authoring software that burns high-definition DVDs to the latest HD DVD specification.

"The arrival of Final Cut Studio ushers in a new era of high-definition video production that relies on effortless integration of video, audio and effects to elevate production values," boasts Rob Schoeben, Apple’s VP of applications marketing.  "Final Cut Studio allows producers to edit in a broad range of HD formats, add stunning motion graphics, sculpt the perfect soundtrack and burn their projects to high-def DVDs."

Final Cut Pro 5 is designed for professional editors working in a number of formats, including DV, SD, film, and all major HD formats, including HDV, DVCPRO HD and fully uncompressed HD. Native HDV (long GOP MPEG-2) support in Final Cut Pro 5 enables users to edit camera native HDV without generation loss. In addition, powerful new multicam tools let editors cut from up to 128 sources, with simultaneous, real-time playback of up to 16 angles at a time. A new IMX codec allows for native editing of broadcast content from Sony’s XDCAM and direct support for Panasonic’s P2 solid state media gives editors a high-speed solution for tapeless transfer of DVCPRO, DVCPRO50 and DVCPRO HD video.

Final Cut Studio will be available in May through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $1,299. Registered users of any previous version of Final Cut Pro can upgrade for $699 and Production Suite customers can upgrade for $499. Final Cut Pro 5, Soundtrack Pro, Motion 2 and DVD Studio Pro 4 will also be sold separately. Full system requirements and more information on Final Cut Studio can be found at www.apple.com/finalcutstudio.

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