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Apple Final Cut Studio 2
Ralf Jurrien : April 16th 2007 - 12:10 CET
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AppleApple Final Cut Studio 2 : Apple unveiled Final Cut Studio 2, an upgrade to the industry's leading video production suite that delivers new creative tools designed expressly for edi- tors. Final Cut Studio 2 includes Final Cut Pro 6, which introduces Apple's ProRes 422 format for uncompressed HD quality at SD file sizes and support for mixed video formats and frame rates in a single Timeline; Motion 3 featuring an intuitive 3D environment, paint and new behaviors; Soundtrack Pro 2 with dozens of innovative tools for multitrack editing, surround mixing and con- forming sound to picture; Compressor 3 delivering powerful batch encoding for multiple formats with a single click; and DVD Studio Pro 4.2 for SD and HD DVD authoring.

Final Cut Studio 2
Final Cut Studio 2 also introduces "Color," a professional color grading and finishing application for ensuring consistent color and creating signature looks. "Final Cut Studio 2 was specifically designed to enable the rapidly grow- ing community of over 800,000 Final Cut editors worldwide to animate, mix, grade and deliver their work as a natural extension of the editorial process," said Rob Schoeben, Apple's vice president of Applications Product Marketing. "Final Cut Studio 2 is the most powerful production suite on the planet."

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Apple Final Cut Pro 6
At the core of Apple Final Cut Studio 2 is Final Cut Pro 6, the latest version of Apple's Emmy award-winning editing software which includes a new Open For- mat Timeline that lets editors mix and match virtually any video format and frame-rate in a single Timeline without transcoding. ProRes 422, a new full raster, 10-bit 4:2:2 post production format produces stunning HD quality at SD file sizes, making it ideal for working efficiently across a SAN or on a MacBook Pro in the field. Companies including Panasonic, Sony and RED are embracing ProRes 422 as they continue to innovate on the next generation of cameras. Final Cut Pro 6 also includes optical flow based SmoothCam technology to remove unwanted or jarring camera movement with simple, easy-to-use tools. Deep integration with Motion includes the ability to edit Motion templates with video drop zones and editable text fields directly in Final Cut Pro.

Apple advanced color correction tools
New to Final Cut Studio is Color, which puts a logical task-based color grading and finishing workflow in the hands of every Final Cut Pro editor. The primaries in Color include advanced color correction tools such as gamma, lift and gain adjustments, as well as custom R, G, B and luma curves, and the sec- ondaries provide the ability to isolate specific areas of an image with soft- edged mattes and custom-shaped vignettes, which can be tracked with ease. Pro- fessional scopes provide precise monitoring of chrominance and luminance val- ues via waveforms, histograms and new 3D scopes. Color includes over 20 signa- ture looks which can be customized to create a unique mood for any given pro- ject, and offers a seamless roundtrip workflow where projects can be sent from Final Cut Pro 6 directly to Color for grading, finishing and final rendering with 32-bit float 4:4:4 image processing.

Motion 3 graphics software
Motion 3, the latest version of Apple's groundbreaking motion graphics software, takes all the familiar Motion tools and extends them to a 3D envi- ronment. New camera behaviors add depth and realism with drag-and-drop sim- plicity. Vector based paint tools allow editors to easily create brushes with color, particles, video or pictures. A simple, yet highly precise match moving tool automatically maps any image or effect to the path of any other object. New retiming behaviors enable editors to slip and slide retiming effects on the Timeline without keyframes, while new audio behaviors allow users to eas- ily create animations that respond to soundtrack volume and frequency. Motion 3 includes over 1500 new design elements including professional stock imagery, beautifully animated line drawings and stunning vector artwork.

Apple soundtrack Pro 2
SoundTrack Pro 2, a brand new version of the audio editing application in Final Cut Studio 2, features powerful new multitrack editing and recording tools in a streamlined interface that simplifies every aspect of the audio post production process. Soundtrack Pro 2 introduces a breakthrough heads up spotting display that lets editors precisely align effects and dialog with picture. Advanced take management tools enable editors to quickly combine pieces of the best takes to craft seamless performances. Stereo and surround mixing tools enable users to create 5.1 and stereo mixes in the same project, saving time and eliminating costly errors. Editors can work with a royalty- free library of over 5,000 professionally produced foley and sound effects, including over 1,000 surround sound effects and evocative multi-channel music tracks. A powerful new Conform tool enables users to synchronize and track changes between picture and sound editorial.

Apple compressor 3 encoding tool
Compressor 3, the latest version of Apple's industrial strength encoding tool, comes with a new streamlined interface and simplified workflows that make encoding and delivering in multiple formats easier and more efficient than ever. Powerful batch processing and job chaining capabilities enable edi- tors to create pristine quality output for a wide range of delivery formats with a single click. Compressor 3 extends support for industry-standard codecs such as MPEG-2 and H.264 to include new drag-and-drop presets for delivery to broadcast television, web, iPod, Apple TV, DVD and mobile phones. Dynamic filters applied during pre-processing now support timecode overlays, au- dio/video fade in and out, and animated watermarks that can be applied di- rectly from Motion projects.

Apple Final Cut Server
Apple also introduced Final Cut Server, a powerful new server ap- plication that works seamlessly with Final Cut Studio 2 to provide media asset management and workflow automation for post production and broadcast profes- sionals.

Apple Final Cut Studio 2 - Price & Availability
Final Cut Studio 2 will be available in May through the Apple Store, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $1,299 (US). Registered users of the current version of Final Cut Studio can upgrade for $499 (US) and registered users from any previous version of Final Cut Pro can upgrade for $699 (US). Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. To- day, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system and iLife and professional applications. Ap- ple is also spearheading the digital media revolution with its iPod portable music and video players and iTunes online store, and will enter the mobile phone market this year with its revolutionary iPhone.

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