Final Cut Studio Now Universal - Professionals Take Note

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By: switchtoamac at: 7:07 PM on March 29, 2006 | Comments (0)

Apple’s industry-leading video production suite Final Cut Studio, is now available as a Universal Binary.  The new build provides native support for both PowerPC and Intel based Macs.

Final Cut Studio 5.1 packages four powerful and integrated professional products:

  • Final Cut Pro 5 - Real-time editing for DV, SD, HD, and film
  • Motion 2 - Advanced animation and special effects
  • SoundTrack Pro - Audio editing and creation
  • DVD Studio Pro 4 - Advanced DVD authoring

The cost for the package is $1,299 USD.  Upgrades from prior releases of Final Cut Pro 1, Final Cut Pro 2, and Final Cut Pro 3 cost $699.   The upgrade costs $199 for users of Final Cut Pro 4, Final Cut Pro HD (4.5), Motion 2, Soundtrack Pro, DVD Studio Pro 4, or Production Suite. Crossgrades from prior Final Cut Studio 5 PowerPC versions can be obtained at Apple's crossgrade page.

Apple is currently offering free shipping on all orders of Final Cut Studio 5.1 and orders should ship within 24 hours.

Some Hardware Requirements are as follows:

  • Macintosh computer with 867MHz or faster PowerPC G4, PowerPC G5, or Intel Core Duo processor; HD features require 1GHz or faster single or dual processors (authoring HD DVDs requires a PowerPC G5 or Intel Core Duo processor)
  • 512MB of RAM, 2GB recommended
  • Mac OS X 10.4.4 or later
  • QuickTime 7.0.4 or later

Apple's commitment to transition their entire line of software in short order demonstrates to the market that the switch to Intel processors will not have a net negative impact on the company or its customers.  The fact that Apple has transitioned this professional video editing suite tells Apple's professional customers that they can now purhcase MacBook Pros and Intel Core Duo iMacs to meet their editing needs.  Previously, Apple announced that Logic Pro and Logic Express were available as a Universal Binary.  Universal versions of Shake and Final Cut Express are expected by the end of 2006.

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