Posted: 17 April 2007 at 1:32am
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Apple Computer has unveiled "Final Cut Studio 2" a significant upgrade
to its video production suite - with new creative tools for film
The "Final Cut Studio 2" includes Final Cut Pro 6, Soundtrack Pro 2, Motion 3, Compressor 3, and a new application called Color.
Cut Pro 6, an updated version, includes a new Open Format Timeline that
lets editors mix and match virtually any video format and frame-rate in
a single Timeline without transcoding. Final Cut Pro 6 also integrates
optical flow based SmoothCam technology to remove unwanted or jarring
camera movement with simple, easy-to-use tools.
Soundtrack Pro 2 is a brand new version of the audio editing
application in Final Cut Studio 2. It 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
also features new heads up spotting display that allows aligning of
effects and dialog with picture.
Motion 3 is the latest version of Apple's motion graphics software,
and features an intuitive 3D environment, paint, and new behaviors. It
extends all Motion tools to a 3D environment, and features
drag-and-drop simplicity; Vector based paint tools; and a match moving
tool that automatically maps any image or effect to the path of any
Compressor 3 is the latest version of encoding tool, and promises
to deliver powerful batch encoding for multiple formats with a single
click. The company claims that the new streamlined interface and
simplified workflows make encoding and delivering in multiple formats
easier and more efficient. Compressor 3 extends support for
industry-standard codecs such as MPEG-2 and H.264 to include new
drag-and-drop presets for web, iPod, Apple TV, DVD, and mobile phones.
Besides, Final Cut Studio 2 integrates a new application called
'Color,' a professional color grading and finishing application for
ensuring consistent color.
According to Apple, Color puts a logical task-based color grading
and finishing workflow in the hands of every Final Cut Pro editor.
Color includes over 20 signature looks, which can be customized to
create a unique mood for any given project. The application 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.
Final Cut Studio 2 will be available in May for around $1,299; the
upgrade will cost about $499. Whereas, upgrading from any version of
Final Cut Pro to the Studio will cost around $699.
Edited by albusdumbledore - 17 April 2007 at 1:32am