In addition to a new version of Logic Studio, Apple has also announced a major upgrade to its suite of professional video and film editing tools known as Final Cut Studio, last updated two years ago. Included in the suite is Final Cut Pro 7, Motion 4, Soundtrack Pro 3, Color 1.5, and Compressor 3.5. Unsurprisingly, DVD Studio Pro stays at version 4. The entire suite, which got over 100 new features, also got a $300 price drop. Final Cut Server, used in larger production environments to manage assets and workflow, was also updated to version 1.5.
Final Cut Pro 7, the latest and greatest in non-linear editing, includes major updates to codec support. Apple has extended its ProRes family of codecs, including a ProRes 422 Proxy format for remote editing. Apple also added a ProRes 4444 format at the high-end for compositing, effects, and digital cinema work. FCP 7 also has native AVC-Intra support for working in real-time with footage from the latest top-end Panasonic cameras, and optimized rendering for XDCAM HD, XDCAM EX, interlaced HDV, and interlaced XDCAM HD 422.