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Apple Final Cut
version 3, Final Cut Pro is finally compatible with Mac OS X, not just
OS 9, but there's much more to the new version than that
Final Cut Pro began
life as a fledging program under the Macromedia banner. When Macromedia
decided to focus attentions on web development software tools, Final
Cut Pro was adopted by Apple and given pride of place at the head of
its new desktop video strategy.
The program is aimed at advanced hobbyists and professional users, and
is making considerable inroads into video and film editing studios,
including some television production houses. Although the creative industries
have long been Macintosh fans, many found the NT platform too tempting
an alternative, with a good selection of video editing software with
real-time support. But, since the release of Final Cut Pro only a couple
of years ago, and especially following the more recent introduction
of the Matrox RTMac and Pinnacle CineWave RT real-time editing cards,
the Macintosh has seen a top-end video editing revival.
When we reviewed the Final Cut Pro 2/RTMac combination (July 2001, p32)
we were suitably impressed and gave it a strong recommendation. But
what did seem strange was that a Mac OS X version of such an important
product as FCP was not available when Apple released the new operating
system last year. However, the wait is now over. Version 3 has been
optimised for Mac OS X, and also boasts some rather impressive new features
A 167-page booklet is included in-pack detailing the new goodies and
giving a few tutorial-like examples to set users on the right path.
Not everything in FCP 3 has been revised. Audio has, for the most part,
been ignored and adjusting levels is still fiddly - Apple needs to fix
this. However, Final Cut Pro 3 is definitely moving in the right direction,
with a growing list of features in a stable application. The real-time
effects playback is a major bonus for those on a tight budget and with
deadlines looming. PowerBook users will be impressed by OfflineRT's
real-time previewing without expensive expansion cards, and by its space-saving
file format. Overall, this is a must-have upgrade and one that helps
to confirm OS X as a viable operating system for video editing.
For more details,
see the June issue of Computer Video magazine.
Reviewed in June's issue:
Apple Final Cut Pro 3
Apple iMac with SuperDrive
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