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Apple Announce Final Cut Studio 2

Published: Fri April 20, 2007  News Feed

Final Cut Studio 2 helps take you beyond mere editing. Discover the intuitive power of new creative tools designed expressly for Final Cut Pro editors. Rapidly move through editing to motion graphics, audio editing and mixing, colour grading and delivery — all as a natural extension of the work you already do.

Final Cut Studio 2 puts a powerful new version of Final Cut Pro at the centre of an integrated post-production workflow. Final Cut Pro 6, Motion 3, Soundtrack Pro 2, Compressor 3, DVD Studio Pro 4 and Color — a brand-new application for professional colour grading — are all included in Final Cut Studio for £849 (Full Version).

Whats new in Final Cut Studio 2?

Open format Timeline

The new open format Timeline in Final Cut Pro 6 lets you mix and match source material in a wide range of formats and even different frame rates. Freely edit a combination of HD and SD, including NTSC and PAL — all in real time.

Apple ProRes 422

Final Cut Pro 6 introduces ProRes 422, Apple’s new post-production format offering uncompressed HD quality at SD file sizes. Use ProRes 422 when collaborating over an Xsan storage network or working on a portable computer in the field; when working with non-native camera formats; or to preserve maximum quality for composites and demanding colour grading work.

Real-time professional colour grading

Use Color, Apple’s new colour grading application, to create signature looks for projects ranging from short video pieces to full-length theatrical films. Move freely through a set of streamlined workspaces designed for primary and secondary color adjustments, colour effects, reference stills and geometry changes. An easy-to-use toolset helps editors work efficiently, using familiar interfaces and intuitive adjustment tools. Round-trip integration makes Color a seamless extension of your work in Final Cut Pro 6.

3D multiplane compositing environment

Motion 3 makes it easy to create 3D motion graphics by extending the 2D tools you already use into 3D space. Drag and drop camera behaviours to dolly, truck and orbit around a scene or move from layer to layer. Use multiple viewports to adjust cameras, lights, layers and motion paths in 3D space. Then go beyond the basics by bringing elements like particles, Replicator patterns and text behaviours into this comprehensive 3D design environment.

Point tracking and match moving

Set up point tracking or four-corner match moves in just a few clicks using intuitive new tools in Motion 3. Quickly attach text, particles or any layer to an object in a video clip and follow the movement of the object with pinpoint accuracy. Say good-bye to guessing and repeated trials; Motion identifies the best potential tracking points and dynamically adjusts for common tracking errors.

Image stabilisation and SmoothCam

Motion 3 offers two powerful options for correcting shaky shots. Use the image stabiliser to lock down a shot without the time-consuming setup required by most stabilisation tools. Or use the SmoothCam feature to retain standard camera moves like pans, tilts and zooms while eliminating handheld camera jitters or bumps. Both features are based on sophisticated optical flow technology originally developed for Shake.

Professional multitrack editing

Work more efficiently than ever in the new single-window interface in Soundtrack Pro 2, with tools designed to save you time on common tasks such as selecting takes, spotting sound to video and removing noise from field recordings. Then use a rich palette of audio effect plug-ins, Foley, sound effects and music to add the perfect creative touch to your soundtrack.

Intuitive surround sound

Soundtrack Pro 2 makes it easy to create professional surround sound mixes. Use an innovative surround panner to view a dynamic visual representation of how sound is panned in the surround field. Choose from more than 1,000 royalty-free surround music beds and sound effects; use any of the provided surround audio effect plug-ins, such as the Space Designer convolution reverb, or adapt any mono or stereo effect plug-in for use on surround tracks.

Automatic audio conform process

If you make changes to your sequence in Final Cut Pro, use the powerful new Conform feature in Soundtrack Pro 2 to automatically update your audio project to match the video edit. The Conform feature compares the two versions and highlights the changed audio clips. Confidence ranking, auditioning and intuitive navigation tools help you choose which changes to accept, reject or modify. Then Soundtrack Pro repositions your accepted changes to match the audio edit to the video edit.

Multiformat delivery made easy

Compressor 3 has been streamlined to optimise efficiency for any encoding job, including the output of multiple files to multiple formats. With a customisable interface and drag-and-drop batch processing tools, Compressor makes it easy to create files for delivery on iPod, Apple TV, the Web, DVD, mobile phones, and next-generation Blu-ray and HD DVD discs. This versatility comes through expanded support for leading industry-standard formats, such as MPEG-2 and H.264, as well as chaptering tools for podcasts and Apple TV.

AutoCluster for distributed encoding

Use the Qmaster application included in Compressor 3 to distribute encoding jobs across a network of Mac systems. The new AutoCluster feature in Qmaster automatically configures a cluster of computers based on available resources. For even faster throughput, you can configure Qmaster to manage individual processors in each computer, turning any Mac Pro into a virtual render farm.

Final Cut Studio 2 is due to start shipping in May, So pre order yours now from Dolphin Music , so you get it while its still hot.

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