Apple Announces Final Cut Studio for 2009
This morning, Apple announced the release of Final Cut Studio—no version number this time—available for sale immediately for $999 (with upgrade price of $299), a nice break in price from the previous version's $1,299 retail.
The Final Cut Studio suite puts Final Cut Pro 7 at the center of an integrated postproduction workflow that includes Motion 4, Soundtrack Pro 3, Color 1.5, Compressor 3.5, and DVD Studio Pro 4.
With 1.4 million Final Cut users, Apple looks again at workflow, efficiency, and optimization in this release. Some of the new features In Final Cut Pro include the expansion of ProRes formats (including 4:4:4:4), an Easy Export feature (allowing instant encoding and export to iTunes, YouTube, MobileMe, DVDs, and Blu-ray), iChat Theater support, new speed tools, and alpha transition templates.
Soundtrack Pro saw a major upgrade and a much-needed change to its File Editor interface. There are also some cool new multitrack editing tools and a feature called Voice-level match, allowing you to instantly identify and adjust voice content to make dialog match easier.
Motion 4 saw some really nice updates as well. You can add realistic 3D shadows, reflections, and depth of field to compositions, as well as use camera behaviors for framing objects. You have access to better tools for creating credit rolls with a new Scroll Text behavior, and can now link parameter behaviors for objects (including QT movies), to name a couple of improvements.
You'll find free (yes, I said FREE) tutorials from Peachpit, linked directly from Apple.com product pages as the official Apple tutorials on the new software.
All of Peachpit's new books covering Final Cut Studio will be available soon, include 2 books now shipping (Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro 7 and Apple Pro Training Series: Motion 4) and 13 to follow soon after. You'll find the full listing at www.peachpit.com/finalcutstudio, as well as the free sample excerpts and tutorials.
Time for me to get off his blog and off to work on getting these books out!