DMN Review: Final Cut Pro 6

DMN By Heath McKnight FCP 6At the 2007 NAB show in Las Vegas, Apple introduced several new pro video products, including Final Cut Server and Final Cut Studio 2, with new versions of Final Cut Pro, Motion, Soundtrack Pro, LiveType, Compressor, Cinema Tools and a new product called Color, which is a high end color grading and finishing application (DVD Studio Pro wasn’t updated, however). Final Cut Pro 6 (FCP 6) is the newest version of the popular non-linear editor (NLE), and things have gotten very interesting. Packing in new features, plus the usual assortment you know and love, FCP 6 is the most powerful version yet! We take a look at some of the new features in this review. New Features The most popular new features include an Open Format timeline, which means you can share a timeline with different types of video (frame rates, sizes, types, etc.), such as DV at 23.98 fps, 720p30 HD and so on. Another is the ProRes 422 codec, which can take a large, uncompressed HD file and bring the size down to that of an SD clip, but maintaining the HD resolution. Also, it’s very clean and doesn’t have any sort of artifacts. It’s a little similar to using Apple’s Photo – Jpeg at 75% quality (pjp 75; 4:2:2 YCbCr), which I’ve been using for a couple of years now, following Graeme Nattress’ suggestion. This is a great new codec from Apple that should work well with AJA’s ioHD box, which captures and converts HD to ProRes 422. read more...

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