FIRST LOOK: Apple Final Cut Studio 2

Digit by Jim Dalrymple Final Cut Studio 2You don't have to spend a lot of time in Hollywood to find instances where Apple's Final Cut Studio is being put to use in film- and TV-production. And, given the latest changes to the updated editing suite announced earlier this week, analysts aren't expecting Final Cut's popularity to fade any time soon. Unveiled last Sunday by Apple at the National Association of Broadcasters trade show in Las Vegas, Final Cut Studio 2 introduces a number of changes to the applications that make up the video-production suite. And even though the update lacks an overhaul to the included DVD-authoring tool – including the inability to burn Blu-ray discs – analysts say Apple has a likely hit on its hands, thanks to the addition of features and capabilities that will let editors manage their projects from start to finish in Final Cut. "A lot of Apple's success is identifying workflow issues and designing features to solve those problems," said Chris Swenson, director for software industry analysis at the NPD Group. "That's part of the reason they are so successful – it's not just cost, it's high-quality features that will make its customers more productive as an editor." Final Cut Studio 2 features updated versions of the Final Cut Pro editing application as well as the Motion motion-graphics application, the Soundtrack pro audio-editing tool, and the video-compression app Compressor. The US$1,299 suite also introduces a new colour-grading and -correction program called Color. read more...

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