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Apple Puts Legacy Final Cut Studio Back on Sale


Apple has put the previous version of its Final Cut Studio video editing suite back on sale after a mixed reception to the new and completely redesigned Final Cut X. We received word that Apple had issued a memo this afternoon announcing re-availability of the product.

We confirmed with an Apple telesales representative at 800-MY-APPLE that Final Cut Studio, part number MB642Z/A, is again available for $999 (and $899 for educational customers). The product is only available through the 800-number and is not available in Apple Retail Stores or on the Apple Online Store.

Final Cut Studio is a comprehensive video editing package that includes Final Cut Pro 7, Motion 4, Soundtrack Pro 3, DVD Studio Pro 4, Color 1.5 and Compressor 3.5. Apple had discontinued the product at the launch of Final Cut Pro X, their next generation video editing suite. Critics of the new product had complained that the abrupt discontinuation of the previous version of the software had made the transition more difficult. Apple had promised regular updates to Final Cut Pro X.

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38 months ago
I believe this is how it should've been at launch. Introduce FCP X as replacement for Express, and keep FCP7 until they introduce all the features industry professionals actually need in FCP X. Would've avoided a lot of complaining.
Rating: 49 Votes
38 months ago
Well this does not surprise me given the negative feedback of Final Cut X.

Things do not look good for pro users given that Logic is likely to get dropped and replaced by Garageband Pro next year, it seems Apple are getting to complacent and negating the pro users.
Rating: 35 Votes
38 months ago
They've promised 'regular' updates for Final Cut Pro X. 2 and a half months after release, and not a single update. Not really regular is it?
Rating: 29 Votes
38 months ago

Good. It's nice to see Apple caving... could this be Tim's first real decision? Good show.

Final Cut X-press is just like QuickTime X-press... all the features that actually make it good were left on the cutting room floor, pun intended.

Bryan


Indeed, perhaps this is the very 1st sign of a certain persons stubbornness being changed into a very refreshing new era of actually listening to customers as opposed to telling them what they should do.

Hope to see more like this. Good times ahead I hope :)
Rating: 18 Votes
38 months ago

Maybe the professional production HOUSE should look seriously at how they edit?


Yeah, that's it. Professional film editors should be learning from Apple on how to do their job. :rolleyes:
Rating: 17 Votes
38 months ago

Great, can I get Final Cut 8 now? With multicore support, searchable browser, and some of the few usable features of Final Cut "Pro" X?


No.

Final Cut Pro 7 is still stuck in the legacy APIs that can't do any of that. The only way out is a full re-write, which is what FCPX is.
Rating: 17 Votes
38 months ago

I believe this is how it should've been at launch. Introduce FCP X as replacement for Express, and keep FCP7 until they introduce all the features industry professionals actually need in FCP X. Would've avoided a lot of complaining.


Yes. Apple made a mistake and has fixed it. Now there can be a smoother transition to a more complete FCP X product, which will eventually be the standard.

There should be no more need for comments after yours, but I'm sure this is going to just tailspin into another exhausting round of FCP X butthurt.
Rating: 17 Votes
38 months ago

Right, that was my point. Maybe they should re-examine the way they edit (ie, with others).

The world of professional film and television production simply does not work that way, will never work that way, and SHOULD never work that way - it's a collaborative effort.
Rating: 16 Votes
38 months ago
Is this being innovative and magical?
Rating: 16 Votes
38 months ago
Great, can I get Final Cut 8 now? With multicore support, searchable browser, and some of the few usable features of Final Cut "Pro" X?
Rating: 15 Votes

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