DVD Studio Pro 2, Final Cut Pro 4 and Shake 3 - Announced!
Last week, Apple sent out invitations to journalists to join them for a press conference detailing Apple's strategic direction for digital video production technologies.
Apple.com has updated and reflects the three new software announcements:
- DVD Studio Pro(R) 2, a completely new
DVD authoring product, rebuilt from the ground up with a breakthrough user
interface and packed with innovative features that redefine professional DVD
authoring. With professionally designed and fully customizable templates, an
innovative new menu editor, timeline-based track editing and a new
world-class, software-based MPEG-2 encoder
Price Drop: Now $499 (from $999).
with more than 300 new features, Final Cut Pro 4 introduces RT Extreme, for
real-time composting and effects, powerful new interface customization tools,
new high-quality 8- and 10-bit uncompressed formats and for the first time in
an editing system costing less than $100,000, full 32-bit floating point per
channel video processing. Final Cut Pro 4 also includes three completely new
integrated applications-LiveType for advanced titling, Soundtrack for music
creation and Compressor for full featured batch transcoding.
- Shake 3 includes new
Mac(R) OS X only features such as the Shake Qmaster network render management
software and unlimited network rendering licenses which allow visual effects
artists to easily distribute rendering tasks across a cluster of Apple's
Xserve(TM) 1U rack servers or desktop Power Mac(R) G4 computers for maximum
performance and efficiency. Shake 3 also includes new visual effects features
available to Mac OS X, Linux and IRIX customers including motion-tracking and
real-time broadcast preview.
OS X Only Features: QMaster -Rendezvous enabled distributed computing.