Apple has introduced Final Cut Studio 2, its high-end video-editing software, and unveiled Final Cut Server, designed to help broadcasters manage post production. The software now allows for the editing of different video formats at the same time (Open Format Timeline), the removal of unwanted camera movements (SmoothCam tool), and speeds up the process for dialogue replacement. The new server, along with 10 concurrent licenses, will go on sale in the summer for $999 while unlimited licensing will bump up the price to $1,999. Final Cut Studio Pro 2, due to be released in May, will run $1,299 or $499 for an upgrade.
"We've been working hard to make this the biggest upgrade we've ever seen in professional applications," said Rob Schoeben, Apple's vice president of applications product marketing, who added that the number of Final Cut Pro users has grown from 500,000 to 800,000 in the past year. Final Cut Pro 6 includes Apple's ProRess 422 format, a tool to help manage uncompressed high-definition video. ProRess 422 shrinks HD-quality files into standard definition sizes to make it easier to transfer and edit, Schoeben said. Apple's new professional color grading and finishing application was also rolled out.