Apple Releases Final Cut Express HD 3.5

Apple on Thursday released Final Cut Express HD v3.5, an updated version of their video editing software aimed at video enthusiasts, schools and small businesses. In addition to Dynamic RT support and other numerous enhancements, Final Cut Express is now runs natively on Apple's Intel-based Macs.

"It's is actually much more than just a port, this is a significant update to Final Cut Express," Kirk Paulsen, Apple's Senior Director Pro Applications Marketing, told Macworld.

Final Cut Express HD 3.5 features editing tools for DV and HDV video formats, and supports multiple video layers, real-time effects and transitions, color correction and matting filters and more.

In addition to Dynamic RT support, new features in this release include Soundtrack 1.5 — an updated version of Apple's loop-based audio soundtrack creation tool. The update improves multitrack audio editing and single and multiple take recording.

LiveType 2.1 is also included. LiveType lets users add animated text, royalty-free background and animated textures to their video projects. New features in LiveType 2.1 include new animated graphics, including 70 new animated objects, 15 new textures and 60 new customizable preset effects. New vector-based "LiveFont" technology lets you animate text styles and scale them to any resolution including High Definition (HD).

System requirements for Final Cut Express HD call for G4/500MHz or faster including Intel Core Duo, 512MB RAM, 1024 x 768 resolution, Quartz Extreme-compatible graphics, Mac OS X v10.4.6 or later, QuickTime 7.0.4 or later. HDV editing requires additional system resources.

Final Cut Express HD 3.5 costs $299. Owners of previous versions can upgrade for $99.

News source: Macworld US

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