June 7
Apple Offers Final Cut Pro Upgrade
Version 1.2.5 available as free download

by David Nagel
Executive Producer

Apple yesterday announced it had started shipping Final Cut Pro 1.2.5, an upgrade to its profesional editing and compositing application. The upgrade is available as a free download at Apple's Web site for users of version 1.2.

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According to Apple, Final Cut Pro 1.2.5 adds support for: the 16:9 widescreen format, which lets users capture, edit, add effects, composite and export video in the widescreen format; native YUV processing, which preserves the color fidelity of original source material; and "make reference movie," a feature that saves rendering time and preserves disk space by minimizing file sizes and using "pointers" to source files.

Like FCP 1.2, version 1.2.5 is optimized for the G4's Velocity Engine. Apple says the new version offers faster rendering speeds, improved batch capture, three-key shuttling, Macromedia Flash import, new audio reverb filters and support for PAL.

Also like 1.2, FCP 1.2.5 includes Puffin/Pinnacle Systems' Commotion DV, Maxon Computer's Cinema 4D Go and Terran Interactive's Media Cleaner EZ 4 for QuickTime.

The full version of Final Cut Pro sells for $999. For more information, visit http://www.apple.com.

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