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Apple Optimizes Pro Apps for G5 MachinesShake, Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro updated
All of the new applications gain additional performance benefits when running on a G5 processor. Final Cut Pro 4.1 supports seven SD streams or five DV streams in real time without additional hardware. The company says FCP's rendering of 32-bit float jobs is also now nearly twice as fast on a G5 when compared with the same render on a G4. Other new features include frame offset for synchronizing NTSC and PAL displays with a computer display during playback, support for the XML Interchange format and three-perf film support in Cinema Tools.
Apple has also released DVD Studio Pro 2.0.2 with Compressor 1.1. Compressor 1.1 offers a 55 percent speed gain in long encoding jobs compared with a G4, according to Apple. It also adds presets that are optimized for DVD Studio Pro 2 and better reliability when using the Submit button.
Shake 3.0.1, Apple's high-end compositing system, also sees performance benefits in its latest incarnation, including a 45 percent speed gain in rendering compared with the same render job on a G4. Apple also says the software has a faster and better image processing engine and includes free distributed rendering on Panther (Mac OS X 10.3) systems. It also includes miscellaneous fixes to bugs and enhancements to the RenderShape node.
All of the updates are available now for free for current users. A full list of changes in the new versions is available on Apple's Web site. The full version of Final Cut Pro runs $999. DVD Studio Pro sells for $499. And Shake sells for $4,950 for the Mac OS X version. For Linux and Irix, it sells for $9,900, along with an annual maintenance license of $1,485. For more information, visit http://www.apple.com.
Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Apple DVD Studio Pro, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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