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Apple Optimizes Pro Apps for G5 Machines

Shake, Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro updated By Dave Nagel
Apple has released updates to its three major applications for creative professionals, including DVD Studio Pro, Final Cut Pro and Shake. The new versions are all optimized for G5 machines running Mac OS X 10.3 and are available now.

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

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

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