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Apple Ships Cinema Tools for Final Cut Pro

FilmLogic users get $39.95 upgrade By Dave Nagel
Apple has started shipping its new Cinema Tools package for Final Cut Pro 3. Cinema Tools, announced originally back in April, adds 24 FPS editing to Final Cut Pro with support for film cut lists and 24-frame EDLs for high-definition video. The software is available now through the Apple online store, and deep discounts are available to FilmLogic users who wish to upgrade.

Cinema Tools is targeted toward filmmakers who shoot and finish with 35 mm or 16 mm film (or 24P HD video) but want to edit in Final Cut Pro system. It converts telecined content to its native 24 FPS frame rate for editing and then generates a 24 FPS cut list for negative conform. It imports and exports edge code numbers for both 35mm 4-perf and 16mm-20. Other features include:

  • Imports ALE (Avid Log Exchange), ATN (Aaton), FLX (Flex) and FTL (Evertz) logs.
  • Ability to read FilmLogic databases.
  • Built-in relational database.
  • Poster frame support.
  • Allows users to change the frame rate of an individual clip.
  • Reverse telecine with batch capabilities.
  • Frame identification function, which lets users identify specific frames.
  • Import and export of Final Cut Pro EDLs.
  • Export ALE files.
  • Import and export FCP batch lists.
  • Export audio EDLs.
  • Duplicate frame usage alerts.
  • Generates pull and scene lists.
  • Creates missing elements list for clips that have missing media.

Cinema Tools is available now for Mac OS X 10.1.3 or later and requires Final Cut Pro 3.0.2. FilmLogic users can fill out a form on Apple's site to receive an upgrade for $39.95. The regular price is $999. 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, 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 [email protected].

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