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Commotion Pro for OS X Due This Month

New version gains integration with Final Cut Pro 2 and 3 By Dave Nagel
Pinnacle Systems says it will ship Commotion Pro 4.1 and Commotion 4.1 at the end of this month. Version 4.1 will be a free update for registered users of version 4.0. The update sports, among other things, support for both OS X and OS 9. It also improves integration with Final Cut Pro 2.0.2 and the newly announced Final Cut Pro 3.0. (Note that Pinnacle's CineWave hardware editing system for Final Cut Pro does not yet have drivers for OS X.)

According to Pinnacle, Commotion Pro 4.1 "provides users of Final Cut Pro 2.0.2 and later with the ability to export a sequence from Final Cut Pro to Commotion Pro in just one step. A user can now edit their clips in Final Cut Pro and then send the project directly into Commotion Pro 4.1, which will automatically interpret the sequence. Unlike other applications that require the user to save their Final Cut Pro projects as QuickTime media to move between programs, Commotion Pro 4.1 enables the user to begin compositing immediately without having to recreate their edit decisions in Commotion Pro."

On the OS X side, it takes advantage of the Aqua interface and also provides a "fully threaded multitasking platform."

Commotion Pro 4.1 and Commotion 4.1 are free, downloadable software updaters and will be available in late December for all existing Commotion Pro 4, Commotion 4, CineWave and TARGA 3000 customers. CineWave drivers currently only support Mac OS 9. For more information, visit

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

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