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Final Cut Pro 3.0 Coming for OS X

FCP 3.0 to get real-time capabilities without an add-on card By Dave Nagel
How soon will we see Final Cut Pro running on OS X? According to an advertisement in today's Daily Variety, very soon indeed. The advertisement promotes Final Cut Pro 3.0 running on OS X, and Apple should be showing off the new version at the DV Expo going on this week in Los Angeles.

Details, of course, are virtually non-existent at this point. Phil Schiller, Apple's vice president of worldwide product marketing, is scheduled to deliver a keynote address at the DV Expo today at 2 p.m. If the software is indeed announced, it will be likely we'll see complete product information soon after that.


The advertisement itself promotes Final Cut Pro 3.0's real-time capabilities on any G4, "even on a PowerBook." This includes transitions, titles and color correction, according to the ad. (This requires a 667 MHz G4 or faster and works only on DV footage.) It also advertises a feature called "OfflineRT," which allows users to capture 40 minutes of video per gigabyte of hard disk space. You can then "edit in real time, then recapture with timecode accuracy to your broadcast format."

Final Cut Pro is Apple's flagship digital video editing application. At present, version 2.0x does not run on OS X, even in Classic mode. Version 1.25, which does run in Classic mode, does not support any video capture or device control through FireWire or third-party capture boards while running on top of OS X. It's expected, naturally enough, that a native OS X release will solve the problem of capturing video and add in device control. There is no word yet on whether this release will accompany another update to OS X for supporting video capture, which would then allow third-party developers to launch out with fully native OS X drivers for their devices.

We currently do not know a release date for Final Cut Pro 3.0, nor do we know anything about pricing or upgrades. Version 2.0 sells for $999. We will, of course, provide you with more information as it becomes available. So please check back later in the afternoon. Thanks to reader Tim Shank for the tip.

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 dnagel@digitalmedianet.com.

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