Final Cut Studio, an HD video production suite, includes a major upgrade of Apple’s Final Cut Pro software. Now in its fifth edition, Final Cut Pro 5 builds on the earlier, Emmy award-winning editing software for video and film. New tools let video editors cut from up to 128 sources with simultaneous, real-time playback of up to 16 video angles at a time, making Final Cut Pro 5 good for the complex editing tasks involved in creating industry-quality television programming, broadcasting school activities such as sporting events and concerts, or any number of tasks that incorporate the use of edited video, Apple said. Final Cut Studio also includes several tools that complement Final Cut Pro 5. Soundtrack Pro, a new professional-quality audio-editing and sound-design application, can be used as an audio-editing application on its own or in tandem with Final Cut Pro 5 features. Motion 2, the latest version of Apple’s real-time motion graphics software, enables Final Cut Pro editors to add complicated three-dimensional graphics and animations like sparkles and space clouds to their projects. In addition, Apple says its DVD Studio Pro 4 application is the first commercially available DVD authoring software that permits users to burn high-definition DVDs based on the next-generation HD-DVD specification. Apple demonstrated DVD Studio Pro 4 at the recent National Association of Broadcasters meeting in Las Vegas with a prototype consumer HD-DVD player from Toshiba set to debut later this year.

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