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Issue: Editing - Jun 16, 2003

APPLE RELEASES FINAL CUT PRO V.4

CUPERTINO - Apple Final Cut Pro V.4, the next-generation of Apple's editing software for film, HD, SD and DV is available this month.

Final Cut Pro V. 4 introduces more than 300 new features, including RT Extreme for realtime compositing and effects, powerful new interface customization tools, new high-quality eight- and 10-bit uncompressed formats, full 32-bit floating point per channel video processing, advanced trimming and timeline tools such as support for dynamic and asymmetrical trimming, and enhanced audio editing capabilities with multitrack audio mixing and multichannel audio output. Final Cut Pro V.4 also includes three completely new complimentary applications - LiveType for advanced titling, Soundtrack for music creation and Compressor for full-featured batch transcoding.

Final Cut Pro V.4 provides developer extensibility through a new XML interchange format and FireWire-based I/O framework. Partners such as Panasonic, AJA, Automatic Duck, Quantel, Pinnacle, Omneon and Curious Graphics have already announced tools that integrate Final Cut Pro V.4 into a wide range of production workflows.

Final Cut Pro V. 4 is available through The Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $999 (US). Registered Final Cut Pro users can upgrade to Final Cut Pro V.4 for $399.