NAB 2004: Apple Unveils Final Cut Pro HD

Apr 19, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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Yesterday at the NAB Convention, Apple® unveiled Final Cut Pro® HD, the latest version of Apple’s Emmy award–winning editing software, which features the real-time performance of high-quality native DVCPRO HD, in addition to real-time support for DV and SD.

Final Cut Pro HD delivers the ability to capture, edit and output broadcast-quality high definition (HD) video over a single FireWire® cable without requiring any additional hardware. Final Cut Pro HD supports native DVCPRO HD editing with no recompression or image degradation and enables HD preview monitoring on an Apple Cinema HD Display.

Final Cut Pro HD provides playback of up to four streams of native DVCPRO HD video or when adding an Xserve® RAID, up to 10 streams in preview quality.

Final Cut Pro HD’s Digital Cinema Desktop feature allows basic SD and HD monitoring directly to an Apple Cinema Display®. Built on the open architecture of QuickTime®, Final Cut Pro HD scales from DV through SD, HD and film. Final Cut Pro HD can output to most professional tape formats or encode MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and QuickTime files for DVD, web, or delivery on 3G devices.

Final Cut Pro HD is available immediately to registered Final Cut Pro 4 users. The Final Cut Pro HD retail package is available for pre-order through the Apple Store® (, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $999 (U.S.). Final Cut Pro 1, 2 and 3 users can upgrade to Final Cut Pro HD for $399 (U.S.). Full system requirements and more information on Final Cut Pro HD, including a list of certified, compatible hardware and software, can be found at

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