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The New Final Cut Studio

An expanded ProRes family. Powerful new ways to collaborate. Even tighter integration between applications. The leading post-production suite just got better.

Final Cut Studio

As the next major release of the leading video post-production suite, the new Final Cut Studio offers powerful new features, dramatically improved performance, and tighter integration. Its six applications give video editors all the tools they need to edit, animate, mix, grade, and deliver — at a price that’s more affordable than ever.


Applications included in Final Cut Studio

    * Final Cut Pro 7 for video and film editing
    * Motion 4 for motion graphics and animation
    * Soundtrack Pro 3 for audio post-production
    * Color 1.5 for color grading and finishing
    * Compressor 3.5 and DVD Studio Pro 4 for digital delivery virtually anywhere — Apple devices, the web, and disc

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Final Cut Pro 7


Final Cut Pro 7 lets you do more — and do it faster — with new ProRes codec options, time-saving interface improvements, and easy collaboration tools.

Expanded ProRes family

New versions of the Apple ProRes codec let you edit faster and at higher quality across a wide variety of workflows. The family now includes ProRes 422 (Proxy), ProRes 422 (LT) and ProRes 4444, in addition to the original ProRes 422 and ProRes 422 (HQ).

Choose ProRes 422 (Proxy) for offline editing or use ProRes 422 (LT) for projects that require reduced file sizes at broadcast quality, such as news, sports, and events. At the other end of the scale, ProRes 4444 is ideal for compositing and digital workflows that require the highest-possible image fidelity.

Easy export

Delivery to your Apple devices, the web, and disc is just a click away. Choose your output format in the Share window, then keep working while your projects are rendered, compressed, and even published to the web in the background.

Use this convenient feature to export your file to iTunes for syncing with iPod, iPhone, and Apple TV; publish to YouTube or MobileMe;1 or burn a Blu-ray disc2 or a DVD, with a choice of Apple-designed menu templates. You can also create custom presets in Compressor for use in the Share window.

iChat Theater support

Now you can work with clients or collaborators as if they were in the room with you — in real time, from anywhere in the world. Just send your Final Cut Pro video to iChat Theater to let everyone see the same footage while you view dailies, select shots, and make edits.3 You can instantly switch the iChat view between clips and sequences as you talk, and turn on a timecode overlay to help identify specific frames.

New speed change tools

Change clip speeds with ease in the redesigned Change Speed window, which includes presets that ease in and ease out retimed clips. A new option lets you make speed changes without rippling the sequence, which means you can experiment freely without affecting the surrounding clips.

You can also now create constant or variable speed changes right in the Timeline. For constant speeds, use the new Speed tool, which adjusts the speed as you drag to shorten or extend a clip. For variable speeds, add keyframes directly in the Timeline and creatively fine-tune playback with click-and-drag controls.

Alpha transitions

It’s now easier than ever to create dramatic transitions with moving mattes. Apply a matte instantly by choosing one of the beautiful Apple-designed transitions, available through a free download. You can also bring in a third-party transition (sold separately), or create a custom transition using a motion graphics or animation program, such as Motion 4. Quickly see how various options look with your video by dragging animated elements into an effects drop zone.

Improved markers

Color-code clip and sequence markers and use them to search or jump directly to important locations. You can add marker notes and metadata while the clip is playing, create a custom name for each marker color, and control whether markers of a specific color are visible in the Timeline. A new option allows marker positions to automatically ripple as you edit. You can even export a tab-delimited Markers list to track marker information in a spreadsheet or database.

Automatic transfer

When you’re working under deadline, every second counts. Final Cut Pro now saves you setup time when you transfer clips from a wide range of file-based cameras including Panasonic P2 and Sony XDCAM. The files are automatically copied to your media storage volumes the moment your media is mounted. A new Log and Transfer option allows you to set up custom metadata and add it to all your assets in a single step.

New timecode window

Now you can see the timecode up close or from across the room. The floating, resizable window is easily visible when you’re working with clients and can be quickly adjusted for your own logging and note-taking.

Native AVC-Intra support

Final Cut Pro 7 makes it easy to work with the latest high-quality cameras from Panasonic. Native support for the AVC-Intra format means you can ingest footage directly into Final Cut Pro at high speeds — without transcoding. Work with real-time effects and edit with multiple streams, thanks to ultrafast decoding of both 50-Mbps and 100-Mbps formats.

Closed captioning support

Final Cut Pro 7 offers expanded support for closed captioning — including both Line 21 for SD and VANC for HD video. You can preserve captioning data when you capture tape sources, and use popular third-party captioning software to create new captions as needed. New options let you output video with captioning to tape as well as to formats for web playback.

Global transitions

Save time by applying a single transition to multiple cut points in one step. Just select a range — either a set of clips or the entire sequence — then add a transition. Final Cut Pro automatically inserts the effect at every cut point and resizes the transitions to use available media. Easily substitute different transitions until you get just the look you want.

Faster media reconnecting for workgroups

Final Cut Pro now has significantly faster media reconnecting as well as better media management for an entire workgroup using a high-speed network such as Xsan.

Multi-Touch gesture support

Work quickly when you’re on the set or on the road by using the Multi-Touch trackpad on your MacBook Pro. Navigate faster with gestures: Pinch to zoom horizontally within the Timeline; rotate to scrub the Timeline, Viewer, or Canvas; and use a three-finger swipe to advance the playhead across edit points.

Improved media management

Use the Media Manager to archive media and projects with confidence. It’s been optimized to improve media trimming, especially for clips with speed changes, multicam clips, and anamorphic media.

Optimized codec performance

Final Cut Pro 7 renders four popular formats faster than ever: XDCAM HD, XDCAM EX, interlaced HDV, and interlaced XDCAM HD 422. This lets you work faster and experiment with greater freedom when you’re creating complex, multilayered sequences.

Improved tabs

Final Cut Pro editors use tabs to quickly and easily organize material as they work. In Final Cut Pro 7, tabs are even more flexible and convenient to use — which is particularly helpful for editors working on larger projects.

You can now color-code tabs to make them easier to identify, and drag to reorder them. It’s also easy to distinguish Projects from Bins with the new Project icon in the tab header. Work fast by using the Close Other Tabs shortcut to close all nonactive sequences or Bins with a click, and save even more time by using a host of new keyboard shortcuts for efficient tab navigation.

Improved render management


Render management enhancements reduce the need to re-render as you trim clips, move media, and perform a wide range of other functions. This means you can work more efficiently as you experiment with creative options.

Markers in multicam

You can now prepare multicam projects faster thanks to new support for markers. Retain markers on multiclips when you switch angles and add marker notes to make multicam projects more efficient when you’re working with multiple editors.

Display SD safe title area inside HD

If you’re working in HD but need to deliver in SD, it can be challenging to position titles and graphics. Now you can display tick marks that show where graphics will be cut off on standard-definition displays based on the broadcast safe title area.

Log and Transfer improvements

Improvements to the Log and Transfer interface make handling of file-based media even more robust in Final Cut Pro 7. You can easily find and mount missing volumes during batch ingest, and sort clips to show only the ones that require re-ingest. Improved automatic naming makes it easier to identify clips that span multiple cards.

Background exporting

Now you can keep editing in Final Cut Pro while using Compressor to render, export, and publish in the background — whether you choose a template in the new Share window or use the Send to Compressor option in the File menu. To render in the background at maximum speed, use the Apple Qmaster QuickCluster feature.

Cinema Tools 4.5

Streamline your digital cinema workflows with the improved film management features in Cinema Tools 4.5, an application included in Final Cut Studio. Now you can create new databases simply by dragging files into Cinema Tools, and produce change lists with ease using XML files that describe the original version and the new version. Use Cinema Tools as part of a digital cinema workflow to track DPX files created during high-resolution film transfers or files from 4K cameras such as the RED ONE.

Comprehensive matchframe and reveal options

New matchframe options make it easy to find original frames or source files that are used in a sequence. If you’re working with subclips, you can choose to matchframe to the subclip or to the original clip. Matchframing now works with freeze frames as well as nested sequences, which are treated like a true master clip.

Use the new Reveal Affiliate Clips feature to automatically select every instance of a clip in a sequence, so you can apply a color correction or efficiently move or delete all instances in a single step. You can also find the project file without digging through your drives. Just right-click an empty space in the Final Cut Browser and choose Reveal Project in Finder.

Improved XML interchange

Final Cut Pro XML Version 5 supports greater interoperability with third-party software by preserving additional settings and metadata during round-trip file interchange. XML Version 5 also supports AUX timecode, which is used for sound sync and audio editing.

Timeline improvements

Numerous improvements to the Timeline make it more intuitive to edit and navigate:

    * The Close Gap command now operates on the gap at the cursor location.
    * Editors often use the Razor Blade tool to split clips for more flexibility in multitrack editing and trimming. The Join All Through Edits command lets you clean up the sequence in a single step.
    * You can now use Audio Gain (Adjust) buttons on a selected audio keyframe or the two keyframes surrounding the playhead.
    * If you’re working with multiple sequences, you can get started faster by holding down the Option and Shift keys when you open Final Cut Pro.


Motion 4


Motion 4 makes it easy to add excitement to your motion graphics with dynamic 3D shadows, reflections, and depth-of-field effects, as well as new text animations.

3D shadows

Quickly add dramatic shadows that animate dynamically with the movement of objects and lights. When you set up a point or spot light in Motion 4, a single click lets you designate it as a shadow-casting light. Then Motion adjusts the shadow as you position objects, lights, and the camera.

By default, all objects both receive and cast shadows. For greater control, you can restrict an object to be just a shadow-caster, a shadow-receiver, or a shadow-only object. Further refine the look of any shadow by adjusting edge softness and shadow color.

3D reflections

Create reflections that change naturally as objects move through 3D space. You can now turn any shape, video plane, or paint stroke into a reflective surface. Use sliders to adjust the amount of reflectivity, soften reflections by adding blur, and fade them by using the Falloff feature.

Depth of field

Draw attention to one or more moving objects in 3D space by selectively setting the focal point. Motion 4 makes it easy to highlight or de-emphasize objects by defining a range of focus, with an interface that illustrates the near and far focus planes as well as the point of focus. Add a Focus camera behavior to lock focus to a single object, or create a rack focus effect by using multiple Focus camera behaviors.

Credit rolls


Now you can create and edit even a long list of production credits with ease. Just import a text file or type in your credits using the new Scroll layout in the Text tool. An innovative graphical interface lets you jump to any location in the credits with a click.

After you’ve set up your list, apply the new Scroll Text behavior to animate the credit roll in a single step. If you want to make refinements, you can adjust the speed with a slider and set an option to reduce flicker for progressive or interlaced outputs.

Adjust Glyph tool

The new Adjust Glyph tool allows you to manipulate a character in a text object the same way you manipulate any shape in 3D. Just select the character to make adjustments directly in the Canvas. Options include Move, Scale, Rotate, and Adjust Four Corner, which lets you skew or corner-pin the face, outline, glow, or shadow style of the character.

Parameter linking

In Motion 4, when you make changes to one object, other objects can automatically respond. For example, if you animate a moving bicycle, Motion can dynamically change the rotation of the wheels as you adjust the position of the bicycle.

The new Link parameter behavior lets you associate a parameter value in one object with parameter values in other objects. There is no need to calculate values or manage keyframes. All you have to do is set the scale and offset for each linked parameter. Motion instantly adjusts the linked animations as you make changes.

Camera framing

It’s now easier than ever to make a camera fly from one object to another, precisely framing each object as the camera slows or stops. To frame a single object, drop the Framing camera behavior on the camera and identify the target object. To animate the camera passing from one object to another, set up additional Framing camera behaviors and arrange them in the Timeline.
Redesigned Sequence Text behavior

The Sequence Text behavior lets you ripple characters onto or off the screen one character, word, or line at a time — and even modify all of the glyph attributes. Just manipulate a single letter and Motion animates the change through the entire sequence.

Text generators

Four new Text generators make it easy to create and animate text sequences. Apply the Numbers generator to create an animation that counts up or down in sequence or at random. The Time Date generator lets you animate time and date sequences either forward or backward.

Use the Timecode generator to create running timecode sequences in any standard frame rate. The File generator allows you to rapidly sequence lines from the text contained in a file.

Bad Film filter

Instantly give your footage a historical look by making it look like bad or damaged film. Just apply the new Bad Film filter, then easily adjust parameters for focus, brightness, grain, jitter, scratches, dust, and more to get the look you want.

Multi-Touch gesture support

Navigate faster with gestures using the Multi-Touch trackpad on your MacBook Pro. Quickly browse tabs and navigate the Timeline with two-finger scrolling. You can pinch to resize icons or to adjust zoom levels in the Timeline and Canvas, and use the Rotate gesture to scrub the Timeline. A three-finger swipe toggles the Timing and Project panes and lets you move forward and backward in the Library and File Browser.

Numerous shape improvements

More than ten new or improved features in Motion 4 let you create and manipulate shapes faster than ever. Use the new Roundness shape parameter to round the corners of any geometric shape or mask. Create a mask instantly by dragging a shape onto an object. You can also save time in mask-intensive projects by customizing the color of mask outlines to eliminate confusion.

Several of the new shape features allow you to work with greater precision. You can now modify the control points of multiple shapes, either separately or simultaneously. The new Transform Control Points feature lets you use a bounding box overlay in the Canvas to intuitively scale, move, or rotate all or selected control points on a single object.

New preset Text Sequence behaviors

Save time by choosing one of 149 new preset Text Sequence behaviors, which feature a wide variety of playful or dramatic effects, such as Scramble In or Shimmer Out, for animating text onto or off the screen. Highlight effects include Scale Through, which makes the text look as if a magnifying glass is being passed over each letter in turn. You can use any preset as is or modify its parameters to get just the effect you want.

ProRes 4444 support


With support for the new ProRes 4444 format, Motion 4 makes it possible to work with masks, alpha transparencies, and other high-resolution effects, maintaining pristine image quality at smaller, highly optimized file sizes. Fast, efficient decoding lets you take advantage of dynamic, real-time feedback as you work.

Concentric Shapes generator

The Concentric Shapes generator is used to generate patterns derived from circles or from polygons ranging from 3 to 100 sides. Choose two fixed colors or set up a flexible multicolor gradient.

Spirals generator


The new Spirals generator in Motion 4 lets you instantly create and easily modify precise spiral patterns. You can choose between classic and modern spiral types, and color the spiral with two solid colors or a multicolor gradient. Create a hypnotic visual effect by using the rotation parameter to make the spiral spin.

Optical flow retiming improvements

Motion 4 lets you perform optical flow retiming tasks more efficiently. Optical flow analysis is now automatically limited to just the portion of the clip you’re using. The new Task list lets you pause calculations and reorder the analysis tasks so they finish in order of priority.

Easy export

Delivery to your Apple devices, the web, and disc is just a click away. Choose your output format in the Share window, then keep working while your projects are rendered, compressed, and even published to the web in the background.

Use this convenient shortcut to export your file to iTunes for syncing with iPod, iPhone, and Apple TV; publish to YouTube or MobileMe; or burn a Blu-ray disc2 or a DVD, with a choice of Apple-designed menu templates.

The Share window also gives you access to Compressor presets that let you export to other formats — including ProRes 422, ProRes 4444, and H.264 — with a click.

Polar filter

Create complex image distortions with the new Polar filter. Make the image look as if it has been unwrapped from a sphere. Or warp the image by choosing the rectangular polar view.

Support for 3Dconnexion SpaceNavigator

Take tactile control of Motion 4 with the SpaceNavigator 3D mouse (sold separately). Move the flexible, joystick-like control on this special-purpose controller to smoothly manipulate cameras, objects, and views. You can simultaneously pan, dolly, and orbit cameras, and intuitively position and rotate objects in 3D space.


Soundtrack Pro 3


New features in Soundtrack Pro 3 let you repair common audio problems in a few clicks and work faster than ever using new, streamlined navigation tools.

Voice-level match

Sometimes the dialogue in a take you want to use is much softer or louder than the dialogue in the rest of your project. Now you can use the new Voice Level option in the Lift and Stamp tools to seamlessly match dialogue volume in just a few clicks.

Soundtrack Pro instantly identifies and analyzes vocal content in both the lifted clip and the clip you stamp. It automatically adjusts the amplitude of the stamped clip to make the dialogue levels match.

Advanced time stretch

Stretch and compress audio with unprecedented precision using three Apple time-stretch algorithms as well as popular third-party plug-ins (sold separately). Native support for Serato Pitch ‘n Time, iZotope Radius, and SoundToys Speed lets you seamlessly switch algorithms as you work.

Use the Actions list to edit, suspend, and reorder time-stretch operations. A new option in the Time Stretch window lets you specify duration as a percentage with up to four decimal places. The window displays the number of samples added or removed as you stretch or compress audio.

Noise reduction enhancements


Two new features make it easier — and more precise — to repair and restore damaged audio with problems such as background noise or power line hum. The improved broadband noise reduction feature uses a high-resolution noise print to reduce unwanted background audio with even more precision. In addition, the Power Line Hum feature allows you to adjust the number of harmonics you remove when repairing recordings that have picked up hum from ground loops. Watch the video

Enhanced File Editor

The File Editor in Soundtrack Pro 3 lets you use a simple drag-and-drop interface to add, remove, and reorder channels. In the Frequency Spectrum view, you can adjust the amplitude of frequency selections as well as cut, copy, and paste them. Tighter integration with Logic Pro makes it easier for musicians to nondestructively round-trip mono or multichannel audio files when they use the File Editor in Soundtrack Pro.

New multitrack editing tools

New features designed for audio post make it easy to save time and work with greater precision. Fly through editing using new commands for trimming and extending clips and adding fades. Record directly into the Multitake Editor, so you don’t waste precious time with separate recording setups in the Timeline.

The enhanced Normalize function lets you select Peak or RMS algorithms when making level adjustments. Use the new Waveform Zoom function to closely inspect low-amplitude audio clips right in the Timeline.

Faster navigation

Now you can speed through editing sessions using new, special-purpose commands. Work efficiently with new options for playhead scrolling, multiple concurrent snap levels for playhead and clips, user-definable nudge, and additional playback options for auditioning changes. Support for Multi-Touch trackpad gestures lets you zoom, toggle windows, and control playback without reaching for a mouse.

Related-file access

Previously when you wanted to evaluate an alternate take or mic placement, you had to root through the Bin or file system to find the files. Now Soundtrack Pro puts related audio files at your fingertips. Just Control-click any clip in the Timeline to call up a menu of related files. Soundtrack Pro instantly inserts any file you select while maintaining existing clip boundaries.

Improved application performance

Soundtrack Pro 3 has a vastly reduced memory footprint and a redesigned architecture for faster performance. Automatic Audio Unit validation on launch helps ensure that your third-party plug-ins function smoothly.

Clear gridline mapping

Gridlines in the Timeline intelligently adjust to your zoom level, so you always maintain a clear view of frame boundaries and clip locations.

Improved notification when exporting large files

Soundtrack Pro now notifies you when you attempt to export AIFF, WAV, and SDII files that are larger than the 4GB maximum allowed by these three audio file specifications.


iXML support

Soundtrack Pro now reads iXML metadata, which is used in audio field recording to capture details such as project name, scene number, take number, and notes.

You can view the iXML metadata in the Bin, in the Details pane in the Multitrack Editor, and in the Project pane in the standalone File Editor. In addition, Soundtrack Pro uses iXML tags behind the scenes to help identify related files and display channel information in the “Replace with Related File” pop-up menu.

Spot Timeline clips to playhead/timecode

Easily shift clips across the Timeline by spotting to the playhead location or timecode value.

Record, Mute, and Solo shortcuts

Instantly access commonly used track controls using new menu items and keyboard shortcuts. Just type R for Record Arm, T for Mute, and Y for Solo.

Streamlined cycle region control

It’s now especially easy to create and modify cycle regions. Create a cycle region by dragging in the lower ruler. To remove the region, simply double-click the lower ruler or drag the cycle region to zero duration.

Deep integration with Euphonix control surfaces

With new support for the EuCon protocol, Soundtrack Pro lets you experience tactile control through an attached Euphonix control surface, from fully equipped Pro Series consoles to portable Artist Series units (sold separately). Choose the Euphonix MC Mix for desktop mixing or select the MC Control, which now features a high-resolution touchscreen interface designed specifically for surround panning in Soundtrack Pro 3.

Improved DC offset detection and repair

DC offset can significantly impair audio quality through reduced headroom and related artifacts. Soundtrack Pro now detects and repairs audio with variable DC offset as well as fixed DC offset.

Quick Look

New Quick Look support lets you instantly audition Soundtrack Pro Audio File Project (STAP) files from anywhere in the Finder. Just tap the Space bar to play the STAP file without opening Soundtrack Pro.
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Color 1.5


Now with expanded support for digital cinema workflows, Color 1.5 lets you confidently create unique color grading looks and deliver at the highest quality.

Seamless round-tripping with Final Cut Pro 7

You can now send most long, complex sequences — including scenes with still graphics, speed effects, multicam clips, and other advanced functions — directly to Color from Final Cut Pro, with no preparation required. Speed changes render faster when you send your graded sequence back to Final Cut Pro.

4K support

Color 1.5 allows you to grade and render at maximum quality, with a workflow that supports native 4K files from cameras such as the RED ONE. Output directly to ProRes 4444 for HD delivery or render DPX or Cineon files for digital cinema mastering or film outs.

Support for new high-quality formats

Whether you’re grading a sequence in HD or creating a grade for a film out, Color 1.5 produces stunning quality. Work natively in new high-end formats such as Sony XDCAM HD 422 (50 Mbps) and Panasonic AVC-Intra, or use the new ProRes 4444 for grading with the maximum amount of color information.

Relinking for digital cinema workflows

Color 1.5 can read a database created in Cinema Tools 4.5 to track your original film or digital files. This means you can edit quickly in Final Cut Pro using ProRes proxies, then use the industry-standard film tracking process in Cinema Tools to easily relink to the original DPX or RED files for color grading.

Optimized rendering


Color 1.5 renders more efficiently by processing only the shots that have changed. The Add Unrendered feature automatically selects the shots you need to re-render when you make changes. The Add All Beauty Grades option ensures that you render only the grades you have flagged as the final, approved version. Open the Render Log to see at a glance a detailed record of your rendered jobs.

Disabled grade status display

The new status display warns you when you have disabled all your grades to view original footage. This lets you compare the latest color grade and the original footage without confusion.

Copy grades to all selected clips

Now you can grade an entire scene in the time it takes to grade a single clip. Just grade the first shot, then select all of the clips in the scene. Drag and drop a “one-light” grade, and you’re done.

Improved waveform display

You can now view the waveform display in either millivolt or IRE scales for PAL or NTSC formats. A zoom indicator lets you know whether you’ve enlarged the view to show greater detail in the signal.

Affordable options for hardware control

Dedicated control surfaces help you work efficiently when you’re grading hundreds of shots. In addition to support for high-end controllers from JLCooper and Tangent Devices, Color now supports a new generation of affordable control surfaces, including the Tangent Devices Wave and the Euphonix MC Color.

Shift-Z shows entire sequence

When working with long sequences, it’s essential to be able to quickly zoom out to re-establish your context. Now you can view all clips at once in the Timeline, using a single keyboard command that is identical to the one used in other Final Cut Studio applications.

Copy and paste in the Color FX room

You can create new looks faster than ever by copying and pasting Color FX nodes. Modify an existing effect by quickly duplicating elements, or bring a set of nodes into an entirely new effect.

Direct import and grading of DPX files

Pregrading your dailies before editing lets you work with footage that looks more polished — especially important when a client or director is in the room. With Color 1.5, you can work directly with DPX files, which means you can import and grade your dailies before the creative editing begins.

New Apple-designed looks

In addition to more than 20 signature looks provided in Color, you can download more than 90 new Apple-designed color grades. The looks, reminiscent of your favorite films, include Glows, Sepias, Day for Night, Blues and Greens, and more.


Compressor 3.5


Compressor 3.5 lets you work even more efficiently, with new batch templates, job actions, and enhanced droplets that are like miniature encoding applications.

Batch templates

Compressor 3.5 introduces batch templates for automating end-to-end encoding workflows. For common encoding tasks, you can choose one of the preset batch templates that are similar to those in the Share window in Final Cut Pro 7 and Motion 4. For complete flexibility, create your own templates for use in Compressor, using any combination of settings and destinations, as well as a job action.

Enhanced droplets

Droplets allow you to create a standalone Compressor preset that you can use on your desktop. With the new droplet architecture in Compressor 3.5, you can create a self-contained miniature Compressor application that has just the options you need for a particular encoding task. Choose alternative settings at any time by double-clicking the droplet to reveal its interface. A set of Apple-designed droplets is available at no charge. Download Apple-designed droplets Watch the video

Job actions

The new Job Action feature in Compressor 3.5 makes it easy to automate a variety of post-transcoding tasks. Choose a job action to have Compressor open a file, publish it to the web, or send it to your iTunes library. You can also use job actions to burn a Blu-ray disc2 or a DVD, or even trigger Automator workflows.

Blu-ray disc and DVD burning

You can now easily burn a Blu-ray disc or a DVD directly from Compressor. Quickly add a menu to your disc by choosing one of the beautiful Apple-designed HD or SD templates included in Compressor. Because Compressor uses an open XML-based template format, you can import third-party or custom templates for a specific look.

Blu-ray–compatible H.264 encoding

Compressor now includes a setting that allows you to create Blu-ray–compatible H.264 files that can be imported directly into third-party Blu-ray disc authoring software.

Cluster-based reference file encoding

The Apple Qmaster application for distributed encoding, included in Final Cut Studio, now greatly streamlines reference file encoding. It automatically transfers required source media to cluster nodes, eliminating the need for manual copying, and verifies that each node has the required applications and media before encoding begins.

Image sequence support

Graphics compositing applications and film workflows often use an image sequence format for cross-platform compatibility as well as to keep quality high. Image sequences treat each video or film source frame as a still image.

Compressor 3.5 imports image sequences in standard formats including TIFF, Targa, DPX, and OpenEXR. You can specify an audio file to incorporate with the image sequence as you import it — for example, the original field-recorded audio for a clip that was converted to a sequence.

Auto-detect settings

Compressor 3.5 lets you create a custom transcoding setting from an existing file with a simple drag and drop. Just drag any QuickTime file into the Settings pane to have Compressor analyze the file and instantly create a preset with matching characteristics.

Enhanced networking for distributed encoding

Apple Qmaster now allows you to expand a cluster beyond your local Bonjour network. You can set up a node on any visible IP address within your domain and use the Batch Monitor to view encoding status on all nodes across your cluster.

Faster frame controls rendering

Improved optical flow processing permits faster rendering of jobs that require advanced frame controls, such as de-interlacing and reverse telecine transcodes.


What is Final Cut Pro 7 Software


The year’s most stunning new release.

With all the advancements in Final Cut Pro 7, there are now even more reasons why it’s the first choice of professional editors. Powerful new features and time-saving improvements help you work faster than ever. Whether you’re working solo or collaborating with a team, Final Cut Pro 7 gives you more creative options and technical control.

Expanded ProRes family

ProRes is an Apple codec that allows you to edit at HD quality with SD file sizes. In addition to the original ProRes 422 and ProRes 422 (HQ) versions, Apple now offers three new ProRes versions, ranging from an efficient proxy version for use on notebook computers to a high-quality version for use in compositing.

Broad format support

Final Cut Pro 7 lets you edit natively in almost any format across the full spectrum of tape and file-based media. You can even mix and match formats and frame rates in the Timeline, including any of the five versions of Apple ProRes.

Seamless collaboration

New collaboration tools make it easy to work with clients and colleagues, whether they’re across the hall or on the other side of the world. Discuss the edit in real time with iChat Theater, instantly post video to the web, or use Final Cut Server for effortless asset sharing and automated review and approval.

Comprehensive editing tools

Work quickly using a complete set of professional editing and trimming tools, with a full range of customization options for flexibility and control. Numerous interface improvements, including enhanced markers and tabs, help speed your work.

Incredible effects and transitions


Final Cut Pro 7 offers real-time performance for more than 150 filters and effects as well as for multistream video. New speed change tools and expanded support for Alpha transitions offer even more options. Use the SmoothCam feature to stabilize shaky shots while preserving standard camera moves.

Open, extensible architecture

Open standards such as QuickTime and FxPlug encourage interoperability with a host of third-party tools. Build a custom facilitywide solution around Final Cut Pro using its updated open, standards-based XML interchange

Digital cinema workflows

Featuring deeper integration with Color, Final Cut Pro 7 is ideal for digital intermediate workflows for projects shot on film, as well as cutting-edge workflows for video from high-resolution cameras such as the RED ONE. Improved relinking with Cinema Tools 4.5 allows you to produce change lists and edit lists with confidence.

Additional Information

Monthly Price $144.00
Brand Apple
Version Final Cut Pro 7, Motion 4, Soundtrack Pro 3, Color 1.5, Compressor 3.5, DVD Studio Pro 4
Type Media
Rating No
Supported Systems Mac OS X v10.5.6 or later
Requirements

Requirements to install all Final Cut Studio applications

    * Mac computer with an Intel processor
    * 1GB of RAM (2GB of RAM recommended when working with compressed HD and uncompressed SD sources; 4GB of RAM recommended when working with uncompressed HD sources)
    * ATI or NVIDIA graphics processor (integrated Intel graphics processors not supported)
    * 128MB of VRAM
    * Display with 1280-by-800 resolution or higher
    * Mac OS X v10.5.6 or later
    * QuickTime 7.6 or later
    * DVD drive for installation
    * 4GB of disk space required to install all applications (Final Cut Pro, Color, DVD Studio Pro, Soundtrack Pro, Motion, Cinema Tools, Compressor, and Apple Qmaster)
    * 46GB of disk space required for optional content
          o 9GB for DVD Studio Pro content
          o 7GB for Motion templates
          o 22GB for audio content
          o 8GB for LiveFonts

Application-specific requirements

    * Soundtrack Pro
          o For 5.1 surround monitoring of multichannel audio content: an audio interface with a minimum of six outputs
          o For multitrack recording: an audio interface with multiple inputs
    * Color
          o Display with 1680-by-1050 resolution or higher; dual displays are highly recommended
          o For rendering of 4K files and DPX: a graphics card with at least 512MB of VRAM
          o For 32-bit rendering: a graphics card with at least 256MB of VRAM
          o Three-button mouse for full functionality
    * DVD Studio Pro
          o For writing finished projects to disc: an Apple SuperDrive or other DVD recorder
          o For writing finished projects to a double-layer disc: a double-layer-compatible recorder and double-layer media
          o For transporting projects that contain copy-protection or dual-layer features to a replicator: a DLT drive, external drive, or Internet transfer of the project’s disk image

Blu-ray-specific requirements


    * For burning Blu-ray discs: a Blu-ray recorder

Features

Motion 4

User Interface

    * Unlimited tracks of movie clips, graphics, text, and particles
    * Project sizes up to 4K (4K resolution requires a graphics card with 256MB of VRAM or more)
    * Color bits-per-channel: 8-bit, 16-bit float, and 32-bit float (float processing requires a graphics card with 128MB of VRAM; 256MB or more recommended)
    * Customizable nonsquare-pixel support
    * Semitransparent heads-up display with onscreen controls for layers, behaviors, and filters
    * Onscreen controls for 3D position, 3D rotation, 3D anchor point, skew, four corner pin, crop, and text glyph manipulations
    * Enable/Disable float bit-depth viewing independent of project setting
    * Enable/Disable viewing and rendering of Lighting, Shadows, Reflections, and Depth of Field
    * View color channels and alpha channels independently
    * Canvas alignment tools including dynamic alignment guides, 3D grid, and rulers
    * Pen-and-tablet gesture-based interface
    * 3D mouse support
    * Integrated File Browser for fast access to Finder content
    * RAM Previews for viewing complex animations at full frame rate
    * Save favorite settings, customized effects, gradients, text styles, and more in the Library
    * Over 1400 pieces of Apple-designed, royalty-free vector artwork, high-resolution images, and animated design elements
    * Instantly display and access all layers in the project using a single keystroke, similar to Exposé in Mac OS X
    * Customizable toolbar that places your favorite tools at your fingertips
    * Create, save, and remap custom keyboard shortcuts
    * Show images outside the visible frame boundary for easily adjusting off-screen objects
    * Automatically collect media used in a project for easy backup or moving to other locations
    * Use Spotlight in Mac OS X to locate Motion projects by searching on any layer name or text string created in the project

3D Compositing Environment


    * Position, rotate, and intersect multiple layers in 3D space
    * Combine multiple layers into 3D groups for hierarchical 3D animations
    * Add, animate, and cut between multiple cameras
    * Unique Walk-Camera intuitively operates like a first-person video game
    * Adjust the camera’s near and far soft clipping planes to avoid object “popping”
    * Apply Camera behaviors for easily creating and modifying complex camera moves
    * Quad split view for displaying multiple orthographic and perspective views
    * Inset viewer for quickly checking alternative views while making adjustments
    * Multiple light sources including ambient, directional, point, and spot
    * Enable shadows for selected point or spot lights, define objects to receive or cast shadows, and control the shadow colors and softness
    * Enable Reflectivity on most objects, movies, paint strokes, and more
    * Activate depth of field to enhance realism and control focus
    * Enable particles, Replicator elements, and paint strokes to animate in 3D space
    * Create 3D text behaviors for character-by-character animations with full 3D position and rotation control
    * Create 3D motion paths for layers, cameras, and light sources
    * Apply behaviors like throw, orbit, and vortex with 3D attributes
    * Isolate any layer to a Front view for easily modifying masks or editing text

Timeline Editing and Layering

    * Layer list view makes it easy to change the stacking order of any layer, group, filter, or animation behavior
    * Grouping for applying compound transformations and filters
    * Common “bring to front” and “send to back” functions
    * Opacity and blend mode display for quick access on every layer and group
    * Create drop zones for easy drag-and-drop image replacement
    * Clone layers for linking instances of images that inherit properties automatically
    * Solo tracks for easier viewing and refinements
    * Isolate selection for temporary framing and solo of an object to facilitate editing of an object in a 3D composition
    * Composite with premultiplied or non-premultiplied Alpha channels
    * Mini-Timeline built into the Canvas that displays a single track for the currently selected layer, group, filter, or behavior
    * Trim, slip, slide, and retime audio and video clips via the mini-Timeline
    * Retime clips using frame blending, motion blur blending, or optical flow
    * Cache optical flow retiming analysis to change speed at any time without reanalyzing
    * Full Timeline with drag-and-drop editing to choose between compositing and assembling multiple clips
    * Insert and overwrite editing directly into the Timeline
    * Display and edit audio tracks in the Timeline or in the Audio Editor
    * Markers that can be placed in the Timeline or on a specific clip with notes

Animation


    * Unique behavior animations for creating natural phenomena like wind, gravity, and vortex
    * Sophisticated simulations like attract, repel, and orbit, which create multilayered 3D animations
    * Text sequencing for automating complex title animations in 3D space
    * Auto-animated Parameter control like oscillate, wiggle, and more
    * Parameter linking for driving secondary animations
    * Retiming behaviors automate ramping in and out of speed changes
    * Audio behavior for syncing animations with audio tracks
    * MIDI behavior for triggering parameter changes via any MIDI device
    * Shape behaviors allow for tracking points on a shape or creating random wiggling animated shapes
    * Complete keyframe-based animation tools
    * Keyframe Editor with Bezier, Linear, Constant, and Ease In/Ease Out curve interpolations
    * Keyframe Editor with a keyframe edit tool, keyframe sketch tool, and a keyframe box manipulation tool
    * Copy and paste keyframes from different tracks and parameters
    * Keyframe settings for ping pong, repeat, and progressive
    * Record Animation feature with keyframe thinning for recording animations in real time
    * Draw keyframes in the Keyframe Editor using freehand pen tool
    * Squish, stretch, and move groups of keyframes using a transform box
    * Save curve sets for quick access to common parameters
    * View animated curves for easier navigation
    * View keyframes in the Timeline for quick positioning
    * Enable/Disable keyframe and behavior-based animations to easily compare different results

Particle Engine

    * Sprite-based particle engine with accelerated performance
    * Over 200 particle presets for easy access to sparkles, fire, smoke, and more
    * Animate particles in 3D space with “Face-Camera” control
    * Apply multiple objects or video clips as emitters
    * Apply additive blend mode for intense glowing results
    * Animate emitters and cells independently
    * Save newly created particles in the Library for reuse in other projects
    * Choose between point, line, rectangle, circle, box, sphere, and more for emitter shapes
    * Control birth rate, life, speed, angle, spin, scale, and gradient colors for particle cells
    * Scale particles over their life or add behaviors like orbit and vortex for amazing 3D results with little effort

Paint Effects


    * Paint with pressure-sensitive vector-based brush strokes
    * Select from over 100 customizable brush styles from traditional to abstract
    * Modify brush width, color, opacity, and jitter over the stroke path
    * Automatically draw on and draw off with full customization
    * Edit brush strokes as Bezier or advanced B-spline paths
    * Rotate the stroke in 3D space with “Face-Camera” control for volumetric 3D strokes
    * Assign pressure and speed to brush properties when using a pen and tablet
    * Enable dynamics on paint dabs for particle paint type effects
    * Apply Replicator-like sequencing animations that can cause the paint stroke to ripple through 3D space

Replicator Tool


    * Automatic replication of any graphic, text object, or movie file along defined patterns
    * Over 200 Replicator presets that can be completely customized and resaved
    * Animate replicated patterns in 3D space with “Face-Camera” control
    * Save newly created Replicators in the Library for reuse in other projects
    * Choose between line, rectangle, circle, burst, spiral, wave, box, sphere, and more for Replicator patterns
    * Define the number of rows, columns, and 3D ranks that fill or outline the pattern
    * Control pattern size, cell size, angle, scale, and gradient colors for Replicator cells
    * Change the offset for rows and columns, causing them to shift position across the defined pattern
    * Control origin of animation from various points of the pattern
    * Add random scale and angle setting for more natural replications
    * Apply additive blend mode for intense glowing results
    * Set color of replicated objects from a single tint to a user-defined range
    * Add Replicator Sequence behavior for wavelike animations over various patterns

Title Design


    * Vector-based text engine for creating clean type at any size
    * Import capability supporting Text and RTF files to create Motion text objects
    * Format text using size, rotation, slant, tracking, kerning, and more
    * Animate individual text characters in 3D space using customizable text behaviors
    * Transform single characters with the Adjust Glyph tool
    * Select from common set of blend modes, including normal, multiply, screen, and add
    * Customize text styles with control over the face, outline, glow, and drop shadow
    * Type-on and text on a path layout/animation options
    * Scroll and Crawl layouts/animation options that support large amounts of text
    * Text field parameter in Inspector makes it easy to edit text even if text is obscured in the Canvas
    * Fill text with solid or multipoint gradients
    * Apply static images or video clips as textures to text faces
    * Control textures using hold frame, offset, wrap modes, and opacity
    * Support for Asian, Cyrillic, and other Unicode system fonts
    * Support for Apple LiveFonts for unique font styles and animations

Tracking and Stabilization


    * Match move using single-point tracking or four corner pinning
    * Create tracking data that can be referenced by multiple objects
    * Track a filter’s onscreen position controls
    * Offset tracking for creating a single track from multiple offsets
    * Tracking behavior highlights best potential tracking points, eliminating guesswork
    * Advanced tracking algorithm maintains accurate analysis when patterns rotate or skew
    * Smart retry resets search region automatically for less user intervention
    * Provide directional hints for fast-moving regions by using Look-ahead feature
    * Stabilize using traditional point stabilizer or optical flow analysis
    * Automated optical flow stabilizer bypasses selecting points and time-consuming setup
    * SmoothCam optical flow analysis removes jitter and rocking from handheld shots while retaining overall camera moves
    * Adjust amount of smoothing applied to transforms, rotation, and scaling in real time

Accelerated Filters and Effects

    * Over 120 accelerated filters for real-time interactivity
    * More than 10 blur filters, including Gaussian, Channel Blur, Radial Blur, and Defocus
    * Simple and bevel borders
    * More than 20 color correction filters, including Color Balance, Gradient Colorize, Color Reduce, and Threshold
    * More than 25 distortion filters, including Basic 3D, Refraction, Insect Eye, Glass Distortion, Ripple, Scrape, and Polar
    * Stunning glow effects for Light Rays, Bloom, Aura, and more
    * PrimatteRT chroma keyer
    * Stylize filters like Vignette, Bad TV, Bad Film, Color Emboss, Half Tone, Line Art, and Slit Tunnel
    * Unique kaleidoscope and tiling filters
    * Time-based filters for echo and strobe effects
    * Video filters for deinterlacing and broadcast-safe colors and luminance
    * Generators that automatically generate patterns, noise, colors, caustics, and concentric shapes and spirals
    * Text generators that create and animate text elements like numbers, currency, dates, and timecode or can generate text using the contents of a text file
    * Support for wide array of GPU-accelerated third-party FxPlug filters

Masking Tools

    * Bezier or advanced B-spline masking tools
    * Create ovals, rectangles, and arbitrary freehand shapes
    * Control opacity, rounding, and edge feathering
    * Combine masks using mathematical operations
    * Track entire shapes or control points using tracking behaviors
    * Create image masks from alpha, luminance, or RGB values of a second image

Audio


    * Support for AIFF, WAV, MP3, VBR MP3, and AAC (MPEG-4 Audio)
    * Edit audio tracks in the Timeline with trim, slip, and move
    * Retime audio tracks with pitch change
    * Scrub audio tracks for frame-accurate positioning
    * Control balance, gain, mute, and solo individually
    * Use master audio controls for global audio adjustments
    * Keyframe audio volume in Audio Editor
    * Trigger parameter changes based on audio frequencies or transient hits

Integration and Third-Party Support

    * Open Timeline data from Final Cut Pro, including cuts, layers, transforms, and retiming data
    * Open Motion directly from the Final Cut Pro Timeline, bypassing import/export steps
    * Create master templates in Motion that retain editable text and drop zones in Final Cut Pro
    * Animations from Motion automatically update in the Final Cut Pro Timeline when changes are made in Motion
    * Round-trip editing between DVD Studio Pro and Motion, making it simple to create and modify Motion menus without intermediate rendering
    * Send audio from Motion to Soundtrack Pro Waveform Editor; sound design changes in Soundtrack Pro automatically update in Motion
    * Preview projects on a broadcast monitor using AJA I/O, Matrox, or Blackmagic devices
    * Import vector PDF graphics or Photoshop layered documents
    * Import OpenEXR files (float processing requires a graphics card with 128MB of VRAM; 256MB or more recommended)
    * Support for third-party FxPlug plug-ins
    * Support for Image Unit plug-ins

Export


    * Share feature can export and deliver content automatically to devices like iPod and Apple TV or services like MobileMe or YouTube in a few of clicks
    * Export to ProRes, H.264, MPEG-4, and other QuickTime-supported codecs
    * Export as movies or image sequences
    * Export as 16-bit or 32-bit floating-point OpenEXR format (float processing requires a graphics card with 128MB of VRAM; 256MB or more recommended)
    * Support for progressive and field-based rendering
    * Accelerated motion blur with customizable shutter
    * Save custom export settings for easier selection
    * Export Selection can render out selected objects and even automatically re-import the render back to the Motion Timeline

Soundtrack Pro 3

Precise Audio Control

    * Nondestructive, sample-accurate editing of audio files
    * Support for up to 24-channel files, including mono, stereo, and surround
    * Action-based editing to modify, reorder, suspend, or delete any audio edit, plug-in, or process
    * Audio Effects and Audio Units plug-ins can be applied to supported audio files as Actions
    * Audio Effects and Audio Units plug-ins can be applied to supported audio files as real-time effect chains
    * Real-time effects applied to audio files can be rendered to Actions
    * Normalize function with Peak, RMS analysis and processing
    * Integrated multichannel file editor
    * Intelligent analysis, repair, and restoration functions for:
          o Clicks and pops
          o Power line hum
          o DC offset
          o Phase
          o Clipped signal
    * Audio time stretching without affecting pitch
    * Included time-stretch algorithms:
          o Apple Time Stretch Universal
          o Apple Time Stretch Complex
          o Apple Time Stretch Percussive
    * Integrated support for third-party time-stretch algorithms (sold separately):
          o Serato Pitch ‘n Time LE
          o SoundToys Speed
          o iZotope Radius
    * Ambient Noise Print to quickly replace unwanted noises from location recordings
    * Background Noise Removal including noise print
    * Sample ruler units in sample value, normalized, percent, and decibel view
    * Snapping to ruler ticks, seconds, frames, markers, and edit points
    * Selectable nudge values: 1 subframe, 1/4 frame, 1 frame, 10 frames, 1 second
    * Support for bit depths up to 32-bit float
    * Support for sample rates from 2kHz to 192kHz
    * Support for AIFF, WAV, MP3, AAC, CAF, BWF, SDII, NeXT, QuickTime, and STAP (Soundtrack Audio Project) file playback
    * Saves files nondestructively as STAP files or destructively as AIFF, WAV, SDII, QuickTime, CAF, or NeXT
    * Export mixes as AIFF, WAV, NeXT, SDII, MP3, AAC/Podcast, or Dolby Digital Professional (AC-3), or use Compressor for additional file support
    * Selection history
    * Waveform and customizable Frequency Spectrum views with linear and logarithmic display
    * Frequency selection and editing in Frequency Spectrum view
    * Animated waveform feedback
    * Mini-waveform view

Advanced Sound Design

    * Processes including:
          o Fade in/Fade out
          o Normalize
          o Amplitude adjust
          o Silence
          o Invert
          o Add, delete, reorder channels
          o Mono conversion
          o Resample
          o Generate silence, white noise, pink noise, sine wave, sawtooth wave, square wave, or triangle wave
    * Support for Audio Units plug-ins
    * Audio Units presets available to all Audio Units-compatible applications
    * More than 6000 sound effects, music beds, and music loops, including over 1000 in surround
    * Powerful media search engine
    * Support for Apple Loops, AIFF, WAV, MP3, AAC, CAF, and ACID sound and music libraries

Advanced Take Management

    * Multitake management with take recording and editing directly in Multitake Editor
    * Multitake Editor allows comps of multitake recordings and other audio files
    * Combine individual phrases from different takes
    * Automatic customizable crossfade between phrases
    * Single-click take selection
    * Adjustable transition boundaries for multitake comps
    * Final comp functions as stand-alone clip while retaining access to all takes
    * Slide phrases within edit boundaries

Professional Multitrack Audio Editing

    * Single window with customizable tab panes
    * Customizable window layouts
    * Dynamic tab panes with quick show/hide functionality
    * Resizable video window tab
    * Multitrack Timeline with tracks, busses, submixes, and master in mono, stereo, or surround
    * Multiple multitrack and audio file projects open at once
    * Mixed sample rates, bit depth, and file formats supported in multitrack projects
    * Time- or beat-based tracks
    * Ruler in HH:MM:SS, seconds, samples, frames, drop frame, non-drop frame, beats
    * Waveform Zoom in the Timeline
    * Find and replace related files in the Timeline
    * Adjustable playhead auto-scrolling: on, off, centered
    * Loop clip transposition
    * Loop clip speed adjustments (quadruple, double, normal, half, quarter)
    * Adjustable automatic and manual crossfades
    * Fade selector for customizing fade in, fade out, and crossfades
    * Tape style and sample repeat scrubbing
    * Rolling edit tool
    * Native and custom timecode spotting
    * Multitrack recording of mono, stereo, and multichannel files
    * Lift and Stamp tools to selectively copy voice level, process effects, and equalization print from one clip to another
    * Lifted Data sets can be saved as presets
    * Equalization Matching aligns the EQ characteristics of two selections
    * Automation parameters can move with clips or lock to absolute time
    * Pull up/pull down of audio and video to all common standards
    * Customizable clip and track colors
    * Clip locking in multitrack
    * Clip disabling in multitrack
    * Momentary mono switch
    * Automatable master tempo, master volume, master effects, and key
    * Automation of most mix and effect parameters with read, touch, and latch modes
    * Pre- and post-fader send busses for application of common effect plug-ins to multiple tracks
    * Output bussing for single fader control of multiple tracks
    * Support for multichannel audio output devices
    * Time, duration, podcast, beat, and end-of-project markers
    * Powerful browser for locating content quickly
    * Multipoint Video HUD
    * Tool HUD
    * Timecode HUD
    * Numeric Clip offset
    * Bin with access to multiple projects, media files, markers, and clips
    * Spotlight-style searching in Bin
    * Support for Multi-Touch trackpad gestures

Surround and Stereo Mixing

    * Discrete 5.1 mixing, bussing, and routing
    * Console-style Mixer with full stereo and surround meters on every track, buss, submix, and master
    * Mono, stereo, and surround files can be combined on same track
    * Support for multichannel surround files
    * Surround Panner enables panning of mono, stereo, and surround audio files
    * Surround Panner HUD with automatable controls for rotation, width, collapse, center bias, LFE balance, and individual speaker disabling
    * Surround and stereo panner automation data simultaneously available on each track
    * Automatic surround to stereo Dolby-standard downmix
    * Support for true surround and multi-mono effects
    * Over 1000 royalty-free surround sound effects and music tracks
    * Control surface support for the following protocols:
          o EuCon
          o Mackie Control
          o Logic Control

Integrated Workflow

    * AppleScript scriptable (executable from Soundtrack Pro, Final Cut Pro 7, or as AppleScript droplets for batch processing)
    * Automator actions for creation of complex multi-application workflows
    * Support for QuickTime video formats up to HD resolutions
    * Quick Look support for Soundtrack Pro Audio File Project (STAP) files
    * Integrated video tab
    * Output to SD and HD video monitors (via FireWire or PCI card)
    * HD or SD output using Digital Cinema Desktop to second Apple Cinema Display
    * Send and receive MIDI timecode and beat clock for synchronization with hardware and software
    * Integration with Final Cut Pro 7, Motion 4, DVD Studio Pro 4
    * Nondestructive, round-trip audio file editing with Final Cut Pro 7, Motion 4, and Logic Pro 9
    * Support for Final Cut Pro 7 scoring markers
    * Conform tab to conform audio edit to new Final Cut Pro 7 edits
    * Conform visual interface for highlighting changed areas
    * Accept or reject changes across entire project or selectively on a change-by-change basis
    * Podcast track to create audio-only, enhanced audio, or video podcasts
    * Support for chapter, artwork, and URL markers in video and audio podcasts
    * Export presets and customizable post-export scripts
    * View iXML metadata
    * OMF import
    * AAF import and export

Included Effects

TS = True surround

    * Dynamics
          o Adaptive Limiter
          o Compressor
          o DeEsser
          o Expander
          o Limiter TS
          o Multichannel Gain TS
          o Multipressor
          o Noise Gate
          o Surround Compressor TS
    * Distortion
          o Bitcrusher
          o Clip Distortion
          o Distortion
          o Distortion II
          o Exciter
          o Overdrive
          o Phase Distortion
    * EQ and Filter
          o AutoFilter
          o Channel EQ
          o Fat EQ
          o High Cut
          o High Pass Filter
          o High Shelving EQ
          o Linear Phase EQ
          o Low Cut
          o Low Pass Filter
          o Low Shelving EQ
          o Match EQ TS
          o Parametric EQ
          o Soundtrack Pro AutoFilter
    * Modulation
          o Chorus
          o Ensemble TS
          o Flanger
          o Modulation Delay
          o Phaser
          o Scanner Vibrato
          o Tremolo TS
    * Reverb/Delay
          o Delay Designer TS
          o PlatinumVerb
          o Soundtrack Pro Reverb
          o Space Designer TS
          o Stereo Delay
          o Tape Delay
    * Metrics and Diagnostics
          o Correlation Meter
          o Multi Meter TS
          o Test Oscillator
          o Tuner TS
    * Miscellaneous
          o Denoiser
          o Direction Mixer
          o Enveloper
          o Gain
          o Pitch Shifter II
          o Ringshifter
          o Spectral Gate
          o Stereo Spread
          o SubBass
          o Vocal Transformer

Color 1.5

Color Grading

    * Real-time grading controls for SD, HD, 2K, and 4K without proxies
    * Preview full-screen playback of SD, HD, and 2K on an attached Apple Cinema or LED Cinema Display or Apple-certified third-party video card
    * Workflow-oriented interface divides controls into eight separate rooms
    * Primary, Secondary, and Primary Out grading functions
    * Color wheels with hue, saturation, and luminance controls for highlights, midtones, and shadows
    * Curves for individual adjustment to R,G,B and Luminance channels with B-spline control points
    * Advanced RGB and Printer Points controls for precise film printing
    * Switch between four live grades or disable grade per shot
    * Copy grades to all selected shots
    * Autobalance correction available in Primary room
    * ASC-style Lift, Gamma, Gain controls
    * Eight secondaries per shot with custom mattes, key blur, and motion tracking
    * Animated circle, rectangle, and user shape Vignettes with inner and outer softness
    * Keyframing with interpolation for most controls
    * Color FX with node trees for compositing control
    * Still Store for saving and comparing reference images
    * Pan and Scan with preset aspect ratios
    * Real-time waveform monitor in mV and IRE, vectorscopes and histograms
    * 3D Color Space scopes for RGB, HSL, Y’CbCr, and IPT display
    * Broadcast-safe limiting
    * Support for 3D LUTs for display calibration and output simulation
    * Multiple video tracks
    * Support for third-party control surfaces with trackballs and knobs
    * EDL support for linking to DPX and Cineon files
    * Render directly to DPX or Cineon file formats for film out
    * Use EDLs for notching QuickTime movies or sequences without XML metadata
    * Render Log displays stop, start time, speed, and amount of rendering
    * Relinking to RED and DPX databases with Cinema Tools and EDLs

Integration with Final Cut Pro 7

    * Round-trip feature film-length projects between Color and Final Cut Pro 7 with Send to Color and Send to Final Cut Pro
    * Round-trip support for freeze frames, still graphics, multicam, and variable speed change effect from Final Cut Pro
    * Color projects conīŦgured automatically to match Final Cut Pro sequence settings
    * 2K and 4K Digital Intermediate workflow from Final Cut Pro sequences
    * Play back all standard frame rates and frame sizes in Color
    * Display dissolves and fades in the Timeline and renders for 2K/4K DPX and Cineon output
    * Round-trip Pan and Scan metadata sent from Final Cut Pro as Motion effect

Effects

    * Over 40 Color FX and over 20 premade looks
    * Over 90 additional downloadable Color FX looks
    * Renders at 8-bit, 10-bit, and 32-bit floating point (dependent on GPU)
    * Customizable node tree for effects creation
    * Copy and paste nodes in Color FX room
    * Save and reuse favorite effects

Supported Formats

    * Apple ProRes family of 10-bit, full-width VBR codecs
    * 4:4:4 2K and 4K as DPX or Cineon files
    * Apple Uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2
    * Apple Uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2
    * TIFF, JPEG, and JPEG 2000 image sequences
    * All still graphics formats supported by QuickTime 7
    * Optional viewing or grading proxy creation for DPX and Cineon files
    * Third-party codecs from AJA and Blackmagic Design
    * RED, AVC-Intra, IMX, HDV, XDCAM HD, and XDCAM HD 422 can be graded, but must be rendered using Apple ProRes or Uncompressed codecs

Trimming for 2K Output

    * Trimming controls when rendering directly to DPX or Cineon files
    * Ripple
    * Roll
    * Slip
    * Splice
    * Merge edits

Compressor 3.5

High-Performance Encoding

    * H.264 multi-pass encoding for Blu-ray discs and files
    * Support for red laser burning of AVCHD discs for playback in compatible Blu-ray players
    * H.264 for Apple devices, web, mobile devices
    * HD DVD encoding for DVD Studio Pro authoring
    * Support for image sequence sources: TIFF, Targa, DPX, JPEG, and OpenEXR
    * Support for encoding to TIFF, Targa, DPX, JPEG, and OpenEXR image sequences
          o Full QuickTime support
          o MPEG-2 encoding
          o MPEG-1 encoding
          o MPEG-4 encoding
          o Distributed encoding with segmentation options
          o Two-pass VBR encoding for MPEG-2
          o Provides Dolby-certified encoding to Dolby Digital Professional AC-3 format
          o Accepts QuickTime (single-channel or multichannel), AIFF, Sound Designer, and WAV files
          o Advanced chaptering for Apple TV and podcasting

    * Closed caption support for Apple devices, QuickTime, and MPEG-2
    * Batch templates with job actions for automating workflows from encoding to delivery, including:
          o Add to iTunes Library
          o Create DVD
          o Create Blu-ray Disc
          o Create Web Reference Movie
          o Open with Application
          o Publish to MobileMe
          o Run Automator Workflow
          o Publish to YouTube
    * Automatic setting creation via drag and drop of a QuickTime file
          o Scaling and down-converting
          o Standards conversions
          o Retiming
          o Preview with split-screen comparison
          o High-quality image processing
          o More than 100 presets included
          o Automated encoding with droplets
          o Automatic and custom cropping
    * Automatic and custom padding
    * Automatic copying of source media for reference media to encoding nodes
          o Four audio filters: dynamic range; peak limiter; Apple: AUGraphicEQ and fade in/out
          o Automatic post to iDisk or FTP
          o Reverse telecine
          o Deinterlacing
    * Enhanced droplets for easy desktop encoding

Dolby Digital Professional Encoding

    * Dolby-certified encoding to Dolby Digital Professional AC-3 format
    * Accepts QuickTime (single-channel or multichannel), AIFF, Sound Designer, and WAV format sound files for encoding
    * Support for all channel formats from mono to 5.1 surround sound
    * Automatically creates 2.0 or 5.1 based on number of channels in the source media file
    * Confidence decoding for preview of AC-3 files

Video Filters

    * BlackWhite Restore
    * Brightness and Contrast
    * Color Correct Highlights
    * Color Correct Midtones
    * Color Correct Shadows
    * Deinterlacing
    * Fade In/Out
    * Gamma Correction
    * Letterbox
    * Noise Removal
    * Sharpen Edge
    * Text Overlay
    * Timecode Generator
    * Watermark (Image, animated with QuickTime or Motion files)

Audio Filters

    * Dynamic Range
    * Peak Limiter
    * Apple: AUGraphicEQ
    * Fade In/Out

DVD Studio Pro 4

Graphical View

    * View flow of DVD graphically
    * Print or save to PDF
    * Use Macro view to navigate easily through large projects
    * Flag elements for more attention
    * Fit all elements in window, zoom in/out
    * Organize tiles with Auto layout command

Transitions

    * Add transitions to menus, menu buttons, slideshows, and timeline-based stills
    * Choose from more than 30 prebuilt transitions such as Blur, Dissolve, Droplet, Fade through Color, Melt, Motion Dissolve, Rotate, Rotation Blur, and Zoom
    * Create additional Alpha transitions

Jacket Picture

    * Shows picture of choice when user stops playback of DVD on supported DVD players
    * Creates all necessary files for jacket picture from any popular image formats

Automatic MPEG-2 Encoding

    * Encode video in the background while you work or while building the DVD
    * One- and two-pass variable bit rate (VBR) encoding for MPEG-2
    * Three levels of motion estimation
    * Support for PAL and NTSC formats
    * Support for 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios
    * DVD-compliant MPEG-2 streams from other encoders accepted
    * More advanced encoding options provided via Compressor (included)

Asset Management

    * Organize assets with folders
    * Open in Editor
    * View status of background encoding
    * View information on imported assets such as type, timestamps, length, encoding progress, bit rate, and more
    * Reveal the location of the asset in the Finder
    * Sort by name and information
    * Refresh assets that may have been updated with other applications
    * Re-encode source assets
    * Reconnect assets

Advanced Interactivity

    * Multistory feature for creating alternative versions (up to 98 stories)
    * DVD-ROM functionality using [email protected] (for computer playback only); DVD-ROM input includes the ability to add photos, PDFs, or direct links to websites
    * Control actions for remote control buttons, including number offset
    * Enable/Disable user operations
    * Specify actions for First Play, Title button, Menu button, end jumps, pre-scripts, pre-script targets, Angle button, Chapter button, Audio button, Subtitle, and Return

Pre-mastering Options


    * Region encoding
    * Industry-standard analog and digital copyright management with Macrovision (Types 1, 2, and 3) and CSS for SD projects1
    * Test functionality with built-in Simulator
    * Test built projects with Apple DVD Player software
    * Allows burning first layer of DVD-9 project to DVD-5 media for testing
    * Supports 12- and 8-cm discs, single and double layer
    * Dual-layer options:
          o Choose between Parallel Track Path (PTP) and Opposite Track Path (OTP)
          o Specify the dual-layer break point
          o Specify a non-seamless or seamless dual-layer break point
    * Format existing builds to DVD-R and DLT
    * Burn DVD-9 projects to double-layer media for testing
    * Replication to red laser media
    * Replication to blue laser media (for HD DVD)

Import

    * Maintains named chapter markers from Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, and iMovie
    * DVD Studio Pro 2 and 3 projects
    * iDVD 3 and 4 projects
    * AIFF
    * AVI
    * BMP
    * DV
    * JPEG
    * Macromedia Flash 5
    * MPEG-1
    * MP3 (MPEG-1 Layer 3)
    * MPEG-2
    * M4A, M4P (iTunes 4 audio)
    * PDF (Mac OS X)
    * Photoshop (with layers)
    * PICT
    * PNG
    * Targa
    * TIFF
    * WAV
    * Aspect ratios: 4:3 and 16:9
    * TV systems: PAL and NTSC
    * Frame rates: 29.97 fps (NTSC) and 25 fps (PAL)
    * Maximum GOP sizes: 18 frames (NTSC), 15 frames (PAL)
    * All QuickTime supported codecs — encoded to MPEG-2 (SD or HD DVD)
    * H.264 and HDV (supported natively in HD DVD projects)

Audio Formats

    * STAP (Soundtrack audio file) support
    * MPEG-1 Layer 2 (64 to 384 Kbps)
    * Dolby Digital AC-3 (mono to 5.1 surround using 64 to 448 Kbps)
    * DTS — mono to 5.1 surround at 48kHz; DTS ES — 6.1 at 96kHz at 754 Kbps or 1509 Kbps
    * Stereo PCM (16 bit/48kHz at 1536 Kbps)
    * Stereo PCM (24 bit/96kHz at 4608 Kbps)
    * Other QuickTime audio formats automatically transcoded to AIFF/PCM

DVD Standards

    * Author traditional DVDs using SD assets
    * Author HD DVDs using SD and HD assets

Output Formats

    * DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, double-layer media
    * Double-layer media support
    * DLT drive (required for DVD-9 projects)
    * DDP 2.0 and 2.1
    * CMF 1.0
    * CMF 2.0
    * DDP 3.0
    * Disk Image
    * Video_TS to hard drive
    * HVDVD_TS to hard drive

Menus


    * Choose from a wide variety of automatic transitions
    * Create your own transitions
    * Includes several theme-based royalty-free Apple-designed templates that can be user-customized
    * Supports up to 36 buttons per menu (18 for 16:9 aspect ratio)
    * Templates in both NTSC and PAL formats
    * Allows still menus and buttons to be made from layered Photoshop files
    * Allows motion menus to be made from video streams
    * Set the loop point on motion menus to avoid replaying intro transition
    * Add effects to menus and buttons with shapes and drop zones
    * Built-in action-safe and title-safe areas
    * View menus with rectangular or square pixels
    * Use grayscale and chroma color mapping
    * Create language-localized versions of the same menu

Connections

    * Automatically assign functionality to assets with one click using over 60 combinations of context-sensitive drop palettes
    * Automatically create movie scene indexes based on chapter markers

User Interface

    * Mode-free interface for workflow efficiency
    * Rearrange interface tabs to different quadrants to create different workflows
    * Save user-defined workspace configurations (three preset configurations)
    * Customizable toolbar

Timeline

    * Manage up to 9 video angles, 8 audio streams, and 32 subtitle streams per track
    * Add, modify, and delete chapter markers in the Timeline
    * Trim audio and video clips interactively or with timecode
    * Combine multiple video clips and slides into one track
    * Stills in Timeline are added to DVD as space-saving stills, not generated video
    * Add up to 99 tracks in a project
    * Import Line 21 files for closed caption support, for NTSC SD projects only
    * Two types of angles:
          o Multiple angles add another full-length segment to track
          o Mixed angles add only video that is different from the first video angle

Subtitling

    * Integrated subtitler
    * Add up to 32 subtitle streams per track
    * Set position, font, size, style, and color, fade in and fade out
    * Enter timecode or drag in Timeline to set start, stop, and duration
    * View built-in title-safe and action-safe areas
    * Use graphics in subtitles
    * Import subtitles in .son, .stl, .txt, and .scr formats
    * Use buttons over video

Slideshows


    * Choose from a wide variety of automatic transitions
    * Create your own transitions
    * Fit slideshow to audio
    * Apply audio to individual slides
    * Convert slideshow to a track
    * Set a slide duration or choose manual advance
    * Use PSD (8-bit RGB), TIFF, JPEG, BMP, Targa, PICT, and any other QuickTime-based image format

VTS Editor

    * Automatic allocation of project’s assets to VTS folders
    * Automatic placement of menu’s assets into VTS folders
    * Manually move elements between multiple VTS folders
    * Up to 99 VTS folders per project

Scripting

    * Jump to motion menu loop point
    * Advanced scripting controls to program the DVD to play back from the correct location on the disc; switch audio, video, and subtitle streams depending on context; and temporarily change parental controls
    * Access to 8 GPRMs with partition options to 112
    * Add pre-script commands to menus, tracks, and slideshows
    * Use up to 124 commands per script
    * 10 scripting commands, including Jump, Set GPRM, Goto Set System Stream, Resume, GPRM mode, Exit, Exit Pre-script, and Jump Indirect
    * Machine-level control
    * View values of GPRM and SPRM registers in Simulator
    * Bit-wise operations

Motion 4
User Interface

    * Unlimited tracks of movie clips, graphics, text, and particles
    * Project sizes up to 4K (4K resolution requires a graphics card with 256MB of VRAM or more)
    * Color bits-per-channel: 8-bit, 16-bit float, and 32-bit float (float processing requires a graphics card with 128MB of VRAM; 256MB or more recommended)
    * Customizable nonsquare-pixel support
    * Semitransparent heads-up display with onscreen controls for layers, behaviors, and filters
    * Onscreen controls for 3D position, 3D rotation, 3D anchor point, skew, four corner pin, crop, and text glyph manipulations
    * Enable/Disable float bit-depth viewing independent of project setting
    * Enable/Disable viewing and rendering of Lighting, Shadows, Reflections, and Depth of Field
    * View color channels and alpha channels independently
    * Canvas alignment tools including dynamic alignment guides, 3D grid, and rulers
    * Pen-and-tablet gesture-based interface
    * 3D mouse support
    * Integrated File Browser for fast access to Finder content
    * RAM Previews for viewing complex animations at full frame rate
    * Save favorite settings, customized effects, gradients, text styles, and more in the Library
    * Over 1400 pieces of Apple-designed, royalty-free vector artwork, high-resolution images, and animated design elements
    * Instantly display and access all layers in the project using a single keystroke, similar to Exposé in Mac OS X
    * Customizable toolbar that places your favorite tools at your fingertips
    * Create, save, and remap custom keyboard shortcuts
    * Show images outside the visible frame boundary for easily adjusting off-screen objects
    * Automatically collect media used in a project for easy backup or moving to other locations
    * Use Spotlight in Mac OS X to locate Motion projects by searching on any layer name or text string created in the project

3D Compositing Environment

    * Position, rotate, and intersect multiple layers in 3D space
    * Combine multiple layers into 3D groups for hierarchical 3D animations
    * Add, animate, and cut between multiple cameras
    * Unique Walk-Camera intuitively operates like a first-person video game
    * Adjust the camera’s near and far soft clipping planes to avoid object “popping”
    * Apply Camera behaviors for easily creating and modifying complex camera moves
    * Quad split view for displaying multiple orthographic and perspective views
    * Inset viewer for quickly checking alternative views while making adjustments
    * Multiple light sources including ambient, directional, point, and spot
    * Enable shadows for selected point or spot lights, define objects to receive or cast shadows, and control the shadow colors and softness
    * Enable Reflectivity on most objects, movies, paint strokes, and more
    * Activate depth of field to enhance realism and control focus
    * Enable particles, Replicator elements, and paint strokes to animate in 3D space
    * Create 3D text behaviors for character-by-character animations with full 3D position and rotation control
    * Create 3D motion paths for layers, cameras, and light sources
    * Apply behaviors like throw, orbit, and vortex with 3D attributes
    * Isolate any layer to a Front view for easily modifying masks or editing text

Timeline Editing and Layering

    * Layer list view makes it easy to change the stacking order of any layer, group, filter, or animation behavior
    * Grouping for applying compound transformations and filters
    * Common “bring to front” and “send to back” functions
    * Opacity and blend mode display for quick access on every layer and group
    * Create drop zones for easy drag-and-drop image replacement
    * Clone layers for linking instances of images that inherit properties automatically
    * Solo tracks for easier viewing and refinements
    * Isolate selection for temporary framing and solo of an object to facilitate editing of an object in a 3D composition
    * Composite with premultiplied or non-premultiplied Alpha channels
    * Mini-Timeline built into the Canvas that displays a single track for the currently selected layer, group, filter, or behavior
    * Trim, slip, slide, and retime audio and video clips via the mini-Timeline
    * Retime clips using frame blending, motion blur blending, or optical flow
    * Cache optical flow retiming analysis to change speed at any time without reanalyzing
    * Full Timeline with drag-and-drop editing to choose between compositing and assembling multiple clips
    * Insert and overwrite editing directly into the Timeline
    * Display and edit audio tracks in the Timeline or in the Audio Editor
    * Markers that can be placed in the Timeline or on a specific clip with notes

Animation

    * Unique behavior animations for creating natural phenomena like wind, gravity, and vortex
    * Sophisticated simulations like attract, repel, and orbit, which create multilayered 3D animations
    * Text sequencing for automating complex title animations in 3D space
    * Auto-animated Parameter control like oscillate, wiggle, and more
    * Parameter linking for driving secondary animations
    * Retiming behaviors automate ramping in and out of speed changes
    * Audio behavior for syncing animations with audio tracks
    * MIDI behavior for triggering parameter changes via any MIDI device
    * Shape behaviors allow for tracking points on a shape or creating random wiggling animated shapes
    * Complete keyframe-based animation tools
    * Keyframe Editor with Bezier, Linear, Constant, and Ease In/Ease Out curve interpolations
    * Keyframe Editor with a keyframe edit tool, keyframe sketch tool, and a keyframe box manipulation tool
    * Copy and paste keyframes from different tracks and parameters
    * Keyframe settings for ping pong, repeat, and progressive
    * Record Animation feature with keyframe thinning for recor