Apple Final Cut Studio 2 Production Software Suite for Mac - Final Cut Pro 6, Motion 3, Soundtrack Pro 2, Color, Compressor 3, DVD Studio Pro 4

Apple Final Cut Studio 2 Production Software Suite for Mac - Final Cut Pro 6, Motion 3, Soundtrack Pro 2, Color, Compressor 3, DVD Studio Pro 4
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Apple MA886Z/A Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Final Cut Pro 6
  • 3Motion 3
  • 4Soundtrack Pro 2
  • 5Color
  • 6Compressor 3
  • 7DVD Studio Pro 4

The Final Cut Studio 2 Production Software Suite for Mac from Apple is the premiere professional suite for the Mac OS X platform. The suite includes Final Cut Pro 6 for nonlinear video editing, Motion 3 for graphics creation, Soundtrack Pro 2 for audio editing, Color for color correction, Compressor 3 for video compression and DVD Studio Pro 4 for DVD and HD DVD authoring.

Final Cut Studio delivers a complete end-to-end post-production workflow that can be used for independent projects, Hollywood productions and corporate training videos alike. Final Cut Pro's open timeline supports mixed format video from DV, SD, HDV, XDCAM HD, DVCPRO HD and uncompressed HD sources. The suite features an interface that veteran Final Cut users will feel at home in. Users new to the software will appreciate its intuitiveness and contextual help menus.

Final Cut Pro 6

Final Cut Pro is the heart of the Final Cut Studio. The software can digitally capture video via FireWire. It is also compatible with leading analog and SDI capture cards that function on OS X. Final Cut's open timeline allows you to edit video with mixed formats and frame rates without headaches. It also supports Apple's ProRes 422 format, a compression scheme that delivers HD-quality video at file sizes closer to that of SD.

Motion 3

The aptly named Motion is a software tool for professional motion graphics creation. The software supports both 2D and 3D multiplane graphics. The software includes over 150 GPU-accelerated filters and effects. These can be customized to add the perfect touch for your video project.

Soundtrack Pro 2

Soundtrack Pro is a multitrack audio editor that is designed for use in video post-production environments. It features tools for working with dialogue and supports surround sound mixing. Soundtrack also features an automatic audio conform process that tracks, manages and synchronizes changes between Final Cut Pro and Soundtrack.


Color is a professional, dedicated color grading and correction tool. Color features tools that can perform primary and secondary color grade adjustments for SD, HD and 2K resolution video projects. The software features real-time preview of grading results, allowing you to render only when you are ready. Color takes full advantage of the computer's GPU for 4:4:4 output.

Compressor 3

In the vast majority of cases video must first be compressed to facilitate practical distribution. Compressor 3 gives you the tools to output video at resolutions and file sizes that are appropriate for a range of delivery methods. The software creates optimally compressed video that is appropriate for YouTube, iPod, cell phones, DVD, HD DVD, Blu-ray or even high-definition broadcast.

DVD Studio Pro 4

DVD creation has become an art form in its own right. Media artists and video producers are able to customize the presentation of their work with innovative menus, additional audio tracks for commentary, multiple video angles and other advanced features that were never possible on VHS. DVD Studio Pro 4 puts the power to control home presentation of your work at your fingertips. It includes all the tools necessary to create professional DVDs with interactive features that rival those of special edition DVDs of big-budget blockbusters. The software even supports HD DVD authoring for professional presentation of high-definition content.

Apple MA886Z/A Specs

Video SystemNTSC, PAL, HD
Video FormatsDV, DVCAM, DVCPRO, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO HD, HDV, XDCAM HD, IMX, P2, Uncompressed 8-bit and 10-bit HD (4:2:2 YUV) via PCI card, Uncompressed 8-bit and 10-bit SD (4:2:2 YUV) via FireWire or PCI card
Audio Formats48 kHz, 16-bit
Supported CodecsProRes 422, Apple Intermediate Codec, OfflineRT Photo-JPEG Codec
Supported File TypesVideo: QuickTime
Audio: AIFF, WAV
Number of Video Tracks99
Number of Audio Tracks99
Film Editing SupportYes, Cinema Tools 4 included
Support for 35mm 3-perf, 35mm 4-perf and 16mm-20
Edit Decision List (EDL) SupportYes
Deck ControlFireWire, RS-422, RS-232
DVD AuthoringDVD and HD DVD authoring support via DVD Studio Pro 4
System RequirementsMinimum Requirements for Installation
Computer: 1.25 GHz PowerPC G4, PowerPC G5, Intel Core Duo or Intel Xeon
Operating System: Mac OS X 10.4.9
Memory: 1 GB
Hard Drive: 4 GB for applications; Additional 55 GB for optional templates, content and tutorials (9 GB for DVD Studio Pro content, 8 GB for Motion templates and tutorial media, 24 GB for Soundtrack Pro audio content, 12 GB for LiveFonts and LiveType animated elements and templates, 2 GB for Apple Pro Training Final Cut Studio Tutorials media)
Graphics: AGP or PCI Express Quartz Extreme graphics card; Final Cut Studio is not compatible with Intel graphics processors
Display: 1024 x 768
Software: QuickTime 7.1.6
Hardware: DVD-ROM drive for installation

Motion Requirements
Computer: Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, iMac with Intel Core Duo, Power Mac G5, iMac G5
Graphics: ATI Radeon 9800, 9700 Pro, 9600 XT, 9600 Pro; ATI Mobility Radeon 9700, 9600; nVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT, 7300 GT, 6600, 6600 LE, FX Go5200, FX 5200 Ultra; 128 MB VRAM required for 16-bit and 32-bit rendering

Color Requirements
Computer: Mac Pro, 17" MacBook Pro, 24" iMac with Intel Core Duo, 2.5 GHz Power Mac G5 Quad-Core
Graphics: ATI Mobility Radeon X1600; ATI Radeon X1600; nVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT, 7600 GT, 7300 GT, 6800 Ultra DDL, 6800 GT DDL, 6600; nVIDIA Quadro FX 4500
Display: 1680 x 1050
Hardware: 3-button mouse

DVD Studio Pro Requirements
Computer: PowerPC G5 or Intel Core Duo for HD DVD playback
Hardware: SuperDrive or other DVD recorder for burning; Double-layer recorder required for double-layer burning; External hard drive or Internet transfer required for delivery of HD projects to replicator; DLT drive, external hard drive or Internet transfer required for delivery of SD projects to replicator

Soundtrack Pro Requirements
Hardware: Audio interface with 6-channel sound output required for 5.1 surround monitoring; Audio interface with multiple inputs required for multitrack recording

Recommended Configurations
Memory: 2 GB for compressed HD and uncompressed SD editing; 4 GB for uncompressed HD

Motion Recommendations
Graphics: ATI Radeon X1900 XT, X850 XT, X800 XT, X1600; nVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT, 6800 Ultra DDL, 6800 GT DDL; nVIDIA Quadro FX 4500; 256 MB VRAM for 32-bit rendering

Color Recommendations
Graphics: ATI Radeon X1900 XT
Display: Dual displays with 1920 x 1200 resolution
Qualified HardwareFireWire camcorders and decks; Mac OS X-compatible analog and SDI capture hardware
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