Final Cut Studio 2 Released

The big news at NAB today is that Apple released Final Cut Studio 2. It includes Final Cut Pro 6, Motion 3, Soundtrack Pro 2, Compressor 3, DVD Studio Pro 4 and a new piece of software called Color (professional color grading application).

Final Cut Studio 2

I haven’t even come close to figuring out all of the apps in Final Cut Studio. The upgrade price from Final Cut Studio is $499 (US). Not bad for such an impressive array of audio/video tools. The new 3D tools in Motion look incredible and might give people less reason to use Adobe After Effects.

The number of new features in all of these apps makes it difficult to keep up with and seems to forces you into becoming a specialist. How many people can shoot, edit, create motion graphics, design and author a DVD, compress video with confidence for podcasts and download and edit audio?

On top of that you might be a web designer/developer that needs to be able to stay current with trends, know Photoshop inside and out for production and stay on top of XHTML/CSS development and more.

I’m feeling overwhelmed but excited about learning some of the new features in Final Cut Studio.

Posted in OS X Software at 3:24 PM