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Apple launches Final Cut Pro X

Available from Mac App Store for £179.99

Apple has announced the launch of Final Cut Pro X, which is now available to download from the Mac App Store for £179.99.

First announced back in April, Final Cut Pro X has been rewritten from the ground up, with support for 64-bit, a user-interface redesign, and a whole host of new features.

The software takes advantage of core Mac OS X features like Cocoa, Core Animation, Open CL, and Grand Central Dispatch to speed up and fine-tune performance.

First Look: Final Cut Pro X

The new software has additionally borrowed a trick or two from Apple's consumer-level video editing software, iMovie: It now supports full background rendering and an inline precision editor.

Also available separately are two upgraded companion applications: Motion 5 and Compressor 4. Motion 5 features tools that let you customize titles, transitions, and effects. Compressor 4 offers a wide range of delivery codecs, sizes, frame rates, and encoding parameters. The three tools used to be part of the Final Cut Studio Suite but they are now available separately.

"Final Cut Pro X is the biggest advance in Pro video editing since the original Final Cut Pro," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.

"We have shown it to many of the world's best Pro editors, and their jaws have dropped."

Opinion: Final Cut Pro X stays in the picture for pros

"I'm blown away by what Apple has done with Final Cut Pro," said Angus Wall, Academy Award-winning film editor.

"Final Cut Pro X is incredibly modern and fast, but most importantly it lets you focus on telling your story in the most creative way, while it actively manages all of the technical details."

Final Cut Pro X is available today for £179.99 from the Mac App Store. Motion 5 and Compressor 4 are available today for £29.99 each from the Mac App Store.

To run the new apps, you need Mac Core 2 Duo or better with at least 2GB of RAM4GB of memory is recommended. You must be running Mac OS X 10.6.7 or later as it is only available from the Mac App Store, and have 2.4GB of disk space for Final Cut Pro, 2GB of disk space for Motion, and 685MB of disk space for Compressor.

Systems should have an OpenCL-capable graphics card or Intel HD Graphics 3000 or later with 256MB of VRAM. Displays should have 1,280x768 pixel resolution or higher. A Blu-ray recorder needed for burning Blu-ray discs.

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