Review: Final Cut Studio gets a bit better
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Review: Final Cut Studio gets a bit better


By Eric Kuna

Instead of writing the typical review you can find anywhere about new features, expanded format capabilities, and collaborative tools of the new Final Cut Studio from Apple (http://www.apple.com), I’d like to instead focus on the whole package.

I could write all day about all the little things such as the awesome new additions to the Apple ProRes family, the technical data on 4444 codec, the AVC-Intra support, and a plethora of new features. Yes, the new Final Cut Studio is filled with more than 100 new features and innovations that help you work faster, collaborate efficiently, and finish your work in style. At the end of the day, what does that mean to you?

Before I answer that question, I must make a disclaimer. My name is Erik Kuna, and I’m a Final Cut Studio addict. I love it and have loved using it from the days when I switched in 2001 to Final Cut Pro from Adobe Premiere (which I was using since 1996). So, what is Final Cut Studio? It’s the leading suite of applications for an all-encompassing, affordable, and complete postproduction solution. No other option has come close in the last few years.

Sure, there are other options out there, but the fact is the vast majority of professional and advanced amateurs look no further than Final Cut Studio. All the way from Academy Award winning movies to major television networks and even featured primetime shows, all different industries use Final Cut Studio for their editing and postproduction work. What does that mean to us? That means we have postproduction tools available to us that, up until about the last ten years, were unobtainable without a huge Hollywood budget.

Let’s focus on one application in the suite for now, Color 1.5, Apple’s color grading tool, which was introduced in the last iteration of Final Cut Studio. Before becoming Color 1.0, it was a product called Final Touch from Silicon Color with a retail price of $24,995. That’s right, twenty-four thousand, nine hundred ninety-five dollars.

Apple purchased Final Touch in late 2006 and now anyone who buys the $999 Final Cut Studio has access to this powerful Color Grading tool. Plus, in Final Cut Studio 3, the new and improved Color adds 4K support, better round tripping, and many other features colorists have been asking Apple to include. As with Color, the rest of the suite is filled with productivity enhancements and new features that would make any video professional happy he invested money in the upgrade.

With all the praise for Final Cut Studio 3, I do have two particular reasons that kept me from unequivocally giving this product a top rating. Final Cut received minimal upgrades given a long time between versions. Also, DVD Studio Pro received no major update at all, not even Blu-ray support. I’m not sure what’s going on here, but maybe Apple has something up their sleeve with both down the road, or at least I can hope.

The bottom line is if you don’t have Final Cut Studio and you’re looking for a postproduction suite, why are you still reading this? Go buy it! If you have an older version and are looking to upgrade, do it. It will be worth it. Final Cut Studio costs US$999 for new users; it's a $299 upgrade for registered users.

Rating: 9 out of 10

(This review is brought to you courtesy of "Layers Magazine": http://www.layersmagazine.com ).

 
AAPL
$127.60
Apple Inc.
+2.85
GOOG
$535.38
Google Inc.
+11.33
MSFT
$42.91
Microsoft Corporation
+1.29
MacNews Search:
Community Search:
view counter

view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter

Watch This Homerun is Batting for the Ap...
Eyes Wide Games' Watch This Homerun is purportedly the first sports game coming to the Apple Watch, where you'll be up to bat as the pitcher tries to out-manuever you with fastballs, curveballs, and changeups. Using one-touch controls you can try to hit as many homeruns as possible. The game has a progression-based League system meant to make you... | Read more »
Field Trip Can Take You on a Guided Tour...
Field Trip, by Google’s Niantic Labs, is an exploration app that gives you details about the awesome places you can discover wherever you find yourself. The app can show you local history, delicious restraunts, the best places to shop, and places to just have fun. Field Trip curates information from over 200 publishers such as Thrillist, Zagat,... | Read more »
Watch Your Six - SPY_WATCH is Infiltrati...
SPY_WATCH, by Bossa Studios, is a new game designed for the Apple Watch. Runmor has it your spy agency has fallen out of favor. To save it, you'll need to train-up a spy and send them on missions to earn you a stunningly suspicious reputation and some cash to improve your spy's abilities. The app will send you real-time notifications from you... | Read more »
Both Halo: Spartan Assault and Halo: Spa...
Halo: Spartan Assault and Halo: Spartan Strike, by Microsoft, have officially landed on the App Store. Spartan Assault pits you against the Covenant with missions geared to tell the story of the origin of Spartan Ops. In Spartan Strike you'll delve into the events surrounding Halo 2 as you lead UNSC troops against the Promethean forces. | Read more »
The Apple Watch Could Revolutionize the...
It’s not here yet but there’s that developing sneaky feeling that the Apple Watch, despite its price tag and low battery life, might yet change quite a lot about how we conduct our lives. While I don’t think it’s going to be an overnight transformation, I can see it being a slow but steady process. One such area where the Apple Watch could make... | Read more »
Mad Skills Motocross 2 Version 2.0 is He...
Mad Skills Motocross 2 fans got some good news this week as Turborilla has given the game its biggest update yet. Now you'll have access to Versus mode where you can compete against your friends in timed challenges. Turborilla has implemented a leveling system and added a new, faster motorcycle called the #8. You can also try out 12 new tracks in... | Read more »
Kids Can Practice Healthy Living With Gr...
Bobaka is releasing a new interactive book called Green Riding Hood  in May. The app teaches kids about yoga and organic style of life through mini-games and a fun take on the classic Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale. | Read more »
Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night has...
It's time to put the Darkness back in its place now that Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night has officially made it to iOS. | Read more »
A World of Ice and Fire Lets You Stalk 2...
George R. R. Martin’s A World of Ice and Fire, by Random House, is a mobile guide to the epic series. The new update gives you the Journeys map feture that will let you track the movements of 25 different characters. But don't worry, you can protect yourself from spoilers by filtering the map by chapter. The new map is part of the "A Game of... | Read more »
Gameloft Announces Battle Odyssey, a New...
Battle Odyssey, Gameloft's newest puzzle RPG, is coming to the App Store next week. Set in the world of Pondera, you will need to control the power of the elements to defend the world from evil. You'll be able to entlist over 500 allies to aid you in your quest to save the world, and each one comes with their own elemental affinities and powers.... | Read more »
All contents are Copyright 1984-2010 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.