Final Cut Studio Universal Binary begins shipping

Apple’s Web site indicates that it’s now shipping the Universal Binary version of Final Cut Studio. Final Cut Studio is Apple’s $1,299 pro video editing suite, comprising Final Cut Pro 5, Soundtrack Pro, Motion 2 and DVD Studio Pro 4.

After announcing the release of Intel-based Macs at Macworld Expo in January, Apple announced plans to ship Universal Binary versions of the applications included with Final Cut Studio that run natively on Intel-based Macs.

Several Macworld readers confirm receipt of acknowledgments from Apple that their Universal Binary “crossgrades” and upgrades of Final Cut Studio are now shipping. What’s more, Apple’s Pro Applications Universal Crossgrade Web page shows that the Universal version is shipping.

Apple offers a $49 “Crossgrade” for existing Final Cut Studio users to upgrade to the 5.1 Universal Binary version. What’s more, users of Final Cut Pro 5 can upgrade to the full Studio release for $99; users of other individual components of the Final Cut Studio package, such as Motion 2, Soundtrack Pro or DVD Studio Pro 4, can upgrade for $199.

The upgrade program began in early February and continues through the end of December 2006.

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