Final Cut Express: pro-style video editing on a budget

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Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced Final Cut Express during his Macworld Conference & Expo keynote today.

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The streamlined version of the company's high end video editing product is available today for US$299 and will let end users "edit like a pro," Jobs said. Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, demoed the product for the appreciative crowd that packed the keynote hall.

Final Cut Express is targeted to small business users, educators, students, and advanced hobbyists and includes all the key features video editors need, such as the same interface and workflow as Final Cut Pro, video editing tools, hundreds of special effects and easy delivery to DVD, Web, or tape, Jobs said.

The product can be used to: capture, manage and edit digital video; apply transitions, filters and effects in real-time; create titles, composite layers, and produce high-quality graphics and animations; and perform color correction. Final Cut Express projects can be exported for use in iDVD or DVD Studio Pro, saved back to tape, or exported to any QuickTime format, including MPEG-4. And Final Cut Express projects can be directly loaded into Final Cut Pro itself.

Final Cut Express requires Mac OS X 10.2 ("Jaguar"), a Mac with a 300 MHz or faster Power PC G3 or G4 processor with built-in FireWire, 256MB of RAM (384MB recommended for real-time effects), and 40MB of available disk space for installation. A minimum PowerPC G4 500 MHz single processor or 450 MHz dual processor system is needed for real-time effects, and a PowerBook 667 MHz is required for mobile real-time DV effects.

This story, "Final Cut Express: pro-style video editing on a budget" was originally published by PCWorld.

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