Final Cut Pro 4 to be released June 14

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Apple today announced that the next release of its pro video editing software Final Cut Pro 4 is set to go on sale at 4PM on Saturday, June 14th.

Participating Apple Authorized Resellers and Apple retail stores will have the software in hand at that time. What's more, a "4@4" kick-off event will also take place at selected stores, with theater demos and presentations given by professional editors who use Final Cut Pro in their work.

Apple first revealed Final Cut Pro 4 at this year's National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) 2003 convention. The new version introduces more than 300 new features, including "RT Extreme," real-time compositing and effects. Other new features include new interface customization tools; high-quality 8 and 10-bit uncompressed formats; 32-bit floating point per channel video processing; dynamic and asymmetrical trimming support; and enhanced audio editing capabilities.

Final Cut Pro 4 will also ship with three new applications -- an advanced titling application called LiveType; Soundtrack, used for music creation; and Compressor, a batch transcoding application.

Final Cut Pro 4 carries a suggested retail price of US$999. Upgrades from previous versions are available for $399. More details are available from Apple's Web site. If you can't get to a retailer to buy Final Cut Pro 4, you can also order it direct from the Online Apple Store and have it shipped to you on Saturday, June 14th, for free. Details are available from Apple's Hot Deals site.

This story, "Final Cut Pro 4 to be released June 14" was originally published by PCWorld.

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