has begun accepting pre-orders for DVD Studio Pro 1.5 and Cinema Tools 1.0, two new software packages from Apple developed for professionals who are mastering DVDs and using Final Cut Pro for their digital video editing capabilities. The Apple Store’s acceptance of pre-orders suggests that the company is close to announcing both titles’ official release.
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DVD Studio Pro is the first version of the pro-level DVD mastering software to include support for Mac OS X. MacCentral
first reported last December
about the forthcoming version of the software, when it was demonstrated during DV Expo at a technology preview given by Apple’s Mike Evangelist. At the time, the software was promised during the first quarter of 2002.
Cinema Tools 1.0 for Final Cut Pro is a new tool in Apple’s arsenal to expand the capabilities of professional digital filmmakers who work with telecine conversion and depend on Macintosh products to do their jobs. The software enables users to work through Final Cut Pro to edit their film using the emerging 24P high-definition video standard.
According to Apple, Cinema Tools 1.0 “tracks the relationship between the original camera negative and the video established in the telecine logs during the telecine, then generates a cut list based on the edits you made with Final Cut Pro so that a negative cutter can accurately recreate the edited video project on film.”
Cinema Tools 1.0 enables Final Cut Pro 3 users to edit video at a 24 frame per second (FPS) rate, convert 30 frame per second NTSC and PAL content to 24 FPS, and import and export 24 FPS edit decision lists (EDLs). You can edit online or offline and do lots more, too. For more details, visit the Apple Store Web site.