After Apple’s online store began accepting orders for DVD Studio Pro 1.5
this morning, the company officially announced the release of the new version.
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DVD Studio Pro 1.5 is the latest major release of Apple’s professional-level DVD mastering software for the Macintosh. Unlike iDVD 2, Apple’s consumer solution, DVD Studio Pro sports features and functionality that enable Mac users to create a DVDs chock-full of the same sort of details and sophisticated interface and design elements that you find today in professionally produced commercial DVDs on video store shelves.
DVD Studio Pro 1.5 adds support for Mac OS X. This delivers enhanced application stability, according to Apple, as well as the ability to encode MPEG video and compile projects in the background. Users can also use DVD Studio Pro 1.5 in tandem with Final Cut Pro, Apple’s digital video editing solution, to set chapter markers that are automatically carried over to DVD Studio Pro to create chapters in the DVD.
With DVD Studio Pro, users can create full-featured DVD videodiscs that contain still or motion menus, high quality video and audio, and slideshows. They can encode audio and video using the included QuickTime MPEG plug-in and Dolby Digital 5.1 encoding software, include DVD-ROM data; preview finished projects in real time, and output to DVD-R using systems equipped with Apple SuperDrives or other compatible DVD-recordable drives. DLT tape is also an option for users who want to submit content to a replication facility.
DVD Studio Pro 1.5 ships with a copy of Corel’s graphic editing software PHOTO-PAINT software, as well as BIAS’s audio editing tool Peak DV.
DVD Studio Pro 1.5 is available now for US$999. Registered DVD Studio Pro users can upgrade for $199 — visit the
DVD Studio Pro Web site for more details.