Apple released an update for its professional software users on Friday, which the company recommends be installed by all Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Server, and Logic Studio users.
Like most updates of this kind from Apple Pro Applications Update 2008-04 addresses general performance issues and improves overall stability. However, there are some specific application updates with this release.
Final Cut Pro has been updated to 6.0.5, adding several improvements. For instance, Final Cut Pro 6.0.5 improves reliability when rendering still images and footage in high-resolution formats. The application also now captures the additional metadata for footage recorded with the Panasonic AG-HMC150 professional AVCHD camcorder.
The updated Final Cut also improves reliability when importing files from the Panasonic HDC-SD9 camcorder. Finally, support for extended metadata that is captured on P2 cards has been added with this update.
Compressor 3.0.5 and Apple Qmaster 3.0.5 are both part of the Pro Applications update. An issue has been resolved on Leopard machines that caused existing QuickClusters to be removed when the Back to My Mac feature was enabled.
Color has been updated to 1.0.3, adding support for XDCAM 422 media and for the RED plug-ins for Final Cut Studio. Overall reliability has been improved when using trackers in the Geometry room, using the Reconform command, adjusting the Minimum and Maximum nodes in the Color FX room.
Improvements have also been made to Color’s handling of DPX image sequences, and interlaced clips with Pan & Scan adjustments in the Geometry room now correctly render the exact range of clip media.
The final application to be updated is Shake, which is now at version 4.1.1. The Shake update addresses compatibility issues for QuickTime codecs greater than 8 bits.
The update can be downloaded using the software update mechanism in Mac OS X.