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IBC 2006 - Interview with Paul Saccone, Apple

Introduction of Final Cut Pro 5.1.2


Paul Saccone Interview

Final Cut - you know it started in 1999 or so, it had a very humble beginning, people call it the little DV editor that could and we’ve kind of risen among the ranks over the years. We have incredible momentum now with over 1/2 a million Final Cut editors world-wide. And we’ve got people in every broadcast facility in the world and every major studio cutting news, television shows, commercials with Final Cut now. And it’s really just taken off - it’s got huge momentum.


At IBC this year we’re showing a new release of Final Cut Pro - version 5.1.2. This software update gives improved compatibility for a bunch of cameras including the Canon and JVC HDV cameras that shoot 24p and 25p.

XDCam now has 18 and 35MB support - this is the full range of qualities these cameras shoot - so 18, 25 and 35 MBs from those devices.

We even did some work in the DVCPro HD space. We’ve improved the Panasonic P2 Importer and we now support the advanced pull-down for 1080/24p coming off of the Panasonic AJ-1200 deck.

Historically there are several releases between our major cycles that continue to add support for additional cameras, you know every once and a while there’s some bug fixes that went in. We’ve even added a couple of nice improvements with things like our scopes and monitors in this release so the waveform monitor and the vectorscopes are all a lot more accurate than before and they now play back in real-time.

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