15
Nov
07

Final Cut Express 4 includes iMovie 08 import.

fce4.jpg CUPERTINO, California—November 15, 2007—Apple® today released Final Cut® Express 4, a significant upgrade to its powerful video editing software based on Apple’s award-winning Final Cut Pro 6, with a new low price of $199. Final Cut Express 4 adds support for the latest AVCHD cameras, allows mixing of standard and high definition content on a single timeline, includes the ability to import iMovie® ‘08 projects, and gives users access to hundreds of sophisticated FxPlug cinematic effects and filters…

The new Open Format Timeline in Final Cut Express 4 allows users to mix and match DV, HDV and AVCHD material (AVCHD is only supported on Intel-based Macs), all in realtime using the same industry-leading editing and trimming tools found in Final Cut Pro. Supporting both 1080i and 720p HD resolutions, Final Cut Express 4 automatically performs the necessary scaling, cropping and frame rate adjustments. When starting projects from scratch, the new simplified setup automatically configures everything based on the first clip dropped on the Timeline. Final Cut Express 4 makes it easy to import iMovie ‘08 projects and enhance them with advanced editing capabilities such as multiple layers of video and graphics, picture in picture effects and animated titles.

I have previously used iDVD to qickly author a DVD, build all the links and pages and then open that project in DVD Studio Pro. Once in the Pro ap, I cold adjust data rates to get more than 2 hours of video on a disk- something iDVD simply won’t do. This was with iDVD 4 and DVD Studio Pro 2. Apple broke this capability with iDVD 5, and DVD Studio Pro has never regained the ability to open iDVD projects. THis is a shame because iDVD is, hands down, one of the easiest and fastest ways to author a DVD for a corporate video, complete with firstplay, menus, chapter pages and more. Hopefully this new iMovie/FCE symbiotic relationship is harbinger of things to come and we can look forward to opening iDVD projects in DVD Studio Pro again.

It includes over 50 new FxPlug filters, including Soft Focus, Vignette and Light Rays, with hundreds more available from a rapidly expanding FxPlug developer community. With enhanced audio controls, users can automatically raise any clip to its maximum level without distortion using the new Soft Normalize and Gain controls. Final Cut Express 4 also features LiveType 2, which provides an intuitive environment for creating dynamic and fun animated titles and includes an extensive library of animated fonts, textures, templates and effects.

FCE has always been about 75% – 90% of Final Cut Pro, depending on how you use it. It is extremely gratifying to see Apple continuing to build FCE, incorporate what was previously FCP-only features, and continue to add accessories like LiveType to the FCE bundle. For those who do not need the entire $1200 bundle that is the Final Cut Studio (Final Cut Pro, Motion, Soundtrack, Color, DVD Studio Pro, LiveType, Compressor… i.e. too many apps for one person to try and really master) FCE provides the same Final Cut workflow, in a paired down application set, at a very affordable price.

Pricing & Availability Final Cut Express 4 is available immediately for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. Owners of previous versions of Final Cut Express can upgrade to Final Cut Express 4 for just $99 (US). Full system requirements and more information on Final Cut Express 4 can be found at www.apple.com/finalcutexpress. From Apple:

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Built-in AVCHD Offering plenty of creative options, Final Cut Express 4 lets you edit footage captured in the most popular formats — including AVCHD.* Simply connect your camcorder to your Mac, preview and select the AVCHD clips you’d like to import, and start editing your video. Begin editing AVCHD footage seconds after import. (* AVCHD video requires a Mac with an Intel processor.)

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Open format Timeline No need to worry about formats, frame rates, or conversions. Final Cut Express 4 provides an open format Timeline that handily accommodates DV (both NTSC and PAL) and HD footage simultaneously and in real time. Just drop video into the Timeline and edit away. Mixing formats and frame rates? No problem.

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Import iMovie ’08 projects With iMovie ’08, putting together a great movie is as quick as drag and drop. When you want to add professional polish to your project, simply export to Final Cut Express 4 and edit like a pro. Transform your rough cut to a Director’s Cut.

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Sophisticated FxPlug effects and filters Add cinematic looks to your project with an expansive library of professional-quality transitions and filters and experiment with over 50 brand-new video effects, including Soft Focus, Vignette, Light Rays, and Line Art. Watch the Quick Tour .

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