Apple Announces Cinema Tools for Final Cut Pro

Reprinted from an Apple press release:

CUPERTINO, California-April 5, 2002-Apple today announced Cinema Tools
for Final Cut Pro, a new software package that enhances Final Cut Pro
3’s 24 frames-per-second (fps) editing capabilities with support for
film cut lists and 24-frame edit decision lists (EDLs) for
high-definition (HD) video. The 24-frame EDL support allows off-line HD
projects to be finished using significantly more affordable Final Cut
Pro-based HD finishing systems, such as Pinnacle System’s CinWave HD.

Cinema Tools technology was used to edit two upcoming Miramax Film
releases, “Full Frontal,” from Academy Award winning director Steven
Soderbergh and “Blue Car,” an audience favorite at the 2002 Sundance
Film Festival.

Cinema Tools for Final Cut Pro is the ideal solution for filmmakers who
shoot and finish with 35mm or 16mm film, but want to take advantage of
the cost and time benefits of digitally editing on a Final Cut Pro
system. Cinema Tools converts “telecined” content to its native 24-frame
rate for editing, then generates a 24-fps cut list for negative conform.

With its support for 24-fps EDL import/export, Cinema Tools for Final
Cut Pro not only provides video professionals with an affordable path to
online HD finishing, but also the EDL conversion capabilities required
to create high-definition 24P universal masters used to efficiently meet
the needs of varying international distribution formats.

Cinema Tools for Final Cut Pro will be available in May through the
Apple Store (, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized
Resellers for a suggested retail price of $999 (US).

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