from an Apple press release

CUPERTINO, CaliforniaMarch 30, 2006 Apple is now shipping the first Universal version of its Final Cut Studio video production suite that delivers up to 2.5X the performance when running on a MacBook Pro notebook computer. Final Cut Studio features state-of-the-art tools that complement Final Cut Pro 5 including Soundtrack Pro, a revolutionary audio editing and sound design application that makes video projects sound as good as they look; Motion 2, the worlds first real-time motion graphics application with GPU accelerated 32-bit float rendering; and DVD Studio Pro 4 for professional DVD authoring.

"Final Cut Studio continues to set the standard in the new era of HD production," said Rob Schoeben, Apples vice president of Applications Marketing. "Now with the incredible performance of Final Cut Studio on a MacBook Pro, customers can work more efficiently wherever they are."

DV and HDV rendering from the Timeline is up to twice as fast on a MacBook Pro with 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo than a 15-inch PowerBook G4 with 1.67GHz PowerPC. MPEG-2 encoding from DV and HDV for DVD authoring is up to 2.5X as fast on a MacBook Pro with 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo than a 15-inch PowerBook G4 with 1.67GHz PowerPC.

Pricing & Availability

The Universal version of Final Cut Studio is available now through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apples retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $1,299 (US). Registered Final Cut Studio customers can crossgrade to the Universal version for $49 (US). Existing customers of the standalone versions of Final Cut Pro, Soundtrack Pro, Motion, or DVD Studio Pro can upgrade to the Universal version of Final Cut Studio starting at just $99. Full details and further information is available at http://www.apple.com/universal/crossgrade/

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