“Apple introduced Final Cut Express, a new product based on Apple's award-winning Final Cut Pro and optimized for the DV format. Final Cut Express is offered at a particularly attractive Apple Store price of 394.80 euros (VAT included), to allow small businesses, teachers, students and advanced hobbyists to perform professional-level video editing. Final Cut Express includes all the key features required by video material editors, such as the same interface and the same workflow as Final Cut Pro, powerful video editing tools, hundreds of special effects and maximum ease of publication on DVD, Web or tape .
"Final Cut Express is a perfect tool for the growing market for users who, although not professionals in the field, are passionate about digital video," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "We are excited about the idea of starting from the incredible success achieved with Final Cut Pro to conquer this new market, offering the features and the price range that users are looking for."
Video editors can use Final Cut Express to acquire, manage and edit digital video material; apply transitions, filters and real-time effects; create titles, achieve composite levels and produce high quality graphics and animations; as well as perform color correction. With Final Cut Express you can export projects for use within iDVD or DVD Studio Pro, save them on tape or export them in any QuickTime format, including MPEG-4.
Final Cut Express projects can be loaded directly into Final Cut Pro, Apple's non-linear editing system that supports the entire range of professional editing formats: DV, SD and HD. Final Cut Pro was the industry's first video editing solution to offer professional-quality real-time effects without requiring special additional hardware. In addition, Final Cut Pro includes a full range of real-time color correction tools, a built-in high capacity offline format and perfectly integrated editing, composition and effects tools to ensure an unrivaled media creation workflow.
Prices and availabilityFinal Cut Express available as of now online on the Apple Store website (www.apple.com/italystore), or at authorized Apple outlets and retailers at the Apple Store price of 394.80 euros (VAT included). Final Cut Express requires Mac OS X version 10.2, a Macintosh computer with a 300MHz or faster PowerPC G3 or G4 processor and integrated FireWire technology, 256MB of RAM (384MB recommended for real-time effects) and 40MB of available disk space for installation.
For real-time effects it is necessary to have a Macintosh computer with a single 500MHz or double 450MHz PowerPC G4 processor; for 'on-the-road' real-time DV effects, a 667MHz PowerBook computer is required. "