Apple Releases Final Cut Express 4

"New Final Cut Express Features AVCHD Support and iMovie ‘08 Integration"

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Apple Releases Final Cut Express 4

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.


“Almost a million digital filmmakers have made Final Cut their editing application of choice,” said Rob Schoeben, Apple’s vice president of Applications Product Marketing. “With the introduction of Final Cut Express 4, Apple makes it easy for anyone to join the rapidly growing community of Final Cut editors worldwide.”


The new Open Format Timeline in Final Cut Express 4 allows users to mix and match DV, HDV and AVCHD material*, 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. 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.


Pricing & Availability
Final Cut Express 4 is available immediately for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) through the Apple Store® (, 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


*AVCHD is only supported on Intel-based Macs.

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27-10-2007, 05:18:10

This is what I call a self fulfilling prophecy, but it helps to wrtie it down so you can drww the conclusions you need:

Okay after reading Kemnny's and Dizzy's OC thing it got me thinking a little.

FSB is king - biut is more important to have ram at warp speeds and cpu at high mhz but lower FSB so that you have a mighty memory multiplier?

I read a lot of 550-600mhz on a cpu - but ram has to be in 1:1, unless you pick up some golden samples of RAM and can run a 5:4 multiplier or even the FSB can be limited by teh ram itself.

Of course DDR3 me and Blindfitter were running 1:2 the ram was running twice as fast as the cpu, the results were very pleasing.

Truth is there is always a bottleneck somewhere - high cpu fsb usually equates to running ram 1:1 which hampers peformance.

I think on todays core2 cpu's the happy compromise for those who do not have golden sample ram is to have a 440-500mhz fsb on cpu and have the ram running quicker 580-600mhz on DDR2 or higher on DDR3.

The above explains why a higher CPU multiplier is always an advantage when trying to gain max cpu/ram performance.

Or have I got it totally wrong?

One of the things the really gets my goat is the lack of consistently good overclocking DDR2 RAM (1200mhz+ should be the norm by now) that prevent mere mortals from realising the potential of there cpu's - simply coz the ram can't peform, was teh same on DDR1 and DDR3 is the future for that very reason - to get consistnely higher FSB on the RAM you need a new technology.

How important will this all be with Barcelona? Will average Joe get more from his system than a core 2 owner simply because the RAM demands will be more achievable with of the shelf PC8500 ram?

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