Apple is rumoured to be releasing a new version of Final Cut Pro this spring, with an ambitious overhaul that will see the biggest change "since the original version was created over 10 years ago."
According to TechCrunch Apple reportedly invited a "small group of video editors" to the Cupertino, California campus recently to test drive the new video editing product. Apple is supposedly glittering some last minute magic on the professional video editing suite of applications and is tracking a Spring 2011 launch date.
The Final Cut team has been hit by cuts from Apple, and according to insider reports, Randy Ubillos (responsible for the iMovie redesign) is now head of the team. In an email to a concerned customer, Steve Jobs crushed rumours that Apple is shifting its efforts away from Final Cut. "Folks who left were in support, not engineering," he said.
This new version of Final Cut Pro is expected to encompass everything, from the user interface to the underlying architecture. Final Cut Pro is still 32-bit only, limiting professionals wishing to work with very large files, so Apple could be making the jump to 64-bit with this release. Eyewitness reports vaguely describe the release as being "dramatic and ambitious," and Steve Jobs himself has said in emails to customers that the "next release will be awesome."
With Final Cut Pro 8 Apple is going to make it clear that they have not dropped the professional video editing space in favor of the consumer space. This has been a concern for many with the lack of a Final Cut Pro update recently and due to the two iMovie-related presentations during iKeynotes in 2010.
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