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Apple Announces Final Cut Pro 3

Final Cut Pro 3, which will be available for Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 later in the month of December, was premiered at DVExpo in Los Angeles, California the week of December 2, 2001. Final Cut Pro 3, Apple's latest version of their video editing software, debuts OfflineRT, an offline format that holds up to five times as much footage as the DV format, and new professional color correction tools previously available only in solutions costing tens of thousands of dollars more. Final Cut Pro 3 also includes a new voice-over tool for audio capture directly to the timeline from a built-in or external microphone, productive editing tools, integrated compositing, including Adobe AfterEffects plug-in support, QuickView, a new preview mode that allows editors to preview complex effects quickly, new 3D titling and effects from Boris and CGM and PeakDV audio editing tool from Bias, providing VST plug-in support and time compression/expansion for precisely fitting audio to video. Final Cut Pro 3 will be available later this month through, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of US$999. Registered Final Cut Pro users can upgrade to Final Cut Pro 3 for US$299.