Apple has released Final Cut Studio 2, an updated bundle of its video editing applications, at NAB in Las Vegas.

Final Cut Studio 2 includes Final Cut Pro 6, Motion 3, Soundtrack Pro 2, Compressor 3, DVD Studio Pro 4.2, and introduces Color.

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Color (above) is a professional colour grading and finishing application based on Silicon Color

Monitoring of chrominance and luminance values via waveforms, histograms and new 3D scopes is also possible. Color also includes over 20 customizable signature looks. Projects can be sent from Final Cut Pro 6 directly to Color for grading, finishing and final rendering with 32-bit float 4:4:4 image processing.

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Final Cut Pro 6 (above) introduces Apple

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Motion 3 (above) now features a 3D environment, paint and new behaviors. These include new drag-and-drop camera behaviors, vector based paint tools, and a match moving tool that automatically maps any image or effect to the path of any other object, according to Apple. New retiming behaviors enable editors to slip and slide retiming effects on the Timeline without keyframes, while new audio behaviors allow users to create animations that respond to soundtrack volume and frequency. Motion 3 also includes over 1,500 new design elements including professional stock imagery.
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Compressor 3 (above) is the latest version of Apple

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Also included is DVD Studio Pro 4.2 (above) for DVD and HD DVD authoring.
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Final Cut Studio will be available in May and will cost £722 plus VAT. Registered users of the current version of Final Cut Studio can upgrade for £280 plus VAT and registered users from any previous version of Final Cut Pro can upgrade for £382 plus VAT.
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Apple has also introduced <a href=Final Cut Server, a new server application for media asset management and workflow automation.