By Michael Burns | on June 30, 2005
Price When Reviewed: 595 . 765
Pros: Offers multicam editing, support for new formats including native HDV and Panasonic P2 media support, optimal real-time editing with Dynamic RT, and multichannel audio.
Cons: Fast and powerful Mac required, and a large amount of system hard disk needs to be reserved.
Apple video products have a tendency to fill up an awful lot of space on your hard drive. So before installing Final Cut Studio, of which Final Cut Pro 5 is the editing component, we allocated 20GB of the system hard disk. But it turned out that this was a paltry allowance for Final Cut Studio – it needs a whopping 29.9GB of free space to install the full suite.
Even if you’re not installing Studio, integration with other applications is a prime factor with this release of Final Cut Pro. The new Send To menu lets you select one or more clips and open them in other Apple applications such as Shake, Soundtrack Pro, and Motion. You can embed Motion and LiveType projects directly into your projects and edit them like any other clips in the Timeline, playing them back in real time if you choose the Unlimited RT option from the RT pop-menu.