Choosing a video editor

The Moving Picture: Apple Final Cut Studio: the Breadth and Depth

By now you've heard that there's a new version of Final Cut Studio shipping from Apple, aptly called "the New Final Cut Studio." What's new? Well, it starts with a new price of $999, $300 less than Final Cut Studio 2. You can upgrade to the new suite from any previous version, even Final Cut Pro 1.0, for $299. All suite components were upgraded (to varying degrees) except for DVD Studio Pro—which, as you may recall, wasn't upgraded in the previous suite either. Fear not, however (are you sitting down?): The suite upgrade does enable a modest level of Blu-ray Disc authoring. Click over to the article to view the details.

Apple Compressor - New Encoding Features

Apple released the new Final Cut Studio today; what’s in it for streaming producers? Some nice workflow improvements, especially for producers of short-form content; for producers of long-form content, though, objects in the mirror may not be as close as they appear. More on that below. In terms of more mainstream uses, the big news includes Blu-ray output from within Final Cut Pro and Compressor, three new versions of ProRes, and general improvements to all suite components save DVD Studio Pro. Click over to the main article to read about the additions to Apple Compressor.

Edit Review: Adobe Premiere Pro CS4

Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Suite 4 (CS4) is out and shipping in all its glory. You've probably heard lots about it. In this review, I'll pull the major points together and review CS4's new features within the workflow of a typical project, from preproduction planning to rendering and authoring. Click over to the article to get the story.

Nonlinear Video Editors for Streaming Production

Unless you’ve been pulling a Rip Van Winkle over the last few months, you won’t be surprised to learn that in the world of video editing, 2008 belonged to Adobe CS4 Production Premium. However, there was news surrounding all four major editing platforms in 2008—Adobe, Apple, Avid, and Sony—so let’s get to it, working in politically correct alphabetical order.