Final Cut Pro 4 To Go On Sale June 14th With In-Store Events

Apple has announced that Final Cut Pro 4 will hit store shelves precisely at 4:00 PM on June 14th, Saturday-week as it would be said in the South. Announced on April 7th of this year, this will mark the productis first availability. Final Cut Pro 4 introduces a wealth of new features, some 300 according to Apple, and other improvements. To help promote the release, Apple will be holding presentations called "4@4" at some of its Apple Store retail locations. From Apple:

Final Cut Pro 4, the next generation of Appleis Emmy award-winning editing software for film, HD, SD and DV, will go on sale at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, at participating Apple Authorized Resellers and Apple retail stores. Selected stores will host a "4@4" kick-off event with theater demos and industry-leading editors sharing how their latest projects were made with Final Cut Pro.

Final Cut Pro 4 introduces more than 300 new features, including RT Extreme for real-time compositing and effects, powerful new interface customization tools, new high-quality 8- and 10-bit uncompressed formats, full 32-bit floating point per channel video processing, advanced trimming and timeline tools such as support for dynamic and asymmetrical trimming, and enhanced audio editing capabilities with multi-track audio mixing and multi-channel audio output. Final Cut Pro 4 also includes three completely new complimentary applications -- LiveType for advanced titling, Soundtrack for music creation and Compressor for full featured batch transcoding.

With its open architecture, Final Cut Pro 4 is leading the emergence of a new ecosystem of professional video solutions based on open formats and industry standards. Final Cut Pro 4 fits into virtually any production pipeline and provides incredible developer extensibility through a new XML interchange format and FireWire-based I/O framework. Partners such as Panasonic, AJA, Automatic Duck, Quantel, Pinnacle, Omneon and Curious Graphics have already announced tools that integrate Final Cut Pro 4 into a wide range of production workflows.

Final Cut Pro 4 is being made available as an upgrade for US$399 to registered owners. The full version is priced at US$999. The product will be available at 4:00 PM on June 14th at Appleis retail locations and Apple Authorized resellers. You can find more information on Final Cut Pro at Appleis Web site.