Final Cut Express 2 - Technical Specifications

Final Cut Express 2 System Requirements

  • Macintosh computer with a 350MHz PowerPC G4 or G5 processor and AGP graphics card.
  • RT Extreme requires a 500MHz PowerPC G4 (550MHz for PowerBook G4) or G5 processor or any dual PowerPC G4 or G5 processors.
  • Mac OS X v10.2.5 or later.
  • QuickTime 6.4 or later.
  • 384MB of RAM (512MB required for RT Extreme).
  • 40MB of available disk space required for installation.


Input/Capturing Video

  • Plug-and-play support for most DV25-format camcorders and decks: MiniDV and DVCAM (NTSC or PAL).
  • FireWire device control of most FireWire-enabled MiniDV camcorders from leading manufacturers, like Sony, Canon, Panasonic and JVC.
  • Ignores timecode breaks and incrementally names clips automatically when a recording break is discovered.
  • Capture window lets you name, add comments to and organize your clips as you capture them.
  • Imports a range of still image formats: PSD, BMP, JPEG, PICT, PNG, SGI, TARGA, TIFF.
  • Asset management is made easier with bins that allow you to organize your files and sequences in a project.
  • Support for multiple sequences in projects allows you to create alternative edits or break projects up into smaller pieces.
  • Sequences can be nested and remain fully editable. They can also be reused in multiple timelines.
  • 99 audio and 99 video tracks, with support for nesting sequences together.
  • Extensive search, sort, sift capabilities in Browser.
  • Clip labels help organize and sort clips.
  • Master and affiliate clip relationship automatically updates properties of a clip, such as Clip Name or Reel Name, within the current project.
  • Work with multiple sequences and open multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Up to 32 levels of undo.


Output

  • Print to Video command lets you send a sequence or clip to videotape for recording.
  • Projects can be recorded on your DV camcorder.
  • Footage can be looped if you want to output your program multiple times on the same tape.
  • Import your completed project in iDVD or DVD Studio Pro to create a DVD.
  • Add chapter markers with or without comments and durations to jump to specified content.
  • Clip, sequence, scoring, chapter and compression markers.
  • Marker exports to DVD Studio Pro for chapter and compression settings.
  • Scoring marker export to Soundtrack.
  • Projects can be exported using any QuickTime file format or the web.


Editing Tools

  • Edits to clips reference the original video so the source footage is never altered.
  • Editing palette contains most-used functions, so pro-style edits are just a click away.
  • Edit overlay for drag-and-drop editing.
  • Multiple editing actions, including insert, overwrite, replace, fit to fill and superimpose, give you control over how clips are added to the timeline.
  • Insert and overwrite with or without transitions.
  • Blade and Blade All tools for adding edit points to your sequence.
  • Extend and split edits provide additional editing options.
  • Sync detection and correction compensate for audio and video tracks that slip out of sync.
  • Active track targeting lets you specify individual or multiple tracks to apply edits to, or to protect from being edited.
  • Enabling the Auto Select controls of specific tracks in the Timeline allows the contents of those tracks to be selected via In and Out points in the Timeline or Canvas.
  • Trimming edit functions include slip, slide, ripple and roll tools.
  • Asymmetric, multitrack trimming.
  • Dynamic JKL trimming.
  • Trim window.
  • Timeline trimming.
  • Keyboard and numeric trimming.
  • The Autosave Vault saves your project at intervals so you can return to any point in your edit without losing your work.


Transitions, Filters and Effects

  • Includes over 200 transitions, filters and effects.
  • Unlimited effects favorites.
  • Copy and paste motion and effect attributes.
  • Unlimited layers with support for nesting.
  • Bezier curves with movable motion paths.
  • Keyframe capabilities for precise animation.
  • Precision numeric controls for effects and animation.
  • RT Extreme gives users dramatically more real-time effects, transitions and video layers (up to 8 DV streams).
  • Low, medium and high RT Extreme quality settings provide a range of maximum simultaneous real-time streams, effects and resolution options.
  • Safe and unlimited RT Extreme modes let you customize performance versus quality tradeoffs.
  • Opacity overlays in Timeline let you adjust and keyframe opacity.
  • Two-way color corrector.
  • YUV.
  • Image control filters.
  • Make sure flesh tones and other key elements are accurate.
  • Mix colors to achieve a visual style.
  • Match footage from different sources for consistency.
  • Correct errors in color balance and exposure.

 
Titling

  • Use standard and scrolling text generators to create titles that crawl, scroll or appear in the lower third of the screen.
  • Combine titles with other filters, effects and compositing for unlimited creative expression.
  • Boris Calligraphy plug-ins help you create 2D and 3D titles.
  • Precision controls are available simply by clicking a tab.
  • Use the titling tools to create a range of title styles to fit your project.
  • Full Unicode support.


Audio

  • Include up to 99 total audio tracks with up to 8 tracks of audio playback in real time.
  • More than 25 audio filters, including three-band and parameter equalizer, compressor/limiter, 60/120-Hz hum remover and noise gate give you control over the quality of your soundtrack.
  • Other built-in audio filters include reverb and echo.
  • Audio Unit support, including a set of Audio Unit filters you can use to adjust your audio clips. (Audio Unit format is the standard Apple audio plug-in format for Mac OS X applications).
  • Automated audio keyframe recording.
  • Subframe audio editing to 1/100th of a frame gives you precise control over audio edits.
  • Audio level meters allow you to achieve the dynamic range you want.
  • Audio pan controls let you control stereo channel playback.
  • Sampling at 8 to 48 kHz and 8 to 16 bits enables you to match the recorded source material sample rate and control audio quality.
  • Waveform display in Timeline.
  • Audio level overlays in Timeline.
  • Adjust the volume of any track while listening to playback to make better, more accurate decisions about audio levels.
  • Audio tracks can be isolated with solo and mute controls. No re-rendering is required when muted tracks are reactivated.
  • Audio filters can be adjusted in real time as the track is playing for immediate feedback on any of the filter parameters.
  • Record a voiceover track directly to the timeline.
  • Voiceover can be recorded while video is playing back for perfect timing.


Streamlined Workflow

  • Unique mode-free interface lets you move seamlessly between editing, trimming, compositing, effects and audio functions in the Viewer.
  • Updated UI is more elegant, cleaner and exposes more controls.
  • Mode-free interface for workflow efficiency.
  • System and user preferences.
  • Easy setups for quick configuration.
  • Customizable RT effects settings (Safe and Unlimited High, Medium and Low).
  • Customizable render settings.
  • Dynamic window resizing and customizable window arrangements.
  • Customizable Button Bar lets you create shortcuts to favorite functions, saving time and letting you tailor workspace to fit your habits.
  • Customizable user interface buttons.
  • Customizable Browser layouts.
  • Customizable track layouts and custom, independent track heights.


Compositing

  • Use nesting to build virtually unlimited compositing layers for complex video effects.
  • Import Adobe Photoshop files complete with layers to create effects and motion graphics.
  • Use Bezier curves with movable motion paths, graphs and numerical controls to apply and control animations.
  • Smooth compositing animations with ease in/ease out motion paths.
  • Use time effects, including slow motion with frame blending, to create smooth time-altered playback.
  • With accurate subpixel interpolation rendering, effects placed on a clip are applied smoothly to produce a high-quality result.
  • Apply effects to time ranges, not just clips, for full control over the look of a sequence.
  • Use transfer modes such as multiply and lighten.
  • Use the flicker filter to incorporate still frames from video.
Last Modified: Oct 15, 2010
  • Last Modified: Oct 15, 2010
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