Final Cut Pro 7 - Technical Specifications

Minimum System Requirements

  • Mac computer with an Intel processor
  • 1GB of RAM (2GB of RAM recommended when working with compressed HD and uncompressed SD sources; 4GB of RAM recommended when working with uncompressed HD sources)
  • ATI or NVIDIA graphics processor. Integrated Intel graphics processors are not supported except the Intel HD Graphics 3000.
  • 128MB of VRAM
  • Display with 1280-by-800 resolution or higher
  • Mac OS X v10.5.6 or later
  • QuickTime 7.6 or later
  • DVD drive for installation
  • For burning Blu-ray discs: a Blu-ray recorder

Editing and Timeline

  • Mix frame sizes, frame rates, and formats in the same Timeline in real time
  • Edit at 23.976, true 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, or 60 fps
  • Automatic Sequence Conform creates correct sequence settings with first edit
  • Multicam editing of up to 128 sources with real-time playback of up to 16 angles
  • Source/Record three-point editing model
  • Insert and overwrite with or without transitions
  • Replace, fit to fill, and superimpose edits
  • Edit overlay for drag-and-drop editing
  • Blade and Blade All tools for adding edits
  • Extend and split edits
  • A/V Sync indicators in Timeline
  • Adjacent (through edit) indicators in Timeline
  • Dupe detection in Timeline
  • Keyframe graphs
  • Track targeting
  • Track locking
  • Auto Select tools
  • Multi colored markers for sequences and clips
  • Ripple sequence markers
  • Matchframe for master clips, subclips, and subclip parent clips
  • Multi-Touch gesture support
  • Color-coded, drag-and-drop reorder of tabs in the Timeline
  • Close Other Tabs shortcut in Timeline and Browser

Trimming

  • Ripple
  • Roll
  • Slip and slide
  • Lift and ripple delete
  • Asymmetric, multitrack trimming
  • Dynamic trimming
  • JKL trimming
  • Trim window
  • Timeline trimming
  • Keyboard and numeric moving and trimming
  • Close Gap

Effects

  • FxPlug support
  • Alpha Channel Matte Transitions
  • Global Transitions adds effects between In and Out points
  • Direct access and modify Motion templates
  • RT Extreme for scalable software-based, multistream real-time effects in SD and HD formats
  • Dynamic RT for automatically adjusting playback quality and/or frame rate based on hardware capabilities
  • Motion integration for advanced motion graphics work
  • 8-bit, 10-bit, and HDR (32-bit floating point) image processing
  • Speed Tool for speed changes in the Timeline
  • Change Speed interface with speed ramping presets
  • Keyframe graphs and editing in Viewer or Timeline
  • More than 200 transitions, effects, and filters
  • Unlimited effects favorites
  • Copy and paste motion and effect attributes to multiple clips
  • Unlimited layers with support for nesting
  • Bezier curves with movable motion paths
  • Numeric control and keyframe capabilities for precise animation and effects
  • Advanced 2D and 3D titles with Boris Calligraphy included
  • Composite and transfer modes
  • Import multilayered Photoshop files with layers and Alpha channel support
  • FXScript and FXBuilder for designing custom filters and effects
  • Safe Area Display for positioning titles and effects for SD inside HD frame

Tools

  • Large Timecode Viewer with additional display for metadata
  • iChat Theater preview for real-time collaboration
  • High-quality, real-time video vectorscopes and waveform monitors
  • Multitrack Audio Mixer
  • Keyboard and user interface customization tool
  • Voice Over tool for adding narration directly to Timeline
  • Frame Viewer for split screen shot comparisons
  • Source timecode and film footage overlays in Viewer and Canvas
  • QuickView for RAM-based previews of complex multilayered sequences

Audio

  • Subframe audio keyframing to 1/100th of a frame
  • Real-time audio filter adjustments during playback
  • Up to 24 channels in and out
  • 5.1 surround sound monitoring
  • OMF audio export with pan and volume levels
  • Real-time, software-based audio normalization
  • Onscreen multitrack mixing console
  • External control surface support
  • Soundtrack Pro round-trip for advanced audio mixing and sound design
  • Real-time fader automation
  • Variable keyframe thinning
  • Real-time audio filters and effects
  • Sampling up to 96kHz and 24 bits
  • Audio level meters per track
  • Mac OS X Audio Units plug-in support
  • Pan controls
  • Mute and solo controls
  • Audio waveform display in Viewer and Timeline
  • Logarithmic audio fades
  • More than 30 audio filters

Color Correction

  • Send to Color
  • Primary (three-way) color corrector
  • Secondary (two-way) color corrector
  • Image control filters
  • 4- and 8-point garbage mattes
  • Real-time, hardware-accurate waveform monitor and vectorscopes
  • Broadcast-safe filter
  • Range-checking zebra stripe overlays

Application

  • Digital Cinema Desktop for full-screen, real-time SD, HD, and 2K preview playback on main screen or an attached Apple Cinema or LED Cinema Display
  • SD, HD, and 2K monitor full-screen playback with Apple-certified third-party PCI card or device
  • Mode-free interface for workflow efficiency
  • Multiple sequences and projects open simultaneously
  • Up to 99 levels of undo
  • 99 audio and 99 video tracks with support for nesting sequences together
  • User preferences that can be moved from system to system
  • Easy Setups for quick configuration
  • Dynamic and customizable window resizing and arrangements
  • Customizable keyboard and user interface buttons
  • Customizable real-time effects settings
  • Customizable render settings
  • Customizable Browser layouts
  • Customizable track layouts
  • External editor support (helper applications)
  • Create Support Profile command for improved AppleCare support
  • Full Unicode support

Film

  • Cinema Tools 4.5 included
  • Comprehensive, integrated film management tools
  • Create PDF, text, and XML film lists for asset tracking
  • Drag and drop files to create new or add into existing Cinema Tools databases
  • Import RED media and DPX image sequences directly into Cinema Tools
  • Create change lists from 2 XML exports from Final Cut Pro
  • Use Cinema Tools databases for relinking of EDLs with 2K and 4K media in Color
  • Include timecode and keycode in the same list
  • Support for 35mm 3-perf, 35mm 4-perf, and 16mm-20 and mixed film formats
  • View feet and frames in Timeline
  • View keycode and ink number overlays on video in Final Cut Pro
  • Film data information in Final Cut Pro Browser
  • 24-fps EDL import and export
  • 24-fps EDL conversion to and from 29.97 fps
  • Import ALE, ATN, FLX, and FTL files in both Cinema Tools and Final Cut Pro
  • Track key numbers, ink numbers, video and audio timecode
  • Output the following lists:
  • Cut list
  • Change list
  • Optical list
  • Pull list
  • Dupe list
  • Missing elements list
  • Audio EDL
  • Synchronize Cinema Tools database with Final Cut Pro
  • Poster frame capability
  • Conform clips to specified frame rate
  • Reverse telecine function in either Cinema Tools or Final Cut Pro
  • Export ALE files
  • Import and export Final Cut Pro batch capture lists

Supported Formats and I/O*

  • Apple ProRes family, a 10-bit, full-width VBR codec that supports all major frame sizes and frame rates at target bit rates from 10 Mbps to 754 Mbps
  • DVCPRO HD (P2), XDCAM EX, AVC-Intra, AVCHD, RED (with additional software from RED) import through Log and Transfer with automatic logging, custom naming, browse, mark, and background ingest
  • Easy Export supports presets for background export to Apple TV, iPhone, iPod, YouTube, DVD, Blu-ray disc
  • Apple-designed menus for DVD and animated menus for Blu-ray discs
  • Broadcast Wave Format with drop and non-drop frame timecode options
  • Native editing for DV, DVCAM, DVCPRO, DVCPRO 50, and DVCPRO HD
  • Native editing for HDV including 1080i 50/60, 1080p 24/25/30, 720p 24/25/30/50/60
  • Native AVC-Intra playback for both AVC-Intra 100 and AVC-Intra 50 at 1080p 24/25/30, 1080i 50/60, 720p 24/25/30/50/60
  • Sony XDCAM HD at 25-Mbps CBR, 18- and 35-Mbps VBR at 1080i 50/60 and 1080p 24/25/30/VFR with free Sony software
  • Sony XDCAM HD422 1080i 50/60, 1080p 24/25/30, 720p 24/25/30/50/60 with free Sony software
  • Sony NXCAM SD (PAL and NTSC) is supported using Apple ProRes 422
  • Sony XDCAM EX 1080p 24/25/30, 1080i 50/60, 720p 24/25/30/50/60 with free Sony plug-in
  • JVC created, Apple QuickTime-wrapped XDCAM EX media imported with drag and drop to a Final Cut Pro bin
  • AVCHD and AVCCAM editing is supported using Apple ProRes
  • Sony IMX playback support at 30, 40, and 50 Mbps for SD
  • Sony IMX ingest and output supported with free Sony software
  • Panasonic P2 playback support at 1080p 24/25/30, 1080i 50/60, and 720p 24/24N/25/25N/30/50/60/VFR from P2 cards
  • 1080pA 24 (Advanced Pulldown) supported via FireWire from Panasonic AJ-HD1200A and AJ-HD1400
  • Uncompressed 8- and 10-bit HD (4:2:2 YUV) via Apple-certified third-party PCI card/device
  • Uncompressed 8- and 10-bit SD (4:2:2 YUV) via FireWire or Apple-certified third-party PCI card/device
  • Apple Intermediate Codec
  • OffineRT Photo-JPEG codec
  • Telecine 29.97i to 24p pulldown removal
  • 25 fps @24 fps conversion for editing film in PAL
  • Frame-accurate log and captures
  • Frame-accurate insert and assemble edit-to-tape
  • Serial device control (RS-422, RS-232)
  • FireWire device control
  • Log and capture tool with support for batch, clip, and on-the-fly capturing
  • Still images: PSD, BMP, JPEG, PICT, PNG, SGI, Targa, TIFF
  • Automatic Transfer ingests file-based media with custom clip naming
  • Closed captioning preserved for capture and output to tape

Media Management

  • Export OMF with volume and pan levels
  • Media management tools for moving, copying, and consolidating media at sequence or project level
  • Render file manager
  • Extensive search, sort, and sift capabilities in Browser
  • Rename Clips to match media and vice versa
  • Maintain Master clips across multiple projects
  • Master and affiliate clips
  • Reveal Clip or Project in Finder
  • Clip label colors
  • Custom comment fields
  • Integrated film database with Cinema Tools 4.5
  • Automatic reconnect to high-resolution media
  • EDL import for batch capture or export for basic metadata exchange
  • Autosave Vault
  • XML interchange format for custom integration work
  • Background rendering, compressing, and transcoding to multiple formats with Easy Export
  • Batch export
  • Send to Compressor integration

 

*Some features require additional hardware and software. Capturing HD resolution video using the Apple ProRes format requires a Mac Pro with an Intel processor and an Apple-qualified third-party capture card or device. DV, DVCPRO 50, and DVCPRO HD output requires a FireWire-enabled camera or deck. SD output via FireWire requires an AJA Io. Please contact your Apple Authorized Reseller for more information.

Last Modified: Aug 25, 2011
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