Final Cut Studio 2: Final Cut Pro 6 - Technical Specifications

Final Cut Studio 2 - Part Numbers
Retail MA886Z/A
Upgrade from Final Cut Pro MA887Z/A
Academic MA886Z/A

Additional Information

Minimum Requirements to Install All Final Cut Studio Applications

    •A Macintosh computer with a 1.25GHz or faster PowerPC G4, PowerPC G5, Intel Core Duo, or Intel Xeon processor
    •1GB of RAM
    •An AGP or PCI Express Quartz Extreme graphics card (Final Cut Studio is not compatible with integrated Intel graphics processors)
    •A display with 1024-by-768 resolution or higher
    •Mac OS X v10.4.9 or Mac OS X v10.5.5 or later
    •QuickTime 7.1.6 or later
    •A DVD drive for installation

Available Disk Space

    •4GB of disk space required to install all applications (Final Cut Pro, Color, DVD Studio Pro, Soundtrack Pro, Motion, Cinema Tools, LiveType, Compressor, and Apple Qmaster)
    •Additional 55GB required to install all optional templates, content, and tutorials (may be installed on separate disks):
    •9GB for DVD Studio Pro content
    •8GB for Motion templates and tutorial media
    •24GB for Soundtrack Pro audio content
    •12GB for LiveFonts and LiveType animated elements and templates
    •2GB for Apple Pro Training Final Cut Studio Tutorials media

Recommended Configurations

The following are recommended for all applications:

    •2GB of RAM when working with compressed HD and uncompressed SD sources
    •4GB of RAM when working with uncompressed HD sources
    •A display with 1280 x 1024 resolution or higher
    •4 GB of hard disc space is required to install all of the Final Cut Studio 2 applications
    •An additional 55 GB of hard disc space is required to install all optional templates, content, and tutorials (may be installed on separate discs):

      •9 GB for DVD Studio Pro content
      •8 GB for Motion templates and tutorial media
      •24 GB for Soundtrack Pro audio content
      •12 GB for LiveFonts and LiveType animated elements and templates
      •2 GB for Apple Pro Training Final Cut Studio Tutorials media

Final Cut Pro 6 - Technical Specifications

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
    •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
    •Sync indicators in Timeline
    •Adjacent (through edit) indicators in Timeline
    •Dupe detection in Timeline
    •Keyframe graphs
    •Track targeting
    •Track locking
    •Auto Select tools


    •Slip and slide
    •Lift and ripple delete
    •Asymmetric, multitrack trimming
    •Dynamic trimming
    •JKL trimming
    •Trim window
    •Timeline trimming
    •Keyboard and numeric trimming


    •FxPlug support
    •Real-time software-based audio normalization
    •RT Extreme for scalable software-based, multistream real-time effects in DV, SD, and HD formats
    •Real-time effects playback on main display and on NTSC/PAL or HD monitor with perfect synchronization
    •Dynamic RT for automatically adjusting playback quality and/or frame rate based on hardware capabilities
    •Motion integration for motion graphics work
    •Shake integration for visual effects work
    •8-bit, 10-bit, and HDR (32-bit floating point) image processing
    •Time Remap tool
    •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
    •Unlimited layers with support for nesting
    •Bezier curves with movable motion paths
    •Numeric control and keyframe capabilities for precise animation and effects
    •2D and 3D titles with Boris Calligraphy
    •Animated titles, lower thirds, and graphics with LiveType
    •Composite and transfer modes
    •Import multilayered Photoshop files with layers and alpha support
    •Support for many third-party After Effects plug-ins (PowerPC only)
    •FXScript and FXBuilder for designing custom filters and effects
    •Digital Cinema Desktop for real-time SD and HD preview playback on an attached Apple Cinema Display


    •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 shot comparisons
    •Source timecode overlays in Viewer and Canvas
    •QuickView for RAM-based previews of complex multilayered sequences


    •LiveFonts animated fonts
    •Customizable text effects and project templates
    •Royalty-free animated content library
    •Keyframe animation
    •Real-time wireframe preview
    •Canvas RAM preview
    •Import wide variety of formats
    •Resolution independent and scalable
    •Individual character control
    •Unicode system font support
    •Animation for rolls and crawls
    •Type on a curve
    •FontMaker utility for creating custom LiveFonts


    •Subframe audio keyframing to 1/100th of a frame
    •Real-time audio filter adjustments during playback
    •Multichannel audio with support for up to 24 channels in and out
    •OMF audio export
    •Onscreen multitrack mixing console
    •External control surface support
    •Soundtrack Pro integration for audio mixing and sound design
    •Real-time fader automation
    •Variable keyframe thinning
    •Real-time audio filters and effects
    •Sampling at 8kHz to 96kHz and 8 to 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 Timeline
    •Logarithmic audio fades
    •Scrubbing with or without pitch shifting
    •More than 25 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


    •Full Unicode support
    •Dynamic window resizing
    •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
    •System and user preferences
    •Easy Setups for quick configuration
    •Customizable keyboard
    •Customizable real-time effects settings
    •Customizable render settings
    •Customizable window arrangements
    •Customizable user interface buttons
    •Customizable Browser layouts
    •Customizable track layouts
    •External editor support (helper applications)
    •Create Support Profile command for improved AppleCare support


    •Cinema Tools 4 included
    •Create PDF and export XML film lists
    •Include timecode and keycode in the same list
    •Support for 35mm 3-perf, 35mm 4-perf, and 16mm-20
    •Comprehensive, integrated film management tools
    •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 I/O
    •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
    •Link media to database
    •Synchronize database with Final Cut Pro
    •View film data directly in Final Cut Pro
    •Search and sort
    •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 lists

Supported Formats and I/O*

    •Apple ProRes 422 and Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), an 8- or 10-bit, full-resolution VBR format that supports all major frame sizes and frame rates at target bit rates of 145 Mbps and 220 Mbps
    •5.1 surround sound monitoring
    •Broadcast Wave Format with drop and non-drop frame timecode options
    •Native editing for DV, DVCAM, DVCPRO, DVCPRO 50, and DVCPRO HD
    •Native long GOP MPEG-2 editing for HDV, including 1080i 50/60, 1080p 24/25/30, 720p 24/25/30/50/60
    •Native long GOP MPEG-2 editing for XDCAM EX at 720p 24/25/30/50/60, 1080i 50/60, 1080p24/25/30
    •AVCHD and AVC-Intra editing support using ProRes (requires a Mac computer with an Intel processor)
    •Support for XDCAM HD at 1080i 50/60/VFR and 1080p 24/25/30/VFR with free Sony software
    •Support for Sony XDCAM HD 422 1080i 50/60, 1080p 24/25/30, 720p50/60
    •Native 25-Mbps CBR, 18- and 35-Mbps VBR MPEG HD for XDCAM HD
    •Native editing for IMX at 30, 40, and 50 Mbps for SD
    •Native editing for P2 at 1080i 50/60/VFR and 720p 24/24N/25/25N/30/VFR from P2 cards
    •1080pA 24 (Advanced Pulldown) supported via FireWire from AJ-HD1200A and AJ-HD1400
    •P2 import dialog with browse, mark, and background ingest
    •IMX ingest and output supported with optional third-party software
    •Uncompressed 8- and 10-bit HD (4:2:2 YUV) via PCI card
    •Uncompressed 8- and 10-bit SD (4:2:2 YUV) via FireWire or a PCI card
    •Apple Intermediate Codec
    •OfflineRT Photo-JPEG codec
    •HD at 1080i 50/60, 1080p 23.98/24/25, and 720p 24/25/30/50/60
    •Pulldown tools for telecine insertion and removal
    •25 fps @24 fps conversion
    •Frame-accurate log and captures
    •Frame-accurate 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
    •Insert and assemble editing to tape
    •Compressor for encoding, format conversions, and batch processing

Media Management

    •Export OMF with volume and pan metadata
    •Media management tools
    •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
    •Clip labels
    •Custom comment fields
    •Integrated film database with Cinema Tools 4
    •Master and affiliate clips
    •Move, copy, and transcode items at sequence or project level
    •Consolidate, trim, or archive
    •Online with automatic reconnect and batch capture capabilities
    •EDL I/O
    •Autosave Vault
    •XML interchange format for custom integration work
    •Batch export
    •Compressor integration

*Some features require additional hardware. Capturing HD resolution video using the ProRes 422 format requires a Mac Pro with an Intel Xeon processor or a G5 Quad computer and a qualified third-party capture card. 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 information.

  1. Copy protection requires that you output your project to a replicator. Macrovision requires that users work with a Macrovision-certified replication facility or execute a Macrovision usage agreement. Check with your replicator for costs and minimum quantities


Published Date: Jun 26, 2009