Final Cut Studio 2: DVD Studio Pro 4.2 - 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


DVD Studio Pro-Specific Requirements

    •For playback of DVD Studio Pro 4.2-authored HD DVDs: a Macintosh computer with a PowerPC G5 or Intel Core Duo processor
    •For writing finished projects to disc: an Apple SuperDrive or other DVD recorder
    •For writing finished projects to a double-layer disc: a double-layer-compatible recorder and double-layer media
    •For transporting HD projects to a replicator: an external drive or Internet transfer of the project’s disk image
    •For transporting SD projects that contain copy-protection or dual-layer features to a replicator: a DLT drive, external drive, or Internet transfer of the project’s disk image


*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.

DVD Studio Pro 4.2

Graphical View

    •View flow of DVD graphically
    •Print or save to PDF
    •Use Macro view to navigate easily through large projects
    •Flag elements for more attention
    •Fit all elements in window, zoom in/out
    •Organize tiles with Auto layout command


    •Add transitions to menus, menu buttons, slideshows, and timeline-based stills
    •Choose from more than 30 prebuilt transitions such as Blur, Dissolve, Droplet, Fade through Color, Melt, Motion Dissolve, Rotate, Rotation Blur, and Zoom
    •Create additional Alpha transitions

Jacket Picture

    •Shows picture of choice when user stops playback of DVD on supported DVD players
    •Creates all necessary files for jacket picture from any popular image formats

Automatic MPEG-2 Encoding

    •Encode video in the background while you work or while building the DVD
    •One- and two-pass variable bit rate (VBR) encoding for MPEG-2
    •Three levels of motion estimation
    •Support for PAL and NTSC formats
    •Support for 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios
    •DVD-compliant MPEG-2 streams from other encoders accepted
    •More advanced encoding options provided via Compressor (included)

Asset Management

    •Organize assets with folders
    •Open in Editor
    •View status of background encoding
    •View information on imported assets such as type, timestamps, length, encoding progress, bit rate, and more
    •Reveal the location of the asset in the Finder
    •Sort by name and information
    •Refresh assets that may have been updated with other applications
    •Re-encode source assets
    •Reconnect assets

Advanced Interactivity

    •Multistory feature for creating alternative versions (up to 98 stories)
    •DVD-ROM functionality using DVD@CCESS (for computer playback only); DVD-ROM input includes the ability to add photos, PDFs, or direct links to websites
    •Control actions for remote control buttons, including number offset
    •Enable/Disable user operations
    •Specify actions for First Play, Title button, Menu button, end jumps, pre-scripts, pre-script targets, Angle button, Chapter button, Audio button, Subtitle, and Return

Pre-mastering Options

    •Region encoding
    •Industry-standard analog and digital copyright management with Macrovision (Types 1, 2, and 3) and CSS for SD projects1
    •Test functionality with built-in Simulator
    •Test built projects with Apple DVD Player software
    •Allows burning first layer of DVD-9 project to DVD-5 media for testing
    •Supports 12- and 8-cm discs, single and double layer
    •Dual-layer options:

      •Choose between Parallel Track Path (PTP) and Opposite Track Path (OTP)
      •Specify the dual-layer break point
      •Specify a non-seamless or seamless dual-layer break point

    •Format existing builds to DVD-R and DLT
    •Burn DVD-9 projects to double-layer media for testing
    •Replication to red laser media
    •Replication to blue laser media (for HD DVD)



    •Maintains named chapter markers from Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, and iMovie
    •DVD Studio Pro 2 and 3 projects
    •iDVD 3 and 4 projects
    •Macromedia Flash 5
    •MP3 (MPEG-1 Layer 3)
    •M4A, M4P (iTunes 4 audio)
    •PDF (Mac OS X)
    •Photoshop (with layers)
    •Aspect ratios: 4:3 and 16:9
    •TV systems: PAL and NTSC
    •Frame rates: 29.97 fps (NTSC) and 25 fps (PAL)
    •Maximum GOP sizes: 18 frames (NTSC), 15 frames (PAL)
    •All QuickTime supported codecs – encoded to MPEG-2 (SD or HD DVD)
    •H.264 and HDV (supported natively in HD DVD projects)

Audio Formats

    •STAP (Soundtrack audio file) support
    •MPEG-1 Layer 2 (64 to 384 Kbps)
    •Dolby Digital AC-3 (mono to 5.1 surround using 64 to 448 Kbps)
    •DTS — mono to 5.1 surround at 48kHz; DTS ES — 6.1 at 96kHz at 754 Kbps or 1509 Kbps
    •Stereo PCM (16 bit/48kHz at 1536 Kbps)
    •Stereo PCM (24 bit/96kHz at 4608 Kbps)
    •Other QuickTime audio formats automatically transcoded to AIFF/PCM

DVD Standards

    •Author traditional DVDs using SD assets
    •Author HD DVDs using SD and HD assets

Output Formats

    •DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, double-layer media
    •Double-layer media support
    •DLT drive (required for DVD-9 projects)
    •DDP 2.0 and 2.1
    •CMF 1.0
    •CMF 2.0
    •DDP 3.0
    •Disk Image
    •Video_TS to hard drive
    •HVDVD_TS to hard drive


    •Choose from a wide variety of automatic transitions
    •Create your own transitions
    •Includes several theme-based royalty-free Apple-designed templates that can be user-customized
    •Supports up to 36 buttons per menu (18 for 16:9 aspect ratio)
    •Templates in both NTSC and PAL formats
    •Allows still menus and buttons to be made from layered Photoshop files
    •Allows motion menus to be made from video streams
    •Set the loop point on motion menus to avoid replaying intro transition
    •Add effects to menus and buttons with shapes and drop zones
    •Built-in action-safe and title-safe areas
    •View menus with rectangular or square pixels
    •Use grayscale and chroma color mapping
    •Create language-localized versions of the same menu


    •Automatically assign functionality to assets with one click using over 60 combinations of context-sensitive drop palettes
    •Automatically create movie scene indexes based on chapter markers

User Interface

    •Mode-free interface for workflow efficiency
    •Rearrange interface tabs to different quadrants to create different workflows
    •Save user-defined workspace configurations (three preset configurations)
    •Customizable toolbar



    •Manage up to 9 video angles, 8 audio streams, and 32 subtitle streams per track
    •Add, modify, and delete chapter markers in the Timeline
    •Trim audio and video clips interactively or with timecode
    •Combine multiple video clips and slides into one track
    •Stills in Timeline are added to DVD as space-saving stills, not generated video
    •Add up to 99 tracks in a project
    •Import Line 21 files for closed caption support, for NTSC SD projects only
    •Two types of angles:
      •Multiple angles add another full-length segment to track
      •Mixed angles add only video that is different from the first video angle



    •Integrated subtitler
    •Add up to 32 subtitle streams per track
    •Set position, font, size, style and color, fade in and fade out
    •Enter timecode or drag in Timeline to set start, stop, and duration
    •View built-in title-safe and action-safe areas
    •Use graphics in subtitles
    •Import subtitles in .son, .stl, .txt, and .scr formats
    •Use buttons over video


    •Choose from a wide variety of automatic transitions
    •Create your own transitions
    •Fit slideshow to audio
    •Apply audio to individual slides
    •Convert slideshow to a track
    •Set a slide duration or choose manual advance
    •Use PSD (8-bit RGB), TIFF, JPEG, BMP, TARGA, PICT, and any other QuickTime-based image format

VTS Editor

    •Automatic allocation of projects’s assets to VTS folders
    •Automatic placement of menu’s assets into VTS folders
    •Manually move elements between multiple VTS folders
    •Up to 99 VTS folders per project


    •Jump to motion menu loop point
    •Advanced scripting controls to program the DVD to play back from the correct location on the disc; switch audio, video, and subtitle streams depending on context; and temporarily change parental controls
    •Access to 8 GPRMs with partition options to 112
    •Add pre-script commands to menus, tracks, and slideshows
    •Use up to 124 commands per script
    •10 scripting commands, including Jump, Set GPRM, Goto Set System Stream, Resume, GPRM mode, Exit, Exit Pre-script, and Jump Indirect
    •Machine-level control
    •View values of GPRM and SPRM registers in Simulator
    •Bit-wise operations

  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