Final Cut Express 3.5

Final Cut Express 3.5 - Part Number
Retail MA261Z/A

Final Cut Express 3.5 System Requirements

  • Macintosh computer with 500MHz or faster PowerPC G4 or G5 (550MHz for PowerBook G4) or Intel Core Duo.
  • 512MB RAM.
  • Display with 1024-by-768 (or higher) resolution.
  • An AGP or PCI Express graphics card compatible with Quartz Extreme or an Intel GMA integrated graphics processor in MacBook or Mac mini.
  • Mac OS X 10.4.6 or later.
  • QuickTime 7.0.4 or later.
  • HDV features require 1GHz or faster processor and 1GB of RAM (2GB recommended).
  • 500MB disk space required for applications; additional 16GB of additional storage space for Soundtrack and LiveType content (can be installed on separate disks).
  • DVD drive for software installation.

Universal Application

  • Final Cut Express HD 3.5, LiveType 2, and Soundtrack 1.5 are all Universal applications, optimized for Macs with Intel Core Duo processors.

Input/Capturing Video

  • Plug-and-play support for most DV25-format camcorders and decks: MiniDV and DVCAM (NTSC or PAL).
  • Plug-and-play support for most HDV-format camcorders and decks: 720p, 1080i.
  • FireWire device control of most FireWire-enabled MiniDV and HDV camcorders from leading manufacturers such as Sony, Canon, Panasonic, and JVC.
  • Capture window for naming, adding comments to and organizing clips as they are captured.
  • Incremental clip naming during capture when a recording break is discovered.
  • Still image importing for PSD, BMP, JPEG, PICT, PNG, SGI, TARGA, and TIFF formats.
  • iMovie file import with effects, transitions, and audio levels.
  • Bins for project file and sequence organization.
  • Clip organization in the Browser using the extensive search, sort,and sift capabilities.
  • Clip labels for organizing and sorting clips.
  • Extensive search, sort, sift capabilities in Browser.
  • Master and affiliate clip relationship for automatic update of certain properties of a clip, such as clip name or reel name, within the current project.
  • Up to 32 levels of undo.

Editing and Timeline

  • Non-destructive editing references original video to prevent alteration of source footage.
  • Editing palette for most-used functions, enabling one-click, pro-style edits.
  • Drag-and-drop editing.
  • Editing on the Timeline.
  • Three-point editing model.
  • 99 video tracks with support for nesting sequences together.
  • Support for multiple sequences and projects for creating alternative edits or breaking projects into smaller pieces.
  • Insert and overwrite with or without transitions.
  • Replace, fit to fill and superimpose edits.
  • Edit overly for insert, overwrite, replace, fit to fill. and superimpose for control over how clips are added to the Timeline.
  • Blade and Blade All tools for adding edit points to sequences.
  • Extend and split edits for additional editing options.
  • Sync detection and correction to compensate for audio and video tracks that slip out of sync.
  • Active track targeting for specifying individual or multiple tracks to apply edits or protect from editing.
  • Auto Select controls of specific tracks in the Timeline for track content selection via In and Out points in the Timeline or Canvas.
  • Keyframe graphs.
  • Track locking.
  • Timecode or frames in Timeline.
  • Clip, sequence, scoring, chapter, and compression markers.
  • Clip and sequence marker export to LiveType for titling.
  • Clip and scoring marker export for Soundtrack.
  • Chapter marker export for iDVD and DVD Studio Pro.
  • Custom, independent track heights.
  • Autosave Vault for saving projects at specified intervals to prevent accidental loss.


  • Ripple, roll, slip and slide.
  • Asymmetric, multitrack trimming.
  • Dynamic JKL trimming.
  • Trim Edit window.
  • Timeline trimming.
  • Keyboard and numeric trimming.


  • Print to Video command for recording a sequence or clip back to DV or HDV device.
  • Footage looping for multiple outputs on the same tape.
  • Sequence, scoring, chapter, and compression markers.
  • Marker exports to DVD Studio Pro for chapter and compression settings.
  • Scoring marker export to Soundtrack.
  • Projects export using any QuickTime file format, including MPEG-4, for distribution via email or the Web.
  • Digital Cinema Desktop for full-screen, real-time preview playback.

Media Management

  • Extensive search, sort, sift capabilities in Browser.
  • Clip labels.
  • Custom comment fields.
  • Master and affiliate clips.
  • Move, copy, and transcode capability at sequence or project level.
  • Autosave Vault.

Transitions, Filters and Effects

  • More than 200 transitions, filters and effects.
  • Unlimited effects favorites.
  • Copy and paste capability for motion and effect attributes.
  • Bezier curves for motion paths.
  • Keyframe control of all effects and filters for precise results.
  • Precision numeric controls for effects and animation.
  • RT Extreme for scalable, software-based, multistream real-time effects.
  • Safe and Unlimited RT Extreme modes for customizing performance versus quality tradeoffs.
  • RT Extreme quality settings: low, medium, high. Low setting for maximum simultaneous real-time streams and effects; high setting for full-resolution output for finishing directly to DV or HDV device.
  • Dynamic RT for automatic adjustment of image quality and frame rate on the fly, optimizing playback, and scaling performance as CPU power increases.
  • Opacity overlays in Timeline for adjustable, keyframeable opacity.
  • Direct-to-Timeline drag-and-drop Motion project integration.
  • Auto Render option.
  • Broadcast safe filter.
  • 2D and 3D titles with Boris Calligraphy.
  • Composite and transfer modes.


  • Standard and scrolling text generators for creating titles that crawl, scroll, or appear in the lower third of the screen.
  • Option to combine titles with other filters, effects, and compositing for unlimited creative expression.
  • Boris Calligraphy plug-ins for 2D and 3D titles.
  • Non-Latin alphabet characters and symbols with full Unicode support.

LiveType 2

  • Animated title and motion graphics creation.
  • Unicode system font support.
  • More than 10GB of royalty-free animated content, including 36 LiveFonts and hundreds of background textures and objects.
  • Sophisticated project templates, including templates for HDV.
  • More than 200 customizable effects.
  • Keyframe animation.
  • Real-time wireframe preview.
  • Canvas RAM preview.
  • Import capability for a wide variety of formats.
  • Independent and scalable resolution.
  • Dynamic individual character control.
  • Animation for rolls and crawls.
  • Type on a curve capability.
  • FontMaker utility for creating custom LiveFonts.
  • Drag-and-drop integration to Final Cut Express HD Timeline with auto-updating.


  • Nesting for virtually unlimited compositing layers for complex video effects.
  • Adobe Photoshop file import, complete with layers for effects and motion graphics.
  • Bezier curves with movable motion paths for animation application and control.
  • Ease in/ease out motion paths for smooth compositing animations.
  • Time effects, including slow motion with frame blending, for smooth, time-altered playback.
  • Accurate subpixel interpolation rendering for smooth, high-quality effects creation.
  • Transfer modes including multiply and lighten.
  • Flicker filter for incorporation of still frames from video.

Color Correction

  • Secondary (two-way) color corrector.
  • Image control filters.
  • Broadcast-safe filter.
  • Correction for flesh tones and other key elements.
  • Color mixing for visual style.
  • Footage matching from different sources for consistency.
  • Error correction in color balance and exposure.

Streamlined Workflow

  • Full Unicode support.
  • Dynamic window resizing.
  • Mode-free interface for workflow efficiency.
  • Simultaneous opening of multiple sequences and projects.
  • 99 audio and 99 video tracks with support for nesting tracks together.
  • System and user preferences.
  • Easy Setups for quick configuration.
  • Customizable real-time effects settings.
  • Customizable render settings.
  • Customizable window arrangements.
  • Customizable user interface buttons.
  • Customizable Browser layouts..
  • Customizable track layouts.
  • Custom, independent track heights in the Timeline.


  • Up to 99 total audio tracks per sequence.
  • More than 25 audio filters, including three-band and parameter equalizer, compressor/limiter, 60/120-Hz hum remover and noise gate for soundtrack quality control.
  • Real-time fader automation.
  • Variable keyframe thinning.
  • Real-time audio filters and effects.
  • Real-time audio filter adjustments during playback.
  • Subframe audio keyframing to 1/100th of a frame.
  • Sampling at 8kHz to 48kHz 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.
  • Voiceover tool for adding narration directly to Timeline.
  • Audio level overlays viewable in the Timeline.
  • Isolation of audio tracks with solo and mute controls.
  • No re-rendering required when muted tracks are reactivated.

Soundtrack 1.5

  • Custom music creation.
  • Final Cut Express HD video with scoring markers import.
  • 4,000 royalty-free loops and sound effects.
  • Audio effects plug-ins.
  • Powerful search engine.
  • Combined loop key and tempo matching.
  • Real-time scoring.
  • Support for AIFF, MP3, WAV, and ACID formats.
  • Works with GarageBand JamPacks.
  • Professional audio effects.
  • Mac OS X Audio Units plug-in support.
  • Fully automated mixing and effects.
Published Date: Oct 15, 2010