Final Cut Pro 3 - Technical Specifications

Final Cut Pro 3 - Part Numbers
Retail M8562Z/A
Upgrade M8564Z/A

Final Cut Pro 3 System Requirements

  • Macintosh computer with a 300-MHz or faster PowerPC G3 or G4 processor and built-in FireWire.
    • 500-MHz or faster single or 450-MHz dual processor Power Mac G4 or PowerBook G4 required for G4 realtime effects.
    • 667-MHz PowerBook G4 required for mobile G4 realtime effects in DV format.
  • Mac OS 9.2.2 or Mac OS X v10.1.1.
  • QuickTime (included).
  • 256MB of RAM (384MB recommended for G4 realtime effects).
  • 40MB of available disk space required for installation.
  • Video Capture.
  • Simultaneous video output to a computer monitor, an NTSC or PAL TV monitor, a VCR, or a camera..
  • Multiple resolutions and transcoding options.
  • Batch digitizing into bins.
  • Support for making subclips during logging.
  • Ability to add scene, shot, take, and comment notations to footage as it is being logged.
  • Hardware-accurate waveform monitor and vectorscope.
  • Autosync compensator.
  • Long-frame indicators.

Video Capture

  • Simultaneous video output to a computer monitor, an NTSC or PAL TV monitor, a VCR, or a camera.
  • Multiple resolutions and transcoding options.
  • Batch digitizing into bins.
  • Support for making subclips during logging.
  • Ability to add scene, shot, take, and comment notations to footage as it is being logged.
  • Hardware-accurate waveform monitor and vectorscope.
  • Autosync compensator.
  • Long-frame indicators.


  • Source/record three-point editing model.
  • Unique mode-free user interface for seamless movement between editing, trimming, and effects functions.
  • Realtime effects support through out-of-the-box G4 realtime effects architecture or select realtime PCI cards for realtime editing with render-free playback of dissolves, wipes, motion effects, titles, and color correction.
  • Match frame.
  • Extend and split edit functions.
  • Support for multiple timelines in projects.
  • Multiple actions, including insert, overlay, and replace.
  • Ability to back-time edits in a single step.
  • Active track targeting.
  • Numerical trimming from timeline.
  • Slip-and-slide, ripple, and roll tools.
  • Through-edit indicators in timeline.
  • Support for editing and trimming using black (null) space.
  • Sync detection and automatic correction.
  • Markers with or without comments and durations.
  • Choice of editing with offline or online files.
  • One-step transition and superimpose edit mode.
  • Editing palette containing the most-used functions.
  • Timecode Overlays and Quick-Sync indicators.
  • Ability to paste and remove attribute commands.

Advanced media management

  • Use the Media Management tool for clip— and sequence-based moving, transcoding, consolidation, trimming, and archiving.
  • Convert sequences and projects between formats using the graphical before and after indicator.
  • Take advantage of EDL import/export for efficient workflow between third-party offline and online systems.
  • Frame accurate “digital cuts” to tape.
  • View the Edit Decision List in a text window.
  • Protect your work with 99 levels of undo and the time-stamped Autosave Vault.
  • See the source timecode of every frame using Timecode Overlays.
  • View synced clips across timeline tracks using Quick-Sync indicators.
  • Take advantage of the external editor preference to define additional applications to launch and edit project elements.
  • Capture video directly from most DV devices.
  • Return easily to previous stages of a project with the Autosave Vault.
  • Store clips and effects in multiple bins and folders.
  • View icons and list views by name and other parameters.
  • Open multiple sequences and programs.
  • Use multi-item sorts, sifts, and Boolean searches, and display long clip names.
  • Store clip information in 41 bin categories, such as file size, frame rate, and comments.
  • Use optional subclips.
  • Scroll through thumbnails in the Browser window.

Printing to tape and exporting

  • Insert and assemble to tape using device control.
  • Up to 4000-by-4000-pixel resolution in any combination, including ITU-R 601 720-by-486-pixel and 720-by-576-nonsquare-pixel options.
  • Compressed or uncompressed output.
  • 60-field processing.

Compositing and effects

  • Create virtually unlimited layers of sophisticated effects using integrated, proxy-free compositing and effects architecture.
  • Use Bezier curves with movable motion paths, graphs, and numerical controls to apply and control effects and animations with precise keyframe control.
  • Supported PCI realtime cards (including \Matrox RTMac and Pinnacle Systems’ CinéWave) use QuickTime-based realtime architecture for seamless integration with the Final Cut Pro motion tab and effects.
  • Create stunning 2D and 3D animated titles, multisided video cubes, and page curls with effects tools from BorisFX and CGM.
  • Manipulate video and images directly on-screen.
  • Use unlimited compositing layers.
  • Import Adobe Photoshop files complete with layers to assemble effects and motion.
  • Apply effects with qualified third-party After Effects plug-ins.
  • Enjoy the accuracy of subpixel interpolation rendering.
  • Insert fully editable nested sequences.
  • Use standard and advanced 3D and Scrolling Text generators.
  • Use keyframe-based filters to adjust effects over time.
  • Smooth compositing animations with Ease In/Ease Out motion paths.
  • Build complex effects with realtime wireframe playback.
  • Create custom FXScript plug-in filters and transitions using the FXBuilder scripting language.
  • Apply effects to time ranges, not just clips.
  • Use Photoshop-like transfer modes, such as multiply and lighten.
  • Work with multiple compositing methods such as alpha, blue and green screen, and luminance, including automatic alpha compositing.
  • Use time effects including slow motion with frame blending.
  • Use motion blur and sophisticated image deinterlacing.
  • Reduce unsteady still frames from interlaced video with the flicker filter.
  • Move an entire motion path using the Canvas.
  • Use low-quality render options for fast review; each of four quality settings has a separate render cache.
  • Take advantage of more than 60 predefined transitions and 75 built-in filters and keying effects.


  • Eight tracks or more of audio playback in real time.
  • OMF audio export for easy workflow with industry-standard mixing and finishing systems.
  • Built-in audio filters, including reverb, EQ, echo, and noise gate.
  • Subframe audio editing to 1/100th of a frame.
  • Sampling at 8 to 48 kHz and 8 to 16 bits.
  • Audio level meters.
  • Audio pan controls.
  • Logarithmic audio fades.
  • Scrubbing with or without pitch shifting.
  • Automatic, single-step audio transitions.
  • More than 12 audio filters, including three-band and parameter equalizer, compressor/limiter, 60/120-Hz hum remover, and noise gate.
  • Audio peak detection for clips and sequences.
  • PeakDV audio-editing tool for time compression/expansion, VST plug-in support, and batch file processing (included).


  • Mode-free user interface for fast, seamless transitions between editing, trimming, effects, and compositing.
  • Video Native YUV-based rendering engine.
  • QuickView preview for viewing complex effects without waiting to render.
  • Selective device control and Easy Setups for multiformat acquisition.
  • QuickTime-based for outstanding support for cross-platform delivery.
  • Support for Adobe After Effects plug-ins and Final Cut Pro 3 FXScript plug-ins.
  • Designed for seamless performance with all current Macintosh computers.
  • Optimized for PowerPC G4 with Velocity Engine, including dual processor Power Mac computers.

Input and Output formats

  • NTSC and PAL DV video using FireWire.
  • Composite and component NTSC and PAL analog and uncompressed standard definition support using third-party capture cards from Pinnacle Systems and others.
  • HD support for formats including 1080i, 23.976, 24p, 25, 29.97, and 30 fps (requires third-party PCI hardware).
  • QuickTime video and file format export, including M-JPEG, Sorenson, Cinepak, and web streaming.
  • Standard image format import (BMP, JPEG, MacPaint, Photoshop, PICT, PNG, QuickTime Image, SGI, TARGA, TIFF) with alpha channels maintained.
  • Standard audio formats supported, including AIFF, and WAV.
  • Import and export of common EDLs with pre-read options.
Published Date: Mar 8, 2017