Apple said that it is shipping the first version of its Final Cut Studio video production software that runs on Intel- and PowerPC-based Macs. According to the manufacturer, a MacBook Pro with a 2.16 Core Duo processor will run the software about 150% faster than a PowerBook notebook with a 1.67 GHz G4 PowerPC processor.
Final Cut Studio 5.1 includes the audio editing package Soundtrack Pro, the motion graphics application Motion 2 and DVD Studio Pro 4 for DVD authoring. The software is priced at $1300. Users who already have purchased the software for PowerPC systems can "crosstrade" for $50.