This morning Apple issued a press release indicating that it will ship Final Cut Pro 4, professional editing software for film, HD, SD and DV at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, at participating Apple Authorized Resellers and Apple retail stores. Selected stores will host a "4@4" kick-off event with theater demos and industry-leading editors sharing how their latest projects were made with Final Cut Pro.
An Apple press release states:
"Final Cut Pro 4 introduces more than 300 new features, including RT Extreme for real-time compositing and effects, powerful new interface customization tools, new high-quality 8- and 10-bit uncompressed formats, full 32-bit floating point per channel video processing, advanced trimming and timeline tools such as support for dynamic and asymmetrical trimming, and enhanced audio editing capabilities with multi-track audio mixing and multi-channel audio output. Final Cut Pro 4 also includes three completely new complimentary applications: LiveType for advanced titling, Soundtrack for music creation and Compressor for full featured batch transcoding."
Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of US$ 999. Registered Final Cut Pro users can upgrade to Final Cut Pro 4 for US$ 399 (US).