Report: Apple cuts some Final Cut staff

A digital video expert says 40 people in Apple's video editing group lost their jobs. Despite its consumer push, though, Apple remains active in the digital media market.

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Apple has cut some staff working on its Final Cut video editing software suite, according to a report by a video industry insider.


"Apple laid off 40 of my old Final Cut team yesterday, lots of good people, despite high profits," said Pete Warden in a tweet last week. Warden, a data-mining former Apple employee who writes plug-ins for Adobe Systems' After Effects video software, also noted the cuts on his blog.

The tweet surfaced at Rich Young's AE Portal News blog, which deals with After Effects.

Apple declined to comment on the matter.

With successful products such as the iPhone, iPod, and iTunes, Apple has grown well beyond its digital publishing stronghold to become an increasingly consumer-oriented company. But Apple remains active in digital media, too.

Apple released its most recent Final Cut Studio suite in July, including Final Cut Pro 7, and in February released its Aperture 3 photo-editing software. In December, it updated its Mac Pro computer to accommodate dual quad-core 3.33GHz Intel processors.