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Monday, September 11, 2006, 06:00 am PT (09:00 am ET)

Apple's Final Cut Pro to receive update next month

Apple Computer has been working on an update to its Final Cut Pro video editing software that it plans to release in about a month's time.

At the IBC content creation and management forum this week, the Cupertino, Calif.-based Mac maker can been seen demonstrating Final Cut Pro 5.1.2.

According to reports, the new version features added compatibility for XDCAM HD, including support for all frame rates and resolutions, including 18mbit and 35mbit support.

Final Cut Pro 5.1.2 will also gain JVC 24p support, allowing it to import 24p media from JVC's GY-HD1 series of digital cameras, according to the same reports.

Other improvements expected in the new version of the software include native import support for Canon's 24F format from its XL H1 camcorder and possibly two other recently introduced models.

Apple is expected to release the Final Cut Pro 5.1.2 update over its Mac OS X Software Update mechanism sometime next month, tipsters tell AppleInsider.

The company at its annual developers conference last month had hinted it was ready to roll-out 24p support in an upcoming update to Final Cut Pro, but at the time offered no further details.