2005 The Year of HD Video
Final Cut Express HD
Apple will introduce their second HD video editing software known as Final Cut Express HD, a prosumer-level HD editing software. Final Cut Express HD will come with new features such as LiveType for animated titling effects, Soundtrack for custom music creation and direct timeline file placement from Motion. LiveType allows users to add HD-quality animated text and motion graphics and it includes 27 animated LiveFonts, 150 pre-configured effects and a variety of customizable templates, backgrounds, textures and objects. Final Cut Express HD will also include powerful sound editing tools including 99 audio tracks, real-time volume and audio filter adjustment and a voice-over tool.
Final Cut Express HD is expected to ship in February 2005 and will retail at a price of US$299 (S$588) and an upgrade for current Final Cut Express users will cost US$99 (S$198).
The new iLife 05 will come with major upgrades to its suite of digital lifestyle applications including iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD and GarageBand. The latest iTunes 4.7.1 digital music jukebox software will also be included in iLife 05.
iPhoto 5 comes buffed with even better search capabilities, support for new uncompressed RAW file format, picture editing, advance slideshow and new book sizes and designs. iPhoto now makes photo editing easier with an editing dashboard that comes with controls for exposure, black and white points, saturation, tint, temperature and sharpness adjustments. Probably the best feature is iPhotos stunning ability to straighten pictures manually using a grid as a guide a feature that will make amateurs look like professionals, and obviously drawing loud applause from the audience. iPhoto also allows users to store MPEG-4 movies taken with digital cameras, making retrieval and viewing as simple as organizing photos from within iPhoto 5. iPhoto 5 will feature an entirely new way to create photo books with new book layouts and double-sided printing. Photo books can be ordered online from within iPhoto 5 and will cost :-
Hardcover 11 x 8.5 US$29.99
Softcover 11 x 8.5 (new) US$19.99
Softcover 8 x 6 (new) US$9.99
Pocketbook 3.5 x 2.5 (new) US$3.99
The books will be available in most countries including the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. Individual photo prints can also be ordered in iPhoto 5, with 4x6 prints costing just 19 cents (previously priced at 39 cents).
iPhoto 5 is now enhanced with better image editing features.
Besides iPhoto, iMovie also had a major upgrade and will now be known as iMovie HD, promising dramatically faster speeds, more transitions and effects, non-destructive timeline trimming, MPEG-4 video support, HD video support and simpler video creation with Magic iMovie. Magic iMovie automatically imports videos, separate clips, adds titles, transitions and music; and simply just creating the movie in one step with only a few clicks. iMovie HD will support the latest generation of HDV camcorders at either 720p or 1080i resolutions.
Apple Computer Inc.'s CEO, Steve Jobs and Sony's President, Kunitake Ando, discusses the future of HDV (High Definition Video) format.
iDVD 5 will come with 15 new themes featuring moving drop zones that can display video clips or photos in motion across DVD menus enabling users to create DVD with Hollywood-style DVD menus. Besides that, iDVD 5 also features OneStep DVD creation that lets users instantly create DVDs by simply plugging in a DV camcorder and clicking a button. Finally, iDVD 5 will now support all single-sided DVD formats including -R, -RW, +R and +RW formats, using a compatible Apple SuperDrive.
GarageBand 2 now adds eight-track recording capabilities, including pitch and timing correction to fix tracks that dont sound right. GarageBand 2 also displays and edits musical notation in real time, a feature for musicians who read and write music. Jobs also revealed a new Jam Pack add-on, the fourth in its series, featuring orchestral instruments. The latest Jam Pack 4: Symphony Orchestra will be available worldwide on January 29 and will be priced at US$99.
John Mayer makes a reappearance at Macworld 2005 demonstrating the new GarageBand 2 application in iLife '05.
iLife 05 will be available worldwide on January 29 for a suggested retail price of only US$79 (S$158) and will ship with new Macs. Customers who bought new Macs on or after January 11 can obtain iLife 05 for a shipping and handling fee of US$19.95.