Apple Announces DVD Studio Pro 1.5 for Mac OS X

Press release from the issuing company

Automatically Integrates Chapter Markers in Final Cut Pro CUPERTINO, Calif., April 8 -- Apple today announced the immediate availability of DVD Studio Pro(TM) 1.5, Apple's professional DVD authoring tool, now optimized for Mac OS X. DVD Studio Pro takes advantage of the power of Mac OS X to deliver incredible application stability, as well as MPEG encoding and compilation of projects in the background. In addition, DVD Studio Pro gives creative professionals the ability to set chapter markers in Final Cut Pro*, Apple's professional non-linear editing application, that can automatically be carried over to DVD Studio Pro to create chapters in the user's DVD. "The integration between DVD Studio Pro and Final Cut Pro delivers a seamless workflow for the creation and distribution of high quality video content,"said David Moody, Apple's senior director of Application Marketing. "With the essential tools for movie making and DVD authoring now available, Mac OS X is the ultimate platform for video professionals.'' Since its launch a little over a year ago, DVD Studio Pro has become the most widely used professional DVD authoring tool on the market. DVD Studio Pro 1.5 allows users to: -- create full-featured DVD video discs including still or motion menus, high-quality video and audio tracks, and slide shows; -- encode audio and video using the included QuickTime(R) MPEG plug-in and Dolby Digital 5.1 encoding software; -- include DVD-ROM data and track the overall size of the project to ensure it will fit on the disc; -- preview finished projects in real-time; and -- output to DVD-R using the Apple SuperDrive(TM) (or other DVD-recordable drives), or to DLT tape for submission to a replication facility. DVD Studio Pro 1.5 ships with Corel PHOTO-PAINT and BIAS Peak DV for Mac OS X to further enhance the DVD production workflow on Mac OS X. PHOTO-PAINT is a powerful graphic editing application, ideal for creation of multi-layered image files that can be used to create still menus in DVD Studio Pro. Peak DV is an easy-to-use audio editing tool, ideal for cleaning up audio files for use in DVD projects. Pricing & Availability DVD Studio Pro is immediately available through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $999 (US). Registered DVD Studio Pro users can upgrade for $199 (US). Visit www.apple.com/dvdstudiopro for additional details.