Apple in June released Final Cut Pro X, the long awaited 64-bit update to FCP 7. While the update brought with it a long list of innovative features, a large and vocal number of professional video editors were frustrated at what Apple chose to leave out.
In short, video professionals derided FCP X for being close to an iMovie Pro type than something suitable for professionals. Daniel Jalkut aptly summed things up when he explained, “Apple will happily piss off 5,000 professionals to please 5,000,000 amateurs.”
Still, frustrated video pros lamented the fact that Apple immediately pulled all copies of FCP 7, thereby leaving them with no choice, going forward, but to use FCP X.
Thankfully, though, Apple is listening to these complaints.
Mac Rumors received word yesterday that Apple is now making the previous version of Final Cut Studio available to users. Final Cut Studio encompasses FCP 7, Motion 4, Soundtrack Pro 3, DVD Studio Pro 4, Color 1.5 and Compressor 3.5.
We confirmed with an Apple telesales representative at 800-MY-APPLE that Final Cut Studio, part number MB642Z/A, is again available for $999 (and $899 for educational customers). The product is only available through the 800-number and is not available in Apple Retail Stores or on the Apple Online Store.