Apple's high-end video and audio applications got a boost this week with a pair of updates. The Pro Applications Update 2006-02 fixes some unspecified problems with the underlying frameworks and shared components of Final Cut Studio 5.1, Final Cut Pro 5.1, Motion 2.1, Soundtrack Pro 1.1, DVD Studio Pro 4.1, LiveType 2.1, Compressor 2.1, Apple Qmaster 2.1, and Final Cut Express HD 3.5. The update is available via Software Update (if you own any of those products) or as a 7 MB download. However, clicking the download link at Apple's page about the update takes you to a form for downloading Final Cut Studio updates, which requires a Final Cut Studio license, so Software Update looks to be your only source if you use Final Cut Express HD or LiveType.
Independent filmmakers will be happy to learn that Final Cut Pro 5.1.2 fixes a number of bugs and improves native compatibility for cameras, such as new HD camcorders from Canon (the XLH1) and JVC (the GY-HD100 ProHD) that are capable of shooting at 24 frames per second (which is standard film speed). The update also supports native editing of the Sony XDCAM HD format, fixes critical issues with video scopes, and now supports Apple's FxPlug plug-in architecture. More details can be found in the Late Breaking News About Final Cut Pro 5 PDF (a 244K download). The Final Cut Pro 5.1.2 update is available via Software Update or as a 28 MB download for registered owners.
Apple also released updates to its audio-editing tools this week. Logic Express Update 7.2.3 (a 14 MB download) and Logic Pro Update 7.2.3 (a 25 MB download) resolve issues related to running the applications on the Mac Pro and Power Mac G5 Quad systems. In addition, both programs are "optimized for PowerPC G4, G5, and Intel based Macs with up to 2 dual-core processors," according to Apple.