Apple has begun shipping Motion, the new application that delivers high-performance, real-time motion graphics design. Motion offers real-time previews, procedural behavior animation, and integration with both Final Cut Pro HD and DVD Studio Pro 3 for $299.
Motion introduces Behaviors that use procedural animation techniques to create natural simulations, such as gravity and wind, or multi-faceted interaction between multiple objects, such as attraction and repulsion. Behaviors provide users with the ability to generate simple or sophisticated fluid motion effects with minimal effort and make modifications spontaneously, all without the complexity or overhead of dealing with keyframes. Users familiar with keyframes can use Motion's Keyframe Editor to plot precise parameter values at specific frames.
Motion also offers integration with Apple's professional applications, including Final Cut Pro HD, the latest version of Apple's Emmy award-winning editing software; DVD Studio Pro 3, a professional DVD authoring application; Shake 3.5, the latest version of Apple's compositing and visual effects software; the Soundtrack music composition tool; and Logic Pro 6 for computer-based music production.
Apple has also introduced Production Suite, a software suite for film and video that delivers real-time production tools in one integrated package. Production Suite combines Final Cut Pro HD, Motion, and DVD Studio Pro 3. Production Suite provides creative professionals with an integrated round trip production environment where media and project files move seamlessly throughout the creative process. Production Suite is available now for a suggested retail price of $1,299.
Production Suite also includes professional audio scoring capabilities with the Soundtrack music composition application. Soundtrack also includes 30 audio plug-ins that scale so users can migrate their projects to Apple's Logic Pro 6, for continued work in other multi-track environments. Additional audio capabilities built into Final Cut Pro HD include a 99-track on-screen audio mixer, and audio router and multichannel output.
Production Suite also contains LiveType 1.2 for resolution independent animated titling, Compressor 1.2 for HD encoding, Cinema Tools for filmmakers working with 35mm or 16mm film and QuickTime Pro for powering the digital media workflow from capture to delivery. Built on the open architecture of QuickTime, Production Suite applications scale smoothly to fit into virtually any production workflow and output to professional tape formats or encode MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, and QuickTime files for DVD, Web, or delivery on 3G devices.
Production Suite is available now through the Apple Store, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $1,299. Registered users of Final Cut Pro can upgrade for $699. Full system requirements can be found at www.apple.com.