Two immediate highlights I see is the addition of an SD Anamorphic Apple TV preset in Compressor and the addition of an HDV 4:2:2 codec.
My advice is to let the early adopters out there find out how well this works before trying it yourself. And if you are an early adopter, I’d love to hear your feedback!
Here’s the link to Apple’s website for the entire release notes. My highlights are:
Final Cut Pro 6.0.3 Release Notes
This section contains release information about Final Cut Pro 6.0.3.
Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard Support
Final Cut Pro 6.0.3 is compatible with Mac OS X v10.4.11 and Mac OS X v10.5.2 Leopard.
Sony XDCAM HD422 Support
Final Cut Pro 6.0.3 supports editing media in the XDCAM HD422 format. You can now choose the following XDCAM HD422 Easy Setups:
- XDCAM HD422 1080i50 CBR
- XDCAM HD422 1080i60 CBR
- XDCAM HD422 1080p24 CBR
- XDCAM HD422 1080p25 CBR
- XDCAM HD422 1080p30 CBR
- XDCAM HD422 720p50 CBR
- XDCAM HD422 720p60 CBR
For more information about XDCAM HD422 format support, open Final Cut Pro and choose Help > HD and Broadcast Formats.
Exporting Stills with the Correct Aspect Ratio
When using Final Cut Pro 6.0.2 to export video to formats compatible with Apple TV, iPhone, or iPod devices, the video was scaled to the correct aspect ratio. However, exported still images were also scaled, leading to a loss in quality. When using QuickTime conversion in Final Cut Pro 6.0.3, still images are exported at their native aspect ratio.
Compressor 3.0.3 Release Notes
This section contains release information about Compressor 3.0.3.
Anamorphic Pixel Options for Apple TV
Compressor now includes options to create media files for Apple TV with anamorphic (non-square) pixel aspect ratios. The pixels are scaled by Apple TV to fit the intended aspect ratio during playback. In Compressor 3.0.3, an additional item appears in the Device pop-up menu of the H.264 for Apple Devices Encoder pane:
Apple TV SD (Anamorphic)
Apple HDV Codec 1.4
This release of Apple HDV Codec provides 4:2:2 support in Final Cut Pro.
So there’s a new HDV codec with 4:2:2 color spacing?? As far as I was aware all HDV cameras recorded 4:2:0 colors pace. Maybe this is Apple tipping it’s hand towrads upcoming NAB announcements and releases.