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DVD Studio Pro is an authoring tool released by Apple Computer in 2001 for users to design DVD video discs. Version 1.5 was released in the following year. Cross-integration with Final Cut Pro and Motion allowed users to import the projects for faster authoring into DVDs.


DVD Studio Pro 1.0 was based on DVDirector, which Apple acquired from Astarte GmbH in April 2000.[1] On July 9, 2001, Apple acquired Spruce Technologies, the developer of a competing product called DVD Maestro for US$15 million.[2] Some of the features were incorporated into DVD Studio Pro 2.0, which was released on August 6, 2003.[3] DVD Studio Pro 3 was announced on April 18, 2004 at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nevada and released the following month for $499.[4]


DVD Studio Pro 4 was integrated into the Final Cut Studio suite in May 2005 and was no longer available as a stand-alone product as of version 4.0.3, released in January 2006 with support for the HD DVD 1.0 specification.[5] The final update was version 4.2.2 on July 23, 2009. The suite was deprecated in June 2011 with the individual new releases of Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5 and Compressor 4, which did not include DVD Studio Pro. Apple had been phasing out support for DVD-ROMs and optical drives in general since the release of the MacBook Air in 2008. DVD Studio Pro no longer runs in macOS High Sierra (10.13) or later.[6]


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