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Not to be confused with the current Final Cut Pro (64-bit).
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Final Cut Pro

Latest Stable Release

7.0.3 (Pro)
10.4.8 (Pro X)


$999 (Pro 1.0)
$299 (Pro X)



Operating Systems

Mac OS 8.5 (Pro 1.0)
Mac OS 9.1 (Pro 2.0)
Mac OS 9.2.2 (Pro 3.0)
Mac OS X 10.3.2 (Pro HD 4.0)
Mac OS X 10.4.4 (Pro 5.0)
Mac OS X 10.4.9 (Pro 6.0)
Mac OS X 10.5.6 (Pro 7.0)
Mac OS X 10.6.7 (Pro X 10.0)


Final Cut Pro was a professional non-linear video editing system developed by Apple. It was targeted at high-end video hobbyists and independent filmmakers that use Macintosh computers.


Early development[]

In 1995, a Macromedia board member approached Adobe Premiere engineer Randy Ubillos with a plan to develop a new video program, code named Key Grip, for faster computers. The original 18-month plan took about 3 years before Final Cut was demonstrated at the NAB Show in April 1998.[1]

Acquisition by Apple Computer[]

Apple's interim CEO Steve Jobs expressed interest in the Final Cut project after it had been shown at the 1998 NAB Show. Jobs had also asked Adobe Systems to provide a consumer version of Premiere that could be bundled with the upcoming iMac DV, code named Kihei. However, as Apple had been financially struggling at the time, Adobe declined and focused Premiere on the Windows platform. In response, Apple acquired Final Cut's source code and its development team in May 1998.[1] Adobe then met with Apple's management, seeking to shut down the Final Cut project. However, Jobs made a case that Final Cut was different than Premiere and would be beneficial to the overall desktop computer market.[2] It was released as Final Cut Pro in April 1999.[1] It was later bundled with other production apps in a suite called Final Cut Studio.


Final Cut Pro won a 2002 Primetime Emmy Engineering Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on August 21, 2002 for its impact on the television industry.[3] Adobe briefly abandoned development of Premiere for the Mac and released Adobe Premiere Pro 1.0 in August 2003 for Windows only.[4] Apple at the time offered Premiere owners $500 discounts on upgrades to Final Cut Pro 4 HD or a free trade-in for the consumer version, Final Cut Express.[5]

Final Cut Pro X 10

Final Cut Pro X 10.0


A completely redesigned 64-bit version, Final Cut Pro X, was introduced by Apple in June 2011, with the last version of the legacy Final Cut Pro being version 7.0.3.



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