Final Cut users rejoice! Apple has resurrected Final Cut Studio!
After receiving tons of criticism from industry professionals, Apple has decided to offer Final Cut Studio once again to customers.
“We confirmed with an Apple telesales representative at 800-MY-APPLE that Final Cut Studio, part number MB642Z/A, is again available for $999 and $899 for educational customers. The product is only available through the 800-number and is not available in Apple Retail Stores or on the Apple Online Store.”
Instead of continuing to offer Final Cut Studio alongside Final Cut X, Apple discontinued Final Cut Studio and started offering Final Cut X for $299.99 in the Mac App Store. Many felt that the transition to Final Cut X was too abrupt, and that Apple should have continued to offer the legacy edition to industry professionals that rely on the editing software.
MacRumors notes that Final Cut Studio is once again available to educational customers for $899. The regular price is $999. As of right now, Apple is not distributing the software online or in its retail stores. You have to call Apple’s 800-number to place an order.
Final Cut Studio includes Final Cut 7, Motion 4, Soundtrack Pro 3, DVD Studio Pro 4, Color 1.5 and Compressor 3.5.
Update: The Loop has received an official statement from Apple:
“As we’ve done before with many end-of-life software products, we have a limited quantity of FInal Cut Studio still available through Apple telesales to customers who need them for ongoing projects,” an Apple spokesperson told The Loop.