Apple just lifted the curtain on Final Cut Pro X during the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas. The latest version of the hugely popular video editing software adds support for 64-bit processors and can now take advantage of more than 4GB of RAM. There are a number of enhancements including new smart collections for grouping similar types of media together – like multiple photos of one person, in the same vain as iPhoto – clip connection for keeping audio and video in sync, and a magnetic timeline feature that prevents trim collision. Apple also says there’s a new user interface design, and users will be able to start editing video before the ingest stage is completed. Final Cut Pro X is also capable of background rendering and can take advantage of 8-core editing rigs in addition to handling 4K video clips. Apple says Final Cut Pro X will be available in June for $299. More →
Blog M.I.C. Gadget has acquired an interesting treasure from China, a 64GB iteration of Apple’s iPhone. Rumors of the existence of a high-capacity iPhone have been circulating the web for the last few days, but this is the first time we’ve been treated to crystal clear images and video of the handset. The device, for the most part, looks identical to the current iPhone 4, but bears its closest resemblance to the lost iPhone purchased by Gizmodo last year. The 64GB iPhone, which is being described as an “engineering prototype,” lacks the plus and minus engravings on the volume keys and the silver ring which the surrounds the camera lens is also absent — both omissions on Gizmodo’s model as well. The device has a model number 995-6049LL, is running iOS 4.1, and is not SIM-locked. The faux model number and FCC ID engraved on the back of M.I.C.’s device also match those found on the Giz model. The device certainly does seem to be authentic, and if so, our only question is whether this is what we should expect to see announced this spring, or if this is a pre-iPhone 4 release prototype. We’re hoping for the latter. Hit the jump to check out the video and a few extra images. More →
If you’re rocking a 64-bit operating system, you are probably acutely aware that your 64-bit browser has to utilize Adobe’s Flash plug-in in 32-bit mode. Yesterday, Adobe announced a sneak preview of their 64-bit Flash implementation they are calling “Square.” As the press release states:
This preview includes support for two new areas, namely enhanced support for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 Beta and native 64-bit support for all major desktop operating systems including Linux, Mac, and Windows. [...] The community has been very vocal around the need for native 64-bit support and we’ve heard you loud and clear. Today we’re also sharing a refresh of the Linux 64-bit version of Flash Player together with the first preview of both the 64-bit Windows and Mac versions.
The company is encouraging those with 64-bit browsers to give the new code, complete with 32 extra bits, a try. Hit the read link for more information and the download instructions. More →
Two years is all it took for the Wii to slide on past its grandfather and sneak into the number five spot on the all time best-selling console list. That’s right folks, the spunky young newcomer rang up an impressive 34.55 million units sold around the world and it still has plenty of lifespan to go. Comparatively, the classic it replaces on the list, N64, has sold 32.93 million units since it was released over twelve years ago. Sure the Wii still has plenty of fight in it but the five-spot was pretty easy to snag. Fourth place on the all time list shouldn’t be a problem either as the SNES holds that position with only 49.1 million systems sold. Then comes the hard part. NES is sitting pretty at number three all time with 61.91 million units sold, and is preceded by Sony’s Playstation with an impressive 102.49 million. Sitting atop the pile is the Playstation 2 with a remarkable 140 million systems sold worldwide. It’s doubtful that the Wii will ever reach that mark but if it can somehow manage to keep up this pace, who knows? To further emphasize the accomplishment, the Playstation 3 was also released in 2006 and to date it has sold 16.84 million consoles. Yup, the Wii has more than doubled its sales. After all these years Nintendo has finally figured out that gamers actually want to move. Who knew?