Recently reading the May issue of Larry Jordan’s usually very informative newsletter… I rallied through a couple in depth articles regarding Apple pulling the strings on Final Cut Pro and how false those rumors could be.
For most people consuming my random postings and writings – this will mean nothing. But for me – it is great to relive the good years from 1998 where digital video was born and how it has shaped my life. Brought to you by Philip Hodgette.
Apple eventually purchased Final Cut about three weeks after NAB in reality to ensure that there would continue to be a Non Linear Editing application on the Mac. I also believe that someone figured that Apple’s FireWire (they developed it) port combined with the iLink on Sony’s DV cameras just released (in reality, also FireWire) combined with the new software could sell some Macs. That was a smart move. When I saw Final Cut in March 98, it was working with some Targa dual stream cards, which was not as robust as when Final Cut Pro was release at NAB 99. But Final Cut Pro had native FireWire/DV support: perfect with those new Blue and White G3 towers with native FireWire!
What a great look back to the good ol’ days – thanks for the write-up Philip.