Apple released Final Cut Pro X exclusively on the Mac App Store in June, but many users criticized the application for missing features and incompatibility with Final Cut Pro 7. Today, MacRumors reports that Apple has put the previous version of its Final Cut Studio video editing suite back on sale, possibly due to the mixed feedback on the new and completely redesigned Final Cut Pro X.
MacRumors has confirmed with an Apple representative that Final Cut Studio, part number MB642Z/A, is again available for $999 (and $899 for educational customers). Currently, the product is only available through the 800-number and is not available in Apple Retail Stores or on the Apple Online Store.
Final Cut Studio is a video editing packaging that includes Final Cut Pro 7, Motion 4, Soundtrack Pro 3, DVD Studio Pro 4, Color 1.5 and Compressor 3.5. After the launch of Final Cut Pro X, Apple discontinued the product. Critics of the new product had complained that the abrupt discontinuation of the previous version of the software had made the transition more difficult. In addition, Apple had promised regular updates to Final Cut Pro X.
Update: The Loopt has received official word from an Apple spokesperson regarding their decision.
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.