About Cinema Tools

In today’s post-production environment, it’s common for editors and filmmakers to find themselves faced with a confounding array of formats, frame rates, and workflows encompassing a single project. Projects are often shot, edited, and output using completely different formats at each step.

For editors and filmmakers who specifically want to shoot and finish on film or use a digital intermediate workflow, Cinema Tools becomes an essential part of the post-production process when editing with Final Cut Pro. For example, when working with film you need to be able to track the relationship between the original film frames and their video counterparts. Cinema Tools includes a sophisticated database feature that tracks this relationship regardless of the video standard you use, ensuring that the film can be conformed to match your Final Cut Pro edits.

Cinema Tools also provides the ability to convert captured video clips to 24-frame-per-second (fps) video. For NTSC, this includes a Reverse Telecine feature that removes the extra frames added during the 3:2 pull-down process commonly used when transferring film to video or when downconverting 24p video.

Cinema Tools, in combination with Final Cut Pro, provides tools designed to make editing film digitally, using digital intermediate processes involving Color, and working with 24p video easier and more cost effective, providing functionality previously found only on high-end or very specialized editing systems.

The integration between Cinema Tools and Final Cut Pro makes it possible to perform the most common Cinema Tools tasks directly from Final Cut Pro—Cinema Tools performs the tasks automatically in the background.