Apple has released Universal versions of its professional video applications.

Final Cut Studio 5.1 is available now. It includes Final Cut Pro HD, Soundtrack Pro, Motion 2, DVD Studio Pro 4.

All four component applications will now run natively on both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs.

Users who own a qualifying version of Final Cut Pro 5, Final Cut Pro 4, Final Cut Pro HD, DVD Studio Pro 4, Motion 2, Soundtrack Pro and Production Suite can still upgrade to Final Cut Studio for a low upgrade fee, between £69-£139 (or £499 to upgrade from Final Cut Pro 1, 2 or 3).

In January, Apple promised to release Universal versions of its pro-video applications by the end of March.

The release is likely to spark some new interest in Intel-based Macs among video-creation professionals.