The BBC has integrated Apple's Final Cut Pro (FCP) HD editing software into its production workflow.

The corporation's workflow solution is called Colledia, and FCP HD will be integrated into it as part of the company's strategy to use "best-of-breed applications".

The first implementation of Colledia with Final Cut Pro HD will be for a selection of documentary productions. It recently piloted Final Cut Pro during the production of Lightening, a science documentary.

The company sells its Colledia solution to media organizations around the world, meaning the use of FCP HD within major media concerns is likely to increase.

BBC head of technology for production Paul Cheesborough said: "Final Cut Pro HD integrated into Colledia is a good example of the type of technology we'll be using often in future program making.

" Final Cut Pro HD will provide enhanced editing capabilities in production environments where there is a need for editing, compositing, graphics and effects for both standard and high definition (HD) programming.

"For our next phase of production modernization, we need rich and versatile editing applications that support open standards like XML and AAF. This is driven by a need to enable greater creativity, to share content across multiple platforms and genres, and to reduce costs."

Apple vice president of applications marketing Rob Schoeben said: "BBC Technology's move to integrate Final Cut Pro HD into Colledia will enable broadcasters and other video professionals to have greater creative freedom, share content across multiple platforms and reduce costs."

Managing director for BBC Technology Adrian Corcoran said: "Today's media environment means groups of users need to share media and access live sources and documents. The collaboration with Apple unifies the broadcast value chain by integrating our respective best-of-breed technologies."