Apple has confirmed that Final Cut Pro and other applications within the Final Cut Studio will no longer be available individually.

The company hopes to direct customers for any one of those products - including Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro 4, Motion 2, Soundtrack Pro, and Production Suite - into purchasing Final Cut Studio.

A note on Apple's website confirms the quietly-delivered news: "After January 10, 2006, the individual applications in Final Cut Studio will only be available as part of the suite."

The company is offering owners of any of the constituent applications a discount deal that lets them upgrade less punitively.

"To make it easy for our customers to make the move to Final Cut Studio, we're offering amazing deals to current owners of Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro 4, Motion 2, Soundtrack Pro, and Production Suite. When you take advantage of this offer, you'll get the Universal version of Final Cut Studio when it becomes available."

The Universal version (a version that runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel processors) will ship by March 31, the company says.

Owners of Final Cut Pro 5 can upgrade to Studio for $99; the upgrade costs $199 for owners of the other applications that make up the suite, or for those using Final Cut Pro 4, Final Cut Pro HD or Production Suite.

Owners of previous iterations of the video editing application must pay $699.

While UK pricing isn't yet available under the deal, more accurate information should emerge in the next few weeks: "After February 1, 2006, visit Apple again for complete details on this program, including an order form," the company says.