In conjunction with its big NAB 2004 announcements Apple has released a series of software updates for the constituent applications of its Final Cut Pro application.

Updated applications (with updates available through Software Update) include: Cinema Tools, Compressor and LiveType.

Cinema Tools is now at 2.2. The update delivers performance improverments and extends support for Final Cut Pro HD.

Compressor 1.2 offers support for MPEG-1 output files, pixel aspect ratio setting for filters, preview window improvements and HD to SD transcoding enhancements and new timecode settings for QuickTime rendering.

LiveType 1.2 includes 41 new effects and additional templates, new keyboard shortcuts, better timecode integration and the capability to export to Final Cut without rendering.