Apple has released Final Cut Express HD 3.5, a significant upgrade to its prosumer video-editing application.

In common with Apple's other video applications, Final Cut Express HD 3.5 runs natively on both Intel- and PowerPC-based Macs.

New features include Dynamic RT for real-time playback of multi-stream effects, Soundtrack 1.5 with a complete suite of professional level audio production tools, and LiveType 2.1 with additional animated text and titles in the box.

"Final Cut Express HD 3.5 is the total movie making package with many of the same tools the pros use at a price designed to appeal to aspiring pros," said Rob Schoeben, Apple's vice president of applications product marketing.

"Whether it's multiple streams of video, professional audio tools or animated text and titles, Final Cut Express HD 3.5 is ideal for anyone who is passionate about the movies they make and delivers incredible performance on Apple's new Intel-based Macs."

The new Apple software offers a wide range of advanced editing tools for DV and HDV video with support for multiple video layers, real-time special effects and transitions, and colour correction and matting filters for professional-looking results.

The new Dynamic RT feature lets users view even multi-layered HDV video in real-time which dramatically speeds up the editing process by eliminating the need to render and re-render clips.

All effects, transitions and motion parameters can now be keyframed, providing complete creative control over special effects that can be saved as favorites for use in other projects.

Final Cut Express HD 3.5 ships with a new version of Soundtrack (1.5) with over 4,000 professional-quality, royalty-free instrument loops and sound effects to help easily create original film music soundtracks.

New features in Soundtrack 1.5 include improved multitrack audio editing and recording tools with tracks, busses, outputs and real-time effects processing just like a professional recording studio. Improved single and multiple take recording provides a way to record, audition and edit dialogue or other recorded performances.

LiveType 2.1 lets users add animated text, backgrounds and animated textures to movies. This new version offers 70 new animated objects, 15 new textures and 60 new customizable preset effects for animated text and titles. It ushers in new vector-based LiveFont technology, meaning animated text styles like Tremor, Script, Ribbon, Cool and Blueprint can be scaled to any resolution including HD.

The software costs £199. It costs £65 to upgrade from a previous version of the application.