We know you Final Cut Pro Jockies have been itching for some more information about Final Cut Pro Studio 3. Beyond FCP S 3’s existence, we are now hearing that you’ll be able to edit full 1080P HD video in realtime. No more rendering.
While we don’t have specifics, it sounds a lot like Snow Leopard’s harnessing of those GPU cycles is going to pay big dividends for video editors. Apple’s technology for using GPU’s to perform traditionally CPU-intensive jobs is called OpenCL.
OpenCL (Open Computing Language), makes it possible for developers to efficiently tap the vast gigaflops of computing power currently locked up in the graphics processing unit (GPU). With GPUs approaching processing speeds of a trillion operations per second, they’re capable of considerably more than just drawing pictures. OpenCL takes that power and redirects it for general-purpose computing.
You are probably going to need a pretty hardcore rig to take advantage of this speed as well. Don’t expect to pull a 2 year old iMac out and edit HD video on the fly.