Some notices for the Apple pro-video users out there
Here's the urgent part - users of the aforementioned standalone apps can reportedly upgrade to a forthcoming Final Cut Studio Universal (from February onwards) for $199, $99 for owners of FCP 5.0. But this offer apparently applies only to owners of current software (FCP5, DVDSP4, Motion 2, Soundtrack Pro), so if you own the previous versions we'd advise you to be quick about snapping up any upgrades to eligible products still in circulation on Amazon or elsewhere.
A couple of words of warning on hardware compatibility. Any versions of Final Cut Pro below 5.0 won't run on the new PCI Express Power Macs, iMacs or Mac Book Pro. (we've heard no reports as to whether or not the other apps are affected in this way). And the current Final Cut Studio isn't a Universal binary (e.g. able to run natively on both PowerPC and Intel), so anyone planning to work with any of these apps on the new Intel Macs needs to start planning now for the migration to Final Cut Studio Universal.
(We're also going to take this opportunity to recommend Apple pro users to Filmbase on Curved Street in the heart of Dublin's Temple Bar, which is an Apple Authorized Training Center offering a comprehensive range of courses)