Apple has released the first Universal version of its Final Cut Studio video production suite.

The company is also promising that the new version, which has been optimised for its new Intel range of computers will deliver up to 2.5x the performance when running on a MacBook Pro notebook computer.

In February, Apple released Logic Pro 7.2 music creation and audio production software, the first of the company's pro applications to ship Universal versions which run on both Intel- and PowerPC-based Macs.

Logic Pro 7.2 supports up to 4.5x the effect plug-ins and up to 2x the software instruments per session on the MacBook Pro along with integrated support for the Apogee Ensemble FireWire interface and compatibility with Pro Tools HD 7 DAE.

The company also said that a universal version of Aperture 1.1 will ship in April.

The Universal version of Final Cut Studio is available now through the Apple Store for $1,299 in American and £899 in the UK. Registered Final Cut Studio customers can crossgrade to the Universal version for £35.