April 7
Echo Fire 1.1 To Ship in May
New version offers real-time previewing in After Effects

by David Nagel
Senior Producer

Synthetic Aperture will give a sneak preview of its forthcoming Echo Fire 1.1 at the NAB convention in Las Vegas next week. Echo Fire provides video previews for Photoshop and After Effects. The new version, expected to ship in May, offers real-time previews in After Effects with support for NTSC/PAL video monitor previews and previewing from disk. Previews can be saved for repeated viewings and client approval. All of Echo Fire's usual settings—including 16:9 aspect ratio conversion and waveform and vectorscope overlays—can be included in the real-time preview.

The new version also supports other programs through a preview application that allows users to select and area of the screen to be viewed separately on an NTSC/PAL monitor. In addition to the FireWire and QuickTime Video Output Component support contained in Echo Fire 1.0, the new version adds support for additional video output devices, including the Aurora Video Systems Igniter and Fuse boards. It also includes a drag and drop utility to output single or multiple files through FireWire to a selected output device.

Echo Fire is available for PowerPC-based Macintosh systems and is compatible with Adobe After Effects 4.0 and later and Adobe Photoshop 5.0 and later. It requires Mac OS 8.1 or newer and QuickTime 4.0 or later. The video output device must have a QuickTime Video Output Component, such as Apple FireWire or the Pinnacle Systems Targa 1000/2000, or have a specific Echo Fire driver provided. A complete list of supported video boards will be released with the final version of Echo Fire 1.1. For use with FireWire, a DV camcorder or media converter is required.

Users of Echo Fire 1.0 will receive a free upgrade. Pricing was not available at press time for the full version.

For more information, visit http://www.synthetic-ap.com.

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