To Release 100 GB Portable FireWire Array
APRIL 12SmartDisk, the parent company of VST, is launching a
new 100 GB FireWire-based RAID array, adding to its line of FireWire
RAIDs that previously topped out at 72 GB. The new model is expected
to ship in June for $4,999.95.
The VST FireWire RAID array is a compact, portable tower that supports
up to four VST FireWire hard drives. It also includes a built-in battery
backup, cable, AC adapter, battery, VST formatting software and FireRAID
To Bring New Voodoo, Good Juju to the Mac Platform
APRIL 12O.K. This isn't NAB news, but it should be. So here
it is. 3dfx says it will release its first Mac 2D/3D graphics accelerators.
The Voodoo4 4500 and the Voodoo5 5500 offer support for Glide and
OpenGL and, for the first time, QuickDraw 3D Rave. 3dfx also says
the cards will be ready for Mac OS X when it ships this summer. The
Voodoo5 5500 features 64 MB RAM for $329. The Voodoo4 4500 offers
32 MB RAM and is expected to cost $200.
Bundles Flat Panel with ProFormance 3 for Mac
APRIL 12Silicon Graphics has started shipping its 1600SW flat-panel
display for the Mac
bundled with the ProFormance 3 graphics accelerator card. The card
offers acceleration for QuarkXPress, Adobe Photoshop and OpenGL, among
other applications. The 1600SW display is the only LCD monitor available
with adjustable backlight color temperature capability, which enables
users to optimize their displays to output the truer image quality
for Web graphics, print and video production. The
display offers a 17.3", wide-format screen at a resolution of
1,600 x 1,024.
Comes to the Mac in the Fourth Quarter
APRIL 12Sonic Solutions has announced the impending Mac release
of DVDit!, a DVD authoring package. The software is compatible with
QuickTime video and audio files, supporting everything from DV to
D-1 formats. QuickTime files can be dragged and dropped for conversion.
DVDit! automatically builds buttons and interactivity, transcodes
video to MPEG-2, multiplexes and formats content and writes it to
CD-R or DVD-RAM for playback.
To Ship New Disk Arrays in Fibre, SCSI
APRIL 11Medea has announed new arrays in its VideoRAID line
and a new AudioRaid disk aray optimized for 24-bit audio. The VideoRaid
fc and VideoRack fc are SAN-Ready Fibre Channel RAID 0 solutions for
digital content creation and Internet streaming media applications.
The six-drive VideoRaid fc (a compact desktop model) and VideoRack
fc (a 19" rack-mount configuration with removable drive modules) offer
sustained data transfer rates of 60 MB per second and capacities up
to 450 GB per module. Prices go as low as $19 per GB.
100 Invests in beatnik, Adds SDI to MediaPress
APRIL 11Media 100 has started including the serial digital interface
in MediaPress Pro, a real-time MPEG encoder for Macintosh from Media
100 subsidiary Wired. The MediaPress encoder captures and compresses
video and audio signals into fully compatible MPEG 1 and MPEG 2 bitstreams
for media network transmissions and DVD authoring. The company has
also invested in Beatnik to give customers access to the Beatnik Production
To Release XPress 4.0 This Summer with Special Upgrade Pricing
APRIL 11Avid says it will ship Windows and Mac versions of Avid
XPress 4.0 simultaneously this summer. The new version will add enhanced
support for Web and DVD content creation. The company is also offering
a limited-duration upgrade pricing promotion for current owners of
Avid Meridien hardware-based Avid XPress Plus and Deluxe software.
Powers Uncompressed HD on the Mac
APRIL 10When we speculated about the announcement Apple, Matrox
and Pinnacle would make, we had no clue we'd see uncompressed HD on
the desktop. But that's just what Pinnacle promised to deliver by
the end of summer for the Mac and Final Cut Pro. The new PCI card,
the Targa Ciné, will deliver a fully configured SD system for
less than $10,000 and an HD system for less than $30,000.
Brings Real-Time, Dual-Stream Uncompressed to the Mac for Less Than
APRIL 10We guessed it. We called it on the nose. It's real-time
DVEs and uncompressed dual-stream video capture on the Mac, courtesy
of Matrox. What we didn't guess is that the solution would come in
at less than $1,000 and reside on a single PCI card. We saw a pre-release
version in action today, and it's impressive.
Offers Free Final Cut Pro Upgrade
APRIL 10Apple today announced a free upgrade to Final Cut Pro.
The new version, 1.2.5, supports the 16:9 widescreen format, YUV processing
and reference movies (to conserve disk space).
FCP's 16:9 support extends to capture, editing and output.
News: Apple Acquires Astarte
APRIL 10Apple toaday announced (to everyone's surprise) that
it has acquired Astarte GmbH, a developer of DVD authoring tools.
As part of the acquisition, Astarte's engineers will join the Apple
Adds Compositing to Commotion 3.0
APRIL 10Puffin Designs, which was acquired by Pinnacle Systems
last month, today announced a major revision to its Commotion product,
bringing it into the realm of compositing. The new version, 3.0,
will ship in both DV and pro configurations. The
company says the paint component has been rewritten from the ground
up, with support for unlimited layers with more than 75 effects
filters built in, including plug-in sets from Primatte Keyer, Composite
Wizard and Image Lounge.
Launches Combustion* for Mac
APRIL 10Discreet today boosted its support for the Mac platform
significantly with the launch of combustion*, a paint, animation and
3D compositing application for the Macintosh and Windows NT platforms.
The software includes technology from the company's inferno* product.
It features keying, motion tracking, color correction, non-destructive
(vector-based) paint animation, 3D compositing and network rendering,
as well as support for Adobe After Effects and Photoshop plugins.
Fire 1.1 To Ship in May
APRIL 7Synthetic 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
Forms Studio 3.9 To Ship in June
APRIL 7Credo Interactive says it will ship version 3.9 of Life
Forms Studio, a character animation application for Windows and Macintosh.
The company will preview the software next week at the NAB show in
Las Vegas. The full release is expected to ship in June.
Voodoo Ships Three D1 Video Cards for Mac
APRIL 6Digital Voodoo Inc. has started shipping three new D1
video cards for the Mac, each with 4:4:4:4 video output, six channels
of AES/EBU digital audio and a 64-bit PCI interface. The new line
includes the D1 Desktop 64, D1 Desktop 64 Lite and D1 Desktop 64AV
uncompressed 10 bit SMPTE 259M SDI QuickTime video cards. The D1 Desktop
64 series become the only QuickTime cards on the Mac platform to include
full 10-bit capture to disk.
Introduces new D-9 Camcorder
APRIL 6JVC is introducing a new D-9 camcorder at the NAB show
in Las Vegas next week. The camera, the DY-70, combines JVC's 14-bit
DSP camera technology with with all-digital 4:2:2 camcorder technology.
The camera comes in at $12,000,
not including the lens.
DVD Authoring Coming to Avid
APRIL 6Avid Technology Inc. will include DVD authoring software
from Sonic Solutions in future releases of it editing and finishing
systems. The technology,
AuthorScript, outputs video and audio content directly to the DVD
video format. It also has a transparent print to DVD function that
automatically formats Avid content for DVD. The two companies say
the first implementation will come in Symphony, Media Composer and
Avid Xpress systems, with the technology to be added to other systems
in the future.
Real-Time, Dual-Stream DV Coming to the Mac?
APRIL 5Is dual stream coming to the Mac? Real-time DVEs? More
graphics card options? You put three companies together like Apple,
Pinnacle Systems and Matrox, and something good's going to come
of it for the Macintosh platformand that's just what's happening
at NAB next week. We
thought a little speculation going into the show might be healthy.
Effects Gets 8 New Filters in 1.5, Free Upgrade for Current Users
APRIL 5Cycore, based in Uppsala, Sweden, will soon ship version
1.5 of Cult Effects, a suite of plugins for Adobe After Effects. Current
users will receive the upgrade free. Others who preorder the product
at the NAB show in Las Vegas next week will receive a "substantial
discount," according to the company.
To Demo New SpiceMaster for Final Cut Pro at NAB
APRIL 5Pixelan Software has launched a new 2D effects package,
SpiceMaster. The software is currently only available for Windows,
but the company says it will demonstrate a version for Apple Final
Cut Pro next week at the NAB show in Las Vegas at the Adobe Partners
Ships ComandPost Multimedia Controller for Mac
Inc., Cambell, Calif., has started shipping CommandPost, a multimedia
application controller. CommandPost is a USB-based controller that
adds controls like pushbuttons, jog/shuttle, joystick and a T-Bar
to multimedia applications. The device includes interface software,
customizable to any application, and a hardware control panel that
is connected to a computer via a Universal Serial Bus.