Aurora's component option for Igniter, a video and audio capture board for Mac.

Pixelan's Organic FX includes 250 organic-looking, evolving transitions and filters for Adobe After Effects and Premiere and Apple's Final Cut Pro.


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JULY 28, 2000

Aurora Capture Cards Bundled with Organic FX

gniter, Fuse get effects package

by David Nagel
Executive Producer
[email protected]

Aurora Video Systems has started bundling Pixelan's Organic FX with its Igniter Mac-only video capture board. In addition, Aurora's Fuse board will be bundled with Organic FX Lite. Organic FX is a set of more than 250 fluids, bursts, erosions, ruptures, climatics, vapors, strokes, washes and live textures that visually evolve during the effect. Organic FX are derived from natural forms, rather than algorithms, a process that's supposed to create more natural effects. OrganicFX Lite includes 50 of the Organic FX effects.

The Igniter board, which sells for about $1,300, has a 13.3 MB per second data rate, onboard synchronized audio (up to 16-bit, 48 KHz stereo), full CCIR, CIF, QCIF resolution support, fully QuickTime MJPEG-A format compatible, custom PowerPC drivers written on a Mac specifically for a Mac, Ignition Control Panel to configure settings of the Igniter capture card. It's also available with an uncompressed option.

Other features include:

  • Video Previewer for taking a snapshot of the Mac Desktop (up to 720 x 486 window size) and displaying it on the Igniter outputs or NTSC monitor.
  • Fully compatible with Apple's Final Cut Pro.
  • G4 and Blue & White G3 Compatible.
  • Compression ratio: 1.5:1 to 50:1.
  • Frame rates: NTSC: 29.97 FPS, 60 fields per second; PAL/SECAM: 25 FPS, 50 fields per second.
  • Video I/O: Inputs One S-video, Mini-DIN, one composite, phono; Outputs: One S-video, Mini-DIN, One composite, phono.
  • 4:2:2 YUV video format. Genlocking capability.
  • All outputs are simultaneously active during both capture and playback.

Aurora recommends G3 or G4, Mac OS 8.0 and QuickTime 3.0 or later, Fast & Wide AV SCSI Drive and 256 MB RAM. For more information, visit or

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