7 , 2000
Avid Ships New Media Composer, XPress
parity between Mac, NT versions
today started shipping Media Composer 10 and XPress 4 on the Macintosh
and NT platforms. This release marks the first deliberate effort on Avid's
part to deliver feature parity between the Mac and Windows versions of
its products. Avid has also said it will hold off release of its products
until ready to release them on both platforms.
Composer 10 release adds new online capabilities for finishing and streaming
capabilities for repurposing content for the Web. It also offers more
real-time features, speed enhancements and workflow efficiency features.
New features include:
- Real-time, full-motion
- Real-time, nine-stream
hardware multicamera play.
- Additional enhancements,
such as the ability to loop selected clips before adding them to a sequence
or to turn on and off locator icons in the timeline based on locator
Xpress 4 adds new features for streaming Web delivery, enhancing workflow
and increasing editing flexibility and efficiency. New features include:
- More than 75 real-time
- VRT play emulation
feature to allow external devices, such as DVD mastering systems, to
control Avid XPress software remotely using standard 9 pin protocol;
- A video archive
feature with no degradation in quality as a result of the archiving
- Mapable keyboard
and command palette;
- JKL Trim, which
allows users to trim and edit while playing video;
- Video capture straight
to the timeline;
- 32 levels of undo/redo
with an undo/redo list;
- Real-time sample
- Locator windows
that can be printed to review changes;
- Audio mark-in/mark-out
buttons, which offers the ability to cut in "L-cuts" or "split edits"
on the fly between audio and video material;
- Bin editing direct
- Direct output to
a number of DVD and Web formats, including Real Media, Windows Media,
QuickTime 4.0 and MPEG 1 and 2.
Media Composer 10
and XPress 4 are available now. We'll have pricing information available
later today. For more information, visit http://www.avid.com.
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