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Ampede Introduces PDF Plugin for Final Cut Pro HD

Apple's editor now has continuous rasterization (August 24, 2004)

Ampede introduced Ampede PDF today, a software plugin that brings continuous rasterization of Adobe Illustrator artwork to Final Cut Pro HD, a capability previously only available in dedicated compositors like Adobe After Effects. With Ampede PDF, Final Cut Pro editors can take advantage of continuous rasterization without leaving Final Cut Pro or exporting to other applications.

"Ampede PDF plugs a major hole in Final Cut Pro's compositing abilities," said Eric Ocean, Ampede's founder and president. "When Final Cut Pro was first released 5 years ago, editors like myself were excited because we didn't have to use After Effects for the bulk of our compositing. Then we learned that Final Cut Pro didn't do continuous rasterization and it was a real disappointment."

Ocean was visibly proud of Ampede's first product. "It's no secret that the Illustrator-After Effects workflow is a real time-saver and produces great results. Now, with Ampede's PDF plugin, Final Cut Pro editors can finally get that same workflow."

Ampede PDF renders vector content from Adobe Illustrator and PDF files frame by frame, so the artwork is always sharp regardless of scale, movement, or rotation. Ampede PDF is optimized for both the G4 and G5 processors and offers ColorSync support, Velocity Engine acceleration, multi-threading, sub-pixel rendering, non-square pixel support, field rendering, and a beautiful Cocoa-based GUI available right inside Final Cut Pro.

Ampede PDF can typically replace After Effects for up to 90% of the vector compositing used in a typical video production, saving video editors substantial time and money.

Pricing & Availability
Ampede PDF is available immediately for only $99 and can be downloaded and purchased at

About Ampede
Ampede Inc. is a Kirkland, WA based software development company. Ampede designs and builds software plugins and complementary tools for Apple's industry-leading professional media applications including Final Cut Pro HD, Motion, and Shake.


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