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Aurora Video Systems Releases New IgniterX Driver

Enhances IgniterX card functionality and offers greater versatility (December 07, 2004)

Aurora Video Systems today announced a new driver release for the company's IgniterX and IgniterX Lite video capture and editing cards. Aurora has introduced a series of enhancements intended to enable more versatile postproduction working with 24-fps material and to heighten overall operation of IgniterX cards.

"As more and more professional and 'prosumer' clients have moved toward use of 24-fps material and sought more affordable means of digitizing footage for postproduction, the IgniterX family has increasingly become the popular choice for video capture and editing," stated Aurora Video Systems CEO Darryl Hock. "The new IgniterX driver addresses the evolving needs of these customers while maintaining the superior compression and image quality in a card that saves users both hard drive space and time."

Aurora's IgniterX family of video capture and editing cards for the Mac OS integrates smoothly with Final Cut Pro to provide ease of use and tightly integrated control over digitizing and playback drivers. This latest driver release offers IgniterX users greater flexibility in working with film by providing added support for Panasonic decks' Advanced Mode. Film support also has been extended, offering users a choice between standard 2:3:2:3 pulldown or 2:3:3:2 pulldown in projects using NTSC 24-fps content.

For systems with greater than 2 GB of RAM, Aurora also has optimized the reporting of the system memory in the Ignition Preference pane. The new driver ensures that images are exported smoothly by the IgniterX 10-bit eXtreme codec and gives users the ability to capture PAL DV content directly to any of Apple's DV codecs using the lower field first.

The IgniterX family of video capture and editing cards is a versatile product range beginning with a base card that offers both hardware-based variable MJPEG-A compression and decompression in addition to uncompressed video. Users can augment the IgniterX's functionality with one or both of two available options: The Pro Upgrade includes an analog daughtercard and a 2-RU mountable analog breakout box, while the SDI Upgrade includes a digital daughtercard and a digital 1-RU mountable breakout box. Both options feature the 24-fps film support that was used by Walter Murch in the ground-breaking creation of the film "Cold Mountain."

About Aurora Video Systems
Aurora Video Systems builds comprehensive video editing systems for the Macintosh, leading the post-production industry in product quality, affordability, ease of use, and client support. Aurora has been recognized worldwide as the industry leader in the development and support of video editing systems since 1997. The company's industry-first achievements include development of the first true Mac-only Betacam- compatible card that works without converters, the first true real-time 24-fps capture card for Final Cut Pro, and the first true offline video capture card for OS X. The company's success and outstanding reputation is based on its proactive development approach, speed, and flexibility in responding to industry change, and respect for clients and their needs.

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