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Automatic Duck Pro Import AE 4.0 makes European debut at IBC 2007

(August 28, 2007)

DMN Newswire--2007-8-28--Automatic Duck (, the creators of Timeline Integration Engine software for digital media artists, today announced Pro Import AE 4.0 will make its European debut at IBC 2007 next week in Amsterdam. 

In its stand #7.939, Automatic Duck president, Wes Plate, will demonstrate key new features in Pro Import AE 4.0 that address recent industry developments most impacting users, including the recent launch of Adobe Creative Suite 3, the industry shift to Intel-based Mac systems and the need for improved support for HDV, DVCProHD and XDCAM formats for Final Cut Pro users.  In response to these developments, Automatic Duck has added a number of key improvements in Pro Import AE 4.0, including:

Support for Multiclips from Final Cut Pro;
Motion project import, with Particle and Replicator layers now coming in to After Effects; 
Avid Timewarp effects are now converted to Time Remapping;
Enhanced effect coverage including Video Strobe, FCP Basic 3D and Dip to Color transitions

?Pro Import AE 4.0 was first unveiled at NAB 2007, where we had the invaluable experience of hearing first-hand feedback from customers and partners from all over the US, said Wes Plate, president of Automatic Duck.  ?IBC gives us the unique opportunity to personally reach out to all our European users and give them the chance to share their thoughts; that level of face-to-face interaction is one of the most important ways we fuel new development and innovation for all our products.

New and Improved in Pro Import AE 4.0
Pro Import AE 4.0 touts several new enhancements including:

  • A new advanced interface that offers many new import options:
  • For layers to "step up" or "step down" in the After Effects timeline
  • To override the composition setting of the new comp
  • To use Avid rendered media in After Effects
  • To create self-contained media from Avid systems
  • After Effects Creative Suite 3 compatibility;
  • niversal Binary, native on both PowerPC and Intel Macs (and Windows);
  • Support for Final Cut Pro multiclips;
  • Support for displaying Motion particles and replicators in After Effects;
  • Translation of Red Giant Software's Magic Bullet Colorista plug-in from Final Cut Pro to After Effects;
  • Support for Avid Advanced Keyframes in picture-in-picture and 3D Warp;
  • Support for Avid Timewarps;
  • Support for Dip-to-Color transitions;
  • Support for Final Cut Pro Basic 3D effect;
  • Support for Video Strobe effects;
  • Support for clip and track enabled states from Final Cut Pro;
  • Improved support for HDV, DVCProHD and XDCAM for Final Cut Pro users;
  •  Support for text from FCP subtitling plug-ins like SubBits and DH_Subtitle;
  • New HTML exception log

Pricing and Availability
Pro Import AE 4.0 is available immediately and is priced at $495. Users who purchased new licenses or upgrades to Pro Import AE 3.0 on or after March 8, 2007 will be offered upgrades to version 4.0 at no charge until December 8, 2007.  Users of Pro Import AE 3.0 who purchased before March 8, 2007, as well as users of older After Effects import plug-ins, will be able to upgrade for $195 per license.

About Automatic Duck
Automatic Duck is the pioneer of Timeline Integration Engine technology and leads the content creation marketplace with powerful solutions for seamless, comprehensive timeline translation capabilities between Avid, Adobe After Effects, Combustion, Discreet Smoke, Final Cut Pro, Motion and Quantel via XML, OMF and AAF.  For more information on Automatic Ducks unique Timeline Integration Engine technology, please visit

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