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Automatic Duck Ships Automatic Composition Import DV

Software allows Avid Xpress DV to integrate with Adobe After Effects By Dave Nagel
Automatic Duck has released another in its series of Automatic Composition Import (ACI) programs for Adobe After Effects. ACI is a set of tools that allows Adobe After Effects to integrate with NLEs, such as Final Cut Pro and high-end Avid systems. The latest release, Automatic Composition Import DV, is designed to integrate After Effects with the newly released Avid Xpress DV 3.5 for Macintosh.

Automatic Composition Import DV gives users of Avid Xpress DV the ability to export and import timelines between Xpress DV and Adobe After Effects. The software is specifically designed for Avid Xpress DV for Mac OS X and translates an entire Avid timeline into Adobe After Effects.

The software also translates several common effects from Avid systems, including dissolves, submasters, flops and flips, matte key and others. It supports layers and layer names; nested layers, which are converted into nested comps; audio; and effect description markers.

Automatic Composition Import DV for Mac OS X is available now for $295. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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