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Automatic Duck Ships Upgrade To Pro Import AE 3.0

Extensive new feature set links Avid, Final Cut Pro to After Effects (December 07, 2004)

Automatic Duck (, the creators of Timeline Integration Engine software for digital media artists, today announced that it has completed the largest feature set upgrade to the companys flagship Timeline Integration solution for Adobe After Effects artists Automatic Duck Pro Import AE 3.0. Available immediately, Pro Import AE 3.0 has added more than 20 new features and capabilities to streamline timeline integration between industry popular editing, design systems and After Effects.

With this release, Automatic Duck is delivering the only timeline integration solution in the industry able to import media files from Apple Motion, Apples newest real-time motion graphics design solution. Additionally, Pro Import AE 3.0 enables import of XML files from Final Cut Pro, greatly simplifying the once tedious task of moving content between disparate editing and effects timelines.

?Automatic Duck Pro Import AE 3.0 is the largest, most feature rich upgrade weve delivered since our inception. With this new release, we are aggressively driving our mission to provide the most complete and most powerful Timeline Integration solutions for digital media artists, said Wes Plate, president of Automatic Duck. ?One common denominator among all our customers, regardless of platform, is their utmost reliance on After Effects as a design solution and we attribute the tremendous success of Pro Import AE to this. Consequently, weve put significant commitment and energy into the newest version of our most widely used Timeline Integration solution to make it that much more compelling for customers and new users alike.

"Adobe After Effects is the most widely used motion graphics and visual effects solution on the market and has become a key component in digital media artists' design workflow, regardless of platform," said Steve Kilisky, group product manager for Adobe After Effects. "The reality is that content creation workflows between products are not always compatible. Pro Import AE connects nonlinear editors to Adobe After Effects, enabling them to easily integrate their most complex editing timelines directly into After Effects."

Select Key Features New to Pro Import AE 3.0
Pro Import AE 3.0 adds over 20 significant new features to the Companys flagship best-selling timeline integration tool for After Effects artists. Significant new capabilities added in this new version include:

* Motion Project import directly into After Effects
* XML import from Final Cut Pro
* Upon import, text from FCP or Avid become After Effects text layers
* Time Remapping from Final Cut Pro
* 3rd Party filter translation from Final Cut Pro and Motion
* Import via ?drag and drop procedure
* Support for DVCPro HD media from Final Cut Pro HD
* Support for Avid DV50 OMF media
* Support for Avid media digitized to multiple files
* PSD layer import from Final Cut Pro
* User-specified media folders (Windows)
* Added support for Final Cut Pro sequence markers
* Support for extended characters in media file names (Mac)

Leading Plug-in Developers Benefit from Enhanced Workflow
Several industry-leading plug-in developers, including GenArts and BorisFX, are benefiting from the enhanced, integrated workflow Pro Import AE 3.0 is providing its customers. GenArts, a premiere provider of visual special effects software, is pleased that Automatic Duck is enabling their customers to easily move content created with their industry-leading Sapphire Plug-ins from Final Cut Pro and Motion directly into After Effects. Sapphire Plug-ins are used worldwide by the industrys elite designers to create visually stunning, highly evocative material. Automatic Ducks new time saving process is invaluable to GenArts customers, who are using Sapphires vast set of tools and effects to produce visual effects-intensive work on extremely tight deadlines with no room for inaccuracies.

?The ability to translate plug-ins and their settings to After Effects from Motion and Final Cut Pro is a great addition to Automatic Ducks capabilities and is invaluable to our customers, added Karl Sims, president of GenArts. ?We expect Pro Import AE 3.0 to streamline and simplify the workflow for our customers, making it that much easier for editors to incorporate Sapphire Plug-ins into all their projects.

BorisFX, a leading developer of integrated graphics and effects technology, delivers hundreds of effects and design plug-ins in its recently-released Continuum solution. With Automatic Duck tightly integrated within users content creation systems, BorisFX customers can ensure their sophisticated designs and effects are seamlessly imported into After Effects.

"At Boris, we've created the standard for integrated effects. Boris Continuum Complete provides digital media artists with over 150 different filters to create effects from the practical to the inspired - and we do this with plug-ins integrated in their workflow," said Boris Yamnitsky, founder and president, BorisFX. "Pro Import AE 3 enables our customers to move their designed content from Final Cut Pro or Motion, directly into After Effects without compromising a single design or effect. Combined with Automatic Duck, we're making the designers' tool kit that much more valuable."

Pricing and Availability
Pro Import AE 3.0 is available immediately and is priced at $495.00 for new customers and is available as a free upgrade for existing users who have purchased after September 5, 2004. For customers who purchased Pro Import AE before this date, the upgrade to Pro Import AE 3.0 will be available for $195. For more information on how to order, please visit

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, 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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