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Avid Announces Unity ProEncode 1.6

New Version Features DV50 and PAL 4:1:1 DV Encoding (October 04, 2001)
Avid today announced the availability of Avid Unity ProEncode 1.6, which is now able to encode DV50 media. The ProEncode 1.6 system also features support for encoding PAL 4:1:1 DV media, a much-requested feature from the European market.

The ProEncode system simplifies and speeds up the process of encoding Avid production media into streaming media for distribution. Users of Avid Unity MediaNet systems with Symphony, Media Composer, Avid Xpress, or NewsCutter clients can take advantage of the workflow benefits that ProEncode provides, and can do so even more flexibly with version 1.6.

Adding to the release is the ability to encode PAL 4:1:1 DV25 media, a feature that is highly anticipated in Europe. Another Avid-engineered software codec provides this functionality, ensuring that NewsCutter Effects and NewsCutter XP systems can incorporate this technology to create a finely-tuned Broadcast workflow.

Another new feature introduced with ProEncode version 1.6 is the ability to connect to MediaNet via Avid Unity PortServer, which provides broadcasters with a more cost-effective way to incorporate ProEncode into an Avid Unity for News environment. When used in conjunction with NewsCutter Effects 2.6 or NewsCutter XP 2.1 and PortServer, ProEncode can be connected to MediaNet via inexpensive Ethernet instead of Fibre Channel. "The net result of PortServer support is that our customers can benefit from significant cost savings, especially when connecting multiple ProEncode systems to MediaNet in an encoding cluster," said Claman.

Each advance featured in ProEncode 1.6 further streamlines the process of encoding media, which is typically CPU-intensive and time consuming. ProEncode almost completely automates this process, allowing it to be completed in the background so that the Avid workstation can continue to be used for creative work.

Pricing and Availability
Avid Unity ProEncode 1.6 is available in conjunction with the Avid Unity shared media network. Pricing depends on configuration, starting at $11,000 USMSRP.

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Related Keywords:Digital Video Editing, Digital Media Net, Avid Unity ProEncode 1.6, encode DV50 media, support for encoding PAL 4:1:1 DV media, much-requested feature, European market, Symphony, Media Composer, Avid Xpress, NewsCutter

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