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Avid Introduces Mac OS X Systems

Symphony, Media Composer, Film Composer, Xpress coming in first quarter By Dave Nagel
Avid Technology today announced Mac OS X versions of four of its editing systems. These include Media Composer, Film Composer and Xpress, as well as Symphony, which was not previously available on the Macintosh platform. All of the new versions are expected to ship by March.

According to Avid, Symphony 4.7 for the Mac with offer real-time 10-bit DVE, Ultimatte keying and color correction. (Symphony's real-time color correction is new to both Mac and WIndows platforms.) It also supports 29.976 FPS projects for all Media Composer systems and new MetaSync technology for synchronizing metadata with audio and video content.

Through March 28, the new Symphony 4.7 systems will sell for 22 percent off the regular price of $90,000. Film Composer XL 11.7 will start at $53,000. Media Composer 11.7 will start at $12,000. And Xpress 5.7 will start at $5,999. Avid says all of the systems should be available this quarter. Upgrade pricing and further details will be announced at the time of the release. 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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