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Cross-Platform Avid Xpress DV in the Works

User site reports Mac version of editing suite on the way By Dave Nagel
Would you like to see Avid Xpress DV on the Macintosh platform? If so, it looks like your wish will soon come true. Avid has started running a promotional campaign on its Web site comparing the choice between computer platforms to the choice between wearing boxers or briefs and promising users that they will soon be able to make their own choice when it comes to Xpress DV. 

The "It's all about choice" campaign does not expressly mention the Macintosh platform. Avid, on its own site, says, "... Very soon, Avid Xpress DV will give you more creative choices than ever before--across features, across the Avid product line and across platforms!"

Avid Xpress DV was introduced a couple years ago exclusively for Windows systems. It currently runs only on Windows 2000. In its present incarnation, a small sampling of its features includes:

  • Web export via integrated Cleaner EZ;
  • Export to MPEG-1 and MPEG-2, QuickTime, Real and Windows Media;
  • For video tracks, which are nestable for "unlimited" tracks;
  • Batch digitizing;
  • Deck control;
  • Eight-track audio mixing with real-time editing;
  • Sampling up to 48 kHz;
  • Single-track transitions (more than 80 transitions included);
  • Matte, chroma and luma keying;
  • Picture in picture;
  • Anti-aliased titling;
  • Project compatibility with Media Composer, Symphony and Xpress;
  • Some support for Avid Unity MediaNet.

There's no word on whether the forthcoming Mac release will coincide with a major upgrade or not. Avid Xpress DV 1.5 sells for $1,699. Xpress DV with the PowerPack sells for $2,999. The PowerPack includes bonus compositing and effects software, training and DVD authoring software. For more information, visit

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 [email protected].

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