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Digidesign Debuts Pro Tools 5.3.1

Soft SampleCell 3.1 also previewed By DMN Staff Writer
Digidesign is debuting Pro Tools 5.3.1 at NAB this week, a new software version that provides cross-platform support for AVoption|XL for Avid Picture integration, FilmFrame for direct 24P video playback, DigiTranslator 2.0 for OMF interchange and Avid Unity MediaNet shared storage for its new Pro Tools|HD system. The company is also debuting Soft SampleCell 3.1.

Pro Tools|HD is a high-definition audio production workstation that features more DSP power, support for sample rates up to 192 kHz, high-resolution audio interfaces and peripheral options, higher track count and I/O capacity and expanded routing flexibility.

Pro Tools 5.3.1 for Pro Tools|HD workstations improves workflow efficiency through simultaneous sharing of media assets, allowing users to stream both audio and video from Avid Unity MediaNet, the network system that enables media sharing between Avid video and Pro Tools audio production systems. It also supports AVoption|XL, FilmFrame (an option for AVOptionXL) and DigiTranslator. (The DigiTranslator option supports import and export of OMF files and sequences directly from Avid Unity MediaNet and MediaManager systems.)

On the Mac-specific side of things, Pro Tools 5.3.1 brings support for all 1 percent and 4 percent pull up/pull down combinations for interchangeability and delivery using 24P, NTSC and PAL standards with SYNC I/O. It also supports PostConform, EDL Import/Auto-Conform software that enables automated capture and spotting of audio elements to picture for increased productivity. And it brings QuickTime DV movie playback via FireWire using Canopus? ADVC-100 DV Transcoder for working with projects from Avid?s Xpress DV.

Pro Tools 5.3.1 also adds support for Digidesign?s newest HD peripherals: Integrated support on the Macintosh for PRE, a remote-controllable eight-channel mic. preamp, and cross-platform support for the 192 Digital I/O, a 24-bit/192 kHz multi-channel audio interface featuring a range of high-definition digital I/O options.

Digidesign has also announced Soft SampleCell version 3.1, adding support for sample rates up to 192 kHz and bringing the simultaneous voice count up to 96. For registered Soft SampleCell owners, a free update to version 3.1 will be available as a Web download.

Soft SampleCell is a stand-alone, host-based version of the SampleCell II Plus PCI card available for Pro Tools|HD, 24 MIX and LE systems. It supports playback of up to 192 kHz/24-bit audio files and features a four-pole resonant lowpass filter, up to 96 voices and 1 GB of sample memory support.

Soft SampleCell will be available by April 17 free for registered users or $345 for the full version. For more information, visit

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