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Gridiron Ships X-Factor For After Effects Pro 6.5

Speeds digital video production with grid computing technology. (May 27, 2004)

GridIron Software, a leading developer of grid computing solutions, today announced the availability of its X-Factor extension for Adobe After Effects Professional 6.5. Adobe After Effects Professional creates motion graphics and effects for film, video, DVD and the Web, and uses the X-Factor extension to allow digital professionals to use grid computing technology to rapidly increase the speed of preview and rendering capabilities in an easy-to-use and non-intrusive manner.

X-Factor by GridIron divides and distributes the work ordinarily performed on a single computer among several computers joined together in a network, allowing Adobe After Effects users to complete preview processing and rendering twice as fast on two computers than on one, three times as fast on three computers, and so on. Unlike a render farm, which uses multiple computers for the final rendering of frames at the end of a project, X-Factor speeds up processing while After Effects 6.5 is being used. Preview processing and rendering take place in the background, allowing the full computing power of the Adobe After Effects workstation to be used for other tasks at the same time.

The bundling of X-Factor with Adobe After Effects represents the first time grid computing technology has been offered with a commercial software product for consumers and small-to-medium businesses. Early users of X-Factor are seeing dramatic improvements to their digital media rendering and editing applications due to increased computing power provided by grid computing technology.

?Even after working with After Effects as our primary design and effects program for seven years, I was astonished with the performance improvement X-Factor provides, said Scott Bryant, owner and creative director of Steam, a production company specializing in live action and graphic design for advertising. ?A high-definition project that took over 33 minutes to render locally with After Effects was completed in just 1 minute, 54 seconds using a grid of 10 computers. The introduction of X-Factor has fundamentally changed our HD workflow.

?X-Factor makes it easy and affordable for Adobe After Effects users to realize impressive gains in productivity, said Dave Trescot, senior director of Digital Video for Adobe. ?X-Factor greatly extends the value of After Effects by reducing time and processing limitations. Adobe After Effects Professional users can now spend less time rendering and invest more time in their creative efforts.

Steve Forde, president and CEO of GridIron Software said, ?GridIron has received tremendous reaction from Adobe After Effects users and the industry for X-Factor, and the demand keeps growing. GridIron has brought traditional grid computing to the digital content market, allowing professionals to use this technology to create and render projects never before possible due to time and technology constraints. Our work with Adobe underscores this, and demonstrates the ongoing need for abundant, low-cost processing power, particularly as broadcast production houses and professionals migrate rapidly to high-definition standards.

Pricing and Availability
The Basic edition license of X-Factor, which allows use of X-Factor with Adobe After Effects Professional 6.5 on two additional computers to double the speed of preview processing and rendering, comes bundled with After Effects at no charge. It can be accessed through the After Effects installation screen or at

X-Factor Plus is available for $99 per CPU, which allows X-Factor to run on more than two computers and provides additional features to efficiently manage multiple remote computers, such as selecting which computers to use, checking for the availability of plug-ins and fonts, and distributing or deleting source footage. At $1,995, X-Factor Unlimited provides all the features of X-Factor Plus and allows X-Factor to use an unlimited number of additional computers. The X-Factor Plus and Unlimited license upgrades can be purchased at

About Gridiron Software Incorporated
GridIron is a software development company whose mission is to bring the power of high performance computing to the mainstream by making it profoundly simple to develop and use software applications with the added speed of distributed grid computing. GridIron products enable computationally intensive software applications to run faster on multiple computers.


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