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Pinnacle CineWave Goes Real-Time

Software upgrade brings real-time functions to Final Cut Pro system By Dave Nagel
Like so many things on the Mac platform, this one has been a long time coming. But now Pinnacle Systems has started shipping a real-time option for its CineWave hardware capture and editing system for Apple's Final Cut Pro. The new CineWave RT brings real-time editing and effects to Final Cut Pro for uncompressed, standard-def video.

We do not yet have complete details on the option. Pinnacle says the upgrade is available to current users as a software upgrade, with special pricing for those who purchased CineWave SD before June 15.

The system allows users to perform keyframeable image control and motion effects, as well as to create transitions on two tracks of video and two tracks of graphics with alpha channels in real-time. Pinnacle says that, unlike systems using preview effects, CineWave RT's real-time effects and transitions can be mastered out to tape without rendering. CineWave RT also allows users to perform real-time effects on any combination of CineOffline SD resolutions and full, uncompressed quality clips within the same sequence without rendering. Users can also add multiple keyframable filters (Brightness and Contrast; Color Balance; Sepia, Tint, De-saturate, Proc Amp, and Gamma Correction) and motion controls (Crop, Scale, Center, Anchor Points, Opacity) to each track of uncompressed footage.

CineWave provides unlimited layering, effects, motion tracking, paint, and compositing tools. CineWave RT includes a full version of Apple's Final Cut Pro, Commotion Pro, Knoll Light Factory, the TARGA Cine Engine and the CineWave RT software. Pricing was not avaiulable at press time. We'll bring you updated information on the CineWave RT when it becomes available. 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

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