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Pinnacle CineWave, OS X and Napoleon

Message for Pinnacle: Thank you, thank you, thank you! By Peter May
In 1798 Napoleon won a split decision over the British in Egypt. In the desert, his army prevailed. Unfortunately his navy (and his only ride home) was sunk. Stuck in Egypt for three long, hot years, his soldiers dug in. That digging unearthed a tablet - the definitive symbol of translation -- the Rosetta Stone. A few weeks ago I had a similar experience. I unpacked my CinéWave Pro-analog break out box.

Pinnacle Cinewave OS X Breakout Box
(Click graphic for enlargement) CineWave Pro Analog break-out-box, my Rosetta Stone. Composite, component and S-Video in and out. Balanced and Unbalanced audio too! Whichever input is chosen, all the outputs are live, all the time including simultaneous SD and HD outputs (with the HD upgrade)!


Where once my computer could understand only FireWire, now it communicates in composite video, component video and S-Video with my choice of balanced and unbalanced audio as well. Though not pictured here, I also connected up a Pro Digital BOB making me SDI capable as well. If I'm good, I might even treat myself to the High Def upgrade too. That's part of the beauty of CineWave. It's scalable, flexible and very upgradable. It makes me feel, as an editor, well? huge!


See, I'm three years older than videotape and grew up in a production world where only post houses owned edit suites. The DV NLE revolution changed that but still, some pros still see DVCAM and miniDV as dreadfully prosumer. That's the other half of the CineWave story. Not only can I capture almost any standard video in, I can edit it 1:1, uncompressed, just like the big boys. I wish I had made this move a year ago!

But, then, I couldn't have. I run Final Cut Pro in OS X.

Excerpted from a CineWave press release on the occasion of April's NAB? last year. "CinéWave support for Mac OS X will be available in July 2002 as a free upgrade for all CinéWave customers."

OK, the dateline was Vegas. Maybe Pinnacle was feeling lucky. I'm sure they were feeling less lucky when they moved the release date to September, then October.

Again, quoting an Apple VP in that same spring press release, "The Final Cut Pro/CinéWave combination, running on Mac OS X, will give our most demanding customers a world class finishing system on an enterprise-class foundation." Now that turned out to be absolutely true when the software was released on Christmas Eve, a half a year late!

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