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Pinnacle Systems Ships Commotion Pro 4

(August 07, 2001)
Pinnacle Systems, Inc. is shipping Commotion Pro 4, an integrated paint, composite, and special effects software. Commotion Pro 4 offers dramatic speed gains in the areas of composite and paint. Commotion Pro 4 also offers significant workflow advancements and new features that simplify and quicken the work performed by visual effects artists.
Commotion Pro 4 has more highly developed algorithms that increase the speed of the paint function by 200% and the composite function by 30%. These speed enhancements will greatly improve user productivity and the ability to complete projects quickly.

New Grouping and Browsing Controls provide a comprehensive solution for managing composites and working with multiple layers at once. Users can add mattes, color corrections, or other filters and motion controls to multiple layers at once -- all within an easy-to-use folder interface. Groups can be viewed solo in the timeline to more efficiently use screen real estate. Finally, a new timeline browser gives users an overview of the entire composite with controls for selecting, moving and deleting groups and layers.

Pinnacle CineWave users will be able to view their NTSC, PAL media in real-time. Commotion Video Preview will simply mirror the user's clip to the display, allowing editors to easily and quickly judge the colors and animation timing of their media on an external video monitor as they work.

New with Commotion Pro 4, users may import Adobe Photoshop files into a composite while preserving the individual layer information including transfer modes, transparencies, masks, and names. This new feature further strengthens the integration and complementary nature of Photoshop and Commotion Pro.

Commotion Pro 4.0 is shipping worldwide through select resellers at $995 for Commotion Pro 4 and $495 for Commotion 4. Upgrade pricing for versions 3.0 or earlier is $249 and $149 respectively. Customers who purchased Commotion 3.1 after April 19, 2001 may contact their reseller for a free upgrade. For more information call 800-401-0009 or browse .

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