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Quantel eQ & iQ get new AAF toolsNew AAF workflow from Avid to Quantel simplifies interoperability in Post, Broadcast and DI (November 03, 2005)
Quantel today announced new AAF offline-to-online interchange tools from Avid Xpress Pro and Avid Media Composer Adrenaline to its eQ and iQ Post and DI systems. Both eQ and iQ can now directly import useful AAF V1.1 metadata created during offline - a significant step forward in simplifying on-line sessions.
The metadata set includes segment names, effects transitions, complex effects descriptors, audio splits and fades, time stretch commands, layer event timings and layer priority data. Existing eQ and iQ tools like Reel Lock and Resolution Co-existence then allow lo-res offline images to sync on the fly to the online conform, making last minute checking easy. All eQ and iQ V3.5 users will receive these new tools free of charge and the full toolset will also be incorporated into the new Quantel Pablo color grading suite. Delivery is expected by end of November 2005.
This new implementation of AAF was previewed at IBC showing interoperability from Apple Final Cut via Automatic Duck and adds to existing AAF interchange with Digidesign Pro Tools and Sadie digital audio workstations.
"The AAF Edit Protocol hits the sweet spot for edit interchange," said Brad Gilmer, Executive Director of the AAF Association. "It is great to see these core post production systems adopting it."
"The attraction of AAF is its comprehensive data model which is applicable to a wide range of post-production workflows," said Phil Tudor of BBC R&D who heads the AAF Engineering group. "By using a single interchange standard between many applications, integration is simplified and metadata is less likely to be lost."
Mark Horton, Quantel Marketing Manager for Post added, ?This is another step forward in the general industry adoption of AAF. We have found AAF to be an open and practical format, which allows us to address the real needs our customers have to build a pipeline around multi-vendor solutions.
?The AAF engineering team has done a great job on V1.1. As the more forward looking vendors are now offering AAF technology on their products we look forward to adding further AAF workflow tools for our customers. As AAF is a working, open, genuinely multi-vendor technology, it is the logical choice for collaborative Post, Horton concluded.
Incorporated in January 2000, the AAF Association, Inc. is a broadly-based not-for-profit trade association intended to promote the development and adoption of AAF technology throughout the media industry. With representatives from several major players in the industry, the AAF Association intends to help deliver the full benefits of digital media to content creators including film, television, Internet and post-production professionals.
For more details on AAF go to http://www.aafassociation.org
Quantel is dedicated to creating new tools for the new digital age, covering everything from terrestrial and satellite television to broadband internet, DVD and d-cinema. Quantel systems combine industry-leading performance with total scalability in both hardware and software across post production, graphics, digital intermediate, news and sports production for multiple resolution, team-working environments.
This and all Quantel press information can be found at quantel.com.
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