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StageTools Releases MovingPicture 3

New version supports After Effects 5.5 in Mac OS X By Dave Nagel
StageTools has announced MovingPicture 3.0, a plugin for a number of NLEs and compositing applications for Mac and Windows, including After Effects 5.5 for Mac OS X. MovingPicture is a tool for documentary and industrial filmmakers to pan and zoom on high-resolution images. It takes scanned images up to 4,000 pixels and allows for repeatable pans and zooms directly from a nonlinear editor?s timeline.

New features in version 3.0 include:

  • Motion-blur
  • Timeline scrubbing
  • Multi-image Flash output
  • Increased performance
  • Several productivity enhancements.

In MovingPicture, the image appears on the screen. Dragging and sizing a framing box icon on top of it changes the view, adding key frames onto the timeline. Editor's can preview the motion in real time without any rendering and finally render in high resolution without leaving the timeline. Motion is field-rendered at sub-pixel accuracy and in 32-bit color.

Macintosh versions are available for Adobe After Effects and Premiere, Apple Final Cut Pro and Media 100 systems. The MovingPicture plugin is priced at $199. Support for additional OS X-compatible hosts are forthcoming, according to the company. Registered users can upgrade at no charge. For more information or to download a fully functioning evaluation copy, 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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