updated 09:05 am EDT, Mon April 10, 2006
Red Giant at NAB
Red Giant Software (booth no. SL5138C) will show four new products at NAB 2006, which takes place in Las Vegas, NV from April 24 - 27, 2006. The company will showcase Knoll Light Factory 2.5, Magic Bullet Suite 2.1, Film Fix, and Instant HD, as well as its other products: Primatte Keyer, Magic Bullet Editors, Image Lounge and Key Correct Pro. Knoll Light Factory 2.5, a free update to its popular After Effects plug-in to simulate reflections from a very bright light source, will bring render high-quality flares in near real-time along with support from GPU render engines for a speed increase of up to five times, according to the company. It will also bring plug-in support for Premiere Pro 1.5 and later and Avid AVX systems as well as 25 new flares in the standard and EZ versions. It is expected to ship in May for $400.
In addition, Red Giant will showcase Magic Bullet Suite 2.1, an After Effects plug-in for processing digital video footage for output to DVD, TV, or film. Users can also apply expertly-designed technology to de-interlace and de-artifact footage, apply film treatments, crop footage to any standard format, and ensure compliance with broadcast TV standards. Version 2.1 will bring improvements to rendering by as much as seven times as well as support for After Effects 6.5 and AE 7 Pro. Version 2.1 also includes DeepColor RT real-time engine and supports HD and HDV camera formats. It is available now as a free upgrade to v2.0 owners. Magic Bullet Suite 2.1 is available now for $800, while upgrades from v1.x are $130.
Film Fix 1.0 consists of a set of After Effects plug-ins designed for documentary filmmakers and post production studios that need film and video restoration tools on the desktop. Using Film Fix, After Effects users can restore tears, remove dust and dirt particles, and stabilize footage originated on film and video resolution material transferred from film. The processing is nearly automatic, provides high-quality output, and rivals dedicated high-end systems.
The company says the software allows video editors to repair seams with "the only automated tear-repair tool on the market" as well as stabilize footage with fast, software-based 2D translation and automatically eliminate severe non-linear inter-frame brightness fluctuations. In addition, users canremove dust and sparkle defects using motion detection information and render across a set of networked computers. It is available for now for $1,500.
Finally, Instant HD 1.0 is a new product from Red Giant Software that offers premium quality bi-cubic scaling of SD to HD footage. The software supports Adobe After Effects 6.0/7.0, Premiere Pro 1.5 and later, and Apple's Final Cut Pro 5 and later. It offers controls for adjusting quality, sharpness, and anti-aliasing, including easy-to-use presets to easily choose the right resolution when scaling DV to HD. Instant HD, available now, is available for $100 (electronic) or $150 (box).