updated 02:00 pm EDT, Mon April 24, 2006
Avid Xpress 5.5 for Mac OS
Avid Technology today announced version 5.5 of Avid Xpress Pro software and unveiled Avid Mojo SDI, the newest member in Avid's line of Digital Nonlinear Accelerator products. Avid Xpress Pro v.5.5 software now delivers HD capabilities for both Mac and Windows-based systems, while the new Avid Mojo SDI works seamlessly with Avid Xpress Pro, providing high-quality, advanced analog and digital SDI (Serial Digital Interface) I/O connections for professional video and audio projects. Avid Xpress Pro v 5.5 software combines professional video, audio, film, effects, encoding tools, and custom music creation software. The software supports native HDV and DVCPRO HD for acquisition, editing, and output; real-time effects and 2:3 pulldown insertion over FireWire; and Avid DNxHD encoding to create effects, transitions, and titles. Aivd Xpress 5.5 will ship in June for $1,700.
"The Avid Xpress Pro family is all about empowering digital content creators with tools that meet their needs for creating professional-quality film and video productions on a modest budget," said Tim Wilson, senior product marketing manager for Avid. "Mac customers have been waiting for a product with robust multi-format HD editing and media management features. Both Mac and PC customers have been requesting new I/O that offers the highest-quality audio and video connections. We're delivering on both of those requests at NAB, and as a result, we know that we'll continue to see many high-profile projects created on Avid Xpress Pro."
Avid's unique Open Timeline enables users to mix HDV, DVCPRO HD, and Avid DNxHD formats with SD and DV media in the same timeline in real-time, reducing the time it takes to complete projects that incorporate media from multiple sources.
Version 5.5 offers HD and improved format support for Mac OS X systems as well as supports new 10-bit uncompressed SD and native DV50 formats as well as HDV, DVCPRO HD, and Avid DNxHD. Mac OS X users also gain real-time multicam support, which allows simultaneous playback of any DV, SD, or HD multicam views, for on-the-fly editing in real-time;
In addition, it introduces tapeless workflow for Mac OS X systems, including streamlined support for Panasonic P2 and Sony XDCAM and direct ingest of XDCAM HD over FireWire, which allows Avid Xpress Pro editors to leverage the HD file-based production with the new Sony XDCAM HD format. Version 5.5 also brings new film and pulldown support for Mac OS X systems, which enables editors to capture 24p footage to disk transparently over FireWire, via normal and advanced pulldown, without the need for third-party applications or transcoding. It also includes mixed film gauges and 3-perf tracking for expanded film support;
Avid Xpress 5.5 also offers AVX2 plug-in support for deep colorspace and advanced keyframing for Mac OS X systems. Delivering full control over custom parameter curves and 16-bit rendering for preserving the full color space of effects for both native Avid and third-party effects, the new animation control saves time and offers the highest-quality processing, according to the company.
Users can also enjoy full-screen SD and HD monitoring using the host graphics card, allowing them to monitor SD and HD projects without the need for expensive I/O and broadcast monitors. Users can either monitor over the UI on a single-monitor solution such as a laptop, or use a two-head display for dedicated output;
Avid Mojo SDI
Avid Mojo SDI is a portable, advanced analog and digital SDI I/O device with high-quality professional video and audio connections supporting most professional decks and cameras. Connecting to Macs and PCs via FireWire, the Avid Mojo SDI Digital Nonlinear Accelerator offers the same analog connectivity of Avid Mojo, but adds SDI I/O and AES/EBU digital audio I/O to expand Avid Xpress Pro solutions to work with mastering-quality SD cameras and decks. It will ship in June for $2,500.