updated 03:05 pm EST, Mon February 25, 2008
Cineon/DPX Pro for FC 3.0
Glue Tools today announced that it will release Cineon/DPX Pro for Final Cut 3.0 at NAB 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The latest release of Cineon/DPX for Final Cut Pro includes Cineon and DPX Sequence Presets along with a full Cineon or DPX Codec, completely eliminating the need to render sequences in Final Cut Pro's timeline. "No More Red Render Bar!" the company states. "Your imagery can be directly loaded into Final Cut Pro or Compressor, without needing to be compressed into an intermediate codec or movie format." The company is already accepting pre-orders for Cineon/DPX for Final Cut 3.0 at $400 per license. The update requires Final Cut Studio 2 and QuickTime 7.3.1. Upgrades for customers who purchasd Cineon/DPX Pro for Final Cut 2.5 after February 1st will receive a free upgraede to 3.0 when the software is made available at NAB.
Cineon/DPX for Final Cut 3 fully supports Compressor 3 via a new plug-in, allowing Compressor to export Cineon or DPX sequences. The plug-ins provide Compressor with the ability to export any media to 10-bit 444 Cineon or DPX files while preserving full dynamic range. Users can also send large multi-shot sequences to a render farm using compressor to cut down on time required to export frames.
The Cineon and DPX QuickTime component are now fully threaded, according to Glue Tools, allowing an 8-core Mac with RAID to export 1 second of ProRes 422 media at HD resolutions in roughly 3-4 seconds using QuickTime Pro. Sections of the Cineon/DPX Components have undergone a re-write to improve performance, and more than 20,000 frame sequences load in seconds with the latest release. Version 3.0 optimizes playback, and adds several new time-saving features, according to the company.
Upgrades are available from Cineon/DPX 2.5 FCP to 3.0 for Final Cut ($200), Cineon/DPX 2.5 Pro to 3.0 for Final Cut ($240), and Cineon/DPX 2.0 to 3.0 for Final Cut ($300). A $40 discount is available for users who pre-order an upgrade before March 31st.