updated 09:25 pm EDT, Tue July 7, 2009
VideoPier 1.3 ships
Aquafadas has launched an update to its MPEG-2/AVCHD capture and management utilities, VideoPier and VideoPier HD 1.3. The latest version now supports Elgato's Turbo.264/Turbo.264 HD, enabling faster export and conversion of codecs while reducing CPU load on the host machine. New clip management tools can be used for deleting clips, from both the application and the hard disk, with support for drag-and-drop movement of clips between events. Version 1.3 also improves the line display, for easier selection of multiple items, and fixes a bug involving Sanyo camcorders.
QuickTime provides limited support for MPEG-2 and AVCHD video formats, which VideoPier is geared toward. The software allows users to import the formats without having to convert or compress them into an H.264 variant, while providing tools to organize the clips into events. From there, users can rearrange the content, view it without conversion and convert copies for specific devices such as iPhones, iPods or Apple TV. Videos can also be exported to Movie 06/08, iPhone, QuickTime, and Final Cut.
Export to Avid Media Composer is available with VideoPier HD. The HD version is designed to handle higher-resolution formats, with support for HDV capture from tape-based camcorders, scene detection, date extraction, custom file naming and file date override. The standard version only works with standard-definition content.
VideoPier and VideoPier HD 1.3 require Mac OS X 10.4.4 or higher, a 1GHz processor or better, and 512MB of RAM. The standard version carries a price of $50, or $90 for a five-user family pack. The HD version costs $80, with a family pack available for $150.