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SYPHAnews - 10th April 2001

Welcome to SYPHAnews - a newsletter designed to keep you up-to-date with nonlinear audio and video news, as well as developments at (incorporating and

We will deliver this service to you free of charge every month - unless there is some major news or event which we think you should know about sooner.

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All information has been completely updated as of April 2001.

Among the new full details product entries are:

  • Applied Magic - Sequel.
  • Canopus - DVStorm.
  • electronic Farm - Mule.
  • FAST Multimedia - purple.
  • Grass Valley Group - Vibrint NewsEdit.
  • Lightworks - VOX 1000.
  • Matrox - RTMac.
  • Pinnacle - CinéWave.
  • Quantel - iQ.

Among the major new versions are:

  • Adobe - Premiere 6.0.
  • Apple - Final Cut Pro 2.
  • Discreet - edit 6.
  • Media 100 - Media 100i.
  • Pixel Power - Collage EDit 2.

Also, check out all of the new product enhancements and prices for existing entries, as well as additional background information on:

  • Avid Technology.
  • Pinnacle Systems.
  • FAST Multimedia.
  • Quantel.
  • Sony.

NLE news

Apple has launched Final Cut Pro 2, its all-in-one editing solution based on the Power Mac G4. The system features real time editing using qualified cards such as the Pinnacle Systems CinéWave or the Matrox RTMac, and a scalable architecture that allows users to output content in any video format, including HD. See

As well as adding real time effects, such as motion graphics, dissolves and wipes, to Final Cut Pro 2, the Pinnacle Systems CinéWave supports a high definition (HD) option that provides accelerated performance when processing effects and transitions. See

The Quantel iQ image processing platform is making its debut at NAB 2001. It features dedicated control surfaces, and is designed to allow multiple applications to run on the same platform simultaneously, with any mix of resolutions and formats. Also new is the Clipbox Studio all in one live-to-air production system. See

The Avid|DS HD nonlinear production system for conforming and finishing projects at multiple non-compressed HDTV and SDTV formats, is now available. As with the Avid|DS system, Avid|DS HD provides a complete range of integrated picture and audio editing, compositing, paint, animation, character generation and project management tools. See

Avid|DS will also be at the onedotzero5 digital film festival, where Avid is sponsoring a special programme that focuses on music video and commercial work. The festival runs from 27 April to 6 May 2001, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London, UK.

Discreet has launched version 6 of its edit nonlinear editing system. This incorporates numerous enhancements for editing professionals with significant focus in four main areas: encoding and automated publishing for Web streaming, advanced vertical editing and compositing, expanded effects capability, and workgroup services for producers, editors and assistants. See http://

Media 100 has announced availability of its CineStream authoring solution for Web developers and professional content creators. Available for both Windows and Macintosh platforms, CineStream allows users to capture video content directly from DV sources, edit it, author interactive elements directly into the editing timeline and encode the final product in all major streaming media formats. See

Stage Tools has launched version 2.0 of its MovingPicture pan and zoom application for Windows and Mac-based nonlinear editors. Moving Picture takes scanned images up to 4,000 pixels and allows for repeatable pans and zooms directly from a nonlinear editor's timeline. The new version offers a significant rendering speed increase, as well as per keyframe eases and QuickTime rendering. See

DAW news

Bertsch Electronics has launched a DVD-quality 32-track hard disk recorder/digital mixer. The DVD-ready BERTSCH DPR32 is a rackmountable 5U unit that supports up to 3.9 hours of continuous 32 track, 24-bit/96kHz recording, an integrated 36 x 8 MIDI-automated digital mixer, non-destructive editing, a PC-compatible archive, SMPTE chase, and varispeed. See

SADiE has announced support for the AES31 universal file exchange format for its range of products. AES31 is the new is open and non-proprietary standard for network and file transfer of digital audio, and has already been ratified as an international standard. For details of this as well as SADiE V4 software features, compatibility and upgrades, see

DSP Media has announced version 2.1 of its AVtransfer multi-format, multi-standard conversion software. This offers integrated project (EDL) and multi-format audio file transfer. See The company has also announced Vmotion, a video disk recorder/player for audio post-production applications, and support by the digital mixer of its Postation II system for plug-ins by TC Electronics, Wave Mechanics and Dolby via a Soundscape Mixtreme card.

Regarding the announcement by Mackie Designs of its intention to purchase Sydec N.V. - a development partner of Soundscape Digital Technology (SDT), SoundScape says that it presents both Mackie and SDT with an unusual and unique opportunity to explore a new joint venture, incorporating the strengths of both businesses. SDT will be exhibiting at the upcoming NAB and AES Conventions.

Studer Professional Audio AG has announced that it has decided to stop discussions concerning a possible merger with VCS Nachrichtentechnik GmbH. Studer and VCS will continue to cooperate in the commercial and technical fields, and Studer will also explore the distribution of VCS products to markets not already served by VCS. See

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