SYPHAnews - 28th February 2002
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now launched at http://SYPHAonline.com.
We are also in the process of spring-cleaning the NLE Buyers Guide -
everything must be renewed in time for the NAB Convention. If you manufacture
a nonlinear editing system or disk recorder/server for editing, and we
haven't contacted you, then please let us know immediately.
For the DAW Buyers Guide we
have new full details listings for:
- Cube-Tec - AudioCube 5
- Cube-Tec - QUADRIGA
- Mackie Broadcast & Professional - SoundScape 32.
For the NLE Buyers Guide we
have new full details listings for:
- Compaq Computer - Evo Workstation W8000
- Digital Voodoo - D1 64 & D1 64AV
- Digital Voodoo - Iridium AV
- Digital Voodoo - Iridium HD
- Gee Broadcast Systems - GeeVS
and new entries for:
- Compaq Computer - Evo Workstation W4000
- Compaq Computer - Evo Workstation W6000.
Avid Announces Avid Xpress DV 3
Avid Technology has announced Avid Xpress DV v3 software. New features
include a user interface with customisable tool sets, Media Composer source-record
style editing and SuperBin; keyframe model with bezier controls and keyframes
per parameter; user control to maximise either performance or image quality;
Avid UnityLANshare support for low-cost networking and media sharing;
Avid DV CODEC for improved image quality that withstands multiple generations;
realtime architecture that delivers realtime effects on systems with as
little as 750MHz processing and 256MB RAM; 8 video tracks with unlimited
nesting for dynamic multi-layered compositions; and low-cost DVD burner
support plus five times faster MPEG encoding. It is scheduled to be available
in mid-February for the Windows platform and mid-2002 for the Mac platform.
Avid Xpress DV v3 standard configuration has a MSRP of US$1699/EUR2000/GB£1300
and includes Boris FX LTD, Boris Graffiti LTD, Sonic DVDit!, and Discreet
Cleaner EZ. See http://www.avid.com.
Pinnacle Releases CinéWave 2.1 to Add Power
to Apple's Final Cut Pro 3
Pinnacle Systems has released CinéWave 2.1. The new version of
this editing and compositing solution adds uncompressed realtime power
to the new three-way colour correction capability of Apple's Final Cut
Pro 3, as well as realtime chroma keying with spill suppression and colour
correction filters. CinéWave 2.1 also supports the new Pinnacle
Pro Digital and Analogue Breakout Box. This offers analogue, composite,
S-Video, 10-bit component and SDI video I/O, as well as 4 in/6 out analogue
balanced audio, 4 in/4 out AES/EBU at 20-bit/48 KHz, 2 in/2 out S/PDIF,
2 in/2 out unbalanced audio, and 8 in/8 out TDIF. CinéWave 2.1
is a free software upgrade for existing customers. Realtime effects require
the CinéWave RT software upgrade. The upgrade can be downloaded
Quantel Releases Version 9 Software for Editbox
Quantel has released Version 9 software for Editbox, which boosts performance
in three areas: primary editing, audio management and multi-layer compositing.
The new primary editing features are particularly invaluable when editing
without an EDL - for example, in promos, sports and news and include:
tail-free desk editing; new in, out and viewer 'tuck' marking for faster
shot selection and compilation; folded view editing for faster shot re-ordering;
protection marks and protected edits for more assured compiling. V9 audio
management adds: audio/video sync database, status and timing; track-by-track
sync monitoring and changing; auto-select trimming of split audio/video
edits; individual segment readout of source tape information. Super history
compositing increases the compositing power such that a four layer system
becomes 16 layers, eight layers becomes 64. Every layer retains full setup
information and can be adjusted independently or as part of a group, and
gives the editor new control over sequence-dependent effects. Quantel
is offering Editbox owners the opportunity to try V9 for free. See http://www.quantel.com.
Panasonic Expands Capabilities of AJ-DE97/QuickCutter
Panasonic Broadcast and Television Systems has announced Version 2.0 software
for its AJ-DE97/QuickCutter DVCPRO/DVCPRO50 native nonlinear editing system.
New features include DVCPRO/DVCPRO50 hybrid editing in the same sequence,
EDL import (CMX3600 format) and export (CMX3600 plus BVE9000 format),
support for Boris F/X version 5.0 plug-in software and 16:9 aspect ratio
capability. Optional ClipCopy software allows networking of native DVCPRO/DVCPRO50
media with industry-standard news servers, such as the SGI Origin 200,
GVG Profile PDR400 and PVS1100, Quantel ClipBox Studio and Panasonic AJ-HDR150.
Matrox Offers RTMac at a New Low Price
Matrox Video Products Group has announced a US$400/EUR450/GB£270 price
reduction on the Matrox RTMac realtime editing card for the Apple Power
Mac G4. This gives a suggested list price of US$599/EUR699/GB£429 for
the Matrox RTMac, for use with Apple Final Cut Pro. The RTMac with Adobe
Premiere bundle is now priced at US$799/EUR939/GB£579. See http://www.matrox.com/video.
Quantel Releases Suite of Plug-ins for iQ
Quantel has released a suite of effects plug-ins for iQ and its new graphics
products. The suite was created by Quantel engineers using the same plug-in
API as third party developers and brings together 17 effects and transitions
in a single package. Sensible defaults mean that straightforward effects
and transitions can be quickly set up and executed, while comprehensive
parameter controls are also available for precision tweaking and execution.
In addition, Video Design Software (VDS) has announced that it will release
Synapse for iQ and the new graphics range in April 2002. Synapse is a
plug-in product which supports After Effects plug-ins within the Quantel
user interface, and offers direct, interactive use of 56 Boris After Effects
production-oriented plug-ins and Boris Continuum. See http://www.quantel.com.
Discreet Ships edit 6.5 With Pinnacle TARGA 3000
Discreet, a division of Autodesk is shipping edit 6.5, the latest version
of its realtime Windows 2000-based nonlinear editing system, which runs
exclusively on the Pinnacle TARGA 3000. Edit 6.5 supports up to three
non-compressed graphics layers, as well as two streams of uncompressed
or compressed video, concurrent realtime graphics and effects, 16:9 image
capture and playback, and serial digital, composite and component I/O.
Edit 6.5 includes direct timeline access to Discreet's combustion 2 visual
effects and compositing software, and also features accurate, multi-layered
offline-to-online workflow with Discreet's smoke or fire IRIX-based workstation
systems for high-resolution uncompressed finishing. See http://www.discreet.com.
Aurora IgniterRT Adds Support For Final Cut Pro's
3-Way Colour Correction
Aurora Video Systems has announced that its IgniterRT video card offers
realtime support for the three-way colour correction in Apple's Final
Cut Pro 3 editing software. IgniterRT delivers realtime effects using
Final Cut Pro in both uncompressed, and MJPEG-A compression formats. To
get all of the supported RT functionality, users can download the most
recent version of drivers from http://www.auroravideosys.com.
DVS Buys Into Director's Friend
DVS Digitale Videosysteme GmbH has announced that it has bought a share
in Director's Friend. Director's Friend is the developer and manufacturer
of df-CineHD, a portable HD digital film capturing system which allows
direct connection to an HD camera. The system was used on the 90-minute
film 'Waterloo - Russian Ark' by Alexander Sokurov which was produced
without a single cut. This partnership will add to the DVS existing range
of products for recording and processing of HD and 2K material. See http://www.dvs.de.
Media 100 Introduces the 844/X and GenesisEngine
Media 100 has introduced the 844/X, a next-generation system for content
design, which runs on the GenesisEngine, a PCI-standard subsystem compatible
with personal computers. The 844/X can process eight streams - four video
streams paired with four motion alpha keys simultaneously, in realtime.
Using its Intelligent Layering Architecture, it can process unlimited
numbers of streams, recursively processing eight at a time in realtime.
It uses 10-bit quantisation throughout and video processing is progressive.
The GenesisEngine is designed to run on the PCI bus of a standard workstation.
This media supercomputer delivers more than 420MB/s sustained throughput,
enabling it to process numerous concurrent media functions across multiple
video and key streams in realtime. Media 100 and Compaq Computer have
also announced a co-marketing and co-development relationship for the
844/X and the GenesisEngine. Available Spring 2002, the 844/X will have
a starting price of US$65,995/GB£49,995 including a 1.7GHz dual processor
Compaq Evo Workstation W8000 and 360GB of storage. See http://www.media100.com.
Panasonic Announces Cine-Style Gamma Option for AJ-HDC27
Varicam HD Cinema
Panasonic Broadcast and Television Systems has announced a new option
for its AJ-HDC27 VariCam HD Cinema Camera that allows it to deliver cinema-like
gamma performance and increase its variable frame rate capabilities to
4 - 60fps in one-frame increments. The company claims that the option
extends the usable dynamic range of the camera giving exceptional control
of the image's colour saturation and substantially improving master gamma,
knee point and detail control. See http://www.panasonic-broadcast.com.
Panasonic Announces the AG-DVX100 24P Mini-DV Camcorder
Panasonic Broadcast and Television Systems has announced the AG-DVX100,
which it claims is the world's first mini-DV camcorder capable of capturing
cinema-style, 24-frame progressive scanned images. This palm-size camcorder
has three, newly-developed 1/3 inch progressive scan CCDs that allow it
to capture high-sensitivity images in both standard 60fps NTSC (interlace
scan) and also at 24P. It features low smear and flare, offers a high
sensitivity of F11 at 2000 lux, and is equipped with a newly-developed
zoom lens with manual and auto focus where the focal length is capable
of a wide field of view. Its audio capabilities include two built-in XLR
inputs, and a phantom power supply (48V). The PAL version is expected
to be available early 2003. See http://www.panasonic-broadcast.com.
SADiE Announces CEDAR Retouch for SADiE 24.96 and
In conjunction with audio restoration specialists CEDAR Audio, SADiE has
announced the introduction of CEDAR Retouch for the SADiE 24.96 and Artemis
workstations. This new process can identify and eliminate many more of
the unwanted sounds encountered in audio signals, such as audience coughs,
the pedal creaks of a piano, or squeaking chairs. It processes at 64-bit
resolution and is compatible with 96kHz digital audio. Its graphical tools
allow the operator to identify both the temporal and spectral content
of the unwanted sounds, which are then replaced with audio derived from
the surrounding signal - with no adverse effect on the desired recording.
Digidesign Announces Pro Tools Hardware Exchanges
Digidesign has announced hardware exchange programs in conjunction with
the introduction of Pro Tools|HD which are valid until 30 June 2002. Pro
Tools|24 MIX, Pro Tools|24 MIXplus and Pro Tools|24 MIX3 system owners
can exchange their system for a Pro Tools|HD system at a special introductory
price, providing their systems were purchased or ownership transferred
by 16 January 2002. Additionally, new Pro Tools|HD hardware exchanges
are available for Pro Tools|24, Pro Tools III, Project, Session 8, Digi
001 and Audiomedia III registered owners. See http://www.digidesign.com.
Fostex Announces New VF80 Digital 8-Track
Fostex has announced the VF80, a new hard disk based system which offers
8-channel multitrack recording and mastering, and an optional internal
CD-R/RW drive. This self-contained desktop unit has a dot matrix LCD display
and a 3.5 inch EIDE hard drive as standard. A new microphone simulator
and guitar effects have been added, and also sophisticated mastering effects.
As well as 8 real tracks, there are 16 virtual tracks giving the user
a total of 24 tracks to work with. The VF80 has a MSRP of US$699 without
CD burner. See http://www.fostex.com.
Rocket Network Expands European Operations
Rocket Network has announced the opening of a permanent UK office and
demo facility in West London. The company claims that this expansion reflects
the audio industry's increasing adoption of its global production network
technology. Rocket Network is also working with acoustics and design consultancy
Harris Grant Associates (HGA) to build a Rocket Network/Pro Tools demo
facility at the HGA headquarters in Guildford, Surrey. See http://www.rocketnetwork.com.
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