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SYPHAnews - 28th September 2001

Welcome to SYPHAnews - a newsletter designed to keep you up to date specifically with nonlinear audio and video news, as well as developments at http://SYPHAonline.com (incorporating http://NLEguide.com and http://DAWguide.com).

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.

New at SYPHAonline.com

STOP PRESS!! For those who missed our newsflash, the all new DAW Buyers Guide - a buyers guide to digital audio workstations, audio cards and software packages, disk-based multitracks and tapeless recorders - is now launched @ http://DAWguide.com.

If you're interested in random access audio recording and editing products, this is the Web site for you! Now you have FREE online access to our database of over 250 products and can search by application, system type, host platform, audio quality, replay channels, cost range, manufacturer and product name.

All information has been completely renewed as of September 2001, and will be updated continuously.

Among the new product entries are Full Details listings for:

  • Digidesign - Pro Tools LE.
  • Emagic - Logic Audio.
  • Marantz - PMD 680/690.
  • NagraVision - Nagra V.
  • SADiE - SADiE SACD Mastering Editor.
  • SADiE - SADiE RADiA.
  • Steinberg Media Technologies - Cubase VST, Score & VST/32.
  • Tascam - SX-1.
  • WaveFrame - FrameWorks/DX.
  • WaveFrame - WaveFrame/7.

Also, check out all of the new product enhancements and prices for existing entries.

For the NLE Buyers Guide @ http://NLEguide.com we have a new entries for:

  • FAST Multimedia - blue
  • Panasonic - AJ-DE97 QuickCutter (a.k.a. NewsByte50)

NLE news

Autodesk to Acquire Media 100 Software Line
Autodesk has signed an agreement to acquire the software product line from Media 100. This includes the Cleaner family as well as CineStream, EventStream technology, EditDV, and IntroDV. The acquired software product lines will be sold and distributed by Discreet upon final completion of the acquisition and is expected to be fully branded under Discreet within the year 2001. See http://www.discreet.com.

Media 100 to Focus on Digital Media Systems Business and Pegasus
Having signed an agreement to sell its software product line to Autodesk, Media 100 will focus on developing digital media systems, such as iFinish and Media 100i. It has also announced Pegasus, a new turnkey editing and compositing system, which is claimed to offer 240MB/s sustained throughput, 10-bit uncompressed video, unlimited layering, and a user interface familiar to Media 100 and Avid Media Composer editors. Apparently in development since 1998, Pegasus is set to ship in the first half of 2002 with a price of between US$25,000 and US$50,000. See http://www.media100.

Pixel Power Announces Collette Plug-in for Avid NLE Systems
Pixel Power has announced Collette, its first software-only character generator, as an Avid AVX plug-in for Avid Media Composer and Symphony systems. The plug-in allows the Pixel Power character generator tool set to fit seamlessly into the normal workflow of an Avid edit suite, either on the same PC or a standalone PC networked to the Avid system over Ethernet or Avid Unity MediaNet. See http://www.pixelpower.com.

AJA Video Demonstrates Kona Video Capture Cards
AJA Video Systems has demonstrated the Kona-SD and Kona-HD 10-bit uncompressed video capture cards. These 64-bit PCI cards are Mac, PC, and Linux compatible and are supported by third-party QuickTime drivers by Blackmagic Design, making them compatible with applications like Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects, Discreet Logic Combustion, etc. The Kona-SD is scheduled to ship in October, and the Kona-HD in November. See http://www.aja.com.

Ulead Announces MediaStudio Pro 6.5
Ulead Systems has announced the release of Ulead MediaStudio Pro 6.5 professional video editing software. The improvements include advances in DVD authoring with output to VCD, SVCD and DVD, variable bit-rate MPEG-2 encoding and limitless DV capture, and Instant Playback, Storyboard Layout and Automatic A/B Roll Layout are some of the new usability features. The estimated street price is US$495. See http://www.ulead.com.

Digital Voodoo Announces Upgrade for D1 Desktop 64AV Card
Digital Voodoo has announced a software and firmware upgrade for the D1 Desktop 64AV card. This upgrade allows capture and playback at offline resolution and support for real time 10-bit dissolves. Available immediately, this upgrade is free to those who purchased cards after 23 April 2001, otherwise costs US$80. See http://www.digitalvoodoo.net.

FAST Multimedia Launches Every In, Any Out Editor
FAST Multimedia has finally launched blue, its 'every in, any out' editor, that supports native editing in all formats. Based on the new FASTstudio 4.0 software, it allows mixing of all formats in the same timeline, including MPEG IMX, MPEG-2 I-Frame from 5 to 50Mb/s, uncompressed component, DV, DVCPRO and DVCPRO 50. All effects are rendered as a background process that can be as fast as real time, and the system supports native transfers via SDTI at up to 4 times faster than real time. It also offers 16 tracks of audio, IEEE-1394 and SDI interfaces, and analogue and AES/EBU audio I/O. blue systems are estimated to start from around EUR45000. See http://www.fastmultimedia.com.

Pinnacle Systems Purchases FAST Multimedia
Pinnacle Systems has announced its intention to purchase all intellectual property, software rights, products, other assets and certain liabilities of FAST Multimedia. Pinnacle sees this as an opportunity to strengthen its business in Europe and in the professional post production market, but how this will affect current arrangements with third parties, as well as existing distributors, has yet to be established. See http://www.pinnaclesys.com.

The electronic Farm Introduces New Modules for Mule
The electronic Farm Mule now offers three modules for its SGI O2, Octane2 and Onyx2-based Mule editing system. The Acre module provides features and effects for manipulating uncompressed HD material, as well as real time capture and playback to an HD VTR. The Autumn module provides advanced colour correction with fully controllable layer-based keyer. The Pig module provides a paint engine with a wide selection of brushes, palettes, colour sources and paint modes. The company has also put together the MuleO2+ turnkey package that is based on an SGI Onyx O2 host, includes Mule, Autumn and Pig. See http://www.electronicfarm.com.

Eagle Research Unveils Rugged Mobile Editing
The new EditPro/M from Eagle Research provides a portable and rugged solution for those with a need to edit on location. It allows video, audio and timecode capture direct from the camera, thus eliminating the need to recapture material from a VTR. Based on Matrox hardware housed in a durable military specification flightcase with RAID redundancy and internal universal power supply, the system uses robust connectors and simplified cabling so that it can be up and running in less than 4 minutes. See http://www.eagle.gr.

Thomson Offers New Editing Tools for News
As part of its networked news editing environment based on the Nextore video server that supports DV, MPEG-2 and M-JPEG video, Thomson Multimedia now offers a range of editing tools. The Surf asset management system supports low-resolution browsing and pre-editing based on a Web-enabled client interface with frame-accurate timecode and jog/shuttle capability. The EditStream 2000 application is designed for fast and simple A/B roll nonlinear editing including voiceover, and the IncitePro application is for more advanced video and audio editing and finishing. Nextore also offers interoperability with AVI/Open DML-compatible third party editing applications, such as the Discreet edit, and there are plans to develop long GOP support. See http://www.thomson-multimedia.com.

Quantel Announces More Formats for Clipbox
Having cooperated with Sony, Quantel plans to ship a six-port HDCAM version of the Clipbox server. Quantel and Panasonic have also cooperated to allow DVCPRO transfer between the Panasonic QuickCutter and Clipbox at more than 2x faster than real time as a background process using Clipbox Clipnet gigabit connectivity, thus leaving all the Clipbox ports free for ingest and playout. In a separate move, Clipnet will also be used by the interface being developed by Marquis Broadcast to allow the transfer of media between Clipbox and the Avid NewsCutter. See http://www.quantel.com.

Grass Valley Group Introduces New Features for NewsEdit
In addition to supporting native MPEG, DV and DVCPRO at up to 50Mb/s, the Grass Valley Group NewsEdit NLE now supports a titling module, advanced Lyric graphics, and playout software from Chyron. This allows users to import files created on iNFiNiT and Duet-SD/LE systems, or to use the Chyron software modules from within the NewsEdit interface. See http://grassvalleygroup.com.

Avid Technology Announces Low Cost Networking and Upgrades
Avid Technology has announced a low-cost addition to its Avid Unity family of shared storage and associated service products. Due to ship in Q4 2001, Avid Unity LANshare is based around an all-in-one storage and server unit with an Ethernet backbone that supports up to six simultaneous real time clients. Other announcements include a PAL version of NewsCutter XP and NewsCutter XP mobile, new Windows 2000-compatible releases of Avid Symphony, Media Composer and Avid Xpress, a new release of Avid Unity MediaNet that expands the workgroup to Ethernet-connected editing systems and increases the number of simultaneous real time clients to 50, and the availability of the Avid Media Station XL digitising and output station for offloading tasks from Avid Symphony or Media Composer and which may also be connected to Avid Unity MediaNet. The company introduced version 5.0 of Avid/DS and Avid/DS HD that includes the ability to import Adobe Photoshop layers, a new version if its iNEWS newsroom computer system that integrates the Avid Media Browse journalist editing system, and the Avid AirSPACE server that now supports MPEG IMX. Avid also informed us that Pro Tools 5.13 now runs native on Avid Unity. See http://www.avid.com.

Discreet Supports Targa 3000 for edit and New Software for HD
The Discreet edit version 6.5 now runs under Windows 2000 and the Pinnacle Systems Targa 3000 for multiple streams of non-compressed video and graphics. Discreet also announced version 5 software for its fire and smoke multi-master editing and finishing systems. Smoke 5 will support uncompressed 601 and HD video, and soft effects such as audio warp and third party Sparks effects, in the timeline. Fire 5 will support 4k x 4k wide screen cinema image resolution, and can output to film, HD and 601 all from a single project. Both systems will support OMF2 for file format compatibility between each other as well as with Avid NLE systems, and are expected to ship at year-end 2001. See http://discreet.com.

Matrox Powers Compaq AP230 Workstation
Matrox and Compaq have cooperated to provide a turnkey NLE in the form of the Compaq AP230 video editing workstation. Aimed at the corporate and event videography markets and priced at just under GB1700 (or DM5170) excluding VAT, the AP230 incorporates the Matrox RT2500 for analogue and digital capture, real time editing, with broadcast-quality titles and 3D effects, and output to tape, DVD, CD and the Web. See http://www.matrox.com/video.

IMC Shows Enhancements to Incite
Enhancements to the IMC Incite editor for Windows NT/2000-based systems include extended support for Matrox DigiSuite hardware to include the MAX card, and improved real time CG capabilities. Adding to the its real time capabilities, including extensive tools for rendering, multilayer compiling and mixing down live input, and hybrid editing, the Incite Audio Plus option takes advantage of the Merging Technologies Mykerinos PCI card to bring 64-track 24-bit/96kHz audio editing and surround sound capabilities directly into the Incite Editor. See http://www.inciteonline.com.

Dayang Launches X-Edit
Claiming to be the largest Matrox OEM and number one supplier of NLE systems in China, Dayang is set to woo the rest of the world with its new X-Edit cross-platform NLE. This offers multiformat editing and integrated graphics and effects, and supports the Matrox DigiSuite and DigiSuite LE, LX and DTV boards, as well as the Pinnacle Systems Targa 3000. It also integrates with two other new X-series products, namely the X-CG character generator, and the X-Effect 3D compositing system. For larger networked systems, X-Edit can be used with the DayangNet network that uses an advanced database structure. See http://dayang-image.com.

Panasonic Expands DVCPRO Server Infrastructure for News
The Panasonic QuickCutter fast-transfer edit workstation, that supports both 50Mb/s and 25Mb/s DVCPRO, can now be used with the SGI O200 or the Panasonic AJ-HDR150 video server using the Panasonic DNA news automation system. The DNA allows native DVCPRO content to be accessed by multiple QuickCutters in faster than real time via fibre channel networking, and can be used with Panasonic cameras and VTRs for a complete DVCPRO solution for news, including ingest, editing, playout, and archiving, as well as interfacing with leading newsroom computer and automation systems. Panasonic also revealed plans to introduce an entry-level version of QuickCutter that will be targeted as a terminal to the DNA and will therefore not include an internal VTR. See http://www.panasonic-broadcast.com.

Fairlight Purchases Lightworks
The Fairlight group of companies has obtained a controlling interest in Lightworks Inc, manufacturer of the VOX family of Lightworks editors. Fairlight was previously a minority shareholder in Lightworks Inc that was formed by Mark Pounds in 1999 when the assets of the Lightworks product family were acquired from Tektronix. As a result of the share purchase from O.L.E Canada Inc, Fairlight will immediately take over the management of all Lightworks operations. Mark Pounds, president of O.L.E has resigned from his positions as president, CEO and director of Lightworks Inc. See http://www.lwks.com.

Leitch Enhances NEWSFlash II and Previews dpsQuattrus and dpsVelocity v8.0
New enhancement for the Leitch NEWSFlash II editor include the ability to embed descriptive metadata in all content, to insert flags with a descriptor, and to add triggers (which may also be interactive) for a down stream keyer or titler, that can be interactive. The system is now MXF compliant so that project material can be sent to third party servers, and can use the Telestream Flip Factory application to communicate with Grass Valley Group products. For post production applications, in addition to showing the forthcoming 4-stream dpsQuattrus card, Leitch previewed dpsVelocity version 8.0 software. This will feature multiple timeline support, real time garbage mattes, multicamera editing, real time support for video files with alpha channel, and support for a new, optional external audio mixing console with motorised faders and jog/shuttle control. See http://www.leitch.com or http://www.dps.com.

Canopus Launches DVRexRT Professional and New Versions of Storm
Canopus has launched the DVRexRT Professional as a full-featured, professional-level NLE that offers extensive real time capabilities, component video I/O, balanced audio I/O and RS422 control. It includes Adobe Premiere 5.1, Canopus RexEdit NLE software and an Adobe Premiere RT plug-in that brings the RexEdit collection of real time filters and transitions to Premiere. It also includes MPEG encoding, DVD authoring, sound track creation and Internet streaming tools, along with a professional 19" rack-mount breakout box. Other new introductions from Canopus include the DVStorm SE with IEEE-1394/i.Link, S-video and composite connectors, and the Storm Rack rackmountable version that is powered by dual AMD 1GHz processors and has dual-monitor capability. See http://www.justedit.com.

DAW news

Digidesign Ships DigiStudio for Pro Tools Internet Collaboration
Digidesign is shipping DigiStudio, which offers worldwide Internet collaboration within Pro Tools. Developed in conjunction with Rocket Network, users can exchange stereo and multichannel surround tracks as well as mono tracks, and transfer playlists, control settings, automation, plug-in info etc. Instant messaging allows comments on session changes as they happen, and a mix down function delivers finished audio to clients for review and approval. To use DigiStudio, you need an Internet connection, Pro Tools 5.2 software, which is available as a free update to Pro Tools 5.1 or 5.1., and a DigiStudio account accessible via http://www.digipronet.com.

Fairlight Reveals DREAM Family
Fairlight is on course to deliver the first in a new line of DREAM (digital recording, editing and mixing) products. Called DREAM Satellite, the new DAW is a replacement for the MFX3plus and MFX3.48 systems, and is based on the proprietary QDC engine that supports 48 tracks of 24-bit/96kHz audio with real time crossfades from a single disk. It has a dedicated controller that reduces previous editing and control keystrokes by 50%, and a high-resolution monitor, and is expected to retail for around GB£18,000. The DREAM Station, with integrated editing and surround mixing, and the DREAM Console recorder, editor and mixer with 24/28 fader frame, are to follow shortly. See http://www.fairlight.net.

Digigram Introduces PCXpocket 440 and Xtrack 4.1
Aimed at portable production, the new PCXpocket 440 multichannel laptop sound card supports DSP functions such as mixing, MPEG Layer I and II and GSM encoding and decoding, variable sampling frequency and other audio processing capabilities. It supports LTC SMPTE timecode, has 4 analogue inputs and outputs, SPDIF I/O and the ability to be synchronised with a second PCXpocket 440 on the same laptop if more I/O is needed. It can also be used with the new version 4.1 of the Xtrack DAW software that additionally supports import, export and editing of MP3 files, export of AIFF and WMF files, and support for audio CD track grabbing. See http://www.digigram.com.

Nagra Previews Nagra V 24-bit Location Recorder
Aimed at replacing portable DAT machines and analogue Nagra recorders for the film, television and music industries, the 2-channel Nagra V weighs less than 10lbs and supports 2 hours of 24-bit/48kHz audio (or 3 hours of 16-bit audio) using an ORB removable hard disk cartridge. It has a timecode option that supports all standard SMPTE/EBU frame rates, can use external ORB drives with FireWire, SCSI or USB interfaces, and stores files in BWF format. The ORB disk uses MSDOS FAT 16 partitioning for file compatibility with standard edit controllers and PCs. See http://www.nagra.com.

CreamWare Announces tripleDAT Plug-In for its DSP Systems
CreamWare has announced that its tripleDAT hard disk recording software is now available as a native plug-in for its DSP systems. The tripleDAT plug-in takes advantage of the high-quality audio I/O of the Luna II, Pulsar (I/II) or SCOPE/SP PCI cards, eliminating the need for the ISA tripleBOARD hardware. The FireWalkers effects suite and osiris audio restoration package are also included. The recommended retail price is EUR249. See http://www.creamware.de.

Cube-Tec Releases CubeDVD-A for AudioCube 5 and Cube Waveform Restorer
Cube-Tec has released CubeDVD-A, a DVD-Audio authoring module for the AudioCube 5 digital audio workstation. Developed in cooperation with Nippon Columbia Co. Ltd., it supports Version 1.2 of the DVD-Audio standard. Cube-Tec is shipping Cube Waveform Restorer, an add-on to the standard Waveform Restorer in the AudioCube Wavelab editor, which provides an additional 7 manual interpolation algorithms. Cube-Tec has also expanded its technical support options for AudioCube and QUADRIGA owners, including live help via instant messaging, remote connection to systems, and online forums. See http://www.cube-tec.com.

D.A.V.I.D and OmniBus Systems Complete Acquisition of D.A.V.I.D and OmniBus Businesses
Senior management teams of D.A.V.I.D GmbH and OmniBus Systems Limited have confirmed that they have successfully completed the acquisition of the D.A.V.I.D and OmniBus businesses from the liquidator of Management Data A.G. See http://www.david-gmbh.de and http://www.omnibus.co.uk.

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