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SYPHAnews - 30 January 2004
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Sony Announces Release Date and Support for XDCAM
Sony has announced that production models of its XDCAM optical disc camcorders
and players will be begin shipping in March 2004. The company is offering
a seven-year warranty on the Optical Drive Powertrain Systems (BRD-P1
and BRD-P2) inside the XDCAM camcorder to ensure its longevity. Like all
of its new digital cameras, the standard warranty coverage for remedial
repair of the XDCAM Optical Disc Products is one year parts and labour
from date of purchase. A single professional-grade XDCAM disc holds around
90 minutes of 25Mb/s material, 45 minutes shot at 50Mb/s, 55 minutes at
40Mb/s, and 75 minutes at 30Mb/s. The first generation of software released
for the XDCAM camera in March will not include the system's ability to
create and manage video proxy files that carry metadata about each particular
scene. These low-resolution versions can be used to select and edit scenes
quickly, then conform them later with the full resolution files also stored
on the camera's Blue-laser optical disc. This capability will be available
in a subsequent software release slated for 25 August 2004. See http://www.sony.com/professional
Avid to Support WM9 in Xpress Pro and Media Composer
Avid Technology has announced plans to support the Microsoft Windows Media
9 Series in future versions of the Avid Xpress Pro and Media Composer
Adrenaline products. Similar to the export option for Windows Media 9
Series currently available in the Avid DS Nitris system, both Avid Xpress
Pro and Media Composer Adrenaline systems will include this capability,
allowing filmmakers to output their projects in high-definition with a
single click using Windows Media Video 9 (WMV HD) - a component of the
Windows Media 9 Series platform. At this year's Sundance Film Festival,
five films are being screened digitally in Windows Media 9 Series. This
capability in Avid systems will allow filmmakers to up-res their projects
to WMV HD, store them on a server, and then screen them to large audiences.
Even for projects originating in DV25, the resulting WMV HD output is
remarkably high quality, and filmmakers will no longer have to waste time
on expensive tape-to-film conversions. See http://www.avid.com
Apple Introduces Final Cut Express 2
Apple has introduced Final Cut Express 2, the next major release of its
digital video editing software. Final Cut Express 2 includes some of the
most popular features of Final Cut Pro 4 within a simplified user interface.
Fine-tuned for Mac OS X version 10.3 'Panther,' Final Cut Express 2 features
RT Extreme for real-time compositing and effects, an enhanced user interface,
real-time colour correction tools and enhanced audio editing capabilities.
Final Cut Express 2 is available for a suggested retail price of USD299,
with an upgrade price of USD99 for current Final Cut Express customers.
Pinnacle Unveils Upgrades and New Features for Liquid
Pinnacle Systems has unveiled Pinnacle Liquid 5.6, an extensive upgrade
to the Liquid blue, Liquid chrome and Liquid silver video editing systems.
This includes numerous enhancements for DVD authoring, efficient workflow
and support for networked environments. Liquid 5.6 supports Liquid blue
for multi-format broadcast environments, Liquid chrome for real-time post
settings, and Liquid silver for MPEG-2 post editing. With Liquid 5.6,
the entire Liquid family now runs on Windows XP. Liquid 5.6 adds 1394/DV
capture and playback as well as real-time slow-motion. Liquid chrome 5.6
also features a real-time frame buffer for video output from Pinnacle
Commotion Pro, Adobe After Effects and Discreet combustion, as well as
ASIO drivers for no-latency audio output from the Pinnacle Steinberg Nuendo.
The Liquid 5.6 upgrade for Liquid chrome is a free to registered customers.
The upgrade for Liquid blue is USD1495 MSRP. Upgrades for Liquid silver
will be available soon for USD695 MSRP. See http://www.pinnaclesys.com/liquid
Pinnacle Announces Free Wavelab Essential with Liquid
Pinnacle Systems is offering all purchasers of a full version of Liquid
Edition and Liquid Edition Pro. A free copy of the Steinberg WaveLab Essential
digital audio editor, worth GBP179. The offer runs until 31 March 2004.
Based on Steinberg WaveLab 4.0 technology, WaveLab Essential enhances
the performance of Liquid Edition with a range of powerful editing and
mastering tools. See http://www.pinnaclesys.com
In-sync Announces Loki Product Line
In-Sync has announced the Loki plug and play real time uncompressed SD-SDI
board and software solution. The software for Loki is a new Speed Razor
5.6 version. Loki hardware is specifically designed for in-sync by AJA.
It plays back 10- and 8-bit YUV, and allows colour to be mixed and matched
in real time on the same timeline. It supports capture of DV via IEEE-1394
and output to SDI, allowing the user to mix uncompressed graphics with
DV footage and output to SDI in real time without DV artefacts. It plays
RGBA graphic files in real time, supports 24-bit stills, is switchable
from NTSC to PAL and currently only handles NTSC drop frame or PAL. Loki
plays back, in real time, files created on Matrox DigiSuite, Targa 3000,
Targa 2000, and Pinnacle Reeltime, as well as a host of legacy component
cards in real time. The Loki bundle comes complete with Speed Razor 5.6
software, Loki uncompressed SD-SDI capture hardware, and AES/EBU audio
break out cables. Loki is available for USD3999. Crossgrades for existing
and non-in-sync supported customers are available. See http://www.in-sync.com
Media 100 Announces 844/X Version 3
Media 100 has announced version 3.0 software for the 844/X. Dubbed by
Media 100 as the 'visual effects' release, version 3.0 offers many new
real-time, multi-stream capabilities, including advanced keying; 3D DVEs
(digital video effects); shadow and glow effects; XML-based metadata interchange;
and new performance optimisations for editing longer-form, layer-intensive
projects. The company plans to use XML-based metadata interchange support
as a platform for future 844/X releases. The goal is to give users a higher
degree of metadata interchange with third-party content design solutions.
The new format support also provides a basis for working with other metadata
formats such as AAF. See http://www.media100.com
Apple Introduces Logic Pro 6 and Logic Express 6
Apple has streamlined its professional audio production software line
by announcing Logic Pro 6 for professional musicians and Logic Express
6 for students and educators. Logic Pro 6 consolidates 12 pre-existing
products into one comprehensive package. It includes the Logic Platinum
audio recording and sequencer application, and the entire line of 53 audio
DSP plug-ins and professional-quality software instruments. It is designed
to provide a recording studio in a box, with everything required to compose,
record, edit and mix music, including professional software instruments,
multitrack recorders, mixing desks, and sound effect processors. It also
includes the ability to create 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound, support for
up to 128 audio tracks, virtually unlimited input channels and a sample
rate of up to 192kHz. Logic Express 6 provides a basic set of professional
tools for music composition and production. Logic Pro 6 and Logic Express
6 will be available in March for a suggested retail price of USD999 and
USD299 respectively. See http://www.apple.com/software/pro/logic
Steinberg Launches Steinberg Media Solutions Software/Hardware
Steinberg, the Audio Group of Pinnacle Systems, has announced a new line
of integrated audio software/hardware solutions for desktop studios, mobile
recording, audio editing and more. Each product in the Steinberg Media
Solutions line will include Cubase music production software, as well
as a high-quality media interface. The first product to be released in
this new range is Cubase System|4, comprising the MI4 media interface,
and the virtual music studio Cubase SL 2.0. Several other Steinberg Media
Solutions products are planned for release in 2004, and each will see
a hardware unit paired with Steinberg professional audio software. These
include Cubase System|2, which will feature MI2, an entry USB interface
that uses the same quality components as the new MI4 interface. Cubase
System|10 will feature a state of the art FireWire-based 10 in/10 out
interface, offering facilities tailored to the needs of larger studio
environments. Customers will be able to use the hardware units with other
audio software on both PCs and Macs, thanks to the supplied ASIO, WDM
and CoreAudio drivers. See http://www.steinberg.net
Steinberg Announces VST Integration Interface
Steinberg, the Audio Group of Pinnacle Systems, has announced the launch
of a new integration interface to enhance programming for its DAW products
to third parties. The VST Module Architecture allows the programming of
MIDI effect plug-ins for Steinberg Nuendo and Cubase SX/SL/SE sequencers.
The VST Module Architecture 1.0 SDK is available for download. Cubase
and Nuendo include a number of MIDI effects, including plug-ins such as
an arpeggiator, and a MIDI Delay effect and a transposer. A freeware wrapper
adds support for Cakewalk MIDI plug-ins. The new interface will open up
MIDI effects to the wider programming community, which Steinberg hopes
will encourage a trend like that following the release of the first VST
SDK when a plethora of new VST instruments and virtual effects were released.
The VST Module Architecture is an object-oriented, cross-platform and
compiler-independent interface model, with the source code being supplied
in the C++ language. See http://www.steinberg.net
Digital Audio Wave Launches AMD Opteron Processor-Based
Digital Audio Wave has announced an all-new line of digital audio workstations.
The DAWin-64 is a 4U rack-mountable system with dual 64-bit AMD Opteron
processors model 248, four 74GB Western Digital 10000rpm Raptor SATA drives
powered by a 3ware Escalade 8506 series RAID controller, and a Matrox
graphics card. The AMD Opteron processor-based platform offers 32-bit
performance and native 64-bit compatibility. In addition to USB and FireWire
I/O, DAWin-64 offers line in and out connections, a mic input and CD inputs,
and comes in a flexible tower configuration. See http://www.digitalaudiowave.com
M-Audio Ships FireWire Audiophile Mobile Audio/MIDI
M-Audio has announced shipment of the FireWire Audiophile interface for
Windows and Macintosh computers. The FireWire Audiophile is a 4 x 6 24-bit/96kHz
mobile audio/MIDI interface designed to take full advantage of the high
bandwidth and ultra-low latency of FireWire. It offers a compact design,
rugged steel construction, and powering via either a laptop's 6-pin FireWire
bus or the included DC power supply. FireWire Audiophile features two
in, four out of analogue RCA, S/PDIF I/O, AC-3 and DTS pass-through of
surround encoded material, and 1 x 1 MIDI I/O. The integrated software
mixer provides ultra-low latency ASIO direct monitoring and flexible routing
options. The combination of virtual aux sends on all channels and aux
output assign, for example, allows for dedicated headphone mixes and sends
to external effects. It also offers a high-powered stereo headphone output
with front-panel momentary A/B switching between two selectable sources.
In addition to independent headphone volume, the assignable level controller
allows users to adjust levels for output, input, software return or aux
send right from the front panel. FireWire Audiophile has an MSRP of USD349.95.
Digidesign Announces DigiDelivery for File Exchange
Digidesign, a division of Avid Technology, has announced DigiDelivery
for global file transfer. This combines a simple software utility with
an industrial-grade server appliance, to allow users to securely exchange
any kind of digital file of virtually any size with anyone in the world.
With DigiDelivery installed on an Ethernet network, DSL or cable modem,
users may drag and drop files to send a delivery, or click a link in an
email to receive a delivery. There is no need for recipients to enter
IP addresses, usernames, or passwords. DigiDelivery is available preinstalled
on a choice of two network appliances to suit the user's needs and budget.
Systems requirement include an Ethernet Internet connection via a router,
cable modem, or DSL modem, and a static externally-addressable IP address.
Deliveries may be sent or received with Mac OS X- or Windows XP-based
workstations. DigiDelivery has very specific network configuration requirements.
For a complete list of requirements and sample installation configurations,
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