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SYPHAnews - 31st May 2002
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Avid Announces Pan-European Support for Experience
Avid Technology Europe has announced that Sony, Panasonic, Snell & Wilcox,
Anystream, Compaq, Open TV, Sonic Solutions, Telestream, Boris FX and
Tektronix will be participating in the Experience Avid|naked Tour taking
place across Europe throughout 2002. This pan-European initiative is replacing
Avid's presence at IBC this year. Each event will be made up of sessions
specifically developed to focus on the broadcast, post production and
new media markets and will include panel discussions on industry topics
incorporating views from customers around Europe, technical seminars covering
topics such as standards for interchange and streaming, and Avid In Practice
focusing on real life installations and how they operate. To register
Quantel Implements AAF-Based Archive for generationQ
Quantel has implemented a full AAF-based archive for its generationQ range
of post production products comprising iQ, eQ, gQ, QEffects, and QPaintbox.
The AAF archive facility enables all project information, both essence
and metadata, to be archived to a data infrastructure. The information
is saved transparently in a standard format and so can be accessed by
any AAF-compliant system. All of the Quantel generationQ post products
share the same AAF-based data archive format, allowing every aspect of
a project to be saved and shared - both the 'horizontal' (timeline) and
the 'vertical' (compositing) content and relationships of frames/clips,
as well as any other metadata about those clips - ownership, dates etc.
MacroSystem Releases Casablanca Avio DV Pro
MacroSystem US has released Casablanca Avio DV Pro. This latest entry
in a line of standalone video editing systems has twice the video storage
capacity of previous models, as well as built-in IEEE 1394 FireWire connectivity
and a package of expanded video capabilities. Features include MPEG-2
and direct DV compression, up to 9 hours of SVHS quality storage, 10 separate
projects, 6 stereo audio tracks, scrub audio with waveform display, realtime
2D transitions and an array of effects, advanced titling and full-screen
preview display with on-screen, realtime controls. Casablanca Avio DV
Pro is priced at US$1995 and is available throughout the US, Canada, Mexico
and Central and South America. See http://www.casablanca.tv.
MacroSystem Upgrades Casablanca Kron and Releases
Picture-in-Picture Studio For Casablanca Avio and Kron Systems
MacroSystem US has upgraded the Casablanca Kron video editor to include
a built-in DVD burner and double the storage capacity with an 80GB hard
drive and has lowered the price to US$3995. MacroSystem US has also released
Picture-in-Picture Studio for the Casablanca Avio and Kron standalone
video editing systems. This software allows video scenes to be shown within
another scene as one or more small windows. The user controls the size,
shape, colour, shadow and transparency of the windows, as well as the
movement of the windows into and out of the scene, and the fade-in, fade-out
and duration of the picture-in-picture window. Picture-in-Picture Studio
is priced at US$199. See http://www.casablanca.tv.
Digital Voodoo Introduces New Uncompressed 10-bit
Cards for Macintosh
Digital Voodoo has added to its range of uncompressed 10-bit cards for
Macintosh platforms. These new cards support PAL or NTSC standards and
are compatible with Mac-based editing and compositing applications. Iridium
AD offers two SD-SDI outputs with genlock, 6 channels of AES/EBU digital
audio, as well as analogue composite, component and S-Video outputs, and
is priced at US$2495. Zenith offers one SD-SDI input and two SD-SDI outputs,
genlock, 8 channels of AES/EBU digital audio via the Junction audio breakout
box, as well as analogue composite, component and S-Video input and outputs,
and is priced at US$5695. Dual Zenith offers two SD-SDI inputs but otherwise
has the same features as Zenith, and is priced at US$5995. Availability
of all cards is planned for Q2 2002. See http://www.digitalvoodoo.net.
Bluefish 444 Introduces New Uncompressed 10-bit Card
Bluefish 444 has introduced Deepblue LT to its range of cards for Windows
platforms. Deepblue LT is aimed at broadcast designers and visual effects
artists who want to output uncompressed 10-bit SD-SDI video. It features
dual SD-SDI SMPTE 259M outputs which are selectable between video and
video, video and key 4:2:2:4 or 4:4:4:4 (dual link) via two BNC connectors
for live key environments. As with the other Bluefish 444 cards, it supports
PAL and NTSC, the QuickTime native file format, and is compatible with
Windows-based editing and compositing applications such as Adobe Premiere
and After Effects. Deepblue LT is due to ship in Q2 2002 with a price
of US$1495. See http://www.bluefish444.com.
Datavision Introduces Portable DV Drive for DV Shoot
and Capture in the Field
Datavision has introduced the Datavision DV Drive, a portable digital
video device that allows video from a DV camcorder to be captured to its
hard drive via IEEE 1394 FireWire without having to connect to a computer.
It features a record/stop button, a 20GB high performance hard drive for
up to 100 minutes of storage, and a built-in rechargeable battery enclosed
in a case about the size of a PDA. It also incorporates a 6-4 pin FireWire
cable, 6-6 pin FireWire cable, power supply and belt clip. When connected
to a computer, it is immediately detected as a drive volume and can be
used as a portable external storage device or for data back-up. The Datavision
DV Drive will be available mid June with an estimated street price of
GBP£499 including VAT. See http://www.datavision.co.uk.
Photon Vision Systems Integrates QuadHDTV into Camera
Photon Vision Systems has integrated its 8.3 million pixel QuadHDTV colour
image sensor into a high performance camera development platform for applications
such as digital cinematography and studio broadcasting. It operates at
30 full frames per second progressive or 60 fields per second interlaced,
and supports multiple standards including SMTPE-292, Camera-Link, DVI,
video standards such as HDTV and film formats. The system integrates the
PVS Active Column Sensor technology for low noise video, PVS-Bus technology
for high-speed video data rates, high performance colour image processing
algorithms, and other proprietary technologies. See http://www.photon-vision.com.
WaveFrame Inc Ceases Operations and Merging Technologies
Offers Rescue Package for WaveFrame FrameWorks Owners
WaveFrame Inc has apparently ceased operations. Creditors and other interested
parties are referred to Max Cline, Attorney at Law, 1300 Clay Street Suite
600, Oakland, CA 94612, USA. Email firstname.lastname@example.org,
telephone +1 510-464-8068, fax 510-464-8069. Merging Technologies has
offered a rescue package for WaveFrame FrameWorks owners in the form of
a software upgrade to the Merging Technologies Pyramix system. Merging
Technologies designed and manufactured the hardware platform for the Waveframe/7
and FrameWorks systems under an OEM arrangement, and the FrameWorks software
was also a slimmed down and rebadged version of the Pyramix system. See
SADiE Announces New Developments for its SACD Mastering
SADiE has announced a number of new developments for its SACD Mastering
Editor. Among the new developments is input level metering control to
Annex D&E standard. This offers the mastering engineer full multiband
metering - a major benefit for monitoring of the extended frequency range
of the format with the level of accuracy necessary for full mastering
confidence. The level meters can be selected to show either a block or
a waveform display. See http://www.sadie.com.
Merging Technologies Launches Major New Developments
Merging Technologies has launched an array of new developments for its
Pyramix digital audio workstation. These include Virtual Transport which
allows Pyramix to synchronise and control third party applications such
as MIDI sequencer programs, independent video files and other third party
software running on the same PC, over networks and to external timecode
based machines using TCP/IP, RS232 or RS422. An integrated IEEE 1394 FireWire
video solution eliminates the need for third party video capture cards
by using AD-DA DV converters to digitise and playback high quality composite,
S-Video or component signals in the system and with playout to an external
video monitor or projector. The Film Sync Converter allows Pyramix the
option to slow video files down to true 24fps from a video source that
has been telecined up and digitised PAL at 25fps, or in NTSC at 29.97fps,
and independently of the audio speed and frame rate. A new editing model
has a completely new advanced crossfade editor, multi-point source/master
facilities, PQ coding and enhanced track management, including the ability
to group and collapse tracks for easier editing of multitrack recordings.
Merging Technologies Releases the 48 Track Pyramix
Merging Technologies has released a 48-track portable laptop version of
its Pyramix digital audio workstation for on-location live multitrack
recording. Weighing only 4.8kg, the Pyramix Portable utilises a modified
Magma single or dual slot PCI expansion unit to house the Mykerinos DSP
audio and I/O cards. The choice of I/O card includes AES/EBU, TDIF, SDIF,
ADAT, MADI, or Dual, and an analogue plus AES/EBU card with in-built mic/line
levels and phantom power. There is also the option of an external FireWire
drive. The Laptop models recommended for the system include the DELL Inspiron
and IBM Think Pad. See http://www.merging.com.
Steinberg Announces Version 1.6 of Nuendo
Steinberg Media Technologies has announced Nuendo 1.6 for Mac and Windows
platforms. New features include VST System Link, support for the AES31
interchange standard and 24-bit/192kHz audio. VST System Link is a system
for networking computers using Steinberg Virtual Studio Technology (VST)
software and Audio Stream Input Output (ASIO) hardware. It enables the
transfer of synchronisation, transport, and audio data between two or
more workstations over standard digital audio cabling systems such as
ADAT, TDIF, AES/EBU, S/PDIF etc. Synchronisation is completely sample
accurate, even across multiple workstation configurations. VST System
Link allows you to use the full CPU and disk power of several computers
simultaneously regardless of platform. See http://www.steinberg.net.
Steinberg Announces Surround Sound Encoding for Nuendo
Steinberg Media Technologies has announced the availability of the Dolby
Digital Encoder software plug-in for Nuendo. This allows Nuendo projects
to be encoded into Dolby Digital, also known as AC-3, and supports encoded
bitrates from 56 to 640kb/s and channel configurations from mono to 5.1
channel surround sound. The Nuendo Dolby Digital Encoder has an RRP of
Euro 853. Steinberg has also announced that the DTS Encoder software plug-in
for Nuendo will be available in Q3 2002. DTS is an alternative format
for surround sound developed by Digital Theater Systems. The encoding
will be integrated as DTS file format in the Nuendo export dialogue. The
necessary routines will be automated so that the user merely needs to
define which 6 files should be DTS encoded - ready for use in the authoring
stage. The DTS encoded audio can be saved as a WAV file to directly burn
a 5.1 mix to CD. See http://www.steinberg.net.
CreamWare Announces Two Recording Packages to Celebrate
its 10th Anniversary
CreamWare has announced two recording packages to celebrate its 10th anniversary.
Bundle 1, the Luna II EXtreme I/O with 36 I/Os, of which 18 analogue I/Os
can operate simultaneously at 24-bits/96kHz, comprises the Luna II EX
recording card plus ADAT/Z-Link expansion, and the A16 Ultra 16-channel
AD/DA converter. Bundle 2, the Luna II Analog Breakout with 12 I/Os, of
which 10 analogue I/Os can operate simultaneously at 24-bits/96kHz, comprises
the Luna II DSP-based recording card, and the Luna 2496 I/O breakout box.
Both bundles are complete solutions for 24-bit/96kHz recording on Windows
or Mac platforms, and include an extensive software package of DSP-supported
effects and mixers and the OptiMaster intelligent mastering processor
plug-in. These anniversary bundles are available until 31 August 2002,
and cost Euro 1598 for Luna II Extreme I/O and Euro 798 for Luna II Analog
Breakout. See http://www.creamware.de.
Euphonix Ships Updated TransferStation bundled with
Euphonix has begun shipping an updated version of the TransferStation,
a hardware and software option for its R-1 multitrack digital recorder.
TransferStation is now also bundled with Steinberg Nuendo for audio editing
and processing. The TransferStation translates R-1 formatted files to
the industry standard AES31 file format, retaining all edits, crossfades
and time-stamped information within a multitrack session, and offers enhanced
compatibility with current and future DAWs. See http://www.euphonix.com.
Sonic Solutions Launches Sonic Studio, LLC
Sonic Solutions has announced the formation of Sonic Studio, LLC, to accelerate
development, marketing and sales of its SonicStudio line of professional
audio workstations. The new company, formed in partnership with industry
veterans Jeff Wilson and Eric Jorde, plans to expand development of the
SonicStudio HD digital audio workstation line and its underlying technologies.
Sonic Solutions will support the new venture in a number of ways including
providing engineering, marketing, logistical and manufacturing support.
Sonic Studio, LLC will be headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota, with additional
offices in Novato, California. See http://www.sonicstudio.com.
AMS Neve Announces Third Party DSP Processes for
AMS Neve has announced its partnerships with a number of third party plug-in
application vendors. The first to be completed are with mSoft and Synchro
Arts. AMS Neve Serversound integrates the sound effects library and search
engine developed by mSoft into the AMS Neve StarNet environment, and allows
sounds matching the search criteria to be instantly incorporated into
the current project. Any sound effects then used become tied to the project
within the StarNet metadata. The Synchro Arts VocALign plug-in is launched
directly from the editor interface and is designed to quickly synchronise
'good' post sync dialogue to the 'bad' original. See http://www.ams-neve.com.
Digigram Releases VX442 Linear Multichannel Sound
Digigram has released the VX442, a linear multichannel sound card with
analogue and AES/EBU inputs and outputs as an addition to its VX series.
The VX442 has 4/4 balanced line inputs/outputs, 96kHz 24-bit converters,
low latency architecture, and an additional stereo AES/EBU input/output.
It supports Windows 98, ME, 2000, and XP platforms with DirectSound, WAVE,
ASIO2, GSIF, EASI drivers, and MacOS 9 and X platforms with SoundManager,
ASIO2, and CoreAudio. A comprehensive and intelligent control panel provides
easy routing and digital mixing of inputs and outputs. See http://www.digigram.com.
Rocket Network Announces RocketDelivery, DigiDelivery
with Digidesign and RocketPower with SADiE
Rocket Network has announced the introduction of RocketDelivery which
allows users to send any type of file, or folder of files, via its banking-level
secure network. RocketDelivery is tightly integrated with RocketControl
Version 2.6 so existing users can take advantage of the delivery functionality
without deploying new systems. Files are automatically encrypted and compressed
with a proprietary bit-accurate lossless codec. RocketDelivery can be
accessed independently of an audio application and is capable of handling
any type or size of file - from a DAW file to Word documents or graphics.
For a free download see http://www.rocketnetwork.com.
Following this release, Digidesign and Rocket Network have also announced
DigiDelivery, that allows users to securely send Pro Tools sessions, video,
graphics, text, etc, to anyone with an email address. DigiStudio Control
2.6 with the new DigiDelivery functionality is available to both current
and new DigiStudio users as a free download from http://www.digipronet.com.
SADiE has also announced that it will launch a RocketPower application
for its ARTEMiS, 24:96 and RADiA workstations. Data sent by the SADiE
RocketPower application will also be interchangeable with RocketPower
products from Emagic (Logic Audio Platinum) and TASCAM (MX-2424, MM series
of digital dubbers, and other products that support the TASCAM native
file format). The application will be available Q2 2002 from http://www.sadie.com.
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