SYPHAnews - 31st October 2001
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STOP PRESS!! Thank you to all those who visited our newly launched DAW
Buyers Guide (we had over 7600 visitors in October) and gave us feedback.
As a result we are re-designing the site and will be adding some new features.
For the DAW Buyers Guide we have a new entry for:
For the NLE Buyers Guide we have updated full details listings for:
- Quantel - iQ
- electronic Farm - Mule
and new entries for:
- Eagle Research - editpro/m
- All-Vision - Spark 2000
- Linux Media Arts - Cinterra
- Ulead Systems - MediaStudio Pro 6.5
- United Media - Multicam Software
- DVS Digitale Videosysteme - HDStationPlus/RGB
Pinnacle Announces CinéWave Version 1.2
Pinnacle Systems has announced the immediate availability of CinéWave
1.2, the latest version of its professional video creation package comprising
Commotion Pro4, Apple Final Cut Pro 2, Knoll Light Factory and the TARGA
Ciné engine. New features include CinéOffline, support for
16-bit YUV and 8-bit RGBA codecs, and HD support for Final Cut Pro 2 with
most popular HD formats, including 1080i and 10.80/23.976p. CinéWave
1.2 is a software upgrade for existing users which can be downloaded from
FAST Offers FASTstudio FX for the Sony ES-3
FAST Multimedia is offering the FASTstudio FX option to Sony EditStation
ES-3 editors as a software add-on, and Sony has already integrated the
option into the ES-3 product line. FASTstudio FX adds the Z layer to the
2D editor providing full 3D functionality, as well as a modifiable page-turn
effect that allows adjustments to all parameters, and a green-screen keyer
optimised for green backgrounds plus an enhanced blue-screen keyer. See
Matrox Announces Price Cut and Bundles
Matrox has announced a US$100 price cut for the RT2500 real time editing
platform, making the suggested list price US$899 in North America. Also
until 31 December 2001, the RT2500 will be bundled with a free PRO Pack.
PRO Pack brings a number of professional productivity features from the
DigiSuite product line to the RT series. PRO Pack is available for free
to those who purchased an RT2500 after 1 August 2001, otherwise it costs
US$99. Matrox is also offering the RTMac platform bundled with Apple Final
Cut Pro and DVD Studio Pro software for EUR3349 excluding VAT, or the
RTMac bundled with Apple Final Cut Pro only for EUR2249 excluding VAT.
Adobe Updates Adobe Premiere LE for OEM Distribution
Adobe Systems has announced that Adobe Premiere 6 LE, a limited edition
version of its digital video editing software, will be sold with the latest
computing systems by hardware partners, including the Sony Corporation.
Sony has also announced that it will bundle Adobe Premiere 6 LE software
with the new Sony VAIO line beginning immediately. Other hardware manufacturers
are expected to offer similar Adobe Premiere LE software bundles later
this year. Adobe Premier LE customers can upgrade to the full version
for an estimated street price of GB£140 plus tax. See http://www.adobe.com
Emmy Awards for Quantel/ITN, Thomson and Pinnacle
Congratulations to Quantel/ITN, Thomson and Pinnacle for winning Emmy
awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The
joint award to Quantel and ITN for outstanding achievement in technological
advancement recognised 'pioneering effort in digital asset management
for television news production', following the successful development
of the first tapeless news system - Inspiration - at ITN. The Thomson
multimedia Broadcast & Network Solutions award was for 'pioneering developments
in shared video-data storage systems technology for use in television
video servers.' The technology was first made commercially available in
the Media Pool server delivered to Home and Garden TV (Scripps-Howard)
in 1994 and is the technology used by most SAN system manufacturers. The
Pinnacle Systems award for technical achievement also recognised 'pioneering
developments in shared video-data storage systems technology for use in
television video servers.' See http://www.quantel.com, http://www.thomson-multimedia.com
Canopus Announces the ADVC-100 Converter and a Special
Offer on Boris FX
Canopus has announced the ADVC-100 converter based on its DV codec technology.
This converts S-VHS, Hi8 or 8mm analogue tapes to DV streams and is a
solution for users of OHCI and DV-only capture cards that need to edit
video of various formats. Available in December 2001, the ADVC-100 has
a suggested retail price of US$299. Canopus has also joined forces with
Boris giving users of its DVStorm and Xplode Professional a 50% discount
on the purchase of Boris FX 6, providing integrated effects creation and
support for many After Effects plug-ins. Conversely Boris FX users are
entitled to a 50% discount on the purchase of Xplode Professional. See
http://www.justedit.com and http://www.borisfx.com.
AIST Offers New Freeware Version of MovieXone 4.0
AIST MediaLab is now offering version 4.0 of its freeware MovieXone software.
This new version features a more refined interface which guides users
through projects from capturing to rendering including a storyboard for
organising clips and transitions. You can download a copy from http://www.aist.com.
FOR-A launches the LDR-400 Super Slow Motion Disk
FOR-A has launched the LDR-400, a super slow motion version of the LDR
range of disk recorders. Designed to interface with Sony and Philips high
speed cameras, it is a 4 channel hard disk based M-JPEG recorder, with
simultaneous recording and playback capability. The four channels are
used as three video inputs to handle the high speed super slow motion
camera signals at 150fps and one as a simultaneous playback output channel.
QuVIS Releases the QuBit ST Server for Post Production
QuVIS has announced that it will be releasing the QuBit ST 2.1 server
in November. New developments include increased system bandwidth, enhancements
to user interfaces and controllability and additional integration features
to support a wide variety of standard post production equipment. Applications
include digitising and colour-timing film, creating and editing CGI and
video programming and as a recording device for the new 24p and 60p digital
cameras. It offers expanded storage options including removable external
storage arrays, and can now act as a drop-in replacement for VTRs from
standard definition through D-5 and D-6. See http://www.quvis.com.
Gee Converts Sony and FAST Files to Matrox Format
Gee Broadcast Systems has developed a standalone addition to the GeeVS
server which converts DV format files produced by Sony ES3 and FAST Multimedia
editors (including Purple and DV Studio 3.0) into Matrox DV format. The
utility performs best on a fast drive or drive array as the conversion
process is dependent on the access speed to the files. See http://www.geebroadcast.co.uk.
Medéa Demonstrates New Generation VideoRaid
and VideoRack Disk Arrays
Medéa has demonstrated new RAID storage solutions for digital content
creation (DCC) applications with data protection and over 200MB/s sustained
transfer rates. VideoRaid RTR and VideoRack RTR feature Ultra160 SCSI
interfaces, and VideoRaid FCR and VideoRack FCR feature SAN-ready fibre
channel interfaces. The lower cost VideoRaid/VideoRack RTRxpress and VideoRaid/VideoRack
FCRxpress are designed for use with dual-stream, real time uncompressed
nonlinear editing systems. The RTR and FCR families of disk arrays provide
HD compatible data transfer rates and full RAID protection at prices under
US$15/GB. See http://www.medea.com.
Rorke Offers Upgraded High-Speed Disk Arrays for
Rorke Data has announced that MaxArray, its high-speed line of disk storage
arrays, has been upgraded with the Seagate Cheetah X15 drives. Specifically
designed for high bandwidth applications such as digital video, the MaxArray
line offers transfer rates of 160MB/s for the Ultra160 version, 80MB/s
for the LVD version, and 100MB/s (single loop) and 200MB/s (dual loop)
for the fibre channel versions. The MaxArray models are available with
18GB to 400GB of storage, and are offered in a four-bay desktop tower,
an eight-bay desktop tower, and a range of rackmount designs. See http://www.rorke.com.
Digidesign Moves to New Headquarters and Makes Special
Digidesign has moved to new headquarters located at 2001 Junipero Serra
Boulevard, Suite 200, Daly City, CA 94014, and the main telephone number
is +1-650-731-6300. Digidesign also has a number of special offers running
until 31 December 2001: free 1622 I/O or ADAT Bridge I/O with the purchase
of ProControl or Control|24; free bundle of TDM Plug-Ins worth up to US$4200
with the purchase and registration of Pro Tools|24 MIX3, MIXplus or MIX
system (for MacOS or Windows 2000); free OmniSoundz Sonic Reality sample
library CD-ROM worth US$129 with the purchase and registration of Soft
SampleCell. See http://www.digidesign.com/sypha.
Sony Launches Oxford Plug-in Site
Sony has launched a plug-in site for the sale and download of its Oxford
EQ plug-in for Digidesign Pro Tools TDM systems. The site includes detailed
product specifications and provides customer support. The Oxford EQ plug-in
is based on the same processing algorithms used in the OXF-R3 and DMX-R100
digital consoles, and is 5-band fully parametric, with separate high and
low pass filters. Optional GML (George Massenberg Labs) 8200 Emulation
is also available for the Oxford EQ plug-in. Designed in collaboration
with GML, this reproduces the control ranges and responses of the original
classic analogue outboard unit. See http://www.sonyplugins.com.
CreamWare Delivers the Luna II Version 3.0 Recording
As of November, CreamWare will deliver version 3.0 software for the Luna
II recording card. The benefits include improvements to the user interface
which simplify working with Luna II, especially with the simultaneous
use of many plug-ins, revision of the Luna Recording Mixer and 5.1 Surround
Mixer, as well as new real time DSP effects, including MasterVerb for
reverb effects that compare well against external reverb processors. Further
developments include an ASIO driver with 64 channels, AC3 Dolby Surround
digital output via S/PDIF, accelerated graphics and Luna II can now be
used under Windows 2000/XP. The suggested retail price for Luna II is
EUR450 net. To update to version 3.0 software costs EUR98 or is free of
charge to purchasers of Luna II during the four week period preceding
the release. See http://www.creamware.de.
Mackie Announces Virtual Tradeshow Exhibit
Mackie Designs has announced an interactive online tradeshow exhibit that
will highlight new products from Mackie, Mackie Industrial and Eastern
Acoustic Works (EAW). The "e-Show" will offer educational and entertaining
features including streaming and downloadable video demonstrations, new
product announcements and online Q&A forums. The Mackie site will be launched
on November 28th in time for the AES Convention. See http://www.mackie.com.
Sonic Solutions Ships DVD-Audio Creator
Sonic Solutions is now shipping DVD-Audio Creator, the full-specification
DVD-Audio authoring system which runs on Windows 2000 platforms. Incorporating
core technology from Matsushita Electric Industrial Company (MEI), DVD-Audio
creator can format both single and dual layer titles in the industry standard
"Universal" DVD format, enabling content holders to publish titles that
are backwardly compatible with the many DVD-Video players already installed.
The suggested list price is US$20,000. See http://www.sonic.com.
Synchro Arts VocALign is Compatible with MOTU Digital
The Synchro Arts VocALign automatic audio alignment software is now compatible
with Digital Performer 3 (DP3) from Mark of the Unicorn (MOTU). VocALign
runs concurrently with DP3 and processs the audio in the background. A
demo version of DP3-compatible VocALign software is available from http://www.synchroarts.com.
DSP Media in Receivership
Despite securing second round venture capital funding, as reported in
SYPHAnews 23 May 2001, DSP Media has been forced to call in administrative
receivers. The European office based in London has closed, as will the
US office in Los Angeles. However, the Sydney office is still trading
and the company is aiming to restructure and have support centres in the
US and Europe.
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