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Avid Upgrades DS Finishing Solution with Version 10.3 (20/1/2010)

New RED Rocket Accelerator Card, ARRIRAW and AVX2 support accelerates finishing for file-based projects; Supports clients' real-time demands in deadline-intensive environments

Avid® today announced Avid DS version 10.3 - a solution that combines advanced effects, compositing and graphics capabilities with new features designed to deliver real-time finishing and accelerate the rendering process of popular file-based formats. DS is also now optimised to handle RED, 2K and ARRIRAW projects and offers support for the RED Rocket Accelerator Card, which decodes .R3D files alleviating this process from the CPU, among other key features tailored for film and television programming.

What's New

The latest version of DS allows post facilities and high-end independent professionals to more effectively manage file-based project pipeline by reducing ingest and conform requirements.

New features include:

· Native conform from Avid Media Composer® for .R3D and ARRIRAW files - enables customers to instantly recreate complete timeline information, including effects, titles and colour, for real-time playback and faster rendering. Support for the RED Rocket Accelerator Card and ARRIRAW file format allows DS artists and creative teams to reference pre-composited effects, eliminating guesswork associated with maintaining the original creative vision. This ultimately helps speed project turnaround from offline to online and delivers real-time capabilities identical to a standard video or film-based media workflow.

· AVX2 support - offers customers a simple path for total conform of visual effects that are first generated in Media Composer and Avid Symphony(tm) editing systems. Customers can benefit from the full creative effects toolset at any stage of the editorial process with a new AVX2 plug-in interface that makes it possible to use Boris FX and Sapphire effects in DS from any offline Avid project.

Availability and Pricing

DS version 10.3 is available now RRP - 310 GBP / 345 Euros exc. VAT. For upgrade pricing, visit the Avid download centre. For more information, visit, or download a trial version.

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