Avid has announced its first upgrade to the Liquid Edition video editing software since taking on the NLE as part of its acquisition of Pinnacle. The upgrade takes the software to version 7.0, and shortens its name to Liquid.

Liquid v.7.0 adds support for Avid's Open Timeline technology, which allows native HD and SD editing editing on the same timeline in real-time. Transcoding allows fast, flexible editing of video regardless of format, according to Avid. The NLE also gains native support for editing of formats including WindowsMedia 9, DiVX and MPEG-4, which Avid says is aimed at repurposing and output of content to the Internet.

The upgrade gains real-time Timewarp, Stabilize and Dream Glow plug-ins, plus over 50 plug-ins taken from the aging Commotion compositing system. It also features integration of SmartSound music loops, allowing custom music creation directly inside Liquid.

 border=0 /> </div>Liquid v.7.0 costs £319, with current owners of Liquid Edition able to upgrade for £129. Liquid Pro v.7.0, which adds a USB 2.0 breakout box of analog and digital i/o, with surround sound output, costs £639. Current Liquid Edition Pro owners can upgrade for £449.
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Avid has reduced the prices of Liquid Chrome HD systems, which bundle the Liquid software with a series of SDI capture boards. Liquid Chrome HD Plus v.6.1, which features a SD SDI i/o board now costs £3,199. Liquid Chrome HD Deluxe v.6.1 includes an SD and HD SDI i/o board for £5,129. Liquid Chrome HD Elite v.6.1 adds a full complement of broadcast-grade digital and analog i/o in both SD and HD, according to Avid, for £7,689.
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The company has also announced Mac versions of its Xpress Pro HD and Media Composer Adrenaline HD products, which will ship for both Intel- and PowerPC-based Macs in mid-2006.
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