Puffin Designs has released version 3.0 of its Commotion compositing and effects tool. The company, recently acquired by video-board manufacturer Pinnacle, is trumpeting this as a major release, claiming that at least 70 per cent of the product’s code has been rewritten. Commotion is avialable in in two versions: DV and Pro. DV will only work with DV-formatted materials and provides tools for video painting and compositing, as well as 25 basic-effects filters. Pro adds support for many more video formats, motion tracking, and advanced compositing and effects features. Fifty additional effects are also included in the Pro version. Version 3.0 of Commotion adds five main feature sets. A full timeline has been added, with keyframing possible. Individual layers with this timeline can be previewed and moved, with direct controls over position, scale and rotation. Previews can be rendered to external devices through the FireWire ports on G3 and G4 Macs. Users can now paint into both the clip and preview windows, with the results appearing in the other instantly. All paint tools are WYSIWYG and sub-pixel accurate, and elements can be cloned between frames and layers. For playback of long clips that will not fit into RAM, Commotion includes a disk playback feature. This requires at least a RAID 0 (JBOD) set up, which requires two Ultra2 SCSI hard drives. The 75 filters found in the Pro version include a primatte keyer, a composite wizard and an image-lounge tool. The keyer uses direct sampling to create highly accurate mattes. The wizard includes automated filters for colour correction, blur and dust removal. The image lounge consists of stylistic tools for text and motion effects. Commotion 3.0 costs around £500 for the DV version and £1,200 for the Pro version. An exclusive review will be available in the September issue of Digit.