Avid has announced version 5.5 of its Xpress Pro video editing software, which brings the Mac version up to par with the Windows release, and adds additional features to both platforms. The company also used the NAB show in Las Vegas to debut upgrades to its Studio Toolkit of 3D, DVD, effects and audio tools, an SDI-enabled version of its Mojo acceleration and i/o hardware, and more.

Mac-based editors get their hands on support for 10-bit uncompressed SD, DV50, HDV, DVCPRO HD and Avid’s own DNxHD formats – plus footage captured to Panasonic’s P2 and Sony’s XDCAM tapeless media. Real-time multicam support has been added to the Mac version, as has expanded film and pulldown functionality including 24p capture over FireWire, and support version 2.0 of Avid’s AVX plug-in format. This adds support for 16-bit rendering and custom parameter curves.

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Both Mac and Windows versions of Xpress Pro gain the ability to capture XDCAM HD over FireWire, and support for footage from Panasonic’s Varicam cameras. Avid says that HDV performance has been improved by only re-editing footage at edit points, so unaltered footage is not processed.
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The upgrade allows full-screen SD and HD monitoring using the host graphics card, so an inexpensive second LCD display can be used rather than a broadcast monitor via a capture card.
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Mojo SDI adds analog and digital SDI and AES/EBU digital audio i/o to the analog and FireWire connections offered by the original unit. It works with Xpress Pro 5.5 on Mac and Windows, plus Media Composer on both platforms.
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Xpress 5.5 and Mojo SDI are expected to ship in June for £1,059 plus VAT and £1,559 respectively.
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The Studio Toolkit 5.5 gains upgrades to the Avid FX and Avid 3D tools, and support for the creation of Blu-ray Discs and the Mojo SDI unit. It works with Xpress Pro and Media Composer, and costs £1,559 plus VAT.
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Avid FX 5.5 is AVX 2-based and has a streamlined UI for improved integration and ease-of-use, according to Avid. It features a new paint engine, a raster-to-vector conversion tool that offers 3D extrusion, a motion key function for removing objects from a frame, and subtitling tools.
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Avid 3D has also been given an interface overhaul that’s designed to make it easier for editors to use, according to the company, and features new titling tools. Avid DVD by Sonic can create high-definition discs in Blu-Ray disc format, with HD menu and HDMI output support added.
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Avid has also announced version 8.0 of its DS Nitris finishing system – which gains support for high-end HD-RGB formats and for running DS Nitris and Symphony Nitris on the same computer – and version 7.0 of Liquid Chrome HD, which adds many of the features found in Liquid 7.0 to the broadcast-level editing system.
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Avid, www.avid.com
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