Media 100 has announced version 4 of its iFinish streaming media production suite. According to the company, the suite offers a whole new level of integration between the company’s editing software and subsiduary Terran’s streaming media tool Cleaner (previously Media Cleaner Pro).
The capture board and software solution for Windows 2000 systems has Terran’s EventStream technology built into it. This allows streamed video to include hotspots for user interactivity, triggers for external HTML events (which can launch graphics, audio or even Flash animations) and graphics layers. These layers allow clear text to be streamed as characters separate from the video layer and rendered by the host machine on-the-fly. This allows text to be readable even if the video pixelates due to Internet congestion.
IFinish 4 is designed to offer an every-in, any out workflow. It can capture and print in a wide number of formats – including DV, SDI, component, S-video and composite. It can also encode video into any of the three main streaming formats: RealVideo, Windows Media and QuickTime.
For compositing, Media 100 has worked with Adobe and Boris FX to integrate tools from those companies into iFinish. These offer iFX integration for unlimited layering and compositing, 2D and 3D titles and DVEs, broadcast-quality colour correction tools and After Effects integration.
iFinish 4 is available in four versions, with varying input options and breakout boxes. These range from the £2,195 plus VAT V20DV DV-only version to the fully-featured £11,295 plus VAT V80. A DVD edition is also available for all versions for an extra £2,690, which offers realtime encoding and preview to MPEG-2 from the timeline. Sonic Solutions DVDit! Professional Edition is included for authoring full DVDs.