HDV is one of the main talking points at this year's IBC show in Amsterdam. Although the success of the HD-based format is unsure in Europe due to a lack of HDTV take up amongst broadcasters and consumers, camcorder builders and NLE developers are pushing HDV off the expected high take-up of the format in the US.

Apple, Adobe and Canopus have announced support for the format in their software by the end of the year, but Canopus is the first to announce specific acceleration hardware for the format. Being higher-resolution, HDV takes more power to process than conventional DV, limiting real-time performance.

Edius H|DV SP adds a 64-bit PCI board to Canopus's Edius Pro NLE software. As well as accelerating Edius Pro, the board also provides HDV/DV (though FireWire), component, composite and S-Video input and output, plus RS-422 deck control.

Edius Pro enables editing of any mix of HDV, DV, uncompressed, MPEG-2 and MPEG-1 video in real-time - including mixed HD and SD resolutions in the same timeline. Other real-time abilities include 4:3 and 16:9 conversion, and SD/HD up/downconversion. The optional Canopus Codec Option Pack adds DVCPRO 50 and DVCPRO HD format support through the FireWire connection of a Panasonic AJ-HD1200A deck.

Edius H|DV will ship in November for £1,999 plus VAT.