New Gear: Movie Plus x3; Autodesk Toxik 2009; Edius version 5


Serif’s MoviePlus X3 is a video-editing package that includes interactive how-to guides and direct YouTube uploading. The program can be used in both storyboard and timeline modes and also includes title animation features, video and audio effects, AVCHD support and iPod and PSP exporting. SmartSound’s Sonicfire Pro music creation software is also included.

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Autodesk Toxik is an advanced compositing application that can import Render Pass and Render Layer setups from Maya. The program can also create stereoscopic content, and several team members can collaborate on the same project simultaneously.

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Thomson Grass Valley

Edius is now in version 5. The venerable video editing package now supports 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and adds support for HDV, AVCHD, Sony XDCAM, Panasonic DVCPRO 50, DVCPRO HD, P2 and AVC-Intra, among others. GPU-accelerated video transitions, expanded export options, clip markers and improved native MPEG editing are among the new features.

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