New Effects Software Package For The Casablanca

Boulder, CO–Draco Systems has released Elastic Dreams, a spectacular morphing and motion effects software package for the award-winning Casablanca nonlinear video editor.

Priced at $299, the product easily creates dramatic warp effects, funhouse-style stretched or distorted images, “morphed” images from one to another and animation effects such as talking animals or objects.

Elastic Dreams was created for the Casablanca by MotionStudios, of Bremen, Germany. It includes Warp, an image processing function, and three transitions functions, Draw, FX and Morph. Each function provides a wide range of effects, such as “Wave,” “Sine,” “Twirl” and “Sculpt,” plus multiple projects and archived clips. It is compatible with any version of the Casablanca running System Software 3 or higher.

The Elastic Dreams software is the latest in a series of third-party add-ons for the Casablanca. Other recent entries include the new Monument Deluxe Titler, with texture-mapped fonts and stunning fly-in/fly-out effects; Akaba Paint program, with keyframing for image changes that follow the footage; Spice Rack image processing and transition effects; and PC Link for transferring a wide variety of files between the Casablanca and a computer.

Draco Systems created a new category of self-contained digital video editors in 1997 with its Casablanca, a complete standalone nonlinear digital video editing system. It received Best Product awards from Videomaker magazine in 1998 and 1999, as well as inclusion in Media & Methods magazine’s Awards Portfolio for past three years. The Casablanca features image quality and capabilities that were previously available only on systems costing many times its retail purchase price. More than 45,000 units have been sold worldwide.

The company released its ground-breaking Avio version of the Casablanca in March, 2000. With stunning MPEG-2 compression and high-speed Intel Pentium processor, the unit delivers much the same ease of use and high-capability editing software, at a starting price of just $1495 for the 12-gigabyte LT version and $1795 for the 20-gigabyte ST version.

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