Reprinted from a Pinnacle press release:

Pinnacle Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCLE) today announced Pinnacle Edition 5, the latest version of the company’s mid-range video editing and DVD-authoring software for professional videographers, educators, and advanced video hobbyists. Pinnacle Edition 5 leverages processing power from the PC’s central and graphics processor units (CPU and GPU) to offer hundreds of striking real-time transitions and filters to power-hungry creative professionals.

Key new features in Pinnacle Edition 5 streamline the editing workflow and helps content producers create compelling professional-grade video faster and more efficiently than ever before. New real-time accelerated graphics processor (AGP)-based 2D and 3D video effects dramatically improves productivity by allowing editors to process more video, graphic layers and effects in real time. Pinnacle Edition uses a scalable architecture designed to deliver improved performance in connection with future CPU or GPU upgrades. Editors can also author DVD right from the editing timeline, eliminating the time-consuming process of exporting and importing files to a separate authoring application. With Pinnacle Edition’s powerful editing features, DVD authors now can create sophisticated menu structures, motion menus and motion buttons using the familiar editing tools of Pinnacle Edition.

“ATI recognizes Edition 5 is the first video editing software application that natively supports 3D acceleration. This is a major breakthrough for the professional video editing and graphics industry,” said Godfrey Cheng, director of marketing, multimedia products, ATI Technologies, Inc. “ATI is the leader in delivering the world’s fastest graphics and highest quality video solutions. With the addition of ATI graphics and video technology, Pinnacle’s solution will be unrivalled for video editors. ATI is proud to be Pinnacle’s partner in these efforts.”

“We’re pleased to work with Pinnacle to bring the dreams of every world-be movie maker closer to reality with our digital video offerings,” said Jeff Schindler, director of digital media group at Gateway. “Pinnacle’s new Edition software will be a key component of our industry-leading digital video solutions that combine all the hardware, software, and hands-on training customers need to create compelling films.”

Pinnacle Edition family includes:

  • Pinnacle Edition — Integrated, real-time video editing video editing and DVD authoring application with a Firewire card for digital input/output (I/O).
  • Pinnacle Edition PRO — Integrated, real-time video editing and DVD authoring system with 2D/3D display adaptor and DV & analog I/O on a single AGP card.

    Pricing and Availability
    The Pinnacle Edition product family supports Windows 2000 and Windows XP Home and Professional. It will be available in English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Chinese (simplified) and Korean languages through select resellers throughout North America, Asia and Europe. In the U.S., Pinnacle Edition 5 and Pinnacle Edition PRO are expected to be available in Q2, 2003 at a suggested retail price of U.S. $699 and U.S. $999, respectively. Upgrade pricing will also be available for previous versions of Pinnacle Edition, Pinnacle Edition DV500, DV500, Pro-ONE and Pro-ONE RTDV, Studio and competitive products.

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