Reprinted from a Canopus press release:

Canopus Corporation today announced a special summer software promotion that brings together full versions of the company’s acclaimed software products into two of the most comprehensive video production and effects suites available – the Canopus Visual Effects Suite and the Canopus Production Suite. Canopus is offering these software suites now through August 31, 2003 at a savings from $199 to $896.

Canopus Visual Effects Suite
Bringing together Xplode Professional 4.0, PhotoAlbum 2.0 and Imaginate, the Canopus Visual Effects Suite provides video professionals with an arsenal of tools to quickly and easily create stunning videos. With a price of $399, the Canopus Visual Effects Suite is a full-featured, cost-effective solution. For greater savings, customers can purchase the Canopus Visual Effects Suite for just $299 with the purchase of a Canopus hardware nonlinear editing solution, such as DVRaptor RT2 or DVStorm2.

The mainstay of the Canopus Visual Effects Suite is Xplode Professional 4.0, an advanced 3D video effects package that provides hundreds of customizable effects, transitions and an intuitive interface that makes creating custom effects a snap. PhotoAlbum 2.0 is included and is ideal for displaying a series of still images or creating a video album montage. Also included is Imaginate, the company’s popular still-image animation software application. With Imaginate, editors can breathe new life into still images and photographs, transforming them into movies that can be used to bring history to life, create montages or anything else the video professional can imagine.

Canopus Production Suite
Designed to give editors a complete video editing solution, the Canopus Production Suite combines the remarkable collection of applications found in the Canopus Visual Effects Suite with Canopus’s powerful EDIUS nonlinear editing application and its state-of-the-art video transcoding tool, ProCoder. With a price of $999, this collection saves customers almost $900 off the MSRP.

At the heart of the Canopus Production Suite is EDIUS, Canopus’s new professional editing software for use with the company’s acclaimed DVStorm and DVRex RT lines of editing solutions. EDIUS breaks new ground in editing capability, productivity and workflow by uniting Canopus’s proprietary technologies into a new, unified processing engine. EDIUS delivers unprecedented flexibility by offering unlimited video and audio tracks, unlimited graphics and title layers, the ability to transition between multiple video tracks, voiceover recording directly to the timeline, 3-point or 4-point editing for even greater flexibility, as well as multiformat and realtime output capabilities – all in a fresh graphical user interface that makes it easy to create powerful, professional video and audio content.

Canopus’s ProCoder video encoding software is also included in the suite. Whether you’re encoding MPEG format for DVD production or Windows Media for Web streaming, ProCoder makes conversion between video formats quick and easy. Featuring Canopus’s highly optimized DV and MPEG codecs, ProCoder provides high-quality video output without the long wait and guesswork of similar tools.

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