Reprinted from a Canopus press release:

Canopus Corporation, a leader in digital video production tools, today announced the availability of EDIUS HD, its much-anticipated HD editing workstation. EDIUS HD offers mixed realtime HD/SD editing in an affordable turnkey system for the broadcast and content-creation market. Featuring true end-to-end HD production using Canopus HD technology, EDIUS HD includes Canopus EDIUS Pro realtime HD editing software, Canopus HD and HQ software codecs and the Canopus HDRX-E1 HD-SDI/SDI input and output card.

At the heart of EDIUS HD are the proprietary Canopus HD and HQ software codec technologies. Developed through years of experience in video compression technology, the Canopus HD software codec provides high-quality, realtime compression, processing, filtering and decoding of multiple HD streams. The Canopus HD software codec supports HD signal recording using the Canopus HDRX-E1 board and playback from the hard disk to HD-D5, HDCAM or DVCProHD VTRs. The groundbreaking Canopus HQ codec, built with Canopus Scalable Technology, is also included and offers the highest HD image quality and performance available. The Canopus HQ codec not only provides superior luma and chroma sampling of HD video, but also features variable bitrate support, for increased video quality.

“In a world of shrinking budgets, EDIUS HD lets broadcasters trim costs without compromising on quality, speed or functionality,” said Robert Sharp, general manager of Canopus Corporation. “EDIUS HD also helps smaller post-production houses and independent producers grow their business now that they can afford the tools to bid competitively on HD projects.”

EDIUS Pro software redefines video production efficiency with realtime, multi-track HD editing, compositing, chroma keying, titling and timeline output. EDIUS Pro lets users edit HD projects in HD resolution and frame rates, eliminating the need to downconvert for editing, as many other systems require. By providing a true HD editing experience, video professionals can expect to maintain their image quality throughout the production process.

When using EDIUS Pro, editors are not restricted to working in just one format. EDIUS Pro seamlessly handles SD and HD clips within complex timeline compositions in realtime and can upconvert, downconvert and output in realtime while retaining the highest possible image quality. Mixed editing with EDIUS Pro saves video professionals additional production time by eliminating the need to upconvert SD video to HD format before starting the editing process

The EDIUS Pro interface provides editors with instant response when maneuvering through the most complex HD/SD timeline projects while easily handling thousands of clips. Nearly all aspects of the user interface are customizable including window positioning and layout, available buttons, effects presets and Bin window displays.

EDIUS HD includes Inscriber TitleMotion HD for Canopus, which provides editors with tools to create high-quality titles and features realtime preview of all titles during composition. Featuring keyframable animation capabilities within both 2D and 3D spaces, TitleMotion HD can produce polished broadcast titles within minutes.

To meet the high-performance demands of HD video, Canopus has currently chosen the HP Workstation xw8000 as the foundation for EDIUS HD, and a system based on the top-of-the-line 64-bit HP Workstation xw8200 is also being developed. The Canopus HDRX-E1 input/output board includes RS-422 support to provide frame-accurate VTR control and is equipped with standard BNC connectors for both HD-SDI and SDI (two output connectors and a reference input connector).

The EDIUS HD system is available now through certified Canopus broadcast resellers. For more information on EDIUS HD visit www.canopus.us/US/products/EDIUS_HD/pm_EDIUS_HD.asp.

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