Grass Valley Announces EDIUS Pro 4.0

Reprinted from a Grass Valley press release:

The Grass Valley business within Thomson, today announced EDIUS Pro version 4.0, the latest version of the company’s realtime, multiformat video editing solution. New features such as multicam support, nested sequence editing, improved trimming tools and keyframe support for color correction, boost EDIUS Pro’s reputation as a highly flexible craft editing solution that delivers maximum productivity to video professionals.

To meet the high standards and fast-paced environments of broadcast and post production facilities, including support for new tapeless acquisition and storage systems, the new features found in EDIUS Pro version 4.0 will also be included in the company’s highly regarded EDIUS Broadcast software solution Canopus will demonstrate EDIUS Pro version 4.0 this week at NAB in booth SL-544.

The new multicam feature in EDIUS Pro version 4.0 supports up to eight cameras and provides realtime monitor preview, as well as a master channel preview that displays all eight camera angles. The multicam feature provides users with the feel of a live switcher, but with the flexibility of a nonlinear editing environment.

For additional productivity gains, support for nested timeline editing lets users work on sections of a production as separate timelines and nest them into a master project for simplified editing, task separation and organization. EDIUS Pro version 4.0 also provides support for Windows Media and includes EDIUS Speed Encoder for HDV for fast HDV video output. The new parameter-based keyframe support for frame-by-frame color correction gives users the tools to quickly enhance the quality of their video productions.

“EDIUS Pro, known for its well-organized and agile workflow, gives video professionals even greater flexibility with nested timelines and multicam support,” said Marc Valentin, president of the Grass Valley business within Thomson. “Add multiformat support, realtime mixed SD/HD format editing, full frame rate resolution output, scalable design and fast, flexible interface, and EDIUS Pro provides a truly efficient editing experience – especially for video professionals making the transition from SD to HD.”

Editors worldwide were consulted with to continue to improve EDIUS’s workflow and usability. A key feature of EDIUS Pro version 4.0 is the enhanced trimming functionality. “Fluid, fast and efficient trimming was the number one requirement for craft editing,” said Hiro Yamada, president and CEO of the Canopus business within Grass Valley. “We listened to and worked with leading editors to understand their needs and give them an editing tool which we feel meets their requirements.”

Freeing video editors from the limitations of conventional editing systems, EDIUS Pro provides a seamless realtime workflow supporting all video acquisition formats with realtime, multi-track, mixed format HD/SD editing, compositing, chroma keying, titling and timeline output capabilities. EDIUS Pro provides editors with realtime, mixed format HD/SD editing of HD, HDV, DV, MPEG-2, lossless and uncompressed SD video.

For the fast-paced environments of broadcast and post production facilities, Grass Valley also offers EDIUS Broadcast. Incorporating all of the realtime editing capabilities in a streamlined interface designed to help production professionals get content to air quickly, EDIUS Broadcast features EDIUS Pro realtime video editing software, as well as support for industry-standard equipment and formats including: Panasonic DVCPRO P2; Panasonic DVCPRO 50 and DVCPRO HD; Panasonic VariCam; Sony XDCAM Professional Disc System.

Grass Valley offers the EDIUS NX and EDIUS SP NLE systems that combine EDIUS Pro and EDIUS Broadcast software, respectively, with realtime editing hardware. EDIUS software directly supports OHCI FireWire.

This announcement supports Thomson’s overall strategy to help its global media and entertainment customer base acquire, create, edit and manipulate, aggregate re-purpose and package their high-value content. Grass Valley is a leading innovator and supplier of digital delivery platforms which are leading the move towards high quality multi-channel television, and at the same time enabling new media opportunities such as IP TV and rich content to mobile devices.

Pricing and Availability
EDIUS Pro version 4.0 software will be available the end of June 2006 from Canopus and its authorized dealers and system integrators for a suggested retail price of $699. EDIUS Pro 3 users can upgrade to EDIUS Pro version 4.0 for a special upgrade price of $199. EDIUS Broadcast version 4.0 software will also be available at the end of June for a suggested retail price of $999. EDIUS Broadcast users can upgrade for $199. Customers who purchase EDIUS Pro 3 or EDIUS Broadcast beginning April 1, 2006 are entitled to a free upgrade to version 4.0.

Beginning in August, EDIUS NX NLE hardware packages will include EDIUS Pro version 4.0 software. Also in August, EDIUS SP, EDIUS SD and EDIUS HD NLE hardware packages will include EDIUS Broadcast version 4.0 software. Customers who purchase any of these EDIUS NLE hardware packages beginning April 1, 2006 are entitled to a free upgrade to the corresponding EDIUS version 4.0 software.

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