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Digidesign Announces Avid video Interface

March 23, 2004

Digidesign has announced the AVoption|V10 Avid video interface for Pro Tools|HD on Windows XP. The AVoption|V10 combines Avid’s latest-generation DNA video hardware with custom capture and conform software, providing fast, efficient interchange with the complete family of Avid editors according to the manufacturers.

Using a standard FireWire connection, the AVoption|V10 hardware supports Pro Tools playback of all Avid-created video media, including all JFIF (up to 1:1) and AVR resolutions, DV25 and DV50, multi-cam, interlaced, and 24P/25P progressive scan. AVoption|V10 even allows users to mix different video resolutions in the timeline.

Media Station|V10 software, shipping exclusively with AVoption|V10, has been designed and built by Avid specifically for the Pro Tools operator’s needs. It allows the user to perform automated capture and conform of both audio and video with full machine control, and to import an EDL or open an existing Avid sequence. The Export to Pro Tools command automates the export process, ensuring that the video and audio files are exported exactly as needed for use in Pro Tools. Additionally, audio can be imported from Pro Tools into Media Station|V10 in order to verify that the audio is in sync with the original video, to lay back audio and video to tape, or to export digital movies for review, mastering, or for Web distribution.

The AVoption|V10 also includes DigiTranslator 2.0 for easy OMF and AAF interchange, and fully supports record and playback of audio and video with Avid Unity Shared Storage. Avoption|V10 is currently only available for Windows XP. Mac OS X support will appear in a future release, as will IMX and MXF video support. Upgrades to AVoption|V10 are being offered for current owners of Digidesign’s AVoption and AVoption|XL.

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