As promised, Avid have announced full product-compatibility between their Mac and Windows product line. Avid Xpress Pro v 5.5 supports native HDV and DVCPRO HD for acquisition, editing, and output; real-time effects and 2:3 pulldown insertion over FireWire; and Avid DNxHD encoding to create effects, transitions, and titles with uncompromised image quality. Avid’s unique Open Timeline enables users to mix HDV, DVCPRO HD, and Avid DNxHD formats with SD and DV media in the same timeline in real-time, reducing the time it takes to complete projects that incorporate media from multiple sources.
Other enhancements in version 5.5 include:
In addition, Avid plans to offer Universal Binary support in future versions of Avid Xpress Pro, for Intel-based Macs. Xpress Pro 5.5 will ship on the previously announced schedule of June 2006. MSRP is US$1695.
Avid Mojo SDI
Mojo SDI, the second iteration of Avid’s low-cost Digital Non-linear Accelerator (DNA) box that connects to Mac and PC via FireWire has been announced to ship in June 2006.
The new Mojo SDI adds SDI Input and Output in addition to the connectivity of the original version. Mojo SDI supports AES/EBU digital audio I/O via SDI and is available for the new Xpress Pro 5.5 detailed above and the newly unbundled (from hardware) Media Composer software.
Avid Mojo SDI is priced at US$2,495.