Avid unveils Symphony; new Mac OS X versions of apps

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Avid Technology Inc. has announced Symphony for the Mac platform as well as new Mac OS X versions of their Media Composer, Film Composer, and Avid Xpress systems.

Symphony is a high-end editorial finishing system designed to finish projects that were traditionally finished in a linear suite. The new version 4.7 for the Mac platform will offer real-time 10-bit DVE, Ultimatte keying and color correction processing on Mac OS X.

"Today's release is important for three key reasons: we are responding to significant customer demand for Symphony on a Mac, we are upgrading our Mac products to Apple's new, higher-performance operating system, and we are incorporating color correction capabilities across our entire editing product line," said David Krall, CEO of Avid.

New in both the Mac OS X and Windows versions of Symphony, Media Composer and Avid Xpress software is real-time color correction, as well as 23.976 fps project support for all Media Composer systems. Avid's new MetaSync capability, which lets editors synchronize a variety of metadata types with traditional video and audio content, will also now be available on these Mac-based products.

The Avid Symphony v4.7, Media Composer XL v11.7, Film Composer XL v11.7 and Avid Xpress v5.7 systems are due later this quarter. As an introductory offering, new Avid Symphony v4.7 systems will be priced up to 22 percent off the regular manufacturers suggested retail price of US$90,000. Media Composer v11.7 models will start at $12,000, Film Composer XL v11.7 will start at $53,000, and Avid Xpress v5.7 will start at $5,999.

Avid Technology has been adding to its line of Mac compatible products lately. Earlier this month at the Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, they announced plans to release Avid Free DV, a free, DV-only version of its video editing software. The company will release the software for Mac OS X and Windows in the second quarter of 2003.

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