Avid has just added Los Angeles, CA, as a new location for its “Start to Finish” Tour. The L.A. event will kick off on May 31 at Universal Studios, and Avid Technology will showcase all of its latest products, including Xpress DV 3.0, which will be Mac OS X compatible, company spokesperson Jessica Landers told MacCentral.
The “Start to Finish” tour kicks off May 16 in Washington, D.C. and visits eight cities across the U.S. The tour is just one of the events planned at Digidesign’s DigiWorld, a two-day event that showcases the newest products from Avid, Digidesign, and Digidesign development partners. Attendees can chose from several sessions including, Avid University, a hands-on introduction of Avid Xpress DV 3.0 (including the Mac version)
You can learn more about the event or register (it’s free) at the ” Start to Finish ” Web site.
Xpress DV 3.0 is the latest version of the portable video editing solution. Due in June, the US$1,699 product will sport over 100 customizable real-time effects and multiple simultaneous streams. Avid Xpress DV v3 effects are fully customizable and previewed onscreen exactly as they will appear when rendered, according to Joe Bentivegna, vice president of Avid’s Video Development & Operations.
There’s also a new user interface featuring customizable tool sets, Media Composer source-record style editing and a “SuperBin.” There’s a new keyframe model with bezier controls and keyframes per parameter. Xpress DV v3 has a switch that lets you channel the horsepower of your particular system to maximize either performance or image quality. There’s Avid Unity LANshare support for low-cost networking and media sharing and a new Avid DV CODEC purportedly offers improved image quality that withstands multiple generations.
Xpress DV v3 also includes Avid’s new real-time architecture that delivers real-time effects on systems with “as little” as 750MHz and 256MB of RAM, the company claims. There will be eight video tracks with unlimited nesting for dynamic multi-layered compositions, as well as low cost DVD burner support, plus five times faster MPEG encoding, Bentivegna said.