Pinnacle Systems, the folks who specialize in digital video content creation tools, is shipping CineWave Classic, a new low-cost uncompressed video system created for motion graphic artists and video editors who already own Final Cut Pro, Apple’s high-end video editing system. Pinnacle Systems is also shipping CineAcquire, a video capture and device control application and plug-in for both Adobe After Effects and Pinnacle Systems Commotion Pro.
“Our objective is to provide motion graphics artists and video professionals with the maximum flexibility for getting superior quality video into the applications they rely on every day,” Pinnacle Systems senior product manager, Andrew Baum, said. “At the same time, it is important that the solutions don’t create new complications in the workflow. CineAcquire is probably the ultimate expression of those goals, providing motion graphics professionals with a comprehensive set of tools for precision video capture without the overhead.”
CineWave is an editing and compositing application that provides unlimited layering, effects, advanced non-linear editing, motion tracking, paint and compositing tools. CineWave provides a variety of editing capabilities for acquisition, post-production, and delivery in most formats, including: DV, DigiBeta, uncompressed 601, PAL, NTSC, 1080i, 1080p, 4:3, 16:9, DVD, and Web.
Costing nearly 30-percent less than a CinéWave editing system, CinéWave Classic delivers the same uncompressed video for creating graphic intensive intros, outros, ID’s and promos using popular QuickTime-native applications, Laurin Herr, Pinnacle’s vice president of Content Creation Products, Professional & Broadcast Solutions Division, said. It also provides Final Cut Pro owners a solution for stepping up to true professional video editing formats and functionality, he added.
CinéWave Classic includes one of several available CinéWave I/O breakout boxes, which include a 10-bit SDI Pro Digital breakout box, and the CinéAcquire application and plug-module. It also includes the same TARGA Ciné Engine available with all CinéWave products. CinéWave Classic can be upgraded to CinéWave RT and CinéWave HD configurations by attaching a breakout box or loading new software.
Meanwhile, CinéAcquire expands the video graphics design capability of any CinéWave-equipped Power Mac G4 by providing direct machine control for sophisticated video capture, Herr said. CinéAcquire works as both a standalone application and as a plug-in module for Pinnacle’s Commotion Pro and Adobe After Effects. It lets users tackle such critical tasks as frame grabs and batch captures with complete RS-422 deck and device control in NTSC/PAL and widely used HD formats. CinéAcquire includes a Pipeline Digital RS-422 Device Control Cable for easy connectivity to VTRs and other external devices.
CineWave Classic is available immediately at a base price of US$5,495. CineAcquire is now included with all new CineWave systems and can also be ordered independently for $195 from a preferred Pinnacle Systems’ CineWave reseller. System requirements are Mac OS X v10.1.1 or Mac OS 9.2.2, a Power Mac with 300MHz or faster G3 or G4 processor with built-in FireWire, and 256MB of RAM.