Avid Technology Inc. has announced the release of
Avid Xpress DV 3.5, its software-based video editing solution for Mac OS X and Windows XP. Avid Xpress provides users with the Avid-standard editing experience preferred by many video editing professionals.
Avid Xpress DV 3.5 sports more than 100 customizable real-time effects, titling, compositing and other features all in software, without rendering. It also provides color correction toolset derived from Avid’s Symphony products that automatically matches skin tones between scenes using a single click of the mouse, according to the developer. You can also customize your Xpress DV workspace to your own specification.
Avid president and CEO David Krall said the new version is an important release because it fulfills his company’s commitment to bring the software to the Mac. “And, we have taken our commitment to Macintosh users a step further by ensuring that Xpress DV’s real-time architecture is supported on all G4s — laptops, desktops and even the new iMac,” he added.
The news even garnered a comment from Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who noted that most of the world’s video editing is done on Macs. “Avid has a long history of serving the professional video editing community, and this new version of Xpress DV taps the power of Mac OS X and the G4 Velocity Engine to bring professional-level editing capabilities to even more Mac users,” said Jobs.
System requirements call for Mac OS X 10.1.4 or later, and a G4/400MHz or faster — including new iMacs and all PowerBook G4s.
Avid Xpress DV 3.5 ships for Mac OS X and Windows XP in the same box. The standard configuration costs US$1,699, while the PowerPack edition runs $2,499.