Cleaner 6 for Mac is now shipping from the media specialists at Discreet. The Mac OS 9/OSX tool for creating streaming video and audio for multimedia and the Web was unveiled in July at the Macworld Conference & Expo in New York City.
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Cleaner 6 is being positioned as a complement to editing tools such as Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere and Avid Xpress DV. It offers high-quality encoding for QuickTime, RealMedia, Windows Media and Kinoma (the latest downloadable video format for handheld PDAs), according to Joe Klingler, Discreet’s senior director of Software Development. There are 150 high-quality presets to allow editors to encode video with a single step, and more than 50 professional filters and correction tools for fine-tuning digital video, he added.
Expanding on cleaner 5.1, released earlier this year, cleaner 6 for Mac adopts more features from Mac OS X’s Aqua user interface for smoother interaction, Paul Lypaczewski, general manager of Discreet, said in July. New watch folders, drag and drop capabilities and nested settings will streamline workflow and allow customers to complete projects with greater efficiency, he added.
Cleaner 6 will also take advantage of Mac OS X’s memory protection, preemptive multitasking and symmetric multiprocessing when running on the dual processor Power Mac G4. Discreet has optimized cleaner 6 for Mac to leverage the power of the G4-processor to make workflow and project delivery faster, Lypaczewski said.
Cleaner 6 also offers support for MPEG-4 and Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) audio compression through QuickTime 6; new 2-pass variable bit rate (VBR) encoding for MPEG-2 that lets users create video for DVD; new Watch Folders that provide editors with the option to encode work directly from their non-linear editing tools from their desktop or across a network; and drag-and-drop encoding. Discreet cleaner 6 for the Mac is now available for download. The suggested retail price is US$599 and $179 for upgrades.