Media 100 Inc. has announced 844/Xi, an addition to their line of 844/X editing systems for compositing of unlimited layers. Though the system comes on Wintel hardware, it offers Mac application integration. There’s InstantMedia support for Mac-based platforms that allows graphical elements created on a Mac to be brought directly into the 844/X timeline.
The 844/Xi will ship with the new 844/X Version 1.5 Interoperability Release that incorporates several new features, including OMF compatibility with Final Cut Pro, Digidesign Pro Tools, Avid Symphony, Avid Media Composer, and Media 100i, as well as 844/X timeline export to Adobe After Effects, support for Adobe Photoshop layers in the 844/X timeline, and EDL export.
The 844/Xi is targeted to dual-stream editors. Due in December, prices will start at US$24,995 for Media 100 software and hardware. Complete system configurations will start at about $40,000 and will be available exclusively through authorized 844/X value-added resellers.