has updated their CineWave product, which can provide real-time special effects when used with Final Cut Pro 2, to version 1.2.
The update contains several new features, including CineOffline, support for 16-bit YUV and 8-bit RGBA codecs, and HD qualification and support for Final Cut Pro 2 with most popular HD formats. CineOffline lets CineWave users take advantage of offline qualities to reduce the size of the media within a project. A scaled down version of footage is stored to disk, but the user can still edit with a full-size image through CineWave’s real-time hardware scaling features, according to Andrew Baum, senior product manager for CineWave.
With CineOffline, users can conform or scale up the file to full resolution at uncompressed standard definition and/or high definition quality for finishing at anytime, he added. CineOffline also lets you edit with CineWave on a computer that doesn’t have the TARGA Cine Engine hardware.
Apple and Pinnacle Systems are working closely to provide support for most HD formats through the combination of Final Cut Pro 2 and CineWave 1.2 software, Baum said. In fact, CineWave 1.2 includes support for most popular HD formats including 1080i and 1080/23.976p, the most widely used frame rate for film production.
CineWave 1.2 includes Commotion Pro 4, a full version of Apple’s Final Cut Pro 2, Knoll Light Factory, and the TARGA Cine Engine. It offers various editing capabilities for acquisition, post-production, and delivery in most any format, including: DV, DigiBeta, uncompressed 601, PAL, NTSC, 1080i, 1080p, 4:3, 16:9, DVD and Web. There are two Digital Tether ports for connecting to a family of SD and HD break-out boxes for flexible I/O options.
CineWave is available from Pinnacle Systems’ dealers worldwide at a starting price of US$6,495. Version 1.2 is
a free software upgrade
for existing customers.