Avid Technology Inc. has taken the wraps off Media Composer Adrenaline, the next generation of its Media Composer system. Media Composer Adrenaline incorporates the eponymous Adrenaline hardware — part of Avid’s new Digital Nonlinear Accelerator (DNA) line. Adrenaline’s portable sibling Mojo was introduced with Avid’s announcement of Xpress Pro.
Media Composer Adrenaline incorporates real-time multiple-stream uncompressed standard definition (SD) video finishing capabilities, a 24p Film Composer offline capability, and the ability to expand to support high definition (HD) media as well. It offers uncompressed SD video over a standard FireWire connection, along with real-time color correction tools and 24-bit audio.
Media Composer Adrenaline ha a built-in HD expansion slot and will support 10-bit video and 96kHz audio. It supports Avid Meridien (JFIF), ABVB (AVRs), DV25, DV50, IMX and uncompressed 601 media. It also supports TotalConform with Avid Media Composer, Avid Xpress, Symphony and advanced AAF conform with Avid|DS systems.
The finishing system supports up to five real-time SD video streams, and up to eight streams in draft mode. It also has OpenGL-based 3D video effects and real-time Digital Cut. You can mix resolutions in one timeline, and render out uncompressed, resolution-independent effects. JKL keyboard navigation, match frame, extend and replace functions, multiple and nested timeline project support and software multicam support is in place, as well. Media Composer Adrenaline is cross-platform compatible for all bins, projects and media, as well. There’s much more, too.
Avid Media Composer Adrenaline is anticipated for release in the second quarter of 2003 for a suggested retail price of US$24,995. System requirements call for a Power Mac G4 1.42GHz dual-processor system or better with Nvidia GeForce4 Ti graphics card, or PowerBook G4 1GHz or better 15 and 17 inch systems; Mac OS X 10.2.4 or higher; 1GB memory; 40GB hard drive space; DVD-ROM; and available FireWire port.