Aurora Video Systems has released the US$799 Aurora Pipe video capture and editing card that integrates with Apple’s Final Cut Pro and Adobe After Effects. Since it’s a QuickTime solution designed for Mac OS X, no third-party software (except for Final Cut Pro, of course) is needed to preview video in applications.
Aurora Pipe is built to take advantage of Apple’s RT Extreme capabilities while using all of Final Cut Pro’s real-time effects, according to Aurora Video Systems. It’s the first in a family of products that Aurora is developing to take advantage of new technologies such as RT Extreme.
RT Extreme is an enhanced multistream, real-time video and audio architecture. It’s fully CPU-scalable, so upgrading to a faster Mac increases the amount of real-time effects you can do, according to Apple.
Aurora Pipe offers composite and S-video I/O and 16 bit, 48 kHz, and dual-channel RCA unbalanced audio. The card provides synchronization between the Mac and NTSC/PAL video display provided by True Color Filtering for enhanced colorspace conversion.
Both upper and lower-field PAL are supported with no rendering required to operate in an upper-field-first PAL timeline. Single and dual-field playback control provides an image for color correcting or graphics editing. A genlock signal can be used to ensure synchronization with external equipment.
In addition to moving data from Final Cut Pro and putting it on-screen, Aurora Pipe provides real-time preview compatibility with both After Effects and Discreet’s Combustion.