ediusCanopus has announced format support for nonlinear video editing with its new EDIUS format options for EDIUS Pro 3. The company's new EDIUS format options include MXF (Material eXchange Format) support to let video professionals in broadcast and studio environments customize EDIUS Pro 3 editing solutions (such as EDIUS NX, EDIUS SP, EDIUS SD and EDIUS HD) to their specific studio set-up. EDIUS format options are available now for the following formats: Panasonic P2, Panasonic VariCam, and Sony's XDCAM Professional Disc system. The EDIUS P2 option, developed in collaboration with Panasonic, provides native, real-time nonlinear editing support for Panasonic's DVCPRO P2 series of products. Support for the new AG-HVX200 DVCPRO HD P2 hand-held camcorder will be available when the camcorder ships. Using MXF, EDIUS Pro 3 supports direct access of footage from the P2 card, eliminating the task of capturing footage. This immediate access to footage speeds up workflow and lets video professionals go directly from shooting to editing. The edited content can be exported back to the P2 card, together with metadata information. Canopus makes it possible to edit film-style HD footage in EDIUS Pro 3 with the EDIUS VariCam option. Panasonic's VariCam format provides 720P 24 fps and variable frame rate capture for film-like feel and detailed fast/slow motion effects. With EDIUS VariCam option, the EDIUS Pro 3 timeline can import VariCam footage and use the footage as it was originally shot. Users can export editing projects back to a DVCPRO HD deck or output the timeline in another format for use in other processes. The EDIUS XDCAM option provides support throughout Canopus's line of EDIUS Pro 3 editing solutions. Again, using MXF support, Canopus streamlines the workflow by supporting a direct connection via LAN or i.LINK interface to the disc player and allowing EDIUS Pro 3 users to add XDCAM footage to their projects without any conversions. Since EDIUS Pro 3 also supports mixing of different frame rates and sizes of AVI, MPEG, and QuickTime files and even HD/SD resolution, XDCAM footage can integrate into existing EDIUS Pro 3 projects alongside other asset types.

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