DCP By Jan Ozer NAB2007At NAB 2007, the lower level of the South Hall was dominated by computer-related technologies. This article first describes video editing related announcements, then announcements relating to streaming media encoding. On the video editing front, I’ll describe the big three first, then the rest in alphabetical order. As the historical market leader in the film and broadcast market, Avid boasts the most comprehensive product offering. For this reason, it’s perhaps no surprise that Avid had no new product announcements. The most important new feature announced at NAB was ScriptSync, an indexing feature that automatically matches dailies to script scenes in seconds, offering a great time savings over the manual matching that was required previously. Avid also announced price and performance improvements to its Unity MediaNetwork, adoption figures for Interplay (150 clients/5400 seats), and its Open Platform Initiative (including 50 leading hardware and software vendors). Also at the show, Avid announced Avid Liquid 7.2, which features native ingest, editing, and export support for the JVC GY-HD100 and 200 series of HDV cameras, the Panasonic HD P2 format, and for Canon XL H1 Frame capture. The company also announced Avid Liquid Chrome Xe, which works in conjunction with the AJA Xena LHe board to provide SD and HD analog and SDI I/O, and realtime HD preview from the timeline. With Adobe pulling DVD authoring from the Premiere timeline, Liquid is the only major video editor with integrated DVD authoring, a great feature if you’re pumping out lots of discs. Avid also improved Liquid’s streaming output capabilities, which were critically deficient in previous versions. read more...

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