Studio Monthly Erik Holsinger Avid Xpress ProMAC-Ready, with an Impressive Array of Video Format Support This is our third outing with Avid’s Xpress Pro software, which is now available on the Mac OS X platform. Since our last review, Avid has been busy adding more video format support, as well as upgrading the core processing from 8-bit to 10-bit. Xpress Pro was Avid’s first attempt at providing competition for Apple’s Final Cut Pro package, offering many features passed down from the Media Composer line. Now that Media Composer is available as software, Xpress Pro is being positioned as more of an offline system. Xpress Pro, Crunchy-Mac Style While we tested Xpress Pro on both a qualified PC and Macintosh system, we decided to focus our tests on the Mac. The PC version is the oldest, so naturally Xpress Pro performance on the PC was faster than on the Mac. However, a nice addition with the Mac version was a much easier installation process. (Note: Avid has since released Xpress Pro version 5.7, which supports Intel-Mac and PowerPC Mac systems along with Windows.) read more...

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