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The video quality settings that are available to you in Avid Xpress Pro and sometimes misunderstood. They are for playback only. If you are rendering out a Quicktime or any other type of export Avid will default to the highest quality setting. The Video Quality Menu button in the Timeline bottom toolbar allows you to switch display resolutions when real-time effects are enabled. This allows you to trade off video quality with smooth playback of real-time effects. If you notice missing frames or choppy video during real-time playback, switch to a lower quality setting. The Video Quality Menu button in the Timeline bottom toolbar allows you to switch display resolutions when real-time effects are enabled. This allows you to trade off video quality with smooth playback of real-time effects. If you notice missing frames or choppy video during real-time playback, switch to a lower quality setting.
full quality.gif The Video Quality Menu button in the Timeline bottom toolbar allows you to switch display resolutions when real-time effects are enabled. This allows you to trade off video quality with smooth playback of real-time effects. If you notice missing frames or choppy video during real-time playback, switch to a lower quality setting. med quality.gif The Video Quality Menu button in the Timeline bottom toolbar allows you to switch display resolutions when real-time effects are enabled. This allows you to trade off video quality with smooth playback of real-time effects. If you notice missing frames or choppy video during real-time playback, switch to a lower quality setting. low qaulity.gif The Video Quality Menu button in the Timeline bottom toolbar allows you to switch display resolutions when real-time effects are enabled. This allows you to trade off video quality with smooth playback of real-time effects. If you notice missing frames or choppy video during real-time playback, switch to a lower quality setting.
After_Effects_Drop_frame.gifI have been asked many times to explain the difference between Drop Frame and Non-Drop Frame. I found a fairly detailed explanation the will hopefully help you understand the difference. US TVs display 29.97 frames a second. When NTSC was defined, they found out there were some problems with the video signal carrier fequency running at 30 frames per second (fps). So they decided to shift things by 1/1000 to 29.97 fps which is 0.999 of 30 fps.The two of the more commonly used combinations of time display settings are 30 fps drop-frame timecode and 30 fps non-drop-frame timecode. When the frame rate is a non-integer number as is the case with the NTSC frame rate of 29.97 frames per second a compromise of one sort or another must be made in displaying time. Either the time display can accurately show clock time (after one hour, the time display shows 1:00:00:00) or the time display can be continuously numbered (frame n is always followed by frame n + 1, modulo the number of frames per second). Drop-frame timecode does the former; non-drop-frame timecode does the latter. In the case of NTSC 30 fps drop-frame timecode, two frame numbers are skipped for each minute, except for every tenth minute. Drop-frame timecode is conventionally indicated by separating the time units with semicolons. The most common case for which drop-frame versus non-drop-frame timecode is relevant is 29.97 fps NTSC, but it also applies to 23.976 fps and 59.94 fps.
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Avid has now released the latest  issue of Avid Xpress Pro. This release, which is available for both Intel- and PowerPC-based Macs in addition to PC systems, includes additional codec support and a number of quality improvements over the previous version 5.7.7. Avid Xpress Pro v5.8 is available free of charge to all registered customers of Avid Xpress Pro 5.7.x and Avid Xpress Studio 5.7.
  • Support for VC-1 codec. This release adds native support for the Microsoft VC-1 codec. You can import, playback, render, mixdown and transcode in native VC-1 resolutions. Please note that VC-1 support is currently not available on Macintosh Power PC and playback-only on MacPro platforms.
    Please refer to the Avid Xpress Pro v5.8 ReadMe document located on the avid.com Knowledge Base for a detailed list of the capabilities and limitations of VC-1 support in this release.
  • Mac OS X support. This release supports Mac OS 10.4.11. Support for Mac OS X Leopard (10.5) will be added in a future release.
  • Quality improvements. Refer to the Avid Xpress Pro v5.8 ReadMe document located on the avid.com Knowledge Base for a detailed list of improvements in this release.
Download the Avid 5.8 and get your system up-to-date!

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Sony's SxS PRO Memory Card will change the way event, corporate, and industrial video is captured and posted. In addition to faster transfers, smaller size and longer record times than the standard PC card, the SxS PRO Memory Card increases workflow efficiency, with seamless transition from camcorder acquisition to PC or laptop for editing and archiving. The SxS PRO Memory Card is about half the size of a PC card and fits in ExpressCard 34 and 54 slot sizes. It will initially be available in 8GB and 16GB storage capacity, with higher capacity planned for the future. Providing reliability, durability and expansion flexibility while offering improved performance, the SxS PRO Memory Card may be defined as the flash media of choice , and the definitive media for high definition. ExpressCardâ„¢ media technology,  the replacement standard for PC cards, supported by PCMCIA, the industry-wide consortium that standardized the PC card. Enter the ExpressCard of the future: Sony's SxS PRO Memory Card. Because it uses a serial interface, it transfers at a faster bus speed, is more reliable and comes in a smaller size resulting in a significantly lower storage cost per minute of high definition video when compared to conventional PC parallel cards. And it’s designed to work with Sony's latest, groundbreaking, handheld HD camcorder, the XDCAM EX  model, which houses two SxS PRO Memory Card slots.



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Lacie has just introduced the latest hard drives that will satisfy all of your needs. If you edit with Avid, Final Cut Pro or Adobe Priemer, theses hard drives will fit your needs. Fully loaded with all the best interfaces:  eSATA 3Gbits, FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0. This all-in-one professional hard disk offers universal connectivity for PC and Mac users. They are offered in 320gb, 500gb, 750gb and the massive 1tb. The unique, fanless aluminum heat sink design with 60% more surface area for heat dissipation keeps it quiet and safe. Perfect for digital content creation, audio/video editing, DVD authoring, and web animation, etc., the d2 Quadra can handle multiple demanding professional tasks. It can be daisy-chained via FireWire or connected to your DV camera and is even bootable in FireWire for Mac and in eSATA for Mac/PC.

  • Quadruple interface for full PC/Mac compatibility
  • Superior burst transfer rates up to 115MB/s (eSATA)
  • Sturdy aluminum d2 heat sink & ergonomic design   
Check out this latest hard drive from LaCie and give your editing bay the space it deserves.



Avid_Timeline_settings.gif When you open a new timeline in your Avid editing application you will notice you receive one video track and two audio tracks. Most of my sequences have at least 3 video tracks and 4 audio tracks, so every time I open a new timeline I end up adding at least two extra video tracks and two audio tracks. This is not a big deal but wouldn't it be nice if you created a new timeline and you could have your desired amount of video and audio tracks? Well, you can. Simply navigate to the timeline settings in the project window and open the timeline settings dialog box. You can also do this by right-clicking on an open timeline. Under the edit tab you will see New Sequences with Video Tracks and Audio Tracks. If you click on the pull-down triangle next to the number you will see your options. You can have up to 24 video and 24 audio tracks to start. This makes it easy to start editing and not worry if you have enough tracks to lay down your media.
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If you are new to editing or if you are considering purchasing a new editing machine make sure you check the requirements before you buy. As of right now, Window's Vista and Apple's Leopard are not supported operating systems by Avid. Eventually they will be supported but right now you will need to take an alternate route. If you have no choice and you are buying a new machine you have two distinct options. You can purchase a Windows machine and then buy a copy of Windows XP and install it on your new PC. This will cost you about $200.00 above the price of your new computer but it is the best way to get your Avid up and running. Your second option is to purchase a new MAC Pro and install Windows XP alongside your MAC OS. This is a great option and the route I am about to take myself. There is much more than just the operating system to consider. You need to make sure you have at least 2GB of RAM. Avid states only 1GB for DV and 2 GB for HD but I have found that 2GB is the minimum you should consider for either. This just scratches the surface of requirements; make sure you read through the read me files on Avid's support site and make sure your system meets all the requirements for your editing machine. 

Sony_PVW_EX1.jpg Sony has just announced the release of their latest HD tapelss camcorder. This camera is about to set the industry on it's ear! The Sony PMW-EX1 is a flash-memory based high definition camcorder capable of a variety of frame rates and resolutions using Sony's new XDCAM-EX intraframe codec. The Exmor 1/2" CMOS sensors used in the PMW-EX1 provide unprecedented levels of image clarity previously unavailable in the prosumer market. Sony's sophisticated SxS Pro memory cards add a unique dimension to almost any production. Enhancing both usability and workflow efficiency, the PMW-EX1 has an extensive set of features that push the boundaries of traditional handheld cameras, including a continuous record time of up to 140 minutes! Whether shooting in 720p, 1080i, or 1080p modes, the PMW-EX1 has it all covered. Its bevy of output settings lets users take advantage of fast and slow motion, as well as popular framerates such as the "film-like" 24p mode.
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