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Avid Xpress 5.51 works on Intel iMAC with Windows XP

Avid Technology recently released Avid Xpress HD 5.51 which is a software upgrade that finally brings both PC and MAC platforms up to speed in terms of supporting HD media.

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*Also, we've tested the new 24inch iMac with Avid Xpress and Media Composer.

Although not officially supported by Avid Technology, GeniusDV was able to run Avid Xpress 5.51 on an intel iMAC in running Windows XP Professional. Yes, that's right! Previously, the ATI 1600 XL graphics card did not work properly with the Avid software, but apparently something has changed, and now the real-time playback works correctly. In addition, all the real-time effects work in open-gl mode.

Minus an error and warning message while launching the software, everything appears to work. We captured media, and edited a short commercial spot with no problems.

It is important to note, the Avid Xpress software does not work with OS X on an intel iMAC. Avid has announced that a binary version of the software will be available soon.

"This is fantastic for our training center, since we can now provide our students with a choice of running Avid Xpress HD on a MAC or PC, without having to have different computers. The new intel iMACs can be booted up with Windows XP or MAC OS X using Apple's bootcamp software."

For customers who have purchased their software after April 24th, 2006 the upgrade to Avid Xpress 5.51 is free. Otherwise, if you are running 4.X, it is $50.00 upgrade to Avid Xpress 5.51 for a downloadable version for the rest of us.

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