Canopus announces portable MPEG-2 editor, the EDIUS 2.0


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Canopus Unveils EDIUS 2.0
Canopus Unveils EDIUS 2.0, Los Angeles, DV Expo West 

Canopus Corporation today announced EDIUS 2.0. An upgrade to the nonlinear editing application Canopus released earlier this year, EDIUS 2.0 features MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 editing and support for OHCI-compliant FireWire hardware. For the first time, editors can now seamlessly edit, mix and output DV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and uncompressed video with true realtime, render-free operation. EDIUS 2.0 redefines video production productivity with realtime, multi-format, multi-track editing using a Windows XP-based desktop or laptop computer with an OHCI-compliant FireWire interface. Canopus is also bundling Inscriber® TitleMotion™ with EDIUS 2.0 for creating professional superior graphics, video titles and motion effects.

EDIUS 2.0 streamlines DVD-Video production by allowing editors to work in MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 format for realtime editing, effects compositing, keying, transitions and titles. Canopus ‘s MPEG codec technology maintains the highest picture quality during every stage of the production process. EDIUS 2.0 also features DVD-Video authoring directly from the timeline, with full chapter point support.

While EDIUS 2.0 works with any OHCI-compliant system, it is optimized for Canopus’s DVStorm, DVRex RT and DVRaptor RT2 series of nonlinear editing solutions, providing additional realtime, render-free operation working with DV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and uncompressed analog video output.

About EDIUS

EDIUS delivers unprecedented productivity and flexibility by offering unlimited video and audio tracks, unlimited title and graphics layers, the ability to transition between multiple video tracks, voiceover recording, three-point and four-point editing for even greater flexibility, multi-format conversion capabilities and realtime output ‘“ all in a fresh graphical user interface that makes it easy to create powerful, professional video and audio content.

EDIUS integrates Canopus ‘s proprietary Effects Technology to provide editors with an advanced level of artistic creativity. EDIUS offers 27 realtime video filters, including White/Black Balance, Color Balance, High Quality Blur and Region. EDIUS also features a selection of high-quality realtime video keyers, such as Chroma Key and Luma Key, for use in compositing effects, as well as a fully customizable 2D/3D Picture-in-Picture effect. All EDIUS effects are easily adjustable and may be combined to produce hundreds of customizable effects.

EDIUS offers sophisticated bin folder structure and search capabilities for enhanced clip organization and management, the ability to remap missing or moved clips within a project for easier updating, and enhanced timeline management features, including batch delete. EDIUS also supports 32-bit uncompressed video with alpha channel, allowing editors to insert clips made using applications, such as Ulead® COOL 3DTM, directly onto the video track and play back in realtime.

EDIUS includes Xplode for EDIUS and EDIUS FX, Canopus ‘s advanced realtime 2D and 3D video effects engines. These effects packages harness the power of Canopus Effects Technology to create stunning, professional-quality video transitions. With more than 40 transition groups from which to choose, each with customizable options and numerous presets, Xplode for EDIUS and EDIUS FX provide enough power for even the most demanding video editor.

EDIUS is capable of unlimited simultaneous realtime titles and graphics layers. Its motion and opacity controls allow users to stack multiple title layers for greater creativity. Title Motion Filter effects in EDIUS include Blur, Dissolve, Slide, Wipe and Laser. EDIUS also includes Inscriber TitleMotion, for the creation of visually stunning text, graphics and effects. In addition to award-winning CG capabilities, TitleMotion includes professional functions such as crawls, rolls, directional blurs, dissolves and more. Text can be fine-tuned through kerning, leading, slanting, rotating and dynamic sizing. Editors can choose from more than 170 pre-set templates, or create a unique design of their own.

The output quality of a completed video project is just as important as the editing process. EDIUS addresses this by providing fast, high-quality, multiple format export capabilities with technology featured in ProCoder, Canopus ‘s highly acclaimed conversion software. ProCoder Express – EDIUS Edition lets users rapidly export to MPEG-1, MPEG-2, QuickTime RealVideo and Windows Media formats, in addition to Canopus ‘s own DV AVI format.

Availability and Pricing

EDIUS 2.0 will be available January 2004 through Canopus , its authorized dealers and system integrators for a suggested retail price of $ 599. Registered users of EDIUS 1.x can upgrade to version 2.0 for a special upgrade price of $ 199. Registered users of EDIUS LE can upgrade to version 2.0 for a special upgrade price of $ 299. For additional upgrade details visit the Canopus Web site at www.canopus.com.

About Canopus Corporation

Canopus Corporation, based in San Jose, Calif., is the U.S. division of Canopus Co., Ltd, headquartered in Kobe, Japan. Canopus designs and manufactures award-winning digital video and graphics solutions for video professionals and enthusiasts. The company combines innovative hardware and software designs to set new standards in performance, functionality and reliability. Industry leaders worldwide recognize Canopus’s advanced DV and MPEG codec technologies, which are featured in the company’s highly acclaimed realtime render-free, multi-track video editing solutions and transcoding products. Canopus also has offices in the U.K., Germany, Italy, Australia and China in addition to an extensive worldwide distribution network. For more information contact Canopus at (408) 954-4500 or visit their Web site at www.canopus.com.

Source: Canopus