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products Avid offers software-only DS T EWKSBURY MA— At IBC, , Avid (www.avid. com) introduced a software-only ver- sion of its DS finish- ing system. Avid DS 10.5 is geared to- ward budget-con- scious post facilities of all sizes, and pro- vides tools for han- dling VFX, finishing and conforming. The system sup- ports full DI work- flows for Red, 2K, 4K, DPX and Arri- Raw projects; offers compositing and paint toolsets for graphics and color Precision panel enhances Digital Vision products S TOCKHOLM, SWEDEN — Digital Vision ( used IBC to pre- view its new Precision color panel for the Nu- coda and Phoenix product lines. The Nucoda product line provides a suite of products for tapeless and nonlinear grading for HD broad- cast and 2K/4K digital intermediate produc- tions. Phoenix products are designed for restoration work. The Precision panel is slated to ship in Q4 Sound Devices intros USB audio interface R EEDSBURG, WI — Sound Devices ( was at IBC with a new version of its USBPre computer audio interface. USBPre 2 ($649) is a two- channel, portable interface designed to inter- connect audio sources to Mac OS and Win- dows computers over USB. The next-generation product features an and offers a slim ergonomic look and feel, along with three-axis trackballs and touch keys for enhanced control and quick naviga- tion. Its modular design allows for custom configuration and layout. The unit features high-resolution color screens, a touch screen and a tablet. correction work; and integrates with Avid’s ISIS shared storage and Inter- play production management tools. DS 10.5 is avail- able this month and pricing starts at $6,995 for educa- tional institutions and $9,995 for pro licenses. Each in- cludes a copy of Media Composer 5 software. The soft- ware is recom- mended for use with HP’s Z800 worksta- tion series and can be purchased as a turnkey system for an additional cost. 52 The company also announced new pricing for its grading products. Nucoda Film Master has an entry price of $79,800. For the mid- range DI grading/dailies market, Nucoda Fuse is priced at $47,600. And the entry-level Nu- coda Compose is priced at $10,300. entirely new electronic design, along with the same extended-bandwidth, low-noise micro- phone preamplifiers and digital converters as Sound Devices’ 7-Series digital recorders. The USBPre 2 can be used for voiceover recording, reference playback and monitor- ing, as well as test and measurement. A plug-and-play device, the USBPre 2 ac- cepts mic level, line level, consumer-line level and SPDIF digital (coaxial or TOSLINK) in- puts. Its microphone preamplifiers have se- lectable analog limiters, high-pass filters, 48V phantom power and high-resolution LED me- ters. Because the USBPre 2 draws its power solely from the computer’s USB port, no addi- tional power source is required. Balanced XLR outputs offer superior rejec- tion to interference and are switch-selectable between mic or line level. Additionally, a con- sumer RCA-type output is available for con- nection to unbalanced inputs. Its headphone amp easily drives full-sized headphones. G AJA debuts smaller footprint Ki Pro RASS VALLEY Calibre UK shows format converter trio B RADFORD, UK — Calibre UK , CA— AJA Video Systems ( pre- viewed the Ki Pro Mini portable file-based recorder at IBC. The 10-bit, 4:2:2 flash disk recorder is a smaller, lighter version of the Ki Pro tapeless recorder that captures to the Apple ProRes 422 codec directly from a camera. The Ki Pro Mini can mount easily to a digital camera or accessory. Its 10-bit 4:2:2 files are captured to Compact Flash cards and are then immediately ready for editing. Ki Pro Mini has support for SDI and HDMI cameras. The unit also offers two channels of balanced XLR audio, with switch se- lectable line/mic levels, and eight channels of embedded digital audio over SDI and HDMI. Well suited for an Apple file-based workflow, the Ki Pro Mini records native Apple ProRes 422 QuickTime files, which are for- matted as HFS+ volumes that can be instantly read when con- nected to a Mac computer with an off-the-shelf CF card reader. Ki Pro Mini will ship this month for $1,995. Post • October 2010 (www.calibreuk. com) has introduced three universal for- mat converters: the VXL-150HD, VXL- 100HD and VXL- 75HD VideoExcel. The VXL-150HD serves as a univer- sal format converter, scan converter and frame synchronizer with noise reduction and image en- hancement capabili- ties. Features in- clude flexible as- pect ratio conver- sion and adjustable pan, zoom and trim; closed caption sup- port in HD CEA708 and SD CEA608 for- mats; and VITC em- bedded timecode support. The VideoExcel VXL-75HD scan converter and frame synchronizer is a true broadcast grade computer graphics-to-video scan converter. The VXL-100HD format converter of- fers up/down/cross conversion from SD to HD, HD to SD, and HD to HD with per-pixel motion adaptive process- ing. Realtime, per- pixel motion adap- tive temporal and film noise reduction are provided as standard, as is SD MPEG2 codec noise reduction.

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