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Grass Valley upgrades Edius to V.6.06, intros 3D toolset

December 2, 2011
Grass Valley upgrades Edius to V.6.06, intros 3D toolset SAN FRANCISCO — Grass Valley’s Edius multiformat nonlinear editing software has been upgraded to V.6.06. This iteration offers increases in system performance and new third-party compatibility designed to make workflows faster and more efficient. The company has also added a 3D toolset for Edius (as well as the company’s Storm 3G). More on this later.

Version 6.06 includes new hardware drivers that provide support for 1080 50p/60p projects on the Grass Valley HDSpark, HDSpark Pro, Storm Mobile editing platforms, as well as video output in 1080 50i/60i format. There’s also a new and improved workflow for P2 camera/source deck users, giving them the ability within Edius to create waveform files in a project folder — not on the removable media — and delay creating waveform cache files until required. The new software also features improved compatibility with XDCAM MXF files stored on SxS solid-state memory cards. Also included is support for Sony’s XDCAM Station with the latest XDS firmware (1.14) upgrade. And for the first time, Edius users can take advantage of third-party hardware, with support for the Black Magic Design Intensity Pro capture card. Edius 6.06 also supports the latest version of QuickTime (7.7).

“The software is now more open and its performance is better than ever, as we continue to add new features, based on user feedback,” says Jeff Rosica, executive VP of Grass Valley. “As today’s multiformat editors are challenged with more formats and new video sources that they have to incorporate into their projects, Edius has kept pace and progressed with them.”

Registered Edius 6.0 or above users can upgrade to Version 6.06 for free by making sure their current version is registered at www.grassvalley.com/login.

In related news, Grass Valley has now made available a 3D toolset for its NLEs that provides users with a complete stereoscopic 3D post workflow. The support includes native support for 3D video clips captured with the most-used 3D cameras, easy clip pairing for syncing left eye/right eye clips; 2D-to-3D conversion capability; and a array of tools right on the editing timeline that make 3D adjustments — to compensate for mistakes in shooting —fast (with no transcoding necessary) and easy. Also functions available in 2D are also supported in 3D, such as realtime color correction, keyer, transitions and multicam editing.

The new 3D features of the Edius 3D preview version software include: 3D clip native support; 3D clip pairing, 3D clip adjustment, including automatic convergence adjustment, 3D preview monitoring, and 3D multi-camera editing.

A 30-day preview version of the new 3D software tools is now on the Grass Valley Website: www.grassvalley.com. It is not part of the V.6.06 release, but the company reports the 3D function will be included in the next major release of Edius.

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