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Canopus Broadcast Editing Solutions Provide Native DVCPRO HD Nonlinear Editing Support in Collaboration with Panasonic (16/9/2004)

Canopus Corporation, a recognised leader in video codec technology, today announced that its broadcast line of nonlinear editing solutions, which include EDIUS HD, EDIUS SD and the recently announced EDIUS H|DV SP solution, now support native editing of DVCPRO HD footage. Developed in collaboration with Panasonic, the Canopus DVCPRO HD codec provides high-quality HD video and unrivaled real-time HD nonlinear editing performance with full DVCPRO HD (SMPTE 370M) compliance.

The new EDIUS H|DV SP solution also supports direct HD loss-less capture and print to tape with the Panasonic AJ-HD1200A VTR via EDIUS H|DV SP's onboard FireWire connector, in native 1080/60i /50i, providing a cost-effective editing solution for DVCPRO HD on a Windows-based platform. Canopus is demonstrating real-time, native DVCPRO HD editing at the Canopus stand at this week's IBC tradeshow.

The full range of Canopus Broadcast editing solutions provide visual content creation professionals with unprecedented productivity and affordability. Featuring EDIUS Pro software, the EDIUS HD, EDIUS SD and EDIUS H|DV SP solutions free video editors from the limitations of conventional editing systems by providing a seamless real-time workflow that supports mixed format editing with all native video acquisition formats and provides connectivity to video equipment in existing studio environments.

"We are pleased to deliver the industry's highest-performance real-time DVCPRO HD software codec with complete native Panasonic DVCPRO HD support and compliance," said Hiro Yamada, founder and chairman of the board of Canopus.

"We are very pleased that Canopus has supported DVCPRO HD format in its EDIUS series products," said Mr. Shimozuru, head of Professional AV System B.U. of Panasonic AVC Networks Company. "This will provide a broader choice to the customer for joining DVCPRO HD based native editing."

EDIUS Pro software redefines video production efficiency with real-time, multi-track, mixed format HD/SD editing, compositing, chroma keying, titling and timeline output capabilities. EDIUS Pro lets users edit SD projects in HD resolution with real-time HD output, eliminating the need to pre-convert prior to editing - a requirement of many other systems. By providing a true HD editing experience, video professionals can expect to maintain their image quality throughout the production process.

EDIUS HD|V SP is comprised of EDIUS Pro real-time, mixed format, editing application software and Canopus's original hardware I/O boards. EDIUS H|DV SP hardware provides optimised, real-time integration and acceleration with EDIUS Pro software and interfaces with professional and consumer editing equipment, including DVCPR0 HD, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO, HDV, DV, BetaCam SP and all consumer analogue formats. EDIUS H|DV SP also features component HD/SD video output for broadcast monitor preview.

The cost-effective combination of Canopus and Panasonic technology provides groundbreaking high-quality, high-performance, real-time DVCPRO HD editing. The cost of a full function real-time DVCPRO HD editing suite including an EDIUS HD|V SP turnkey workstation with 100 hours of 1080i HD video storage and a Panasonic DVCPRO HD VTR (AJ-1200A) is under 30,000 (EUR40,000). Prices quoted are exclusive of VAT.

The Canopus DVCPRO HD codec is included with both the EDIUS SD and EDIUS HD Canopus Broadcast solutions and is also available for the EDIUS H|DV SP solution with the Canopus Codec Option Pack, which includes the new DVCPRO HD, as well as the DVCPRO 50, software NLE codecs.

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