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Pinnacle Systems Ships Liquid Edition Version 6 For Professional and Affordable HD Editing (10/11/2004)

Delivers Native Editing, Compositing, and Real-time Effects for HD, MPEG-2, DV and More to the PC for Under $500

Pinnacle Systems(R), Inc. (NASDAQ:PCLE) , a leader in digital video solutions, is now shipping Pinnacle Liquid Edition(TM) version 6, a complete and technologically sophisticated version of Pinnacle's advanced video editing software for professionals and enthusiasts.

Pinnacle COO Ajay Chopra said, "Pinnacle Liquid Edition 6 enables you to take full advantage of the incredible indigenous power of today's PC processors and graphics cards. Pinnacle Liquid Edition delivers everything today's video editors need and want -- robust real-time broadcast quality effects, compositing, titling, audio, DVD authoring and more -- all in one product. Pinnacle Liquid Edition means just one purchase, one short learning curve and, most importantly, virtually unlimited creative potential for editors."

Pinnacle Liquid Edition empowers editors with new tools and features including the ability to edit multiple streams of native high-definition (HD) content with real-time effects without the requirement of expensive proprietary hardware, a professional-strength Steinberg inspired audio engine, and compatibility with the Pinnacle Studio(R) software used by millions of consumers worldwide.

Brett Heil, Managing Director of Digital Pulse, a complete television and corporate post-production facility in Australia, said, "With the new version 6 of Pinnacle Liquid Edition, Pinnacle has taken our post production capabilities to a new level. With Pinnacle Liquid Edition's enhanced native format editing capabilities including HDV and a comprehensive range of broadcast formats including MPEG-2, Uncompressed, DVC Pro and DV, we can now take on almost any job that clients can think of. Pinnacle Liquid Edition 6's updated and flexible audio postproduction tools improve finishing. Its industry standard support for OMF export is unique at this level. Finally the increased DVD capabilities allow us to handle almost any input or output that our clients can throw at us."

New users and experienced editors alike will appreciate the completely redesigned, highly intuitive Microsoft Windows-based interface. Pinnacle Liquid Edition PRO adds an all-new F. A. Porsche-designed professional analog and digital breakout box loaded with composite, component, S-Video I/O, stereo in, surround out, S/PDIF I/O and plug and play USB-2 ease-of-use.

Mike Shaw, author and brainchild of the popular Mike Shaw Pages video editing tips web site ( said, "Personally, I think Studio users moving into Liquid Edition 6 for the first time will be totally wow-ed with what they get ... "

Pinnacle's Liquid SmartRT technology harnesses the full power of a computer's central processing unit(s) (CPU) and graphics processing unit (GPU) to perform thousands of resolution independent real-time broadcast quality 2D and 3D effects for SD and HD video. Pinnacle Liquid Edition 6 also offers industry leading, fully-enabled support for PCI-Express bus technology, enabling Pinnacle Liquid Edition to eliminate roadblocks and deliver up to 30 times more bandwidth between the visual processor and the CPU than competitive PCI-based solutions. This increased bandwidth results in much more real-time effects power, for all formats including HD, without requiring costly additional hardware. Additionally, Pinnacle Liquid Edition's FireWire-enabled plug and play support allows editors to edit in HDV on location with a portable laptop computer.

This new version of Pinnacle Liquid Edition allows users to combine multiple formats and standards -. all in the same timeline .- through Liquid SmartEDIT. Liquid SmartEDIT provides native support for a large variety of codecs including DV25, MPEG-2 I-frame and IBP, and uncompressed. SmartEDIT's unique support for native MPEG-2 IBP material means that with Pinnacle Liquid Edition, users can edit in native HDV as well as the MPEG-2 IBP format that is used for DVDs. This minimizes the need for time-consuming, quality damaging process of format conversions.

Pinnacle Liquid Edition offers a wealth of new creative options such as advanced video effects, a remarkable audio effects engine that provides a sophisticated audio mixer, support for full surround sound, VST plug-ins and effects such as Timewarp. Liquid Edition also features a Dolby Digital encoder that has been approved by Dolby Laboratories. Pinnacle Liquid's new Multicam support makes editing complex productions with as many as sixteen camera angles an absolute breeze. Additional improvements include greater control with parameter-based Bezier keyframe compositing and powerful new Track Matte and Mosaic real-time effects.

Pricing & Availability

Pinnacle Liquid Edition version 6 and Liquid Edition PRO version 6 are available immediately for the suggested retail price of $499(USD) and $999(USD), respectively. Upgrade pricing is available for previous versions of Pinnacle Edition/Liquid Edition, Pinnacle Studio and competitive products.

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