Digidesign announced the AVoption|V10 Avid video interface for Pro Tools|HD on Windows XP; Mac OS X support will be provided in a future release. AVoption|V10 combines Avid’s latest-generation DNA video hardware with custom capture and conform software, providing quick and efficient interchange with the all Avid editors and total control of the video sweetening workflow from capture to layback.
Using a standard FireWire connection, the AVoption|V10 hardware supports Pro Tools playback of all Avid-created video media, including all JFIF (up to 1:1) and AVR resolutions, DV25 and DV50, multicam, interlaced and 24P/25P progressive scan. AVoption|V10 also allows users to mix different video resolutions in the timeline. Video captured with Digidesign’s AVoption and AVoption|XL is also supported. Component, composite, S-Video and Serial Digital Interface (SDI) I/O are included.
Media Station|V10 software, shipping exclusively with AVoption|V10, allows a Pro Tools user to perform automated capture and conform of both audio and video with full machine control and to import an EDL or open an existing Avid sequence. The ability to render effects and export sequences for use in Pro Tools allows for complete control of the entire AAF/OMF export process. An Export to Pro Tools command automates the export process, ensuring that the video and audio files are exported exactly as needed for use in Pro Tools. Additionally, audio can be imported from Pro Tools into Media Station|V10 to verify that audio is in sync with the original video, lay back audio and video to tape with full machine control or export digital movies for review, mastering or Web distribution.
AVoption|V10 also includes DigiTranslator 2.0 for OMF and AAF interchange, and fully supports record and playback of audio and video with Avid Unity™ Shared Storage.
IMX and MXF video will also be supported in a future release; meanwhile, these resolutions can be transcoded for playback via Media Station|V10 software.
Upgrades to AVoption|V10 are being offered for current owners of Digidesign’s AVoption and AVoption|XL.