Video Design Software will show Liberty Version 8.3, the next generation of its paint and animation product line for broadcast and film applications. The new release, available on VDS’ turnkey systems or for Windows NT/2000/XP or IRIX platforms, offers new features such as direct file and database support for Pinnacle Thunder and Lightning in the Windows version.
Liberty 8.3 manages stills and video clips directly to most industry-standard 2D/3D graphics systems, NLEs, Character Generators, Still-Stores and Video Clip Servers to easily locate, edit and save any file. The program automatically generates thumbnails for browsing and can display and update database information for each still and video clip on the system. Liberty operators can recall any still directly from the browser, as well as save stills with optional database info and key channel. Video clips can be loaded with transport control functions, including play, stop, cue, jog, shuttle and current timecode.
In the Windows version of Liberty 8.3, direct file support for both Pinnacle Thunder and Lightning via Network Neighborhood is now offered. Embedded within Liberty’s UI, this feature allows users to grab and send stills in the Pinnacle G format to and from Liberty’s canvas, as well as import and export video clips to and from Liberty’s animation or rotoscoping environments.
According to D.R. Worthington, director of marketing and product development at VDS, "Liberty’s direct file and database-management interface maximizes the user’s creativity by placing any still, layer or clip file from most industry display systems right at their fingertips. With the newly integrated Pinnacle file support, Liberty now serves well as a seamless paint and animation package for Thunder and Lightning users."