Leitch Announces Version 9.1 of VelocityQ NLE
Posted Mar 14, 2005

Leitch Technology Corporation has announced a new software update for VelocityQ, the company's standard-definition post production non-linear editing system.V ersion 9.1 of VelocityQ features new tools for color correction, collaborative workflows, and audio processing, plus broadened media format support and a variety of user interface enhancements.

VelocityQ 9.1 features new CPU-based color correction tools, including three-way color-wheel control, curves, color matching, and automatic white and black re-balance. The new Interactive Editing paradigm enables edits--including adding, deleting, moving and trimming clips--and real-time effects to be applied without stopping full-quality playback, providing in-context feedback while editing and refining effects. The new "Detect 'n' Collect" feature facilitates interchange between networked editors in a collaborative environment, with automatic detection and collection of new media files in user-specified directories such as on shared storage.

VelocityQ's format support has been broadened with the ability to use native DV25 media directly in the timeline, in addition to the existing support for uncompressed and compressed formats. Complementing this format support is new compatibility with tapeless DV recording devices such as Focus Enhancements' FireStore series. Also directly supported is DV25 and DVCPRO content from Panasonic's P2 media-less memory-based products.

VelocityQ's new audio capabilities include advanced audio node and fade management, with new audio SuperNodes for applying user-defined audio curves and fades non-destructively. In addition to the existing support for clip-based DirectShow filters, real-time .VST audio plug-ins can now be applied to entire tracks with automation.

VelocityQ's user interface also boasts new features. The newly enhanced Advanced Keyframer features Bezier spline-based adjustments for each individual effect parameter. The Advanced Trim Window now offers a choice of trimming styles. In addition to the three-window (in/out/preview) trimmer of VelocityQ 8.2, VelocityQ now also offers a two-window (source/record) style trimmer, familiar to users migrating from other editing systems. The EyeCon View timeline interface tool now also includes Audio EyeCons, displaying a close-up view of the audio waveform at the playhead's current frame for more precise alignment of clips relative to audio events. Enhanced timeline flexibility allows transitions to be applied between clips on any video track.

VelocityQ combines the Velocity software with the Quattrus multi-stream, real-time non-linear editing hardware. VelocityQ features real-time, full-quality playback of four streams of compressed or uncompressed video, up to six graphics streams, and optionally two or four channels of 3D DVE. VelocityQ is available as fully integrated, "ready to run" turnkey solutions, or as boardset-and-software bundles for installation into a Windows XP workstation.

VelocityQ version 9.1 is scheduled for release in May. Registered users who purchased VelocityQ 8.2 systems after February 1, 2005, are eligible to receive version 9.1 upgrades at no charge. Specially priced upgrades to version 9.1 will be available for existing VelocityQ users through authorized Leitch post production resellers. U.S. customers can preorder VelocityQ 9.1 software upgrades immediately, directly from the Leitch e-Store.