Avid Launches New Version of Avid Xpress Pro Academic Software
Posted May 31, 2005

Avid Technology has introduced a new version of its Avid Xpress Pro Academic software package--a group of HD, SD, DV, and film editing solutions for educators, students, and academic institutions for $295 MSRP. The new software package--which includes Avid Xpress Pro HD 5.1 software for Windows XP with support for SD and HD and Avid Xpress Pro 4.6 software for both Mac OS X and Windows XP with support for DV and SD--extends Avid's HD toolset to education customers. The package also includes the Sonic DVDit 5 DVD authoring application for Windows XP.

The Avid Xpress Pro Academic package includes Avid Xpress Pro HD software, which delivers real-time multicamera editing and support for multiple SD and HD formats and resolutions--such as Panasonic DVCPRO HD and P2, Sony XDCAM, and Avid DNxHD encoding for graphics and effects. Both Avid Xpress Pro HD and Avid Xpress Pro software offer film and video capabilities, including image stabilization and automatic color correction, plus the ability to mix different formats and resolutions on the same timeline.

For students and educators who wish to extend their production skills beyond editing, Avid also offers academic pricing for Avid Xpress Studio HD systems, which start at $995 MSRP. These systems include Avid Pro Tools LE, Avid DVD by Sonic, Avid FX, and Avid 3D to facilitate more extensive education with a range of digital media production tools.

The new Avid Xpress Pro Academic software package is available now through Avid's worldwide reseller channel. The package--which comprises Avid Xpress Pro HD 5.1 software for Windows XP, Avid Xpress Pro software for Mac OS X and Windows XP, and Sonic DVDit 5 software for Windows XP--is available for students, faculty, and institutions for $295 MSRP. A list of resellers can be found at www.avid.com/solutions/education/purchaseOptions.asp. The Avid Xpress Pro Academic software requires academic credentials to install and activate, and the product is not eligible for commercial or free upgrades. Mac support for Avid Xpress Pro HD software is expected later in 2005.

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