LAS VEGAS, April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- NAB 2003 -- Canopus Corporation, makers of award-winning digital video editing products, today announced the availability of Xplode(TM) Professional 4.0. This update to the company's popular 3D video effects software package features a host of new transitions, the new fully keyframable Composer effects, improved rendering capabilities and advanced preset handling capabilities to make creating stunning video content faster and easier. Key Features of Xplode Professional 4.0 Exciting Effects Xplode Professional 4.0 includes a new Composer, which offers full control over the customization and keyframing of specialized effects and transitions, and allows editors to create stunning 3D effects in a user-friendly interface. An interactive preview offers editors a hands-on method to manipulating these effects using the Composer's Preview Window Tools. The Composer window also features a timeline that allows editors to add and configure keyframes containing customized parameters at time-specific points throughout the effect. Composer transitions include Picture Frame for 3D frame effects with custom textures, Advanced Alpha Map with customizable Alpha Map and Color Map motion, Morphing Shapes, which lets users distort the shape of a Page Peel, Sphere, Cylinder, Wave or Page Roll effect, and a 3D Box effect with complete customization options for each individual box face. In addition, Multiple Objects lets users place up to eight different objects into a transition for even more creative freedom. Several effects can also be combined with an Alpha Mask or a graphic containing a transparency to provide even more customization for PIP and text effects. New Look and Feel Xplode Professional 4.0 features the new transition Launcher that makes selecting, customizing and creating transitions faster and easier, giving editors more control over the production process. This new interface also provides improved preview playback and scrub controls. Advanced Rendering Xplode Professional 4.0 also includes an improved render engine that provides higher-quality output, including superior antialiasing. "Xplode Professional 4.0's features, including the new transition Launcher and Composer effects, are designed to enhance creativity while radically reducing production time," said Nathan Yanoff, product marketing manager at Canopus Corporation. "We've been able to add these complex features while retaining Xplode Professional's intuitive nature. Our goal is to continue to develop tools like this, which let video editors spend more time creating unique video content and less time learning the applications." About Xplode Professional Xplode Professional 3D video effects software is compatible with all video capture cards, including OHCI cards and supports Adobe(R) Premiere(R), Ulead MediaStudio Pro(R) and Canopus Edit applications. Xplode Professional 4.0 includes over 900 effects, an intuitive interface for effortless effects creation and customization, and advanced rendering and overscan handling capabilities that let video editors create stunning, professional-quality video content quickly and easily. Advanced keyframe capabilities, along with configurable shadows, lighting and soft border features are included for creating realistic and dramatic effects. For ultimate performance, Xplode Professional 4.0 takes advantage of advanced hardware acceleration for faster rendering. Xplode Professional's SmartConfig intuitive interface dramatically reduces the learning curve, allowing users to adjust transitions to their specific needs easily and quickly. The global transition settings feature allows users to change the render mode and overscan handling on all transitions at once, cutting production time significantly. In addition, editors can easily import 3D objects from both NewTek LightWave(R) and discreet 3ds max(R) to create customized 3D effects. Video and still images can also be imported into Xplode Professional through support of the most common formats, including AVI, BMP, PSD, TGA, TIF and JPG. Xplode Professional 4.0 supports Windows(R) 2000, Windows XP Home and Windows XP Professional and is available now from Canopus and its authorized dealers for $299. Registered users of Xplode Professional 3.0 can upgrade to 4.0 for a special upgrade price of $99. Registered users of Xplode Basics can upgrade to Xplode Professional 4.0 for a $199. For additional upgrade details visit the Canopus Web site at www.canopus.com. About Canopus Corporation Based in San Jose, Calif., Canopus Corporation manufactures award-winning, nonlinear video editing products for video professionals and enthusiasts. Canopus's DV editing, MPEG encoding, 3D DVE and video transcoding products combine innovative hardware and software designs to set new standards in performance, functionality and reliability. Canopus Corporation's parent company, Canopus Co., Ltd., with headquarters in Kobe, is Japan's largest maker of video editing and graphics products. The company has offices in the UK, Germany, Australia, Italy and China in addition to an extensive worldwide distributor network. For more information contact Canopus at (408) 954-4500 or visit their Web site at www.canopus.com. Canopus is a registered trademark and Xplode Professional is a trademark of Canopus Corporation. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.
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