StageTools Announces V2.0 MovingPicture Plug-In for Nonlinear Editors; Software for Zooms and Pans on High Resolution Stills

Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from StageTools

    MIDDLEBURG, Va., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- StageTools announced that it has
 released version 2.0 of its highly acclaimed MovingPicture pan and zoom
 application for nonlinear editors.
     MovingPicture is a tool for documentary and industrial filmmakers to pan
 and zoom on high-resolution images.  It takes scanned images up to 4,000
 pixels and allows for perfectly repeatable pans and zooms directly from a
 nonlinear editor's timeline.
     StageTools is headed by Bill Ferster, the founder of West End Film and
 Editing Machines Corporation. EMC developed the first digital nonlinear
 editing system, and received an Emmy Award for pioneering a technology that
 has revolutionized the way films and videos are now edited.
     "MovingPicture v2.0 offers a significant rendering speed increase, up to
 300% faster than before on Pentium-based systems," stated Ferster, "as well as
 a number of enhancements suggested by our users, including per keyframe eases
 and QuickTime rendering.  We look forward to a whole series of cross-platform
 high-productivity tools for creative professionals in the future."
     MovingPicture is being widely used by production facilities as diverse as
 Henninger Video, Jack in the Box, Jim Henson Productions, Lifetime Television,
 Matchframe Video, Microsoft, MPT-TV, MSNBC, the National Film Board of Canada,
 the NY Mets baseball team, the Smithsonian Institution, Weyerhaeuser and WGBH-
 TV in Boston.
     MovingPicture is very simple to use.  The image appears on the screen.
 Dragging and sizing a framing box icon on top of it changes the view, adding
 key frames onto the timeline. Editors can preview the motion in real time
 without any rendering, so the design process is very rapid.  The moves can be
 previewed in real time, and finally rendered in high without ever leaving the
 editor's timeline.  Motion is field-rendered at sub-pixel accuracy, so motion
 is very smooth, and in full 32-bit color.
     MovingPicture v2.0 is available for Windows-based editors including After
 Effects, dpsVelocity, Discreet edit*, Premiere, RexEdit and SpeedRazor.
 Macintosh versions are available for After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Media 100,
 and Premiere.  A fully functional evaluation copy can be downloaded from the
 website: www.stagetools.com.  The MovingPicture Plug-In is priced at $199.
 Registered users can upgrade at no charge.
 
     Images:
       A Macintosh screen shot is available at:
       www.stagetools.com/macplugin.jpg
       A Windows screen shot is available at: www.stagetools.com/fullplug.jpg
       The MovingPicture logo is available at:
       http://www.stagetools.com/mlogo128.gif
       The StageTools logo is available at:
       http://www.stagetools.com/slogo128.gif
 
     All Trademarks are property of their respective owners.
 
 

SOURCE StageTools
    MIDDLEBURG, Va., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- StageTools announced that it has
 released version 2.0 of its highly acclaimed MovingPicture pan and zoom
 application for nonlinear editors.
     MovingPicture is a tool for documentary and industrial filmmakers to pan
 and zoom on high-resolution images.  It takes scanned images up to 4,000
 pixels and allows for perfectly repeatable pans and zooms directly from a
 nonlinear editor's timeline.
     StageTools is headed by Bill Ferster, the founder of West End Film and
 Editing Machines Corporation. EMC developed the first digital nonlinear
 editing system, and received an Emmy Award for pioneering a technology that
 has revolutionized the way films and videos are now edited.
     "MovingPicture v2.0 offers a significant rendering speed increase, up to
 300% faster than before on Pentium-based systems," stated Ferster, "as well as
 a number of enhancements suggested by our users, including per keyframe eases
 and QuickTime rendering.  We look forward to a whole series of cross-platform
 high-productivity tools for creative professionals in the future."
     MovingPicture is being widely used by production facilities as diverse as
 Henninger Video, Jack in the Box, Jim Henson Productions, Lifetime Television,
 Matchframe Video, Microsoft, MPT-TV, MSNBC, the National Film Board of Canada,
 the NY Mets baseball team, the Smithsonian Institution, Weyerhaeuser and WGBH-
 TV in Boston.
     MovingPicture is very simple to use.  The image appears on the screen.
 Dragging and sizing a framing box icon on top of it changes the view, adding
 key frames onto the timeline. Editors can preview the motion in real time
 without any rendering, so the design process is very rapid.  The moves can be
 previewed in real time, and finally rendered in high without ever leaving the
 editor's timeline.  Motion is field-rendered at sub-pixel accuracy, so motion
 is very smooth, and in full 32-bit color.
     MovingPicture v2.0 is available for Windows-based editors including After
 Effects, dpsVelocity, Discreet edit*, Premiere, RexEdit and SpeedRazor.
 Macintosh versions are available for After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Media 100,
 and Premiere.  A fully functional evaluation copy can be downloaded from the
 website: www.stagetools.com.  The MovingPicture Plug-In is priced at $199.
 Registered users can upgrade at no charge.
 
     Images:
       A Macintosh screen shot is available at:
       www.stagetools.com/macplugin.jpg
       A Windows screen shot is available at: www.stagetools.com/fullplug.jpg
       The MovingPicture logo is available at:
       http://www.stagetools.com/mlogo128.gif
       The StageTools logo is available at:
       http://www.stagetools.com/slogo128.gif
 
     All Trademarks are property of their respective owners.
 
 SOURCE  StageTools