Canopus EDIUS Pro 3 Format Options Now Available Giving Editors P2, VariCam and XDCAM Support


EDIUS Pro 3 users have an extensive choice of HD and SD format options available to help customize EDIUS workstations to fit their workflow

Last Updated: August 8, 2005 5:40 pm GMT
(San Jose, Calif. -August 8, 2005) Canopus Corporation today brings extensive format support to nonlinear video editing with its new EDIUS™ Format Options for EDIUS Pro 3.

The company's new EDIUS Format Options include MXF (Material eXchange Format) support to let video professionals in broadcast and studio environments customize EDIUS Pro 3 editing solutions (such as EDIUS NX, EDIUS SP, EDIUS SD and EDIUS HD) to their specific studio set-up. EDIUS Format Options are available now for the following formats: Panasonic P2, Panasonic VariCam® and Sony's XDCAM™ Professional Disc™ system.

"These professional camcorders are making a significant impact in the broadcast world, especially for electronic news gathering and indie film production," said Hiro Yamada, founder and chairman of the board of Canopus. "Add EDIUS Pro 3's realtime mixed HD/SD format editing, full frame rate resolution output, scalable design and a fast, flexible interface, and broadcast professionals have the perfect companion for these outstanding camcorders."

EDIUS P2 Option
The EDIUS P2 Option, developed in collaboration with Panasonic, provides native, realtime nonlinear editing support for Panasonic's DVCPRO® P2 series of products. Support for the new AG-HVX200 DVCPRO HD P2 hand-held camcorder will be available when the camcorder ships. Using MXF (Material eXchange Format), EDIUS Pro 3 supports direct access of footage from the P2 card, eliminating the time-consuming task of capturing footage. This immediate access to footage speeds up workflow and lets video professionals go directly from shooting to editing. The edited content can be exported back to the P2 card, together with metadata information.

"Support for Panasonic's new AG-HVX200 by Canopus is welcomed by both broadcasters and production professionals," said John Baisley, President of Panasonic Broadcast. "EDIUS Pro 3's implementation of P2 support in HD and SD, added to the current support of DVCPRO HD and DVCPRO 50 via IEEE1394, makes a great editing solution for Panasonic's family of DVCPRO products."

EDIUS VariCam Option
Canopus makes it possible to edit film-style HD footage in EDIUS Pro 3 with the EDIUS VariCam Option. Panasonic's VariCam format provides 720P 24 fps and variable frame rate capture for film-like feel and detailed fast/slow motion effects. With EDIUS VariCam Option, the EDIUS Pro 3 timeline can import VariCam footage and use the footage as it was originally shot. Users can easily export editing projects back to a DVCPRO HD deck, or output the timeline in another format for use in other processes.

The EDIUS XDCAM Option provides support throughout Canopus's line of EDIUS Pro 3 editing solutions. Again, using MXF (Material eXchange Format) support, Canopus streamlines the workflow by supporting a direct connection via LAN or i.LINK® interface to the disc player and making it easy for EDIUS Pro 3 users to add XDCAM footage to their projects, without any conversions. Users simply copy MXF files (IMX or DVCAM mode) to the EDIUS system and begin editing. Since EDIUS Pro 3 also supports mixing of different frame rates and sizes of AVI, MPEG and QuickTime files and even HD/SD resolution, XDCAM footage can easily integrate into existing EDIUS Pro 3 projects alongside other asset types.

"The EDIUS line of editing products complements the XDCAM system's capabilities such as MXF-based file transfer," said Bob Ott, vice president of optical and network systems for Sony Electronics' Broadcast and Production Systems Division. "The XDCAM system was designed to enable interoperability with an array of third-party solutions, and Canopus's EDIUS products should help to extend the benefits of the XDCAM system's workflow to a broader range of applications."

About EDIUS Pro 3
EDIUS Pro 3 nonlinear editing software provides native editing and realtime processing of uncompressed SD, HD, HDV, DV, MPEG-2, and MPEG-1 formats. With its seamless realtime workflow, EDIUS Pro 3 lets professionals mix and share video content in multiple formats and work with unlimited video, audio and effects layers, while providing realtime high-quality, on-screen display. EDIUS Pro 3 delivers increased quality and realtime performance through the company's acclaimed variable-bitrate Canopus HQ codec. EDIUS Pro 3 includes professional features, such as realtime HQ batch capture from 1080i HDV cameras and decks, advanced audio tools and precise color correction controls, designed to help editors create the highest quality productions. EDIUS Pro 3 is also included with Canopus's line of EDIUS hardware and software editing solutions, including the new HDV offering, EDIUS NX for HDV.

About Canopus Corporation
Canopus Corporation, based in San Jose, Calif., is a subsidiary of Canopus Co., Ltd, headquartered in Kobe, Japan. Canopus designs and markets award-winning digital video and graphics solutions for video professionals and enthusiasts. The company combines innovative hardware and software designs to set new standards in performance, functionality and reliability. Industry leaders worldwide recognize Canopus's advanced HD, HDV, DV and MPEG codec technologies, which are featured in the company's acclaimed video editing solutions, transcoding products and network-based video distribution systems. Canopus also has offices in the U.K., Germany, Italy, Australia and China in addition to an extensive worldwide distribution network. For more information contact Canopus at (408) 954-4500 or visit the Web site at


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