(SAN JOSE, Calif. and LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. - February 22, 2006) Canon U.S.A., Inc. and Canopus today jointly announced that the Canopus EDIUS Pro v3.6 and EDIUS Broadcast realtime video editing solutions support the new Canon XL H1 affordable, lightweight 24fps HD camcorder.
"Canopus's EDIUS Broadcast editing software is an excellent solution for imaging professionals," said Yukiaki Hashimoto, senior vice president and general manager of Canon U.S.A., Inc.'s consumer imaging group. "Its compatibility with Canon's XL H1 HD camcorder will provide a streamlined solution for capturing and editing 24 and 30 fps video."
The Canopus EDIUS Pro 3 and new EDIUS Broadcast solutions provide realtime capture and processing of 1440 x 1080 resolution video at 24fps, 30fps and 60i via an IEEE 1394 interface, making it ideally suited for the 24F, 30F and 60i formats featured with the new Canon XL H1 camera. EDIUS Pro 3 and EDIUS Broadcast are also the only NLE solutions that deliver full frame-rate realtime HD playback from the timeline directly to an external HD video display when using the company's tightly integrated software and hardware solutions, such as EDIUS NX with HD Expansion, EDIUS SP and EDIUS HD nonlinear editing systems.
As Canon's first HD camcorder, the XL H1 High Definition (HD) camcorder and 20x HD video zoom lens with Genuine Canon Optics* provide broadcasters with a low-cost 1080i resolution option for ENG, Documentary or Reality TV production. Filmmakers also appreciate the extensive Cine controls and 24 Frame rate option the XL H1 camcorder offers.
Canon's "professional jackpack" features include uncompressed digital HD-SDI output for seamless integration into broadcast studios or high-quality image transfer to non-linear editing systems. The Genlock feature allows movie sets to easily synchronize camera settings across multiple camcorders and SMPTE time-code in-and-out allow for streamlined tape and edit management.
"Canon's affordable HD camcorder is an attractive solution for broadcasters and indie film producers who are making the transition from SD to HD," said Hiro Yamada, founder and CEO of Canopus. "Add EDIUS Pro 3 and EDIUS Broadcast's realtime mixed SD/HD format editing, full frame rate resolution output, scalable design and a fast, flexible interface, and professionals have the perfect companion for this outstanding HD camcorder."
EDIUS Pro 3 and EDIUS Broadcast nonlinear editing software provide realtime, mixed format editing of uncompressed SD, HD, HDV, DV, MPEG-2, and MPEG-1 formats. EDIUS Pro 3 and EDIUS Broadcast deliver increased quality and realtime performance through the company's acclaimed variable-bitrate Canopus HQ codec, including realtime HQ batch capture from 1080i and 720p HDV cameras and decks.
EDIUS Pro v3.6 and EDIUS Broadcast are available now from Canopus and its authorized resellers and system integrators for a suggested retail price of $699 and $999 respectively. The v3.6 upgrade, with support for Canon XL H1 and 720p YUV component out is available free for all current users of EDIUS Pro 3 from the company's Web site at www.canopus.com. EDIUS Broadcast is currently shipping with the support included.
Canon's XL H1 camcorder and the 20x HD Video Lens with Genuine Canon Optics is currently available as a kit for an estimated selling price of $8,999**.
About Canopus Corporation
Canopus products include digital video and graphics solutions for video professionals and enthusiasts. These products combine innovative hardware and software designs to set new standards in performance, functionality and reliability. Industry leaders worldwide recognize advanced Canopus HD, HDV, DV and MPEG codec technologies, which are featured in acclaimed video editing solutions, transcoding products and network-based video distribution systems. A strategic product line, Canopus solutions are part of the Grass Valley business of Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453: NYSE: TMS). For more information contact Canopus at (408) 954-4500 or visit www.canopus.com.
About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. The Company is listed as one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies in America and is rated #35 on the BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands." Its parent company Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ) is a top patent holder of technology, ranking second overall in the U.S. in 2005, with global revenues of $31.8 billion. For more information, visit www.usa.canon.com.