CineForm Aspect HD V 2.5 Includes Support for Sony HDV Camcorder
Posted Dec 14, 2004

CineForm, Inc. will ship version 2.5 of its Aspect HD for Adobe Premiere Pro software at a new price point this month, the company states.

Aspect HD v2.5 adds support for Sony's new HDR-FX1 HDV camcorder, and will support Sony's HVR-Z1U Professional HDV camcorder which is anticipated to ship in 1Q05. Aspect HD delivers real-time HD editing performance on Windows desktop PCs running Adobe Premiere Pro.

Additionally, portions of CineForm Intermediate technologies have been licensed to Adobe to enable future support of HDV editing for all users of Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5 through an Adobe plug-in that will be available early next year. Aspect HD v2.5 is further enhanced by additional CineForm Intermediate software technologies to offer more features plus real-time performance for Adobe Premiere Pro users. Aspect HD, as well as the components licensed by Adobe, both rely on CineForm's Visually Perfect CFHD codec technology which performs CineForm's online workflow for all users plus file compatibility for other AVI applications.

Aspect HD includes the suite of CineForm Intermediate technologies, which specifically include CineForm's Visually Perfect CFHD codec and CineForm's real-time HD video effects and processing pipeline. These technologies are intended to offer Adobe Premiere Pro users unmatched video quality and real-time performance for HDV post production. Its unprecedented real-time performance is achieved on affordable Windows desktop PCs without specialized hardware.

On a 3.2GHz P4 CPU, Aspect HD delivers real-time editing - with no dropped frames - on up to three 1080i HDV streams simultaneously, including over 40 HD-optimized real-time transitions and effects, plus color corrections, real-time graphic and title overlays. A threaded version of CineForm's Visually Perfect encoder is also included for increased performance in multi-CPU configurations. CineForm will offer on-going releases of new real-time features in future versions of Aspect HD.

Aspect HD v2.5 will begin shipping in early December at new pricing of $499, the company reports, not including Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5. A bundle with Aspect HD v2.5 that also includes Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5, Adobe Audition, and Adobe Encore will be priced at $799.

CineForm currently has a fully-functional 15-day trial version of Aspect HD v2.5 available on its website for all users to experiment without obligation.