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                           Announcing Avid Xpress DV 3.5
Introducing the eagerly awaited new version of Xpress DV! The highlights of this
exciting new release are:


         •   Supported on Macintosh OSX as well as Windows XP


         •   Dongle and software for both platforms in one box !


         •   Real-time colour correction tool with professional features


         •   Price reduction for PowerPack




Table of contents

What’s new in version 3.5 ? ..............................................................................2
Feature highlights ...........................................................................................2
What is changed from version 3.0 ? ...................................................................3
Version contents .............................................................................................4
Minimum system requirements .........................................................................6
Additional information......................................................................................6
Appendix A: Key Features and Benefits of Version 3.5 ..........................................7




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What’s new in version 3.5 ?

Versions for both Macintosh OS X and Windows XP in the same box
Move easily back and forth between Windows XP and Macintosh OS X systems! With
bi-directional compatibility of media files.
    • Support for qualified Macintosh computers with Macintosh OS X v10.1.3 or
        later and 400 MHz G4 processor. Includes all Apple PowerBook G4s.
    • Support for qualified systems running the Windows XP Professional operating
        system.

Expert Colour Correction toolset
Because Avid Xpress DV is based on years of real-time colour correction expertise
gained with Avid Symphony, no other software-only NLE comes close to its level of
sophistication. Benefit from professional, real-time colour correction tools that bring
unrivaled features to a software-only product such as:
   • Three monitor view - previous frame, current frame and next frame with
       reference frames and split screen mode showing before & after
   • Patent-pending NaturalMatch colour matching providing exclusive point-and-
       click matching of skin tones from shot to shot
   • Customizable, advanced vectorscope, waveform monitors and histograms
       including luminance and chrominance display to check safe colour levels
   • Three ChromaWheel™ HSL colour offset wheels (shadows, midtones,
       highlights) for precise colour controls
   • Four ChromaCurve™ interactive graphs with multi-point controls (red, blue,
       green, master) for intuitive adjustments to colour balance
   • HSL master controls (hue, sat, bright, contrast, clip, invert) with safe colour
       warning

Separate Avid DV codec
Create high quality Avid-compatible media in After Effects and other popular
applications. This means other QuickTime applications can use the codec.



Feature highlights
•   Over 100 real-time effects, fully customizable, multiple simultaneous streams,
    including titling and keyframeable picture in picture effects - all in software!
•   Easier – and faster - to use, with features like Toolsets, SuperBins, DV Scene
    Extraction, unlimited video tracks via nesting, Quick Transitions, drag and drop
    storyboarding, and much more.
•   Your own Avid; Customizable workspaces that allow customers to
    personalize every aspect of the industry-standard Avid editing interface.
•   Networking support (Avid Unity LANshare EX), lets you connect up to 20
    Avid Xpress DV systems to work collaboratively over a network (note: LANShare
    EX support for Macintosh OS X clients planned for Q4)
•   Improved Compositing, with ability to import Photoshop layers, unlimited video
    tracks via nesting, and improved After Effects support thanks to Automatic Duck
    (sold separately) and Elastic Gasket and Boris FX (available to PowerPack
    customers)
•   Customizable Tool Sets, instantly jump among six customizable screen layouts
    for Basic work, Source-Record editing, Colour Correction, Effects, Audio, and
    Record



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•   SuperBin, provides a clean screen layout by centralizing all media into a single
    window
•   DV Scene Extraction, automatically subclips a tape or long section, works
    before or after capture, instantly ready for editing
•   Improved Video Monitoring, real-time monitoring directly from selected graphics
    cards, or Desktop Play Delay for ensuring sync with camcorders, decks, and
    transcoders
•   Powerful, affordable DVD creation, with support for new lower cost DVD
    burners
•   Dual processor support, 25-50% performance improvement
•   Expandable to uncompressed by purchasing Avid Xpress and adding a
    Meridien board
•   Avid Pan & Zoom (free when registering Xpress DV v3.5), imports any size
    still image and creates stunning moving video clips in real-time
•   Source/record editing, provides Media Composer style of editing
•   IllusionFX package, with 30 cool effects including Image Stabilize AVX, is part
    of PowerPack
•   All effects fully customizable without breaking real-time
•   No expensive PCI board, runs on a wide range of notebooks or desktops
•   User can optimize for either better image quality or more simultaneous effects
•   Ability to monitor and render difficult spots in a sequence for better
    performance
•   Leverage our Audio tools and the integration of Digidesign Audio Suite Plug in
    architecture



What is changed from version 3.0 ?

Changes to Base pack
•   Addition of Sonic DVDit! SE software for Windows (instead of LE). DVDit! is not
    available for Macintosh. Xpress DV 3.5 can be used to create DVDs with both
    iDVD2 (Apple provides iDVD2 software free with OS X) and DVD Studio Pro (sold
    separately).
•   No Discreet cleanerEZ due to Discreet discontinuing the product – QuickTime can
    be encoded directly from Avid Xpress DV
•   Avid Xpress DV 3.5 supports Cleaner (sold separately)

Changes to PowerPack
•   Addition of full versions of Boris FX 6.1 and Boris GRAFFITI 2.1 with RED Upgrade
    Offer
•   No Discreet cleanerEZ due to Discreet discontinuing the product – QuickTime can
    be encoded directly from Avid Xpress DV.
•   Avid Xpress DV 3.5 will supports Cleaner.
•   Pinnacle Commotion and Knoll LightFactory are no longer included.

Differences between Macintosh and Windows software
•   No Sonic DVDit! software for Macintosh due to availability of iDVD on all DVD
    capable Macintosh computers.
•   LANShare EX support for Mac OS X clients planned for Q4 2002.




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Version contents

Avid Xpress DV 3.5 - Base pack

Contents:
• Avid Xpress DV 3.5 software for Macintosh OS X and Windows XP.
• Single dongle for both computer platforms.
• Avid Xpress DV documentation and product tour.
• Digidesign® AudioSuite™ tools.
• Boris FX 6.1 LTD: integrated 2D/3D compositing and effects tool.
• Boris GRAFFITI 2.1 LTD: advanced 2D title tool with animation.
• Sonic DVDIt! SE: DVD authoring (for Windows XP only).


Avid Xpress DV 3.5 - PowerPack

Contents:
• Avid Xpress DV 3.5 software for Macintosh OS X and Windows XP.
• Single dongle for both computer platforms.
• Avid Xpress DV documentation and product tour.
• Digidesign® AudioSuite™ tools.
• Sonic DVDIt! SE: DVD authoring (for Windows XP only).
   Plus:
• Avid Illusion FX Pack, including:
   - Image Stabilize AVX plug-in: correct shaky camera work.
   - 29 other effects, such as Lighting, Motion Blur, Particle Effects, Film Grain, Melt.
• Avid Filmmaker’s Toolkit, including:
   - FilmScribe™ matchback and cut list creation
   - Script-based editing
   - Dupe Detection
   - Avid Log Exchange
   - AutoSync™
   - Film-style effects
• Boris FX 6.1 full version: integrated 2D/3D compositing and effects tool.
• Boris GRAFFITI 2.1 full version: advanced 2D/3D title tool with animation.
• Elastic Gasket: use selected Adobe effects as AVX plug-ins (box contains voucher
   with download details).




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Avid Xpress DV 3.5 - EduPack

Contents:
• Avid Xpress DV 3.5 software for Macintosh OS X and Windows XP.
• Single dongle for both computer platforms.
• Avid Xpress DV documentation and product tour (on CD, no printed copies)
• Digidesign® AudioSuite™ tools
• Avid Illusion FX Pack, including:
   - Image Stabilize AVX plug-in: correct shaky camera work
   - 29 other effects, such as Lighting, Motion Blur, Particle Effects, Film Grain, Melt.
• Avid Filmmaker’s Toolkit, including:
   - FilmScribe™ matchback and cut list creation
   - Script-based editing
   - Dupe Detection
   - Avid Log Exchange
   - AutoSync™
   - Film-style effects


Avid Xpress DV for Macintosh - EduPack 10-pack

Contents:
• Avid Xpress DV 3.5 software for Macintosh OS X and Windows XP.
• Ten dongles for both computer platforms.
• Avid Xpress DV documentation and product tour (CD and one printed set).
• Digidesign® AudioSuite™ tools.
• Avid Illusion FX Pack, including:
   - Image Stabilize AVX plug-in: correct shaky camera work.
   - 29 other effects, such as Lighting, Motion Blur, Particle Effects, Film Grain, Melt.
• Avid Filmmaker’s Toolkit, including:
   - FilmScribe™ matchback and cut list creation
   - Script-based editing
   - Dupe Detection
   - Avid Log Exchange
   - AutoSync™
   - Film-style effects




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Minimum system requirements

Macintosh
Any Apple workstation (incl. iMac) or laptop with the following specifications:
• Macintosh G4, 400 Mhz or faster, with any Apple-supplied graphics card
• Macintosh OS X v10.1.4 or higher
• 256 MB RAM (384 MB recommended)


Windows XP
Any Avid-qualified laptop or workstation with the following specifications:
• Pentium III or 4, 750 Mhz or faster
• Windows XP Professional
• DV I/O card
• 256 MB RAM (384 MB recommended)

Please note the following:
•   Real-time performance will vary based on computer power.
•   Windows 2000 is not supported with Xpress DV 3.5. Avid Xpress DV version 3.0 is
    still the product of choice for customers remaining on the Windows 2000
    platform, and will continue to be available until further notice.
•   For the latest information on Avid-qualified computers, please visit :
    http://www.avid.com/products/xpressdv/specs.shtml



Additional information


Receive a FREE Plug-In For Registering!
Make sure you register Avid Xpress DV 3.5 to be eligible to download the Avid Pan &
Zoom plug-in for FREE! The powerful Pan & Zoom tool lets you import still images
of any size and create stunning moving video clips in real-time. This popular look is
often created using expensive motion control cameras. Create clips of any length that
pan and zoom to any portion of the still image over time. Start with a wide shot and
zoom in for a close-up. Move in any direction as if panning a scene. The possibilities
are endless. State-of-the-art image filtering delivers outstanding rendered image
quality.

Training packaged with Xpress DV 3.5
Award-winning Interactive Tour. Get acquainted with the software and interface,
and learn the basic capabilities. The Avid Xpress DV Tour was awarded the highest
level Award of Distinction by the Society for Technical Publications.

Interactive Tutorial. A complete, step-by-step tutorial with media is included. This
tutorial walks you through all the steps of creating a project in detail.




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Appendix A: Key Features and Benefits of Version 3.5
 Feature                              Benefit
 Avid Real-Time Architecture

 Over 100 fully customizable          Instant feedback and excellent creative flow; no need
 real-time effects                    to render to see the effect. Over 100 fully
                                      customizable effects provide a huge palette of
                                      options.

 Multiple streams of real-time        Great for creating richly layered effects such as a title
 effects simultaneously               AND a dissolve AND a colour correction AND a
                                      picture-in-picture SIMULTANEOUSLY all in real-time.

 Real-time effects in software-       No need to buy expensive add-in PCI cards, provides
 only                                 the ability to run on a wide range of notebooks as
                                      well as desktops – including all Apple PowerBook G4s.

 Choice of high-performance           Complete control: more simultaneous effects while
 and high-quality mode                compromising slightly on image quality, or the best
                                      image quality with fewer simultaneous effects.

 Real-time display in both            Better visibility of output by viewing on external video
 interface and video monitor          monitor (NTSC or PAL).

 Pre-Filled Frames                    Choose to pre-compute real-time effects (simply type
                                      a number from one to ten seconds), which will delay
                                      playback but improve the number of real-time effects
                                      visible.
 ExpertRender™                        Automatically identifies sections where the system
                                      may have difficulty delivering real-time performance,
                                      and offers the option to render those sections.

 Real-time keyframe model for         Real-time control over how Picture-in-Picture effects
 picture-in-picture effects           look over time with Bezier curves.

 Real-time audio punch-in             Narrate or annotate audio over timeline during real-
                                      time playback. Create voice-overs on the fly in sync
                                      with your video.
 Expert Colour Correction Toolset

 Real-time professional-level         Benefit from professional, real-time colour correction
 colour correction tools              tools that bring unrivaled features to a software-only
                                      product such as previous, current and next frame
                                      windows, reference frames, before and after split-
                                      screens, patent-pending NaturalMatch colour
                                      matching, safe colour warnings and advanced
                                      vectorscope and waveform monitors.
 Patent-pending Avid                  Only Avid makes colour correction so simple and
 NaturalMatch colour matching         powerful. One common problem is skin tones that
                                      don't match from shot to shot. With Avid's patent-
                                      pending NaturalMatch, simply click on a face in two
                                      shots to instantly match skin tones.
 Three-up Colour Correction           A 3-window view makes it even easier to view
 Windows                              reference frames, quickly view previous & next
                                      frames with before and after split-screens to more
                                      closely compare frames.


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 Advanced Waveform and              Customizable, advanced vectorscope, waveform,
 Vectorscope monitors               histogram and parade monitors including RGB
                                    histogram and parade, Y & YC waveform, and YCbCr
                                    histogram and parade, quad displays.
 Based on Avid Symphony             Because Xpress DV is based on years of real-time
                                    colour correction expertise gained with Avid
                                    Symphony, no other software-only NLE comes close
                                    to this level of sophistication.
 Customizable, Professional Tools

 Powerful audio tools               Best of class audio tools including audio mix, audio
                                    punch-in, EQ, automation gain, stereo VU meters and
                                    DigiDesign AudioSuite.

 Advanced titling                   Enhancing Avid’s built-in real-time titling tool is the
                                    included Boris Graffiti for superior title animation,
                                    effects, and seamless integration through a tightly
                                    integrated AVX plug-in.

 Unlimited video tracks (via        Easier than ever to create dynamic, multi-layered
 nesting)                           compositions.

 Powerful compositing features      Precise edits with no frame drops and lossless
                                    layering gives better controls to make video looks its
                                    best.
                                    Ability to import Photoshop layers, unlimited video
                                    tracks via nesting, and improved After Effects support
                                    thanks to Automatic Duck (sold separately) and
                                    Elastic Gasket and Boris FX (available in PowerPack).
 Advanced keyframe model for        Dramatically easier to change how PIP’s look over
 picture-in-picture effects         time with Bezier curves

 DV Scene Extraction                Automatically segments a tape or long section into
                                    subclips by detecting each time recording was
                                    stopped and started during taping. Dramatically
                                    speeds up the editing process.
 Avid Pan & Zoom (free after        Imports any size still image and creates stunning
 registering version 3.5)           moving video clips in real-time.
 Additional Avid DV codec           Separate Avid DV codec for creating Avid-compatible
                                    media in After Effects and other popular applications.

 Award Winning Avid Tour            Quickly brings you up to speed, incorporates an
                                    award winning multimedia tutorial that showcases
                                    features and capabilities of product (most other
                                    products don’t offer such a tour).

 AVX Plug in support                Dozens of vendors make available AVX plug ins to
                                    extend the native capabilities of the product and to
                                    ensure continued growth and extensibility of
                                    platform.

 IllusionFX Pack (in PowerPack)     30 cool customizable effects like Lightning, Page Curl,
                                    Melt and Kaleidoscope let you create fresh looks for
                                    your video projects. Also includes Image Stabilize
                                    AVX plug-in.
 Enhanced Productivity and Ease of Use



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 Highly Customizable User            Since we’ve learned that each editor has his or her
 Interface                           own unique way of working, the Avid Xpress DV
                                     interface is highly customizable – you can even copy
                                     your personal settings when using a friend’s version
                                     to recall your own personal workflow

                                     You can change and tweak many interface attributes:

                                         •   Keyboards: drag and drop any menu or
                                             palette command to as many keyboards as
                                             you need and quickly get the right tool for the
                                             job at hand

                                         •   Toolsets remember your screen settings so
                                             you can quickly jump back to where you were

                                         •   Change the look and feel of the interface –
                                             change and recall different fonts, colours,
                                             button styles, even shape and style of on
                                             screen interface elements.

 Multiple OS Installers in one       Version 3.5 includes a single application key (dongle)
 Box                                 that can be used on Mac and Windows XP systems.
                                     This permits you to install one copy of Xpress DV on
                                     computers running each of these operating systems
                                     so they can be more productive at home and at work.

 Toolsets                            A single mouse click lets you jump among six
                                     customized interfaces for common tasks: Basic
                                     editing, Source/Record editing, Colour Correction,
                                     Effects editing, Audio editing, and Recording from
                                     tape. Each toolset is customizable for your own
                                     preferences.

 SuperBin                            Cleaner, easier-to-use interface lets you access all
                                     bins (folders for storing media) within a single tab-
                                     based window – perfect for single monitor systems
                                     with limited screen real estate.

 Dynamic storyboarding               Allows users to quickly arrange shots in one step and
                                     create an initial sequence.

 JKL controls in bin windows         Quickly scrub video in bin windows with convenient
                                     JKL commands – even mark in and out points while
                                     reviewing video clips.

 One-Step Technology                 Helps you save time and keep the creative process
                                     flowing, accomplishing the most common editing and
                                     creative tasks in the fewest possible steps, often
                                     with a single click of the mouse.

 User protection with AutoSave       AutoSave with Attic feature gives you peace of mind
 and 32 levels of undo               that your work is protected. 32 levels of undo means
                                     that there is never a mistake that can’t be undone.
 Included Tutorial                   A thorough on-line tutorial provides easy to follow
                                     instructions on how to use Avid Xpress DV software
                                     from project start to finish.




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 Desktop Play Delay                  Eliminates potential sync problems caused by
                                     camcorder or transcoder used for external monitoring
                                     so you can focus more on the creative tasks.

 Locators                            For notes and information sharing. Mark specific
                                     points of a clip with a note enabling you and your
                                     colleagues to keep up to date on what still needs to
                                     be done. Example: "insert new footage here".

 Superior project management:        Organize sort, sift and arrange your media based upon
 Avid Media Tool, Consolidate        criteria that you define. Media Tool allows easy
                                     deletion of any media not currently in use.
                                     Consolidate saves disk space by copying only the
                                     media used in the sequence.
 Streamlined Interoperability & Workflow

 Support for Windows XP and          Stable, multi-tasking, multi-threading OSes with
 Mac OS X operating systems          minimal system downtime. Use other applications to
                                     create graphics while rendering eye-catching effects
                                     without system interruptions or loss of data.

 Bins, sequences and projects        Exchange projects with Media Composer, Avid Xpress
 compatible with other Avid          and Symphony, found in virtually every video
 editing products                    production facility.
                                     Leverages the benefits of stable 11th generation
                                     software to ensure investment protection with other
                                     Avid products
                                     Avid Total Conform: move projects seamlessly from
                                     DV to higher end finishing systems if desired or vice
                                     versa.
 Upgradable                          Move to uncompressed by purchasing Avid Xpress
                                     and adding a Meridien board.
 Support for popular DV cards,       With a choice of affordable DV In/Out cards (sold
 cameras and decks                   separately), just add your DV or MiniDV camera and
                                     cable and go!
 Digidesign Interop                  Seamless audio exchange with Digidesign Pro Tools
                                     systems.
 LANshare EX support                 Build a low-cost media network using Avid LANshare
                                     EX and up to 15 Avid Xpress DV stations.

 Avid PortServer Pro support         Attach to Avid Unity MediaNet via PortServer Pro and
                                     up to 15 Avid Xpress DV stations.

 DVC Pro PAL 4:1:1 support           Supports certain decks and cameras popular in
                                     Europe.
 24-FPS EDL support for 24P HD       Lets Avid Xpress DV act as offline system for editing
 (in PowerPack)                      projects shot on increasingly-popular 24P HD
                                     cameras.




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 Import and export a wide range of      Incorporate elements from almost anywhere:
 media
 •   MPEG 1                             •    digital video, popular multimedia and graphics
                                             formats, and audio from CD’s and other
 •   MPEG 2*
                                             applications.
 •   QuickTime 5
 •   QuickTime Reference Movie          •    cost-effectively leverage all of your media assets
                                             to create impressive video presentations.
 •   And more…
 *via Sonic DVDit! on Windows XP
 *via DVD Studio Pro on Mac (sold
 separately)
 Dual processor support                 20-40% better performance on selected tasks when
                                        used on a system with dual Pentium III/4 or G4
                                        processors.

 One-step Discreet Cleaner              Seamless one-step export of streaming video files.
 Integration                            Get your message out with video over the Web.
 Cleaner sold separately.               Create Real Media, Windows Media, and QuickTime
                                        files.

 OMF profiles, EDL export and           OMF (Open Media Framework) allows project
 import                                 compatibility with other systems like Avid|DS

                                        EDL (Edit Decision List) export allows finishing in tape
                                        online facilities. Avid’s EDL export capabilities are
                                        best-of-breed, with rock-solid support for 18 formats
                                        and 7 modes.

                                        Can also import EDLs and update and re-link edits
                                        from EDLs




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