Grass Valley introduced its EDIUS Neo 2 video editing software. EDIUS Neo 2 shares the feature set and functionality of the EDIUS 5.1 software. It is designed to handle any type of SD or HD project with ease. The software includes a fast, flexible user interface, real-time editing and conversion of different aspect ratios (4:3/16:9), and real-time editing and conversion of different frame rates, such as 60i, 50i and 24p.
The Neo 2 software package also provides nonlinear editing features common to all EDIUS solutions, such as multitrack, mixed-format HD/SD editing, chroma keying, titling and DVD authoring.
New options include the Grass Valley FIRECODER Blu board for accelerated Blu-ray output support, as well as the Grass Valley HDSPARK PCI Express board, which offers real-time, HDMI-based video preview with separate audio output for high-quality monitoring.
The latest version of Neo software also features GPUfx, which allows users to leverage the computer’s graphics card to accelerate rendering performance; a new Layouter feature that lets users keyframe 2-D and 3-D effects; more DVD menu presets; and the ability to output projects to AVCHD H.264/Blu-ray disc for distribution and client approval.
The EDIUS Neo 2 software offers native editing of various formats — including AVCHD, HDV, DV, Windows Media and QuickTime — and a seamless, real-time workflow that supports the mixing of all formats within the same timeline. In addition, the software features the Canopus HQ codec, which delivers high image quality and performance. It not only provides superior luma and chroma sampling of HD video, but also features an adjustable bit rate for increased video quality when capturing and encoding on high-performance systems.