Buyer's Brief: Editing Software

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Smoke 2015

Smoke 2015, the latest version of Autodesk’s professional video effects and editing tool for Mac-based studios, features 3D Tracker, a new Timeline FX workflow, added hardware support and optimization for Apple’s Mac Pro running OS X Mavericks, and better interoperability with Apple Final Cut Pro X. The improved integration with Final Cut Pro X supports more timeline and effects metadata for a fast, accurate project transfer between the apps. In addition, Smoke sequences can be exported as XML with accompanying QuickTime media files. With this update, Smoke is available via Desktop Subscription, so customers can access the software on a pay-as-you-go basis with monthly, quarterly and annual plans. 

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Lightworks Version 12

Lightworks version 12 marks a milestone for the NLE: for the first time ever, the same version now runs on the Windows, Linux and Macintosh platforms. Improvements in v12 include an overhaul to the Smart Play Engine, a new Content Manager and new color correction effects, as well as Apple ProRes export (Mac OS X only), FCP 7 XML import, compatibility with Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve and integration with the EditShare Flow media management system. The more intelligent Smart Play Engine automatically identifies material as interlaced or progressive and adjusts project settings accordingly. The new Content Manager provides a powerful unified interface to control and arrange all media clips, edits, bins and searches. 

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The Colonie Promotes Graham Chapman to Editor

The Colonie has announced that Graham Chapman has been promoted to editor, continuing the Chicago-based postproduction company’s long tradition of nurturing extraordinary young talent and developing its next generation of editors from within.


RTI Launches Multi-Tiered RTIXCEL Training Program

RTI, a leading control and automation manufacturer for residential and commercial settings, today announced that the RTIXCEL Training Program has officially launched. RTIXCEL offers a range of options designed to give custom installers the resources needed to master Integration Designer® APEX and gain a deeper knowledge of the technologies they use every day. RTIXCEL Online, RTI's new state-of-the-art learning system, delivers a comprehensive curriculum, allowing dealers to learn effectively at their own pace. Online learning complements other RTIXCEL training programs, including TechTalk webinars, on-site training held around the world, and the RTIXCEL Experience, a three-day, hands-on training hosted at RTI headquarters in Minnesota. These accredited courses give integrators education units for CEDIA and AVIXA certifications.


BenQ Amps Up 21st Century Learning at TCEA 2019

BenQ, an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, will feature its purpose-built display solutions for education at the 2019 Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Convention and Exposition, Feb. 4-8 at the Henry B. González Convention Center in San Antonio. In booth 1562, BenQ will show educators interactive flat panels, laser projectors and collaboration solutions that will help transform the learning experience to drive success for every student.