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Grass Valley unveils EDIUS 8

Grass Valley is launching EDIUS 8, a major update of its editing platform designed for production and broadcast news.

Shipping in June, version 8 features a refreshed GUI, Canon XF-AVC support, a new workflow clip management tool and accelerated 4K H.264 playback.

The company also announced that it intended to follow an aggressive development program to introduce many new creative tools over the coming months.

“Speed and flexibility are critical for editing, and with EDIUS you can always be confident of being able to deal with virtually any type of content that comes your way,” said Mike Cronk, senior vice president of strategic marketing for Grass Valley. “With EDIUS 8 users will receive free updates and new functionality throughout; it’s a smart investment business-wise and creatively.”

The company said EDIUS 8 is the first nonlinear editing system to support Canon’s recently announced XF-AVC video format, which is at the heart of the new 4K XC10 camcorder. EDIUS 8 also includes a new GV browser tool to manage video and still image content on your PC, prior to importing into EDIUS for editing.

Making use of Intel’s Quick Sync Video to deliver fast H.264 export capabilities, Grass Valley claimed the new version was ideal for dealing with smartphone footage and repurposing for uploads to social media channels, including YouTube.

The software will be available in two versions, EDIUS Pro and EDIUS Workgroup.

EDIUS Pro is targeted at production professionals looking for flexible editing that offers speed and the ability to handle any file format with a range of creative tools.

EDIUS Workgroup is aimed at collaborative news and sports editing for broadcasters, and can be fully integrated with the GV STRATUS video production and content management system, or other third-party media asset management tools and server offerings.

Both versions will ship towards the end of June 2015.

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