EditShare Brings Support for Avid to Mac

LAS VEGAS -- EditShare announced Tuesday an update to its flagship EditShare product. EditShare allows multiple users to work with centralized source media for audio and video files without working with or interfering with each othersi work. The update adds support for Avid Xpress DV, Xpress Pro, Adrenaline, and Media products on the Mac platform.

EditShare allows cross-platform sharing of media files for workgroups. Multiple users can access shared resources while keeping the original material read-only. That prevents one user from stepping on the digital toes of another user. The software supports up to 20 workstations running Avid, and can store and access up to 6 streams of uncompressed video (1:1 - 8-bit) on a network.

Company founder Andy Leibman told The Mac Observer that EditShare supported Final Cut Pro from the beginning, but that the performance of Avidis solutions within EditShare wasnit satisfactory on the Mac. The company didnit find Apple very helpful in improving that performance, and approached the problem differently.

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"We realized that we should look elsewhere for a networking client, and now it works great on the Mac," said Mr. Leibman

In addition to the new Mac support, EditShare also announced new instant messaging (IM) capabilities within EditShare itself, for editors to collaborate on projects. The IM features include shared chat, ongoing chat, and an internal e-mail system.

EditShare also now offers roaming desktops that allow users to access their projects no matter what physical Mac or PC they log in with.

The companyis EditShare 7.25 terabyte RAID 5 Server can hold over 470 hours of DV or HDV, 235 hours of DV-50 footage, or 100 hours of uncompressed SD. Systems are now available with storage capacities of up to 16TB.

You can find more information on EditShare at the companyis Web site. Pricing starts at US$15,000 for a 2TB system, and the new version is expected to ship sometime in May.

You can also visit the company at NAB at booth SL3445.