Avid Technology has developed a set of Digital Nonlinear Accelerator (DNA) boards that the company claims have the capability to increase the processing power of an editor's PC by as much as 30 times, writes Sam Espensenat NAB in Las Vegas.
Nitris, Adrenaline and Mojo - all part of the DNA family - are purpose-built hardware that swell the media processing potential found in the leading personal computers by the equivalent of anything from two to 30 times that of the latest Pentium 4 processors.
"These new accelerators instantly complement host-based processing, so content-creation professionals can achieve performance simply not possible with just a host computer," explained Avid chief executive David Krall. "From DV to HD, the Avid DNA family delivers real-time capabilities, virtually eliminating the need for rendering."
Avid spent more than $50m (£32.25m) on R&D over the past three years developing the products.
Adrenaline is the heart of the new Media Composer and NewsCutter systems and allows users to transform their desktop computer or laptop into a high-powered editing workstation.
Mojo is a portable real-time media processing board for notebook computers, capable of delivering real-time effects and simultaneous DV and analogue output with Avid Xpress Pro and Avid NewsCutter XP.
The Avid DS Nitris family, which includes Avid DS Nitris and DS Nitris Editor, is capable of supporting resolutions from DV25 right up to 2k.