Avid is bringing Symphony - its high-end video-editing finishing system, to the Mac - and has announced Mac OS X versions of Media Composer, Film Composer, and Avid Xpress systems.

Symphony is designed to finish commercial broadcast-grade projects that were traditionally finished on a linear video-editing suite. The Mac version (4.7) will offer real-time 10bit digital-video editing, ultimatte keying and colour correction processing on OS X.

Avid CEO David Krall said: "Today's release is important for three key reasons: we are responding to significant customer demand for Symphony on a Mac, we are upgrading our Mac products to Apple's new, higher-performance operating system, and we are incorporating colour correction capabilities across our entire editing product line.

"Our goal is to provide our customers with choice: whether it's platform, performance or price. These advancements are important steps in that direction."

Jobs satisfaction Apple CEO Steve Jobs welcomed the move, saying: "We are thrilled that Avid is developing products for Mac OS X, particularly Avid Symphony, its most powerful Mac-based product to date."

Symphony and Avid Xpress will offer real-time colour correction, with 23.976fps project support for all Media Composer systems. Avid's new MetaSync capability, which lets editors synchronize a variety of metadata types with traditional video and audio content, will also be available on its Mac-based products.

The Avid Symphony v4.7, Media Composer XL v11.7, Film Composer XL v11.7 and Avid Xpress v5.7 systems should ship later this quarter.

As an introductory offer, new Avid Symphony v4.7 systems will cost up to 22 per cent less than the usual $90,000 price until March 28, 2003. Media Composer v11.7 models will cost $12,000, Film Composer XL v11.7 $53,000, and Avid Xpress v5.7 costs $5,999. No UK pricing is available yet.

Upgrade information and pricing for existing systems will be announced when the products ship.