Boris FX is to acquire Media 100, just one year after the latter firm was bought by Optibase.

Boris FX will take on all existing customer support initiatives, using Media 100's existing support staff. The newly formed Media 100 Support Division will operate independently as a business unit of Boris FX.

As part of the acquisition agreement Boris FX will continue to purchase HDX video boards from Optibase. Plans call for the release of the Media 100 sw product, a software-only version of the Media 100 HD. The public beta of Media 100 sw, a fully functioning version without firewire I/O, is available now for free download.

Future development of both the HD and sw systems will include improved integration with existing and future Boris FX products.

Boris FX recently acquired Final Effects Complete from Optibase, with all associated trademarks including Studio Effects, Next Effects and ICE FX. The products will continue to be offered with Boris FX providing maintenance, support and future development.