Avid has announced Avid Xpress Pro 5.5 and unveiled Avid Mojo SDI at giant US event, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).

Avid Mojo is a new product in the company's range of digital nonlinear accelerator products.

Avid Xpress Pro 5.5 software now offers High Definition (HD) capabilities to both Mac and Windows systems. Avid Mojo SDI works with Avid Xpress Pro to furnish advanced analogue and digital SDI (Serial Digital Interface) I/O connections for professional video and audio projects.

The company also confirmed plans to release Universal software to make Xpress Pro run natively on PowerPC and Intel-based Macs.

Avid's senior product marketing manager Tim Wilson claimed: "Mac customers have been waiting for a product with robust multiformat HD editing and media-management features. Both Mac and PC customers have been requesting new I/O that offers the highest-quality audio and video connections. We're delivering on both of those requests at NAB and, as a result, we know that we'll continue to see many high-profile projects created on Avid Xpress Pro."

Avid Xpress Pro 5.5

Xpress Pro 5.5 offers Mac and Windows users professional film-editing tools and custom music-creation software.

It supports native HDV and DVCPRO HD for acquisition, editing, and output; real-time effects and 2:3 pulldown insertion over FireWire; and Avid DNxHD encoding to create effects, transitions, and titles.

The software lets users mix HDV, DVCPRO HD, and Avid DNxHD formats with SD and DV media in the same timeline in real time.

Other enhancements include: HD and improved format support for Mac OS X; real-time multicam support for Mac OS X; tapeless workflow for Mac OS X; the capacity to import XDCAM HD data from the video camera using FireWire; and new film and pull-down support for Mac OS X.

The software also supports AVX2 plug-ins for deep colour space and advanced keyframing on OS X systems. It includes full control over custom parameter curves and 16-bit rendering for preserving the full colour space of effects for both native Avid and third-party effects.

Full-screen SD and HD monitoring using the host graphics card for both Mac and PC, better splicing and intelligent rendering and Varicam support complete the features of this major release of the industry-standard software.

Avid Mojo SDI

Avid Mojo SDI is a portable, advanced analogue and digital SDI I/O device with high-quality professional video and audio connections supporting most professional decks and cameras.

It connects to both Macs and PCs using FireWire.

UK prices haven't yet been released.