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Source:  3Dup.com - The Computer Graphics Portal
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Category:  Software
Powerful Suite for High-End Real-Time Nodal Compositing Includes Free Three-Month Membership to Pixel Corps
3Dup.com - March 13, 2008 - 23:07
dvGarage, a provider of tools and training for media artists, announced Conduit Suite, the latest update to its line of Conduit nodal compositing tools. Introduced through Conduit Suite is Conduit Live, dvGarage’s powerful new standalone nodal capture tool that offers real-time video compositing and analysis of any form of digital footage live. Conduit Studio also offers new users the latest version of Conduit for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, along with Conduit versions for Apple Motion and Apple Final Cut Pro. In addition, the Conduit Suite includes a free three-month Pixel Corps membership (a USD $200 value), an hour of video training and a quick-start guide. Conduit Suite is available for download.

"Conduit Studio will have a tremendous impact on the overall workflow of today’s compositors, directors and artists by offering flexibility, advanced architecture and powerful tools in one solution," says Alex Lindsay, dvGarage founder and chief architect. "Conduit also utilizes the processing speed and power of the computer’s GPU; as a result users are seeing better performance and color precision than an application can offers on its own, and rendering is done in real time."

Developed in partnership with Lacquer’s Ben Syverson and Pauli Ojali, Conduit utilizes Apple’s FxPlug technology to combine high-end nodal compositing with high-performance Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) acceleration, providing users with a powerful variety of visual effects compositing tools that render in real time. By relying on the GPU, Conduit provides blazing fast render speeds to augment the power of an "open-ended" compositing environment. As a result, users can do complex effects, even to HD frames, without incurring much or any delay.

A list of Conduit’s key features is as follows:
  • Real-time HD performance
  • Advanced color correction capabilities
  • Film-class color precision
  • Flexible node-based workflow
  • Artifact-free color manipulation
  • Blazing speed
  • Easy-to-use
  • Superb keying capabilities of both HD and DV footage
  • Multipass and visual effects compositing capabilities
  • Compatible with High Dynamic Range Images (HDRI)
  • Adobe After Effects and Photoshop plug-ins are now available for Windows users
Pricing and Availability

The Conduit Suite is available for both Mac and Windows platforms and is available for download from dvGarage’s website. Conduit Suite is priced at USD $199 MSRP. Download contents include: Conduit After Effects, Conduit Photoshop, Conduit Live (Mac only), and Conduit FxPlug (Mac only), a three-month membership to Pixel Corps, over an hour of video training and a quick-start guide. Conduit Suite system requirements include: Apple Final Cut Pro 5.1.2 and/or Apple Motion 2 or higher, Adobe After Effects and Adobe Photoshop 7 or higher.

More information at: www.dvgarage.com. Video Courtesy of DV Garage.