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Terry Stetler
MediaStudio Pro 8.0
on Jul 15, 2005 at 4:06:02 pm

First let me make it clear that Ulead has given me a partial release from my NDA (non-disclosure agreement) regarding MediaStudio Pro 8.0.

The contents of this post are therefore not speculation, though the images herein show user interface details that may change before release.

Now that we have all of that out of the way, here's a very partial list of MSPro 8's new features:

Single Track editing:

No more Va/Fx/Vb tracks. Transitions can now be placed on any track. Transitions are applied by overlapping adjacent clips on the same timeline. In the image below the yellow portion is the transition;



Overlays:

Overlays can now be placed on any track, just like transitions, and you can apply transitions between them.

Multiple Timelines:

You start out with the Main Timeline, but can add more at any time. These timelines can be used to load in multiple projects at once or they can be used as Nested Timelines.

Nested Timelines:

Nested timelines can each contain a portion (or chapter) of a given project with the whole being assembled on the Main Timeline. This makes them work like a video outliner.

Virtual Clips:

Nested timelines are accompolishsed using Virtual Clips. A Virtual Clip appears to be an ordinary clip, but in reality they contain all the contents of its target timeline including other Virtual Clips.

In the transition image above the second clip is a Virtual Clip. Doubleclicking on it opens its target timeline revealing its contents;



Needless to say this opens up a lot of possibilities.

Enhanced display engine:

MSPro8 also has an enhanced display engine which ensures smooth zooming, scrolling and scrubbing.

That's all I can say for now, but as you can see things are changing in major ways. These features are just the tip of a very large iceberg.

More details will be forthcoming in a few days.


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