Avid Introduces Next-Generation of Free Video Editing Solution: VideoSpin 2.0


Tewksbury, Mass, 2009-04-14 Avid Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: AVID) today unveiled VideoSpin® 2.0 – an ideal solution for consumers with no video editing experience who want to quickly and effortlessly share their entertaining videos on the Web. Currently available for free download at www.videospin.com, version 2.0 supports the popular QuickTime® (.mov) file format, providing users with even greater flexibility in how they import videos for editing.

Based on the award-winning Pinnacle Studio™ software, ranked the #1 consumer video editing solution in the U.S. and in major European countries1, VideoSpin has attracted more than 1.5 million users since its initial launch last year. Consumers praise the VideoSpin software for its simplicity in allowing them to quickly create fun videos and share them with friends and family, via email or the Web.

Unlike many other free video editing software packages, VideoSpin does not require users to connect to the Web to create videos. Users can simply download the application once and edit their work offline. Further, the VideoSpin software doesn’t impose any file size limitations – an important consideration for consumers editing longer videos or videos taken on higher-resolution devices.

VideoSpin 2.0 offers the following enhancements:

  • Support for QuickTime file import – now digital still camera and video camera owners can easily import QuickTime files and create compelling movies and slideshows;
  • Fit-to-Fill Timeline – with a simple click of a mouse, users can automatically remove the black bars that occasionally appear on videos and photos that do not conform to the timeline aspect ratios;
  • Added widescreen support for uploading videos to YouTube;
  • Improved overall performance that results in faster editing response times; and
  • A streamlined registration process for quicker download

Availability

VideoSpin 2.0 is designed for use with Windows XP and Vista, and is now available for download at no cost. To download VideoSpin or learn more about the supported formats, visit: www.videospin.com.

About Pinnacle Systems, Inc.

Pinnacle Systems, Inc., a part of Avid Technology, Inc., is an industry leader in providing a complete set of home video editing tools for the consumer market. The company’s product lines including Dazzle®, Pinnacle ShowCenter®, and its flagship Pinnacle Studio™ line, cover the needs and requirements of any level of video storytellers. Pinnacle Systems has received nine prestigious Emmy® Awards for its technical innovations and carries the commitment to help consumers enhance, preserve and share their memories with ease. For more information, visit www.pinnaclesys.com.

About Avid Technology, Inc.

Avid is a worldwide leader in tools for film, video, audio, and broadcast professionals – as well as for home audio and video enthusiasts.  Avid professional and consumer brands include Avid®, Digidesign®, M-Audio®, Pinnacle Systems®, Sibelius® and Sundance Digital®. The vast majority of primetime television shows, feature films, commercials and chart-topping music hits are made using one or more Avid products. Whether used by seasoned professionals or beginning students, Avid’s products and services enable customers to work more efficiently, productively and creatively. Avid received an Oscar® statuette representing the 1998 Scientific and Technical Award for the concept, design, and engineering of the Avid Film Composer® system for motion picture editing. For more information about the company’s Oscar, Grammy® and Emmy award-winning products and services, visit www.avid.com, del.icio.us, Flickr, twitter and YouTube; connect with Avid on Facebook or subscribe to Avid Industry Buzz.

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© 2009 Avid Technology, Inc. All rights reserved. Product features, specifications, system requirements, and availability are subject to change without notice. Promotions and discounts are subject to availability and change without notice. Avid, DigiDesign, Film Composer, M-Audio, Pinnacle Systems, Sibelius, Sundance Digital, Dazzle, Pinnacle ShowCenter, Pinnacle Studio and VideoSpin are trademarks or registered trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. Oscar is a trademark and service mark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Emmy is a registered trademark of ATAS/NATAS. Grammy is a trademark of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Inc. All other trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

Sources:

1 The NPD Group/Retail Tracking/Consumer Video Editing (Annual 2007) - US. Based on consumer sales for 4 European countries (DE, FR, IT and GB cumulated) annual 2007 in the GFK Retail-Market.