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There is an interesting applcation that you might not have been aware of, called UltraDV. It is a professional video editing application developed by Mediapede, which originally was planed to be released as “killer app” for BeOS R5, showing off the system's advantages and special capabilities. However Be Inc's infamous change of focus (BeIA) and subsequential demise, meant that it never got to be that flagship software for the BeOS.
But that is not the end of the story, the applcation was stripped of 3rd party proprietary software and released as open source in the hope that it could be of use to Haiku.
Further, someone has offed to pay Dario Casalinuovo for a week, who is currently doing contract work on Haiku, to port it over to Haiku. However a week is too short to properly port it to Haiku by upgrading it from the BeAPI to the newer Haiku API, meaning that would not be able to take advantage of the Haiku-only Locale Kit, Services Kit, Web Kit, Package Kit and the API extensions to the Interface Kit and the Media Kit.
For every $550 USD that we raise, Dario Casalinuovo will spend another week, full time, fixing UltraDV to be that flagship software for Haiku. So if we raise $1100 USD, we will get 2 weeks of full time development work done on the application (plus an extra week of work paid by a 3rd party).
Mediapede's new UltraDV offers powerful and easy-to-use digital video editing to everyone, including video professionals, videographers, and multimedia and Web developers. Designed specifically for the BeOS, UltraDV takes advantage of this revolutionary operating system's extended media capabilities and multiprocessor support to deliver features and performance previously found only in expensive software and hardware solutions. UltraDV provides direct capture capabilities, extensive media format support, a flexible graphic environment, and intuitive project management in one simple, elegant package.
Revolutionary Interface Increases Productivity: UltraDV breaks free from the constraints of other video editing systems bound to legacy software and hardware systems, enabling a faster and more creative workflow.
Media Capture: Quickly and efficiently capture digital video, audio and still imagery within UltraDV.
The Cue Sheet: Visually drag and drop media elements, or cues, from the Media Palette, the Browser window or from track to track. Cues can even be dragged directly onto or off of the Stage, UltraDV¹s compositing window.
Unlimited Tracks: The maximum number of simultaneous tracks is limited only by CPU speed. A track can contain any combination of audio, video and bitmap data. The order of the tracks in the editing window, or Cue Sheet, determines the compositing order.
Media Editing: Perform precise and powerful edits within UltraDV.
Visual Transitions: Drag transitions from the Browser to a Cue to apply the effect. Edits to transitions are available instantly for preview.
Dynamic Tracks: Expand, collapse, move, and resize tracks. Change the size and location of tracks to simplify the workspace and increase screen real estate.
Multi-level Undo: User-definable undo allows unlimited undo or redo operations.
Track Control: Tracks can be hidden, muted and soloed, allowing selective previewing and editing of final output without removing data from the Cue Sheet.
Dynamic Add-On Support: All aspects of the program can be enhanced and expanded through the add-on interface. All cues, editors, transitions and workspaces are add-ons. Expand the program¹s capabilities through the add-on architecture. It¹s fun!
User Configurable: Elements can be viewed and sorted in a variety of formats, including by file size, date, type, path and more, including customizable user-defined fields.
Project Settings: Settings are stored in the Browser to allow simple and quick changes to a variety of workspaces and output settings.
Press release from Mediapede for UltraDV on BeOS:
UltraDV, a new low cost, high performance digital video editor from Mediapede, makes its first public appearance at PC Expo in New York. UltraDV delivers unprecedented power using the latest generation of affordable processors.
“UltraDV takes full advantage of standard PC hardware, creating a price-to-performance ratio that is unmatched by other video editing systems,” said Gene Ragan, Mediapede's President and Chief Technologist. “And with the falling price of hardware, even multiprocessor systems are now within the reach of the average user. The kind of power that was formerly exclusive to expensive, high-end systems is now available to everyone.”
UltraDV couples a highly intuitive graphic user interface with the extended media processing power of the BeOS. The BeOS is a new operating system designed specifically for real-time, media-rich applications. It runs side by side with Windows or the MacOS and outperforms them >using the same hardware. UltraDV's exceptional performance can be directly attributed to its >tight integration with the BeOS and Be's new Media Kit.
“An application like UltraDV is the ideal vehicle for showing what the BeOS is capable of handling,” said Timothy Self, VP of Developer Relations for Be, Inc. “You simply cannot work at this level on this hardware using any other widely available operating system.”
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