Digital Anarchy debuts ToonIt! for Avid

USA: Digital Anarchy, provider of visual effects software for Adobe and Apple products, has released ToonIt! for Avid, the company’s first plug-in toolset for Avid systems. ToonIt! enables users to create cartoon-like images from film and video footage and provides Avid editors the ability to produce effects usually available only to animators. Filters available use algorithms from Toonamation to create cartoon shading and line drawings. These include the Roto Toon filter which creates flat shades of colour and provides control over details including outlines, shading styles and halftone effects; Outlines Only filter which uses edge detection to produce cartoon-style edges, removing colour from the footage for a black-and-white comic-book style; Goth Toon which uses internal color rotoscoping to create a high contrast effect; and Blacklight Edges which offers edge detection to creates a customizable set of neon-coloured edges. A key feature of ToonIt! is its ability to minimize temporal artifacts including the ‘vibrating’ image resulting from colour regions and lines jittering from frame to frame. ToonIt!’s temporal noise reduction and visual consistency reduces the need to make adjustments via rotoscoping or other manual editing methods. Regularly priced at US$299, ToonIt! for Avid will be available for US$249 till end of January 2008. The filters work in Avid Media Composer, NewsCutter, Avid Xpress, and other Avid application that supports AVX 1 or AVX 2 plugins. ToonIt! runs on Mac 10.3.9 or higher, and runs natively on Intel and PPC Macs. The product also supports Windows 2000, XP Home, XP Pro and Vista 32-bit systems. Demo filters and samples are available at www.digitalanarchy.com



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