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Stone Design Ships Videator

Stone Design, the original Mac OS X software house with over 19 years of experience with major titles like Stone Studio™, Create®, and iMaginator™, today announced immediate availability of Videator™ 1.0, a powerful movie-making and video processing application that lets you instantly make movies with all sorts of effects from live video or existing movies. Created to run natively on INTEL and PPC processors, Videator takes full advantage of Apple's newest computers.
Videator provides an intuitive and easy to use interface for Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger)'s Core Image and Core Video technologies, giving both home users and video professionals instant access to over 108 effects, transitions, and filters. With Videator, users can layer movies, images, paint, music and text over video, as well as apply, modify, and re-order multiple effects to achieve subtle enhancements or astounding artistic results. Crop, scale, rotate, flip, skew, change exposure and brighten movies in real time, and then save processed movies as QuickTime or iPod, and images as industry-standard TIFF or JPEG files.

According to Stone Design CEO and chief software architect Andrew Stone, "Videator 1.0 lets anyone make professional movies quickly and easily. Given its modest price point, infinite expandability, and ease of use, we believe that Videator should be in the toolbox of everyone with an iSight or digital video camera. Even without a camera, you can add stunning effects and audio to any quicktime movie. Videator expands the envelope and puts the new MacBooks to the ultimate stress test!"

John Perry Barlow, founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and lyricist for the Grateful Dead, said "Videator seriously rocks. Video artists have struggled mightily to get the same kinds of effects they can get with trivial ease with Videator. I don't work with video - but I appreciate how it will improve the dispositions of my video artist friends!"

Incorporates Latest Technologies
"Innovative Tiger technologies like Core Video, Core Image and Spotlight make it the best platform for anyone working with digital movie making," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. "Stone Design have done a great job with Videator and we're thrilled they continue to deliver creative applications for Mac OS X users."

Videator takes any Core Image "Image Unit" and automatically creates an interface for accessing the unit's options. It will load and display all of the Image Units that are provided with Tiger, including blurs, color adjustments, distortions, styles, compositing effects, edge sharpeners and transitions, as well as any custom image units provided by third parties. In addition, it comes with nine custom plug-ins from Stone Design, including Mask by Color, Oval Mask, Crop Fade Mask, Make Transparent, Colorize, Fun Mirror, Grayscale and Polka Dots.

Videator can fit into a professional workflow, with ease of use and Applescriptability. Sequences of effects with set parameters, known as an "Effects Chain", can be saved and re-used with the drag and drop Library. Videator incorporates Spotlight technology for instant searching on user-supplied keywords and image and effect names. Videator is a LinkBack server: Videator images copied and pasted into a LinkBack client (like Stone Design's flagship page layout and web authoring application, Create®) can be easily modified in Videator, with saved changes appearing instantly in the LInkBack client document.

Inexpensive and Shipping Now
Stone continues, "You don't need to be a pro to make eye-popping movies. Download and try Videator at full strength for 14 days free, and you'll be amazed at how easy it is to make movies or spice up your existing movies. There are video apps that cost over 10 times as much, but they certainly don't have that many more features. At only $49, with Free Upgrades For Life, it's a must-have piece of software!"
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