June 13, 2007

Automatic Duck Upgrades Pro Import AE to Version 4.0

Seattle - Automatic Duck, makers of Timeline Integration Engine software for digital media artists, today announced the immediate availability of Pro Import AE 4.0. A major upgrade to Automatic Duck's signature timeline translation tool for Adobe After Effects artists, Pro Import AE 4.0 was developed with significant input and feedback from the Company's extensive user base.

Pro Import AE 4.0 addresses a number of new developments impacting users, including the recent launch of Adobe Creative Suite 3, the industry shift to Intel-based Mac systems, and the need for improved support for HDV, DVCProHD, and XDCAM formats for Final Cut Pro users.

Automatic Duck has also added a number of key improvements, including:

- Support for Multiclips from Final Cut Pro;

- Motion project import, with Particle and Replicator layers now coming into After Effects;

- Avid Timewarp effects are now converted to Time Remapping;

- Enhanced effect coverage including Video Strobe, FCP Basic 3D and Dip to Color transitions.

Additionally, Pro Import AE 4.0 introduces an advanced new user interface that offers users a number of powerful, streamlining capabilities including the option for layers to step up or step down in the After Effects timeline, an option to use Avid rendered media in After Effects, and an option to pre-comp layers based on the tracks from the NLE.

Final Cut Pro users have the option to use Automatic Duck's timeline translation tools to export color-correction work completed with Red Giant Software Magic Bullet Colorista directly to After Effects with all settings intact.

Pro Import AE 4.0 is available now and is priced at $495. Users who purchased new licenses or upgrades to Pro Import AE 3.0 on or after March 8, 2007 will be offered upgrades to version 4.0 at no charge until December 8, 2007. Users of Pro Import AE 3.0 who purchased before March 8, 2007, as well as users of older After Effects import plug-ins, will be able to upgrade for $195 per license.