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ASDG SETS SHIP DATE FOR STATE-OF-THE-ART AMIGA(R) VISUAL EFFECTS
PACKAGE. WINDOWS(R) VERSION ANNOUNCED.
ASDG has set an October 1st ship date for MorphPlus(tm), a
state-of-the-art visual effects package for the Commodore Amiga.
MorphPlus, already in use in Hollywood for such features as Babylon 5,
provides cinematic quality full motion morphing and other visual
effects. ASDG also announced a forthcoming Microsoft Windows version,
Madison WI, August 26, 1992 ----- ASDG Incorporated, the leading
supplier of innovative color imaging solutions for cinema and video,
announce an October 1st ship date for its state-of-the-art visual
effects package, MorphPlus and has announced plans for CineMorph, a
morphing-only system for Microsoft Windows.
MorphPlus produces cinematic and broadcast quality full motion morphs
in record time using a proprietary image warping technology and a user
interface which has been called ``strikingly different'' and ``unique
and very impressive.''
MorphPlus has already earned a place in major Hollywood productions.
Mark Swain, animator for Foundation Imaging, the creators of the
special effects for Babylon 5 said, ``It's scarily realistic.
MorphPlus produces the most realistic shapeshifting special effects I
have ever seen on a desktop.''
MorphPlus allows for establishing relationships between source and
destination images with unheard-of precision. Animators are free to
add as many relationships as they wish without incurring a significant
performance penalty as the number of relationships grows large
(something common to all other morphing systems).
Other state-of-the-art features abound in MorphPlus, such as the
ability to subdivide an image into logical parts (called groups),
assign separate acceleration and deceleration curves per group, depth
arrange groups, and even the ability to set a transparency curve on a
group by group basis.
MorphPlus's morphing system is so precise and flexible, that it can be
used to edit fine details of an image, or to create mattes and
As for performance, on a non-accelerated A3000, MorphPlus can produce
a complex full broadcast sized morph in the same time as Pacific Data
Images's morphing system (the one used for the Michael Jackson ``Black
or White'' video) running on an ultra-high performance Silicon
Incredibly, morphing is but one of the special effects provided by
MorphPlus. Other capabilities allow high quality DVE tumbles and
fly-bys, mapping images onto rotating spheres, mapping an image onto
the surface of a pond into which any number of pebbles can be thrown,
and others. All of these operations are presented in easy-to-use
WYSIWYG user interfaces.
MorphPlus is compatible with ASDG's award winning image processing
program, Art Department Professional, although ADPro is not required.
MorphPlus can also be used with ASDG's recently announced support for
the Abekas A60, A65, and A66 Digital Disk Recorders to move broadcast
quality video between platforms.
MorphPlus carries a list price of $295 and requires Kickstart 2.0 or
On a related note, ASDG has announced the development of a
morphing-only version of MorphPlus, called CineMorph, for the
Microsoft Windows environment. CineMorph requires Windows 3.1 or
later and an Intel 386 processor or better.
For information about MorphPlus, CineMorph, or ASDG's other color
imaging solutions, contact Gina Cerniglia at ASDG Incorporated, 925
Stewart Street, Madison, WI 53713 or call (608) 273 - 6585.
Art Department Professional is a registered trademark, MorphPlus and
CineMorph are trademarks of ASDG Incorporated. Amiga is a registered
trademark of Commodore-Amiga, Inc. Microsoft and Microsoft Windows
are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
* 1992 SIGGRAPH Proceedings, ``Feature Based Image Metamorphosis,''
page 38. Two minutes per frame on an SGI 4D25 with 100 correspondance