For several months, Steinberg has been working on a new video engine for its DAW products, including Nuendo. As you might already know, this change is necessary due to Apple’s discontinuation of the QuickTime technology, and we would now like to share the current status of development with you.
Since we are developing a new engine from scratch, we have set ourselves three primary goals:
- to provide support for the most often used video standards,
- to achieve solid video playback stability,
- and to make this engine as independent as possible from particular technologies.
Our current project status shows that we are on schedule to achieve all three milestones. We have completed the architectural reconstruction of the engine. We have completed development concerning memory management. We have started implementing the video codecs, with ProRes, H.264 and DV/DVCPro already done.
While we already have made good progress in achieving important technical milestones, we have not yet completed the development. Our primary goal is to finish the implementation of all remaining video codecs by the end of this year before initiating an elaborate testing scenario that should result in achieving highest playback stability. The latter will start mid of January and we hope to complete the testing phase by end of February. This will enable us to provide the new video engine still in Q1 2017, which would be in accordance with the current schedule. Consequently, the engine will be available for future releases of Nuendo (e.g. 7.5) and in cost-free maintenance updates for current Nuendo 7.0.x versions.
UPDATE March 22: We are currently still in the process of clarifing some license issues as well as final testing. The video engine is therefore scheduled for Q2 2017.