DReffects wrote:i've downloaded the trial version but i wasnt able to do much - the software doesnt recocgnizes my standard DV .avi files we use for all our production. is there a plugin or something? i really do not want to convert everything and loose quality again.
AlamDV2 unfortunately has a problem with the MicrosoftDV codec. If you use an alternative DV codec like Matrox or Pinnacle, it works fine.
In my experience, converting from DV -> uncompressed and back again doesn't lose a noticeable amount of quality. However, I understand you concern - AlamDV3 will have much better media support. In fact, AlamDV3 is due to be a much, much better program all told - in a completely different league, really. As somebody mentioned, if you get AlamDV2 now you will get a free upgrade to AlamDV3.
Referring to masking - AlamDV2's masking is quite primitive. Again, AlamDV3 has a very sophisticated masking system. Check out the AlamDV2 tutorials for some more info on masking:http://fxhome.com/alamdv2/tutorials.html
Let us know if you have any other questions.