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  • LifeClips Introduces VHS to DVD Conversion Service at Florida Eckerd Drug Stores

    Acton, Mass., May 15, 2001 - As growing awareness of the short shelf life of home videotapes and the unprecedented sales of DVD players fuel demand, LifeClips today announced that its new Videotape to DVD Conversion Service is now available in drug stores in the Tampa Bay area.

    The LifeClips service, offered on the Internet at and at Eckerd drug stores in the Tampa/Clearwater, Fla. area, enables consumers to simply drop off their home movies at the LifeClips display, as easily as they would a roll of film. In two weeks, customers receive their digital memories back on DVD, ensuring that precious moments - from a child's first steps, to high school graduation, to wedding - will be preserved forever.

    DVD offers a great number of improvements over traditional video, which is driving consumer adoption at a record pace for electronics. According to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), as of March 2001, over 16 million DVD players have been sold in the U.S. alone since the technology was introduced in 1997. "Obviously, DVD is an extremely popular technology with consumers. In fact, a recent Cahner's In Stat report predicts that annual DVD sales will equal that of VCR sales in 2004 at 37 million units," said Brian Poggi, president and CEO of LifeClips.

    Customers can visit the LifeClips Web site at and order a mail-in Tape to DVD Conversion Kit with the click of a mouse. LifeClips converts VHS, BetaMax, 8mm, Hi8, Digital 8, S-VHS, VHS-C, and miniDV tape formats onto high-quality, long-lasting DVDs. Introductory cost for conversion of a two-hour tape is $29.99. In addition, LifeClips is offering Eckerd customers a special rebate to first time users of the service - one free conversion of a two-hour tape to DVD through June 17, 2001.

  • LaCie's New 180GB Hard Drive Targets Digital Audio/Video Editors

    HILLSBORO, OR (May 9, 2001) Known for its expertise in delivering reliable, high-performance storage solutions, LaCie became one of the first OEMs to launch a 180GB external desktop drive today. Featuring a rotational speed of 7,200 rpm, LaCie's new 3.5-inch hard drive achieves record-breaking transfer rates of up to 75 MB/sec in RAID and 47 MB/sec as a single drive, making it one of the largest and fastest hard drives on the market. The drive is equipped with an Ultra 160/LVD SCSI interface--the fastest SCSI interface available--and LaCie's unique bullet-proof casing for added heat and shock resistance.

    The Ultra 160 SCSI interface combines with the high-performance 180GB drive to provide immediate benefits for throughput-intensive applications where speed is the primary goal. Designed for demanding applications such as high-end servers and databases, as well as digital audio/video editing and desktop publishing, the drive's high transfer rate and 8.2 ms seek time translate into improved productivity.

  • ViewCast Online Allows Businesses to Quickly Upload Streaming Video

    DALLAS (May 8, 2001) ViewCast Corporation, a leading provider of Internet and networked video solutions, today introduced a new business concept a video solutions portal that allows businesses to add streaming video to corporate Web sites with point-and-click ease. The portal,, offers a variety of new tools, packaged products and end-to-end support which enable even small-to-medium-size businesses to take advantage of the power of Internet video.

    Prior to ViewCast Online, putting video on the Internet involved numerous steps, technical and otherwise video capture and encoding, setting up delivery servers, negotiating bandwidth with content deliver networks, configuring servers and complicated Web site coding, to name a few. ViewCast's video solutions portal automates these steps into one simple online process. With ViewCast Online, if a business has a Web site, Internet access and an e-mail address, it can take advantage of streaming video.

    The company is currently offering two distinct packages at its video solutions portal:

    EZStream, which combines software and specially packaged services that enable businesses with content to capture, edit, encode, publish, host and deliver streaming video/rich media content on corporate Web sites.

    StreamStory, which enables a business to have its corporate message professionally produced and made available on its Web site in one easy, low-cost step.

    Both services take advantage of ViewCast Online's high-performance content delivery network. ViewCast Online offers a variety of competitively priced hosting rate plans for streaming content. Managing accounts is equally simple. Business clients can change or renew hosting rate plans, change account profiles and set up or change e-mail notification flags for traffic and usage metrics information and alerts.

  • Sony Announces PC9 Mini DV Camcorder

    Sonys's newest camcorder, the DCR-PC9 Mini DV Handycam, combines MPEG movie capability, expanded battery capacity and USB connectivity, all in a 1-pound, 1-ounce package. Switch the PC9 to MPEG Movie mode, and the camcorder captures up to 60 seconds of video and audio in low-resolution Video E-mail mode (160x120), or up to 15 seconds in Presentation mode (320x240). The footage, saved to Sony's Memory Stick disks, is intended for e-mail, Web pages or presentations. The PC9 inclused a USB connector to enhance camcorder-to-PC transfer speed.

    The camcorder's new InfoLithium battery allows you to shoot almost two hours of action, 30 percent more than its predecessor, the PC5. The remaining battery life is displayed, in minutes, on the camcorder's 2.5-inch touchscreen LCD display.

    The PC9 also includes MGI's PhotoSuite and VideoWave for editing movies and digital still images. Available in June, the DCR-PC9 retails for about $1,300.

  • New Tek's Video Toaster [2] Almost Ready to Go

    The much-anticipated Video Toaster [2], New Tek's PC-compatible desktop video effects, editing and live switching system, is set for a summer rollout. A successor to the original Amiga-based system released in 1990, the new Video Toaster [2] was unveiled at April's NAB 2001 Conference. The live production environment for post-production and Internet streaming offers flexible and interactive architecture that allows all popular video and graphic file types to be easily recognized and shared between components.

    Video Toaster [2]'s SX-8 Switcher Expansion module, which New Tek calls the world's most versatile breakout box, houses 100 audio, video and data connectors. The SX-8 module is the heart of the system's Toaster Switcher, which allows eight component, eight S-video or up to 24 composite inputs, or any combination of the three, to be swithced live to tape, to disk or to the Internet.

    The system also includes ToasterEdit, which offers live switching, audio mixing, color correction and playback of ToasterEdit projects in real time, LightWave Express, for 3D graphics, compositing and animation, and Aura 2, New Tech's latest video paint system.

    Video Toaster [2] is expected to ship July 31, 2001, with a suggested retail price of $4,995. A software upgrade ($495) and SX-8 breakout box with software upgrade ($1,995), will also be available.

  • Avid Xpress DV 2.0 Video Editing Software is Available

    Avid Technology Inc. has released the 2.0 version of its Xpress DV editing software. Requiring only a qualified noterbook or workstation and a DV in/out card, Xpress DV 2.0 delivers video editing, audio effects, titling, media management and more. The new software-only version ($1,699), allows professional field editing on notebook computers and has been reworked to take advantage of Pentium processors up to 1.5GHz and the Microsoft Windows 2000 operating system, with no additional hardware (except the DV in/out card).

    Avid Xpress DV 2.0 boasts new editing and media management features including dual monitor support, new audio features, more effects and compositing, new custoomization capabilities, more DVD and Web delivery and enhanced DV camcorder, deck and card support.

    Avid is offering an upgrade from prevous Xpress DV versions to 2.0 for $399. The upgrade is free for customers who purchased Xpress DV version 1.5 after Jan. 1, 2001 and register at before June 15.

  • LaCie Announces DVD-R/CD-RW with High-Speed FireWire Connectivity

    LAS VEGAS, NV (April 23, 2001) LaCie, a leading producer of storage and display devices for the content development industry, announced today the first external DVD-R/CD-RW drive with high-speed FireWire connectivity. Priced significantly lower than single-function DVD-R drives, the combo drive provides the convenience and savings of using a single drive to write and read DVD-R General discs as well as CD-R and CD-RW discs. LaCie will begin shipping the new drive in June.

    Designed to store and deliver digital data, video, and audio, the LaCie DVD-R/CD-RW drive records to 4.7GB DVD-R General Use discs at 2x (2.6 MB/sec) speed and provides 6x (7.8 MB/sec) read performance for DVD-R, DVD-Video and DVD ROM discs. Smaller files can be stored on lower-cost 650MB CD-Rs at 8x speed or on CD-RW discs at 4x speed. CD playback is at 24x.

    Our new dual-function drive provides Mac and PC users with a fast, easy and economical means of producing and sharing digital content on both DVD and CD media, said Guillaume Mazieres, LaCie Vice President of Marketing & Sales. Users will be able to choose from 650MB CD-R, CD-RW media or 4.7GB DVD-R General discs to meet their specific application needs. In addition, they'll be able to read all CD formats as well as DVD-ROM, DVD video or DVD Audio with the drive.

  • DPS to Bundle SpruceUp DV Software with NLE Systems and Digitial Disk Recorders

    LAS VEGAS, Nev., April 23, 2001 Spruce Technologies, Inc. announced today that DPS will bundle its SpruceUp personal digital video software with its top-selling non-linear editing systems and digital disk recorders.

    Under the agreement, DPS, a business unit of Leitch Technology Corp., will include the retail version of SpruceUp with version 7.6 of the dpsVelocity NLE system. In addition, DPS will be bundling a trial version of SpruceUp with version 2.5 of the dpsReality Studio Digital Disk Recorder.

    SpruceUp is a real creative tool, not limiting the user to simple linear content or predefined templates. Users can shape captured content and author their own rich productionsweddings, birthdays, reunions, graduations, conferences, corporate presentations, product catalogsto share with family, friends, colleagues and clients on their Windows PCs. It also includes SpruceLink WebDVD, enabling users to add Web links to productions simply by typing in URLs, which are automatically synced with the program when played on Spruce's supplied redistributable player. In addition, the emergence of low-cost digital disk recorders promises to drive the market.

    dpsVelocity is a fully integrated non-linear editing system for video, broadcast, CD-ROM, DVD and the Internet. The system is built around the dpsReality Studio Digital Disk Recorder, which supports compressed and uncompressed video recording modes. Video content to be authored in SpruceUp can be edited in real-time in dpsVelocity to create a high quality DVD title. The bundling partnership provides users with a faster, integrated and easier way to create DVDs.

  • Pioneer Offers DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-R and CD-RW Capable Drive

    LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 23, 2001-- Pioneer New Media Technologies Inc., the leader in recordable DVD technology, will ship the world's first combination DVD/CD recordable drive, the DVR-A03, by the end of May at the MSRP of $995.

    Targeted for digital video recording and data archiving applications, the drive will ship with software support for recording both data and video.

    The third generation drive reads and writes four recordable formats including DVD-R (write once for general), DVD-RW (re-recordable), CD-R and CD-RW, and offers up to 4.7GB of storage capacity per DVD side. In addition, the new drive is capable of recording DVD-R discs at twice normal speed (2X) -- an industry first.

    "Pioneer has played a key role in the development of DVD recording technology and was the first to bring DVD-R to DVD authoring professionals," said Paul Dempsey, president of Pioneer New Media Technologies.

    "Priced under $1,000, the DVR-A03 now delivers both DVD-R/RW and CD-R/RW recording to the consumer market for the first time in a multi-functional drive that can meet all DVD and CD recording needs."

    The DVD-R and DVD-RW formats are members of the DVD Forum's family of DVD specifications. DVD-R is a write-once format that is compatible with most DVD Video players and DVD-ROM drives, and DVD-RW is a re-recordable format that allows users to record, erase and re-record their own DVD discs more than 1,000 times.

  • Transmit Video Around the World with purple.Field

    Munich, April 23, 2001: FAST Multimedia announces for the mobile editing solution purple.Field a new complete mobile package for the transmission of video material from anywhere in the world via ISDN or satellite: FASTtransmit. In coorporation with Hermstedt AG, communication specialists for broadband, wireless and classic file transfer solutions, and TransTel, supplier of products and services for video and audio broadcast systems, purple.Field was opitmized with the following products: a Hermstedt Leonardo USB adapter for mobile ISDN communication, a mobile ISDN satellite unit as well as access to the Inmarsat satellite network. With this system journalists have a professional editing solution with which they can send their film coverage around the world in no time at all. The FASTtransmit system fits into an attach case, weighs just 14kg and will be available from June 2001. Further information can be foundat

    The footage is transferred to purple.Field notebook. With DV, DVCAM as well as DVCPRO native via IEEE 1394 interface it is processedwith all functions that are required for professional editing. From within this application the edited material can then be compressed and prepared for data transfer with Voyager Lite from TransTel. The video material is then transferred via the Leonardo USB ISDN adapter to the Inmarsat mobile satellite unit. For channel bundling and transfer speeds of 256kbit/s up to four satellite units and two Leonardo USB adapters can be used on one system.