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  • Boris Announces 'Calligraphy' Titler for Final Cut Pro 3

    Reprinted from a Boris press release: Los Angeles (December 4, 2001) Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated graphics and effects technology for the television, broadcast, post production, and multi-media markets, today announced the introduction of Boris Calligraphy, two new title generators for Final Cut Pro 3. Running natively on Mac OS X, Calligraphy provides advanced titling capabilities for Final Cut Pro. "Boris Calligraphy showcases our strong integration with Final Cut Pro 3 through the unique approach of plugging into Final Cut Pro's Generator mechanism," said Boris Yamnitsky, founder and president of Boris. "Boris titling tools are the most powerful on the market and Calligraphy is a perfect introduction for Final Cut Pro 3 users to experience Boris' remarkable titling capabilities with two new generators - Title 3D and Title Crawl." Title Crawl is meant for convenient creation of automated roll and crawl effects, while Title 3D offers vector-based text that can be manipulated in 3D space with full pivot control, animated tracking, and other text transformations. Both Generators share a common text entry window and style palette which provides controls for text formatting including leading, kerning, tabs, and word wrap, as well as separate controls for fill, stroke, and shadow for creating and saving powerful text styles. Besides creating title animations in 3D space, the Title 3D Generator can be used on systems with real-time Final Cut Pro systems to create static slates that can then be animated in real time. For additional titling capabilities, users can upgrade to Boris GRAFFITI, which adds title extrusion, mapping titles to 3D shapes, text on path, automatically-resizing simple backdrops for text, natural media generation, export to Flash, and tools for creating sophisticated animations with ease. Boris RED goes further still, offering vector paint for write-on title
  • AIST Offers Laptop-Friendly Video Editing

    by Alan Sheckter, Videomaker news editor

    Calling it a perfect introduction to video, AIST recently released MovieDVsuite 4.0 for Laptops. Using the company's MovieDV 4.0 editing software as a base, MovieDVsuite 4.0 for Laptops comes with a PCMCIA IEEE 1394 card as well as an IEEE 1394 cable, for DV camcorder connectivity. It also ships with Sonic Solution's MyDVD DVD authoring software and Royalty-Free Audio.

    MovieDVsuite 4.0 for Laptops, which is designed to support all major video and audio formats, offers video editing, animation, titling, as well as effects, transitions and audio capabilities for the video hobbyist.

    In addition, MovieDVsuite 4.0 for Laptops allows for growth, as users become more adept at editing. Editors can use AIST MovieX and third party plug-ins to add transitions, effects, character generators and other features, the company said.

    MovieDVsuite 4.0 for Laptops is available at a suggested retail price of $129.

  • JVC Wins Emmy for Development of Consumer Camcorders

    Reprinted from a Visario/CFG Media/Columbia Financial Group press release:

    Wayne, NJ (October 25, 2001) JVC, one of the world's leading developers and manufacturers of sophisticated audio, video and related software products, received an Emmy Award for outstanding achievement in technological advancement for Pioneering Development of Consumer Camcorders. JVC Executive Vice President and COO Harry Elias accepted the award, which was presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at a ceremony held in New York on October 16.

    The beginning of consumer camcorders started with JVC introducing the world?s first portable video system (Vidstar) for consumer use in 1977. For the first time, users were able to produce their own affordable color videotapes with impressive results. JVC has maintained the tradition of creating technologically advanced and affordable camcorders. This tradition started with JVC's 16.5 lb. HR /GC-3350 in 1978, which was used by broadcast professionals, and evolved to JVC's newest camcorder, the GR-DVP3 which is the world's smallest and lightest Mini DV camcorder, weighing less than .78lbs. These camcorders have become an integral part of society and are used for everything from capturing family moments to business applications.

  • After Effects 5.5 Expands Creative Options

    by Alan Sheckter, Videomaker news editor

    Adobe Systems has announced Version 5.5 of its popular After Effects motion graphics and video effects software, promising editors expanded creative tools and access to more media types.

    Expanding its import and output options to include Advanced RealMedia export and compatibility with Alias|Wavefront's Maya and Discreet's 3ds max, After Effects 5.5 is designed to give editors more flexibility. In addition to supporting additional file formats, including Maya IFF, RPF, SGI and QuickTime, the company said that 5.5 is the fastest After Effects yet.

    New features, Adobe said, will include multiple views, colored shadows and stained glass lighting. In addition, the program's new Advanced 3D Renderer is designed to create high-quality intersecting layers.

    After Effects 5.5, which supports Mac OS X as well as Windows XP, is expected to ship in early 2002. The standard version will come with a $649 MSRP, and upgrades for After Effects 5.0 owners will cost $99.

    Adobe will also release the $1,499 Production Bundle version, which will include Zaxwerks 3D Invigorator. In addition, according to an Adobe senior product manager, the Production Bundle offers superior visual effects tools for bluescreen and greenscreen keying, a greater selection of warping and morphing effects, and tools for shrinking and expanding mattes. The Production Bundle also offers editors vector paint tools, motion stabilization and a color stabilizer. Production Bundle users can take advantage of network rendering, saving time by simultaneously rendering a project on several desktop computers.

  • Corona - New Windows Streaming Media Platform Unveiled

    by Alan Sheckter, Videomaker news editor

    At the Streaming Media East 2001 expo in New York Dec. 11, Microsoft demonstrated its latest streaming server technology, Windows Media Services in Windows .NET Server.

    The server is part of Corona, the code name for the company's next Windows Media Technologies platform.

    Windows Media Services in Windows .NET Server is the first deliverable component of the Windows Media Corona platform, and will, Microsoft said, improve Internet video streaming, in terms of functionality and economics.

    Microsoft Windows Digital Media Division Vice President Will Poole performed the demo during his keynote address at Streaming Media East 2001.

    Previewing two new audio and video codecs, Poole also demonstrated Corona's ability to offer full-screen, full-motion video quality to broadband PC users.

    The new server also includes Fast Stream, a feature designed to deliver an instant-on, always-on streaming experience, virtually free of broadband buffering delays. In addition, Windows Media Services in Windows .NET Server is optimized, according to Microsoft, for wireless streaming.

    The Windows Media Services in Windows .NET Server is also said to offer the industry's first server-side playlists, which would enable content providers to change on the fly any content delivered in a streamed broadcast environment.

    It was also announced that other "Corona" technologies, including new versions of Windows Media Player, Windows Media Audio and Video codecs, and Windows Media Encoder, as well as a new Windows Media Software Development Kit, are slated for beta testing in early 2002.

  • RealSystem Adds MPEG-4 Support

    by Alan Sheckter, Videomaker news editor

    RealNetworks announced Dec. 10 that the next version of RealSystem will natively support MPEG-4. RealSystem iQ, a real-time streaming protocol component that supports over 50 media types, will actually employ MPEG-4 immediately.

    RealSystems 8, the current version, which includes RealPlayer, RealServer and RealProducer, is a standards-based, media delivery platform independent of any operating system.

    While native support for MPEG-4, a multimedia standard developed by the Moving Pictures Expert Group (MPEG), will be included in the next release, even now, RealNetworks said, it is supported as of today through server and client-side plug-ins of Envivio's MPEG-4 technology.

    The company did not announce specific plans or target date for the next version of RealSystems.

    RealNetworks also announced it has joined the 3GPP, a main standards body for the mobile network industry, as well as participating in the multimedia specifications group (SA4) within the 3GPP. Involvement in the codecs working group, SA4, should enable RealNetworks to contribute to the definition and development of specifications for audio, video and multimedia codecs.

  • Apple Final Cut Pro 3.0 for OS X Released

    by Alan Sheckter, Videomaker news editor

    Apple recently announced the release of Final Cut Pro 3.0, the latest incarnation of its highly-touted video editor. Not only does Version 3 boast preview, voiceover and auto-save modes, but it fills the obvious need as an editor for Mac OS X.

    With Apple receiving flack from some industry insiders that it released the OS X operating system without supplying compatible versions of its own software, the release of 3.0 was good news, if not a bit overdue. Final Cut Pro 3.0, in fact, according to Apple, is the first professional video editor for OS X. Adobe, not to be left too far behind, announced it will deliver After Effects 5.5, which is expected to work with OS X, early next year. While it may not live up to Apple's claim, It's like getting $50,000 worth of editing tools for under $1,000, the new release does come with some impressive attributes.

    Final Cut Pro 3 new features include real-time G4 DV effects, such as wipes, dissolves and color correction without an add-on card. In addition, Apple said, OfflineRT, the company's new offline format, will let Power Mac G4s or Titanium PowerBook G4s hold up to five times as much footage as it can with DV. It is designed to allow users to capture 40 minutes of video t about 1GB, edit the footage in real time, then recapture the final edit to the desired format.

    Other announced new features include QuickView, a new preview mode that should let editors quickly preview complex effects before rendering them, and Autosave Vault, which saves and time-stamps projects at user-specified intervals, allowing editors to return to previous stages of their projects.

  • Vizario Video Condenser To Extend XPs DV Capabilities

    Reprinted from a Visario/CFG Media/Columbia Financial Group press release:

    (San Carlos, CA)-PR Newswire News Feature-November 6, 2001-The big millennium devastation of dotcoms did not kill the Internet, but it did change the way it will grow.

    "From here on out you will see the growth, literally, in the form of digital video, everywhere," says Jim Newcomb, President and CEO of Vizario, a development stage tech company in Silicon Valley. Newcomb's company has a clear focus on that image. Vizario is now offering a video condenser (V V C) that extends Windows XP's already potent digital video capabilities.

    Vizario's patented technology empowers knowledge workers in all kinds of businesses to use digital video more intensively right from their desktops, without hiring developers or programmers. Newcomb believes on-line interactive videos will become as commonplace as Powerpoint for business presentations.

    "We designed our video software specifically for Windows XP, and consequently Microsoft is featuring V V C in their on-line software catalog, at," Newcomb continues. "Sure, there are other players in the Internet digital media space, but we believe Microsoft's format will emerge as the de-facto standard."

  • Cyberlink Digital Video Applications Optimized for Intel P4

    Reprinted from a Cyberlink press release:

    Taipei, Taiwan----November 14, 2001----CyberLink Corp., a leading software developer of digital video and streaming multimedia applications, is proud to announce continued support for the latest microprocessor technology from Intel. Further illustrating its dedication to enabling computer users to apply the latest technologies to increase digital video enjoyment, CyberLink is excited to unveil new products that are optimized for the Intel Pentium 4 processor. The Intel Pentium 4 processor provides the world's fastest CPU technology and allows many of today's best software applications to further expand the benefits of today's PC systems. In conjunction with the world's best digital video software applications from CyberLink, the Intel Pentium 4 processor dramatically reduces the time it takes to work with multimedia rich information and handles multi-tasking with ease.

    At this year's COMDEX, Intel will work with the industry to exhibit software applications optimized for the Pentium 4 processor at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). CyberLink PowerDirector Pro, the complete solution for making movies on CDs and DVDs, shall be demonstrated to show how the new Pentium 4 processor allows for fast, real time transcoding of video in DV format to high bit rate MPEG-2 format. Additionally, CyberLink PowerDVD, PowerVCR II and StreamAuthor take full advantage of the powerful Pentium 4 processor to perform video capture and high-quality encoding into various digital formats and rich-media presentations. With the Pentium 4 processor, featuring clock speeds up to 2 GHz, CyberLink software applications allow digital video production to be fast and enjoyable.

  • DVD+RW Drives Spring up at COMDEX

    by Alan Sheckter, Videomaker news editor

    Hewlett-Packard, Philips and Sony each showed off their first DVD+RW computer drives in Las Vegas this week, at COMDEX 2001. These combination drives, which also write CD-R and CD-RW discs, all reportedly list for under $700, and have all been released. Each DVD+RW drive comes bundled with Sonic Solutions' MyDVD DVD-authoring software.

    Philips demonstrated its DVDRW208 drive, HP exhibited its DVD100i, and Sony displayed its new DRU110A/C1 drive at the expo.

    Ricoh also offers a DVD+RW combination drive, the MP5120A. Interestingly, a Philips representative told Videomaker that Ricoh is currently manufacturing Philips' DVDRW208 drive, but the company plans to soon produce its own. Reportedly, Ricoh also manufactures HP's DVD100i.

    HP also announced the Pavilion 9995 PC, slated for a Nov. 18 release. The system, which comes with a $1,999 MSRP, is said to boast a P4 2GHz processor, 512MB RAM and an 80GB hard drive.