Video News

  • Sonic Solutions Ships DVD Producer 3.1

    Reprinted from a Sonic Solutions press release:

    Marin County, California (May 16, 2002) Sonic Solutions today announced the release of its award-winning DVD Producer 3.1 software DVD authoring suite. Signaling a new standard for DVD authoring, DVD Producer's revolutionary technology recently earned it a Pick Hit of NAB 2002 award from Video Systems magazine.

    Sonic DVD Producer is an integrated and complete DVD-Video and DVD-ROM authoring system for Windows, and incorporates full support for the new OpenDVD standard for DVD interchange. DVD Producer features JumpAnywhere, an advanced point-and-click navigation programming interface that eliminates userscripting while delivering highly-advanced interactivity. In addition, the application also features real-time bit-for-bit project proofing, Sonic's Hollywood-standard AuthorScript-powered multiplexing and formatting engine, and WriteDirect single-step output to the widest range of DVD-Recordable devices. DVD Producer also includes real-time MPEG video transcoding from FireWire and comprehensive DVD-ROM authoring, including provision for dual-layer ROM authoring.

    "Sonic is fully committed to the new OpenDVD standard, and DVD Producer provides the most comprehensive support anywhere for this exciting format," stated Matt Palmer, Senior Product Manager for Sonic's Professional Products Group. "DVD Producer is built on Sonic's AuthorScript formatting engine, a standard for commercial title production in Hollywood, and as a result delivers an exceptional solution for professional DVD creators that allows them to focus on what they do best create compelling DVDs, while relying on Sonic's expertise to ensure technical compatibility."

  • Eovia Unveils Carrara Studio 2

    Reprinted from a Eovia press release:

    Mountain View, California - May 14, 2002 - Eovia Corporation, developer and publisher of leading 3D software, announced today the future availability of Carrara Studio 2, a major and widely awaited upgrade to Carrara Studio. The English/international version of Carrara Studio 2 will begin shipping on June 5, 2002 for both the Mac (OS 8, OS 9 and OS X) and Windows platforms, but can be pre-ordered now to ensure priority delivery. Fully localized versions in French and German will follow shortly.

    Carrara Studio's latest revision is another step forward in making Carrara Studio 2 the most complete, accessible and productive 3D solution in its category today.

    "Eovia clearly creates a precedent by offering three state-of-the-art features in a $399 3D product - Photon Maps Rendering, Bones Skinning and Subdivision Modeling - only found in expensive and complex applications," said Antoine Clappier, CEO of Eovia. "More than ever, Carrara Studio is the best choice for a high quality 3D solution, at the right price and with the right features".

    What's New in Carrara Studio 2
    Ultra realistic rendering - Photon Maps are the first algorithm capable of a truly global approach to image rendering. This feature combines, in a single rendering engine, all the strengths of the previous two best approaches: Ray Tracing and Radiosity.

    Using a truly remarkable rendering approach, Carrara Studio 2's Photon Maps are able to compute the Global Illumination of a whole 3D scene. This adds a wealth of rendering features: Phong Shading, Reflection, Refraction, Radiosity (including diffuse lighting, color bleeding, etc.), Caustics (light reflection and refraction), Area light emitters (with no limitation on geometry and complexity), Sky dome Illumination and Environment Illumination.

  • Apple Introduces Xserve 1U Rack-Mount Server

    by Michael Handler, Videomaker correspondent

    Apple introduced and formally launched Xserve, its new high-speed server product, May 14. It is a powerful Unix-like platform that operates with the ease of a Mac, and uses the OS X as the software backbone. The primary markets will be education, business creative, bio-tech and video. The servers will work very well for video-on-demand and in media-rich environments. The unit is rack-mounted and can work together in clusters, by remote management with a very innovative monitor interface. This is a true data center box, and it should be interesting to see how it does in the marketplace. Some corporate users were there along with Steve Jobs to tout the new units, namely Oracle and Clear Channel.

    This is not a consumer unit, nor does it hold much interest for home or even business users of commercial video and camcorders. But it should elevate Apple's position in Corporate America and in the markets listed above.

    Xserve's 1GHz PowerPC G4 processors each have 2MB of Double Data Rate (DDR) L3 cache, and Apple says Xserve is the first 1U server to use DDR SDRAM memory with up to 2GB capacity. Xserve offers up to 480GB of storage on up to eight hot-plug ATA/100 drives, and networking with standard dual Gigabit Ethernet ports. Xserve includes an unlimited user license to Mac OS X Server software, offering users a combination for file/print service, video streaming, database applications, computational clustering and Web and mail serving.

    Two standard configurations of Xserve are expected in June. A setup that includes a single 1GHz PowerPC G4 processor, 256MB DDR RAM, four 60GB hard drives, dual gigabit Ethernet, CD-ROM and Mac OS X server with unlimited clients will come with a list price of $2,999. The dual 1GHz G4 processor Xserve, with 512MB DDR RAM and eight 60GB drives will have an MSRP of $3,999.

  • Apple Claims Industry Lead in DVD Burning

    by Alan Sheckter, Videomaker news editor

    Apple recently announced that it had shipped nearly 500,000 SuperDrive-equipped Macintosh computers and more than 2 million DVD-R media discs, now priced under $5 each, to date. Apple first introduced its SuperDrive, the industry's first CD- and DVD-burning drive, and its iDVD and DVD Studio Pro software applications in January 2001. All SuperDrive-equipped Macs now include iDVD 2 software for creating DVDs. Apple says iDVD 2 is the only consumer DVD authoring application that can create professional-looking DVDs with full-motion menu buttons and backgrounds.

    DVD Studio Pro is a full-featured DVD creation tool that the company touts as a complement to its Final Cut Pro 3 ($999), its critically acclaimed video editing, effects and compositing software. Apple also includes its iMovie 2 basic video editing software in its G3 and G4 computers.

  • AIST Adds Eight New MovieX Plug-Ins

    by Alan Sheckter, Videomaker news editor

    Providing users with an expanding array of video possibilities, AIST recently announced eight new plug-ins for its MovieX family of editing software (including MoviePack, MovieDV and MovieXone). MovieHighlight ($89) allows the addition of a twinkle to a subject's eye or a glow to the top of a Christmas tree; MovieTracker ($149) can animate logos or have a still image latch onto and travel with an associated video item; MovieLightning ($49) creates transitions out of user-designed lightning-bolt displays; MovieParticles ($79) can create and animate objects like water droplets and snowflakes; MovieMorph ($149) lets users transform one object into another and MovieWarp ($129) allows for face warping.

    These new plug-ins were first introduced at the beginning of the year as part of the AIST eXtreme package ($1,299). Now, editors can choose to add plug-ins, one by one if they prefer, to AIST's entire video editing line.

  • Magix Releases Music Maker 7

    by Alan Sheckter, Videomaker news editor

    Video editors can now get even fancier with their audio tracks, thanks to Magix Entertainment's just-released Music Maker 7. Available in standard ($50) and deLuxe ($75) versions Music Maker 7 professes to equip editors at all levels with tools for producing a wide range of self-authored music.

    Both versions include a 3D Sound-Generator for movie sound effects and an enlarged audio-visual library of pre-set effects, instruments and melodies. Music Maker also allows users to load video footage and add beat-driven special effects, self-made cross-fades and generate text.

    New for the Music Maker 7's standard version: 48 stereo tracks for audio and video, two additional virtual instruments (DJ-ScratchBox and Text-to-Speech), two new real-time effects (3D-sound effects and StereoFX) and a revised Web publishing area. Music Maker 7 deLuxe now offers 64 audio and video stereo tracks, new automatic remixing, CD burning, an additional virtual instrument (VoiceSynth), two new atmosphere sounds and a universal converter for plug-ins.

  • Macromedia Wins $4.9 Million in Patent Counterclaims Trial Against Adobe

    Reprinted from a Macromedia press release:

    SAN FRANCISCO, May 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Macromedia, Inc. today announced that a jury ruled in its favor in a counterclaims suit against Adobe Systems. The verdict included a damage award of $4.9 million. Macromedia intends to ask the court to issue an injunction to stop Adobe's infringement, and also intends to appeal the verdict in the initial Adobe case.

    "The score is now Adobe one, Macromedia one, customers zero," said Rob Burgess, chairman and CEO, Macromedia. "Macromedia is absolutely committed to defending the right to innovate."

    Adobe was found to infringe all three Macromedia patents. U.S. Patent No. 5,467,443 relates to changing blended elements and automatic re-blending of elements and is infringed by its Adobe Illustrator product. U.S. Patents Nos. 5,151,998 and 5,204,969 relate to visually displaying and editing sound waveforms and are infringed by its Adobe Premiere product. The jury also found U.S. Patent No. 5,151,998 to be invalid.

    In October 2001, Macromedia brought a patent infringement suit against Adobe in the Northern District of California relating to additional patents that Macromedia believes that Adobe infringes. This case is scheduled for June 2003.

  • Caligari's rayPak Offers 3D Effects Plug-Ins for trueSpace

    Reprinted from a Caligari press release:

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Caligari Corporation, a pioneer provider of 3D multimedia authoring technologies, today announced the availability of rayPak, a powerful collection of plug-ins, libraries, and standalone programs for trueSpace users who want to enhance their creations with realistic, professional lighting, shaders, and presentation effects. This collection is fully compatible with Caligari's previously announced aniPak for animation, fxPak for special effects, and dePak for professional design.

    Caligari's award-winning trueSpace combines high-end modeling, rendering and animation power with a novel and intuitive user interface based on direct manipulation of objects. Novice 3D software users and experienced 3D professionals can use trueSpace for real-time authoring in hardware- accelerated, 3D perspective workspaces. Used for product design, graphic design, video games, and web 3D-world design, trueSpace delivers advanced features including hybrid radiosity and incremental image based rendering; polyhedrons, NURBS, subdivision surfaces, particle surfaces, and metaballs- based modeling tools; as well as advanced surfacing and animation features including bones, skinning, IK, and physics simulation.

  • Compaq's New Presarios to Offer USB 2.0, Latest Intel P4 Chips, DVD Authoring

    Reprinted from a Compaq press release:

    HOUSTON, May 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Compaq Computer Corporation today announced a variety of new options for its Presario line of digital entertainment desktop PCs will be available May 8 direct from Compaq, including the newest, fastest Intel Pentium 4 processor for faster and easier enjoyment of digital video editing, photography and music, gaming, and e-learning.

    In addition, Presario 6000 and 8000 PCs may also be configured with USB 2.0, for up to 40 times faster connections to digital cameras and mp3 players designed for USB 2.0. External hard drives, CD burners, cameras and mp3 players will all take less time to transfer data, simplifying and speeding the process while allowing more time to enjoy digital entertainment.

    Digital video enthusiasts will enjoy creating and sharing their home movies with the enhanced MyMovieSTUDIO solution, featuring the more intuitive Sonic MyDVD Video Suite. MyDVD Video Suite makes it possible for home users to record, share and re-edit their personal videos on DVD or CD, combining the sheer simplicity and power of Sonic MyDVD 3.5 with the professional-level editing features of ArcSoft ShowBiz 1.1 video editor and the front IEEE 1394 port creates a fully integrated, easy-to-use video production center.

  • Walter Hewlett Accepts Judge's Decision, Clears Way for Compaq Merger

    Reprinted from a William R. Hewlett Revocable Trust press release:

    PALO ALTO, Calif., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Walter B. Hewlett, on behalf of The William R. Hewlett Revocable Trust and its trustees, issued the following statement in response to today's ruling by the Delaware Chancery Court regarding Hewlett-Packard Company's acquisition of Compaq Computer Corporation :

    As I stated when this suit was filed, our goal was to make sure that the outcome of the HP stockholder vote on March 19th was determined in a full, fair and lawful manner. After reviewing the Court's opinion, we have decided not to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court of Delaware. Additionally, we have decided to discontinue the review and challenge period of the preliminary vote count and permit the vote to be certified.

    I have disagreed with the Board over the merits of acquiring Compaq, however I have always been dedicated to enhancing value for HP's stockholders. I will therefore now do everything possible to support the successful implementation of HP's acquisition of Compaq and encourage others who have shared my views in the past several months to do the same.

    I would like to thank all Hewlett-Packard employees, retirees, stockholders and the others who have played a role in the proxy contest over the past several months.

    My involvement with HP will not end today. As Chairman of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and as a trustee of The William R. Hewlett Revocable Trust, I represent two major stockholders and I will continue to monitor the company's performance to ensure that it acts in the best interests of all stockholders.