Video News

  • Boris FX Launches Boris Graffiti


    Boston, MA - April 3, 2000 - Boris FX, an industry leader in compositing and effects technology, today announced the launch of Boris Graffiti, the first titling plug-in to deliver 2D and 3D vector based title animations for both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Based on the powerful text and animation engine found in Boris RED, Boris Graffiti provides true creative freedom for editors by allowing complex titling effects and animation to be created easily within a non-linear editing system.

  • Sonic and RAVISENT Collaborate on Streaming DVD


    Marin County, California (April 3, 2000) Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ: SNIC) and RAVISENT Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: RVST) today announced a joint effort to bring the new Streaming DVD video standard to millions of PC users worldwide. Sonic Solutions will deliver Streaming DVD authoring applications for the creation of interactive, streaming video content.

    RAVISENT will integrate support for the Streaming DVD format into its CineMaster family of web-integrated PC Digital Media Players, and extend the new format with its Media Access Control technology, enabling secure e-commerce delivery for content creators and distributors. This collaboration allows consumers to play back streaming DVD content over the Internet using the same interactive menus and navigation as on a physical DVD disc.

    "Sonic Solutions has been a pioneering force in developing DVD authoring solutions and expanding the uses of the DVD format," said Alan McCann, Senior Vice-president and General Manager for RAVISENTs Personal Computer Business. "This close partnership and collaborative effort further validates our strategy of providing OEMs and end users with a fully integrated suite of digital video playback solutions. This demonstrates that RAVISENT software is a critical element enabling consumers to play compelling interactive DVD content over the Web."

  • First-Ever Flash Conference and Expo


    The first-ever Flash Conference and Expo wrapped up today (3-29) in San Francisco. The three day event featured technical presentations, hands-on workshops and the Flash Film Festival.

    Here are some of the highlights:
    Quicktime News: The ISO has chosen QuickTime as the formal file type for the upcoming MPEG4 standard which has yet to be ratified by the ISO.
    Adobe News: LiveMotion is currently in version 1.0 Beta and is downloadable at www.adobe.com for free. It runs on both Mac and Windows based machines. With an interface sure to be familiar with users of other Adobe products, LiveMotion includes some powerful features. Output formats include PSD, PNG, GIF 89a and SWF.

  • Universal Pictures and reelshort.com Form Partnership


    Universal Pictures is partnering with reelshort.com in a venture that will allow talented new filmmakers to gain wider and faster access to both online and offline audiences and industry leaders.

    reelshort.com, a New York City-based digital entertainment company, will be leveraging the film industry leadership and resources of Universal Pictures, while Universal will be using reelshort.com's connections to the New York City independent film community and emerging filmmaking talent.

    reelshort.com exclusively screened the short film The Sick Sense which was nominated for the Best Live Action Short prize at the Yahoo! Internet Life Online Film Festival.

    Filmmakers of all backgrounds are invited to submit their work from 30 seconds to 40 minutes in length. Submission forms can be found at the reelshort.com Web site or by calling (212) 809-3202.

  • New Effects Software Package For The Casablanca


    Boulder, CO--Draco Systems has released Elastic Dreams, a spectacular morphing and motion effects software package for the award-winning Casablanca nonlinear video editor.

    Priced at $299, the product easily creates dramatic warp effects, funhouse-style stretched or distorted images, "morphed" images from one to another and animation effects such as talking animals or objects.

    Elastic Dreams was created for the Casablanca by MotionStudios, of Bremen, Germany. It includes Warp, an image processing function, and three transitions functions, Draw, FX and Morph. Each function provides a wide range of effects, such as "Wave," "Sine," "Twirl" and "Sculpt," plus multiple projects and archived clips. It is compatible with any version of the Casablanca running System Software 3 or higher.

    The Elastic Dreams software is the latest in a series of third-party add-ons for the Casablanca. Other recent entries include the new Monument Deluxe Titler, with texture-mapped fonts and stunning fly-in/fly-out effects; Akaba Paint program, with keyframing for image changes that follow the footage; Spice Rack image processing and transition effects; and PC Link for transferring a wide variety of files between the Casablanca and a computer.

    Draco Systems created a new category of self-contained digital video editors in 1997 with its Casablanca, a complete standalone nonlinear digital video editing system. It received Best Product awards from Videomaker magazine in 1998 and 1999, as well as inclusion in Media & Methods magazine's Awards Portfolio for past three years. The Casablanca features image quality and capabilities that were previously available only on systems costing many times its retail purchase price. More than 45,000 units have been sold worldwide.

  • Canon Introduces New Digital Video Camcorder


    LAKE SUCCESS, NY, March 14, 2000 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., the company whose imaging solutions give people KNOW HOW, today introduced the Canon ZR10 digital video camcorder, an affordable DV solution that is both full-featured and ultra-compact.

    Weighing only 1.5 pounds, measuring just 2 x 3 x 5 inches and featuring hot, eye-grabbing translucent accents and detailing, the ZR10 rests comfortably in any hand, and can be carried in a waist pack, slipped into a coat pocket, or fit into a beach bag or briefcase with room to spare.

    "Consumers are eager to create digital videos on their home PCs and share them with friends and family via the Internet," said Yukiaki Hashimoto, vice president and general manager, Photographic Products Group, Canon U.S.A. "Canon has placed consumers in the thick of the digital video age with the sophisticated video technology and stylish design of the ZR10."

    The ZR10 is available at authorized Canon dealers beginning late April 2000. It includes all the basic features consumers expect and many additional features without sacrificing its compact and contemporary design. The manufactured suggested retail price is $999 (with options priced separately).

  • Media 100 Now Focusing On The Consumer Market


    Media 100 has been a leading provider of nonlinear editing systems in the profesional broadcast market since 1993. Videomaker Executive Editor Steve Muratore spoke today with John Molinari, CEO of Media 100, who had some exciting news.

    Until recently, their entire product line was too "high end" (expensive) for the average consumer. Molinari announced that the company has now completely changed its focus and will be selling affordable gear to consumers, institutions and schools.

    With the acquisition of Digital Origin, they are now selling software editing products starting at around $200. Capture cards are going for around $2,000 and turnkey systems are going for about $3,000. The Media 100 iFinish V20DV is a Windows NT turnkey, real-time effects system that sells for $5,395 and has been "selling like hotcakes" since December.

    Molinari also said they're moving from Macintosh-only support to a primary focus on Windows support. They'll still make products for the Mac, but their Windows NT boards and turnkey systems are already outselling their Mac products. Look for Windows 2000 support coming soon!

    Media 100 has acquired Terran Interactive and has begun building streaming video output capability into every product they ship. Molinari said they're moving from making every person a video editor, to making every person a streaming broadcaster. The Terran technology enables their machines to output to RealMedia, Windows Media and Quicktime formats.

  • POPcast Releases POPcaster BETA v2.1: Free Digital Video Conversion Software


    POPcast Communications Corp., the leading application service provider (ASP) in the personal Webcasting market, today announced the beta 2.1 release of their POPcaster digital video encoding and conversion software for PCs. The new software is available as a free 1.3-megabyte download from www.popcast.com. POPcaster allows users to capture video through a wide variety of capture devices and easily convert files from AVI, MPEG and WAV formats to Microsoft's Advanced Streaming Format (ASF). Files saved in the ASF format can be uploaded to users' personal accounts on POPcast.com and can then instantly be shared with their friends, family members and business colleagues around the world. "We're working hard to make it as easy as possible for people to share video files over the Web," said William Mutual, POPcast's President and Chairman. "This proprietary tool was developed to make it simple for any consumer to prepare video files for streaming on the Web without requiring any digital video expertise." Once members of any POPcast-enabled Web portal have converted their digital video files and uploaded them to their accounts, they can then send a customized email message containing a Web link to their content. They can also share videos in a variety of ways, such as video albums, video greeting cards and public showcases. POPcaster can be downloaded today from POPcast.com, which also offers a wealth of helpful information for novices, including a comprehensive tutorial, a POPcast Publishing Wizard and links to advanced conversion resources and leading video production, capturing and editing tools.

  • Applied Magic Unveils New Turnkey Nonlinear Video Appliance at NAB 2000


    Applied Magic will unveil Sequel, it's newest nonlinear video production appliance at NAB 2000. According to Applied Magic, Sequel is easy-to-learn, easy-to-use and will appeal to individuals and companies looking for an entry-level video production system. Sequel lists for $1,995 and ships with a 14 Gigabite EIDE hard drive, custom keyboard and mouse, 32x CD-ROM drive and custom effects and transitions and a titling package.

  • Sony Introduced MovieShaker Editing software


    Sony has introduced MovieShaker, a new video editing software package that will come installed in Sony Vaio computers beginning in May. Don Collins, Videomaker Associate Editor in Los Angeles at the Sony Conference got to "play" with Movieshaker. He said by simply selecting the "shaker" function, all of the video clips loaded in the bin are automatically mixed with pre-selected music and transitions to make a movie. Video can also be manually edited with MovieShaker. Look for it in May!

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