Video News

  • Canon Develops Industry's First 10X Zoom Lens for Digital Cameras With Lens-Shift Optical IMA


    LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. * May 22, 2000 -- Canon U.S.A., Inc., the company whose imaging solutions give people Know How, announced today the development of the industry's first ever digital camera-use 10x zoom lens equipped with lens-shift optical image-stabilizing technology. The company will use the lens unit in future Canon-brand digital camera models and intends to market it to other manufacturers.

    Demand now is strong for digital cameras featuring high pixel counts and equipped with high-performance, high zoom-ratio lenses. Generally speaking, however, zoom lenses offering higher zoom ratios are more susceptible to image blur caused by camera shake, increasing the expectation of zoom lenses equipped with image stabilization capability.

    Canon began research and development in the area of image stabilizing technology early on, developing an optical image stabilizing system for video camcorders employing a Vari-angle Prism in 1992, and using the shift method in 1998. Both are featured in Canon-brand video camcorders. Furthermore, in 195 the company developed a shift-method optical image stabilizing system for SLR cameras, which was incorporated into interchangeable lenses for Canon's lineup if EOS model AF SLR cameras.

    The new shift-method optical Image Stabilizer equipped 10x zoom lens adapts technology previously employed in video camcorders and SLR cameras for use in digital cameras. The lens's outstanding image performance and high 10x zoom ratio are made possible through the introduction of a new mechanical structure, which makes possible the precision movement of the correcting lens group, and a new optical design compatible with high resolving capability.

  • Javu Wins Broadband Webby for VideoFarm.com


    Javu Technologies, Inc., has won a Webby for its filmmakers' community site, VideoFarm.com. The Webby Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences and are the preeminent honors for Web sites. They have been hailed as the "Oscars of the Internet" by worldwide media. Tiffany Shlain, founder and director of The Webby Awards, says the winners: "represent the best of the best in a medium that knows no boundaries. VideoFarm.com won the broadband award, given to: "Sites that fully integrate bandwidth-intensive, interactive content. This content may include video and audio, animation, and dynamic elements that blur the line between film, television and computers.."

  • Digital Origin and THOMSON Multimedia Partner to Deliver Digital Video Editing Solutions


    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--May 18, 2000--Digital Origin, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Media 100 Inc. (NASDAQ:MDEA) and the leading provider of digital video (DV) editing and effects software applications, today announced it is partnering with consumer electronics giant, THOMSON multimedia to deliver digital video editing solutions to its expansive DV camcorder customer base throughout Europe. As a result of this partnership, THOMSON multimedia - one of the largest suppliers of consumer electronics products in the world - will leverage its pan-european distribution channels to deliver Digital Origin's IntroDV digital video editing software with its high-end DV camcorders to customers in the UK, France, Germany and Eastern Europe.

    This partnership underscores a significant trend in Europe toward the creation of streaming media content for delivery on the Internet and the rapid adoption of DV solutions for consumers, enthusiasts and Internet professionals to transform the Internet into a personal broadcast medium. With this announcement, Digital Origin and THOMSON multimedia are providing its customers with DV solutions to essentially enable them connect their DV cameras to the web.

  • POPcast Announces Streaming Agreement With Intel Internet Media Services


    LOS ANGELES POPcast Communications Corp., the leading Application Service Provider (ASP) in the personal Webcasting market, today announced that it will exclusively use Intel Internet Media Services for all streaming media edge services. Specifically, POPcast will use Intel Internet Media Services to deliver all large-scale audio and video streaming content from POPcast.com and POPcast's customers' sites.

    Intel Internet Media Services 'copy exactly' philosophy ensures the reliable, scalable, and global solution that POPcast demands in order to deliver high-quality video and audio content, in mass, over the Web, said William Mutual, POPcast's President. We believe that Internet Media Services robust network architecture provides significant operational and Quality of Service advantages over all other comparable solutions.

    "We are building a highly reliable, global and scalable network designed expressly to stream audio and video over the Internet," said Mike Witteman, director of service technology, Intel Internet Media Services. "We are happy to be working with POPcast to help make robust streaming media over the Internet a reality."

  • MGI Signs Worldwide Video Licensing Agreement with Gateway


    CAMPBELL, CA and TORONTO, ONT - May 12, 2000 - MGI Software (TSE:MGI), a leader in digital video, today announced that it has signed a worldwide licensing agreement for VideoWave with Gateway Computer Corporation (NYSE: GTW). Effective immediately, Gateway will ship MGI's award-winning video publishing software on the Gateway Solo 9300 CX portable computer. The agreement marks the fourth such deal in as many months with the world's leading PC makers for MGI's market leading video software. No financial terms were disclosed.

    "Top-tier manufacturers, such as Gateway, are the acid test for the next wave in computing," said Wanda Meloni, principal of M2 Research, which focuses on the video market for both professionals and consumers. "The fact that MGI has closed several top-tier OEM agreements in the preceding months indicates the video market is ready for prime time on the mass market PC."

  • Third Tribe Productions Inc. Shoots Story Using Mini DV Format


    Two men meet in a train station. One believes he's Hitler, the other Christ. Their unusual pairing brings together the two most controversial figures in human history. Shot entirely in black-and-white, 16:9 mini-DV format, Hitler and Christ follows two mentally-ill, homeless men as they wander through Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Hitler is waiting and, at times, begging for death, all the while enraged by Christ's unceasing love. Former Law & Order star Michael Moriarty takes on the role of the simultaneously tragic and comic Hitler figure. Wyatt Page, a local Vancouver actor, plays an equally obstinate and blissful Christ. According to Moriarty, the film is about the tenacity of Christ and Hitler's agony in the face of his love.

    Director and Producer Brendan Keown believes mini-DV is the best medium for a non-commercial art film like Hitler and Christ. "You can take the time to rehearse in the environment you're going to shoot in. You can change set-ups very easily. Technically, it's quicker." Keown stresses that there was also artistic motivation in choosing DV. "It's affordable, but it's also unusualit offers a gritty realism. I think it's a purer film because of that."

  • Microsoft Windows Millenium Edition Will Have Movie Maker Editing Application


    Microsoft's Windows Millenium Edition (Win Me) scheduled for release later this year will come equipped with its own video editing application called Movie Maker.

    This basic editor will capture video, audio and still images allowing you to arrange the different clips in the order you want and then convert the finished project to a compressed format for posting on the Web.

  • Ulead Systems Announces New Media Sharing Web Site: iMira.com


    Torrance, CA - (May 9, 2000) - Ulead Systems, Inc., a leading developer of image editing, video editing and Web graphics software, announced today a new media sharing Web site for consumer digital media users. iMira.com is Ulead's largest effort to date to establish the company as a primary force in the Internet media space -- a mission set by Ulead's executive team in December 1999.

    "Ulead has always been a pioneer in the Web marketplace," said Danielle Liao, president of Ulead Systems, Inc. "We were first to create integrated Web tools, then first to develop technologies and online retailer relationships that offer easy and convenient ways to buy those tools online. Now, iMira.com has a unique opportunity to provide Ulead's 3.5 million registered users with a solution that brings together the best of our desktop applications and Web services."

  • Strategic Alliance Between Sonic Foundry and Eveo Announced


    SAN FRANCISCO, CA and MADISON, WI MAY 10, 2000 Eveo, Inc., the leading user-generated video company, and Sonic Foundry (R), Inc., (NASDAQ: SOFO) the leading developer and marketer of digital media and Internet software tools, services, and systems, today announced a strategic alliance to provide free copies of co-branded ACIDXPress software to users who register at www.eveo.com. Through this alliance, ACID XPress will be distributed both in CD-ROM and downloadable software. Additionally, registered Eveo users will have access to a library of over 400 music loops that work in conjunction with the ACID Xpress software.

    This Eveo - Sonic Foundry alliance is very consistent with Eveo's mission of democratizing entertainment, and empowering even more people to author and produce 'eveos' --brief (3-minute), original videos-- and experiment with rich media, said Eveo founder and CEO Olivier Zitoun. Music is a key issue for filmmakers; now anyone can create cool music for a video soundtrack in minutes on Eveo.com.

    The user-generated, rich media content market is growing rapidly, and Eveo is fast emerging as a leader in this space, said Jeff Conover, vice president of marketing for Sonic Foundry. We are excited to be partnering with a company that's a pioneer in the streaming media and broadband arena. Eveo's establishing a compelling new entertainment format, discovering and incubating the next generation of talented videomakers.

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