Los Gatos, CA (August 20, 2002) CustomFlix Labs, Inc. today announced a
new solution to provide video producers with a low-risk way to easily and
profitably bring new and existing content to market via DVD or VHS tapes.
Until now, self publishing a title has been difficult due to high set-up
fees, plus the need to correctly assess consumer demand and invest
significant time and effort in the process. CustomFlix removes these
barriers by offering a fully integrated "content-to-cash" service that
enables producers to easily publish their titles and maximize profits.
"An ever-increasing number of our DVD production customers are looking for
an efficient and cost-effective solution for bringing their DVD titles to
market," said Rolf Hartley, General Manager, Professional Products Group at
Sonic Solutions. "By eliminating the barriers that often hinder video
producers from bringing their titles to market, CustomFlix provides a major
new resource for the thousands of event videographers, independent
producers and other video professionals who create DVD content using
Sonic's authoring solutions."
CUPERTINO, Calif., Aug. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Final Cut Pro(R), Apple's professional video and film editing software, will be honored with a 2002 Primetime Emmy Engineering Award for its impact on the television industry by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences tomorrow at the Goldenson Theatre in Hollywood.
"Final Cut Pro has democratized professional video editing by bringing the capabilities of a $50,000 editing bay to everyone for under $1,000," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "We are honored and excited to be receiving Apple's second Emmy Award."
Since its introduction in April 1999, Final Cut Pro has become the most popular professional video editing software in the world with a strong following among film and video professionals. Final Cut Pro is especially popular among television industry professionals because it allows them to increase their programming output at a fraction of the cost of traditional editing systems. Top broadcast facilities, including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MTV, ShowTime, The Discovery Channel and ESPN use Final Cut Pro for the production of everything from feature-length projects to reality shows, news broadcasts, documentaries, trailers and commercials.
Final Cut Pro, based on industry-standard QuickTime(R), is the only nonlinear editing system that supports the entire range of professional editing formats-DV, SD and HD. Final Cut Pro was the industry's first video editing solution to deliver professional-quality real-time effects without the need for additional specialized hardware. Final Cut Pro also features a full set of powerful color correction tools, an integrated high-capacity offline format and an innovative interface that seamlessly integrates editing, compositing and effects tools for an unparalleled media creation workflow.
SEATTLE, August 20, 2002 RealNetworks, Inc., the global leader in Internet media delivery, today released the world's first universal media player. The new RealOne Player revolutionizes the way consumers can view and listen to the best in news, sports, radio and entertainment on the Internet by offering playback of every major digital media format, including RealAudio, RealVideo, MP3, Windows Media and QuickTime MPEG-4, and over 50 other formats. In addition, the new RealOne Player includes fast and easy CD burning, DVD playback support, and substantially enhanced radio services. With today's release, consumers now only need one media player to play and experience digital media on their PCs.
Today's announcement truly changes the rules of digital media for both consumers and the industry. With only one player, consumers can now get all the media they want just click and it plays, said Rob Glaser, founder and CEO, RealNetworks, Inc.
Since the earliest days of online video and audio, consumers have longed for a universal media player. Offering a compelling environment for multi-format media playback, RealOne has significantly advanced Web media functionality, paving the road for next generation streaming media services, Ben Reneker, Kagan World.
FREMONT, Calif. - August 20, 2002 - SCM Microsystems, Inc.,) a leading provider of solutions that open the Digital
World, today announced the release of Dazzle MovieStar 5, the newest
addition to its digital video software line. MovieStar 5 combines an
easy-to-use user interface with powerful editing features to provide home
users with what they need to create their own professional looking movies.
MovieStar 5's innovative user interface makes video editing the easiest it
has ever been. Almost all video editing tasks can be completed in three
mouse clicks or less. In addition, MovieStar 5 is the first real consumer
video editing software to support Background Rendering, which means that
the most time consuming and frustrating part of the video editing
experience -- rendering a final project -- is cut down dramatically.
"Most video editing software is designed with the professional in mind and
so is very complex; but MovieStar 5 is targeted at average PC users who
wants their video projects to look professional but be quick and easy to
do," said Dirk Peters, Director of Marketing for SCM Microsystems' Digital
Media and Video division. "MovieStar 5 makes capturing editing and sharing
video easy, but it does not leave out the powerful features people want."
MovieStar 5 offers many features that make it easy to make a home video
look professional, including:
CHICAGO (Aug. 19, 2002) -- Buena Software, Inc. has announced the release of version 1.1 of their Effect Essentials plug-ins for Adobe After Effects. The set includes 10 video effect plug-ins that work with 8-bit and 16-bit per channel video in Adobe After Effects 5.0 and later for MacOS 9 and MacOS X.
This update is free for registered users. A free demo of the $249(US) effects can be downloaded from the company's web site, including the free fully functional Camera Flash plug-in. The full versions can be purchased on Buena Software, Inc.'s website, or at the Adobe Web Store.
The Version 1.1 update includes the following changes:
Camera Flash -- Fixed a bug that caused 100% saturation to act like -100% saturation on some machines.
Digital Interference -- Audio is now frozen and stuttered when the video is.
Edge Manipulator -- Updated trace to draw better. Sped up noise reduction and Gaussian blur routines, significantly.
Feedback -- Added the ability to crop the edges of the repeated images without requiring precomposing. 4 sliders now allow you to crop the four edges of the image, allowing you to get rid of black bars, vertical blanking areas, and other unwanted parts of your video. Also improved the anti-aliasing in high quality mode.
Frame Manipulator -- Added the ability to choose audio from any layer. Fixed a bug that caused x and y location outputs not to work correctly when viewing at less than 100% size. Fixed a bug that caused blur to generate a black frame for very small values.
HSV Curves -- Improved memory handling. Fixed a crashing bug that showed up occasionally on OS 9.
HSV Manipulator -- Fixed the AltiVec versions of Mosaic so that its output is identical to the non-AltiVec version. Made internal changes to make code more memory efficient.
MADISON, WI Sonic Foundry Inc. (NASDAQ: SOFO), a leading digital media software solutions company, today announced the release of ACID PRO 4.0, Sonic Foundry's award-winning, professional loop-based music creation tool that allows users to create original, royalty-free music. This newest release includes sought-after professional features designed to help music and multi-media professionals produce high-quality musical arrangementsusing pre-recorded sound clips called loopsfor use in production, commercial recording, streaming media creation and corporate audio-video presentations.
Since its launch in 1998, ACID PRO has become the industry standard in loop-based music creation software. Intuitive, yet powerful, the software can incorporate an unlimited number of loops of almost any genre, and has been used in a variety of music recordings, television specials and films. Two of the more recent broadcasts include the ABC miniseries of Stephen King's "Rose Red" and HBO's "Path of War," both of which were scored by renowned film composer and musician Gary Chang.
Marin County, California (August 15, 2002) - -- Sonic Solutions announced today that Adobe Systems Incorporated has begun shipping Sonics DVDit! LE software with the Windows version of Adobe Premiere6.5. Combined with Adobes award-winning video editing application, DVDit! enables Adobe Premiere users to turn their edited videos into interactive DVD titles that can be burned to DVD recordable media and played in any of the tens of millions of DVD set-top and PC-based players world-wide.
"DVD is the ideal publishing medium for digital video projects edited with Adobe Premiere," said David Trescot, director of Dynamic Media for Adobe. "With the release of version 6.5, we are fulfilling a long-standing commitment to providing DVD authoring capabilities to our customers. Windows users will benefit from the integration of Sonic DVDit!, allowing them to easily create professional looking DVD titles."
Sonic DVDit! LE is the leading application for desktop DVD publishing. Based on the same Hollywood-proven DVD formatting engine used in Sonics high-end professional products, DVDit! gives videographers, video editors, and desktop video enthusiasts the ability to create the most compatible interactive DVD projects possible. With an intuitive drag-and-drop interface and ability to work with MPEG video files generated in Adobe Premiere 6.5, DVDit! LE makes creating, previewing and burning DVDs simple and straight-forward.
"We are extremely pleased that Adobe has chosen to include DVDit! LE with Premiere 6.5," said Mark Ely, General Manager, Desktop Products Group, at Sonic. "Adobe Premieres sophisticated users demand professional-quality output from their video productions. Now, with DVDit! LE, they can deliver Hollywood-quality DVDs as well."
FREMONT, Calif., Aug. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lexar Media, Inc., a leading developer of flash mass storage systems and an innovator of high-performance digital media and accessory products, today announced that it has started shipments of 256MB and 512MB capacity SD memory cards. The new cards add to the existing capacities 32MB, 64MB and 128MB. The 256MB and 512MB SD memory cards will be available at leading consumer electronics and mass merchandisers worldwide at a suggested retail price $199 and $399 respectively.
"We're pleased to be one of the first companies to ship these highly anticipated products to retailers," said Eric Stang, president and CEO, Lexar Media. "We have seen a significant gain in popularity of higher capacity digital media. Lower memory prices, plus increasing consumer purchases of high resolution digital still and video cameras, PDAs and cell phones are propelling this trade-up to greater capacities."
Lexar Media SD memory cards are part of the Company's complete offering of digital media products, including CompactFlash, Memory Stick, SmartMedia and MultiMediaCard. Lexar Media also markets a complete line of memory card readers and a new JumpDrive portable USB storage drive used to store and transfer digital files.
Fremont, Calif. - August 14, 2002 - SCM Microsystems, Inc., a leading provider of solutions that open the Digital
World, today announced its Dazzle DVD Creation Station 200 (DCS 200). It is
the industry's first multi-input, all-in-one hardware and software solution
for creating videos and photo slideshows to play back on a home DVD player.
The DCS 200 allows consumers to capture DVD quality video from any
camcorder, VCR or TV, as well as read photo and other files from all types
of flash card media. The device comes with a complete suite of Dazzle
software which allows users to capture and edit video as well as design and
burn DVDs and photo slideshows. The DCS 200 also supports outputting video
to videotape, Video CD, and the web.
"DVD players, digital cameras and camcorders are the hottest consumer
electronics products in the market," said Dirk Peters, Director of
Marketing for SCM Microsystems' Digital Media and Video division. "The
breakthrough DCS 200 links these three technologies together so consumers
can take their videos and photos and create DVDs that they can watch on
their home DVD players. Along with the easy-to-use yet powerful Dazzle
software suite, anyone can create a DVD which looks like it came out
The DCS 200 connects to the PC via a standard USB interface, making it very
easy to set up. In addition to RCA video, S-Video and RCA audio ports for
inputting and outputting video, the DCS200 has slots for reading all types
of digital flash memory cards, including CompactFlash Type I and II, IBM
Microdrive, SmartMedia, SD Card, MultiMediaCard and Sony Memory Stick.
MARLBORO, MA (August 14, 2002) -- Media 100 Inc., a leading
provider of advanced media systems, today announced immediate availability
of its award-winning Media 100 i digital video system for the Mac OS X
platform. Media 100 i Version 8 (V8) is a powerful OS X-native solution for
professional content creators, broadcast designers and digital media
artists that includes a fresh new OS X-compatible interface along with new
visual effects creation and sound design capabilities. V8 now ships with
all Media 100 i configurations including the new Media 100 i/DV priced at
"We've re-engineered just about every aspect of Media 100 i to take full
advantage of the breakthrough reliability and performance-enhancing
technologies of Mac OS X," said Mike Savello, vice president of Dual Stream
Systems at Media 100. "Additionally, V8 includes many new features
requested by our customers that will enhance their creative workflow."
Media 100 i Version 8
Media 100 i Version 8 was designed to take maximum advantage of OS X and
includes a new multi-threaded architecture enabling increased performance
on multi-processor systems and a new Aqua-compatible user interface with
numerous usability improvements. Additional features in V8 include:
Improved workflow with up to 8 graphics tracks
A new QuickTime Video Output Component allowing QuickTime-based
applications to output through the Media 100 hardware for preview on a
Improved integration with Boris FX applications allowing synchronization
of multi-layer composites and motion graphics design to program timeline
New host-based audio processing enabling up to 24 real-time audio tracks
New audio reverb and dynamics processing for all-in-one audio sweetening