Video News

  • CustomFlix Enables Producers to Bring Video Content to DVD or VHS

    Reprinted from a CustomeFlix press release:

    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."

  • Apple's Final Cut Pro Wins Emmy Award

    Reprinted from an Apple press release:

    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.

  • RealNetworks Announces New, 'Universal' RealOne Player

    Reprinted from a RealNetworks press release:

    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.

  • SCM Releases Dazzle MovieStar 5 Video Software

    Reprinted from an SCM Microsystems press release:

    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:

  • Effect Essentials 1.1 Plug-Ins Released for After Effects

    Reprinted from a Buena Software press release:

    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.

  • Sonic Foundry Announces Release of ACID PRO 4.0

    Reprinted from a Sonic Foundry press release:

    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.

  • Sonic DVDit! Now Included with Adobe Premiere 6.5

    Reprinted from a Sonic Solutions press release:

    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."

  • Lexar Media Extends SD Memory Line to 256MB and 512MB Capacities

    Reprinted from a Lexar press release:

    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.

  • SCM Announces Dazzle DVD Creation Station 200

    Reprinted from an SCM Microsystems press release:

    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 of Hollywood."

    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.

  • Media 100 Announces Availability of Media 100 i version 8 for Mac

    Reprinted from a Media 100 press release:

    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 only $1,995.

    "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 broadcast monitor
    Improved integration with Boris FX applications allowing synchronization of multi-layer composites and motion graphics design to program timeline elements
    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