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  • MainConcept Releases MainActor 5


    Reprinted from a MainConcept press release:

    MainConcept, a leader in multimedia technology, today announced that it has released MainActor 5 for Windows. The new software is a completely re-engineered version of MainConcept's flagship video editing software, adding a variety of professional capabilities.

    The new application includes features from the previous version of MainActor (including the extremely popular background rendering), plus new additions including:

  • A completely redesigned interface with highly customizable workspaces
  • Multiple timelines
  • Clipboards for organizing media and creating network-based clip databases
  • Integrated analog and DV capture
  • Powerful compositing with precise control
  • New transitions, filters and special effects
  • Enhanced titling
  • Integrated versions of MainConcept's renowned DV Codec and MPEG Encoder

    "We are proud to continue the MainActor tradition with this major new release," said Markus Moenig, MainConcept's founder and CEO. "MainActor has earned a great deal of respect since its beginning on the Amiga platform almost a decade ago, and now we have launched the next generation."

    A free demo version and tutorials are available for download at www.mainconcept.com. MainActor 5 is priced at US$199, with special upgrade pricing for users of selected previous MainActor versions and MainConcept EVE. A Linux version of MainActor 5 is scheduled for a Q2 release.

    Next on MainConcept's product release schedule is a PVR application which will offer an ideal OEM solution to manufacturers of TV tuner/capture cards.

  • Applied Magic Introduces ScreenPlay Plus Wedding Package


    Reprinted from a Applied Magic press release:

    Applied Magic is introducing a new ScreenPlay Wedding Edition which bundles the power and speed of its ScreenPlay Plus nonlinear editor with an assortment of Applied Magic's most creative, potent and robust hardware and software accessories. Available today, the ScreenPlay Plus 120GB Wedding Edition sells for $4,395 MSRP.

    Based in Carlsbad, Calif., Applied Magic, specializes in the development, licensing and marketing of powerful, intuitive, standalone video editors for professional video editors, wedding and event videographers, schools, corporate video producers and consumers.

    "Wedding and event video editors use more special effects and complex, flamboyant video segments compared to news, documentary, corporate or education-focused editors," said Aleta Walther, director of marketing and communications for Applied Magic. "Applied Magic is stepping up to the plate to provide wedding and event editors with a turnkey solution to meet their creative editing needs."

    In addition to the ScreenPlay Plus 120GB, the Wedding Edition comes with:

  • PC to ScreenPlay Image Transfer Kit
  • NeoType Titler
  • Pan & Zoom, Chroma Key, Page 3D tools
  • Luma Key & Rab-Byte Keyable Animations
  • Real-Time Lower Third Mattes
  • Digital Juice Motion Back, Wedding Volume 4
  • Presentation Creation Tutorial Video
  • ScreenPlay Tips & Tricks Video, Volumes 1 & 2

    "There are several features about this product that are particularly enticing to wedding and event video editors," said Walther. "In particular the Pan & Zoom, A/B Roll for editing dual-camera shoots and the system's ability to insert multiple transitions between separate clips simultaneously."

  • Ulead Ships MediaStudio Pro 7


    Reprinted from a Ulead press release:

    Ulead Systems, Inc., a leading developer of video editing, image editing and DVD authoring software, today announced that Ulead MediaStudio Pro 7.0 is now available. This latest version of Ulead's professional video editing software offers professional videographers flexible, software-only, real-time editing, display and output features that outperform other non-linear editing software solutions in the professional video editing software market. MediaStudio Pro 7 recently received Animation Magazine's Seal of Excellence award in its April issue.

    "We decided to switch from Adobe Premiere to MediaStudio Pro due to compatibility issues," says MediaStudio Pro user and beta-tester Clayton Nagy, audio/visual technician for the Mystic Aquarium's Sea Research Foundation. "This latest version of MediaStudio Pro 7 makes our work easier because we can see our editing decisions immediately in full screen on a second display device, even when we are tweaking effects via the effect preview interface. It also comes loaded with useful, new features such as automatic editing to audio cues, complete with transitions, and 16:9 native widescreen support. You can even analyze DV tapes at up to 10x speed to log chapter thumbnails as a DV Album to be used as selective batch capture logs or as reference to categorize tapes." Mystic Aquarium, located in Mystic, Connecticut, is the third largest aquarium in the US.

    MediaStudio Pro outputs in real-time to a second display device using a graphics display card such as the Matrox Parhelia 128MB AGP graphics card. The software is unique in its ability to output both video fields, not just one, for full-resolution output to a monitor, TV or tape deck.

  • Discreet Introduces cleaner XL for Windows


    Reprinted from a Discreet press release:

    Discreet, a division of Autodesk Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK), today introduced cleaner XL for Microsoft Windows. Based on the latest Microsoft .NET technology, cleaner XL is the next generation successor to its award winning cleaner 5 streaming and encoding software. Now shipping-cleaner XL builds upon and expands its cleaner legacy as a pioneer in media mastering and streaming. With major performance improvements-an innovative user interface, and impressive workflow capabilities-Discreet cleaner XL delivers new and unmatched features allowing professionals to master and encode video content for output to all major digital media formats; from Web streaming and DVD-to wireless, PDA and mobile distribution.

    "Discreet's cleaner XL is one of the first professional tools to ship offering support for the new HD video and multi-channel audio capabilities of Windows Media 9 Series." said Dave Fester, general manager, Windows Digital Media Division. "This offers a state of the art professional tool for media mastering."

    Industry analyst, Michael Gartenberg of Jupiter Research, states that streaming video is one of the top three tech choices for 2003. Gartenberg reported, "Streaming (content) quality has never been higher, and the cost has never been lower. New technologies from Microsoft Windows Media, RealNetworks and Apple are near broadcast quality with relatively low bandwidth penalties. If companies host or televise live events, they can now make use of the Internet and streaming video to improve returns on these expenditures at dramatically lower costs." (Computerworld, January 27, 2003)

  • muvee Technologies Unveils muvee autoProducer DVD Edition


    Reprinted from a muvee Technologies press release:

    muvee Technologies, the pioneer in smart automatic video production, unveils muvee autoProducer DVD Edition, introducing MPEG-2 input and output into its flagship product. This new element enables users to save their muvee productions as DVD-ready MPEG-2 files for subsequent DVD authoring, giving them the added benefit of preserving the quality of their creations. In addition, muvee autoProducer DVD Edition features the ability to accept raw video input in MPEG-2 format and a totally new MPEG-1 codec for better quality video CD (VCD) production. muvee autoProducer DVD Edition also sports a brand-new brushed aluminum interface.

    Founder and CEO of muvee Technologies, Dr. Pete Kellock, said, "muvee has redefined the video landscape, radically simplifying the creation process and making it hundreds or even thousands of times faster than other approaches to video editing. With the introduction of muvee autoProducer DVD Edition, we have taken yet another step towards streamlining the whole process by bringing together all the pieces to provide a seamless end-to-end path from capture to high quality delivery in the DVD format."

    In addition to printing back to DV tape and saving in AVI or VCD MPEG-1 formats, muvee autoProducer DVD Edition now lets users save their finished productions as DVD-ready MPEG-2 files, which can be played back on a PC, or dropped into any external DVD-authoring program to be authored onto DVD-/+R or DVD-/+RW media. muvee autoProducer DVD Edition also supports SVCD-ready MPEG-2 formats, giving users the added flexibility of writing their MPEG-2 content -- without any loss of quality -- onto low-cost CD-R/RW media that can also be played back on most consumer DVD players.

  • NTI Adds Features to CD and DVD Maker Products


    Reprinted from an NTI press release:

    NewTech Infosystems, Inc. (NTI), developer of the industry's most robust CD/DVD burning software, announced today that it has added two key features - Dynamic Drive Support and Live Update - to its CD- and DVD-Maker products. Unveiled at CeBIT, Hall 20; Booth C11, the new features can be used to ensure that the NTI software is compatible with any CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, or DVD-RW drive and that it is fully optimized for the drive. The new features are also being added to NTI's backup and disaster recovery products.

    "Dynamic Drive Support was initially developed as a part of our agreement with RealNetworks to provide them with CD burning technology that supports RealNetworks RealOne Player and the broadest range of CD writers," explained Bill Yao, President and CEO of NTI. "To ensure compatibility, we developed a dynamic means of confirming software support for any CD or DVD burner device regardless of the manufacturer, the age of the device or its write speed. After the RealNetworks user downloads the CD burning engine, Dynamic Drive Support automatically checks the device attributes to ensure that the user will be able to accurately burn audio and video content."

    Dynamic Drive Support enables DVD-Maker and NTI's new backup and disaster recovery software to confirm support for any CD-RW and Recordable DVD drives, even if the device isn't registered in NTI's extensive drive support database. Once the device is registered in the database, the Live Update feature automatically optimizes the disc burning, backup and disaster recovery software to complement the device.

  • Panasonic Announces Ultra-Compact 3-Chip Camcorder


    Reprinted from a Panasonic press release:

    Planned for retail introduction in late Spring, Panasonic's new Ultra-Compact Palmcorder Multicam digital camcorder/digital still camera is the definitive "pro-sumer" product, now brought to consumers at an extraordinary value. Model PV-GS70 is a high-performance, digital camcorder/digital still camera with professional-quality features such as 3 CCD technology, a Leica Dicomar lens and a built-in 1.23 mega pixel digital still camera. The legendary Leica Dicomar lens is renowned for its ability to bring out detail and texture, while the 3 CCD system separates the reds, greens and blues that compose an image, resulting in true-to-life color and broadcast-quality clarity. Incredibly small and lightweight, the ergonomically designed PV-GS70 easily fits in the palm of your hand for convenient operation.

    "This totally integrated, three-in-one mini DV camcorder/digital still camera can capture high-quality digital video and still images, and can also serve as a web camera," said Andrew Nelkin, Vice President of Panasonic's Optical Group. "It is the first compact 3 CCD camcorder we've targeted for under one thousand dollars MSRP, and it offers an unsurpassed combination of high-end features. We've given the consumer a professional quality camcorder at an affordable price."

    The PV-GS70 combines the easy handling of Panasonic Palmcorder camcorders with the latest digital imaging technology and sophisticated features.

    Equipped with the same type of 3 CCD (charge-coupled device) camera system used in Panasonic professional broadcasting equipment, the new PV-GS70 is engineered to produce pristine, high resolution video with up to 510 lines of horizontal resolution.

  • Leapfrog Productions Releases CCaptionPro for Mac OS X


    Reprinted from a Leapfrog Productions press release:

    Leapfrog Productions announces the release of their next generation innovative closed-captioning software application, CCaptionPro for Mac OS X. CCaptionPro is a general purpose caption editing software program that adds closed and open captions to Digital Video, adds closed captions to DVD MPEG-2 video and generates subtitle files for DVD authoring packages such as DVD Studio Pro.

    "We are excited about this product because it extends our existing closed captioning DV technology to include MPEG-2 for anyone editing video on a Mac running Mac OS X," says Jeff Schriebman, the creator of CCaptionPro. "CCaptionPro directly inserts closed captions into MPEG-2 video assets so that anyone using DVD Studio Pro can add closed captions to their DVDs. Also, the same closed captioning data can easily be used to generate DVD subtitles. With CCaptionPro, inserting open captions into a previously closed captioned video is a simple drag and drop operation."

    "With technology that aids seeing, hearing and use of the keyboard and mouse, Mac OS X provides a great computer experience for everyone," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. "Leapfrog Productions' CCaptionPro is bringing an invaluable tool to users with special needs by making the full capabilities of closed captioning available to creators of QuickTime content."

    CCaptionPro is sold as a stand-alone product and includes Leapfrog Productions' existing closed-captioning solution for generating closed captions for Avid and Media 100 video editing systems. A version of CCaptionPro that only permits adding captions to Digital Video, called CCaptionPro-DV, and is also available.

  • Canopus Announces Adobe Premiere 6.5 Bundle for ADVC-1394


    Reprinted from a Canopus press release:

    Canopus Corporation, makers of award-winning, digital video editing systems, today announced the bundling of award-winning Adobe Premiere 6.5 video editing software with its ADVC-1394, the industry-leading OHCI analog and DV capture solution for Windows. Beginning immediately, customers can purchase this special editing bundle at a cost-effective price of $399.

    With its plug-and-play design, ADVC-1394 lets video enthusiasts easily capture video from either analog or DV camcorders. ADVC-1394 uses Canopus's proven DV codec technology to provide unparalleled picture quality, along with the company's locked audio technology for perfect audio and video synchronization. ADVC-1394 reflects the strong engineering and product stability found in Canopus's professional level video products.

    ADVC-1394 provides easy connections for storage devices, CD-RW drives, scanners, digital still cameras, and more. For greater convenience, Canopus also offers an ADVC-1394 Bay breakout box option that moves the DV and analog connections to an empty bay on the front of the PC for easy plug-and-play operation.

    Pricing and Availability
    The ADVC-1394 and Adobe Premiere 6.5 bundle is available now from Canopus and its authorized dealers and system integrators for a suggested retail price of $399. The ADVC-1394 Bay option is also available for a suggested retail price of $89.

    System Requirements
    Minimum system requirements include Windows ME/Windows 2000 Professional/Windows XP Home/Windows XP Professional, AMD Athlon(tm) 500MHz or Intel Pentium(tm) III 600MHz or higher, 128MB of RAM, Ultra ATA/66 or faster hard drive, PCI sound system supporting 48 kHz audio-out and analog-in, graphics card with DirectDraw off-screen overlay and DirectX 8-compliant 1024x768 color resolution, a free PCI slot (v2.1 or higher) and a CD-ROM drive.

  • Canon Releases Optura 10 and Optura 20 Camcorders


    Reprinted from a Canon press release:

    Canon U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Canon, Inc. (NYSE: CAJ), continues to provide consumers with the highest quality and easy-to-use DV camcorders to help capture life's moments with greater creative flexibility at affordable pricepoints with the introduction of the new Optura 20 and Optura 10 DV camcorder models. Beyond their ability to capture high quality digital video, both DV camcorders offer numerous advanced still photo capabilities, providing users with tremendous versatility. The Optura 20 and Optura 10 feature a 16X Genuine Canon Optical Zoom Lens, a 1.33 Megapixel CCD image sensor for creating high-quality digital still images directly onto the camcorders' memory card. In addition, both units offer selectable focusing points to capture sharp images of off-center subjects; StitchAssist software for creating spectacular panoramas; the ability to simultaneously record video and digital photos with the push of a button; Direct Print capabilities using Canon's Card Photo Printers and select Canon Bubble Jet printers; and Auto Exposure Bracketing to help obtain the best exposure of any scene or subject.

    In addition, users of the Optura 20 will enjoy a number of additional features including a larger, 3.5-inch bright LCD viewfinder, making it easier to compose video segments. As with the Optura 10 LCD screen, it can be rotated for high or low-angle shots and swivel 180 degrees.

    The Optura 20 also offers a Super Night Mode and Low Light Plus Mode, allowing for continued recording even in virtual darkness. An assist lamp in the front of the camera illuminates the subject just enough to allow excellent image quality while retaining the desired mood or effect. The Optura 20 is also bundled with a higher capacity battery, the BP-512, for longer continuous shooting.

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