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  • Avid Partners with Terran Interactive


    LAS VEGAS, Nev. (April 9, 2000) At the 2000 National Association of Broadcasters Conference (NAB), Avid Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVID) today announced a partnership, licensing and distribution agreement with Terran Interactive, a subsidiary of Media 100, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDEA).

    Avid will embed an enhanced version of Terran's professional media encoding product, Media Cleaner Pro, into a new, network-based, distributed media encoding solution now under development. This new product will augment the growing Avid Unity family of shared media services, allowing Avid editing and finishing systems to offload compute-intensive digital encoding to multiple networked encoding engines.

    As a result, Avid users will be able to efficiently and quickly encode video into a variety of delivery and streaming formats without tying up their editing and finishing systems.

    As part of this agreement, Avid also plans to bundle the basic Terran Media Cleaner EZ product into upcoming releases of its Symphony, Media Composer, Avid Xpress, Avid Xpress DV and NewsCutter editing and editorial finishing systems. Avid will also add features to these upcoming releases designed to enable seamless interoperability with other stand-alone, professional Terran products already in customers' hands or acquired separately. Avid's strategy is based on a 'create once, publish everywhere' approach, where we strive to enable professional content production workgroups to create video content once in universal formats, and then to automatically publish into any of the dozens of digital and analog formats required for traditional broadcast, internet broadcast and interactive delivery. We are pleased to incorporate Terran's industry standard streaming products into our solutions, extending the range of digital formats to which we can automatically publish, said Paul Henderson, Avid's vice president of product marketing for new media solutions.

  • Sonic Introduces DVDit! For Macintosh


    Las Vegas, Nevada, (April 10, 2000) Sonic Solutions announced today at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention (NAB) a Macintosh version of DVDit!, the worlds leading DVD authoring software. DVDit! for Macintosh combines the simplicity and affordability of DVDit! for Windows with the power of the worlds only family of desktop supercomputers, allowing anyone with a Macintosh to create DVD titles on their desktop.

    The introduction of DVDit! for the Macintosh revolutionizes the home and professional video market," said James Manning, Product Manager for DVDit! at Sonic Solutions. "When combined with Apples ground-breaking suite of applications for the personal video market iMovie and Final Cut Pro DVDit! for Macintosh allows consumers and video professionals to easily create exciting and memorable DVD and cDVD titles in minutes." DVDit! for Macintosh allows users to combine virtually any video and audio file with multi-level menus and exceptional interactivity for release on the most popular consumer format ever. DVDit! includes integrated transcoding of multimedia content into DVD-compliant formats, as well as support for virtually all graphic file formats. DVDit! also allows users to create internet-enhanced eDVD titles, combining high-quality DVD-Video content with up-to-the-second HTML, Macromedia Flash and Java content that can be served over the Web.

    "Apple has catalyzed the broader market for desktop video production, with the most powerful family of iMac and G4 systems and easy-to-use video editing applications like Final Cut Pro and iMovie," said Manning. "DVDit! for Macintosh is the perfect companion product to these systems, making it possible for video enthusiasts everywhere to publish to DVD, the most popular consumer video format of all time."

  • Alliance Partners to Simplify Streaming Media


    LAS VEGAS--April 11, 2000--In a major press conference at NAB 2000 today that promises to set the tone for Internet broadcasters and the burgeoning streaming media marketplace, Media 100 Inc. (NASDAQ:MDEA) and Digital Origin (NASDAQ:DODV) will announce the formation of a strategic streaming media alliance of leading consumer technology and Internet innovators. Chartered with simplifying streaming media for the masses and accelerating adoption of digital video and streaming media technology - the key components for delivering video over the Internet - Canon U.S.A., Inc., Beatnik Inc. and Kensington Digital Fridge.com have joined the streaming media alliance and are primary contributors to the development and launch of its first online initiative - iCanStream.com.

    This newly announced alliance heralds some of the most powerful brands in the consumer technology and streaming media marketplace and is driven by strategic partnerships between Canon, Beatnik Inc., Kensington Digital Fridge.com, Media 100, Digital Origin, Terran Interactive and Wired. The first alliance of its kind to leverage such breadth of expertise, the streaming media alliance will also unveil today its first initiative toward its charter - iCanStream.com. iCanStream.com, the world's first web site dedicated to teaching new and experienced video enthusiasts the basics of streaming media, includes unique content that promotes understanding of the complete process of shooting, editing and streaming video over the Internet.

  • Videometry Inc. Launches New Stock Footage Website


    SAN FRANCISCO, CA. - Videometry, Inc., the brainchild of award-winning producers Steve Gianfermo and Sean Frame, announced its foray into the royalty-free stock footage market with the launch of www.videometry.com and a refreshing approach: more high quality clips that run longer at a reasonable price is better.

    We're offering the solution for the desktop video producer in the digital age who needs web-ready content, says Gianfermo, president of the new company. For producers who need stock footage, continues Gianfermo, I noticed a real problem with the content available from other stock footage houses: the number of clips available on a royalty free basis, the length of the clips and the quality of the footage itself sometimes leaves a lot to be desired. And since we own countless hours of high-quality, BetacamSP masters from twenty years of shooting and producing, it seemed natural to put our footage out for other producers.

    Videometry's vast library of footage includes some spectacular shots of San Francisco, from the Golden Gate Bridge to Cable Cars to the downtown skyline that is as dramatic as anything you could find in any stock footage library. They also have a huge collection of one subject that is hard to find in other collections: people.

    People shots are problematic", continues Gianfermo, "because you need full releases if you want to use them, so many stock footage houses have a limited selection. But every one of our people shots have full releases.

    While all Videometry footage is available on tape formats, the format of choice for many producers is digitized on CD-ROM. To create their CDs, Videometry compresses its images in QuickTime at 320 x 240, at 15 fps, and using Sorenson VBR codec for the highest quality compressed imagery available on the market today.

  • Pyro Pro DV Begins Shipping


    LAS VEGAS, NAB (APRIL 10, 2000) - ADS Technologies today announced that Pyro Pro DV will begin shipping immediately. A complete, native DV non-linear editing solution, Pyro ProDV features digital video capture, editing, 2-D and 3-D modeling, animation and video overlay effects, titling, and custom music creation at the suggested retail price of $499.

    Pyro Pro DV is a complete digital video editing system, which includes Pyro 1394 PCI three-port host card for 400 Mbit/sec data throughput for lossless, broadcast-quality digital video. Pyro Pro DV features a content-creation software suite that rivals high-end DV solutions currently available on the market. Pyro Pro DV includes: Ulead MediaStudio Pro 6.0 (full-version), Cool 3D, Hash Animation Master 2000, Sound Forge XP 4.5, Sonic Foundry ACID Style 2.0, Boris FX Ltd., Pixelan Software's SpiceMaster Lite, and DV Suite. Representatives from Ulead and Hash will be on hand at the ADS Technologies booth #2508 (North Hall) at NAB to demonstrate the powerful, dynamic and robust NLE solution.

  • Hitachi's New Multi-Function Time-Lapse Recorder/Playback System


    LAS VEGAS, Nevada, LVCC Booth #L7507, April 10, 2000 - The new SR-800 smart time lapse recorder (STLR) from Hitachi Denshi America Ltd. is making its NAB debut this year. The SR-800 has an extensive feature set and is designed to meet the many needs of network communications. It can be used as both a digital playback and recording device and can be remotely controlled via a LAN connection. A removable DVD-RAM drive is used as the SR-800's recording medium, and the recorder operates with the same ease as a standard time lapse VTR. The recorder uses a JPEG compression system.

    With features such as network communication capability, one-shot recording, superior image quality, long recording time, pre-alarm recording, repeat recording and quick search, the SR-800 is well suited for suited for a wide variety of applications.

    The SR-800 has a maximum recording time of 1,500 hours and recording capacity of 2.6GB. Any combination of compression ratio, pixel count, and recording time can be entirely determined by the operator. Various recording modes, such as time lapse, one-shot, alarm or timer, can also be selected by the user. By using the timer or alarm signal, the SR-800 can be set to record automatically. And scenes shot before an alarm signal starts can be recorded by using the pre-alarm recording function.

    When the SR-800 is connected to a personal computer via a LAN connection, video information can be remotely searched, played back, downloaded or printed out. Record modes such as record interval and video quality can be remotely controlled via an RS-232C or RS-485 port.

    A recording capacity of up to 100GB can be achieved with a built-in hard disk drive in place of the DVD-RAM and external hard disk drive. With a built-in hard disk drive, the SR-800 can simultaneously record and playback.

  • IBM IntelliStation Workstations at NAB 2000 In Las Vegas


    LAS VEGAS, Nevada, April 10, 2000 . . . Having established itself as the leading computer platform for demanding broadcast applications, IBM's award-winning line of IntelliStation computers are becoming the workstations of choice for complex three-dimensional modeling and animation applications at the National Association of Broadcasters annual trade show. In total, more than 150 IntelliStation workstations cover the NAB show floor.

    Among the independent software/hardware vendors and resellers using IBM IntelliStations to demonstrate a wide range of solutions are:
    Adobe
    AliaslWavefront
    Avid Technology
    CTI
    Discreet
    DPS
    Eidos
    Eyeon
    Fast Multimedia
    in-sync
    Matrox
    NewTek
    Pinnacle Systems
    Salient Stills
    Softimage
    Sony

  • Media 100 Announces Real-Time MPEG Support for the Macintosh Platform


    LAS VEGAS--April 10, 2000--Media 100 Inc. (NASDAQ: MDEA), the pioneer of streaming media production tools, today announced MediaPress(TM) Suite, bringing real-time MPEG capability to Media 100 users. MediaPress Suite, developed by Media 100's Wired subsidiary, enables real-time MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 encoding, real-time preview during encode, and real-time MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and DVD playback. The MediaPress Suite also includes the ability to transcode QuickTime(R) files to MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 and supports multiplexed audio and video. MediaPress Suite accelerates the compression workflow while giving content creators the highest quality MPEG files to be used in DVD creation or Internet streaming.

    MediaPress Suite supports Composite, S-video and Component video input. MediaPress Suite SDI is also available, which adds support for Serial Digital Interface (SDI) as well as AES/EBU and S/PDIF digital audio. MediaPress Suite can be configured in a stand-alone encoding/authoring system and connected via YUV or SDI to the Media 100 streaming media production system for real-time performance or in the same system as a Media 100 to achieve accelerated encoding.

    "Integration of MediaPress Suite with Media 100 is the first of many benefits to come as a result of the acquisition of Wired by Media 100," said Caren Anhder, product line manager for Media 100. "MediaPress Suite offers a huge advantage to Media 100 customers, with encoding speeds up to 50 times faster than software only solutions. MediaPress Suite can encode elementary or multiplexed streams, CBR (Constant Bitrate) or VBR (Variable Bitrate) and allows for viewing of results during the encoding process, at a significantly lower cost than other solutions currently available on the market."

  • Play Announces Availability of Trinity Software Version 2.1


    Today at the National Association of Broadcasters convention, Play Incorporated announced availability of a new software upgrade for its award-winning Trinity video production system. The new version, Trinity 2.1, adds several new features to Trinity's software applications as well as performance enhancements and new real-time video effects content.

    Trinity combines all the traditionally separate tools of a television production studio into a single, easy-to-use product. It is redefining video production by providing integrated, broadcast quality capabilities unmatched by competing equipment costing several times the price. Trinity systems are highly customizable to meet user needs, and can be configured to include a digital component production switcher, real-time 3D warp DVE effects, hybrid linear / non-linear editor, still and clip store, character generator, virtual sets and paint and animation capabilities in a single system.

  • Apple Announces Final Cut Pro 1.2.5


    NAB2000, LAS VEGASApril 10, 2000Building upon the incredible features of Final Cut Pro 1.2, Apple today announced Final Cut Pro 1.2.5, which brings support for 16:9 wide-screen format, YUV processing and make reference movies to Apple's award-winning video editing, effects and compositing software.

    The new Final Cut Pro 1.2.5 running on a blazingly fast Power Mac G4 or a portable PowerBook is an industrial-strength digital video dream, said Philip Schiller, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. The new update of Final Cut Pro adds more power with 16:9 editing and YUV processing for professional movie makers in the studio and on the go.

    Final Cut Pro 1.2.5 offers support for capturing, editing and exporting 16:9 media; YUV processing for preserving values of the original source material; and make reference movies, which saves rendering time and disk space by minimizing file sizes and using pointers to source files. The features join the incredible lineup of enhancements found in Final Cut Pro 1.2, which include: Power Mac G4 Velocity Engine optimization; increased rendering speeds; improved batch capture; JKL keyboard commands; and support for PAL, the dominant video and broadcast standard in Europe.

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