Video News

  • Pioneer Combines Latest DVD-R/RW Drive with Sonic MyDVD 3.5 Video Suite

    Reprinted from a Sonic press release:

    Marin County, California (May 30, 2002) - Sonic Solutions, the world leader in applications to create DVDs, announced today that Pioneer Electronics (USA), Inc., the leader in recordable DVD technology, has selected Sonic MyDVD 3.5 Video Suite to provide integrated DVD recording, video editing and authoring capabilities for its latest award-winning Pioneer DVR-A04 DVD/R/RW drives, the company's fourth-generation DVD recorders. By combining the Pioneer drive and Sonic MyDVD 3.5 Video Suite, Pioneer provides users of its DVR-A04 drives with the most powerful and flexible integrated application available to create, edit and burn DVDs.

    Sonic MyDVD Video Suite enables users of Pioneer DVR-A04 drives to record videos to DVD, watch them on their TVs, and then, if they wish, put them back into their PCs to edit and update the content using Sonic's integrated technology to create OpenDVD-compliant discs. OpenDVD technology expands the possibilities for DVD by making it easy to create video diaries, up-to-the-minute customized sales presentations, family video albums and more.

    MyDVD 3.5 Video Suite incorporates ArcSoft's ShowBiz video editor, enabling users to perform advanced video editing on their DVD titles, including the ability to add transitions, titles and effects.

  • Canopus Ships ProCoder - Stand-Alone Video Transcoder

    Reprinted from a Canopus press release:

    San Jose, Calif. (May 31, 2002) - Canopus Corporation, makers of award-winning, digital video editing systems, today announced that ProCoder is now available. Featuring Canopus's acclaimed DV codec and MPEG technologies and supporting all popular video formats, ProCoder is an ideal stand-alone transcoding software tool for video professionals who encounter multiple video formats on a regular basis. Whether preparing video for DVD, Web streaming, digital archiving or a combination of applications, users will find that ProCoder is the fastest and most versatile transcoder on the market.

    Versatility and Speed
    Supporting all popular video formats, including MPEG-1, MPEG-2, Windows Media, RealVideo, Apple QuickTime, Microsoft DirectShow, Microsoft Video for Windows, Microsoft DV and Canopus DV, ProCoder makes it easy to convert video between formats at incredible speeds. ProCoder lets users convert single or multiple source files at one time and can output to multiple files in multiple formats simultaneously. For greater time savings and flexibility, ProCoder's advanced stitching feature lets users combine multiple input files of different formats and frame rates into one output file, eliminating the need to combine them in a separate editing application. ProCoder also employs video and audio filters to enhance the quality of converted output.

  • 1394 Trade Association Adopts FireWire Trademark from Apple

    Reprinted from a 1394 Trade Association press release:

    DALLAS and CUPERTINO, California - May 29, 2002 The 1394 Trade Association (TA) and Apple today announced that the FireWire trademark, logo and symbol have been adopted as a brand identity for the IEEE 1394 connection standard in a no-fee license agreement between the TA and Apple. In addition, Apple has granted the TA the right to sub-license the FireWire Trademark for use on products, packaging and promotion of the standard.

    Apple is delighted that the 1394 Trade Association has decided to adopt FireWire as a brand identity, said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. This is yet another significant sign that FireWire momentum continues to build in the marketplace.

    With its high data-transfer speed and hot plug-and-play capability, FireWire is the interface of choice for today's digital video and audio devices, as well as external hard drives and other high-speed peripherals. FireWire has become the established industry standard for both consumers and professionals. Analysts predict that FireWire will be included on more than 64 million personal computers and nearly 100 million digital devices by the end of this year.*

    Also included in the agreement, which was approved by the 1394 Trade Association Board of Directors, is a new version of the FireWire logo specifically designed for the TA's compliance program. Apple has granted the TA the exclusive right to sub-license the FireWire compliance logo to other vendors.

  • Pinnacle Ships CinWave Classic And CinAcquire

    Reprinted from a Pinnacle press release:

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA 5/30/2002 Pinnacle Systems Inc., a leader in digital video content creation tools, today announced the immediate availability of CinWave Classic, a new low-cost uncompressed video system created for motion graphic artists and video editors who already own Final Cut Pro. Pinnacle Systems also commenced shipment of CinAcquire, a comprehensive video capture and device control application and plug-in for both Adobe After Effects and Pinnacle Systems Commotion Pro.

    Costing nearly 30-percent less than the previous entry point, CinWave Classic delivers the same pristine, uncompressed video for creating graphic intensive intros, outros, IDs, and promos using popular QuickTime-native applications. CinWave Classic also provides Final Cut Pro owners with a cost-effective solution for stepping up to true professional video editing formats and functionality. CinWave Classic includes one of several available CinWave I/O breakout boxes, which include a 10-bit SDI Pro Digital breakout box, as well as the CinAcquire application and plug-in module. CinWave Classic also includes the same TARGA Cin Engine available with all CinWave products. CinWave Classic is easily upgraded to CinWave RT and CinWave HD configurations simply by attaching a breakout box or loading new software.

  • SAIs WriteDVD! Pro 4.0 to Support All DVD Formats

    by Alan Sheckter, Videomaker news editor

    Software Architects Inc.'s WriteDVD! Pro 4.0 disc authoring software is designed to allow you to write to all DVD formats and all major-brand DVD drives. It is available for both Windows and Mac, WriteDVD! Version 4.0, which SAI says is DVD Forum-compliant, writes to DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW and DVD-RAM discs. It is also projected to support name-brand drives such as Hewlett-Packard, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer and Sony.

    WriteDVD! Pro 4.0, which boasts an easy-to-use Drag and Drop interface, has four key elements: the WriteDVD! file system, FormatUDF! formatter and test utility, WriteDVD! device drivers and FixDVD! disc repair and file recovery utility. FixDVD! tests your media for defects and can diagnose and repair certain damaged discs. WriteDVD! Pro 4.0 is available now for $89.95 (MSRP). SAI also sells a $59.95 version, which comes without the FixDVD! Repair feature.

  • HRS Technoligies Announces New Video and HDTV Distribution Amplifiers

    Reprinted from an HRS Technologies press release:

    Plainview, NY May 1, 2002: HRS Technologies' DR5 series distribution amplifiers are high resolution RGB, RGBS, RGBHV, YUV component video and HDTV distribution amplifiers. With up to 400 MHz of video bandwidth, the DR5 Series products are the perfect choices for all high-resolution presentation or broadcast applications.

    The DR5 series consists of 3 units. The HRS-02-DR5 is a 1x2 distribution amplifier with two sets of five BNC outputs. The HRS-04-DR5 and HRS-06-DR5 have four and six sets of BNC outputs respectively. All DR5 series units utilize precision amplifier circuitry and individually buffered outputs to ensure complete signal integrity when distributing high-resolution video or data to projectors, monitors, LCD and plasma panels. Signal and picture quality can be further maintained over long distances up to 300 feet by using true high resolution RGB cable. All three units are housed in a durable, all metal enclosure and are covered under a 6 year parts and labor warranty. The HRS-04-DR5 and HRS-06-DR5 also have an analog/TTL sync level selection switch and video gain switch.

    State of the art performance circuitry allows high-resolution performance whether you're distributing RGB, RGBS, RGBHV, YUV component video or HDTV. The DR5 Series is the second series in a growing line of high demand problem solvers that HRS will introduce over the next several months. The company's primary focus is on computer video and HDTV signals. On going product development includes high-end distribution and switcher products, interfaces and processors for all analog and digital video formats including NTSC, PAL, S-video, YUV component video, HDTV and VGA through UXGA signals. All HRS products feature a full six-year warranty with guaranteed advance replacement for the first year.

  • FireWireB? IEEE 1394b Standard Approved

    by Alan Sheckter, Videomaker news editor and D. Eric Franks, Videomaker technical editor

    The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has approved the 1394b databus standard, which could be used as a high-speed backbone for a home-wide high-definition A/V network. The new standard supports data rates of up to around 3 gigabits/second. This high rate far exceeds current DV specifications, which only require a 25Mbps data rate, so the impact of this announcment for DV videographers is minimal.

    Analysts predict that Apple will ship new PowerMacs with IEEE 1394b later this year. Apple is working with Zayante, a small developer it acquired last month, on integrating the new standard into its computers. Initio, a computer input/output developer is also reportedly working to develop IEEE 1394b-compliant chips.

  • 'Sniper II' - 1st Major Movie Release to Use Sample Digital's Dailies App Powered by Windows Media Video

    Reprinted from a Microsoft press release:

    REDMOND, Wash., and SANTA MONICA, Calif. - May 22, 2002 - Microsoft Corp. and Sample Digital Inc. today announced that Sample Digital's Digital Dailies application powered by Microsoft Windows Media Video and Digital Rights Management was used for the first time on a major studio film production. "Sniper II," an upcoming release from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, used Sample Digital's Digital Dailies solution to significantly streamline the film production process. By using Windows Media Video, Digital Dailies makes it quick, easy and inexpensive for film and television directors, producers, and studio executives to review and collaborate around the world on time-sensitive "dailies" - footage of the latest day's shooting - via the Internet and other delivery options.

    Earlier this year, "Sniper II" became the first major studio production to use Sample Digital's Digital Dailies solution during production in Budapest, Hungary. Los Angeles-based executives viewed "Sniper II" Digital Dailies in Windows Media Video on PCs, streamlining the process of reviewing daily rushes by up to 75 percent, saving precious time and money for the filmmakers of "Sniper II."

  • Ligos Releases LSX-MPEG 2.0 for Adobe Premiere

    Reprinted from a Ligos press release:

    San Francisco, CA - (May 22, 2002) Ligos Corporation today announced the immediate availability of the latest update to its extremely popular LSX-MPEG line of encoding applications for end-users. LSX-MPEG 2.0 for Adobe Premiere is a plug-in that gives users the ability to output MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 streams directly from Adobe Premiere. Powered by the latest Ligos GoMotion technology and optimized for Intel Pentium (and compatible) processors, it provides extremely fast encoding with quality and features that exceed other software and hardware solutions.

    Designed specifically for professionals who require MPEG-2 encoding for DVD-Video, HD, and other post-production applications, LSX-MPEG for Adobe Premiere now includes a number of new features. It has been completely re-architected to provide substantial improvements in encoding speed, image quality, and a simpler, more powerful interface. Also new in this version is MPEG-4, the next-generation standard for media over narrow and broadband networks.

    "Although MPEG encoding has become somewhat commoditized these past few years with poor quality encoders, LSX-MPEG for Adobe Premiere remains the encoder of choice for both professionals and hobbyists," says Robert Saint John, Director of Marketing for Ligos. "Premiere users have a high level of expectation for their video tools, and we're certain that the speed, quality and features of this latest version will exceed those expectations."

    The latest version of LSX-MPEG for Adobe Premiere includes new MPEG codecs, adds features that improve control over encoding, and takes advantage of more features in Adobe Premiere:

    Completely new architecture - based on the latest GoMotion MPEG engine, providing improvements in encoding speed (up to 20% faster) and substantially improved image quality

  • Discreet Ships 'cleaner streaming studio' Software Compilation

    Reprinted from a Discreet press release:

    San Francisco, California-May 20, 2002-Streaming is becoming a ubiquitous medium for reaching targeted audiences with more than 52 percent of U.S. Internet users over the age of 12 having watched or listened to online streaming media.** As the streaming market becomes more attractive to industry professionals, demand for cost efficient quality tools to deliver streamed content is increasing. Discreet, a division of Autodesk, Inc., today announced the availability of cleaner streaming studio-which will meet the demands of this growing market and offer new customers in streaming delivery an affordable and comprehensive suite of tools.

    Encompassing its three most popular Internet streaming media software applications, cleaner live, cinestream, and cleaner-Discreet aims to enhance the workflow and success of diverse industries and applications including education and e-learning, corporate training, presentations, earnings calls, event promotions, live web events, archiving, the wedding industry and digital entertainment among others. Attractively priced for a SRP of US $795, Discreet's cleaner streaming studio offers professionals-with small or large budgets-an extensive toolset and feature functionality that gives them a start-to-finish streaming project environment.