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  • Eveo Joins PacketVideo in Wireless Multimedia


    SAN DIEGO, CA June 13, 2000 Eveo and PacketVideo today announced an agreement to trial the delivery of video over wireless networks. PacketVideo has developed standards-compliant MPEG-4 software that enables the distribution of video over wireless networks. As part of the trials, Eveo will provide entertainment content for delivery to wireless devices.

    Our goal is to let anyone distribute their video content to as wide an audience as possible, said Eveo founder and CEO Olivier Zitoun, which is why we wanted to work with industry leader PacketVideo to test delivery over wireless networks.

    The ability for consumers to deliver personal video is a key component of the development of wireless, said Robert Tercek, President of PacketVideo's Programming Division, which is why we are working with Eveo to trial the technology.

    PacketVideo's MPEG-4 based software enables the encoding, decoding, and transmission of full motion video over wireless networks on mobile devices. The technology enables the distribution of video over wireless networks with bit rates as low as 14.4 kbps (which is the rate for networks in the US today) as well as 2.5G and 3.5G networks. The technology is air-interface independent, which means that it works across any type of cellular network, including CDMA, GSM, TDMA, GPRS, and UMTS.

    PacketVideo is working with wireless carriers in the US and internationally to trial the technology over their networks. The company has also announced alliances with leading device and silicon designers and manufacturers to develop hardware utilizing PacketVideo technology, including Casio, Compaq, Intel, NEC, SANYO, and Texas Instruments.

  • StageTools Announces MovingPicture Plug-In for Adobe Premiere


    Middleburg, VA June 15, 2000) -- StageTools announced it is offering its highly acclaimed MovingPicture pan and zoom application as a Plug-In for Adobe Premiere and other nonlinear editors.

    MovingPicture is a new tool for documentary and industrial filmmakers to pan and zoom on high-resolution images. Rather than using expensive and bulky motion-control rigs to create pans and zooms on stills, MovingPicture uses digital images on a desktop PC. This is done directly from the timeline of the nonlinear editor.

    MovingPicture uses an animation-stand metaphor, where a virtual camera viewfinder is positioned over the digital image in real time. A series of "key frames" can be set, each one specifying what the camera will see at some point in time. The program will smoothly flow from one key frame to the next in real time.

    Four-time Academy award-winning film maker Charles Guggenheim said "MovingPicture promises to be one of the most valuable tools created in recent years for the documentary film maker." It is being widely used by production companies such as MS-NBC, Jim Henson Productions, and Henninger Video.

    MovingPicture is made by StageTools, a company dedicated to providing high productivity design tools to the professional creative community, including OnStage!, a previsualization tool designed for motion picture and video producers to help visualize scenes before they are shot. The standalone version of MovingPicture uses OpenGL to perform moves in real time directly to tape.

  • Media 100 to Provide Encoding and Hosting Services to Newly-Launched "StreamRiver Networks"


    NEW YORK, NY (June 12, 2000) -- Media 100 Inc. (NASDAQ: MDEA), the leading provider of software and systems for streaming media on the Internet, announced today that it has acquired 21st Century Media - a San Francisco-based provider of encoding, hosting, webcasting, interactive production and streaming media consultancy - and J2 Digital Media Inc., a New York-based encoding, hosting and streaming services provider. With these acquisitions, Media 100 has entered into the streaming media services market and has launched a streaming media services division - StreamRiver Networks - to provide encoding (audio and video compression) and hosting (delivery) services for Internet broadcasters, web designers and digital media content creators. StreamRiver Networks, an entirely new concept in delivering streaming media services, leverages Media 100's leading-edge streaming tools and technology to provide superior streaming services through affiliate service centers in major media centers worldwide.

    Media 100 also announced today that it has launched its first streaming media service centers in New York and San Francisco, and will continue adding new service centers worldwide as demand for streaming media services continues to grow. Industry analysts predict the streaming media services market to grow to $2.5 billion by 2004.

    "Adding StreamRiver Networks' services to our industry-leading tools business is the logical next-step in our streaming media strategy - and its something that our customers have been looking for Media 100 to offer," said John Molinari, chief executive officer of Media 100. "Media 100 has hundreds of thousands of streaming customers worldwide. Our strategy is to get even closer to these customers by launching regional, highly-focused service centers that provide cost-effective, efficient streaming services to meet their specific needs."

  • Studio DV Available in Build-to-Order HP Pavilion PCs


    Mountain View, CA, June 12, 2000Pinnacle Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCLE), today announced that Studio DV is now available through Hewlett-Packard Company's (NYSE: HWP) build-to-order program for the company's line of HP Pavilion home PCs. Consumers have the option of having the factory install Pinnacle Systems' award-winning Studio DV editing solution in their brand-new HP Pavilion PCs.

    Studio DV will be available as an option on all HP build-to-order kiosks located in Best Buy, Circuit City and Staples stores nationwide, and direct from HP at hpshopping.com. Users who select the option will get three additional 1394/Firewire/iLink ports two on the rear of the PC and one on the front panel as well as the Studio DV software and 1394 cable. Through the build-to-order program, users can also configure CPU speed, memory, hard disk capacity, and other PC features.

    We are excited to work with HP to make Studio DV available in a customer friendly, turn-key solution, said Bill Loesch, vice president of Pinnacle Systems' consumer group. We regularly get requests from customers for advice on what kind of PC is best suited for video editing. Now a complete and integrated solution is available from HP, Loesch added.

    We are pleased to partner with a leader in digital video, said Sam Szteinbaum, business manager of HP's North America Consumer Computing Organization. Pinnacle Systems' Studio DV integrated with our PCs will provide an ideal solution for the home PC user who wants an approachable, easy-to-use solution that is also incredibly powerful.

  • POPcast Releases Live Desktop Webcasting Application: "POPster"


    LOS ANGELES POPcast Communications Corp., the leading application service provider (ASP) in the self-service Webcasting market, today announced the release of POPster , a revolutionary freeware program that allows anyone with a broadband Internet connection to automatically provide live broadcasts from their desktop directly to viewers.

    POPster is available as a free, approximately 1.2 Mb download from POPster.com and will be showcased at the Streaming Media East show (Rhinelander Hall, Booth 236) along with demonstrations of POPcast's complete streaming media products and solutions.

    "Until now," said POPcast's Chairman and Founder William Mutual, "providing a live Webcast has been a very complex and expensive endeavor, requiring complex configuration and operation of streaming media servers and networks, or outsourcing to high-priced specialists with appropriate network resources. POPster changes all that."

    POPster allows users to leverage their own available bandwidth to serve their live video streams or - come July, 2000 - instantly be able to purchase online from a POPster affiliate the exact additional bandwidth required to expand the Webcast for additional viewers. Expansion of the audience via transmission from POPcast's global server network takes place with just a click of a button.

    POPster's unique patent-pending automated approach to Webcasting revolutionizes Internet broadcasting by providing low-cost and easy-access transmission abilities to anyone. Along with offering secured transmissions and logging, POPster will also allow users to create their own automated Pay-Per-View offerings and many other advanced services for a fraction of current Webcasting rates.

  • MYWITNESSNEWS.COM is On the Air


    Denver, CO - Telsoft Corporation, a leader in Denver website design and database technologies, announced today the launch of MYWITNESSNEWS.COM. This website has unique video functions that allow users to send their own home videos to the website, where they can be shared with thousands of viewers on the World Wide Web.

    Visitors to the website can send their own videos over the Internet, where they are previewed by MYWITNESSNEWS.COM staffers before release. Once released, anyone in the world can view and "rate" the videos. The site uses several leading edge technologies in combination to create the world's first user-generated Internet news channel. Video is encoded via a special process so all Internet users can view the video regardless of their connection speed. The video segments can include commercials similar to those seen on broadcast TV, but with special links that allow viewers to visit the advertisers' website.

    "We're very excited about video on the web," stated Telsoft Corporation VP Mike Higgins. "We believe in these new technologies and the promise that they bring for consumers and advertisers alike. By creating the first user-generated news channel on the Internet we hope to blaze a trail that will inspire others!"

    Visitors to the website are encouraged to take video footage they've shot and "upload" it to the MYWITNESSNEWS.COM website. The video is transferred from regular computer video to special Internet video "on the fly" so almost any video camera and computer owner can use the special features of the site. Telsoft Corporation utilizes a technology called "streaming media" to deliver Internet video from it's custom multimedia database to the Internet viewer.

  • Ulead Systems Releases Ulead SmartSaver Pro 3.0


    Ulead Systems, Inc., a leading developer of image editing, video editing and Web graphic applications, today announced the immediate availability of Ulead SmartSaver Pro 3.0, the latest version of Ulead's highly acclaimed Web graphics compression and production tool.

    "SmartSaver Pro 3.0 leads the pack among graphics production tools - both in price and performance," said Danielle Liao, president of Ulead Systems, Inc. "Version 3.0 delivers a potent table-based graphics composition model and enhancements to a top-notch optimization engine. This coupled with powerful new batch compression options and advanced JavaScript rollover features give designers all they need to prepare their images for the Web."

    Functioning as a Photoshop plug-in or a stand-alone application, SmartSaver Pro gives users the choice of working seamlessly in their favorite image editing application or as a robust stand-alone program. Version 3.0 introduces new features that make it easier to get images and animations ready for Web publication. The main components include tools for image optimization, slicing, image map creation, JavaScript rollovers and table-based graphics creation. SmartSaver Pro allows automated optimization of all images on a Web page both online or locally, saving Webmasters valuable time. As well, SmartSaver Pro offers the most advanced options for creating one-to-one, one-to-many and distance rollovers that use images, animations and audio.

  • Media 100 Offers Sonic DVD Fusion SL With MediaPress Suite


    Media 100 Inc. (NASDAQ: MDEA), the pioneer of streaming media production tools, announced today that it is offering Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ:SNIC) DVD Fusion(TM) SL authoring software, a new version of the world's leading professional DVD production system, with Media 100 MediaPress Suite(TM) MPEG authoring solution. The newly-announced Media 100 MediaPress Suite is the only solution on the market that accelerates the DVD production workflow by giving content creators the highest-quality MPEG files to be used in DVD creation or Internet streaming. Combining DVD Fusion SL and the MediaPress Suite offers a complete, powerful and low-priced DVD production solution for Macintosh users, particularly the tens of thousands of current Media 100 customers.

    "DVD is the most rapidly adopted consumer electronics technology in history and we are fast approaching the day when the majority of personal computers will ship with DVD-ROM drives instead of CD-ROM drives," said Mike Savello, director of marketing for Media 100. "This reality has interactive content developers clamoring for powerful, complete, easy-to-use tools for MPEG authoring and DVD production. The combination of MediaPress Suite and DVD Fusion represents the industry's lowest-cost, highest-quality, integrated solution for creating interactive DVD titles."

  • Viewcast.com News from Real Conference in San Jose


    Viewcast.com has a line of capture cards for streaming and full-screen video capture. The company's Osprey capture cards and codecs capture, digitize, compress, transmit, receive, decompress and display full-motion video. The Osprey is compatible with multiple video and audio compression standards and is available for PCs and workstations that are equipped with the standard PCI bus or Sun's S-bus. These should be included in the appropriate Buyer's Guide henceforth. The line includes the Osprey 100, 101, 200, 500, 1000 and 2000.

  • earthnoise.com News from Real Conference in San Jose


    earthnoise.com is a software company/Web site that allows users to edit and post their videos for streaming. Users can upload video to the earthnoise.com site, then trim and arrange clips to post or send as video email. Video editors can upload edited programs up to 50 MB (approx 30 minutes) for display. Video can also be sent on VHS and earhnoise will upload your footage for you. Basic membership is free and provides up to 50 MB of storage. For $50 a year, users can display up to 200 MB of video.

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