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  • Apple Releases QuickTime 5 and QuickTime Streaming Server 3 Previews


    QUICKTIME LIVE!, LOS ANGELES October 10, 2000 At the second-annual QuickTime Live! conference today, Apple released public previews of QuickTime 5 and QuickTime Streaming Server 3, the next generations of Apple's industry-leading software for creating, streaming and playing high-quality audio and video over the Internet.

    QuickTime 5's many new innovations include an updated media player with a new QuickTime TV (QTV) network channel display and new audio controls; a new component downloader for adding plug-ins on the fly; and support for new web codecs including Macromedia Flash 4, Cubic VR and Shoutcast.

    QuickTime 5, in combination with the new open-source QuickTime Streaming Server 3, offers Skip Protection, a collection of Apple-invented technologies that ensures a higher quality experience for watching and listening to Internet streams. Skip Protection protects against media skipping, or dropping frames, caused by the unpredictability of Internet transmissions.

    QuickTime is the standard for Internet audio and video and is being used to deliver the latest in Internet content to millions of surfers around the world, said Philip Schiller, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. The new technologies in QuickTime 5 enable a new generation of web-based audio and video solutions delivered with greater reliability than ever before.

    In addition to the updated media player, the new in-place component downloader and Skip Protection, QuickTime 5 also features: EUR a new Hot Picks guide highlighting cool, new QuickTime TV content; EUR support for Sorenson Video 3*; EUR easy developer support for delivering new user interfaces, or skins*; EUR an improved digital video codec for improved iMovie playback performance; and EUR real-time professional video editing support for professional applications such as Apples Final Cut Pro.

  • Inscriber Technology Releases New TitleMotion SD for Discreet edit*


    Inscriber Technology Corporation announced today a new release of Inscriber TitleMotion SD 4.2 for Discreet edit*, Inscriber's professional graphics plug-in for creating video titles and motion effects for Discreet edit* on the Windows NT platform.

    "This latest edition of TitleMotion gives edit* users fantastic creative potential by maintaining its easy to use interface and increasing its already powerful functionality. Users can create better graphics in less time," stated Joel St. Denis, Product Manager, Desktop Products at Inscriber Technology Corporation. "We've made a real effort to listen to users and integrate their suggestions in this new version. TitleMotion's new features include over 200 pre-designed templates, over 50 animation templates, over 200 new text styles, blur filter, spell checker and text on a spline." Inscriber TitleMotion for edit* is a professional graphics plug-in for creating video titles and motion effects. All graphics created with TitleMotion include full key channel support so titles can be laid over the digitized video with full transparency. Video professionals can now take any title and create multi-layered animations to fly text, graphics, logos, and even draw objects around the screen to produce dramatic effects.

    TitleMotion is based on technology developed for Inscriber's high-end character generator products, which means that NLE users get full access to Inscriber's top-quality output. In addition, Title Motion supports TrueType fonts as well as real-time stills, and rolling credits and crawls with sub-pixel movement for maximum image quality. TitleMotion also includes the unique feature that allows editors to animate each character of a title independently.

    Inscriber TitleMotion SD 4.2 for Discreet edit* is available immediately and sells for US$595.

  • Play Launches Nationwide Tour with Trinity Training and Free Product Demonstrations


    Play Incorporated announces "Trinity Power Techniques Tour 2000," a series of professional Trinity training seminars and free production tool demonstrations that will visit 22 cities across the United States. At each tour stop, Trinity users will learn powerful techniques and professional tricks to help them maximize their Trinity's capabilities in both live and post-production environments.

    Beginning September 5 in Denver, Trinity Power Techniques Tour 2000 crisscrosses the United States for 16 weeks before wrapping up in late December in Seattle. At each tour stop, Trinity users can participate in an all-day, professional training seminar given by one of the industry's foremost Trinity experts, Lee Stranahan. Additionally, separate product demonstration sessions have been scheduled at every tour stop for video professionals wanting a firsthand look at Play's award-winning Trinity, HoloSet and Pocket Producer products.

    During the training seminars, Mr. Stranahan will provide seven hours of instruction at each locale, showing attendees how to supercharge their productions with creative editing techniques; how to quickly make custom effects using Panamation and Personal FX; how to easily create sophisticated graphics, titles and animations; and how to stay organized by customizing application interfaces. Mr. Stranahan served as the lead teacher and demo artist at Play's NAB 2000 training events and is well known for creating industry-standard instructional videos and seminars.

  • Eveo Launches Talent Incubation Program


    Eveo, the leader in user-generated online videos launches the first Next-Gen Talent Incubation and Management Program, which provides talent development and management services to emerging filmmakers who demonstrate the ability to crossover into other mediums and formats of filmed entertainment. Danielle Knight has joined Eveo as Senior Director of Talent and Business Affairs to head the program, and the first seven filmmakers who have elected to sign with the incubator are: Natalie MacGowan Spencer, Dustin Robertson, David Vegezzi, Oliver Wolfson, Rob Thomas, Chris Vincze and Corey Rosen, it was announced today by Eveo CEO Oliver Zitoun.

    Zitoun says, Eveo has created a truly new incubation model. We receive thousands of videos from all over the world and by riding the wave of the DV revolution, we are building a large and strong community of aspiring filmmakers. With this new program, we will help filmmakers make money while they build their careers.

    Knight says, We're creating a new paradigm in talent management by accessing the power of the Internet as well as the success of Eveo to incubate emerging filmmakers. We provide them with directing opportunities that stem from our online partnerships, affording them greater experience and exposure, and also offer tailored career management services for those who are ready to be introduced to agents and buyers in the world of commercials, music video, film and television.

    The variety of services that Eveo's Talent Incubation Program extends to its signed filmmakers includes:
    -Submission of films (eveos) to worldwide festivals
    -Preferred status on Eveo promotional DVDs
    -Special theatrical screenings of their eveos
    -Eveo-generated paid directing assignments
    -Special channel on the Eveo site that showcases work
    -Preferred status for inclusion in banner ads and offline syndication.

  • Digital Origin's EditDV Now Fully Optimized for Apple's New Dual-Processor Power Mac


    Digital Origin, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Media 100, (NASDAQ:MDEA) has announced a free upgrade to its content creation and streaming media authoring tool EditDV which is now fully optimized for Apple's new dual-processor Power Macintosh.

    EditDV uses Digital Origin's unique scalable software codec designed specifically for the DV format. This enables EditDV, already compatible with the new Power Macintosh systems, to achieve maximum performance on the new dual-processor systems. According to Mike Micheletti, Product Manager for Digital Origin, the combination of Digital Origin EditDV and the dual-processor Power Macintosh offers the fastest Mac OS desktop environment for DV-format content creation and streaming media workflow in the industry. "Because our video codec is entirely software-based, our tools - which already offer the fastest rendering times in the market - can easily leverage any performance increase in host processors like those recently announced by Apple. By integrating this scalable performance into our products, Digital Origin is maximizing the huge investment our customers make in their hardware systems."

    The current version of EditDV is available directly through Digital Origin or through authorized resellers. The updated codec is available to registered EditDV 2.0 owners free of charge from www.digitalorigin.com. The EditDV package includes the EditDV software application, Digital Origin RotoDV for painting and special effects, Digital Origin PhotoDV for still image capture, Media Cleaner EZ 4.0 from Terran Interactive, SpiceRack Pro Lite from Pixelan Software, and a Digital Origin 1394 IEEE FireWire card and cable for $599. A software-only version is available for $499.

  • CALL FOR ENTRIES! INTERNATIONAL VIDEO CONTEST


    JVC Americas Corp. is calling for entries for JVC's international Tokyo Video Festival, with a deadline for entry of October 10, 2000. Now in its 23rd year, this video festival encourages creativity by accepting all compositions without restriction, allowing artists to submit works with artist themes, experimental pieces and those expressing their personal opinions, goals, experiences or discoveries. At the Tokyo Video Festival, there is no limit to the imagination!

    Fund your next creative venture and win worldwide acclaim at the same time! Awards will be announced and presented at Shinjuku Park Tower Hall, Tokyo, on February 3, 2001. Grand Prize winners will receive an all-expense paid trip to Japan to receive their awards.

    Amateur and professional videographers from around the world are invited to enter general or artistic videos in two categories: Video Contents and Video Production. Submissions must be entered in one of the following formats: VHS, S-VHS, or MiniDV. Last year the Tokyo Video Festival received more than 2,000 entries from 40 countries and regions. The Festival plays a significant role in promoting global communications through video images, and in creating a new video-imaging culture. For more detailed information, please visit the JVC Websites. See the contest application form at http://www.jvc-victor.co.jp/english/tvf/index-e.html or the JVC home page at http://www.jvc.com GOOD LUCK!

  • POP.com Sinks Before Launching


    Pop.com announced its formation back in late October of 1999, and the company's original intention was to launch the site this Spring. Spring came and went, but there was no sign of Pop.com on the net.

    Pop.com has allegedly spent about $7 million searching for an appropriate business plan. Yet, with the deflation of the bubbled net economy, the Hollywood heavies behind Pop.com couldn't come up with a profitable business model.

    The company was originally founded as a joint venture between DreamWorks SKG and Imagine Entertainment with the funding provided by Vulcan Ventures, Inc., the investment organization of DreamWorks investor Paul G. Allen. Pop.com's founders included Steven Spielberg and Jeffery Katzenberg of DreamWorks and Imagine's Ron Howard.

    According to sources at Pop.com, it has now been decided that the site will not launch, and pink slips arrived on the desks of the staff yesterday morning. For the vast majority of the staff, Friday will be their last day. Some of Pop's accumulated content may be showcased on countingdown.com, a site that Pop acquired at the beginning of the year.

  • FOCUS Enhancements to Acquire Videonics


    FOCUS Enhancements, Inc. (NASDAQ: FCSE - news) announced that the Company has entered into a definitive agreement to merge with Videonics, Inc. (NASDAQ: VDNX - news). The agreement provides for each share of Videonics common stock to be converted into 0.87 shares of FOCUS Enhancements common stock. Completion of the merger requires, among other things, the approval of the stockholders of Videonics and FOCUS. The merger is expected to be completed in December of this year.

    Upon completion of the merger, each share of Videonics common stock would be exchanged for .87 shares of FOCUS common stock. Based on pro forma shares outstanding at June 30, 2000, the existing FOCUS stockholders would own 83.7% of the combined company and the existing Videonics stockholders would own 16.3%. In addition, Videonics option holders will exchange their options for options in FOCUS pursuant to the same exchange ratio. The combined entity had total revenues of over $28 million for the twelve months ended June 30, 2000, on a pro forma basis. The merger is expected to be accounted for as a purchase and FOCUS expects a non-recurring restructuring charge to be taken in connection with the merger.

    Upon completing the merger, Michael D'Addio, Videonics Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, will become President, Chief Executive Officer, and a Director of FOCUS Enhancements. Gary Williams, Videonics Chief Financial Officer, will become FOCUS Enhancements Chief Financial Officer. Thomas Massie, FOCUS' Chairman of the Board, will remain in that position. Brett Moyer, FOCUS' Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, will also remain in that position. The Board of Directors after the transaction will initially consist of seven members, three from Videonics and four from FOCUS.

  • Avid Shipping New Releases of Symphony, Media Composer and Avid Xpress


    Amsterdam, The Netherlands, September 7, 2000 At the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC), Avid Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVID) today announced that it is shipping new releases of its Avid Symphony, Media Composer and Avid Xpress products. Available immediately are version 3 of Avid Symphony, the most efficient finishing and 24P universal mastering solution for high-end editorial productions, version 10 of Avid Media Composer, the worldwide standard for editing, and version 4 of Avid Xpress, Avid's affordable broadcast-quality editing system for video, Internet and multimedia professionals. The latest editions of these leading content creation solutions boast a host of new features, improved interoperability and workflow, and a range of new delivery options, including the ability to output streaming media. In addition, the Media Composer and Avid Xpress releases offer full feature parity on the Macintosh and Windows NT platforms.

    The new Symphony and Media Composer releases are designed to enable Avid users to expand their businesses with enhanced online/finishing capabilities, multi-format mastering and delivery to 601, Web, CD, DVD and DTV, and an efficient collaborative workflow. With a product line that scales from basic offline editing to high-end finishing, users can choose the level of real-time performance and depth of creative control that best fits their business model. Avid Symphony v3 delivers the full Media Composer v10 feature set and adds the conforming, real-time finishing and multi-format mastering tools required for high-end television editorial finishing.

    The milestone Media Composer v10 release adds new online capabilities for finishing mainstream programming, and streaming capabilities so users can repurpose video assets on the Web. Plus, it delivers more real-time power, speed-of-operation enhancements and workflow efficiency features.

  • POPcast Partners with Microsoft


    (LOS ANGELES) POPcast Communications Corp., a leading business-to-business provider of self-service Webcasting solutions, announced that its personal Webcasting technology and service is now part of the Microsoft Windows Movie Maker feature, which debuts in Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me). Windows Me is scheduled for retail release on September 14, 2000.

    "We feel that some of the most exciting advances in home computing are happening in the realm of digital media," said Art Pettigrue, product manager, Consumer Windows Division, Microsoft Corp. Our new Windows Movie Maker feature in Windows Me will allow consumers to tap into those advances to easily digitize, organize and edit their home videos. As one of our top personal Webcasting solutions providers, POPcast's video publishing and sharing services further empower customers of Windows Me with an easy-to-use, reliable way to instantaneously share those Windows Movie Maker video creations with friends and family on the Web."

    "We're extremely proud to be a service provider for Microsoft's video publishing and sharing solution in its new Windows Movie Maker technology," said William Mutual, POPcast's Founder and Chairman. "Using Windows Movie Maker, customers will have access to powerful, user-friendly multimedia authoring. Once they've created their movies, they'll find POPcast and our distribution partners right at the top of the list of options for video publishing and sharing.

    In the months ahead, Mutual added, users of Windows Me will continue to benefit from our cutting-edge technologies and solutions, allowing them to increasingly leverage the power of broadband to improve the quality of their creations while also offering new forms of interactive Webcasting and new channels of distribution.

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