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  • Lego, Spielberg Team on Movie Kit


    NEW YORK (AP) _ Steven Spielberg is teaming up with toy industry giant Lego to create a digital movie-making kit that lets children create and edit their own films.

    Plans for the Lego Studios Steven Spielberg MovieMaker were unveiled today, but it will not hit store shelves until November. It is only the second time ever that Spielberg has lent his name to an entertainment product.

    The film-making kit is the latest example of Lego's aggressive move toward integrating technology with its classic building blocks. It already has a number of popular CD-ROM games in stores and also has had great success with its Lego Mindstorms, high-tech robots that can be manipulated using microcomputers.

    ``Everyone in the toy business is looking for ways to keep older kids interested in their products, and Lego has really done a great job of using technology to do just that,'' said Jim Silver, editor of The Toy Book, a New York-based trade publication.

    The MovieMaker set includes a digital movie camera, which plugs into a computer port. The camera has Lego pieces on the outside so that users who have trouble keeping a steady hand can build a stand out of Legos and attach the camera to it.

    The set, which will sell for $179.99, also includes an assortment of Lego props such as buildings, houses and cars, as well as characters including firefighters and dinosaurs and other animals.

    The set also includes a book of tips, tricks and challenges for creating movies.

    Moving clips or still images can be captured on a computer monitor, and all the shots are recorded and stored on a hard-drive. The set also includes a library of sound effects including everything from an angry T-Rex to a kitten.

    The editing software, which was developed by Lego and Pinnacle Systems, allows users to save completed movies and send their films to friends via email.

  • Media 100 Inc. Completes Merger With Digital Origin, Inc.


    MARLBORO, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 9, 2000--Media 100 Inc. (NASDAQ: MDEA), the pioneer of streaming media production tools, today announced it has completed the merger with Digital Origin, Inc., the leading developer of application software for acquiring and editing digital video (DV) on personal computers for streaming on the Internet.

    By coupling Digital Origin's applications, such as EditDV and IntroDV, with its own industry-standard streaming media applications, such as Media Cleaner, Media 100 is delivering a unique, tightly-integrated streaming media application suite. This complete workflow serves individuals, Internet broadcasters and eTailers developing next-generation streaming media web sites and dynamic Internet experiences.

    Media 100 is the only company delivering a streaming media application suite that addresses the entire streaming media production process -- from acquiring video from hot new DV camcorders, to editing, creating titles and effects, to compressing and streaming high-quality video on the Web. Media 100 is enabling anyone with a personal computer and an Internet connection to broadcast their video on the Internet.

  • Applied Magic Selects Divios NW701 for New ScreenPlay Video Editing Device


    SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 8, 2000 -- Divio Inc. announced today that its NW701 digital video (DV) solution is driving Applied Magic's new ScreenPlay non-linear video editing appliance. ScreenPlay uses Divio's NW701 chip for coding and decoding high-quality, professional digital video during production editing.

    Fully DV Bluebook compatible, the NW701 is the world's first single-chip DV CODEC. It replaces current multi-chip solutions to enable a new generation of cost-effective DV products like ScreenPlay. The NW701 provides an unprecedented feature-set that delivers the essential digital video engine to empower real-time DV performance and quality. Its patented Divio compression technology lets ScreenPlay deliver unrivaled video quality, performance and functionality.

    A turnkey editing solution, ScreenPlay is a fully optimized, stand-alone (PC independent), non-linear video-editing appliance. It features advanced Wavelet compression technology to enable corporate, event, education and "prosumer" users to process composite, S-video and optional DV-1394 data with four stereo audio channels. The device uses an intuitive interface with real-time transitions, titles, color and special effects.

  • Ulead Systems Announces New Media Sharing Web Site


    Torrance, CA - (May 9, 2000) - Ulead Systems, Inc., a leading developer of image editing, video editing and Web graphics software, announced today a new media sharing Web site for consumer digital media users. iMira.com is Ulead's largest effort to date to establish the company as a primary force in the Internet media space -- a mission set by Ulead's executive team in December 1999.

    "Ulead has always been a pioneer in the Web marketplace," said Danielle Liao, president of Ulead Systems, Inc. "We were first to create integrated Web tools, then first to develop technologies and online retailer relationships that offer easy and convenient ways to buy those tools online. Now, iMira.com has a unique opportunity to provide Ulead's 3.5 million registered users with a solution that brings together the best of our desktop applications and Web services."

    iMira.com Launched today in the U.S., iMira.com provides one easy-to-use and friendly destination to store, share and showcase personal media files. Today, the site focuses on supporting the needs of digital photography users; however, applications and services for video and audio enthusiasts will be available shortly. Users can upload existing files and store 20 MB in a Gallery for future projects. Digital photography users can now create online photo albums accessible by friends and family and send electronic greeting cards for all types of holidays and events. Through a partnership with Photo Access, users will be able to create memorable gifts from the photos they store online. Finally, the site will offer a large selection of free, downloadable photos and animations. iMira.com can be viewed in several languages including English, Chinese and Japanese.

  • Play Inc.'s NAB2000 Announcements


    Play announcements from NAB2000:

    --Play announces availability of new Trinity 2.1 software, which adds several new features to Trinity's software applications as well as performance enhancements and new real-time video effects.

    --Play announces availability of HoloSet, a new type of chroma keying and virtual set technology that significantly reduces the high costs, creative limitations and technical difficulties associated with conventional blue/green screen effects.

    --Play announces availability of Pocket Producer, which transforms a 3Com Palm Pilot into a portable logging device that can be used anywhere. Pocket Producer shaves off hours of post-production time and has been dubbed "an editor's best friend" by early users.

  • JVCs New MiniDV/Super VHS Dual VCR


    Wayne, NJ (April 21, 2000) - JVC, one of the world's leading developers and manufacturers of audio-visual consumer electronics and multimedia, is introducing a new 2-in-1 video deck that incorporates both MiniDV and Super VHS VCRs in one unit. This new model, the HR-DVS1, is ready to meet the demand from among the ever growing number of MiniDV camcorder owners who are looking for an easier way to watch and dub their DV footage. MiniDV is undeniably the de facto standard in digital camcorders, while Super VHS allows flexible dubbing and editing at the highest quality levels available in analog video. By bringing MiniDV and Super VHS together in a single "box", JVC gives users one-touch viewing and dubbing of their MiniDV recordings, with no cable connections necessary, providing an easy way to store high quality DV images in the form of high resolution Super VHS recordings, or dubbed to standard VHS cassettes that can be shared with virtually anybody who owns a VCR. Integration also enables a wide variety of advanced features - like automatic DV-to-S-VHS Random Assemble Editing. After you're done shooting, you can have an easy time enjoying the results with an HR-DVS1 in your home.

  • Eveo and ARTISTdirect Introduce First Competiton


    San Francisco, CA and HOLLYWOOD, CA, April 19, 2000 -- Eveo, the leading user-generated video company, today announced a promotional partnership with ARTISTdirect, an online music network that connects music artists and fans. Eveo (www.eveo.com) and ARTISTdirect (www.artistdirect.com) are teaming up to introduce the Eveo ArtistDirectorial Series, challenging fans to create original music videos to accompany their favorite artists' songs. Eveo's

    ArtistDirectorial Series will recognize and reward videomakers' originality and inventiveness; the contest will commence on April 19 with Counting Crows inviting directors to interpret their eight minute narrative song "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby". This contest, the first in the series, will conclude on June 5. The entire contest will conclude August 31, 2000. Qualifying music videos will be broadcast on the ARTISTdirect Network (www.artistdirect.com) at a co-branded site, http://content.ubl.com/cca/eveo.

  • Video A Hot Topic at WinHEC 2000


    NEW ORLEANS, LA and TORONTO, ONT.- April 24, 2000 - Streaming media and digital video editing will be one of the hot topics discussed at WinHEC 2000, the premiere hardware engineering conference and industry gathering for Microsoft Windows platform developments. MGI Software (TSE:MGI), a technical and market leader in digital video, announced today it has been invited to speak on the subject: Video, The New Frontier as part of the Technical Session on Digital Entertainment at WinHEC 2000, being held at the Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 25-27, 2000.

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