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  • POPcast Announces Streaming Agreement With Intel Internet Media Services


    LOS ANGELES POPcast Communications Corp., the leading Application Service Provider (ASP) in the personal Webcasting market, today announced that it will exclusively use Intel Internet Media Services for all streaming media edge services. Specifically, POPcast will use Intel Internet Media Services to deliver all large-scale audio and video streaming content from POPcast.com and POPcast's customers' sites.

    Intel Internet Media Services 'copy exactly' philosophy ensures the reliable, scalable, and global solution that POPcast demands in order to deliver high-quality video and audio content, in mass, over the Web, said William Mutual, POPcast's President. We believe that Internet Media Services robust network architecture provides significant operational and Quality of Service advantages over all other comparable solutions.

    "We are building a highly reliable, global and scalable network designed expressly to stream audio and video over the Internet," said Mike Witteman, director of service technology, Intel Internet Media Services. "We are happy to be working with POPcast to help make robust streaming media over the Internet a reality."

  • MGI Signs Worldwide Video Licensing Agreement with Gateway


    CAMPBELL, CA and TORONTO, ONT - May 12, 2000 - MGI Software (TSE:MGI), a leader in digital video, today announced that it has signed a worldwide licensing agreement for VideoWave with Gateway Computer Corporation (NYSE: GTW). Effective immediately, Gateway will ship MGI's award-winning video publishing software on the Gateway Solo 9300 CX portable computer. The agreement marks the fourth such deal in as many months with the world's leading PC makers for MGI's market leading video software. No financial terms were disclosed.

    "Top-tier manufacturers, such as Gateway, are the acid test for the next wave in computing," said Wanda Meloni, principal of M2 Research, which focuses on the video market for both professionals and consumers. "The fact that MGI has closed several top-tier OEM agreements in the preceding months indicates the video market is ready for prime time on the mass market PC."

  • Third Tribe Productions Inc. Shoots Story Using Mini DV Format


    Two men meet in a train station. One believes he's Hitler, the other Christ. Their unusual pairing brings together the two most controversial figures in human history. Shot entirely in black-and-white, 16:9 mini-DV format, Hitler and Christ follows two mentally-ill, homeless men as they wander through Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Hitler is waiting and, at times, begging for death, all the while enraged by Christ's unceasing love. Former Law & Order star Michael Moriarty takes on the role of the simultaneously tragic and comic Hitler figure. Wyatt Page, a local Vancouver actor, plays an equally obstinate and blissful Christ. According to Moriarty, the film is about the tenacity of Christ and Hitler's agony in the face of his love.

    Director and Producer Brendan Keown believes mini-DV is the best medium for a non-commercial art film like Hitler and Christ. "You can take the time to rehearse in the environment you're going to shoot in. You can change set-ups very easily. Technically, it's quicker." Keown stresses that there was also artistic motivation in choosing DV. "It's affordable, but it's also unusualit offers a gritty realism. I think it's a purer film because of that."

  • Microsoft Windows Millenium Edition Will Have Movie Maker Editing Application


    Microsoft's Windows Millenium Edition (Win Me) scheduled for release later this year will come equipped with its own video editing application called Movie Maker.

    This basic editor will capture video, audio and still images allowing you to arrange the different clips in the order you want and then convert the finished project to a compressed format for posting on the Web.

  • Ulead Systems Announces New Media Sharing Web Site: iMira.com


    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."

  • Strategic Alliance Between Sonic Foundry and Eveo Announced


    SAN FRANCISCO, CA and MADISON, WI MAY 10, 2000 Eveo, Inc., the leading user-generated video company, and Sonic Foundry (R), Inc., (NASDAQ: SOFO) the leading developer and marketer of digital media and Internet software tools, services, and systems, today announced a strategic alliance to provide free copies of co-branded ACIDXPress software to users who register at www.eveo.com. Through this alliance, ACID XPress will be distributed both in CD-ROM and downloadable software. Additionally, registered Eveo users will have access to a library of over 400 music loops that work in conjunction with the ACID Xpress software.

    This Eveo - Sonic Foundry alliance is very consistent with Eveo's mission of democratizing entertainment, and empowering even more people to author and produce 'eveos' --brief (3-minute), original videos-- and experiment with rich media, said Eveo founder and CEO Olivier Zitoun. Music is a key issue for filmmakers; now anyone can create cool music for a video soundtrack in minutes on Eveo.com.

    The user-generated, rich media content market is growing rapidly, and Eveo is fast emerging as a leader in this space, said Jeff Conover, vice president of marketing for Sonic Foundry. We are excited to be partnering with a company that's a pioneer in the streaming media and broadband arena. Eveo's establishing a compelling new entertainment format, discovering and incubating the next generation of talented videomakers.

  • 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.

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