Video News

  • Ulead Releases Workshop 1.2 Power Patch

    Reprinted from a Ulead press release:

    Torrance, CA - (July 10, 2002) - Ulead Systems, Inc., a leading developer of video and image editing, and Web graphics software, announced new and improved audio and video features for DVD Workshop with the 1.2 Power Patch. DVD Workshop is Ulead's advanced DVD authoring software product which recently won Editor's Choice awards from EMedia and Animation Magazine.

    DVD Workshop 1.2 enables videographers to author DVDs with broader set-top player support by encoding LPCM audio. DVD Workshop 1.2 eliminates the hassle of re-encoding and maintains the quality of source video with Multiple Video Title Set support (Multi-VTS). Multi-VTS enable users to mix various DVD-compliant video files such as MPEG-1 VCD files, 16:9 ratios, different bit rate qualities and Half D1 into one DVD project. Users can author and burn DVDs even faster with DVD Workshop's improved burning performance and superior MPEG.Now encoding, which makes DV-to-MPEG file capture and transcoding up to 59% faster.

    "We've been encouraged by the overwhelming response from the market since we released DVD Workshop in February," says Travis White, DVD authoring product manager at Ulead. "We have received excellent press on DVD Workshop's ease and flexibility, but we have also listened to suggestions on how to improve from our 1.0 release. With these technological updates, we expect DVD Workshop to gain even greater success in this mid-level authoring space."

  • Canopus Bundles Adobe After Effects Plug-in with DVStorm SE

    Reprinted from a Canopus press release:

    San Jose, Calif. (July 10, 2002) - Canopus Corporation, makers of award-winning, realtime digital video editing systems, today announced it has begun bundling its Canopus Video Out Plug-in for Adobe After Effects free with DVStorm SE and DVStorm SE Plus. This offer is also available to Canopus customers who purchased DVStorm SE or DVStorm SE Plus after May 1, 2002. For details visit the Canopus Website at

    Developed to enhance preview capabilities within Adobe After Effects 4.1 or higher, the Canopus Video Out Plug-in for After Effects speeds up video production by allowing users to output a compositing image from the Adobe After Effects timeline for preview on an NTSC/PAL monitor. Analog output is done in uncompressed YUV 4:2:2, giving Video Out Plug-in for After Effects the ability to deliver exceptional output results, making it an essential part of a DVStorm SE-based NLE solution.

    DVStorm SE - When Realtime Means Realtime
    In addition to delivering five simultaneous realtime video streams, DVStorm combines stability, reliability and affordability with an extensive high-performance feature set that boasts render-free, realtime native DV editing, realtime DV and analog input/output (IEEE 1394, S-Video or composite) and MPEG output for DVD and Internet streaming. For compelling content creation, users can take advantage of DVStorm's impressive set of editing tools that deliver an assortment of realtime capabilities including multiple moving titles and graphics layers, audio and video filters, and transitions. DVStorm features over 23 realtime filters, such as color correction, motion blur, old movie, picture-in-picture, chroma key, luma key and chrominance.

  • InterVideo Announces WinDVD Creator

    Reprinted from an InterVideo press release:

    FREMONT, Calif., July 10 /PRNewswire/ -- InterVideo, Inc. today introduced WinDVD Creator, it's easy-to-use DVD and VCD creation software that offers a storyboard approach to making movies that can play in consumer DVD players.

    WinDVD Creator is designed to be the easiest way to make your own DVDs and VCDs, even to the point of offering direct recording capabilities to make DVD creation simple for those who do not want to edit their video content. Using WinDVD Creator's direct recording functions users can plug a DV camera in the FireWire (1394, iLink) port of their PC and burn a DVD directly from the DV tape -- no editing involved. Likewise, WinDVD Creator enables users to burn a DVD disk directly from a TV, with the proper hardware set-up. The software is compatible with a variety of formats and standards for maximum compatibility including support for all recordable DVD formats, like the popular DVD+RW format, and support for the emerging VR format.

    "WinDVD Creator builds on InterVideo's DVD expertise gained by developing WinDVD, the world's most popular DVD player, and takes it a step farther," said Steve Ro, CEO and co-founder of InterVideo. "With WinDVD Creator, consumers can use a PC to easily create and burn their own DVDs that they can play in their living room DVD player."

    InterVideo's WinDVD Creator is a storyboard-based video-editing product that is designed to turn raw video footage into professional-looking DVDs in the easiest possible way. WinDVD Creator walks users through 4 separate movie-making steps: "Capture," "Edit," "Author" and "Output" to complete personal DVD and VCD movies.

  • MedioStream to Demonstrate DVD+RW Video Recording Support at Asian Seminar

    Reprinted from a MedioStream press release:

    SAN JOSE, Calif., July 10 /PRNewswire/ -- MedioStream, a leading provider of PC-based software for recording video to DVDs and CDs, will demonstrate its DVD+RW Video Recording (DVD+VR) support for DVD+RW recordable drives at the DVD+RW Alliance Asia Pacific Seminar, to be held in Tokyo, Japan on July 10, 2002. Along with its patent-pending "Direct-to-Disc Recording" and "Smart Buffering" features, DVD+VR support catapults MedioStream into the lead among DVD authoring solutions for the DVD+RW format.

    Sponsors of the DVD+RW Alliance seminar in Asia Pacific include Dell Computer, Hewlett-Packard, Mitsubishi Chemical/Verbatim, Ricoh, Royal Philips Electronics, Sony, THOMSON Multimedia, and Yamaha. A key theme of the seminar is to showcase the progress that the DVD+RW/+R format has made in the convergence of PC and consumer electronics. With MedioStream's neoDVD software, consumers can create a DVD, add or delete clips and re-burn the video onto the same disc, without having to recreate or burn another disc. Users no longer have to buy multiple DVDs to save their favorite TV shows, movies or home video footage.

    "With all the excitement surrounding DVDs, MedioStream is committed to bridging the gap between the PC and consumer electronics devices," said Gordon Doran, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at MedioStream. "With neoDVD, consumers can be assured of greater interoperability, whether it be burning their own DVDs on their PC, adding video clips using DVD set-top recorders, or showing the finished disc on TV."

  • Pinnacle Announces Liquid Silver 4 Editing System

    Reprinted from a Pinnacle press release:

    MOUNTAIN, VIEW, Calif., July 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pinnacle Systems, Inc. today announced the immediate availability of Pinnacle Liquid Silver Version 4, the company's flagship editing system for postproduction with MPEG2 and uncompressed video. The Version 4 software delivers numerous new creative tools and distribution solutions, including many delivered through integration of leading Pinnacle software applications such as TitleDeko, Commotion and Impression.

    Pinnacle Systems General Manager Reiner Bielmeier said, "We began with two major development goals in mind for Pinnacle Liquid Silver: maximize editing productivity and expand networking support to meet the needs of a wide range of applications. Pinnacle Liquid's modular design, coupled with powerful software products such as Commotion, TitleDeko and Impression, have enabled us to make Liquid Silver a uniquely complete postproduction solution. The new Liquid Silver enables you to work faster and more creatively, and then delivers your project to any media your clients want; a remarkable achievement for a system that costs thousands less than the supposed competition."

  • Gateway Offers Free Digital Music Training

    Reprinted from a Gateway press release:

    SAN DIEGO, July 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Gateway, Inc. today announced plans to provide comprehensive training on digital music technology to thousands of Americans, with the aim of helping them harness its power while respecting the interests of artists and other copyright holders.

    Starting today, anyone can register for a free, three-hour Gateway Learning course on digital music technology by going to and registering in advance. The site includes information on the course in addition to where and when classes are being held. This Gateway Learning class is being offered free of charge through August 31 in Gateway stores, subject to availability as classes are expected to fill quickly. The class includes a free instruction booklet covering each course component.

    The course covers all the key points on getting the most out of music on a PC, including:
    -- Downloading music from the Internet, and burning CDs at home -- in ways that respect copyrights;
    -- Overview of analog and digital music formats, and how they work;
    -- Exploring subscription services, jukebox software and Internet radio;
    -- Overview of hardware and software options and requirements.

    "Consumer interest in digital music is exploding, so we're mobilizing the training resources of the Gateway Learning team to help people understand the technology and make it work for them," said Luc Lambert, vice president, Gateway Services. "Our all-new Survive & Thrive curriculum, combined with hands-on learning with Gateway's expert instructors, is a fun, engaging way to learn all about digital music technology and become part of an exciting revolution."

  • InterVideo Ships WinProducer 3 DVD and WinProducer 3 CD

    Reprinted from an InterVideo press release:

    FREMONT, Calif., July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- InterVideo, Inc. announced the immediate availability of WinProducer 3 DVD and WinProducer 3 CD, the latest versions of InterVideo's movie-making software, which features the ability to create and burn personalized DVD, VCD, SVCD, mini-DVD, MPEG-4 and DivX movies.

    "Millions of users around the world already rely on InterVideo's DVD software to watch movies on their computers," said Steve Ro, CEO and co- founder of InterVideo. "WinProducer takes the DVD experience one step further by letting consumers create and burn their own DVDs or VCDs, or even MPEG-4 and DivX movies. With WinProducer you can take that old box of videotapes in your basement and transform it into long-lasting VCDs or DVDs that you can play in your living room or mail to friends and family."

    InterVideo's WinProducer is an all-in-one application designed to take a first-time moviemaker from the camera to the couch in a snap. It features a drag-and-drop interface to easily edit raw footage and add titles, transitions, effects and music to make a home movie. WinProducer then walks the user through the DVD/VCD creation process using templates for themes, previews, menus, chapters and more. Finally, it lets users burn the finished movies onto DVD disks, if a DVD burner is available. Or, for PCs with CD burners, WinProducer can burn a VCD (Video Compact Disk) or mini-DVD (DVD content burned on a CD) movie onto a CD-R disk. Both DVDs and VCDs can be played in commercial and software DVD players.

    The difference between the 2 versions is the burning capabilities. WinProducer 3 CD enables burning to CD disks via a CD burner only, while WinProducer 3 DVD supports burning to both CD and DVD burners and disks.

  • Apple Acquires Emagic

    Reprinted from an Apple press release:

    CUPERTINO, Calif. and HAMBURG, Germany, July 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Apple today announced it has acquired Emagic, a leading provider of professional software solutions for computer based music production. Emagic's most popular product, Logic, is actively used by over 200,000 musicians around the world. Emagic will operate as a wholly owned division of Apple.

    "Emagic has set the industry standard for professional music creation and production," said Sina Tamaddon, Apple's senior vice president of Applications. "We're very excited to have the Emagic team join Apple and create more amazing products for musicians."

    Macintosh-based products account for over 65 percent of Emagic's current revenues. Emagic's Windows-based product offerings will be discontinued on September 30, 2002.

  • Boris FX 6.1 Now Shipping for OS X, XP

    Reprinted from a Boris press release:

    Boston -- Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated graphics and effects technology for the television, broadcast, post production, and multi-media markets, today announced that Boris FX 6.1 is now shipping. FX includes support for the latest operating systems on both Macintosh and Windows platform computers, as well as a variety of new features.

    Boris FX is the industry standard for integrated effects creation in nonlinear editingAdvanced compositing features include animated apply modes, motion blur, particles, lighting effects and displacement mapping. . Composite unlimited layers of timeline video or imported media in three dimensions. Easily create self-animating nature effects such as snow, rain, fire, clouds, and stars. FX also supports third-party After Effects filters.

    "The release of Boris FX 6.1 reflects our continued commitment to updating all of our software to meet the changing needs of the marketplace ," says Boris FX founder and president Boris Yamnitsky. "We recognize the need for constantly updating performance and features to meet the creative demands of video editors, as well as the need to keep up with changes in their editing applications and operating systems."

    New Feature Highlights in Boris FX 6.1
    In addition to new operating system support, feature highlights in Boris FX 6.1 include:

    Free filters from DigiEffects Delirium. Boris FX was the first to offer support for third-party Adobe After Effects filters inside nonlinear editing applications. To celebrate the release of Boris FX 6.1, we've included four free filters from DigiEffects, one of the first developers of AE plug-ins. Previous plug-in packages from DigiEffects include Aurorix, Berserk, and Cinelook, -- the four filters included with FX 6.1 are from the award-winning Delirium package: DE Day for Night, DE Electrical Arcs, DE FireWorks and DE Fog Factory.

  • HP Introduces New PC Lineup, Many Include DVD Authoring

    Reprinted from a Hewlett-Packard press release:

    PALO ALTO, Calif., June 26, 2002 -- Hewlett-Packard Company unveiled a variety of new desktop PCs from its Compaq Evo, Compaq Presario and HP Pavilion lines today at TechXNY 2002.

    The products unveiled today represent the wide array of solutions the New HP is delivering to both commercial and consumer desktop customers, said Mike Larson, senior vice president and general manager at HP. From the industry's first DVD+R optical drives to space-saving business PCs, these new products continue to provide customers with the high level of performance and innovation expected from HP.

    HP Pavilion Home Desktop PC Summer Lineup Power to the consumer
    HP continues to lead the charge with DVD recordable technology with the introduction of the HP Pavilion 772N home desktop PC. HP's newest DVD recordable drive the HP dvd200i DVD+RW/+R drive with write-once functionality, will be available in the new PC, priced at $1,449 and which hits retail shelves in July.

    Below includes detailed features for three of the PCs included with HP's new summer 2002 line:
    The HP Pavilion 792N is powered by an Intel PentiumTM 4 2.4GHz processor and includes 512MB DDR RAM, a 120GB hard-disk drive, HP DVD+RW/+R drive, DVD-ROM drive, 64MB SDRAM GeForce4 MX420LC graphics card, USB 2.0, IEEE 1394 and 10/100 Base-T network interface. The estimated U.S. street price is $1,799. Available in July.

    The HP Pavilion 772N is powered by an Intel Pentium 4 2.26GHz processor and includes 512MB DDR RAM, an 80GB hard-disk drive, HP DVD+RW/+R drive, CD-ROM drive, 32MB DDR GeForce4 MX420LC graphics card, USB 2.0, IEEE 1394 and 10/100 Base-T network interface. The estimated U.S. street price is $1,449. Available in July.