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  • Matrox and Apple Announce Real-Time DV Editing for the Mac


    NAB2000, LAS VEGASApril 10, 2000Matrox Video Products Group and Apple today announced the first PCI video card for real-time digital video (DV) editing on the Macintosh. The RTMac, architected by Matrox and Apple engineers, is tightly integrated with Apple's award-winning Final Cut Pro video creation software to provide real-time editing, effects and compositing. Fully configured systems are expected to start at under $5,000.

    With our incredibly fast Power Mac G4, award-winning Final Cut Pro software and innovative FireWire technology, Apple is the platform of choice for desktop video editing, said Philip Schiller, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. The combination of the G4, Final Cut Pro and the new Matrox RTMac card provides the most powerful, real-time editing environment on a personal computer.

    We are extremely excited to be working closely with Apple to bring real-time DV editing to the Mac, said Alain Legault, vice president of Product Development for Matrox. Matrox recognizes Apple's commitment to desktop video and is proud to partner with an industry leader.

  • Strategic Alliance Between MGI Software and Eveo


    SAN FRANCISCO, CA and TORONTO, ONT.April 5, 2000MGI Software (TSE:MGI), a leader in e-commerce imaging and digital video, and Eveo, the leader in user-generated video, today announced they are collaborating on a number of marketing initiatives. This alliance is designed to make consumers aware of the tools and services available to quickly and easily bring their digital expression to a worldwide audience. To kick-start the campaign, MGI Software has created a special version of its popular PC Video Software, VideoWave III, which will be given away beginning today to the first 100,000 visitors who register at www.eveo.com. Eveo is dedicated to providing a venue for amateur videographers and would be filmmakers to showcase their work.

  • Over 500,000 Users Experience Free BeOS Personal Edition in First Week


    Menlo Park, Calif.--April 5, 2000--Be Incorporated (Nasdaq: BEOS) today announced that in the week since its release on March 28th, over 550,000 copies of BeOS 5 Personal Edition have been downloaded worldwide. This number includes all downloads from Be's web site, and 18 reporting download partners. Be estimates there are at least 39 other download sites that have not yet reported. BeOS 5 Personal Edition is the latest release of Be's acclaimed digital media operating system and is available at no charge via the web at http://free.be.com. Additionally, Be news-related web sites, including BeNews.com and BeBits.com, have experienced a significant increase in site traffic, many registering five to ten times their normal amount of user visits in the last week.

    "The demand for BeOS 5 Personal Edition has been inspiring," stated Jean-Louis Gasse, chairman and CEO of Be. "It is a testament to the public's desire for a powerful, flexible and robust operating system that is easy to install and use. We believe the demand for BeOS 5 will continue to increase as more people have the opportunity to use the OS and fully realize its potential."

  • Pinnacle Systems Acquires Puffin Designs


    Pinnacle Systems, Inc., a leader in professional and consumer video solutions, announced today that it has acquired Puffin Designs, Inc. of Sausalito, California. Puffin Designs, a privately held company, is an industry-leading provider of content creation solutions made by and for professionals working in broadcast, film, and video content creation markets. Puffin Designs has developed and sells an advanced set of software tools for real-time paint, rotoscoping and visual motion tracking.

    These Puffin Designs tools allow content producers to create more compelling special effects and visuals and subsequently publish them on tape, film, DVDs and Web pages. Pinnacle Systems plans to integrate Puffin Designs technology with its family of industry leading content creation solutions to provide complete solutions for creating programs for film, broadcast and streaming media markets.

  • Canopus Announces a New Powerful Software Bundle


    San Jose, Calif. (April 3, 2000) - Canopus Corporation today announced a powerful nonlinear video and audio editing and special effects software bundle for the company's award-winning line of DV capture and editing solutions, DVRaptor, DVRex, DVRexRT, DVRex R3 and DVRex M3. Canopus has selected an array of feature-rich tools for the bundle including Sonic Desktop's SmartSound; Crystal Graphics' Crystal 3D IMPACT! 3D; proDAD's Adorage Magic; Adobe Premiere 5.1; and Canopus' SoftXplode 3D and Raptor Edit or Rex Edit nonlinear editing software.

  • Boris FX Launches Boris Graffiti


    Boston, MA - April 3, 2000 - Boris FX, an industry leader in compositing and effects technology, today announced the launch of Boris Graffiti, the first titling plug-in to deliver 2D and 3D vector based title animations for both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Based on the powerful text and animation engine found in Boris RED, Boris Graffiti provides true creative freedom for editors by allowing complex titling effects and animation to be created easily within a non-linear editing system.

  • Sonic and RAVISENT Collaborate on Streaming DVD


    Marin County, California (April 3, 2000) Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ: SNIC) and RAVISENT Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: RVST) today announced a joint effort to bring the new Streaming DVD video standard to millions of PC users worldwide. Sonic Solutions will deliver Streaming DVD authoring applications for the creation of interactive, streaming video content.

    RAVISENT will integrate support for the Streaming DVD format into its CineMaster family of web-integrated PC Digital Media Players, and extend the new format with its Media Access Control technology, enabling secure e-commerce delivery for content creators and distributors. This collaboration allows consumers to play back streaming DVD content over the Internet using the same interactive menus and navigation as on a physical DVD disc.

    "Sonic Solutions has been a pioneering force in developing DVD authoring solutions and expanding the uses of the DVD format," said Alan McCann, Senior Vice-president and General Manager for RAVISENTs Personal Computer Business. "This close partnership and collaborative effort further validates our strategy of providing OEMs and end users with a fully integrated suite of digital video playback solutions. This demonstrates that RAVISENT software is a critical element enabling consumers to play compelling interactive DVD content over the Web."

  • First-Ever Flash Conference and Expo


    The first-ever Flash Conference and Expo wrapped up today (3-29) in San Francisco. The three day event featured technical presentations, hands-on workshops and the Flash Film Festival.

    Here are some of the highlights:
    Quicktime News: The ISO has chosen QuickTime as the formal file type for the upcoming MPEG4 standard which has yet to be ratified by the ISO.
    Adobe News: LiveMotion is currently in version 1.0 Beta and is downloadable at www.adobe.com for free. It runs on both Mac and Windows based machines. With an interface sure to be familiar with users of other Adobe products, LiveMotion includes some powerful features. Output formats include PSD, PNG, GIF 89a and SWF.

  • Universal Pictures and reelshort.com Form Partnership


    Universal Pictures is partnering with reelshort.com in a venture that will allow talented new filmmakers to gain wider and faster access to both online and offline audiences and industry leaders.

    reelshort.com, a New York City-based digital entertainment company, will be leveraging the film industry leadership and resources of Universal Pictures, while Universal will be using reelshort.com's connections to the New York City independent film community and emerging filmmaking talent.

    reelshort.com exclusively screened the short film The Sick Sense which was nominated for the Best Live Action Short prize at the Yahoo! Internet Life Online Film Festival.

    Filmmakers of all backgrounds are invited to submit their work from 30 seconds to 40 minutes in length. Submission forms can be found at the reelshort.com Web site or by calling (212) 809-3202.

  • New Effects Software Package For The Casablanca


    Boulder, CO--Draco Systems has released Elastic Dreams, a spectacular morphing and motion effects software package for the award-winning Casablanca nonlinear video editor.

    Priced at $299, the product easily creates dramatic warp effects, funhouse-style stretched or distorted images, "morphed" images from one to another and animation effects such as talking animals or objects.

    Elastic Dreams was created for the Casablanca by MotionStudios, of Bremen, Germany. It includes Warp, an image processing function, and three transitions functions, Draw, FX and Morph. Each function provides a wide range of effects, such as "Wave," "Sine," "Twirl" and "Sculpt," plus multiple projects and archived clips. It is compatible with any version of the Casablanca running System Software 3 or higher.

    The Elastic Dreams software is the latest in a series of third-party add-ons for the Casablanca. Other recent entries include the new Monument Deluxe Titler, with texture-mapped fonts and stunning fly-in/fly-out effects; Akaba Paint program, with keyframing for image changes that follow the footage; Spice Rack image processing and transition effects; and PC Link for transferring a wide variety of files between the Casablanca and a computer.

    Draco Systems created a new category of self-contained digital video editors in 1997 with its Casablanca, a complete standalone nonlinear digital video editing system. It received Best Product awards from Videomaker magazine in 1998 and 1999, as well as inclusion in Media & Methods magazine's Awards Portfolio for past three years. The Casablanca features image quality and capabilities that were previously available only on systems costing many times its retail purchase price. More than 45,000 units have been sold worldwide.

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