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  • Media 100 Digital Media Solutions Support Next Generation G4 Macs


    Reprinted from a Media 100 press release:

    NEW YORK--July 18, 2001--Media 100 Inc., a leading provider of digital media design and delivery solutions, today announced that its Media 100 i, an award-winning digital media production solution, and Media 100 ICE solutions, the Company's high performance hardware accelerated effects generation systems, are certified with Apple Computer's new Next Generation G4 Power Mac.

    The high performance 867Mhz system is the first of Apple Computer's line to be approved for use with Media 100 i and Media 100 ICE solutions. This newly-announced platform from Apple provides Media 100 customers with a high-performance interactive streaming media production environment, ideal for creating high quality, dynamic content for delivery on the Internet, DVD or broadcast. The new Apple platform debuted this morning at the Macworld Expo in New York City.

    The Next Generation G4 provides Media 100 customers with a higher performance platform for digital media production. The new dual head graphics option facilitates production workflow and minimizes slot requirements, providing the flexibility that Media 100 users need when customizing their work environment. In addition to approving the 867Mhz G4, Media 100 is currently testing the new 733Mhz and 800Mhz dual platform system and will publish the results at a later date. Media 100 also expects approval for the new dual head graphics option for the dual 800Mhz model.

  • LaCie Announces New High-Performance 48GB PocketDrive


    Reprinted from a LaCie press release:

    MACWORLD NEW YORK CITY (July 18, 2001) LaCie reinforced its lead in the mobile storage market today with two major announcements on its highly successful PocketDrive line. By combining the new FireWire-to-IDE bridge developed by LaCie with high-performance ATA 66 disks, the 10GB, 20GB and 30GB PocketDrives now provide transfer rates of up to 35MB/stwice as fast as traditional FireWire disks. The new 48GB PocketDrive, which is making its debut at LaCie's Macworld Booth #1913 this week, will also achieve transfer rates of up to 35MB/s.

    Measuring only 3.5" x 5.75 x 1" and weighing less than a pound, LaCie's PocketDrives provide Gigabytes of capacity in an exceptionally small form factor. The new 48GB PocketDrive can store more than 20 hours of MPEG-2 video, more than 70 hours of CD-quality audio or a stack of text documents more than half-a-mile high.

    Offering a combination of high capacities, mobility and convenience, the LaCie PocketDrives have quickly become very popular among content developers, illustrators, audio/video professionals and people on-the-go. With both Universal Serial Bus (USB) and FireWire (IEEE 1394) support, or "U&I" (LaCie's acronym and trademark for the dual-support capability), the versatile drives provide users with an easy means of expanding the storage capacity of USB-equipped computers such as Apple iMacs, and iBooks; and FireWire systems such as the Macintosh G4 workstations and G4 Cubes, PowerBooks and the iMacDV systems.

    The FireWire and USB buses make the LaCie PocketDrives hot-pluggable--they mount automatically as soon as they are connected and can be removed or swapped without having to shutdown or reboot the system.

  • Boris Announces Boris GRAFFITI 2.0 Integrated Vector Graphics and 2D/3D Title Application


    Reprinted from a Boris press release:

    NEW YORK - July 18, 2001 - At Macworld today, Boris announced Boris GRAFFITI 2.0, a major upgrade to the company's award winning graphics and titling application. The first company to bring 2D and true 3D compositing into non-linear editing, GRAFFITI 2.0 is the only integrated vector-based titling package on the market. GRAFFITI 2.0's vector tools allow easy creation of sophisticated animations such as text on path, with exceptional sharpness. Along with flexible animation tools such as Type On and Title Containers for auto-animated rolls, crawls, fades, shuffles and zooms, GRAFFITI 2.0 allows users to map text to 3D shapes, and extrude and composite in three dimensions. GRAFFITI 2.0 also supports the addition of third-party Adobe After Effects filters.

    Feature highlights in Boris GRAFFITI 2.0 include: Vector Text provides razor-sharp clarity at any scale, as well as the ability to export animations to .swf (Flash).

    Expanded Title Animation Both the path shape and the text position for Text on Path can be animated over time. "Type On" features one click type-on animation of progressively applied skew, tumble, spin, rotate, scale, opacity, and position to a text page, alone or in combination, so individual characters can easily fly/spin/fade/zoom/shuffle on or off the screen.

    Compositing Tools include 27 Apply modes for each layer in Boris GRAFFITI, motion blur, advanced particle filters, and SmartView to dynamically update views of animated parameters in the timeline.

    Audio Import and Playback Scratch audio track includes timeline waveform display and level controls to enable easier reference and synchronization to audio during effect animation design. Real-time playback of scrub audio and sync audio during Preview to RAM.

  • Pinnacle Debuts Pro-ONE Real-Time Editing and DVD-Authoring Solution


    Reprinted from a Pinnacle press release:

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. --(Jul. 17, 2001)-- Pinnacle Systems, Inc. today announced an advanced DV-based editing and authoring solution that the company says reduces the cost and production time to create broadcast quality video and publish interactive DVDs.

    Pinnacle Pro-ONE's powerful processing engine increases productivity by reducing the time consuming process of rendering and gives videographers the artistic tools to perfect the combinations of digital effects and 3-D objects in real-time. Users can combine two digital video streams with titles, graphics, and 3D objects and apply up to ten digital video effects simultaneously in real-time.

    Pinnacle Pro-ONE is a real-time DV editing and DVD authoring solution. It features a hardware DV capture and effects card with digital and analog video and audio inputs and outputs. Pinnacle Pro-ONE includes Adobe Premiere 6.0, Pinnacle's Hollywood FX-RT, TitleDeko RT for video editing and Pinnacle Impression DVD-SE for DVD authoring.

    Pinnacle Pro-ONE includes Hollywood FX RT, giving the user over 200 sophisticated, real-time, keyframeable, multi-layer effects with 3D animated objects, such as "page peel," "ripple," "nightline" and "sports block".

    Pinnacle Pro-ONE gives the user independent slow motion control of two video clips simultaneously in real-time, an ideal effect for sports or fashion videos.

    Pinnacle Pro-One gives the user independent, keyframeable adjustments for brightness, contrast and saturation of two video clips simultaneously in real-time, an ideal tool for image correction.

    Pinnacle Pro-ONE includes TitleDeko RT, giving the user access to broadcast quality titles with keyframeable real-time motion control and transparency, independent of other real-time effects.

  • LaCie drops price on 24x10x40x USB and FireWire Connective CD-RW


    Reprinted from a LaCie press release:

    Hillsboro, OR (July 13, 2001) Leveraging its 3-month lead as the first to ship a 24x10x40x CD-RW drive with both USB and FireWire connectivity, LaCie announced today that the volume of drives being sold has enabled the company to slash the price of the drive to an unprecedented $299 after the mail-in rebate. In addition to its blazing-fast write speed, LaCie's new CD-RW incorporates advanced "BURN-Proof (Buffer Under RuN) technology and provides users with the convenience of being able to easily transfer the drive between FireWire and USB-equipped computers. LaCie will feature the drive at Macworld, Booth 1913, next week in New York City.

    With the ability to write CD-Rs at 3.6 MB/s (24X) the industry's highest CD recording speed-- the LaCie 24x10x40 CD-RW can burn a complete 650MB CD in about 3 minutes. The same drive can be used to rewrite CD-RW discs at 1.5 MB/s (10X)--the industry's fastest rewrite speed. The LaCie CD-RW drive also provides 40x playback and fast, 150ms access.

    LaCie includes advanced BURN-Proof technology with the drive to eliminate the possibility of buffer overruns and ensure error-free recording at 24x speeds--even when lower-performance PCs are used. The advanced BURN-Proof technology also allows users to burn CDs in the background while working on other applications.

  • Canon Announces XL1S Camcorder: 27 New Features Offered


    by Alan Sheckter, Videomaker news editor

    Since it's release in late-1997, the feature-packed Canon XL1 Mini DV camcorder has been considered by many to be the top-of-the line consumer video camera. Now, Canon is poised to release its first upgrade to the popular model, the XL1S. Available in late August, with a suggested list price of $4,699 (the XL1 debuted at $4,699), the XL1S includes a standard 16x optical zoom lens (which includes Canon's optical image stabilizer and automatic focus feature). In September, Canon will offer buyers the XL1S with an optional 16x manual lens at the same $4,699 price.

    While the XL1S' exterior is nearly identical to the XL1, expect some major changes on the inside. According to Canon, key improvements are in several areas: picture quality, shooting modes and enhancements, variable zoom speeds, zebra levels, picture adjustments, white balance, audio controls and an improved, optional XLR microphone input adapter.

    Canon Product Development and Support Senior Manager Joe Bogacz said all the expressed needs that may have prevented cinematographers and broadcasters from using the XL1 have been addressed in the upgraded XL1S. Watch for a complete review of the XL1S in an upcoming issue of Videomaker.

  • Poor Sales Prompts Apple to Halt Power Mac G4 Cube Production


    by Alan Sheckter, Videomaker news editor

    Apple Computer announced July 3 that it would stop making its Power Mac G4 Cube, less than a year after it was introduced.

    Despite winning design awards, poor Cube sales was blamed for the decision, after sales dropped from 9.5 percent of Apple's computer sales last September to only 1.6 percent of its sales in March. The Cupertino, Calif. Company has no immediate plans of upgrading the Cube.

    The 8-inch, clear-plastic Cube is pre-installed with videographer-friendly features such as iMovie 2 digital video-editing software, and two FireWire ports for easy digital camcorder connections. And just 4 months ago, Apple further equipped the Cube with a CD-RW drive and iTunes jukebox software.

    It's been reported that customers have been more apt to spend a little more and buy the Power Mac G4 minitower, according to an Apple spokeswoman.

  • New Application Settings Announced for the ShuttlePRO Controller


    by Alan Sheckter, Videomaker news editor

    Contour Design, a leading provider of ergonomically designed computer products, announced new application settings for its audio and video-editing tool, the ShuttlePRO, June 26.

    To get the latest application settings (predefined commonly used keystroke commands) visit the company's Web site: www.contourdesign.com.

    With the MSRP of $125, the company said that the ShuttlePRO, a USB Macintosh product (a Windows 2000 version is planned), is the most cost-effective jog and shuttle controller for video and audio editing on the market. Its ability to navigate quickly, settings for more than two dozen commonly-used applications, and user flexibility to change the settings, is expected to enhance personal productivity.

    ShuttlePRO application settings support the following Macintosh applications: Acrobat Reader 4, Adobe After Effects 4.1, Adobe Illustrator 8, Adobe PhotoShop 5.5 and 6.0, Adobe Premiere 5.1 and 6.0, Apple CD Player, Apple DVD Player, Apple iMovie, Apple iMovie 2, Apple Final Cut Pro 1.2.5 and 2.0, Apple Sherlock 2, BorisFX 5, BorisRED, BorisGrafitti, DigiDesign ProTools 5.1, Emagic Logic Audio, Internet Explorer, Macromedia Director 8, Macromedia Flash 4, Macromedia Flash 5, Media100I, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, MOTU Digital Performer 2.72, Netscape Communicator, QuarkXpress 4.1, QuickTime Player, Steinberg Cubase VST/32 5.0

  • Plugin Galaxy for AE Offers After Effects, Premiere, Final Cut Pro and Pinnacle Commotion 3 Users New Video Effects


    by Alan Sheckter, Videomaker news editor

    Plugin Galaxy for AE, a collection of 20 After Effects plugins containing 129 different animatable video effects, was announced July 3.

    The product is compatible with Adobe After Effects 4/5, Adobe Premiere 6, Final Cut Pro and Pinnacle Commotion 3 on Windows and Macintosh computers.

    Plugin Galaxy for AE effects include transparency manipulation, blurring, texture and pattern generation, noise creation, mirroring and warping. It also includes metal, chrome, neon, pop art, glass, rainbow, sunshine and star effects.The software lets you enhance, colorize and add edges to your animations and videos as well as encrypt them. It also includes some rarely-found effects like feedbacks, grids and zooming. All of these effects can be animated over time to produce stunning motion effects.

    The 120-plus basic plugin Galaxy for AE effects are manipulated with the help of sliders, check boxes, color settings and preview coordinates, giving users access to thousands of potential video effects.

    Plugin Galaxy for AE, as well as a version for Adobe PhotoShop, is available at http://plugingalaxy.com for $99.

    The Plugin Site, a graphics, video and Web software developer located in Nuremberg, Germany, also created the Plugin Commander, Edge & Frame Galaxy and HTML Shrinker products and co-produced Alpha Magic with Pinnacle Systems.

  • Dialog Semiconductor Acquires CMOS Imaging Business from Sarnoff Corp.


    Reprinted from a Digital Semiconductor press release:

    KIRCHHEIM, Germany and TECK-NABERN, Germany, July 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Dialog Semiconductor Plc, today announced that it has acquired the CMOS imaging business and associated CMOS Active Pixel Sensor (APS) patent portfolio from the New Jersey, USA based Sarnoff Corporation, the research and development institute formerly known as RCA Laboratories. The two companies will partner for long term development of imaging technology and Sarnoff will continue its CMOS business in advanced imaging for medical, government and low volume applications.

    Effective immediately, the new technology extends Dialog's product portfolio. Its power management and audio chipsets are already established in mobile phones, and now Dialog can offer advanced camera-on-a-chip technology as a highvolume fabless CMOS imaging company. As part of the agreement, a core team from Sarnoff is designated to transfer and implement the technology at Dialog. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

    Commenting on the significance of the acquisition, Roland Pudelko, CEO & President of Dialog Semiconductor, said, "The advantage to our customers is that we will own the key element which helps to drive down the cost and power consumption of camera modules for high volume markets".

    Sarnoff's CEO, Dr. Satyam Cherukuri said "We are very excited about combining Dialog's excellent design, manufacturing and marketing expertise along with our advanced design technology which together will make a competitive, world class imaging business."

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