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  • Contour Design Enhances ShuttlePRO

    Reprinted from a Contour Design press release:

    Windham, NH April 3, 2002 - Reinforcing the award-winning Contour ShuttlePRO multimedia controller's appeal as the essential tool for audio, video, animation and other non-linear digital editing applications, Contour Design announced today they have updated the product with enhancements making the ShuttlePRO easier to install, more productive to operate, and more attractive to buy than ever before. The updated product will be unveiled at the National Association of Broadcasters' Tradeshow (NAB) in Las Vegas, Nevada April 8-11, 2002, where more than 117,000 professional audio and video editors will see the ShuttlePRO used with industry-leading applications from vendors such as Adobe, Alias|Wavefront, Apple, Avid, Boris, Canopus, Digidesign, Macromedia, Media 100, MOTU, Pinnacle, Sonic Foundry, Steinberg, Ulead and many more.

    The numerous improvements begin with powerful but unbelievably simple new ShuttlePRO software on the hybrid Mac/PC compatible CD that ships with the product. A fully automated installer swiftly initializes the ShuttlePRO, places all the necessary software components on the owner's computer, and automatically readies virtually any multimedia editing application to receive ShuttlePRO commands. To improve the end-user experience even further, the ShuttlePRO now includes pre-printed labels for it's 13 programmable buttons, new pre-programmed settings for industry-leading applications, new eye-catching and informative packaging, and an easy-to-read poster illustrating how ShuttlePRO owners may modify or create their own settings for any software application.

  • New MacroSystem Avio DV - Double Capacity

    from MacroSystem US

    MacroSystem US is poised to release its newly update Casablanca Avio DV, a VCR-sized complete nonlinear video editing system. Featuring an internal 40GB drive able to hold up to 24 hours of video at VHS quality and nearly three hours at native DV quality, the product features complete editing capabilities, including frame-accurate splits and trims, MPEG-2 or Direct DV compression. It also offers 3D and real-time 2D effects, a full range of transition and image processing effects, slow and fast motion and stills, a complete titler with advanced character generation effects, and an audio mixer with multiple stereo sound tracks.

    The Casablanca Avio DV lists at $1,795.

  • Apple Acquires Zayante, Extends FireWire Commitment

    Reprinted from an Apple press release:

    CUPERTINO, Calif., April 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Apple(R) (NASDAQ: AAPL) today announced it has acquired Zayante, a leader in IEEE 1394 (FireWire) technology. Zayante's president and CEO Prashant Kanhere will join Apple to promote the adoption of FireWire technology.

    "By acquiring Zayante, Apple is extending its commitment to FireWire as the premiere, high-speed digital interface solution," said Jon Rubinstein, Apple's senior vice president of Hardware Engineering. "FireWire is the best technology to connect digital devices that need to transfer lots of data quickly -- such as transferring an entire CD from your Mac to your iPod in less than a second."

    Apple invented FireWire in the mid-90s and shepherded it to become the established cross-platform industry standard IEEE 1394. FireWire is a high-speed serial input/output technology for connecting digital devices such as digital camcorders and cameras to desktop and portable computers. Widely adopted by digital peripheral companies such as Sony, Canon, JVC and Kodak, FireWire has become the established industry standard for both consumers and professionals and is a key part of Apple's Digital Hub strategy.

    Zayante, Inc., was founded in 1996, and today Zayante's IEEE 1394 silicon and software is used by leading consumer and computing product and semiconductor manufacturers seeking to produce 1394-compliant products.

  • Incite to Demonstrate Product Family at NAB 2002

    Reprinted from an Incite press release:

    (Geneva, Switzerland) April 3rd, 2002 - Incite Multimedia, a leader in editing software and network editing solutions, will be introducing four versions of its editing software solutions: Incite Editor, Incite Editor MAX, Incite Editor Studio and Incite Editor Suite. All four packages are based on the Incite Editor's NLE software bundled with Inscriber's TitleMotion, timeline export to Adobe After Effects, Incite's Interpolated Motion Control filter and Boris FX 6.0.

    Demonstrations will be held in conjunction with several of Incite partners at NAB 2002 in Las Vegas. Incite staff will be in the Advanced Technology Suite, and will also be demonstrating at Matrox's booth, showing Incite Editor with Matrox DigiSuite MAX and the Networked Broadcast Studio for high performance production based on SAN (Storage Area Networks).

    More about Incite Editor Products
    Incite Editor runs on the Matrox DigiSuite platforms (with optional support for the Matrox MAX) and Windows 2000. Incite Editor delivers multiple real-time FX, advanced compositing features and multi-layer mixing capabilities in an editing environment based on open file format and versatile database architecture. Special features include direct capture to timeline, live input editing, support for hybrid editing, and an extensive range of optional 3rd party FX plug-ins, including Boris RED, Ultimatte and Film FX.
    Incite Editor includes: Inscriber TitleMotion + Interpolated Motion Control + After Effects Export +Boris FX 6.0

  • Boris GRAFFITI 2.0 Now Shipping

    Reprinted from a Boris press release:

    Boston (March 26, 2002) - Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated graphics and effects technology for the television, broadcast, post production, and multi-media markets, today announced shipment of Boris GRAFFITI 2.0, a major upgrade to their award-winning graphics and titling application, 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 lets you animate both the path shape and the text position for Text on Path 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.

    Third Party Plug-ins from many leading packages developed for Adobe After Effects can now be used with all NLE systems supported by Boris GRAFFITI 2.0. They appear in the Boris GRAFFITI Filters menu, and behave like any other Boris filters.

  • Pinnacle Edition Unveiled at NAB 2002

    by Alan Sheckter, Videomaker news editor

    A new big brother to Pinnacle Studio (Version 8 is anticipated this summer), Pinnacle Edition promises to combine next-generation video editing software with Pinnacle's renowned production technology.

    Designed for corporate video professionals and ardent hobbyists, Pinnacle Edition is designed to offer professional results in quick turnaround times.

    Pinnacle Edition is anticipated to include several features. Multiple capture options will allow direct video transfer from DV and Digital8 camcorders, VCRs and televisions to Pinnacle Edition's timeline or your hard drive. Editing features are slated to include fast and slow motion, music, integrated voiceovers, TitleDeko title generator, Hollywood FX 3D effects and transitions and real-time previews.

    In addition, Pinnacle Edition users will have the ability to burn DVDs, VCDs, SVCDs and DLTs directly from the timeline.

    An end-of-May release and $699 MSRP for Pinnacle Edition are expected.

  • Ligos Releases GoMotion 6.0 MPEG

    Reprinted from a Ligos press release:

    New MPEG-2 4:2:2, MPEG-4, and Low Bit Rate Features to be Demonstrated At NAB2002
    SAN FRANCISCO, March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Ligos Corporation today announced that the greatly anticipated update to its award-winning GoMotion MPEG SDK is now available. GoMotion 6.0 includes a number of major advances focused on the broadcast and network video industries, and promises to revolutionize these segments in the same way that Ligos has changed the world of desktop video. Ligos will be showing these new technologies at the National Association of Broadcasters conference (NAB2002), April 7-11 in Las Vegas, NV.

    GoMotion is a set of high-quality software MPEG codecs that deliver real-time, broadcast quality video encoding and decoding on a standard Windows PC, eliminating the need for compression hardware. The GoMotion.MPG codec currently enables MPEG features in top-selling desktop PC video products from companies such as ArcSoft, ATI, Dazzle, Matrox, Roxio, Sonic Solutions and Ulead, as well as professional solutions from Anystream, Avid, Discreet, DPS/Leitch, ICTV, and Telestream. The latest version of the GoMotion SDK now introduces the following new codecs:

    -- GoMotion.Pro - MPEG-2 4:2:2P@ML video codec, the first in software to provide real-time encoding of broadcast quality Studio Profile and IMX format on a standard Windows workstation
    -- GoMotion.MP4 - MPEG-4 natural video and audio codecs, with support for MPEG-4 Systems and the ISO MPEG-4 v2 standard file format

  • Canopus Launches ProCoder Transcoding Software Tool

    Reprinted from a Canopus press release:

    SAN JOSE, Calif., March 25 -- Canopus Corporation, makers of award-winning, digital video editing systems, today announced ProCoder, the newest member to its growing line of software solutions for video professionals. Featuring Canopus's acclaimed DV codec and MPEG technologies and supporting all popular video formats, ProCoder is an ideal transcoding software tool for video professionals who encounter multiple video formats on a regular basis. Whether preparing video for DVD, streaming, digital archiving or a combination of applications, users will find that ProCoder is the fastest and most versatile transcoder on the market.

    Versatility and Speed
    Supporting all popular video formats, including Windows Media, Real Video, Apple QuickTime, Microsoft DirectShow, Microsoft Video for Windows, Microsoft DV, Canopus DV, Canopus Software MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 encoding, ProCoder makes it easy to convert video between formats at incredible speeds. ProCoder lets users convert single or multiple video files at one time and can output to multiple files in multiple formats simultaneously. For greater timesavings and flexibility, ProCoder's advanced stitching feature lets users combine multiple input files of different formats and frame rates into one output file, eliminating the need to combine them in a separate editing application. ProCoder also employs video and audio filters to enhance the quality of converted output.

  • Canopus Unveiling CWS-100 Linear/Nonlinear Editing Workstation for Broadcast Market

    Reprinted from a Canopus press release:

    San Jose, Calif. (March 18, 2002) - Canopus Corporation has chosen the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas next month for the U.S. unveiling of its new editing workstation for the broadcast market, CWS(tm)-100. CWS-100 is a high-performance workstation that combines the best of both linear and nonlinear editing systems. Designed specifically for the broadcast market and powered by dual AMD Athlon(tm) processors, CWS-100 boasts a linear workflow that is perfect for newsroom-style editors, while maintaining a nonlinear feature set suited for more complex editing projects.

    Canopus Rextor - Next Generation Realtime Editing
    Designed specifically for demanding offline editing applications, such as electronic news gathering, CWS-100 breaks new ground with its integrated support of professional edit controllers for precise, frame-accurate playback from professional decks directly onto the Canopus Rextor nonlinear editing timeline. Rextor is a professional streamlined editing tool that allows linear editors to reap the benefits of nonlinear editing without changing the workflow they've already mastered. The advanced nonlinear editing benefits Rextor delivers to this audience include main track with A/B editing and realtime transitions, titles, color correction, video filters and chroma key capabilities.

    No Need to Capture Video Before Trimming and Editing Clips
    Linear editors have been hesitant to embrace nonlinear technologies because the process of capturing video, trimming clips and adding transitions have made it difficult to get even the simplest projects out the door. Rextor overcomes this hurdle allowing for three-point insert edits without ever seeing a capture window. For example, Rextor lets users take a ten second shot from their source VTR and place it right in the timeline using an edit controller.

  • Macworld Tokyo: iMac Price Increase, Bluetooth for OS X, Cinema HD Display, 10GB iPod

    by Alan Sheckter, Videomaker news editor

    At Macworld Tokyo this week, Apple CEO Steve Jobs' keynote speech included four significant announcements. Three can be categorized as technological advancements, while one, higher iMac prices, was blamed on higher costs.

    Due to what the company called significant increases in component costs for memory and LCD flat-panel displays, Apple ratcheted up all iMac prices by $100. Effective immediately, the new suggested retail price for all three models will be $1,399 for the 700 MHz G4 with CD-RW drive; $1,599 for the 700 MHz G4 with Combo drive; and $1,899 for the 800 MHz G4 with SuperDrive. The price increases only affect iMacs, for now.

    In an interview, Greg Joswiak, director of product hardware marketing, said the price increase is affecting all desktop computer makers, but many manufacturers are de-configuring their computers rather than raising prices.

    We have seen memory costs triple, and flat-panel prices have increases by 25 percent, Joswiak said. We chose to keep our configurations the same. (Others) create new configurations that obscure what's going on.

    Joswiak sited examples of competitors, including Hewlett-Packard, Compaq and Gateway, who no longer offer what they did as recently as two months ago. He said in January, for $800, HP offered the Pavilion 520n, which featured 512MB of memory and a 60GB hard drive. In February, he said HP's 540n cost $850, and came with only 256MB of RAM and a 40GB hard drive.

    Jobs, in his keynote, also said Apple has stepped up iMac production to meet higher-than-expected demand. iMacs had a strong demand, more than any other, Joswiak said. We'd love to be more caught up, but now we're in ramp volume, and we can make about 5,000 a day.