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    Denver, CO - Telsoft Corporation, a leader in Denver website design and database technologies, announced today the launch of MYWITNESSNEWS.COM. This website has unique video functions that allow users to send their own home videos to the website, where they can be shared with thousands of viewers on the World Wide Web.

    Visitors to the website can send their own videos over the Internet, where they are previewed by MYWITNESSNEWS.COM staffers before release. Once released, anyone in the world can view and "rate" the videos. The site uses several leading edge technologies in combination to create the world's first user-generated Internet news channel. Video is encoded via a special process so all Internet users can view the video regardless of their connection speed. The video segments can include commercials similar to those seen on broadcast TV, but with special links that allow viewers to visit the advertisers' website.

    "We're very excited about video on the web," stated Telsoft Corporation VP Mike Higgins. "We believe in these new technologies and the promise that they bring for consumers and advertisers alike. By creating the first user-generated news channel on the Internet we hope to blaze a trail that will inspire others!"

    Visitors to the website are encouraged to take video footage they've shot and "upload" it to the MYWITNESSNEWS.COM website. The video is transferred from regular computer video to special Internet video "on the fly" so almost any video camera and computer owner can use the special features of the site. Telsoft Corporation utilizes a technology called "streaming media" to deliver Internet video from it's custom multimedia database to the Internet viewer.

  • Ulead Systems Releases Ulead SmartSaver Pro 3.0

    Ulead Systems, Inc., a leading developer of image editing, video editing and Web graphic applications, today announced the immediate availability of Ulead SmartSaver Pro 3.0, the latest version of Ulead's highly acclaimed Web graphics compression and production tool.

    "SmartSaver Pro 3.0 leads the pack among graphics production tools - both in price and performance," said Danielle Liao, president of Ulead Systems, Inc. "Version 3.0 delivers a potent table-based graphics composition model and enhancements to a top-notch optimization engine. This coupled with powerful new batch compression options and advanced JavaScript rollover features give designers all they need to prepare their images for the Web."

    Functioning as a Photoshop plug-in or a stand-alone application, SmartSaver Pro gives users the choice of working seamlessly in their favorite image editing application or as a robust stand-alone program. Version 3.0 introduces new features that make it easier to get images and animations ready for Web publication. The main components include tools for image optimization, slicing, image map creation, JavaScript rollovers and table-based graphics creation. SmartSaver Pro allows automated optimization of all images on a Web page both online or locally, saving Webmasters valuable time. As well, SmartSaver Pro offers the most advanced options for creating one-to-one, one-to-many and distance rollovers that use images, animations and audio.

  • Media 100 Offers Sonic DVD Fusion SL With MediaPress Suite

    Media 100 Inc. (NASDAQ: MDEA), the pioneer of streaming media production tools, announced today that it is offering Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ:SNIC) DVD Fusion(TM) SL authoring software, a new version of the world's leading professional DVD production system, with Media 100 MediaPress Suite(TM) MPEG authoring solution. The newly-announced Media 100 MediaPress Suite is the only solution on the market that accelerates the DVD production workflow by giving content creators the highest-quality MPEG files to be used in DVD creation or Internet streaming. Combining DVD Fusion SL and the MediaPress Suite offers a complete, powerful and low-priced DVD production solution for Macintosh users, particularly the tens of thousands of current Media 100 customers.

    "DVD is the most rapidly adopted consumer electronics technology in history and we are fast approaching the day when the majority of personal computers will ship with DVD-ROM drives instead of CD-ROM drives," said Mike Savello, director of marketing for Media 100. "This reality has interactive content developers clamoring for powerful, complete, easy-to-use tools for MPEG authoring and DVD production. The combination of MediaPress Suite and DVD Fusion represents the industry's lowest-cost, highest-quality, integrated solution for creating interactive DVD titles."

  • News from Real Conference in San Jose has a line of capture cards for streaming and full-screen video capture. The company's Osprey capture cards and codecs capture, digitize, compress, transmit, receive, decompress and display full-motion video. The Osprey is compatible with multiple video and audio compression standards and is available for PCs and workstations that are equipped with the standard PCI bus or Sun's S-bus. These should be included in the appropriate Buyer's Guide henceforth. The line includes the Osprey 100, 101, 200, 500, 1000 and 2000.

  • News from Real Conference in San Jose is a software company/Web site that allows users to edit and post their videos for streaming. Users can upload video to the site, then trim and arrange clips to post or send as video email. Video editors can upload edited programs up to 50 MB (approx 30 minutes) for display. Video can also be sent on VHS and earhnoise will upload your footage for you. Basic membership is free and provides up to 50 MB of storage. For $50 a year, users can display up to 200 MB of video.

  • Avid News from Real Conference in San Jose

    Avid Was showing their soon-to-be released ePublisher. ePublisher is an all-in-one software app for creating and publishing Web video. It includes a basic timeline-based editing program and allows the user to design a Web page around the video. ePublisher is scheduled to ship in July 2k with an MSRP of less than $600.

  • Media 100 News from Real Conference in San Jose

    Media 100 (including it's newly acquired Digital Origin, Terran Interactive and Wired) continues to be enthusiastic about the future of streaming and what it will mean to video editors. The company had re-written it's mission statement to reflect its position. They want to make every camcorder user a video streamer. At the show, the company announced that it's Terran Interactive Media Cleaner Pro now supports RealNetwork Inc's newly-announced RealSystem 8.

  • MGI Signs Agreement with IBM

    MGI Software (TSE:MGI), a leader in digital video, has announced that it has signed a worldwide licensing agreement for VideoWave with IBM Computer Corporation (NYSE:IBM). Effective immediately, IBM will be shipping MGI's market leading video publishing software on the IBM ThinkPad A Series mobile computers. No other terms were disclosed.

    This is the first agreement between MGI and a major PC vendor that initially targets mobile computer users. Although connectivity and storage barriers have prevented desktop and laptop users from editing their own video in the past, these issues have been overcome by high-speed data transfer standards such as IEEE-1394 and USB and an increase in basic system performance and hard drive capacities.

    "This agreement is another major win for MGI while adding to our strong revenue growth from OEM channels," said Anthony DeCristofaro, president and CEO, MGI Software. "We have evolved VideoWave to address a broader market of PC and Internet users. With its built-in Web publishing capability, VideoWave is positioned to be more and more used in every day business and personal communications."

    "We are seeing a growing trend among our customers, where video is increasingly being used for business," added Ihor Petelycky, general manager, MGI Digital Video. "VideoWave is the hands down leader among consumers, but it's ease of use, powerful features and support for high quality MPEG and streaming video output make it uniquely suited for business purposes as well."

  • Canon Develops Industry's First 10X Zoom Lens for Digital Cameras With Lens-Shift Optical IMA

    LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. * May 22, 2000 -- Canon U.S.A., Inc., the company whose imaging solutions give people Know How, announced today the development of the industry's first ever digital camera-use 10x zoom lens equipped with lens-shift optical image-stabilizing technology. The company will use the lens unit in future Canon-brand digital camera models and intends to market it to other manufacturers.

    Demand now is strong for digital cameras featuring high pixel counts and equipped with high-performance, high zoom-ratio lenses. Generally speaking, however, zoom lenses offering higher zoom ratios are more susceptible to image blur caused by camera shake, increasing the expectation of zoom lenses equipped with image stabilization capability.

    Canon began research and development in the area of image stabilizing technology early on, developing an optical image stabilizing system for video camcorders employing a Vari-angle Prism in 1992, and using the shift method in 1998. Both are featured in Canon-brand video camcorders. Furthermore, in 195 the company developed a shift-method optical image stabilizing system for SLR cameras, which was incorporated into interchangeable lenses for Canon's lineup if EOS model AF SLR cameras.

    The new shift-method optical Image Stabilizer equipped 10x zoom lens adapts technology previously employed in video camcorders and SLR cameras for use in digital cameras. The lens's outstanding image performance and high 10x zoom ratio are made possible through the introduction of a new mechanical structure, which makes possible the precision movement of the correcting lens group, and a new optical design compatible with high resolving capability.

  • Javu Wins Broadband Webby for

    Javu Technologies, Inc., has won a Webby for its filmmakers' community site, The Webby Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences and are the preeminent honors for Web sites. They have been hailed as the "Oscars of the Internet" by worldwide media. Tiffany Shlain, founder and director of The Webby Awards, says the winners: "represent the best of the best in a medium that knows no boundaries. won the broadband award, given to: "Sites that fully integrate bandwidth-intensive, interactive content. This content may include video and audio, animation, and dynamic elements that blur the line between film, television and computers.."