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  • 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.

  • Canopus to Unveil Hybrid Workstation and Video Transcoding Software Tool at NAB


    From Canopus PR

    Canopus will be unveiling two new products at NAB - CWS-100, a hybrid linear/nonlinear workstation for the broadcast market, and ProCoder, a professional video transcoding software tool.

    CWS-100 is a high-end, hybrid linear/nonlinear editing workstation for the broadcast market that combines the best of both linear and nonlinear editing systems. Selected for use by NHK, Japan's largest broadcasting company, CWS-100 boasts a linear workflow perfect for newsrooms, while offering an unmatched nonlinear feature set suited for more complex editing projects. CWS-100 features Canopus Rextor, the company's next generation realtime editing application.

    ProCoder is a professional transcoding software tool for video professionals who encounter multiple formats on a regular basis. Designed for speed and flexibility, ProCoder retains video quality while transcoding for multiple uses in record time.

  • Compaq Shareholders Approve HP Merger 9 to 1


    by Alan Sheckter, Videomaker news editor

    As expected, Compaq Computer Corp. shareholders approved the company's proposed merger with Hewlett-Packard March 20, by a nine-to-one margin. The announcement came after a shareholder's meeting near its Houston headquarters. The HP buyout would merge the two electronics giants, and signal the largest-ever computer industry merger.

    For the most part, Compaq shareholders welcomed the deal. HP is slated to pay almost $22 billion for Compaq, which was recently appraised at $18.3 billion.

    Proponents for both sides hope to gain strength from the proposed amalgamation, following the recent high-tech industry slowdown that led to layoffs at both companies. Executives at both companies acknowledge that more layoffs would be likely after the buyout, due to inevitable streamlining of the two companies.

    The Compaq vote came a day after the highly publicized and contested HP shareholders' vote. HP proponents, led by Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer Carly Fiorina claimed victory, while opponents, led by HP heir Walter Hewlett called the vote too close to call. An independent firm will validate and certify the HP vote, which could take several weeks.

    "I am gratified that Compaq shareholders have seen the power behind the merger of these two great technology companies," said Michael Capellas, Compaq chairman and chief executive officer. "The complementary strengths of Compaq and HP provide a truly unique opportunity to reshape the information technology industry."

  • HP CEO Claims Victory in Compaq Buyout


    by Alan Sheckter, Videomaker news editor

    Though the final tally won't be certified for some time, Hewlett-Packard Co. Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer Carly Fiorina claimed victory March 19 in her company's $22 billion effort to buy the Compaq Computer Corp.

    It would be the computer industry's biggest deal ever. The buyout would merge two of the world's largest and most prominent PC makers, in an effort to become more streamlined and withstand the recent high-tech slowdown and overall drop in PC sales. Hewlett-Packard has about 88,000 employees; Compaq has about 70,000.

    Late in the day, after a meeting of about 1,000 HP shareholders in Cupertino, California, Fiorina claimed a slim but sufficient margin," according to CNN. HP heir Walter Hewlett said that Fiorina's victory claim was premature and the vote was too close to call.

    While Fiorina has championed the merger over recent months, the Hewlett and Packard families, which together control approximately 350 million, or 18 percent of HP shares, have opposed the merger, resulting in a bitter public battle that has played out in front of company shareholders.

    Independent firm IVS Associates will validate and certify the vote, which experts say could take as little as a few days or as long as several weeks. Even after the vote tally, a challenge may drag out the result even more.

    Compaq shareholders, who will vote on the merger March 20, are expected to approve the deal, partly due to the high price HP will pay for Compaq stock.

  • neoDVDstandard Bundled With Sony Drives for DVD+RW/+R and CD-R/RW


    Reprinted from a MedioStream press release:

    SAN JOSE, Calif., March 14 /PRNewswire/ -- MedioStream, a leading provider of PC-based software for recording video to DVDs and CDs, today announced that its neoDVDstandard software, with its patent-pending "Direct-to-Disc Recording" and "Smart Buffering" features, is included in the latest generation of DVD+RW drives from Sony Electronics.

    neoDVDstandard is bundled with the DRU-120A ATAPI internal model and the DRX-120L i.LINK (IEEE 1394) external burners from Sony. Both drives combine DVD+RW/+R and CD-R/RW recording with DVD-ROM and CD-ROM playback in one device. With this product bundle, consumers have an all-in-one solution for creating custom DVD-Video and Video CD discs from digital or analog videotapes, as well as the option to playback the discs on the computer or set-top DVD players.

    neoDVDstandard was selected by Sony for its latest generation of DVD+RW drives because of its simplicity and ease of use. Designed specifically for the home camcorder user, neoDVDstandard enables consumers to quickly and easily create high-quality customized video discs right from their home PC.

    About neoDVD
    Designed specifically for consumers, MedioStream's neoDVD suite of DVD authoring software offers a complete, real-time end-to-end solution for consumers to easily capture, edit, compress, author and burn DVD or VCD video files onto their recordable DVD and CD drives. neoDVD supports live capture from camcorders, as well as input from DV, AVI, Quick Time, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 video files. In addition, neoDVD offers automatic PAL/NTSC format conversion, and the ability to personalize DVDs or VCDs, including adding audio overlay, chapter titles, customized menu, and transitional effects. With no video processing experience, the average camcorder user can quickly and easily create DVDs or VCDs on their home PC.

  • Videometry Inc. Announces New Line of Stock Video Footage


    Reprinted from a RealNetworks press release:

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA. March 12, 2002 Videometry, Inc., digital content producers and creators of Imagery + Motion X Digital brand of royalty-free stock footage, announce the creation off a new line of royalty free stock footage titles called the Videometry Motion Backgrounds series . The first of the new royalty free digital stock footage titles are Motion Backgrounds Volume 1 Digital Mix 1; Motion Backgrounds Volume 2 Digital Mix 2; Motion Backgrounds Volume 3 Kaleidoscopes; and Motion Backgrounds Volume 4 Sliders.

    The Videometry Motion Background series was created with After Effects in Final Cut Pro then exported and rendered using the PhotoJPEG codec as a QuickTime movie file. The series will initally total 12 volumes with the first 4 titles available as of April 1, 2002. Each title will consist of a two-CD set with a total of 30 images. Each image is 8 seconds long and is seamlessly loopable.

    With a price point of only $249 for each 30-clip title, Videometry's new Motion Backgrounds will save both time and money while adding creativity to any production.

    The first set of titles will be available for preview beginning March 18, 2002 with the titles available for purchase beginning April 1, 2002. Members can preview and pre-order at a discount. Check out the Videometry web site for more details. Look for the next set of titles to become previewable in April for a May release.

  • JVCs New Digital/Analog Dual VTR


    by Alan Sheckter, Videomaker news editor

    JVC Professional has announced its new Mini DV and S-VHS dual editing deck, the SR-VS30U. The deck will feature One-Touch Dubbing and an IEEE 1394 connection for both DV and VHS. In addition, the SR-VS30 is designed to act as two independent decks, with the ability to play back or record on both decks simultaneously. JVC said many videographers still use their high-end camcorders as playback devices when transferring footage into nonlinear systems. As a permanent fixture in a studio, the dedicated SR-VS30U saves wear on a camcorder in addition to offering greater convenience and ease of use.

    A JVC spokesperson described a couple of improvements over its predecessor, the SR-VS20U (MSRP $2,000). The deck's TimeCode feature should improve editing accuracy. In addition, JVC has beefed up the unit's IEEE 1394 connectivity, allowing it to work with more systems.

    The SR-VS20U is slated for an April release. A price had not yet been set.

  • Uleads DVD Workshop Offers Advanced Authoring


    by Alan Sheckter, Videomaker news editor

    With Ulead's release of DVD Workshop, a new DVD authoring program, the company builds on DVD MovieFactory, which it released last year.

    While MovieFactory ($50 MSRP) users are locked into non-customizable templates, DVD Workshop users will have precise controls over all creative aspects of their DVDs, a Ulead spokesperson said. The program offers the ability to include high-end effects such as motion backgrounds, buttons and scene thumbnails.

    In addition, DVD Workshop includes Ulead's MPEG-Direct capture, which is designed to capture video directly to the MPEG-2 format via IEEE 1394 (FireWire) and analog capture boards. The program also supports video captures beyond the problematic 4GB-capture limit.

    DVD Workshop outputs video to DVD, VCD and SVCD. Before committing their projects to DVD or CD discs, users can preview their work in real time. DVD Workshop is available at a suggested retail price of $299.

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