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  • 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 VideoFarm.com


    Javu Technologies, Inc., has won a Webby for its filmmakers' community site, VideoFarm.com. 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. VideoFarm.com 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.."

  • Digital Origin and THOMSON Multimedia Partner to Deliver Digital Video Editing Solutions


    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--May 18, 2000--Digital Origin, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Media 100 Inc. (NASDAQ:MDEA) and the leading provider of digital video (DV) editing and effects software applications, today announced it is partnering with consumer electronics giant, THOMSON multimedia to deliver digital video editing solutions to its expansive DV camcorder customer base throughout Europe. As a result of this partnership, THOMSON multimedia - one of the largest suppliers of consumer electronics products in the world - will leverage its pan-european distribution channels to deliver Digital Origin's IntroDV digital video editing software with its high-end DV camcorders to customers in the UK, France, Germany and Eastern Europe.

    This partnership underscores a significant trend in Europe toward the creation of streaming media content for delivery on the Internet and the rapid adoption of DV solutions for consumers, enthusiasts and Internet professionals to transform the Internet into a personal broadcast medium. With this announcement, Digital Origin and THOMSON multimedia are providing its customers with DV solutions to essentially enable them connect their DV cameras to the web.

  • POPcast Announces Streaming Agreement With Intel Internet Media Services


    LOS ANGELES POPcast Communications Corp., the leading Application Service Provider (ASP) in the personal Webcasting market, today announced that it will exclusively use Intel Internet Media Services for all streaming media edge services. Specifically, POPcast will use Intel Internet Media Services to deliver all large-scale audio and video streaming content from POPcast.com and POPcast's customers' sites.

    Intel Internet Media Services 'copy exactly' philosophy ensures the reliable, scalable, and global solution that POPcast demands in order to deliver high-quality video and audio content, in mass, over the Web, said William Mutual, POPcast's President. We believe that Internet Media Services robust network architecture provides significant operational and Quality of Service advantages over all other comparable solutions.

    "We are building a highly reliable, global and scalable network designed expressly to stream audio and video over the Internet," said Mike Witteman, director of service technology, Intel Internet Media Services. "We are happy to be working with POPcast to help make robust streaming media over the Internet a reality."

  • MGI Signs Worldwide Video Licensing Agreement with Gateway


    CAMPBELL, CA and TORONTO, ONT - May 12, 2000 - MGI Software (TSE:MGI), a leader in digital video, today announced that it has signed a worldwide licensing agreement for VideoWave with Gateway Computer Corporation (NYSE: GTW). Effective immediately, Gateway will ship MGI's award-winning video publishing software on the Gateway Solo 9300 CX portable computer. The agreement marks the fourth such deal in as many months with the world's leading PC makers for MGI's market leading video software. No financial terms were disclosed.

    "Top-tier manufacturers, such as Gateway, are the acid test for the next wave in computing," said Wanda Meloni, principal of M2 Research, which focuses on the video market for both professionals and consumers. "The fact that MGI has closed several top-tier OEM agreements in the preceding months indicates the video market is ready for prime time on the mass market PC."

  • Third Tribe Productions Inc. Shoots Story Using Mini DV Format


    Two men meet in a train station. One believes he's Hitler, the other Christ. Their unusual pairing brings together the two most controversial figures in human history. Shot entirely in black-and-white, 16:9 mini-DV format, Hitler and Christ follows two mentally-ill, homeless men as they wander through Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Hitler is waiting and, at times, begging for death, all the while enraged by Christ's unceasing love. Former Law & Order star Michael Moriarty takes on the role of the simultaneously tragic and comic Hitler figure. Wyatt Page, a local Vancouver actor, plays an equally obstinate and blissful Christ. According to Moriarty, the film is about the tenacity of Christ and Hitler's agony in the face of his love.

    Director and Producer Brendan Keown believes mini-DV is the best medium for a non-commercial art film like Hitler and Christ. "You can take the time to rehearse in the environment you're going to shoot in. You can change set-ups very easily. Technically, it's quicker." Keown stresses that there was also artistic motivation in choosing DV. "It's affordable, but it's also unusualit offers a gritty realism. I think it's a purer film because of that."

  • Microsoft Windows Millenium Edition Will Have Movie Maker Editing Application


    Microsoft's Windows Millenium Edition (Win Me) scheduled for release later this year will come equipped with its own video editing application called Movie Maker.

    This basic editor will capture video, audio and still images allowing you to arrange the different clips in the order you want and then convert the finished project to a compressed format for posting on the Web.

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