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  • Apple Ships New CD-RW/DVD-R Drive

    CUPERTINO, California -- Apple announced it has begun shipping its new 733MHz Power Mac G4 with the SuperDrive, a combination CD-RW/DVD-R drive that can read and write CDs as well as DVDs which can be played in consumer DVD players. The Power Mac G4 with SuperDrive also includes Apple's revolutionary new iDVD application software that enables users to easily create professional quality DVDs for playback on consumer DVD players.

    "The new Power Mac G4 with SuperDrive is the industry's first complete solution for CD and DVD authoring," said Philip Schiller, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "The combination of Apple's amazing SuperDrive, super-fast MPEG2 encoding software and easy-to-use iDVD application is a real breakthrough."

    iDVD lets professionals and consumers quickly and easily create professional-looking DVDs for playback on consumer DVD players. iDVD shields users from the complexity of DVD authoring by offering professionally designed themes and drag-and-drop simplicity. With one click, iDVD automatically converts iMovie, Final Cut Pro or any QuickTime video file into the required format, compresses them into the MPEG-2 compression standard required to make DVDs, and burns the DVD-R disc with Apple's new SuperDrive.

    Apple's new optional DVD Studio Pro application is the perfect complement to Apple's award-winning Final Cut Pro video editing, effects and compositing software. DVD Studio Pro, the first full-featured DVD authoring tool available for less than $1,000, offers professional-quality DVD encoding, authoring and writing. With DVD Studio Pro, G4 users can encode their Final Cut Pro projects in the DVD format; author DVDs; preview finished projects in real-time; and burn DVD video discs with the G4's new SuperDrive.

  • Automatic Duck Releases Plug-In for Adobe After Effect 5.0

    Seattle, WA -- Market newcomer Automatic Duck, Inc., a Seattle, WA, based software development company targeting the nonlinear editing and effects industry, announces the release of OMF Composition Import, a plug-in for Adobe After Effects 5.0. OMF Composition Import revolutionizes the workflow process used by Avid system editors and graphic designers who import projects into Adobe After Effects 5.0.

    OMF Composition Import streamlines the previously time consuming process of importing projects into Adobe After Effects from Avid nonlinear editing systems. In one simple step, OMF Composition Import transfers an entire Avid system timeline into Adobe After Effects 5.0 and imports all the media necessary to perfectly recreate a project.

    Instantaneously, OMF Composition Import reconstructs an Avid system timeline. Supported effects like dissolves, superimposes, flops, motion effects, and more, are seamlessly translated into the After Effects 5.0 equivalent. With the strength of OMF Composition Import, even the most complex projects import with amazing easeas collapsed layers in the Avid timeline automatically become nested compositions in After Effects 5.0.

    OMF Composition Import by Automatic Duck, Inc. is scheduled for availability in Q2 2001. Pricing for OMF Composition Import will be $495 US MSRP. It will be available for purchase through the Automatic Duck website at or through Toolfarm, Inc. at

  • Daikin's DVD Authoring Business Joins Forces with Sonic Solutions

    Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ: SNIC) announces that it has reached an agreement with Daikin Industries, Ltd., of Japan under which Sonic will combine Daikins DVD authoring business with Sonics professional DVD operations. Under the terms of the agreement, Daikin will maintain an equity interest in Sonic Solutions signifying the strategic importance of the union. Sonic will acquire the Daikin products, including all intellectual property rights, and carry on development, marketing and sales activities on a worldwide basis. Further, Daikin will continue to be the exclusive distributor and service provider of the Daikin-originated authoring products in Japan. "The addition of Daikins technology will further strengthen our leadership position," said Bob Doris, President of Sonic Solutions. "Daikin introduced Scenarist, the first authoring application for professional DVD creation, in 1996 and that system is still a gold standard in the industry. Sonic has sold the largest number of professional DVD production systems of any company in the world. This deal truly combines the best with the best."

  • Apple Introduces Final Cut Pro 2

    CUPERTINO, CaliforniaFinal Cut Pro 2, running on our blazingly fast Power Mac G4 or PowerBook G4, offers the specialized features and robust editing workflow sought after by video professionals, without the expensive price tags, said David Moody, Apples senior director of Applications Marketing. Final Cut Pros innovative, extensible real-time architecture gives editors what they need mostWith Final Cut Pro 2, real-time editing and compositing functions are seamlessly integrated into the video production workflow. By simply adding an optional, supported real-time processing card, video editors can instantly perform wipes, dissolves, and 2D motion graphics effects, dramatically increasing their creative freedom and efficiency. Final Cut Pros real-time architecture allows third-party manufacturers to create hardware that supports a variety of professional editing features and formats. The first card to support Final Cut Pros real-time architecture is the RTMac card from Matrox, which provides real-time broadcast-quality transitions and effects, and uncompressed, 32-bit, animated graphics in a dual-stream, native-DV editing environment.

    Final Cut Pro 2 takes advantage of the supercomputing performance of Apples new Power Mac G4 and PowerBook G4 lines, and the new QuickTime 5 architecture, to deliver dramatic gains in video editing productivity. On compute-intensive operations, Final Cut Pro 2 is up to 30% faster on G4 systems and 70% faster on dual-processor G4 systems, when compared to the previous generations performance on similarly configured systems.

  • Videometry and Roxio Form Strategic Alliance

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA. March 1, 2001 - Videometry, Inc., digital content creators and producers of Imagery + Motion X Digital royalty-free stock footage, today announced an agreement with Roxio, formerly the Software Products Group division of the Adaptec Inc., to license Videometry imagery for Roxio CD burning software. The license and bundling deal allows Roxio to include up to 25 of Videometry's media clips in both the Easy CD Creator and Toast product lines. Roxio will create a separate CD package to be included in all copies of the CD burning software exclusively featuring Videometry imagery. Videometry imagery will also be made available on the Roxio website to registered users of Roxio's CD burning software. "The Videometry media clips add a fantastic value to our CD recording products," said Barbara Murphy, Director of Product Marketing at Roxio. "The Bonus CD is a convenient way for the user to gain access to a variety of images."

  • Cleaner MPEG Charger Available for Cleaner 5

    MARLBORO, Mass.--March 1, 2001--Media 100 Inc. (NASDAQ: MDEA), the leading provider of software, systems and services for streaming media on the Internet, today announced the immediate availability of Cleaner MPEG Charger-- a software-only MPEG solution for Cleaner 5 users with comprehensive control over MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 content creation for DVD, Video CD, CD-ROM and digital broadcasting.

    "Cleaner MPEG Charger is a must-have option for content creators who need to create and deliver world-class MPEG content," said Stephen Manousos, vice president of sales and marketing for the Media 100 software division. "Charger adds value to Cleaner 5 by enabling unprecedented flexibility and speed by optimizing video for DVD content and the Web. We are enabling our customers to deliver world-class MPEG content faster than they ever could before."

    Cleaner MPEG Charger works seamlessly with Cleaner 5, allowing users to create professional-quality MPEG content from all popular video, audio and animation file formats, even Macromedia Flash--with all of the power and ease-of-use of the award-winning Cleaner 5.

  • Media 100 Ships CineStream

    MARLBORO, Mass.--March 1, 2001--Media 100 Inc. (NASDAQ: MDEA), the leading provider of software, systems and services for streaming media on the Internet, today announced that CineStream, the industry's first software-based interactive streaming media authoring solution for web developers and professional content creators, is available immediately.

    Media 100 CineStream enables a broader range of customers to create and deliver superior quality, highly-interactive streaming media programs for delivery over the Internet. CineStream provides a unique, software-based approach to creating video programs specifically designed for the interactive nature of the Internet and is ideally suited for customers entering the burgeoning streaming media marketplace.

    "Media 100 is continually developing software innovations to solve key issues for our customers in the burgeoning digital media design and delivery space," said Stephen Manousos, vice president of sales and marketing for the Media 100 Software Division. "Our customers not only need innovative approaches to creating and delivering digital media, they also need options. CineStream is the most powerful software-based interactive streaming media authoring solution on the market today."

  • Adobe After Effects 5.0 Enters The 3D Realm

    SAN JOSE, Calif., (Feb. 26, 2001) (Nasdaq: ADBE) Adobe Systems Incorporated, the leader in network publishing for the Web, print and dynamic media, today announced Adobe After Effects 5.0, a new version of the company's award-winning motion graphics and visual effects software. Adobe After Effects 5.0 offers more than one hundred new features and productivity enhancements that enable creative professionals to generate compelling content for film, video, multimedia and the Web.

    Adobe After Effects 5.0 offers a superior implementation of tools that professionals demand in a leading compositing software package. The new version includes a true 3D compositing environment. In addition, new vector paint tools and 16-bit color support expand the Production Bundle version. The combination of new features along with numerous productivity enhancements will help visual effects artists and motion graphics designers explore their creative ideas and execute them with precise control.

    "After Effects 5.0 is a major leap forward. We're really excited because it allows us to create new looks," said Chris Meyer, co-owner of CyberMotion, a motion graphics design studio. "We can now composite in three dimensional space with lighting and cameras, plus use all of our familiar 2D tools like transfer modes and mattes. New features such as expressions and parenting allow us to quickly build elaborate, interlocking animations we wouldn't previously have attempted."

  • Media 100 i Supports Next Generation G4 Macintosh

    SAN FRANCISCO--Media 100 Inc., the leading provider of software, systems and services for streaming media on the Internet, has announced that its award-winning Media 100 i interactive streaming production tools are fully compliant with Apple(R) Computer's new high-performance, flexible and highly-customizable Next Generation G4 Power Mac. 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. The new Apple platform debuted this morning at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, CA.

    The Next Generation G4 provides Media 100 i customers with an even more flexible platform for interactive streaming production. The additional PCI slot in the Next Generation G4 provides the flexibility for users to customize their Media 100 i systems with high performance options, such as Power Suite, for accelerated encoding of streaming media, or After Effects on ICE, with up to ten times acceleration for effects creation.

    "Today's announcement sends a very powerful message to our customer base - Media 100 continues to provide best- in-class streaming media production solutions in real-time, by announcing the compatibility with the Next Generation G4 simultaneous with Apple product announcements," said Tony Dolph, vice president marketing, Media 100. "In today's web-paced production environments, it's critical that your solutions are flexible, scaleable and enable you to deliver the highest quality results possible. Media 100 i, on the Next Generation G4, gives our customers an even more powerful platform to create unparalleled, high quality interactive streaming content. We continue to offer our customers a state-of-the-art experience on the Macintosh platform allowing them to create streaming, DVD, and broadcast content."

  • Laird Telemedia Introduces Multi-Format Edit Router

    (Mount Marion, NY)--Laird Telemedia is launching an all new edit router designed to simplify the lives of all professional AVID, Media 100 and G4 based non-linear editors. The Laird LTM-ER4 Edit Router automates the upload and download of audio, video and RS422 control feeds into any NLE with the push of a single button. "When I have a lot of different sources going into one non-linear edit system, I find Laird edit routers extremely useful," said James Peebles, Senior Production Engineer at Oxygen Media.

    The LTM-ER4 ends the need for multiple patch bays, confusing cable clutter and "what goes where" questions. Patch bays are a thing of the past and we avoid them like the plague," Peebles added.

    The Laird LTM-ER4 Edit Router is a true multi-format device. It can route component, composite, Y/C and balanced audio with full machine control. The direction control on the LTM-ER4 allows the editor to use four decks for both sourcing and recording as a 1 x 4 router to upload or a 4 x 1 router to download. "I like the Laird router because it keeps things simple for my editors," said Peebles.

    Three optional add-ons are available to further expand the functionality of the LTM-ER4. A direct dubbing module, digital signal expander (FireWire, SDI, SPDIF), and NLE coupler allow multiple NLEs to share the same source and record decks.

    Laird edit routers are made in the USA, CE approved, NTSC and PAL compatible and contained in a 2RU cabinet.