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  • Videonics Announces Shipment Of Mediamotion 3.1, Uprgraded To Support Adobe Premiere 5.0

    CAMPBELL, CA, September 8, 1998 -- Videonics Inc. (NASDAQ: VDNX) announced today that it has begun shipping MediaMotion 3.1, the plug-in software upgraded for use with Adobe Premiere 5.0TM including support for the new print-to-video architecture of Premiere 5.0. MediaMotion 3.1 facilitates editing for Windows users by simultaneously controlling virtually any VCR or camcorder as it selects scenes for automatic batch-digitization. MediaMotion is fully compatible with Ulead MediaStudio Pro 5.0TM and previous versions of Premiere.

    With MediaMotion 3.1, the process of digitizing preferred video sequences is no longer separate from the editing process. Using Premiere's 'capture' window, MediaMotion 3.1 locates taped sequences and automatically digitizes them, said Kelly Thurber, Videonics' Vice President of Marketing. MediaMotion 3.1 will be attractive to the video professional and prosumer because of its timesaving ability to batch digitize, competitive price and ease-of-use.

    MediaMotion gives editors the power to control camcorders and VCRs using easy-to-understand control icons displayed on the computer screen, or directly from the movie capture window of Premiere or MediaStudio Pro. Virtually any VCR or camcorder can be precisely controlled from inside Adobe Premiere or Ulead MediaStudio Pro with MediaMotion 3.1. The MediaMotion software and patented AV/Net edit control cable technology provide accurate and flexible device control of up to two sources and one record deck to automate batch-digitizing and print-to-video features.

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  • Canopus Drops Price of DVRex

    San Jose, Calif. (September 8, 1998) - Canopus Corporation today announced the Just Edit price reduction for the DVRex-M1. Canopus has reduced the price of the DVRex-M1 $500 to $2499 to allow more video professionals to experience the Just Edit functionality of the DVRex. Designed with ease-of-use in mind, the DVRex transforms the computer system into a video editing component as reliable as a VTR, camera or deck, letting videographers spend more time editing and less time troubleshooting.

    DVRex-M1 is a breakthrough digital video and audio editing solution supporting DV and analog video and audio formats (IEEE 1394/I.Link, SPDIF, Composite and S-Video). The DVRex incorporates software and hardware CODEC technology along with an advanced PCI interface. The product also overcomes the 2GB .AVI file size limitation with seamless capture and playback. DVRex includes the company's Rex Edit, Rex Video and Rex Audio software.

    Canopus Rex Edit video editor software is an easy to use editing program featuring a timeline interface with real-time assemble and insert editing, audio and video scrubbing and native multi-channel DV audio support. Users are able to scrub through the production in real-time and output the final video directly to both analog and digital outputs. Rex Edit also offers clip logging, batch capture, and deck control. System requirements for DVRex-M1 include a Pentium 133MHz or faster, 64MB RAM, an available PCI V2.1 slot, an AV-rated hard disk, and Windows 95, 98 or NT 4.0.

    Based in San Jose, Calif., Canopus Corporation designs and manufactures graphics and video editing products for the PC. Canopus Corporation's parent company, Canopus Co., Ltd., with headquarters in Kobe, is Japan's largest maker of video editing and graphics products. For more information contact Canopus at (408) 954-4500 or visit their Web site at

  • Supervision Cam

    When we heard recently that the Sony HandyCams with NightShot technology could shoot through light clothing and bathing suits in indoor light and sunlight, we decided Videomaker better investigate. NightShot technology allows the camcorder's CCD to capture light in the infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum. Infrared light is energy in wavelengths just below the visible spectrum, it's really more heat then light. When you shoot infrared photography or video, unless you use an invisible infrared light source (like the Sony Laser Link [TM]), you are capturing the heat given off by objects. Plants, animals and people appear lighter then normal because of the heat they give off.

    When you shoot a person with an infrared sensitive device you will see the heat given off by the person's body. This is the same way that police helicopters (if so equipped) can locate a subject in the dark by finding the person's bright shape in the darkness. Because the light source (heat) is emanating from the subject, and not reflected off of it (as with visible light), the edges are soft and show little detail.

    We attempted to recreate the rumors using a Sony CCD-TRV65 Hi8 camcorder with NightShot. We asked a model to wear a sheer outfit, and we turned all the lights in the room up, as the rumors said to do. We tried using the NightShot mode without the Laser Link [TM] infrared light source, and then with it. We also tried shooting through a dark red lens filter. We made the same tests in the sunlight. We had no luck with any of the tests. We were never able to shoot through clothing, or even see the heat outline of the body through clothing.