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  • Applied Magic Unveils New Turnkey Nonlinear Video Appliance at NAB 2000


    Applied Magic will unveil Sequel, it's newest nonlinear video production appliance at NAB 2000. According to Applied Magic, Sequel is easy-to-learn, easy-to-use and will appeal to individuals and companies looking for an entry-level video production system. Sequel lists for $1,995 and ships with a 14 Gigabite EIDE hard drive, custom keyboard and mouse, 32x CD-ROM drive and custom effects and transitions and a titling package.

  • Sony Introduced MovieShaker Editing software


    Sony has introduced MovieShaker, a new video editing software package that will come installed in Sony Vaio computers beginning in May. Don Collins, Videomaker Associate Editor in Los Angeles at the Sony Conference got to "play" with Movieshaker. He said by simply selecting the "shaker" function, all of the video clips loaded in the bin are automatically mixed with pre-selected music and transitions to make a movie. Video can also be manually edited with MovieShaker. Look for it in May!

  • Javu Technologies Announces Licensing of Browser-Based Video Editing at Streamingmedia Conference


    Javu Technologies Announces Licensing at Streamingmedia Conference

    By Stephen Muratore
    December 9, Streamingmedia Conference, San Jose Convention Center

    Javu Technologies, the company which developed browser-based video editing, announced at the Streamingmedia show that it is licensing it's JavuNetwork to Web site managers. Under this license agreement, any Web host could feature browser-based video editing as a service of a given site. JavuNetwork is currently demonstrated through www.videofarm.com.
  • RealNetworks Announces RealProducer 7.0 at Streamingmedia Conference


    RealNetworks Announces RealProducer 7.0 at Streamingmedia Conference

    By Stephen Muratore
    December 9, Streamingmedia Conference, San Jose Convention Center

    RealNetworks, a leader in streaming audio and video development, announced version 7.0 in their line of authoring and playing products for RealMedia streaming files. Videographers will be most interested in RealProducer (free), Real Producer Plus ($149) and RealProducer Plus Pro ($499). All are in version 7.0 for Windows, Mac or Linux. This line of authoring and encoding programs convert avi, wav, mov, MPEG1, MP3, and au files to RealMedia streaming files. In addtion the Plus version supports double-pass encoding to shrink files, variable bitrate encoding to insure quality, and telecine features. In addition to these, the Pro version supports batch encoding and simple SMIL editing tools.

    In an aside, one RealNetworks representative at the conference said, "Frankly the software won't run as fast on the Apple G3s and G4s as it will on equivalent Pentium machines. The Motorola chip used in the Apples are not optimized to support streaming media the way the Intel chips are."

  • Sonic Foundry Announces Stream Anywhere Software at Streamingmedia Conference


    Sonic Foundry Announces Stream Anywhere Software at Streamingmedia Conference

    By Stephen Muratore
    December 9, Streamingmedia Conference, San Jose Convention Center

    Sonic Foundry, known for music-generating sotware, such as Acid, announced a video streaming package at the Streamingmedia Conference. Stream Anywhere (MSRP: $199) enables the user to:

    capture video,

    prepare media for optimized streaming quality,

    insert timeline commands for synchronizing text, captions, graphics or Web pages,

    encode to Windows Media Technologies 4 or Real System G2, and batch process multiple media files simultaneously,

    publish complete Web page layouts and export to Web site.

    Stream Anywhere is currently available only by download from the Sonic Foundry Web site (www.sonicfoundry.com) for $199. A free demo version is also available there.

  • Microsoft Demonstrates Version 4 Tools for Windows Media Technologies at Streamingmedia Conference


    Microsoft Demonstrates Windows Media Technologies at Streamingmedia Conference

    By Stephen Muratore
    December 9, Streamingmedia Conference, San Jose Convention Center

    Microsoft spokesmen at the Streamingmedia Conference announced several improvements for the company's streaming media tools and applications. Among other advances, the bundle of Windows Media Tools now include:

    Media Encoder which supports Intelligent Streaming, i.e. the ability to produce up to six video bands in a single file with data rates ranging from 16 kbps to 3 Mbps. Each user gets the file streamed at the bitrate best for his own connection speed.

    On-Demand Producer which translates avi and wav files to asf, includes a number of video editing features, enables markers and script commands for cuing attending text, images and html pages, and oncludes automatic html page generation.

    Other tools, such as a plug-in for Adobe Premiere which allows this popular program to output directly into asf format, PowerPoint addins for streaming slideshows, and Media Cleaner EZ for QuickTime-to-asf conversion.

    Windows Media Tools are available free from Microsoft's Web site, or on a $10 JumpStart CD available from www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia.

  • Terran Interactive Shows Media Cleaner Streaming Software at Streamingmedia Conference


    Terran Interactive Shows Media Cleaner Streaming Software at Streamingmedia Conference

    By Stephen Muratore
    December 9, Streamingmedia Conference, San Jose Convention Center

    As Terran Interactive has been acquired by Media 100, it's current catalog of products sport technologies developed by the former for encoding video for various formats as well as by the latter for video and audio editing. Media Cleaner Pro version 4 for Windows or Mac (MSRP: $499) was on display at the Streamingmedia Conference as one product resulting from this coporate marriage. Terran claims it to be currently the "only cross-platform tool that outputs all the major formats for delivery on the Web, broadbanc network, CD-ROM, presentations, kiosks or DVD. At the show one of Media Cleaner's tools, iFinish, was demonstrated. This tool can batch encode a number of video files into a number of streaming video files for reception at a number of bitrates, simultaneously.

    On another front, Terran and encoding.com announced a partnership whereby each company will offer the other's products and services to its own customer base.

  • MeTV Acquiring Movies for Web-Based VOD Network Shown at Streaminmedia Conference


    MeTV Acquiring Movies for Web-Based VOD Network Shown at Streaminmedia Conference

    By Stephen Muratore
    December 9, Streamingmedia Conference, San Jose Convention Center

    MeTV (MeTV.com) announced at the Streamingmedia conference that it is now providing movies made by independents to anyone with Internet access with a 375kbps connection or better. Give them a call if you've got a movie to sell: 1-888-811.MeTV.
  • Avid Shows Xpress DV Turnkey at Streamingmedia Conference


    Avid Shows Xpress DV Turnkey at Streamingmedia Conference

    By Stephen Muratore
    December 9, Streamingmedia Conference, San Jose Convention Center

    Avid showed its new digital video turnkey system at the Streamingmedia Conference. The system includes Xpress DV software installed in an IBM IntelliStation M Pro model 686891. It is made to capture DV video and output to all the usual streaming formats, including RealMedia G2, Microsoft Windows Media and, QuickTime/Sorrenson, as well as the other common digital video formats, MPEG 1,2, AVI, and QuickTime for use in CD, DVD, Internet, intranet streaming applications and presentation tools like PowerPoint. Avid is not currently listing the price for this system.

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