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  • MainConcept Releases Low-Cost Compositing Program

    AACHEN, GERMANY -- MainConcept today released its compositing, effects and vector animation program at an unprecendented low price -- just US$150 for the downloadable version through November 2000.

    MainVision offers high-end capabilities in a surprisingly friendly interface. Features are accessed through easily configured modules. Unlimited layers can be combined to create an infinite variety of compositions. The program also features a unique Image Processor which can quickly generate looping, organic backgrounds and many other effects.

    Other features include RAM preview, resolution-independent projects, advanced keyframe animation, multiprocessor support, and up to 10,000 undo levels. The software works under Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000 and Me.

    "MainVision is a very powerful program," said Markus Moenig, founder and president of MainConcept. "Its clean interface lets users concentrate on being creative, rather than trying to find their way through dozens of palettes and commands. And our introductory special further proves our commitment to offer professional tools at enthusiast prices."

    After the introductory special, the downloadable version will be priced at US$250, which is still hundreds of dollars less than comparable software. A boxed retail version will be made available shortly.

    MainVision can be downloaded from, and from selected distributors. Until unlocked with a key code (available for purchase online), it will operate in demo mode. All features will work, but a logo will be added to processed video. The downloadable version includes a full User Guide in PDF format.

  • Sony's New Power-Packed Notebook PCs

    SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 25, 2000 via NewsEdge Corporation - Sony's two most powerful notebook PC lines -- the all-in-one F series and the robust XG series, a favorite among digital video editing enthusiasts -- are among the first to offer super-fast Intel(R) 850 MHz(1) Pentium(R) III processors with SpeedStep(TM) technology(2). The PCG-F690 and PCG-XG39 are the first VAIO(R) notebooks to feature this processor.

    "The F690 and the XG39 outperform many desktop PCs on the market," said Mark Hanson, Sony Electronics' vice president and general manager of VAIO PC products. "With the new Pentium III 850, these new notebooks offer users lightning-fast execution and the ultimate in performance whether in the office or on the road."

    Both the VAIO F690 and XG39 models come standard with a 30 GB hard drive(3), 128 MB SDRAM (expandable to 256 MB maximum) and integrated 8X maximum DVD-ROM drive with fully integrated movie playback capabilities. Both systems offer either Windows(R) Millennium Edition or Windows(R) 2000 Professional operating system.

    VAIO PCG-F690 -- Power PC with a Blockbuster Display Now Available
    Designed for executives with a penchant for multimedia features and large, crisp displays, the PCG-F690 is loaded with a healthy complement of business and digital video editing software.

    Included in the mix are Sony's MovieShaker(TM), a simple application for producing digital home movies, and Sony's PictureGear(TM) software, designed to help manage such digital content as panoramic photography. The PCG-F690 also includes Sony's DVgate(TM) software, yet another tool to challenge a user's creativity. DVgate software helps capture full motion digital video and still photography for impressive multimedia presentations -- or video emails. The PCG-F690 is powered by a high-capacity lithium-ion battery with dual battery capability. It is 2.1 inches thin and weighs 7.1 pounds.

  • Streaming21 Raises the Bar in Carrier Class Streaming Video Technology

    LOS GATOS, Calif. - (October 24, 2000) -- Streaming21, Inc. (S21) is demonstrating the first streaming solution to deliver broadcast quality audio and video over the Internet on HP-UX and Windows NT platforms. The integrated system is engineered to address the distributed needs of telecommunications firms, service providers (ASPs, ISPs, BSPs, etc.), cable operators, and enterprises.

    Since HP offers a broad spectrum of products and services that complement ours, it was natural for us to work together to provide a carrier-class end-to-end solution to the market, says Dr. David Du, CEO, Streaming21. S21's Media Server provides broadcast-quality solutions to enable media delivery services to millions of end-users in geographically dispersed environments. The software package offers a comprehensive suite of tools and interfaces for billing, database connectivity, digital rights management, subscription management, network and system management, content distribution and quality of service. The Media Server software will be shown on both Windows NT and HP-UX platforms. The CODEC independence allows for flexibility in serving a variety of industry standard media formats including MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MP3 and others. This will allow users with a range of client devices (PC's, wireless units, set top boxes etc.) to experience full frame, full motion, DVD quality audio and video.

  • Eveo and Announce Partnership

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA and UNIVERSAL CITY, CA, October 16, 2000 -- The explosion of broadband and rich media on the Internet is empowering filmmakers, musicians and artists to transcend old media boundaries and display their work for a global audience directly. Thanks to communities created by Eveo, a leading user-generated video site, and innovative convergence-media music company,, bands, musicians and video makers around the world can now collaborate -- and broadcast their work globally.

    Eveo (, and, (, have formed a strategic partnership to foster and promote the creation and distribution of original music videos --called eveos-- by connecting musicians with video makers and facilitating their collaboration. Debuting on both sites October 16th, the Eveo/ alliance sees these compelling music eveos as an opportunity for aspiring video makers to display their talents and as an additional tool for unsigned bands to use to promote their music.

    Prospective video makers will listen to the music that has been uploaded by unsigned bands to, choose the music that inspires their creative impulses, and supply their selected song title, artist, music video concept and contact information to Eveo.

    Eveo will inform of the prospective video maker's request and the artist will then be contacted about the suggested music video. If the artist accepts the video maker's concept, the artist will contact Eveo to initiate video filming.

  • Play Announces Trinity 2.2

    Play Incorporated has announced a new software upgrade for its award-winning Trinity system, Trinity 2.2, which will begin shipping later this month. Trinity 2.2 adds important new features and significant performance enhancements that make the Trinity system more powerful and productive in both live and post productions environments.

    Trinity 2.2 upgrades all of Trinity's comprehensive broadcast applications, including Air Command, Preditor, TitleWave, Panamation and PersonalFX, with a particular focus on increasing the efficiency and performance of its post-production tools. The new software also includes interface updates to streamline workflow and productivity.

    "Trinity's real-time architecture has long been recognized for outperforming even the most high-end systems in terms of live production, sophisticated graphics and effects capabilities," stated Ken Turcotte, Group Technical Lead for Play's Video Tools Group. "Adding nonlinear functionality to Trinity introduced a new level of real-time horsepower for post production, but we wanted to continue refining the software to make it more robust and user friendly. Trinity 2.2 is solid, more powerful and more productive."

    Many of the updates are based directly on interactive customer feedback. Some of the new features include a backup utility for Time Machine clips, audio support for Time Machine clips in Panamation, improved stereo keyframe editing in Preditor, more robust deck management, improved file imports in Personal FX, and support for Play's new digital audio mixer. Trinity 2.2 is a free upgrade for all Trinity 2.1 users, and will be available for download at Trinity 1.2 customers will be able to upgrade to Trinity 2.2 for only $495 through their local Trinity dealer.

  • Canopus Adds MPEG Encoding, DVD Authoring and Internet Streaming Capabilities to NLEs

    Canopus Corporation today announced it is adding MPEG encoding, DVD authoring and Internet streaming capabilities to its entire line of DV NLEs for video professionals, prosumers and enthusiasts. By adding these features to EZDV, DVRaptor, DVRex-M1, DVStation, DVRex RT and all turnkey systems, Canopus delivers comprehensive solutions for delivery of video on CD-ROM, DVD and over the Internet. MPEG encoding and Internet streaming features have been added through plug-ins for Canopus' RexEdit, RaptorEdit and EzEdit nonlinear editing software. For DVD authoring, Canopus is including a trial version of Spruce Technologies' new SpruceUp DVD authoring software.

    Canopus delivers MPEG encoding features through its new SoftMPG Encoder to deliver the high-quality video and audio output required by today's video professionals. Using advanced algorithms, SoftMPG creates MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 streams in near-realtime directly from Canopus RexEdit, RaptorEdit, EzEdit or Adobe Premiere 5.1 nonlinear editing software, allowing users to quickly and easily encode their edited video productions. By using Main Profile at Main Level MPEG-2, also called MP@ML, the Canopus encoder delivers the high-quality video and audio MPEG-2 output essential for CD-ROM delivery, DVD authoring and network transmission. While other MPEG-2 systems use I-frame or IP-frame only, MP@ML features true IBP frame format, providing the highest quality video at the lowest bandwidth. In addition, SoftMPG's variable bit rate capability is one of the most effective techniques used to maintain video quality while reducing file size.

  • Media 100 Announces Immediate Availability of Cleaner 5

    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 its breakthrough interactive streaming media design solution, Cleaner 5. Developed by Media 100 subsidiary, Terran Interactive, Cleaner 5 is the first interactive streaming media design solution to enable web designers, media professionals and Internet broadcasters to quickly and easily produce highly-interactive, dynamic streaming media content for next generation, video-enabled web sites. Cleaner 5 was announced last month to critical acclaim at the International Broadcasters Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam, winning the Best Technology of Show award.

    "Cleaner 5 will fuel the growth of streaming on the web, enabling entirely new applications where the video itself, like the Internet, is interactive. We see Cleaner 5 driving broad acceptance of web video by hundreds-of-thousands of web developers, creating next generation interactive applications for e-commerce, Internet broadcasting, distance learning and in a range of other fast growing applications," said John Molinari, chief executive officer at Media 100. "Cleaner 5 will redefine the web site, making it video-centric, interactive, and compelling.

    "Moving forward, we will tightly integrate Cleaner 5 with all of our products to deliver sophisticated, high-performance streaming solutions that will shorten the time required to design and bring online a streaming site. Our mission is to enable the Internet as a highly-interactive broadcasting medium."

  • Pinnacle Systems Announces Studio Basic for RealVideo

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, October 9, 2000 - Pinnacle Systems, Inc. today announced immediate availability of Studio Basic for RealVideo, an easy-to-use video editing software for creating RealNetworks RealVideo content. This product is a result of an alliance between Pinnacle Systems, a leader in digital video editing solutions, and RealNetworks, Inc., the recognized leader in media delivery on the Internet.

    Studio Basic for RealVideo is available as a free download at The digital video editing tool supports RealVideo 8 technology that delivers high quality, full-motion video experience via dial-up modems, VHS-quality through mainstream broadband rates, and near-DVD quality through very high-capacity networks. Using Studio Basic, consumers can easily enliven their videos by selecting their best shots and arranging them in any order, adding titles, scene transitions, music, sound effects and narration. Movies are saved in RealVideo streaming format enabling the video to be played in RealPlayer.

    "People who produce DV content care about video quality so we think they'll be thrilled that we integrated RealVideo 8 into this product," says Bill Loesch, vice-president of Pinnacle Systems' consumer business group. "RealNetworks RealVideo 8 offers superior quality to other streaming video formats. We're excited about our relationship with RealNetworks."

    "The award-winning VHS quality of RealVideo 8 and the ubiquitous efficiency of RealSystem has spurred content developers to make their programming available to a rapidly growing, media hungry Internet audience," said Ben Rotholtz, general manager, products and systems, RealNetworks, Inc. "Once again, Pinnacle Systems has demonstrated leadership in digital video editing products with Studio Basic video software, making it straightforward to create and stream RealVideo 8 content."

  • Apple Releases QuickTime 5 and QuickTime Streaming Server 3 Previews

    QUICKTIME LIVE!, LOS ANGELES October 10, 2000 At the second-annual QuickTime Live! conference today, Apple released public previews of QuickTime 5 and QuickTime Streaming Server 3, the next generations of Apple's industry-leading software for creating, streaming and playing high-quality audio and video over the Internet.

    QuickTime 5's many new innovations include an updated media player with a new QuickTime TV (QTV) network channel display and new audio controls; a new component downloader for adding plug-ins on the fly; and support for new web codecs including Macromedia Flash 4, Cubic VR and Shoutcast.

    QuickTime 5, in combination with the new open-source QuickTime Streaming Server 3, offers Skip Protection, a collection of Apple-invented technologies that ensures a higher quality experience for watching and listening to Internet streams. Skip Protection protects against media skipping, or dropping frames, caused by the unpredictability of Internet transmissions.

    QuickTime is the standard for Internet audio and video and is being used to deliver the latest in Internet content to millions of surfers around the world, said Philip Schiller, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. The new technologies in QuickTime 5 enable a new generation of web-based audio and video solutions delivered with greater reliability than ever before.

    In addition to the updated media player, the new in-place component downloader and Skip Protection, QuickTime 5 also features: EUR a new Hot Picks guide highlighting cool, new QuickTime TV content; EUR support for Sorenson Video 3*; EUR easy developer support for delivering new user interfaces, or skins*; EUR an improved digital video codec for improved iMovie playback performance; and EUR real-time professional video editing support for professional applications such as Apples Final Cut Pro.

  • Inscriber Technology Releases New TitleMotion SD for Discreet edit*

    Inscriber Technology Corporation announced today a new release of Inscriber TitleMotion SD 4.2 for Discreet edit*, Inscriber's professional graphics plug-in for creating video titles and motion effects for Discreet edit* on the Windows NT platform.

    "This latest edition of TitleMotion gives edit* users fantastic creative potential by maintaining its easy to use interface and increasing its already powerful functionality. Users can create better graphics in less time," stated Joel St. Denis, Product Manager, Desktop Products at Inscriber Technology Corporation. "We've made a real effort to listen to users and integrate their suggestions in this new version. TitleMotion's new features include over 200 pre-designed templates, over 50 animation templates, over 200 new text styles, blur filter, spell checker and text on a spline." Inscriber TitleMotion for edit* is a professional graphics plug-in for creating video titles and motion effects. All graphics created with TitleMotion include full key channel support so titles can be laid over the digitized video with full transparency. Video professionals can now take any title and create multi-layered animations to fly text, graphics, logos, and even draw objects around the screen to produce dramatic effects.

    TitleMotion is based on technology developed for Inscriber's high-end character generator products, which means that NLE users get full access to Inscriber's top-quality output. In addition, Title Motion supports TrueType fonts as well as real-time stills, and rolling credits and crawls with sub-pixel movement for maximum image quality. TitleMotion also includes the unique feature that allows editors to animate each character of a title independently.

    Inscriber TitleMotion SD 4.2 for Discreet edit* is available immediately and sells for US$595.