DV Master Wins 1997 Best Product Response

FAST Remarks
Thank you for the coverage on the award winning DV Master in your recent review of the Canopus DVRex product ("Another Star Is Born", June 1998 ). As the leader in PC video editing FAST is flattered by the comparison and we feel this new product validates our long standing approach in DV editing. DV Master is the standard by which all others should be measured as witnessed by its many awards including a 1997 "Best Product" award from your publication.

We’d like to add some information that did not make it into the review. For example DV Master has been priced at $3295 (MSRP) for some time now which evaporates any price advantage, especially when one considers that professional YUV output is included with DVM as well as the full version of Media Studio Pro 5.02 and we’ve recently added Final Effects from MetaCreations to the bundle.

Additionally FAST includes a very helpful logging, capture and playback application called DV Manager. We have rock-solid NT drivers and are in our third major features update of the software (DVM 1.3) which is offered free to our users on our web site. DV Master is also the only solution that is fully DVCAM compatible. We have also shipped our new DV Master Pro solution with in:sync’s exclusive Speed Razor DV software. We can only assume that the reviewer was not aware of these facts as it had been some time since reviewing an early version of the product over a year ago.

While we respect the reviewer’s opinion… FAST’s long history in PC editing, it’s innovative products and support, along with the thousands of professional DV Master users around the world, are proof that while there may be many stars in the sky one shines brighter than all the others… DV Master!

Thank You,
Tom Patrick

PR Manager
FAST Multimedia U.S., Inc.

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