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August 11, 2008

Table of Contents

The Moving Picture: Musings About Premiere Pro CS4
Vortex Media Debuts New Training DVD Set, "Mastering the Sony HVR-Z7U and S270"
Safe Harbor Announces New Tutorial for Matrox RT.X2 Users
Panasonic Announces Availabity And Pricing For New AG-HPX170 Fully Solid-State P2 HD Handheld Camcorder
Podcast That Gets Personal with Pro Photographers Launches a Video Version—F-Stop Beyond: In Living Color
Panasonic Unveils Pricing And Ship Date For Its New Professional AG-HMC150 Avccam Handheld Camcorder
ImageSpan and WEVA Unveil New Licensestream WEVA Portal, Along With Several New Features, At Wedding & Event Video Expo
Go Wider with Matrox TripleHead2Go Digital Edition
NewBlueFX Bursts into Mac Market with Video Special Effects and Transitions for Apple Final Cut Pro
Blastwave FX Announces Podcaster 2: A New Addition to the Microwaves Series
TapeOnline Offers Rip-Ties to Manage Messy Cables
RedbeardMusic.com Releases 2 New Selections for Wedding Videography
Digital Heaven launches VideoSpace Online with iPhone version
TV One Releases Professional Six-Input 17" HDTV Color Monitor

The Moving Picture: Musings About Premiere Pro CS4

The second iteration of Adobe’s integrated video production suite, Adobe Production Premium and Master Collection Creative Suite 3 (CS3), shipped in July 2007. Thirteen months later, I’m starting to muse about CS4, which is as yet unannounced. But because Adobe showed what looked to be stable CS4 versions of Premiere Pro and OnLocation for the Mac in April at NAB 2008 and is currently shipping beta versions of Soundbooth CS4, I’m expecting to see Production Premium CS4 by early 2009, if not sooner.

What’s CS4 going to deliver? The best indicator is the technology demonstration given at NAB by Hart Shafer, product manager for Adobe Production Premium, which you can watch at http://tv.adobe.com. Search for NAB and then select Adobe at NAB 2008—Adobe Technology Preview, which should be on the third search page.

One of the first programs that Shafer demonstrated was a Mac version of OnLocation. OnLocation provides waveform, histogram, and other scopes to help fine-tune your exposure settings, and it can function as a direct-to-disk video recorder. OnLocation was still a new acquisition at the time CS3 was released, but Adobe did manage to wedge it into the bundle. The compromise was that it was a Windows-only tool; although it did ship in the Mac suite, you needed BootCamp or Parallels Desktop to run the software on your Intel Mac. Now it runs natively.

Adobe has also upgraded OnLocation’s graphical interface, changing from the CS3 version’s clunky faux-hardware look to that of a traditional software program, which looks great. You can now also input a shot list and incorporate shot-related metadata. For example, you can mark a shot as good or bad and add descriptive information, to which OnLocation will add all discernable camera-related information. When you open the clips in Premiere Pro, you can search by the entered data and use a new metadata panel to edit or expand this information.

OnLocation for the Mac and expanded metadata are nice, but the most significant addition to Premiere Pro is a new text-to-speech function that will revolutionize how video is edited and watched within 6 months of CS4’s ship date. The news and broadcast markets will jump on the bandwagon first, followed quickly by corporate; and in these markets, text-to-speech is such a sufficiently "disruptive" feature that it will change editing and streaming preferences.

If Apple and Avid don’t counter with comparable features of their own, they’ll be in big trouble. Here’s why. Video, by nature, is a big lump of largely indiscernible data. Most video with intellectual content, such as news, interviews, lectures, or seminars, is impossible to scan for information, whether for editing, archiving, playback, or for online search engines such as Google. For example, suppose you were editing an interview and wanted to find where the speaker predicted that the Celtics "didn’t have a snowball’s chance …" of beating the Lakers in the NBA finals. Even if you knew that the less-than-prescient interviewee made this claim somewhere between 10 and 15 minutes into the interview, it could easily take you 2–3 minutes to find the exact quote.

As an editor, you’d take the time to find the quote because it’s your job. But if you were watching the streaming video and wanted to find the quote, you’d have to page through the file using the fast-forward controls or slider, which is slow and frustrating. If you were Google scanning the webpage that contained the video, you’d never find the quote, unless, and until, Google inserts speech-to-text capabilities in its web spiders.

Enter Premiere Pro’s speech-to-text function, which is run as a post process after capture. Once the speech has been converted, the text is linked to the originating video like the audio file that generated it. Want to find the "snowball" quote? Type that into the metadata window and Premiere instantly jumps to the quote. You can even mark the video in and out using the text.

As I’m sure you’ve guessed by now, after rendering, the text stays with the video, so long as it’s played in the Adobe Flash Player, of course. You could configure the text to accompany the video during playback, e.g., subtitles, or allow viewers to scan or search for the desired passages. A formerly featureless lump of video is transformed into a scanable, searchable object.

Think of the impact this feature will have on web video, say within the context of our next president's first State of the Union (SOTU) address. Say CNN presents the SOTU address the way it would be today, a 45-minute lump of video, while longtime Adobe partner BBC presents it with the accompanying text. I can scan the text for topics that are important to me, then highlight the passage I want to watch, click a button, and play the video. Which feed would you rather watch? How long will it be before this is a must-have feature for all web-broadcast video? How about for any instructional videos or other videos with text content that viewers would like to quickly find.

Of course, there are many markets in which this feature will have little impact. But if you produce any video in which you need to scan and quickly locate speech, the ability to leverage speech-to-text from production to delivery will quickly become a commercial necessity.

Jan Ozer (jan at doceo.com) is a frequent contributor to industry magazines and websites on digital video-related topics and the author of Critical Skills for Streaming Producers, a mixed media tutorial on DVD published by StreamingMedia.com.

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Vortex Media Debuts New Training DVD Set, "Mastering the Sony HVR-Z7U and S270"

Vortex Media has announced the release of "Mastering the Sony HVR-Z7U and HVR-S270," a new training DVD by Doug Jensen. The new DVD is the easiest way to learn both the fundamentals and advanced features of the new Sony Z7U and S270 camcorders.

This 3-hour, 2-DVD workshop includes tutorials, step-by-step examples, and detailed instructions covering the most important aspects of camera setup, menus, shooting techniques, exposure, the Memory Recording Unit, picture profiles, time-code, assign buttons, shutter speed, special effects, color correction, camera profiles, digital photos, audio, lens options, focus marking, shot transitions, clip importing, white balance, and even how to choose a recording format.

This DVD will pay for itself many times over by saving you hours of time figuring out things on your own. "Mastering the Sony HVR-Z7U" is a completely independent production with no participation, sponsorship, input, or approval from Sony -- so it delivers unbiased information and professional advice that can't be found in the owner's manual.

This video workshop is designed to help anyone, from a novice to an experienced ENG/EFP shooter, get the best results from their Z7U or S270. The DVD provides real-world examples and suggested techniques that are simple to put into practice.

Like all Vortex Media training DVDs, this workshop has been carefully researched, planned and scripted (not presented as"live" or ad lib). This DVD was produced by professionals with years of broadcast-level experience who have the knowledge to recognize what's important about the Z7U and how to teach it without getting bogged down in jargon or unnecessary technical details.

The 2-DVD set is available now from Vortex Media for $90.


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Safe Harbor Announces New Tutorial for Matrox RT.X2 Users

Safe Harbor Computers, a leading supplier to professional videographers, today announced the release of "HDV & Blu-ray for the RT.X2," hosted by Jeff Pulera.

This DVD, aimed at all levels of RT.X2 users, provides over 90 minutes of unique instruction on the steps, tips, and tricks necessary to maximize an HDV-to-Blu-ray workflow in the RT.X2.

Highlights include:

  • The technical details of HDV and Blu-ray
  • Supported HD formats and ingest procedures
  • The proper workflow for using HD with your RT.X2
  • Monitoring options including downconversion
  • Mixed-format editing and aspect ratio conversions
  • Encoding options and settings for Blu-ray
  • Blu-ray menu creation using Encore and Photoshop
About the Instructor
Jeff Pulera is a professional videographer with 15 years experience. He also works for Safe Harbor Computers, sharing his knowledge and real-life editing experiences with their customers. His company, Digital Vision Productions, specializes in corporate, event and wedding videography. The author of many tech reviews and articles, Jeff is widely known throughout the industry as the "Matrox guru."

Pricing and Availability
"HDV and Blu-ray for the RT.X2" is available exclusively from Safe Harbor Computers. Suggested retail is $49.99. For more information or to order, please visit www.sharbor.com.

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Panasonic Announces Availabity And Pricing For New AG-HPX170 Fully Solid-State P2 HD Handheld Camcorder

Panasonic Broadcast today announced that its new AG-HPX170 fully solid-state P2 HD handheld camcorder will be available in late September at a suggested list price of $5,695, which includes a 16GB P2 card in the box along with The HVX and HPX Book by Barry Green. Building on the AG-HVX200’s phenomenal success, the HPX170 features high definition and standard definition recording, the widest zoom lens in its class, and an HD-SDI interface for connection to baseband production and distribution infrastructure, all in a lightweight 4.2-pound body.

Fully solid-state, the two-slot HPX170 is an ultra-mobile HD/SD camcorder that offers the compelling advantages of P2 technology including: no moving parts, unlike tape, hard disk drive, or disc-based systems; instant random access to recorded HD or SD content; a faster IT compatible file-based workflow; and the ability to operate in harsh environments with resistance to temperature extremes, shock and vibration.

Providing exceptional, independent-frame compression in 20 HD and SD formats, the HPX170 records in a variety of 1080i/1080p and 720p formats in DVCPRO HD, 480i in DVCPRO50 and DVCPRO, and 480i in DV. It is switchable between 16:9/4:3 aspect ratios.

The HPX170’s 1/3" progressive 16:9 3-CCD imager offers an excellent signal-to-noise ratio, lower noise and smear and better low-light performance. Its digital signal processor with 14-bit A/D conversion and 19-bit processing assures high-quality recordings necessary for broadcast and top-level production. Because the HPX170 scans the initial image at a native 1080p/60, images maintain the highest quality possible across conversions.

For shooting versatility, the compact P2 HD handheld comes with a wide 3.9mm – 51mm (equivalent to 28mm on a 35mm lens) 13X Leica Dicomar zoom lens (the widest in its class). Precise zoom and focus operation is assured with features like a cam-driven manual zoom ring, 10X digital zoom, manual focus ring and aperture control, as well as valuable HD focus assist functions including histogram, 2X center blow-up and a Focus Bar. It also has built-in waveform and vectorscope display features. The camera’s Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS), as a 60p/60i feature, automatically suppresses blown highlights and dark shadows. In addition, an Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.) function automatically corrects blurring so images remain crisp and sharp.

For the ultimate creative flexibility, the HPX170 offers an expanded 20-step frame rate selection in 720p mode for variable-speed shooting in the 12fps to 60fps range to acquire fast- or slow-motion in-camera effects. Professionals can select from six advanced gamma modes including CineGammaTM, which produces the warm tones characteristic of film recordings.

The HPX170 has two P2 card slots, so users can record up to 64 continuous minutes of the highest quality DVCPRO HD recording using currently available 32GB P2 cards. Record times will double with the release of Panasonic’s 64GB P2 card in the fall. Other user-friendly recording modes offered are hot swapping for non-stop recording, loop record, pre-record, interval and one-shot recording. New functions have been added to the User buttons including last-clip delete, Pre-Record, and the variable frame rates can be toggled through. A time/date stamp function makes the camcorder ideal for use in law enforcement and legal environments. An enhanced metadata input features a software keyboard to add key data about the shooting environment.

The HPX170 records four channels of uncompressed, 16-bit digital audio for superb audio performance. It is equipped with an HD/SD-SDI output standard for live feed productions as well as for editing and monitoring. It also has a 6-pin locking IEEE 1394 interface and an USB 2.0 interface for fast P2 content transfer into NLE systems, and offers a composite output, component output (mini D-terminal.) The camera also features a built-in stereo microphone and two-channel XLR audio input terminals supporting 48V phantom power supply and is switchable between mic and line. Manual audio level volume is offered on two of the channels.

Other convenient operational features include SMPTE time generator/reader, clip preview on the camera’s 3.5" color LCD monitor, instant recording startup, shot marker, text memo, six pre-set scene files, the ability to load new settings into the camera via an SD card slot, three assignable user buttons, and remote control of zoom, rec, focus and iris.

The AG-HPX170 is backed by Panasonic’s five-year limited P2 HD warranty. This warranty is unprecedented in cameras at this level.


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Podcast That Gets Personal with Pro Photographers Launches a Video Version—F-Stop Beyond: In Living Color

In September 2007, Cinematic Studios Inc. ("CSI") launched F-Stop Beyond, an audio podcast billed as Fresh Air for photographers, alluding to the popular NPR radio talk show starring Terry Gross. CSI has now launched a video version of the show called F-Stop Beyond: In Living Color. This version will have as its guests high profile professional photographers who typically may be more elusive.

The format will be similar to the audio podcast with show host/producer and CSI Creative Director Ron Dawson asking personal questions. Ron comments that, "The added video element gives us the ability to create a more Barbara Walters-style interview. It makes a huge difference in an interview when you can see facial expressions, body language, etc. We can now also do a tour of the guests’ homes or studios, or do an on-location shoot in some scenic or gritty locale. And we plan to do some shows with an audience, similar to the Bravo channel’s Inside the Actor’s Studio."

The inaugural episode has as its guest, celebrated wedding photographer and ShowIt Fast CEO David Jay. During the month of July, a series of seven different parts of the interview will air on the official website www.fstopbeyond.tv. Future guests already filmed include celebrity wedding photojournalists Denis Reggie, Joe Buissink, and Kevin Kubota. A special episode of the show with Mike Colón is scheduled for October at Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, CA.

"As in everything we do, I wanted to produce a show that would be different than what’s currently out there," says Ron. "There already are so many podcasts, forums, and blogs dedicated to business advice and shooting tips from the pros. I wanted to learn more about the heart of the artist behind the lens."

Show sponsors include Pictage, Triple Scoop Music, and Fast Track Photographer. To celebrate the launch, CSI is having a drawing from the pool of commenters on the blog. The prizes will be free song and audio book downloads from Triple Scoop Music and Fast Track Photographer. The audio podcast is available online (www.fstopbeyond.com), as a part of the liveBooks community (http://livebooks.com/community/podcasts/index.php), and is now a featured podcast on PhotographeMentor.com. Both the video and audio versions are available for free download in the iTunes Store.

About Cinematic Studios Cinematic Studios, Inc. is a multimedia production company that combines creative film and video production with strategic internet marketing to brand and expand their clients' businesses. CSI's narrative filmmaking techniques, signature style, and creative concepts have garnered the innovative company national acclaim. In 2007, CSI launched a division and suite of services dedicated to serving the professional photography community. Led by Creative Director Ron Dawson, the CSI team brings years of professional production expertise to meet the expanding needs of the photographic community in today's competitive market.

For more information about F-Stop Beyond, contact Ron Dawson at fstopbeyond at cinematicstudios.com.

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Panasonic Unveils Pricing And Ship Date For Its New Professional AG-HMC150 Avccam Handheld Camcorder

Panasonic announced today suggested list pricing and a ship date for its new AG-HMC150 professional handheld AVCCAM camcorder. Based on the proven design and advanced functionality of the highly popular DVX100, this new camcorder will offer both 1080 and 720 HD recording with solid-state SD memory card recording. With an exciting range of professional features, impressive picture quality and a sleek, compact design, the new AVCCAM handheld will be available on Thursday, October 2nd at a suggested list price of $3,995.

The HMC150 represents the next generation in affordable HD video production tools. The new handheld provides professionals and enthusiasts alike the flexibility of high-quality 1080/720 AVCHD recording at bit rates up to 24Mbps and a simple, solid-state SD memory card workflow. AVCHD, the industry’s new MPEG-4 / AVC Hi Profile compression format, provides a near doubling of bandwidth efficiency with improved video performance over the older MPEG-2 compression used in HDV formats. As a result, AVCHD recordings made by Panasonic AVCCAM camcorders are crisp and clear, even during fast motion, reducing image degradation or dropouts associated with HDV and other tape or disc-based systems.

"With features such as advanced, full 1920x1080 AVC Hi Profile HD recording, higher professional bit-rates, and an affordable and faster, solid-state SD card workflow, the HMC150 offers a state of the art professional handheld solution for those looking for the highest quality and flexibility at an affordable price," said Robert Harris, Vice President, Marketing, Panasonic Broadcast. "The AG-HMC150 offers longer recording times and higher recording quality than is possible with current HDV formats."

The HMC150 features 1/3" 16:9 progressive 3-CCD imagers that improve signal-to-noise ratio and deliver excellent low-light performance. It is equipped with a 13X Leica Dicomar zoom lens system offering an extra-wide 28mm angle setting (the widest in its class). For stable, precise shooting in any situation, the AVCCAM camcorder features a cam-driven manual zoom ring, auto or manual operation of focus and iris, and optical image stabilization (O.I.S.). The HMC150 offers a host of selectable gamma tools including Cine-like gamma to produce warm film-like images, as well as helpful shooting functions such as a waveform monitor and a vectorscope display, focus assist and Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS).

The HMC150 records in a range of HD formats including 1080/24p, 1080/30p, 1080/60i, 720/24p, 720/30p and 720/60p. The handheld records stunning high definition in four recording modes – the highest quality PH mode (average 21 Mbps/max. 24 Mbps), HA mode (approx.17 Mbps), HG mode (approx.13 Mbps) and HE mode (approx. 6 Mbps). It captures full horizontal resolution 1920x1080 images at its PH, HA and HG recording modes. The camera can also be set to capture 1280x720 images in its PH mode. The recorded AVCHD files can also maintain metadata for individual recorded clips.

With the HMC150, videographers can capitalize on the cost advantages, reliability and widespread availability of SD and SDHC memory cards. Using just one 32GB SDHC memory card, users can record three hours of full pixel 1920x1080 video and audio at PH mode, four hours at HA mode and 5.3 hours at HG mode. In the HE mode, the camera can record up to 12 hours of 1440x1080 HD content – all on a single 32GB SDHC card.

The HMC150 comes standard with interface connections including HDMI out, USB 2.0, HD component out (mini D terminal), composite out as well as jacks to control zoom remotely, focus, iris and start/stop functions. Professional audio connections include XLR two-channel audio input (48V phantom power) with mic/line select, built-in stereo microphone, headphone out, manual two-channel audio level VR and RCA audio out jacks. The camera also offers a time/date stamp for legal depositions or surveillance, histogram display and time code/user bits. Other useful recording functions include pre-record, interval and shot marker, as well as new modes including last-clip delete and Rec check, which allows immediate review of the most-recently recorded clip.

Compact and lightweight, the 3.7-lb. handheld has an easy-to-grip design for balanced, stable shooting in a variety of environments. The camera has a color viewfinder and a 3.5-inch color LCD monitor that displays content in thumbnail images for quick viewing. Other valuable features include SMPTE time code generator/reader, three user buttons with 11 choices for customization, and a high-speed shutter (up to 1/2000 sec.)

For editing or playback, professionals can instantly transfer content from the HMC150 camcorder to Mac or PC computers with an SD/SDHC card reader or by connecting the camcorder directly via its USB 2.0 interface. Unlike HDV tapes, SD cards with AVCHD content can be inserted into and played back on a growing number of affordable playback devices including Blu-ray players (like Panasonic’s DMP-BD30), the Sony PlayStation 3, and some new Panasonic plasma displays, as well as computers with an SD card slot using applications that play AVCHD files. Using NLE software, content can also be edited and rendered in various formats and delivered on a wide range of media.

AVCHD is supported by wide range of editing options including Apple iMovie, Apple Final Cut Pro 6.0.1, Adobe Premier Pro CS3, Grass Valley Edius PRO v4.5, Pinnacle Studio Plus 11, Pinnacle Studio Ultimate 12, Nero7 Premium Reloaded, Ulead Video Studio 11 plus and DVD Movie Factory 6 Plus. In addition, a free transcoder, available for download from the Panasonic Broadcast web site, will convert AVCHD files to DVCPRO HD files for use with most existing professional editing packages.

Panasonic’s AVCCAM camcorder line-up brings the benefits of solid-state recording to budget-conscious professionals. Like digital still photography, recording onto SD/SDHC cards offers a fast and simple, file-based workflow with ultra-reliable performance and resistance to shock, vibration and extreme temperatures and weather. SD and SDHC memory cards are inexpensive, widely available and can be reused repeatedly. Since AVCHD records video as digital data files, content can be transferred and stored on affordable, high-capacity hard disk drives (HDD) and optical storage media and transferred to future storage media as technology advances. To backup Panasonic’s claim of solid-state reliability, the HMC150 comes with a three-year limited warranty upon registration.

The HMC150 will be available on October 2nd, at a suggested list price of $3,995. Panasonic offers a wide section of SD and SDHC cards in 32GB, 16GB, 8GB, 4GB, 2GB and 1GB sizes.


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ImageSpan and WEVA Unveil New Licensestream WEVA Portal, Along With Several New Features, At Wedding & Event Video Expo

ImageSpan Inc., which provides an enabling infrastructure for automated content licensing and billing, and Wedding & Event Videographers Association International (WEVA), the world’s largest trade association for professional videographers, today unveiled a unique, new e-commerce portal called the WEVA LicenseStream Gallery. Designed for WEVA members, the new portal enables the nearly 10,000 WEVA and WEVA Latino members worldwide to easily license their digital video and photos locally, nationally and globally using LicenseStream, a new and simple-to-use content licensing service on the Web.

In addition, ImageSpan introduced many new value-added features available to all LicenseStream users, based on feedback from WEVA members and other prominent videographers and photographers. These new features include research light boxes, a keyword generator and the ability for any user to link to their own public gallery.

The public-facing WEVA LicenseStream Gallery provides a one-stop search and browse portal for all WEVA videos and photos uploaded to LicenseStream. To use the gallery features, clients can now register on LicenseStream and use the new portal without intervention from a WEVA member. However, if a client does not find the digital content searched for in the WEVA Gallery, the client can request the required video or photos via a new Request Forum and obtain the needed digital content from WEVA members directly.

"We are excited to unveil the new WEVA LicenseStream Gallery, which brings our intuitive, easy-to-use approach to content licensing to WEVA’s huge membership of professional videographers," said Iain Scholnick, chief executive officer, ImageSpan. "Built specifically for WEVA members, we believe this gallery will become a community destination for anyone looking to find and license video clips."

Customized for WEVA members, the LicenseStream service will provide all members with ability to store their content, create licensing terms, review usage history, manage their licenses and track usage. WEVA members also gain access to all LicenseStream Pro features, which builds on ImageSpan’s standard LicenseStream service to offer additional licensing, reporting and publishing flexibility and options.

"This exciting new service from ImageSpan provides videographers with an easy way to market, license and sell their digital videos and photos on a global scale," said WEVA International Chairman Roy Chapman. As an exclusive WEVA membership bonus, he added, "WEVA members will receive their own free LicenseStream account plus access to a customized e-commerce portal, which makes it possible for them to transact with buyers automatically, 24-hours a day. With LicenseStream, videographers and photographers can literally make money while they sleep."

ImageSpan also is rolling out a range of new features to benefit all LicenseStream users. The new features include:

  • Research Light Boxes: Videographers, photographers and other content providers now can create light boxes of content that can be shared with clients for review as part of a research or proof-sheet workflow.
  • Keyword Generator: A pop-up keyword generator now helps content providers apply words or phrases that Web surfers are likely to use when trying to find a specific type of video or photo. It also refines the process of entering custom keywords.
  • Gallery Naming: Users can now create a separate gallery name for their gallery URL, with a gallery title for the gallery page header.
  • Gallery Links and License Model: LicenseStream now provides users with a way to link to their public gallery, and users can choose the license model to appear on landing pages.
A robust and comprehensive digital content licensing and billing platform, LicenseStream provides unlimited video and still photo licensing, including standard and customizable licenses. These features allow a videographer to choose predefined licenses or define extensive licensing terms before putting content online, including geographic parameters, timeframe, purpose and fees. LicenseStream can process all aspects of the license, including billing, collections and royalty payments.

Industry-leading advertisers and media companies already are taking advantage of ImageSpan’s licensing technology through CurbStream, an ImageSpan online service that provides access to WEVA members worldwide and streamlines the contracting process. WEVA members shoot local footage and upload the raw content via CurbStream’s easy-to-use interface. ImageSpan then manages all licensing and sharing of content, ensuring that it is immediately rights-cleared and licensable for use.

WEVA members’ access to LicenseStream offers benefits that would otherwise cost individual members hundreds if not thousands of dollars. For example, photographers have long relied on stock photo licensing to earn additional income. The LicenseStream service makes stock footage licensing for WEVA members a quick and easy process.

Today’s announcement was made at the WEVA 18th Annual Wedding & Event Video Expo in Orlando, Florida.


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Go Wider with Matrox TripleHead2Go Digital Edition

Matrox Graphics announces new triple widescreen modes for the TripleHead2Go Digital Edition: 3x1680x1050 and 3x1440x900. The new modes allow gaming enthusiasts and professionals to benefit from the advantages of widescreen technology across an astonishing desktop set-up.

"With TripleHead2Go, users can now drive three widescreen monitors from a single system," says Caroline Injoyan, Business Development Manager, Matrox Graphics. "The ultra-wide desktop gives gamers a maximum field-of-view for an unrivaled gaming experience and professionals a vast desktop for managing multiple applications."

The expanded playing area provides gaming enthusiasts with extra pixel space to view wider interactive scenes for a competitive advantage during game play. What's more, the additional onscreen information in a widescreen Surround Gaming™ set-up creates a heightened level of immersion for a more enjoyable gaming environment.

"TripleHead2Go offers us an amazing panoramic setup on any system in the blink of an eye," remarks Marek Spanel, CEO, Bohemia Interactive. "Seeing brand new game worlds spread out to the far corners of your view is quite simply, stunning."

Professional workstation users can also benefit from a triple-widescreen desktop-less scrolling, toggling, and re-sizing of windows significantly enhances efficiency and increases overall productivity by ensuring all the information they need is conveniently at their fingertips.

Availability & Compatibility
The new TripleHead2Go widescreen modes-enabled by connecting the TripleHead2Go to the system's dual-link DVI connector-are available with select NVIDIA® and ATI® GPUs running under Microsoft® Windows® XP and Windows® Vista™ operating systems.

For complete compatibility and free software download information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics/triplewide.

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NewBlueFX Bursts into Mac Market with Video Special Effects and Transitions for Apple Final Cut Pro

NewBlue, Inc. today continued its widening rollout of video effects plugins by unveiling a host of new offerings for Apple Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express. Users of this popular video editing software for Intel-based Apple Macintosh computers can now enjoy 893 presets and 71 effects plug-ins encompassed in 7 distinct and competitively-priced NewBlueFX plug-in collections, designed to enhance the video editing experience. The release follows the company’s progressive launch of video fx plugins for the Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Avid Xpress Pro, Avid Liquid, Corel VideoStudio, Pinnacle Studio, Sony Vegas, Thomson Grass Valley Edius product lines.

Among the NewBlueFX plugin collections released for Apple Final Cut Pro v5.1 and higher and Apple Final Cut Express 3.5 and higher are 7 VideoFX collections and 5 AudioFX collections, including NewBlue 3D Effects, NewBlue 3D Transformations, NewBlue Art Blends, NewBlue Art Effects, NewBlue Equalizers, NewBlue Essentials, NewBlue Film Effects, NewBlue Motion Blends, NewBlue Motion Effects, NewBlue Production Tools, NewBlue Scrubbers and NewBlue Sound Benders. This release comes on the heels of the Final Cut-compatible debut of NewBlue Cartoonr, the company’s free cartoon look plugin available here. Known for their ease-of-use, clean design and immense variety of video and audio techniques, NewBlueFX provides video editors Hollywood-style techniques at accessible prices. Unlike many other available effects on the market, NewBlueFX integrate seamlessly into their host video editor, including Apple Final Cut Pro.

Explains Melissa J. Grey, NewBlue’s chief strategic officer, "Releasing NewBlueFX for Apple Final Cut Pro represents the culmination of a year-long product rollout. We are thrilled to enter the Mac market and count Final Cut Pro among the vital editing platforms we support."

Among the NewBlueFX plug-in collections released for Apple Final Cut Pro are seven VideoFX collections, including NewBlue 3D Effects, NewBlue 3D Transformations, NewBlue Art Blends, NewBlue Art Effects, NewBlue Film Effects, NewBlue Motion Blends and NewBlue Motion Effects. More specific product descriptions follow:

  • NewBlue 3D Explosions, 180 presets in 13 different plugins that introduce creative new ways to blast a scene into pieces. Plugins include: Blow Apart, Bouncing Cubes, Bouncing Frames, Box Explode, Confetti, Grid Fall Away, Grid Explosion, Intensity Grid, Plane Explode, Spiral, Spiral Rotation, Vortex, and Wiggle. ($119.95 USD)
  • NewBlue 3D Transformations, 165 presets in 13 high energy transitions breaks creative ground with new ways to slice, fly and reassemble a scene with every technique. Plugins include: Box Fold, Checker Board, Comb, Flip, Fly Away, Louver Grid, Louvers, Magic Carpet, Page Turn, Pizza Boxes, Rotating Frames, Spiral Bounce, and Twist. ($119.95 USD)
  • NewBlue Art Blends, 101 transitions in 10 specialized video effects that shift images through unique, stunning graphics filters. Plugins include: Color Melt, Color Wash, Contrast, Duochrome, Glow, Halo, Metallic, Shiny Fog, Sketch, and Vivid. ($119.95 USD)
  • NewBlue Art Effects, 99 effects in 10 specialized video filters that shift video into a visually stunning alternate reality. Plugins include: Air Brush, Colorize, Color Melt, Dream Glow, Duochrome, Ghost, Hand Drawn, Line Drawing, Metallic, and Pastel Sketch. ($139.95 USD)
  • NewBlue Film Effects, 81 presets in 5 dynamic filters that recreate the inexact mechanics of hand cranked cameras, dirty projectors, and decades sitting in film vaults. Plugins include: Film Camera, Film Damage, Film Express, Film Look, and Film Pro. ($159.95 USD)
  • NewBlue Motion Blends, 112 transitions in 10 specialized video effects that twist, turn and transmogrify video from one scene to the next. Plugins include: Liquify, Roll, Shake, Shear, Shredder, Smear, Spin, Twirl, Wave, and Zoom. ($119.95 USD)
  • NewBlue Motion Effects, 99 effects in 10 specialized video filters that add movement to images in a number of ways. Plugins include: Active Camera, Earthquake, Motion Blur, Ripple, Rolling Waves, Shear Energy, Spin Blur, Warp, Wiggle, and Zoom Blur. ($139.95 USD)
Users can purchase NewBlueFX for Apple Final Cut Pro directly from the company's website at www.newbluefx.com. Fully-functional trial versions are available for download, as well.

In addition, NewBlue offers Apple Final Cut Pro customers NewBlue Cartoonr, the fast, free, easy way to give live video a cartoon look. Users can download this plug-in, valued at $250, at www.newbluefx.com/cartoonr.

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Blastwave FX Announces Podcaster 2: A New Addition to the Microwaves Series

Blastwave FX (www.blastwavefx.com), developer of next-generation HD sound effects libraries, announced the release of Podcaster 2 – a high definition MP3 sound effects library specifically designed for podcasting and virtual media. Blastwave FX provides podcasters and virtual media producers with a complete collection of music, sound effects and production elements in this collection of 500 sounds.

Podcaster 2 includes four comprehensive categories:

  • Beats
  • General Sound Effects
  • Production Elements
  • Multimedia Elements
Every sound was fully produced at 24/96 to ensure the highest quality for today’s production needs, then delivered as stereo MP3 files, making your audio productions easy to produce and manage.

Podcaster 2 is part of an exclusive product line from Blastwave FX called Microwaves. Like all of Blastwave FX’s high definition effects libraries, Microwaves’ sounds are cataloged with enriched embedded metadata for easy search and retrieval in Pro Tools, AVID, SoundMiner, NetMix, iTunes and other popular sound library search engines. Blastwave FX’s Podcaster 2 allows instant access to the highest quality sound effects for the innovative and ground-breaking web producers of today.

Podcaster 2 is available now through www.blastwavefx.com for an introductory price of $59. More information on Podcaster 2 and other libraries can be found at www.blastwavefx.com. For Press Inquiries , contact Laura Sinnott via phone (+1 313 887 0370 x 4) or email (laura@blastwavefx.com) Distribution and licensing inquiries should be directed to Blastwave FX’s master distributor, Pro Sound Effects. About Blastwave FX Blastwave FX (www.blastwavefx.com) develops next-generation HD sound effects libraries for professional audio production. Our design and engineering teams push the sound envelope with innovative product formats, rich metadata, multi-channel libraries and the highest resolution audio that technology allows. Blastwave FX libraries, including our flagship Sonopedia™, serve as a royalty-free creative resource for audio professionals worldwide in post, broadcast, film, television, video games, animation, radio, new media and beyond. Blastwave FX is based in Detroit, MI and is headed by Ric Viers, author of The Sound Effects Bible (MWP).

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TapeOnline Offers Rip-Ties to Manage Messy Cables

TapeOnline, an authorized dealer of blank recording media and accessories including blank DVDs, Mini DV tape, gaffers tape, jewel cases, and much more now offers Rip-Tie cable ties. The new Rip-Tie cable ties can be found here.

Rip-Tie cable ties, made with Velcro, are a reusable cable management product that helps organize and bundle messy cables and cords. Unlike wire twist ties and string, Rip-Ties are long-lasting, quick and easy-to-use.

"No one likes messy, knotted up cables," said Lauren Vantrease, Sales Assistant at TapeOnline. "Our new Rip-Tie products make it easy to clean up your workspace, home office, production room, or computer area. They can be color coded, are reusable, and cost effective."

Mike Merryman, Videographer at LifeView Resources agrees. "We often shoot in operating rooms, a place where neatness and speed are important elements. Rip-Ties allow us to quickly deploy cables and then secure them out of harm's way."

TapeOnline offers a variety of Rip-Tie cable tie products including, among others, Rip-Tie Lite, EconoCinch, and WrapStrap. Products are available in a wide range of colors, lengths, durability, and price.

Rip-Tie Lite, TapeOnline’s most economical cable tie, is made of Velcro and attaches with a die-cut slot and loop. Rip-Tie Lites can be purchased in a variety of colors including black, blue, yellow, and green. They range in length and cost as little as $.80 a tie. Rip-Tie Lites are ideal for organizing computer and network cables, phone charger cords, or audio and video cables.

TapeOnline’s most durable tie, the EconoCinch product, is priced at $1.99/tie and offers a 4 3/4" bundling diameter, prefect for bundling large cables or hoses.

TapeOnline also offers customization for the Rip-Tie cable tie products. For a minimum quantity of 250, TapeOnline can print a company logo on any Rip-Tie. To customize any Rip-Tie item, simply email TapeOnline at info@tapeonline.com.


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RedbeardMusic.com Releases 2 New Selections for Wedding Videography

After a stellar response to "Beautiful World" the critically acclaimed duo "The Mary Dream" recently released a second song for wedding videography through RedbeardMusic.com. "All My Life" creates an evocative mood for romantic images and a celebration of sacred commitments.

RedbeardMusic.com is also pleased to release "Daddy's Angel" from T. Carter Music. This emotional composition focuses on a father's love for his daughter with a soft country feel. The one year license ($30) includes an alternate acoustic version and the instrumental tracks for both variations.

In addition to previewing selections in their entirety, customers can now read the lyrics for more efficient song-selection.

Visit www.Redbeardmusic.com for more information.

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Digital Heaven launches VideoSpace Online with iPhone version

Digital Heaven, one of the leading third party developers for Apple Pro Apps, today announced the launch of VideoSpace Online, an online version of their popular disk space calculator widget for Final Cut Express and Final Cut Pro editors.

Since its launch as a dashboard widget in 2005, VideoSpace's easy to use interface has made it the industry standard disk space calculator. By selecting a codec and frame rate then entering the desired duration, VideoSpace calculates how much disk space would be required. It is also possible to calculate in the other direction - by entering the available disk space, VideoSpace will display the corresponding footage duration for the current settings.

"Estimating how much space is required for a given duration and codec is something that many video editors need to do on a regular basis. Our VideoSpace widget has been proved to be a big hit with editors and we're very excited to make disk space calculations available from any computer with an internet connection including iPhone and iPod Touch." - Martin Baker, Managing Director, Digital Heaven.

VideoSpace supports NTSC, PAL and HD formats and a wide variety of codecs including DV, DVCPRO50, DVCPROHD, HDV, XDCAM HD, ProRes 422 and Uncompressed. The desktop browser version also features comprehensive options for number of audio tracks with sample rate and bit depth settings.


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TV One Releases Professional Six-Input 17" HDTV Color Monitor

The LM-1750HD high performance Multi-format 17" Color LCD Monitor from TV One features inputs for SDI (either SD or HD) with an active output, HDMI, Analog RGBHV, YUV or YPbPr Component Video and 2x Composite Video. An YC input is available and can be used in lieu of one of the Composite inputs. The monitor offers five Stereo inputs with dual internal speakers and Front panel Tally LED’s that can be activated externally via a DB9 connector. The unit is now shipping and has a suggested retail price of $3950.

The LM-1750HD monitor supports and automatically detects both NTSC and PAL Television Standards. It can handle Resolutions up to 1400x900 and1080p. A Sync Delay (Pulse Cross) mode allows viewing of the vertical and horizontal sync and vertical blanking intervals. A Blue Only mode facilitates accurate monitor setup when viewing color bars. The menu contains all the necessary controls to adjust contrast, brightness, sharpness, color, hue, black stretch and other parameters necessary for optimum monitor performance. Results of these adjustments can be viewed via the On Screen Display.

The LM-1750HD comes housed in a metal case that has a standard VESA mount on the rear panel. A rackmount kit is included that can tilt up or down. Although the monitor has excellent viewing angles of 130° Left/Right and 120° Up/Down, the tilt feature can be beneficial when circumstances necessitate mounting the monitor considerably above or below normal eye level.


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