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August 25, 2008

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WEVA Expo 2008: All Business
Century Adds Lens Accessories for Sony HVR-Z7U
Tiffen Announces its Dfx Version 2.0 Digital Filter Software
Boris FX Announces Boris Continuum Units
Wohler Extends Professional HD Monitoring Line With New 26-Inch Widescreen TFT Display
Divergent Media Releases ClipWrap – m2t to QuickTime Conversion
Imagine Announces ShotPut P2 For Panasonic P2 Cards
RE:Vision Effects and MacroSystem Announce the Availability of Twixtor for Casablanca
Aleratec Duplicator Grade LightScribe Media Available Through Top Tier Online Resellers

WEVA Expo 2008: All Business

Turning eighteen is a rite of passage in most societies, marking the passing to adulthood and the granting of both privileges and responsibilities. For Roy Chapman’s WEVA Expo, who celebrated 18 years as the industry’s largest and longest-running convention and trade show, 2008 marks the return to Orlando. After spending most of its teen years in the Nation’s most over-the-top city, Las Vegas, WEVA moved Expo to a more mature location.

As a five-time attendee I had fun in Vegas but found the gambling, shows, showgirls, and resort hotels somewhat distracting from the task at hand—to network and learn from the industry’s brightest. Now with talk of the U.S. economy revolving around sub-prime mortgage problems, record crude oil prices, and hints of a recession, I was interested to see what message Chapman and his lineup of speakers would give, and they didn’t disappoint, with many of the speakers sharing valuable business strategy insight, interspersed with the usual breathtaking video.

Expo opened with the annual awards gala that featured the WEVA special awards presentation and the highly contested Creative Excellence Awards. This year’s special awards recipients included Brett Culp of The CVP Experience, who took home a much-deserved Walter Bennett Service to Industry award; 25-year industry veteran Vance Hohenthaner of VHVIDEO.COM, who received the Bob LeBar Vision Award; Brooke Rudnick of Marc Smiler Video Artist, who received the WEVA Ambassador Award (renamed in honor of late WEVA DIVA Pam Andelora); and John Rose of John Rose Videography, who won WEVA’s Community Service award. Also noteworthy among those videographers who earned WEVA’s MPV certification was Lana Perhacs of Mystic Image Video, who became the first female MPV recipient when she completed the program in February. This year’s lone Hall of Fame inductee was 2006 EventDV 25 honoree and concept love story king Chris Chibucos of FurlaVision Productions.

The storyline of the CEAs has always revolved around the big winners and in recent years, the video world has taken notice of the international talent being honored with awards. This year the Philippines were the most talked about group with Jason Magbanua emerging as the big (but certainly not the only) winner with Golds in the Pre-Ceremony, Ceremony, Reception, and Instant-Edit categories. Meanwhile, fellow Filipino videography outfit MG Video Editing contributed three CEAs to the country’s dozen. New York-based DMS Video Productions led U.S. studios with 3 CEAs, while StillMotion won half of Canada’s 6. Mexico added a pair of wins, and 4 nations in all had winners while a fifth, Australia, was represented by Track Visual taking home one of the 10 finalist awards. Noticeably absent amongst the winners was powerhouse VHVIDEO.COM, whose David Hohenthaner served as one of the 4 judges who reviewed the approximately 1,000 entries. You can see the complete list of 2008 CEA winners here.

The new venue brought a few noticeable changes to the production of the gala. I’ve always felt that in an effort to showcase potential markets, the video feed of the onstage activities should be provided by cameras that are commonly used by Expo’s attendees. I was pleased to see that the on-site cameras were Canon XH A1s, although the operators struggled with the stage lighting, which was noticeable in a room full of video professionals. Besides an overexposed video feed, the evening moved along efficiently, an improvement on previous marathon-session award galas. The lineup of speakers was a very balanced one featuring most of the current big names and award winners, supplemented by several first-time speakers, and rounded-off by a few industry veterans returning to speak at Expo for the first time in a few years.

The most heavily promoted seminar was "The Three Daves," a panel discussion with Dave Williams (DVideography), David Hohenthaner (VHVIDEO.COM), and David Robin (david robin|films), whose movie-style promotion poster borrowed heavily from the mid-’80s John Landis comedy The Three Amigos. The trio discussed their respective styles, challenges, marketing alliances, markets, and the blurring of the line between photo and video. Hohenthaner shared that his challenge in the wedding market is that "we get older but the brides are just as young, so you have to pay attention to their styles." He also said that to combat declining referrals from photographers, his company has started offering photography services of its own both with digital SLRs and HDV video stills. With 5 business partners, VHVIDEO.COM has had to be aggressive in its marketing and is growing its corporate business and overall branding through a unique partnership with a radio station that exchanges services for advertising. Williams admitted his wedding business is down but the industrial and corporate markets are making up the difference, while Robin said he is having a record-breaking 2008 on the wedding side but is exploring different markets, including Bar Mitzvahs and concept videos. He attributes his increase in wedding video business to wedding planners who visit his blog.

Art Polin (21st Century Productions) and Art Kade (Art of Multimedia) showed that maybe there is something in a name, as these two industry veterans demonstrated why they are successful in their respective geographic and business markets. Polin had a very business-centric presentation in which he reminded his attendees that they are running a business and that their prices need to reflect their hourly rate and not an arbitrary figure, even if they are in the wedding market. His sales system revolves around getting his prospects to visit his studio so he can educate and motivate them by showing them work that is at different price levels and lets his clients sell themselves into larger packages then they originally planned. He feels that interviews make the difference between a $1,500 and a $5,000 wedding video package and is a believer in diversifying his markets—his video biographies are his single largest source of income.

On the other hand, Art Kade is the artist and wife and business partner Beata is the business mind in the couple’s Australian production company. Beata has grown their business around the philosophy that you have to "find your niche and diversify by offering more services around your niche." Her vertical integration approach has led her to bring outsourced experts into the business when needed, ensuring that each expert has complimentary skills and values. Their talk continued with discussions on brand which they defined as what your clients and alliances judge you by.

Jenny Lehman (Jenny Lehman Film & Video) offered some very timely advice to her attendees who were eager to hit the trade show floor and reminded them to think "business first and foremost" when making equipment purchasing decisions. When purchasing new equipment Jenny ensures the new purchase will make her money, make her job easier, and is required for her to keep pace. These items make her "must have" list and anything that doesn’t is relegated to her "wish list" that she only allows herself to purchase an item off of when she has her must have’s. She closed with tales of gaffer tape saving the day and her opinion that audio is often a videographer’s weakest area.

Don and Miriam Moran of Omaha Wedding Video summed up their business model and philosophy with "weddings pay the creativity of the soul and the rest pays the bills." Their seminar outlined how they keep busy with lucrative and repeat event video work that happens every day of the week in markets as varied as marching band competitions to show choir and winter guard to dance recitals. Their strategy and positions advice for any video business owner is that you should either occupy the high price or low cost markets but to "stay away" from the middle market, where the majority of businesses operate. The Morans’ strategy aligned with Robert Gordman’s discussion on brands and position, who encouraged attendees to build their business around something they do better than anyone else, to identify their "must have customer," and to pick one position across all their markets.

Did any of Disney’s magic rub off onto Expo? Silver CEA winners in the Love Story category Keith and Jennifer Anderson explained that the magic behind better money is no hocus pocus but stems from a balanced approach they call WAND, an acronym that stands for Work, Advertising, Networking, and Diversity. In order to operate simultaneously in multiple markets, the Andersons have 2 business names, Wedding Day Cinema for the wedding market and All Occasions Video for the event and corporate business. They singled-out dance recitals as a market that delivers a great source of income every year and in the wedding market they use their love stories to separate themselves from the competition.

On the trade show floor, newcomers Triple Scoop Music were busy with attendees at their listening booth while ImageSpan ran nonstop seminars for WEVA members on how to activate their free account and to make money licensing their videos online. From an event video perspective, I was particularly interested in Chicago Digital Post’s DVD-R copy protection system, which is one step ahead of the DVD ripping software that I am most familiar with. The big four camera companies were all in attendance, showcasing the latest HDV models and driving sales to the retail vendors whose show specials tempted attendees to purchase items from Lehman’s "must-have" and "wish lists."

When the convention came to a close I took one last dip in the Marriott’s lazy river pool, reflecting on what would be my lasting impression of Expo 2008. Beyond all the learning that occurred at the seminars, and the deals I got at the trade show, I left with the feeling that there was something special about this particular Expo. That special something was the feeling that Chapman, his staff, and his speakers were all more human, more approachable, more real than ever before. From honest admissions from speakers that they have felt the effects of the economy but are finding ways to still grow their businesses to Chapman not only creating a profile on Facebook but embracing this pop culture trend to connect with WEVA’s members, I will remember 2008 for the year the video industry became more global but at the same time, more connected.

Shawn Lam (video at shawnlam.ca) runs Shawn Lam Video, a Vancouver video production studio. He specializes in stage event and corporate video production and has presented seminars at WEVA Expo 2005-7 and the 4EVER Group’s Video 07. He won an a Silver Creative Excellence Award in Theatrical Production at WEVA Expo 2008 and an Emerald Artistic Achievement Award in Stage Production at Video 08.

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Century Adds Lens Accessories for Sony HVR-Z7U

Schneider Optics introduces a full array of professional Century HD lens accessories to complement Sony’s HVR-Z7U and HVR-S270OU camcorders. These 72mm lightweight optical attachments provide high resolution image clarity, while enabling the camera to go wider, reach further, and move in closer than the lens alone will allow.

New Century accessories for the HVR-Z7U include the .6X HD Wide Angle Adapter (#HD-06WA-Z7U), Fisheye HD Adapter MKII (#HD-FEAD-Z7U), .3X HD Ultra Fisheye Adapter (#HD-FE3X-Z7U), and 1.6X HD Tele-Converter (#HD-16TC-Z7U).

Produced by the top maker of professional add-ons, Century Pro Series HD lens accessories employ state-of-the-art optics for high-resolution images with low distortion, and superior contrast edge to edge. Multi-coated glass elements provide sharp images free of unwanted distortion or chromatic aberration. Units are equipped with a bayonet mount for quick and sure installation and removal from the front of the camera lens.

U.S. MSRP starts at $490.00. For more information on Century accessories for popular DV, HDV, and broadcast cameras, go to www.schneideroptics.com.

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Tiffen Announces its Dfx Version 2.0 Digital Filter Software

Based on the success of its original award-winning Dfx Digital Filter software that revolutionized the digital filter market, Tiffen now introduces Dfx version 2.0.

Steven Tiffen, company CEO commented. "We are very excited about the release of Tiffen Dfx version 2.0. It affirms our on-going commitment to the software category, as we extend our reach into the digital imaging marketplace with innovative new products."

The new version now features multiple masking and layering capabilities with its Photoshop and Aperture plug-ins, previously only offered with the Stand-alone edition, plus more than 1,000 new filters and effects including: Ambient Light, Close Up Lens, Dot, Eye Light, Flag, Gobo, HFX® Star, Haze, High Contrast, Ice Halos, Rainbows, Sepia, Sky, Soft Contrast, Soft Light, Warm Center Spot, Warm Polarizer, Water Droplets, Wide Angle Lens and 812® Warming.

Professionals and enthusiasts alike can now choose from a palette of more than 2,000 standard, exclusive and special effect filters that simulate Tiffen’s award-winning optical equivalents. These can all be quickly and easily customized, then saved to a filter library for later use.

An exclusive new feature with Tiffen Dfx version 2.0 plug-ins for Photoshop/Elements and Aperture owners is multiple masking and multiple layering capabilities without having to exit the plug-in each time.

This revolutionary new feature, speeds workflow and extends the already incredible capabilities inherent with Dfx Digital Filter software. Unlike other software that professes to offer you selection technology that is precise, our exclusive EZ Mask, one of seven mask types, allows users to create precise multiple masks with just a few quick strokes.

And, with our multiple layering, users can quickly and simply add multiple filters on a single Photoshop layer. In addition, filters and masks can be easily copied and moved between Dfx layers.

Creative control no one else can even come close to, and there’s still more!

Tiffen Dfx version 2.0 now includes foreign language support for French, Spanish, German and Japanese in the Adobe Photoshop, Apple Aperture and Stand-alone editions.

Tiffen Dfx version 2.0 is available as a Stand-alone application for still images, specific plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop or Elements, Apple Aperture and the most popular video post-production host software, such as Apple Final Cut Pro, and Express, Adobe After Effects and Avid Editing Systems. Tiffen Dfx version 2.0 is available for Windows XP and Vista and Macintosh systems v10.4 or higher and its new comprehensive Stand-alone edition has a suggested retail price of $99.95.

All Tiffen Dfx version 2.0 software is available as a free trial download from the Tiffen website at www.tiffen.com.

Current owners of original Dfx editions will be able to upgrade to the corresponding Dfx version 2.0 edition and should visit the Tiffen website for complete details.

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Boris FX Announces Boris Continuum Units

Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated effects technology for video and film, today announced the availability of its new Boris Continuum Units family of visual effects plug-ins. The first three Units are available immediately: Pan and Zoom for easy, documentary-style animation, UpRez for instant, high-quality resizing of image clips from SD to HD, and Chroma Key for pulling fast, precise keys.

  • Boris Continuum Pan and Zoom: Pan and Zoom makes easy work of documentary-style Pan and Zoom techniques made popular by Ken Burns' documentaries. The filter includes a convenient setup mode offering on-screen controls for the size and position of the zoom region, along with the anchor point and a preview area that shows a rendering of the final result. Both manual keyframing and automated workflows are supported. The Pan and Zoom Unit offers advanced image sampling techniques with edge detection for smooth animation and highest-quality image detail.
  • Boris Continuum UpRez: UpRez is specially designed for conversion of SD footage to higher-resolution HD formats. The UpRez filter employs sophisticated image sampling techniques with edge detection, providing a final result that cannot be achieved by scaling and standard post-processing methods. This Unit also includes an Optical-flow based Deinterlace filter for converting interlaced SD material to progressive scan format.
  • Boris Continuum Chroma Key: The Chroma Key Unit automates creation of precise keys with a minimal amount of adjustment. In addition to the award-winning BCC Chroma Key filter, complete with Spill Suppression, this Unit includes a Light Wrap tool for the most natural-looking composites, Color Match and Grain Match tools for seamless foreground composites, and a Matte Choker tool for cleaning up the most challenging keys.
"Widely adopted by broadcasters, post-production facilities, corporations, and universities, Boris Continuum Complete 5 has emerged as the leading visual effects plug-in suite for editors and compositors using Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, and Avid editing and compositing applications," comments Boris Yamnitsky, president and founder, Boris FX.

He adds, "Our new Boris Continuum Units product family facilitates even broader access to Boris Continuum Complete's award-winning filters by allowing customers to choose tools specific to their needs. From keys and mattes to glows and film effects, our new Boris Continuum Units give editors and compositors professional toolsets at an affordable price."

Each Boris Continuum Unit is compatible with Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, and Apple Motion. The Pan and Zoom, UpRez, and Chroma Key Units are available for immediate purchase via download from www.BorisFX.com and from authorized Boris FX resellers.

Pan and Zoom is available for $199, UpRez $99, and Chroma Key $299. Customers who purchase a Boris Continuum Unit may credit the price of the Unit towards the full Boris Continuum Complete plug-in suite at $895. Additional Boris Continuum Units will be released in Q4 2008.

For more information, please visit the Boris FX web site at www.borisfx.com.

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Wohler Extends Professional HD Monitoring Line With New 26-Inch Widescreen TFT Display

PANORAMAdtv, the video products division of Wohler Technologies Inc., today announced the release of the HDMon-260, a production-grade 26-inch widescreen TFT display that enables convenient HD monitoring in field and studio applications. Equipped with a feature set essential to professional broadcasting, this latest addition to Wohler's HDMon line of HD color video displays accepts video signals up to 1920x1080/60P.

"The HDMon-260 represents an extension of our industry-leading line of HD video monitoring solutions," said Carl J. Dempsey, Wohler president and CEO. "The advanced LCD technology incorporated into the HDMon series along with flexible control and configuration options allow our customers to deploy cutting-edge monitoring technology that meets both their application and budgetary requirements."

Like other video monitors in the HDMon family, the new HDMon-260 enables high-quality monitoring of digital HD-SDI, SD-SDI, or DVI signals; analog composite, component, and RGBHV video; and CGI images up to WUXGA resolution without the need for optional cards. Though the HDMon series is designed primarily for 1080-line HD applications, each monitor provides exceptional noise reduction, motion interpolation, and motion-adaptive processing to ensure crisp, clear display of images, regardless of their native resolution.

Operating either as a desktop monitor or in a rackmount configuration, the HDMon-260 display offers HD resolution, a choice of 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratios, user-adjustable scaling, and up to 176 degrees of perfect off-axis viewing without the image and color distortions normally associated with LCD displays. Because the HDMon-260 features a greater contrast range than most TFT displays, on-screen images rarely demonstrate inversion of low-luminance images.

Control settings are easily accessible from the front panel, or can be configured remotely via a 10/100 Base-T interface with an included Windows®-based graphical user interface software application. With this remote feature, users can adjust and configure units easily, as well as copy and paste setups from one monitor to another using a laptop or PC. Each unit is factory-adjusted to meet SMPTE/EBU colorimetric and color gamut specifications for CRT models.

More information about the HDMon-260 and other Wohler products is available at www.wohler.com.

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Divergent Media Releases ClipWrap – m2t to QuickTime Conversion

Divergent Media announced today the immediate availability of ClipWrap, a Macintosh application that batch converts m2t files to QuickTime HDV files for immediate editing.

About ClipWrap
HDV has quickly become the economical, flexible, high definition format of choice. The availability of disk-based cameras and third-party direct-to-disk recorders has only increased the format’s popularity. However, the primary recoding format of these devices, m2t transport streams, can’t be opened by the most popular video programs. ClipWrap is a Macintosh application that batch converts these m2t files into QuickTime movies that can be used in any QuickTime-based application, including Final Cut Pro.

"Before ClipWrap, if you received a clip in m2t format, there were a myriad of conversion tools available—each with signifiant drawbacks. Many of them were slow and left you with a clip which took up much more disk space than the original and a generation of image loss. Others work with only a single brand of cameras," said Divergent Media CEO Mike Woodworth, "ClipWrap is the first solution which quickly converts any HDV m2t file to QuickTime with zero image degradation."

ClipWrap quickly and easily "rewraps" your m2t files. The original video data of the camera-acquired clip remains intact—ClipWrap simply places this video data within a QuickTime container so it can be read natively in any QuickTime-compatible application. With ClipWrap, m2t files can immediately be converted for native HDV editing in Final Cut Pro. Because ClipWrap doesn't alter the video data in any way, there is zero image loss and the speed of conversion is as fast as a file copy.

ClipWrap Features:

  • Rewraps - Doesn't Transcode: ClipWrap rewraps the video samples from your existing m2t files without re-encoding them. This means blazingly fast convert speeds and no image degradation.
  • Automatic Format Detection: ClipWrap speaks m2t so you don't have to. It automatically parses the file's format and chooses the proper output format, so there's no hassle trying to determine the proper settings (frame rate, image size, gamma levels, etc).
  • Full Timecode Support: Timecode is recreated in the new QuickTime movie, so you can recapture from tape later if necessary.
  • Supports all m2t formats: Now you're not limited to specific HDV cameras, you can rest assured your m2t files will be compatible with FCP when it comes time to edit.
  • Automatically recombines spanned files: If your direct to disk recorder splits files every 4GB, ClipWrap automatically detects these spanned clips and will recombine them into a single seamless QuickTime movie.

ClipWrap is available immediately for the suggested retail price of $49.95. A limited trial can be downloaded from www.clipwrap.com. ClipWrap can be purchased for instant download at www.clipwrap.com/store/.

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Imagine Announces ShotPut P2 For Panasonic P2 Cards

Imagine Products, Inc. announced today the release and general availability of ShotPut P2(tm) a new, automated offload application for Panasonic P2 cards and media.

Makes secure, verified copies at top speed. Available for Macintosh or Windows (PPC or Intel-Mac; Windows XP or Vista operating systems).

ShotPut P2(tm) features Single card or volume (manual) and Multiple card or volume (auto) modes. Simply insert the P2 card into a PowerBook or Notebook's card slot, or plug in a mountable volume or card reader, and ShotPut P2(tm) makes secure, verified copies of the volume's contents in up to three (3) locations.

ShotPut P2(tm) makes a printable activities report log of all the file transfer activities. This text file shows all the details including names of volumes and files, the copy destination names, file sizes, duration of each transfer and aggregate transfer time, date, etc. A great way to document and organize your project and billable time.

Why Use ShotPut P2?

  • Fast Copying: Perform copies at top speed without the overhead of Finder or Explorer.
  • Automatic or Manual Copies: Manually select one or more drives to copy. Or use the auto offload mode to sequentially copy P2 volumes or cards upon insertion.
  • Easy Folder Naming: Save time and improve consistency and organization by auto-naming the copy folders.
  • Improve Workflow: ShotPut's multi-threading technology makes up to 3 simultaneous copies at the same time.
  • Reformat Cards: After offloading is finished, automatically reformat (erases) the P2 card so it's ready to return to the camera.
  • Security: Verify byte-to-byte comparisons of your media copies to ensure integrity of the files.
  • Verification Report: Create a record of file transfer activity, how the copies were named, time, date, etc. Save complete details for project organization and billable time.
  • Print Offload Log: Offload results are presented in a text file, printable with the click of a button.
  • Session Error Checking: Prevents overwriting of existing folders and duplicate offloading of the same media volume.
  • Progress Bar: Displays overall percent completion and file-by-file progress during the copy process.
  • Copy Cards or Disks: The contents of any mountable volume (drive) can be copied including P2 cards, P2 Store, FireStore, HDDs, etc.
  • Compatible with Your Camera: ShotPut P2 works with named or un-named cards of any size. Copies any volume containing P2 media files.
  • Trusted Source: Imagine Products, Inc has been supplying video cataloging and archiving software applications for over 17 years.
ShotPut P2 is a single user, download application. Help and Users Guide in PDF format available. When you purchase, the serial number provided may be used with either the Mac or Win versions of the software. Available now for $49.


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RE:Vision Effects and MacroSystem Announce the Availability of Twixtor for Casablanca

Twixtor, the popular video retiming solution from RE:Vision Effects, which enables users to speed up and slow down image sequences with visually stunning results will soon be available for MacroSystem Casablanca users and will be demo'd by MacroSystem at IFA in Berlin, August 29 through September 3, 2008.

Twixtor synthesizes new and unique frames by warping and interpolating frames of the original sequence - employing RE:Vision Effects' technology that calculates motion for each individual pixel, and the technology that won the RE:Vision Effects' founders an Academy Award.

Casablanca is an enormously successful professional stand-alone SD and HD editing system. Initially introduced in 1996, today more than 180,000 Casablanca units have been sold world wide. The latest Casablanca S 4000 models run under the Linux OS and offer real-time High Definition editing capabilities. Casablanca is renowned for its unparalleled ease-of-use and impressive workflow efficiency, making the product ideal for many professional and semi-professional videographers.

The pricing for Twixtor on Casablanca will soon be announced by the individual national sales and distribution organizations. Twixtor will be replacing "MotionPerfect" for Bogart SE.

RE:Vision Effects, inc. is a leading third-party vendor based in San Francisco (California) whose technology interfaces with most popular NLEs and compositing systems. RE:Vision Effects acclaimed products are widely used in major motion pictures, television and effect-oriented advertising productions.


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Aleratec Duplicator Grade LightScribe Media Available Through Top Tier Online Resellers

Aleratec Inc., leading developer and manufacturer of "Prosumers' Choice" solutions for the USB, Flash, HDD, Blu-ray, DVD/CD, duplicating, and DVD/CD publishing markets, announced today the availability of volume packaged, high performance, Duplicator Grade LightScribe media at significantly lower prices through "A" list online resellers. Aleratec Duplicator Grade LightScribe media is available online from leading resellers including AAFES, Amazon, B&H Photo Video, BestBuy Business.com, Buy.com, CDW, Dell, HP, J&R, NewEgg, Overstock.com, PC Connection, PC Mall, QVC.com, Ritz Camera, and Walmart.com.

"Aleratec has developed Duplicator Grade LightScribe Media for those discerning users that insist on defect free media with the capacity for the highest contrast labels, quality recordings, and the highest yields" stated Perry Solomon, Aleratec President and CEO. "These customers have been asking for media in higher quantities and we have responded with our 600 packs and lower pricing. We are proud to offer these through the top online resellers. Why would anyone trust budget media offered by 'B' list resellers you have never heard of for critical business, government, or corporate applications?"

Aleratec Direct Disc Publishing is an integrated system that combines LightScribe enabled DVD/CD publishers with specially coated LightScribe compliant media and the powerful Aleratec Disc Publishing Software Suite, to produce precise, laser-etched, disc labels with superior sharpness and clarity. LightScribe laser burns professional-looking CD and DVD labels directly on the disc -- no ink or other costly printing supplies are required. Aleratec is committed to be the leader in LightScribe media for Prosumer disc publishing applications.

"Any volume corporate or government user knows the importance of trouble free media and having it readily available," said Kent Henscheid, Marketing Manager for LightScribe, a business unit of HP. "Customers that need to duplicate quantities of DVDs and CDs with LightScribe silkscreen quality labels will benefit from Aleratec's duplicator grade media volume packs."

In disc publishing with LightScribe, users need maximum assurance that the media they are using has the capability of producing the best silkscreen quality labels. The challenge is being sure that the media chosen is consistently the highest quality as there are many variables that can influence the reliability of the publishing process. Aleratec has accepted this challenge using the highest standards and quality controls to assure consistency and the highest reliability media for disc publishing.

For the convenience of the volume customer, Aleratec Duplicator Grade LightScribe Media is available in 600 packs:

  • LightScribe DVD+R 16x V1.2 Duplicator Grade Media 600-Pack Aleratec Part # 300115, Ingram Micro SKU R86781, Tech Data SKU 25375I ESP $499.00
  • LightScribe DVD-R 16x V1.2 Duplicator Grade Media 600-Pack Aleratec Part # 230117, Ingram Micro SKU U06776, Tech Data SKU 25374I ESP $499.00
  • LightScribe CD-R 52x V1.2 Duplicator Grade Media 600-Pack Aleratec Part # 110120, Ingram Micro SKU R86782, Tech Data SKU 25376I ESP $285.00
A wide variety of Aleratec LightScribe Duplicator Grade media is also available in 100-Packs including LightScribe CD-R 52x V1.2 Duplicator Grade Media 100-Pack (Aleratec Part # 110116, Ingram Micro SKU K88068, Tech Data SKU 58357H) at the new low ESP of $49.99.

The full line of Aleratec solutions, and accessories is featured at AAFES, Adorama, Amazon.com, B&H Photo Video, Best Buy, Buy.com, CDW, Circuit City, Dell, Hewlett Packard, Insight, J & R, Mac Connection, MacMall, Meijer, Micro Center, NewEgg, Office Depot, PC Connection, PC Mall, PC Nation, ProVantage, Quill, QVC.com, Ritz Camera, Staples, Target, Tech Depot and Wal-Mart in addition to other leading retailers.

Government and Education customers may purchase from Government and Education Specialists including AAFES, B&H Photo Video Gov, Best Buy Gov/Ed, CDW-G, CompuCom, EnPointe, GovConnection, GTSI, Insight Gov, PC Mall Gov, Pomeroy, Sayers, Shi.com, Softchoice, telcobuy, TIG, and Unisys. All products are available to resellers in the U.S. through D&H Distributing, DBL Distributing, Ingram Micro, and Tech Data; in Canada through D&H Canada and Ingram Micro Canada; in Latin America and the Caribbean through Tech Data Miami.

Complete information available at www.aleratec.com.

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