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September 08, 2008

Table of Contents

The Moving Picture: Vista--R.I.P.
Sony Japan Announces Two New HDV Camcorders: The HDR-FX1000 and HVR-Z5J
Automatic Duck Demonstrates Newest Timeline Translation Tools for Final Cut Pro Users at IBC 2008
DVcreators.net Releases DV Kitchen Next-Generation Web Video Publishing Software
Specialized Communications Corp. of Maryland to Present Panasonic P2HD Workshop in Washington, DC
RE:Vision Effects Releases Video Gogh 3
Mobile Studios Releases New PortaCast Ultra Portable Flypack System for Remote Multicam Video Production
Introducing TMPGEnc KARMA Video Organizing Software
Intelligent Assistance Announces "Assisted Editing"
Sony Unveils Three New All-in-One Desktop PCs With Blu-ray Technology

The Moving Picture: Vista--R.I.P.

In April of this year, Bill Gates casually mentioned that "Sometime in the next year or so we will have a new version of Windows," which has often been called Windows 7. According to many pundits, this is the death knell of Windows Vista, and for many users—myself included—it’s not a moment too soon.

I’ve worked through every operating system from DOS 1.0 to Vista, and have generally been more than satisfied. However, Vista is a complete loser with many negatives and not a single relevant positive. Of the roughly ten Wintel computers I have, only one runs Vista. That said, my goal for this column isn’t to bash Vista, but to tell two stories in the hope that someone in Redmond might be listening. A butterfly flaps his wings, and all that.

My first story relates to the release of Windows 95. As you may recall, Windows 3.1 had a version of Windows Explorer with two browser windows that you could separately point to a different drive and/or folder. If you wanted to drag a file from your C: drive to your D: drive, you’d open one window at C:, the other to D:, and drag and drop as desired. A simple, elegant, visual solution for a very common operation.

With Windows 95 came the single-browser Explorer as it exists today. To perform the same function, you have to open and position two windows, then drag and drop. While testing Windows 95 for a review, I noted this to a Microsoft spokesman. The conversation went like this.

"What happened to the dual-window approach in Explorer?" I asked.

"We took it out and went to a one-window system," he responded. I explained my workflow with the old program and he replied, "You don’t need to do that anymore. You can simply copy the file from the old location, move to the new location and then paste."

"I don’t want to do that," I said. "The old way was faster and easier, and much more visual."

"Well, we think it’s better this way and that’s how you’ll have to do it from now on," he told me, and I’ve missed it ever since. Here’s story number two, and it goes back to the launch of the original Macintosh. Apparently, Steve Jobs felt it essential that the Macintosh boot faster, and he lobbied the team with this exhortation.

"You know, I’ve been thinking. How many people are going to be using the Macintosh? A million? No, more than that. In a few years, I bet five million people will be booting up their Macintoshes at least once a day," he predicted. "Well, let’s say you can shave 10 seconds off of the boot time. Multiply that by five million users and that’s 50 million seconds, every single day. Over a year, that’s probably dozens of lifetimes. So if you make it boot ten seconds faster, you’ve saved a dozen lives. That’s really worth it, don’t you think?" (You can find the full tale here.)

I read that story years ago and it quickly came to mind when Vista and Office 2007 shipped, since it appears that Microsoft was thinking about anything but saving our time. The poster child for this attitude is the new ribbon toolbar in the Microsoft Office 2007. (I know it’s separate from Vista but it’s the perfect example of how the thinking seems to be going at Microsoft these days). According to eWeek, over 120 million copies of Office 2007 have sold. While doubtless many users like the ribbon bar now, I’m sure it took at least an hour—if not more—for every user to return to his or her previous competence level.

Don’t take my word for it; here’s a comment from Amazon.com" "Microsoft has taken a gigantic leap backward with Word 2007. The interface is horrible ... virtually unusable. Everything takes forever to find now. The simplest commands are no longer located in any logical place. I spend 75% of my time hunting for stuff that used to be easily and predictably placed in the interface."

Let’s see, 120 million users times one hour equals 120 million hours. Assuming that an average person works 2,000 hours a year for 30 years, that’s 2,000 lifetimes of productivity the ribbon bar has wiped out. That’s like a plot from the X Files—does Scully know about this? Not surprisingly, the overall rating for Window 2007 on Amazon is a 2, with 17 of 23 users rating it a 1.

And there are many other examples, some seemingly trivial, some equally significant. For example, when I loaded Vista on an existing XP system, I had to reload most video-related applications, only to learn that rendering speed was 25% slower. Why do I want to upgrade again? For over 15 years, I’ve removed programs by clicking Add and Remove Programs. Now it’s Programs and Features. Why? This is change for change’s sake, not improvement, which is endemic in Vista.

Getting back to our two stories, it’s simplistic and unfair to say that Microsoft unilaterally uses a top-down, "we know what’s best" approach, while Apple focuses on only those features that save their users time. Still, it’s clear that Microsoft needs a lot less of the first attitude, and a lot more of the second for Windows 97. Perhaps a great start would be bringing back that dual-window interface in Explorer from the good old 3.1 days. Probably not likely, but a boy can dream, can’t he?

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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Sony Japan Announces Two New HDV Camcorders: The HDR-FX1000 and HVR-Z5J

Sony Japan today announced the release of two new HDV camcorders, the HDR-FX1000 (¥400,000) and the HVR-Z5J (¥554,400). The two cameras' design and footprint are nearly identical, but the professional model, the HVR-Z5J, offers additional frame rates, color controls, and audio capabilities. The FX1000 will ship in Japan November 10 at an MSRP of ¥400,000; the HVR-Z5J is scheduled for a December release with an MSRP of ¥554,400.

Both models feature a 3.2" LCD with a 921,000-pixel resolution of 921,000 pixels, which more than triples the pixel resolution of the HDR-FX1. Both models offer three 1/3" CMOS sensors, and a fixed Sony G lens with a 20x optical zoom, an aperture range of f/1.6 - 3.4, three built-in ND filters, and three control rings for focus, zoom, and iris.

The prosumer FX1000 offers progressive 24P and 30P, as well as 1080/60i. The Z5J adds pro features similar to those that differentitate the Z1 from the FX1, including two phantom-powered XLR inputs not found on the FX1000. The Z5J also adds 50i capability for PAL shooters, and records video natively in 1080/60i, 30P, 24P, HDV, DV, and DVCAM formats. It also features simultaneous output to the HVR-MRC1K CF recorder, with embedded timecode (another capability not found in the FX1000). The HVR-Z5J has an expanded set of gamma controls and cam be synced across multiples cameras on a shoot.

At present Sony has announced no plans or timetable for offering these models outside of the Japanese market.

www.sony.co.jp

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Automatic Duck Demonstrates Newest Timeline Translation Tools for Final Cut Pro Users at IBC 2008

Automatic Duck, the creators of timeline integration software for digital media artists, announced today it will demonstrate its newly enhanced version of the company’s flagship Timeline Integration solution for Final Cut Pro users – Pro Export FCP 4.0 during IBC 2008 this month in Amsterdam.

At its stand #7.K21 in the Plug In Pavilion, Automatic Duck president, Wes Plate, will be on hand to meet European customers and partners and highlight all new developments with the Company. IBC returns to the RAI Centre in Amsterdam this year, with the exhibition halls open to attendees from September 12 - 16, 2008.

Automatic Duck users continue to champion the advantages of the Company’s timeline translation tools, often hailing the critical role ‘the Duck’ plays in their everyday workflow. Rob Birnholz, owner of Absolute Motion Graphics, a post production house in Orlando, had this to say about Automatic Duck:

"I’m a very solutions-oriented guy; I approach each project as a workflow challenge to be solved. It’s critical that all the tools I use blend together, and this is one of the key things Automatic Duck does for my workflow. Final Cut Pro plays a big role in my everyday work. Being able to pre-build segments in Final Cut -- real time playback is very important for me -- then export my builds instantly is a huge time saver. Automatic Duck ties my entire workflow together. It’s a no-brainer!"

What’s New in Pro Export FCP 4.0: Pro Export FCP 4.0 adds significant improvements to a number of key workflows for customers. Here is a sneak peak at some of the new features:

  • Improvements to the Final Cut Pro to Avid Workflow
  • The ability to convert Final Cut Pro media into Avid media files;
  • 24fps support;
  • Conversion of many FCP effects and parameters into Avid effects, such as Picture-In-Picture.
Improvements to the Final Cut Pro to Pro Tools Workflow
  • The ability to export an AAF file linking to external media files;
  • The ability to include video track for viewing picture.
Improvements to the Final Cut Pro to Quantel Workflow
  • The inclusion of more effects data from Final Cut Pro for import into next generation iQ and eQ systems.
Pricing and Availability
As of IBC 2008, Pro Export FCP 4.0 will be available for purchase in the Fall of 2008, and will be priced at $495.00 for new customers and will be available as a $195.00 upgrade for existing users.

www.automaticduck.com

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DVcreators.net Releases DV Kitchen Next-Generation Web Video Publishing Software

DVcreators.net, Inc. is proud to announce the release of DV Kitchen, a software program for publishing video on the internet that combines a suite of powerful, elegantly-designed features into one integrated software environment.DV Kitchen features high quality batch video encoding, integrated uploading and remote FTP server management, HTML code generation, and still frame export, along with several innovative and valuable media publishing functions not found in any other software program.

The application is designed for the professional media producer who desires to dramatically improve the visual quality of their web video and video podcasts, and transform their cumbersome, complicated content publishing process into a streamlined, efficient workflow.The user can import a folder of movies and start encoding and uploading with as few as two clicks. Then, HTML code, or a complete HTML page, can be generated with Quicktime or Flash players, titles and captions.

"We've been among the world's top web video experts and trainers for over a decade. But we've never been happy with the software tools that were available. So, we designed and built DV Kitchen to be the ultimate professional web video publishing solution," said Josh Mellicker, principal DV Kitchen designer.

DV Kitchen is the only software available that includes built-in tools to help the user determine the optimum encoding recipe for the movies they want to publish on the web, such as SampleLab™ and the Bitrate Budget Calculator.

DV Kitchen also features TimeFreezer™, an environment designed expressly for exporting high quality still frames of video at any size, then publishing to the web in a few clicks.

DV Kitchen is currently only available for the Apple (AAPL) OS X operating system. For more information, to view demonstration movies and to download a free 20-day trial of DV Kitchen, visit www.dvcreators.net/dv-kitchen.

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Specialized Communications Corp. of Maryland to Present Panasonic P2HD Workshop in Washington, DC

Specialized Communications Corp. ispresenting a P2HD Workshop at the Washington Marriott in Washington, DCon September 25, 2008. The workshop targets the pro-level video productionindustry and will feature Barry Green as the guest speaker.

This is the chance for serious P2 users to get up close with the experts andto actually have "playtime" with P2 products. Specialized Communicationswill have P2 products and accessories available at the seminar and will bethere to answer questions and provide access to products carried in theSpecialized Communications Store.

The all-day seminar will also include a FREE catered lunch and "talk time"with Specialized Communication's Vice President, Andrew Hoffman andSales Director, Wil Conklin.

The workshop is part of a four-day event hosted by SpecializedCommunications that starts with a MacHD Workshop on September 23rdand 24th and ending with a mini-seminar on September 26th with the title"What's Beyond Digital Signage?". Each day includes a FREE catered lunchand a chance to get up close and personal with the HD and digital signageindustry.

To register for this event or all events, click http://www.spec-comm.com/P2HDregform.php.

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RE:Vision Effects Releases Video Gogh 3

Video Gogh turns your videos into moving paintings, using RE:Vision Effects optical flow technology to move brush strokes without stuttering artifacts.Video Gogh 3 opens up other possibilities in motion graphic design by introducing the option for users to define their own brushes, which may be animated. Version 3 adds a substantial amount of new visual effects opportunities that many have requested over the years.

Some of the features include the following:

  • Three default brush styles included: Oily, Watercolor and Chalk.
  • Custom Brush Set (up to 10): now included is support for animated and custom brush sets. Users can supply custom brush images and for each select different render styles (including render directly as sprite).
  • A new "Non-Additive Blending" mode allows you to make properly semi-transparent layers.
  • Video Gogh 3 provides an option to paint over the original sequence to avoid holes in result.
  • The ability to clip to edges found in the original image is now an option allowing you to paint "tight" or "loose".
  • Users can now control separately the growth and death of brush strokes when they become too distant apart or too clustered.
  • A better technique has been introduced that performs much better when objects come into frame as a result of panning or other camera (or object) motion.
  • In previous versions the initial distribution of brush strokes was not properly randomized, causing brush strokes to appear located on a grid upon initialization. This is been corrected in version 3.
  • Users can now control the variability in brush stroke width (including choosing to have no randomness).
  • Motion can be calculated using an alternate clip. This is useful if the original clip has low contrast or is difficult to track. This feature is also useful to facilitate layering small regions of the image with the plugin.
  • External motion vectors (e.g., from Twixtor or your 3D system) are also supported.
  • Brush stroke orientation can now be specified using alternate images.
  • In addition, direction maps (e.g., from a 3D system) may be used to control directions the brush strokes orientation.
  • 16 bpc channel image support for applications that support 16bpc for After Effects-compatible plugins.
Compatibility
Video Gogh 3 works in Combustion 3.0.4 and over, After Effects 5.0 and up on Windows, After Effects 7.0 and up on Mac, Final Cut Pro 5.1 and up, and Premiere Pro 1.0 and up on Windows and Premiere Pro CS3 and up on Mac. Fusion 5 32b is also now officially supported. It is planned that Video Gogh 3 will be available in our bundle for Quantel eQ systems available from Video Design Software. Video Gogh may also work in other After Effects-compatible applications; please test the demo before purchase.Pricing
Video Gogh 3 is $119.95 and the upgrade from previous versions is $39.95. As of today, our Effections bundles for After Effects, Combustion, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro and Fusion include Video Gogh 3.

Demo material, examples and software are available at www.revisionfx.com or visit us in person at IBC, in the plug-in pavilion booth 7-K21.

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Mobile Studios Releases New PortaCast Ultra Portable Flypack System for Remote Multicam Video Production

Mobile Studios, Inc. has responded to a growing need for ultra-portable HD/SD production gear that can be easily transported to remote locations with the release of its new PortaCast™ line of suitcase size mini flypacks equipped with roller-blade wheels and pull-out handles.

Five unique PortaCast™ "Paks" for switching/communications, audio mixing/recording, camera shading/engineering and cables are available individually or as a completely integrated PortaCast™ live production system.

The PortaCast™ Director Pak provides switching and communications with audio mixing offered as an option. At the heart of the Director Pak is Panasonic's AV-HS400 multi-format switcher capable of switching up to eight HD or SD inputs in true 10-bit 525 SDI, 720P or 1080i HD-SDI. A built-in multi-viewer displays all input sources, preview and program on a 17 inch Panasonic BT-LH1760 LCD monitor shock-mounted to Mobile Studios' unique "flip top" case. The multi-functional LCD includes a built-in wave-form monitor and vector scope. Crew and talent communications are facilitated by a dual channel Clear-Com™ MS-702 intercom conveniently installed below the switcher. All connections to the switcher and intercom are easily accessed through a hinged door on the back of the Pak. An eight input dual channel audio mixer with tone output is optional.

The PortaCast™ Audio Pak includes a full featured twelve channel Soundcraft MPM12 audio mixer with main & subgroup outputs and three aux buses, a Lectrosonics wireless audio system, and phone hybrids as desired.

The PortaCast™ Recording Pak is a true DTE (direct-to-edit) DVR (digitial video recorder) capturing real time SD/HD-SDI video to a 2 TB Removable Raid 1 dual storage unit. It is available with a MOTU V4HD or AJA IOHD SDI converter for recording SD and HD formats including DVCProHD and ProRes422. An audio mixer with 8 inputs is available as an option. The Pak includes space for a MacBook Pro or PC laptop, or alternatively, it can be purchased with a fully configured MacBook Pro or PC laptop with capture/editing software installed.

The PortaCast™ Engineering Pak provides camera control/shading via customer specified CCU/RCU "Paint Boxes" and a 1 x 8 SD/HD router switch. A Panasonic BT-LH1760 with built-in wave-form and vector-scope provides ultra-hires monitoring and calibration. Fiber multiplexers, VSAT satellite components or recording decks can be added as desired.

The PortaCast™ Cable Pak houses multi-core A/V cable up to 300 feet or long lengths of fiber cable neatly spooled on Hanay cable reels. Cables are terminated with all required connectors for camera video/control, intercom and auxiliary I/O connections.

According to Mobile Studios President, Rich Rubin, "We developed the PortaCast™ system in response to many requests for compact production gear that could be easily transported to remote locations. Throughout its development, we worked very closely with many field savvy broadcast engineers to select components that offered the highest functionality and production values. The result is a truly revolutionary system that will prove to be a powerful tool for producing news, sports, reality TV, live events and documentaries."

Each PortaCast™ Pak is completely integrated with overall dimensions less than the 100 pound / 80 inch limitations imposed by the major airlines for checked baggage. The unique mini flypack cases feature heavy duty ATA approved construction with all components shock-mounted to ensure worry-free transport to the most demanding remote locations.

Launch customer for the PortaCast™ system is Mexican TV network, TV Azteca. According to Manuel Tovar, TV Azteca's New Projects Manager, "We were looking for a compact system for remote news gathering and the PortaCast™ system fulfilled our requirements; lightweight, IATA compliant, modular, ultra-portable and affordable." Tovar adds, "The innovative system gives our "SWAT" team (Strategic neWs-gathering And Transmission) the ability to cover natural disasters, politics and fast breaking stories with few people from remote locations."

The PortaCast™ system is available in a variety of configurations with options tailored to user requirements.

www.mobilestudios.com

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Introducing TMPGEnc KARMA Video Organizing Software

TMPG, Inc. (www.tmpg-inc.com), the company that makes digital video easy, is introducing their latest software, TMPGEnc KARMA, a digital video library organizational tool. It will be the company’s second freeware product, joining the highly-rated TMPGEnc video encoder. The English language version of the software is available now at the TMPGEnc website for free download. A French language version is also available now on the French website.


"As digital video becomes more popular, it is more important than ever for users to be able to organize their growing video libraries" stated Kimi Matsuki, TMPG Inc. CEO. "We created TMPGEnc KARMA.. for precisely that reason, and are making it available for free to assist anyone that has digital video."

Digital Video Library Organization - TMPGEnc KARMA can scan a specified video folder and add any supported video clips to its video library list. Videos can be sorted by name, creation date, number of times played, and more. Users can also rate videos by creating custom keyword descriptions or by color-coding them for even more sorting options. Digital Video ViewerUsers have the ability to view supported digital video files directly in the software and watch it in full screen mode or in the background while organizing the collection.

TMPGEnc KARMA also has multiple preview screens so users can watch multiple videos at the same time, and the viewing area can be customized and resized to the user’s preferences.

TMPGEnc TileShot CREATOR - It is possible to create a digital contact sheet of a video with the included TMPGEnc TileShot CREATOR. With this tool, users can create an image composed of thumbnail frames from the video, making it easy to preview the video contents without watching it. It is even possible to create an animated .gif file which cycles through a set number of frames from the video. These thumbnail images are great when used as previews on websites or archiving purposes.

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Intelligent Assistance Announces "Assisted Editing"

Intelligent Assistance, Inc has released it’s "First Cut" documentary editing software and "Finisher" for adding b-roll and titles automatically to a-roll (aka "radio) edits.These tools fit a new class of software for editors called "Assisted Editing" because they assist the editor by dramatically increasing productivity and reducing the time to finished results.

"it’s time we offloaded some of the easier editing functions – such as a first cut for a documentary – to software," says co-developer and CEO of Intelligent Assistance, Philip Hodgetts. "Avid drove down the cost of editing any given sequence, and Assisted Editing drops the barrier lower."

First Cuts was announced at the NAB Final Cut Pro Supermeet as "The Assistant Editor" - to incredible acclaim, and some controversy. It takes editing log notes – similar to what would already be entered for long form documentary – and automates the process of creating first cuts with story arc, b-roll and lower third titles. Editors and producers will explore the stories that are available in the material and to juxtapose different versions while they seek inspiration and direction.

These fast first cuts can be used to explore story because many variations can be created in a few minutes.Editors will use these first cuts for inspiration or as the basis of their own edit.

"Finisher" – previously unannounced – fits at the other end of the editing process, taking A-roll edits and adds lower third titles and B-roll in seconds. Finisher will use all log notes provided to it, but does not need log notes to perform its magic.

"The results Finisher creates from only miminal log notes, are amazing." says co-developer and VP Technology at Intelligent Assistance, Dr Gregory Clarke. "As the products evolve they will take advantage of metadata from the camera to reduce the load on the editor."

"Although these new tools are incredibly powerful, it should be noted that they are very much a version one product," continues Hodgetts "Non-linear editing has progressed from Media Composer 1’s 160x120 pixel, 16 grayscale images to the editing powerhouses of modern NLEs. Like the NLE, Assisted Editing frees the editor to be creative."

Intelligent Assistance’s First Cuts is available now for US$295 (MSRP). Until September 17, it is available for US$245. First Cuts includes all the functionality of Finisher. Finish is available now for US $149 (MSRP). Until September 18, Finisher is available for US$99. More information is available here.

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Sony Unveils Three New All-in-One Desktop PCs With Blu-ray Technology

Merging powerfulPC performance with slim stylish LCD panels, Sony today introduced threenew all-in-ones -- the VAIO(R) JS, LV and RT desktop models. Designed as space-savers, these new models are ideal for everythingfrom everyday computing to editing high-definition video content.

"These new all-in-ones address all your entertainment and computingneeds -- they're an HDTV, Blu-ray Disc(TM) player and PC in afashion-forward, clutter-free design," said Xavier Lauwaert, productmanager for VAIO product marketing at Sony Electronics.

Casual Computing/ Affordably Priced
The VAIO JS All-in-One desktop chassis sits directly on your deskcomplete with a storage space for your keyboard. Equipped with a 20.1-inch (diagonal) LCD display, the JS modelfeaturesSony's own XBRITE-ECO(TM) LCD technology so you will experiencerazor-sharpimages in crisp, vivid detail.

An optional Blu-ray Disc ROM optical drive is available for the JSmodel. Watch pristine HD content or check out exclusive movie previewsanddownloads utilizing BD-Live(TM), a Blu-ray feature that enables you toaccess additional content via your Internet-connected PC.

The unit incorporates an integrated microphone and web cam, withface-tracking technology, so it can follow your movements whilevideo-chatting with friends and co-workers.

The JS model boasts powerful desktop computing while curbing energyconsumption and noise. It comes pre-installed with Windows Vista(R) HomePremium operating system.

The VAIO JS All-in-One model comes in black, silver and pink andstartsat around $1,000.

Power-Packed HD Entertainment
Featuring a floating mirror design, the VAIO LV High-DefinitionPC/TVserves as your entire entertainment hub. It is equipped with a 24-inch (diagonal) WUXGA (1920x1200)widescreenhigh-definition display, with Sony's original XBRITE-FullHD(TM) LCDtechnology, for crystal-clear images.

Most LV models feature a slot-in Blu-ray Disc optical drive so youcanenjoy high-definition movies. A rewritable BD drive for recording,storingand playing back personal content on high-capacity BD media isavailable.

And with built-in DVR capabilities and up to a terabyte of storage,youcan create a personal entertainment library with up to 100 hours of HDtelevision. An industry-unique-feature in an all-in-one PC, the LV modelfeatures a1080p capable HDMI(TM) input so you can connect your compatible HD cablebox, satellite receiver or PLAYSTATION(R)3 computer entertainment system(all sold separately) via a single cable and enjoy HD entertainmentwithoutpowering on the PC.

Packing powerful components, the LV model can multi-task throughdemanding PC applications while editing HD content. The LV model comeswithyour choice of Windows Vista Home Premium or Vista Ultimate operatingsystems. The LV model is equipped with wireless LAN and an integrated powersupply allowing the unit to be cleanly mounted on a wall. A wirelesskeyboard with a built-in touchpad, mouse and remote control areincluded.

Video-Editing Powerhouse
The VAIO RT High Definition Studio is a one-stop-shop handling allyourhigh-definition video-editing needs on a single machine. Its 25.5-inch (diagonal) LCD display, featuring XBRITE-FullHD LCDtechnology, and Blu-ray optical drive enables you to play, record andeditHD video in 1080p resolution.

In addition to the built-in digital TV tuners, an HDMI In port letsyouconnect compatible HD cable and satellite boxes to enrich your HDTVviewingexperience. An HDMI output has also been included, letting you connecttoan external LCD display or HDTV to expand your workspace (HDMI cable,LCD,and HDTV sold separately).

The RT series incorporates Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad processors, up to8GB of RAM and a terabyte hard drive. It is equipped with a high-speedeSATA port, for extra storage, and a CompactFlash(R) slot.

The unit comes pre-installed with Windows Vista Ultimate operatingsystem. A wireless keyboard with integrated touchpad and mouse areincluded. It is also equipped with a built-in power supply enabling youtocleanly mount it to the wall.

The VAIO LV High-Definition PC/TV will start at around $1,600 whiletheVAIO RT High-Definition Studio PC will go for about $3,300. All threeseries will be available online at here. They willalso be sold at Sony Style(R) stores and select retailers around thecountry starting in mid-October.

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