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September 29, 2008

Table of Contents

YouTube’s New Business Model for Copyrighted Music
Adobe Introduces Creative Suite 4 Product Family
Adobe Releases Creative Suite 4 Production Premium
Adobe Introduces Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop CS4 Extended
Sony Debuts 8X Blu-ray Disc Writer Drive
proDAD Announces Adorage Effects Package 10--Full HD Effects Generation
Buffalo Announces Two Lightning Fast 8x Blu-Ray Devices
MotionKit.com Releases Halloween-Themed HD Stock Footage Collection
Panasonic Announces Availability of New HDV/DV/DVCAM and Pro DV Tape Series
Aleratec RoboJet Disc Printer Produces Photo Quality BD/DVD/CD Labels Automatically in Living Color

YouTube’s New Business Model for Copyrighted Music

YouTube recently enacted an innovative approach to handling synchronization rights to copyrighted music. Rather than remove videographers’ clips that contain unlicensed music (which are now a very common occurrence on YouTube and other user-generated content sites), the site is pairing advertising for the music labels with the video clips.

In Cape Town, South Africa, WEVA member and VideoUniversity.com regular Howard Neill received an email from YouTube, where he had posted several wedding video clips. The email refers to UMG (Universal Music Group) and states that YouTube’s policy is to "place advertisements on this video’s watch page." If you want to track what ads appear with Neill’s videos, his YouTube account name is "CapeVideos." Here’s what the email stated:

Dear YouTube Member: UMG has claimed some or all audio content in your video The Wedding of Sian & Stu. This claim was made as part of the YouTube Content Identification program. Your video is still live because UMG has authorized the use of this content on YouTube. As long as UMG has a claim on your video, they will receive public statistics about your video, such as number of views. Viewers may also see advertising on your video’s page. UMG claimed this content as a part of the YouTube Content Identification program. YouTube allows partners to review YouTube videos for content to which they own the rights. Partners may use our automated video/audio matching system to identify their content, or they may manually review videos.
Sincerely,
The YouTube Content Identification Team

Here is a press release from UMG on YouTube’s press page:

‘Universal is committed to finding innovative ways to distribute our artists’ works and today’s agreement with YouTube furthers that strategy by helping transform this new user-generated content culture into a mutually beneficial business opportunity,’ said Doug Morris, Chairman and CEO, Universal Music Group, ‘We pride ourselves in empowering new business models that create new revenue streams for content creators. You Tube is providing a new and exciting opportunity for music lovers around the world to interact with our content, while at the same time recognizing the intrinsic value of the content that is so important to the user experience.’

Since we spoke to Neill about this situation we've seen various ads on the page, including one for wedding rings and, more recently, one for an ethanol gas-related nonprofit.

YouTube lets visitors easily report alleged copyright violators—maybe too easily. They have a link called "report profile image violation." I clicked it out of curiosity, and rather than going to a page for detail, I got a response that said, "thank you for reporting this violation." YouTube also has a similar link on some users’ pages titled "report background graphic."

Stu Sweetow (sweetow at avconsultants.com) runs Oakland, CA-based video production company Audio Visual Consultants. He taught video production at UC Berkeley Extension, was associate editor of Wedding and Event Videography, and was a contributing editor to Camcorder & Computer Video magazine.

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Adobe Introduces Creative Suite 4 Product Family

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the Adobe® Creative Suite® 4 product family, a milestone release of the industry-leading design and development software for virtually every creative workflow. Delivering radical workflow breakthroughs that bring down the walls between designers and developers — and packed with hundreds of feature innovations—the new Creative Suite 4 product line advances the creative process across print, Web, mobile, interactive, film and video production. With new levels of integration and expressiveness for Flash technology across the entire product line, Adobe’s biggest software release to date includes Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design editions, Creative Suite 4 Web editions, Creative Suite 4 Production Premium, Creative Suite 4 Master Collection, as well as 13 point products, 14 integrated technologies and seven services.

Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection CS4 combines virtually all of Adobe's new design and development applications, technologies and services in a single box — the most comprehensive creative environment ever delivered.

"Designers and developers are shaping the way that people consume information, share ideas, sell products, tell stories and create memorable experiences — in print, online and via mobile handsets," said Shantanu Narayen, president and chief executive officer at Adobe. "Whether you’re creating a rich Internet application, a video or a best-selling magazine, Adobe Creative Suite 4 delivers powerful cross-media technologies that have the ability to elevate products, brands and ideas above the clutter."

Adobe Creative Suite 4 offers unprecedented choice among editions and stand-alone products, with comprehensive support for the most cutting-edge workflows for virtually any design discipline. Customers can choose from six suites or full version upgrades of 13 stand-alone applications, including Photoshop® CS4, Photoshop CS4 Extended, InDesign® CS4 (see separate releases), Illustrator® CS4, Flash® CS4 Professional, Dreamweaver® CS4, After Effects® CS4, and Adobe Premiere® Pro CS4.

A simplified workflow in Adobe Creative Suite 4 enables users to design across media more efficiently by making it easier to complete common tasks and switch between mediums without leaving a project. InDesign CS4 includes a new Live Preflight tool that allows designers to catch production errors and a newly customizable Links panel to place files more efficiently. The revolutionary new Content-Aware Scaling tool in Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop CS4 Extended automatically recomposes an image as it is resized, preserving vital areas as it adapts to new dimensions. An expanded version of Dynamic Link in CS4 Production Premium enables users to move content between After Effects CS4, Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, Soundbooth® CS4, and Encore® CS4, so updates can be seen instantly without rendering.

Designers using the Adobe Creative Suite 4 product family will be able to gain unprecedented creative control using the new expressive features and visual performance improvements in Adobe Flash Player 10 to deliver breakthrough Web experiences across multiple browsers and operating systems.

Adobe Creative Suite 4 brings 3D center-stage providing the ability to paint, composite, and animate 3D models using familiar tools. Flash CS4 Professional now offers the ability to apply tweens to objects instead of keyframes, providing greater control over animation attributes. Also in Flash, the new Bones tool helps create more realistic animations between linked objects. With a searchable library of more than 450 dynamically updated device profiles from leading manufacturers, Adobe Device Central CS4 (see separate release) enables users to easily test mobile content designed using many of the Creative Suite 4 products.

Adobe Creative Suite 4 significantly expands access to services* available to creative professionals and developers who want to collaborate online. Adobe ConnectNow, a service of Acrobat.com, can be accessed from InDesign CS4, Illustrator CS4, Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop Extended CS4, Flash CS4 Professional, Dreamweaver CS4, Fireworks® CS4, and Acrobat® 9 Pro, allowing real-time collaboration with two colleagues or clients. Designers can also share color harmonies with Adobe Kuler™, which is now accessible from within InDesign CS4, Illustrator CS4, Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop Extended CS4, Flash CS4 and Fireworks CS4. Other online resources include: Adobe Community Help for technical questions; Resource Central for accessing video and audio product-related news and tutorials, as well as Soundbooth scores, sound effects, and other stock media; and Adobe Bridge Home, a customizable resource for tips, tutorials, news and inspirational content.

Adobe Creative Suite 4 and its associated point products are scheduled to ship in October 2008 with availability through Adobe Authorized Resellers and the Adobe Store at www.adobe.com/go/gn_store . Estimated street price for the Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Premium will be US$1799, US$1699 for Adobe Creative Suite 4 Web Premium, US$1699 for Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium, and US$2499 for Adobe Creative Suite 4 Master Collection. Adobe plans to offer tiered upgrade pricing from previous versions. For a limited time, validly licensed customers of eligible versions of Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Production Studio and Macromedia Studio will be able to upgrade to Creative Suite 4 for the CS3 upgrade price.

For more detailed information about features, upgrade policies, pricing, and international versions visit www.adobe.com/creativesuite. Adobe Flash Player 10 is currently available in beta as a free download from Adobe Labs at www.adobe.com/go/astro with general availability expected by the end of the year. Adoption of the previous update to Adobe Flash Player 9 set all-time records by achieving over 80 percent reach on Internet enabled desktops in less than six months and Flash Player 10 is expected to achieve a similar adoption rate. Adobe revolutionizes how the world engages with ideas and information - anytime, anywhere and through any medium. For more information, visit www.adobe.com .

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Adobe Releases Creative Suite 4 Production Premium

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Creative Suite® 4 Production Premium, a complete solution for creative professionals who craft world-class video, audio, and interactive media — for delivery on-air, online, and on device. Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium offers unprecedented levels of integration across major new releases of its video, audio, design, and Web tools, including Adobe After Effects® CS4 Professional, Adobe Premiere® Pro CS4, Adobe Encore® CS4, Adobe Photoshop® CS4 Extended (see separate release), Adobe Illustrator® CS4, Adobe Flash® CS4 Professional, Adobe® Soundbooth® CS4 and Adobe OnLocation™ CS4 — now redesigned to natively support Intel-based Macs.

"With new tools for creating searchable video content in Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium, we’re opening up incredible opportunities for media professionals of all kinds," said John Loiacono, senior vice president of Creative Solutions at Adobe. "Imagine being able to create world-class content, distribute it online, and precisely target rich-media advertising based on the embedded metadata. These capabilities forge a new interactive media paradigm for distributing, differentiating, and monetizing content in ways that were not possible until now."

Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium offers unique features for professional production. Powerful new Speech Search in Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 and Adobe Soundbooth CS4 uses spoken dialogue to make video searchable, significantly reducing the time spent searching for clips and creating rough cuts, and makes content searchable when delivered online. With deep XMP metadata support, the production workflow is simplified, resulting in online content that gives viewers new ways to interact with and search for video, while giving content owners new opportunities to track and monetize content. In addition, After Effects CS4 has enhanced support for Adobe Flash CS4 workflows providing new, powerful paths for creating compelling interactive content.

With Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium, Adobe strengthens its support for film and broadcast production, as well as extending its industry leadership in supporting efficient, tapeless, cross-platform workflows. Editors can work natively with RED, P2, XDCAM, and AVCHD without transcoding or rewrapping, giving them one of the fastest possible workflows to see what the camera captured without loss of fidelity. Adobe OnLocation CS4 enables the capture of DV, HDV and DVCPROHD footage directly to disk and offers powerful on-set clip annotation and metadata editing, then couples with Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 for a streamlined editorial workflow. For final output, Adobe Creative Suite 4 has powerful workflows for large and small screens, efficiently exporting to film, DVD, Web DVD, Blu-ray disc, the web and mobile devices.

"At Disney Online we marry our world-class content with cutting-edge technology to create top-quality, high-impact guest experiences," said Eric Freeman, vice president of Technology, Disney Online. "We rely heavily on Adobe solutions to support the creation and distribution of our content and the new features of Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium will further enhance our ability to deliver innovative offerings to our guests."

The Adobe Creative Suite 4 product line, which includes Adobe Creative Suite Design editions, Adobe Creative Suite Web editions, Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium and Adobe Creative Suite 4 Master Collection (see separate releases), offers access to online services* to creative professionals and developers who work and collaborate online. Adobe ConnectNow, a service of Acrobat.com, can be accessed from InDesign® CS4, Illustrator CS4, Photoshop CS4 Extended, Flash CS4 Professional, Dreamweaver® CS4, Fireworks® CS4, and Acrobat® 9 Pro, allowing real-time collaboration with two colleagues or clients. Designers can also share color harmonies with Adobe Kuler™, which is now accessible from within InDesign CS4, Illustrator CS4, Photoshop CS4, Flash CS4 and Fireworks CS4. Other online resources include: Adobe Community Help for technical questions; Resource Central for accessing video and audio product-related news and tutorials, as well as Soundbooth scores, sound effects, and other stock media; and Adobe Bridge Home, a customizable resource for tips, tutorials, news and inspirational content. With a searchable library of more than 450 dynamically updated device profiles from leading manufacturers, Adobe Device Central CS4 (see separate release) enables users to easily test mobile content designed using many of the Creative Suite 4 products.

Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium for Mac OS X on Intel® based systems and for Microsoft® Windows® XP and Windows Vista® platforms is scheduled to ship in October 2008 with availability through Adobe Authorized Resellers and the Adobe Store at www.adobe.com/go/gn_store . Estimated street price for the Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium edition is US$1699. Prices for upgrading to Creative Suite 4 Production Premium from CS3 will be US$599 and from previous versions will be US$799. For a limited time, licensed customers of any version of Adobe Production Studio are eligible for the US$599 upgrade price.

For more detailed information about features, upgrade policies, pricing, and international versions visit www.adobe.com/creativesuite.

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Adobe Introduces Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop CS4 Extended

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Photoshop® CS4 and Photoshop CS4 Extended, the highly anticipated, new editions of the professional industry standard software for digital imaging. Providing a fluid user experience, complete creative control and higher efficiency, Photoshop CS4 leverages the power of the latest hardware to extend imaging possibilities and offer faster, more flexible ways to accomplish core tasks like image adjustments and masks. All of these features and more can be found in Photoshop CS4 Extended, which serves users with advanced motion graphics functions, dramatically expanded 3D visualization capabilities and precise image analysis.

Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop CS4 Extended will be available as standalone applications or key components of the Adobe Creative Suite® 4 family.

"Photoshop is about delivering cutting-edge innovation that really pushes the boundaries of digital image editing," said Kevin Connor, vice president of product management for professional digital imaging at Adobe. "This version is no exception with some stunning new imaging technology that complements our work to bring more control, simplicity and speed to everyday tasks. By streamlining the most popular workflows for the professional, technical or home user, Photoshop CS4 brings new levels of accessibility to the gold standard in digital imaging software."

Photoshop CS4 software now makes impossible tasks, possible. Content-Aware Scaling adds a revolutionary technology that enables users to intelligently size and scale images with a simple drag of the mouse. New Auto-align and Auto-blend modes generate composites based on extended depth of field and 360 degree panoramas now with seamless tones and colors.

Finding, previewing and managing image assets jumps to a new level of power and convenience with Adobe Bridge CS4, beginning with fast start-up performance, right through to speedy transfer of images to Photoshop CS4. New path-bar navigation and workspace selection buttons across the top of the Bridge window let you instantly go to just the right display for every task. Also included are new Camera Import controls, visual folder navigation, and a Carousel View for larger image-group selections.

Photoshop CS4 takes advantage of the latest graphics processing unit (GPU) hardware to deliver superior performance. The software offers a smooth pan and zoom experience that allows users to easily edit images at the highest magnification while maintaining clarity. The new Canvas Rotation tool makes it simple to rotate and work on an image from any angle. Photoshop CS4 helps keep work areas clutter-free with a new unified application frame, tab-based interface and self-adjusting panels that make it easy to quickly access advanced tools, and provide a more fluid way to interact with the application.

Photoshop CS4 Extended includes all the new features of Photoshop CS4 plus the ability to manipulate 3D imagery easier than ever before. Now, creativity knows no bounds, as users can paint directly on 3D models and surfaces, merge 2-D files onto 3D images and animate 3D objects. The 3D engine has been rebuilt from the ground up to provide faster performance, allow editing of properties like light and the ability to create more realistic renderings with a new high-quality ray-tracer. Video professionals have the ability to turn any 3D object into a video display zone and can animate 3D objects and properties with ease. In addition, the core motion graphics editing has been improved with more efficient single-key shortcuts.

"The 3D painting enhancements in Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended save us valuable time by enabling artists to paint directly on our 3D flight simulator models in Photoshop instead of using a separate 3D paint program," says Luis Barcena, executive vice president of databases and modeling for Aechelon Technology, Inc., a leader in real time computer graphics applications for training, simulation and entertainment markets. "Additionally, the ability to perform localized color correction in Photoshop CS4 Extended lets us easily color correct and balance simulated environments and terrain databases using images taken in different climates to achieve a more realistic and compelling user experience."

Photoshop CS4 Extended software continues to challenge traditional use, allowing medical professionals to volume render multiple medical image scans (DICOM image stack) into a volume that can be viewed from all angles.

The Photoshop product family has experienced an unprecedented year, in which new products have been introduced and every existing product has been updated. The year began with the anticipated launch of Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac, winning Best of Show at Macworld 2008. The launch of Photoshop Express in the Spring marked a new direction for the line — a free, rich Internet application (RIA) for anyone who wants to store, sort and show off digital photos online with eye-catching effects. In July, major updates and enhancements were made to the popular Photoshop Lightroom™ 2 solution for serious photographers, followed by the launch of Photoshop Elements 7 and Adobe Premiere Elements 7 software for hobbyists and now, Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop CS4 Extended for professionals.

Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop CS4 Extended for Mac OS X on Intel® based and PowerPC® based systems and for Microsoft® Windows® XP and Windows Vista® platform are scheduled to ship October 2008 with availability through Adobe Authorized Resellers and the Adobe Store at www.adobe.com/go/gn_store . Estimated street price for Adobe Photoshop CS4 is US$699 and US$999 for Photoshop CS4 Extended. Upgrade pricing is available. For more detailed information about features, upgrade policies and pricing, please visit: www.adobe.com/photoshop .

www.adobe.com

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Sony Debuts 8X Blu-ray Disc Writer Drive

Sony Electronics today announced its third generation internal Blu-ray Disc(TM) (BD) writer for the computer aftermarket, which at about $400 achieves a new level of affordability for BD enthusiasts.

The new BWU-300S model burns single and dual layer BD-R media at up to 8X speed, recording a full 25GB disc in about 15 minutes and a full 50GB disc in about 30 minutes. The 8X recording speed is achieved using 6X compatible BD-R media. The drive also records DVDs at up to 16X, CDs up to 48X, and supports DVD-RAM recording, with an eye towards data backup, making it an excellent replacement burner for a standard DVD drive while offering all the benefits of Blu-ray Disc technology.

To provide consumers with the opportunity to experience high-definition movie playback first-hand, the new drive comes bundled with a "Men in Black" Blu-ray Disc from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. "Men In Black" stars Will Smith ("Hancock") and Oscar(R)-winner Tommy Lee Jones ("The Fugitive") saving the world from a total intergalactic disaster in Barry Sonnenfeld's smash-hit sci-fi action comedy. The "Men In Black" high-definition Blu-ray Disc boasts advanced BD-Live enabled bonus features, including a multiplayer trivia game, an interactive Frank the Pug advice generator, an alien subtitle track and much more.

Also included with the drive is CyberLink's software suite for capturing, authoring, editing, burning and viewing high-definition personal content.

"Consumers are demanding a better experience," said Bob DeMoulin, marketing manager for branded storage products in Sony Electronics' IT Products Division. "Not only are we providing state of the art hardware, but also the industry's most complete software bundle and premium content."

"Sony's new 8X Blu-ray Disc writable drive significantly improves the BD recording speed, a key feature in the optical storage technology," said Wolfgang Schlichting, research director for removable storage at IDC. "The explosion of digital media usage by consumers, whether in the form of high- definition video, music or data, continues to grow at exponential rates. Innovative products such as this next-generation drive will help fuel the acceleration of Blu-ray adoption in the years ahead with more than 100 million drives shipping worldwide by 2011."

The BWU-300S drive can record up to 50GB of data for random access storage and backup on BD-R (write once) or BD-RE (rewritable) discs, or up to 230 minutes of high-definition HDV 1080i video on a BD-R/RE 50GB disc. It also supports recording on standard single layer 4.7GB DVD+-R/+-RW/-RAM discs, 8.5GB DVD+-R double/dual layer discs, and CDs.

The internal drive features a Serial ATA (SATA) interface and standard 5.25-inch form-factor for easy installation inside a desktop PC with Microsoft(R) Windows XP or Windows Vista(R) operating systems.

The new drive is fully supported by Adobe(R) Encore(R) CS3 software, now included with Adobe Premiere(R) Pro CS3, and Sony's Vegas Pro 8 and DVD Architect Pro 5 software, providing video production professionals with another option for outputting high-definition video on a Blu-ray Disc with MPEG-2 or H.264 compression.

Availability
The BWU-300S drive will be available through select retailers, resellers and directly at sonystyle.com starting next month. Pre-orders are now being accepted by Sony on the website.

WWW.sonystyle.com

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proDAD Announces Adorage Effects Package 10--Full HD Effects Generation

proDAD GmbH today announced the latest addition to its popular Adorage Effects Package - Adorage Effects Package 10 - Full HD Video Effects Generation. As its name suggests, Adorage Effects Package 10 includes hundreds of video effects and transitions from previous Adorage Effects Packages, now in Full HD resolution. Adorage Effects Package 10 allows editors working with HD footage the ability to have their effects and transitions in HD too. Adorage Effects Package 10 is the first effects package offered by proDAD with HD support. Editors working with SD footage can take full advantage of the effects contained in Adorage Effects Package 10. proDAD has even created its own high performance codec for the rendering of effects and transitions, offering up to 40 percent faster rendering over other solutions.

Adorage Effects Package 10 now includes plug-in support for Adobe® Premiere Pro/Elements, AVID® Liquid, Canopus® Edius, Sony® Vegas/Vegas Pro, ULead® Mediastudio, and Magix Video Deluxe 15 NLE applications (previous effects packages required separate purchase of Adorage All-Plugins Collection at a cost of $29 U.S., now included with Effects Package 10). Adorage Effects Package 10 also offers a new, streamlined user interface, making the application easier to use. "Adorage for Pinnacle Studio" can also be enhanced with Effects Package 10 HD effects and its enhanced interface.

Adorage Effects Packages are a low cost way for video editors to add a wide range of high-quality effects and transitions to their video productions. Adorage has been widely popular among hobbyist video editors for years due its ease of use and low cost and is now attractive to the professional video editing community for the same reasons.

"proDAD is once again responding to the voice of the market," said Andreas Huber, general manager of proDAD GmbH. "Our users have been asking to have Adorage support HD effects and transitions and our reply is Adorage Effects Package 10. This easy to use solution offers hundreds of high quality HD effects for use in wedding, family, sports, and holiday video productions at a price point that users can afford."

Pricing & Availability
Adorage Effects Package 10 retails for $99 U.S. and will be available in October at fine pro video resellers as well as directly from proDAD. Please visit www.prodad.com for full product information.

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Buffalo Announces Two Lightning Fast 8x Blu-Ray Devices

Buffalo Technology, a global leader in the design, development and manufacturing of wired and wireless networking, storage and memory solutions today announced its new Blu-ray DVD Combo drives, the MediaStation 8x External Blu-ray Drive and MediaStation 8x Internal Blu-ray Drive. Offering unsurpassed 8x Read/Write speeds, these new MediaStation drives are the fastest on the market. They are ideal for "power PC" users who want optimal playback performance of Blu-ray discs, DVDs, or CDs on their PCs or notebooks or for those who want to archive content to optical discs.

The external MediaStation connects conveniently via USB 2.0 or eSATA, and the internal drive can be easily installed into your PC via SATA. Both devices also include CyberLink software suite for Windows with DVD Up-Sampling, which allows you to view DVDs in near HD quality. The MediaStation is a great solution to periodically backup and archive your data, preventing content from being altered or erased in the event your system is attacked by a virus or other malware.

"Everyday digital media continues to grow as an essential part of our lives," stated Ken Higgins, vice president of sales at Buffalo Technology. "By combining the ability to read, write and playback DVDs, CDs and Blu-ray discs, the two new MediaStation drives offer the best of both worlds with superior video quality and unmatched performance."

Both MediaStation devices have an easy setup process and no drivers are required to operate. Buffalo's MediaStation Blu-ray drives support the following formats: Blu-ray BD-R 8x, Blu-ray BD-RE 2x, DVD RAM 5x, DVD -R 16x, DVD +R 16x, DVD-RW 6x, DVD +RW 8x, CD-R 48x, and CD-RW 24x.

For full video editing and playback, both devices include PowerDVD for video viewing, PowerDirector for video editing, Power2Go for DVD authoring and burning, PowerBackup for archiving and backup, and PowerProducer for HD video capturing and authoring as well as burning DVDs and Blu-ray. In addition, both drives ship with InstantBurn and Medi@Show to complete any presentation. The MediaStation External drive offers the flexibility of two ports, one USB 2.0 and one eSATA. It measures 6.4" x 1.9" x 11" and weighs only 3.97 pounds. The internal drive simply slides into a standard drive bay.

Pricing and Availability
Backed by a limited one-year warranty and toll-free 24/7 technical support, the MediaStation 8x External Blu-ray Drive and MediaStation 8x Internal Blu-ray Drive will be available later this month at estimated street prices of $399.99 for the external (BR-816SU2) and $349.99 for the internal (BR-816FBS) drive.

www.buffalotech.com

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MotionKit.com Releases Halloween-Themed HD Stock Footage Collection

MotionKit.com announced today the release of a new Halloween-themed stock footage collection titled "Halloween Loops V1." The stock footage collection features twenty, ten-second looping royalty free Halloween and Fall themed stock footage and video background clips. The collection includes art directed broadcast-quality video clips, each with a particular Halloween or Fall look and feel. Using candles, ghosts, spiders and other Halloween props, each clip captures the spirit of Halloween with an eye-catching and attractive vignette. The stock footage clips are an effective way to communicate the "spirit" of Halloween during the holiday season.

The collection is available in HD or as Windows Media Video (WMV) files optimized for PowerPoint presentations. The HD collection features stock footage clips in 1920x1080 resolution at 24fps with Motion JPEG codec. The PowerPoint optimized collection features stock footage clips in 640x360 resolution at 15fps with Windows Media codec for optimum playback within PowerPoint. The HD collection is priced at $149 and the PowerPoint Optimized collection is priced at $99.

The Halloween Loops V1 is a must-have stock footage collection for PowerPoint presenters, digital signage networks, video editors and video producers, broadcasters and other media professionals who need Halloween-themed stock footage and video backgrounds.

Halloween Loops V1 is available for immediate purchase and instant download at MotionKit.com at the following two links:

www.motionkit.com

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Panasonic Announces Availability of New HDV/DV/DVCAM and Pro DV Tape Series

Panasonic Broadcast announced two new advancements in its line of professional digital media – the new AMQ-Series Advanced Master Quality tape for professional master-quality HDV, DV and DVCAM recording and the new PQUS-Series Professional Quality Pro DV tape for professional miniDV recording.

Developed for the U.S. market only, and exclusively available from Panasonic Broadcast, the AMQ tape series provides unprecedented performance for DVCAM (15 µm track width), HDV and DV SP (10µm track width), and DV LP (6.67µm track width) recording. AMQ tapes feature Panasonic’s next generation Super Advanced Metal Evaporation (S-AME) technology with four times the magnetic density of the previous tape generation, providing +1.2dB higher output than the competition. Advancements in Panasonic’s proprietary Dry-Type lubricant and robust Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) film development dramatically boost the tape’s durability for high speed shuttling, still-frame, and professional editing. A surface treatment process extends VTR head life and reduces head clogging and dropouts.

Designed to provide reliable and high-quality professional miniDV recording, the new U.S.-market-only PQUS tape series utilizes an Advanced Metal Evaporation (AME) technology that provides a high signal output, consistent durability and optimal tape-to-head contact.

The AMQ-Series includes two mini advanced master tapes - AY-HDVM33AMQ (22/33/49 minutes) and AY-HDVM63AMQ (42/63/94 minutes) – and four standard advanced master tapes - AY-HDV96AMQ (64/96/144 minutes), AY-HDV124AMQ (82/124/186 minutes), AY-HDV186AMQ (124/186/279 minutes) and the AY-HDV276AMQ (184/276/414 minutes). The new PQUS mini DV tape series includes the 33-minute AY-DVM33PQUS, the 63-minute AY-DVM63PQUS and the 83-minute AY-DVM83PQUS miniDV cassettes.

Both AMQ and PQUS tapes are designed with a rugged ABS resin shell construction, which prevents warpage and cassette housing damage and provides impact-resistant durability. The anti-static cassette lid repels dust and contaminants that can cause dropouts.

AMQ cassettes are packaged in a rugged, side-locking hard case to increase tape protection and prevent against accidental opening. The case’s non-slip, ribbed finish and special grooves allow for safe stacking and carrying within the production facility.

Each PQUS cassette comes with a durable, 2-way opening case made from a soft resin that will not break if dropped. The 2-way lid construction enables users to easily extract the tape with one hand, even while recording.

The AMQ tapes are available at the following suggested list prices: AY-HDVM33AMQ (mini), $14.95; AY-HDVM63AMQ (mini), $17.95; AY-HDV96AMQ (standard), $25.95; AY-HDV124AMQ (standard), $32.95; AY-HDV186AMQ (standard), $38.95; AY-HDV276AMQ (standard), $46.95. The PQUS miniDV tapes are available at the following suggested list prices: AY-DVM33PQUS, $9.95; AY-DVM63PQUS, $11.95; AY-DVM83PQUS, $17.95.

www.panasonic.com.broadcast


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Aleratec RoboJet Disc Printer Produces Photo Quality BD/DVD/CD Labels Automatically in Living Color

Aleratec Inc., leading developer and manufacturer of "Prosumers' Choice" solutions for the USB, Flash, HDD, Blu-ray, DVD/CD, duplicating, and publishing markets, has launched its new Aleratec RoboJet AutoPrinter 100™, a robotic BD/DVD/CD disc printer that prints custom inkjet labels directly on each disc in brilliant color. It is fully automatic and can print up to 100 BDs/DVDs/CDs virtually unattended. The innovative RoboJet AutoPrinter 100 uses standard HP ink cartridges available anywhere and features HPs unique PhotoREt color-layering technology that delivers vivid, true-to-life photo quality images with extremely sharp text printed directly on the customer's discs.

The Aleratec RoboJet AutoPrinter 100 is a compact, attractive, totally integrated package with a sculptured transparent protective door that allows viewing of it in operation. It's fast, affordable, and easy-to-use. Just plug it in, connect one USB 2.0 cable, and install the software. Anyone can put the Aleratec RoboJet AutoPrinter 100 to work in a matter of minutes.

"On the top of our list of most important criteria in developing the RoboJet AutoPrinter 100 was to have a unit that produces professional results," stated Perry Solomon, Aleratec President and CEO. "Recognizing that image quality and color are critical to the success of a disc printer, we chose HP, the leaders in inkjet printing technology. With its HP engine, the Aleratec RoboJet AutoPrinter 100 is capable of producing top quality, crystal clear images in brilliant colors and the Aleratec RoboJet uses standard HP ink cartridges. The Aleratec RoboJet is convenient for customers who prefer widely-available, standard cartridges over proprietary consumables. The Aleratec RoboJet has a compact desktop size, and includes an intuitive Aleratec disc label design software suite that makes designing professional looking custom labels really easy."

Most automated inkjet disc printing solutions available today require complex external robotics to load and unload discs to and from the printer. A key differentiating feature of the Aleratec RoboJet AutoPrinter 100 is the disc handling robotics are a part of the printer. There are no external moving robotic arms or disc handling apparatus. Blank discs are loaded in the top the printer and finished discs eject automatically from the printer tray. The RoboJet has a footprint no larger than a manual inkjet disc printer and it has a 100 disc capacity.

The Aleratec RoboJet AutoPrinter 100 incorporates HP PhotoREt color-layering technology for controlling the placement of the inks more precisely than ever before. Each dot is capable of receiving 29 minuscule drops of color, each one precisely positioned to achieve smoother graduations in tone and to virtually eliminate any grain in the printed image. The result is a color palette many times greater than conventional Inkjet printers, finer color control, faster printing, and improved image quality.

The Aleratec RoboJet AutoPrinter 100 inkjet disc printing system (Aleratec Part No. 360101, Ingram Micro SKU U07770, Tech Data SKU 86967J), proudly assembled in the USA from components sourced globally, can automatically and quickly print up to 100 disc labels, unattended, directly on the discs in brilliant colors has a low Estimated Retail Price of $2099.

For best results in maximizing superior print quality with bright, vibrant colors, Aleratec HydroGuard Duplicator Grade media is recommended for its quick drying smear, smudge, and water resistant disc surface with glossy uniform whiteness from hub to outer edge:

  • HydroGuard Inkjet Printable DVD-R 16x Duplicator Grade Media 90-Pack
    Aleratec Part # 230116, Ingram Micro SKU U06807, Tech Data SKU 25373I
    ERP $89.99
  • HydroGuard Inkjet Printable DVD R 16x Duplicator Grade Media 90-Pack
    Aleratec Part # 300117, Ingram Micro SKU U09518, Tech Data SKU 90316M
    ERP $89.99
  • HydroGuard Inkjet Printable CD-R 52x Duplicator Grade Media 90-Pack
    Aleratec Part # 110119, Ingram Micro SKU U06806, Tech Data SKU 25372I
    ERP $79.99
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, 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, 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

More information about HP is available at www.hp.com.

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