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April 16, 2009

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Keeping up with Jones, Episode 3, featuring Joey Mathews of 31 Films, Pt. 1 & 2
Media 100 Introduces Media 100 Suite
FinalCutters Launches - A New Website for the Final Cut Pro Community
Zacuto Presents Several New Show-stoppers Ready to Shine at This Year's NAB
New Final Cut Pro Music Plug-In Unveiled by SmartSound
New Pioneer Blu-ray Disc Computer Writer Delivers Full Potential of HD Disc Format Combining High Speed Performance with Dual-Layer Write Support
Prompter People to Launch New MicroBeam LED Light at NAB
New Grass Valley EDIUS Neo 2 Editing Software Offers Improved Performance for Video Enthusiasts

Keeping up with Jones, Episode 3, featuring Joey Mathews of 31 Films, Pt. 1 & 2

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Mason Jar FilmsIn Episode 2 of Keeping up with Jones, roving documentarian Chris P. Jones catches up with Houston-based cinematographer Joey Mathews of 31 Films to discuss 31 Films' approach to wedding filmmaking, his music video work, the wonders of Apple TV, and the challenges of juggling a video business, farming, and parenthood. Jones also gets a glimpse of Mathews' revolutionary "infant filming" techniques. Stay tuned to EventDV-TV for part 3 of this 3-part episode.

Also, be sure to check out previous episodes in which Jones catches up with fellow 2008 EventDV 25 honoree Joe Simon of Joe Simon Productions, as Joe opens the vault on his trade-secret motion-camera techniques and playground cinematics.

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Media 100 Introduces Media 100 Suite

Media 100, a leading provider of advanced editing systems for the corporate, broadcast, postproduction, and new media industries, today announced Media 100 Suite, next-generation Media 100 software with Multicam Editing and Boris RED for $1,295. In addition to AJA video I/O cards, Media 100 Suite supports Matrox MXO2 for portable, broadcast-quality input/output, monitoring, and up/down/cross conversion. Media 100 Suite also includes a new Voice Over Tool for audio recording direct to the Media 100 timeline.

"Media 100 Suite is the most significant upgrade to the award-winning Media 100 video editing software since it was acquired by Boris FX," comments Wickham Strub, Product Manager, Media 100. "Ideal for music videos, studio and on-location television, concerts, and live events, multicam editing allows for real-time switching between multiple camera angles. And our new support for Matrox MXO2 gives editors an affordable and professional solution for mobile input and output."

Media 100 Suite New Feature Highlights

• Multicam Editing. Media 100 Suite's new Multicam Editing feature facilitates real-time editing in a familiar, easy-to-understand user interface. Cameras can be added to an existing multiclip as their source media becomes available, allowing editors to begin cutting a multicam shoot faster than ever before. Cameras can be synced via timecode, sync marks, or in-points. When syncing via timecode, additional footage can even be assigned to an existing camera - helpful when a camera has been stopped to change tapes or batteries.

• Voice Over Tool. Media 100 Suite's new Voice Over Tool allows direct-to-timeline audio recording while playing back timeline audio and video. Primarily designed for recording narration, it allows for multiple takes nested inside a single clip in the timeline - all while receiving real-time sound cues and visual feedback. Voice Over can be done in stereo or 2 channels allowing different narrators to speak different parts. Other possibilities include simultaneously recording dialogue to separate channels or laying down a live music track. Voice Over takes advantage of Media 100 Suite's new Multicam Editing framework by automatically recording different takes into a multiclip. Operators can record several takes in one Voice Over clip and either choose one take or cut between the takes inside the clip. Different takes may be reviewed and compared from within the new Voice Over Recording Window.

• Matrox MXO2 Support. Media 100 Suite now supports Matrox MXO2. Matrox MXO2 is a portable I/O device that delivers broadcast-quality input/output, monitoring, and up/down/cross conversion. Compatible with MacBook Pros and Mac Pros, MXO2 weighs under 3½ pounds and lets editors work seamlessly in any Media 100-supported format.

• Other Media 100 Suite Improvements include improved Apple Color integration, support for 1080PsF video formats, full support of QuickTime timecode tracks, export of timecode "burn-in", support for 24-bit audio import, and the ability to output RP188 timecode with supported AJA video I/O cards.

I/O Support
Media 100 Suite supports AJA's KONA 3X/3, KONA LH/LHe, and KONA LS/LSe video I/O cards, Matrox MXO2, and Media 100 HDx. FireWire I/O and Panasonic P2 import are also supported.

Pricing and Availability
Media 100 Suite will be available in May 2009 for an MSRP of $1,295 USD. Customers may upgrade to Media 100 Suite from Media 100 Version 10 and higher, including Media 100 Producer, for an MSRP $595 USD. Alternatively, Media 100 Platinum Software Updates is available for an MSRP of $895 USD and provides one year of Media 100 Suite software upgrades. Media 100 Suite replaces the Media 100 and Media 100 Producer software applications.

Media 100 Suite will be demonstrated at NAB 2009 (April 20th through April 23rd in Las Vegas, Nevada) at Boris FX Booth SL5320.

www.media100.com

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FinalCutters Launches - A New Website for the Final Cut Pro Community

Digital Heaven, one of the leading third party developers for Apple Pro Apps, today announced the launch of FinalCutters (http://www.finalcutters.com), a new website for the Final Cut Pro community. Designed to offer visitors a constantly updated overview of what's happening in the world of Final Cut Pro, FinalCutters presents the latest filtered product news, blog posts and FCP related tweets on a single page.

Visitors to the site will also find the custom Google Search a handy feature. Whether looking for tutorials, product information or technical help, the search provides a list of Final Cut Pro specific text and video results. For added convenience, video result can be viewed in an embedded player.

FinalCutters features a daily Final Cut Pro rig photo as submitted by visitors. To celebrate the launch of the site any visitor submitting a photo of their rig on or before Friday 15th May will be automatically entered into a prize draw.

Three lucky winners will be randomly chosen and each will receive a fantastic software bundle worth over $1000 containing the following products:

  • Magic 3D FX from CHV Electronics (worth $65)
  • Loader and Plug-ins from Digital Heaven (worth $289)
  • Keylight from The Foundry (worth $250)
  • FxFactory Pro from Noise Industries (worth $399)
  • Magic Bullet Quick Looks from Red Giant Software (worth $99)

"These are early days for the site but as we continue to add more features over the coming months, we hope it will become a valuable resource for the Final Cut Pro community" - Martin Baker, Managing Director, Digital Heaven Ltd.

www.finalcutters.com

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Zacuto Presents Several New Show-stoppers Ready to Shine at This Year's NAB

Zacuto is excited to announce the 27 new products ready to be displayed at this year's NAB show in Las Vegas. See them all in our new video at http://vimeo.com/4076895.

Starting April 20, nine members of our Zacuto team will be present at booth number C6348. This year, Zacuto's booth has grown along with our variety of products. We are especially eager to unveil our DSLR Gunstock Shooters, which will revolutionize the way shooters use DSLR cameras from this point forward.

We will also have some special guests present at our booth. On April 20, come meet members from FilmFellas Cast 1: Peter Hawley (1-3pm) and Philip Bloom (2-4pm). On April 21, meet Cinemek rep Jonathan Houser (11am-1pm) and Zeiss rep Rick Schleuning.

Here's a sneak peek at each of our new products:

B4 Zacuto kits - puts depth of field adapters onto larger cameras, such as the Letus35. http://store.zacuto.com/2/3-B4-Mount-Kits/

ZRED Zwivel - Building upon the ZRED, this new RED EVF adapter is one of the hottest on the market. It offers three stable axes of movement and unparalleled adjustability. http://store.zacuto.com/Zred-Zwivel.html

Zephyr 300 - lightweight support plate made especially for the new JVC 700 series camera (the only LWS plate on the market to date that will work with this redesigned camera). http://store.zacuto.com/Zephyr300.html

Zephyr700- lightweight support plate made especially for the Panasonic HPX300 (the only LWS plate on the market to date that will work with this redesigned camera). http://store.zacuto.com/Zephyr700.html

EX3 Case Foam - fits the Sony EX3 camera with any of our DOF kits fully assembled. http://store.zacuto.com/Sony-EX3-DOF-Foam-Insert.html

DSLR Case Foam - fits any DSLR camera with any of our DSLR kits fully assembled. http://store.zacuto.com/dslr-foam-insert.html

Mini Baseplate - smaller version of the Zacuto Universal Baseplate, and designed for use with smaller DSLR and HD cameras. http://store.zacuto.com/Mini-Baseplate.html

Z-Balance - properly balances docu DOF kits with no counter balance weight. http://store.zacuto.com/Z-Balance.html

Zeddie Wedgie - made for exclusive use with the Zacuto Universal Baseplate, mounting it to a VCT-14 tripod adapter plate. http://store.zacuto.com/Zeddie-Wedgie.html

Z-Stop - slides onto a 15mm rod, keeping original camera lens from moving when using a depth-of-field adapter. http://store.zacuto.com/Z-Stop.html

Z-Force Microforce Mount - specialty item that allows users to mount the Preston Microforce grip on a 15mm or 19mm rod or any of Zacuto's Zgrips. http://store.zacuto.com/z-force.html

Z-Grips Beefy - infinitely adjustable and strong handgrips for super heavy camera packages (like RED setups). http://store.zacuto.com/Zgrips-Beefy.html

Zaffer - combines the Avenger Super Clamp and the Zacuto Zicromount; able to clamp onto a variety of film gear with Zacuto Quick-Release. http://store.zacuto.com/Zaffer.html

Zano - combines the Bogen Nano Clamp and the Zacuto Zicromount; able to clamp onto a variety of film gear including tripod handles and legs and offers the Zacuto quick-release. http://store.zacuto.com/Zano.html

RED Shoulder Pad adapter - adapts shoulder pad for 15mm or 19mm studio configuration while keeping it directly underneath the camera body

Z-Crank (with Z-Crank Handle) - follow focus knob that allows for precision focus with optional Z-Crank handle. http://store.zacuto.com/z-crank.html

Z-Lite weight - an elliptical weight that can be positioned on rear rods to fine-tune balance with pitch and yaw. http://store.zacuto.com/Z-Lite.html

3 DSLR Gunstock shooting kits - gives user multiple points of contact and an optical viewfinder, revolutionizing the way shooters will utilize DSLR cameras from this point forward.

http://store.zacuto.com/DSLR-Gunstock-Shooter-Kits/

Z-Finder (DSLR Optical viewfinder) - an optical viewfinder attachment for DSLR cameras http://store.zacuto.com/Z-Finder.html

Ztudio - 19 to 19 mm adapter (for ET & RED Birger mounts) http://store.zacuto.com/ztudio.html

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New Final Cut Pro Music Plug-In Unveiled by SmartSound

SmartSound Software, Inc., the leading innovator of creative music solutions for the video industry, announces the launch of a new plug-in for Apple's Emmy award-winning editing software, Final Cut Pro. SmartSound's groundbreaking new plug-in seamlessly integrates its flagship product, SmartSound Sonicfire Pro 5, with Final Cut Pro to automatically edit and deliver customized music soundtracks.

SmartSound Sonicfire Pro 5 is a comprehensive music solution offering all media creators innovative features such as Mood Mapping® and Timing ControlTM which work with the world's largest collection of customizable music. Now integrated with Final Cut Pro, these features enable impressive creative control over a variety of dynamic music elements allowing the creative user to make far better music soundtracks than they can with any other prerecorded music.

With the release of SmartSound's new Final Cut Pro plug-in, editors will be able to set markers or in/out points in their video sequence and use the Sonicfire Pro 5 "Send To" button to automatically deliver custom-fit music tracks within any of their markers. Once a SmartSound music track is in Final Cut Pro, the "Open in Editor" command will allow full roundtrip editing of the track. Editors can use Sonicfire Pro 5 to resize the music or use Mood Mapping and Timing Control features to adjust the timing of the music to their markers and even change individual instrument levels before sending the changes back to Final Cut Pro for immediate review, all with a few clicks of the mouse.

"I've been using SmartSound since 1997 and have always been impressed with its flexibility. This new plug-in, with its ability to read markers and send perfectly edited music right into a Final Cut Pro project, is just astounding. It saves a huge amount of time, which makes creating a customized soundtrack a piece of cake. Even better, its affordable and really cool," explains Larry Jordan, world-renowned Final Cut Pro expert.

Included for no extra charge with every Final Cut Pro plug-in purchase is an exclusive music album, composed and produced specifically for the creative and innovative marketplace of Final Cut users. Unlike traditional library music, "A New Era" (a $99.95 value) features a diverse collection of customizable music from top indie musicians and soundtrack composers. Tim Fagan, who has collaborated with John Mayer and toured with Colbie Caillat, explained the significance, "SmartSound has opened the door for independent artists like myself to get music licensed directly to their huge base of creative professionals." With the release of "A New Era," SmartSound once again continues to build on its reputation of providing innovative music solutions for visual creators.

Beginning April 20th, 2009, SmartSound's Final Cut Pro plug-in can be purchased for $249 at www.smartsound.com. Current customers may upgrade for as low as $49.95. For a limited time, each purchase will include SmartSound's exclusive music album, "A New Era" ($99.95 value) free of charge. The plug-in works with Apple Final Cut Pro 6.0.2 or later and SmartSound Sonicfire Pro 5.1 or later. For more information visit: http://www.smartsound.com/finalcutpro. SmartSound will be providing live demonstrations of the Final Cut Pro plug-in at the NAB Show in Las Vegas from April 20th to 23rd in booth SL7613.

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New Pioneer Blu-ray Disc Computer Writer Delivers Full Potential of HD Disc Format Combining High Speed Performance with Dual-Layer Write Support

To the delight of creative consumers and professional authoring providers, Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today introduces its new BDR-2203 Blu-ray Disc®/DVD/CD internal computer writer. Delivering on the promise of a comprehensive solution for large file storage and high definition film functionality, the new device features an impressive 8X write speed capability for dual-layer BD-R Blu-ray Disc media. With the new writer, users can take advantage of the substantial 50 gigabyte (GB) storage capacity from Blu-ray Discs to ensure fast and successful preservation of standard and high definition data content along with the confidence that comes with using a Pioneer® optical disc product. The multi-format BDR-2203 comes packaged with specialized software to fulfill the array of creative and professional needs of PC users. The Pioneer BDR-2203 Blu-ray Disc internal computer writer begins shipping in April for a suggested price of $249.99.

Through extensive write speed testing, the company's engineering group found that it will take users approximately 15 minutes to write 25 GB of information to a single-layer BD disc and about 30 minutes to write 50 GB worth of information (the equivalent of more than 10 single-layer DVD-R discs) when using the new writer.

"As one of the earliest advocates of Blu-ray Disc technology, Pioneer recognized the many advantages the format could have for consumer and professional users, which has culminated in our development of one of the industry's most robust BD writers to date," said Steve Cohn, director of optical disc sales for Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. "When considering that a dual-layer Blu-ray Disc is equivalent to ten single-layer DVDs, our BDR-2203 is a viable PC upgrade for those who are looking to enter this new era of HD playback, storage and picture performance in every facet of their life."

For more than 30 years, Pioneer has continually introduced optical disc advancements in the professional and home arenas, and the new BDR-2203 demonstrates the company's ongoing commitment to further advancing the Blu-ray Disc format.

Rapid, Robust Functionality with Multiple Disc Formats
The BDR-2203 demonstrates Pioneer's engineering prowess by exceeding not only traditional reading and writing speeds for various DVD and CD media formats but also its ability to provide rapid performance capabilities for data stored on Blu-ray Disc media.

The 8X maximum write speed for dual-layer BD media ensures a user-experience that is seamless and time-saving, especially for professional authoring providers that can now author and test full HD films at an extremely efficient pace. The drive is significant for mainstream consumers who are now able to maintain copious volumes of crucial files on a single disc rather than traditional libraries of multiple discs that can become misplaced or lost altogether.

Dynamic Software for Creative Enthusiasts
With a sophisticated software suite, the new computer writer allows users to connect their high definition camcorder to their PC and upload personal content for creative archiving. The BDR-2203 comes complete with the CyberLink solution software suite that allows users to easily create professional-looking high resolution Blu-ray Discs interspersed with photos, home video, songs, even provide a running dialogue and chapter bookmarks. The resulting HD discs can be distributed among fellow HD fans for playback on a standard Blu-ray Disc player and displayed on a connected HDTV in stunning 1080p resolution.

Pioneer has been an innovator of optical disc technology since it shipped its first LaserDisc products, the precursor to DVD, to the consumer market in 1980. Pioneer went on to introduce the first DVD writer for video authoring use in 1997, the first DVD recorder as a VCR replacement in 1999, the first DVD/CD writer for home computer users in 2001 and the first Blu-ray Disc writer in 2006. Pioneer Corporation is one of the original Blu-ray Disc Founders. More details can be located at www.pioneerelectronics.com.

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Prompter People to Launch New MicroBeam LED Light at NAB

FloLight, the lighting division of Prompter People, Inc. will be launching two LED lights at NAB 2009. The new MicroBeam 128 and MicroBeam 256 dimmable 5400K LED lights can deliver the equivalent power of a 100 or 200W hot lamp. "The ability to deliver this much light for almost eight hours, combined with MSRPs of just $379 and $559 respectively will appeal not just those who crave longevity, but also to videographers and photographers on a very constrained budget," said Mark Ditmanson, President of Prompter People, Inc. "the compact MicroBeam lights may be either camera mounted or stand mounted, enabling users to fit a complete 3 light kit, including 8 hours of power in a lunchbox" continued Mark. The MicroBeam comes with a full 5 filter pack including conversion to 3200K as well as a choice of Canon, JVC, Panasonic or Sony battery mounting plates. Prompter People will be exhibiting at NAB on Booth C10141 in the central hall.

Prompter People, Inc. is the leading supplier of teleprompters in the U.S. with over 8,000 units installed. Their customers include all of the major networks, Fortune 500 corporations, top universities, K-12 schools, religious organizations, video production companies and independent producers. Prompter People has recently been aggressively moving into the Lighting fields for the broadcast, production and audiovisual fields. Prompter People will be exhibiting at NAB on Booth C10141 in the central hall.

www.prompterpeople.com

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New Grass Valley EDIUS Neo 2 Editing Software Offers Improved Performance for Video Enthusiasts

Neo 2, the latest version of the popular Grass ValleyTM EDIUS® Neo video editing software, brings improved performance, a wider toolset and a full array of powerful Blu-ray high-definition (HD) disc production capabilities that independent video professionals and small production companies have requested during the past year. 

EDIUS Neo 2 shares the feature set and functionality of the proven EDIUS 5.1 software and can handle any type of SD or HD project with ease. It includes a fast, flexible user interface, real-time editing and conversion of different aspect ratios (4:3/16:9), and real-time editing and conversion of different frame rates (such as 60i, 50i, and 24p).

The new Neo 2 software package also provides powerful nonlinear editing features common to all EDIUS solutions, such as multi-track, mixed-format HD/SD editing, chroma keying, titling, and DVD authoring.

New options include the Grass Valley FIRECODER Blu board, for accelerated Blu-ray output support and the Grass Valley HDSPARK PCI Express board that offers real-time, HDMI-based video preview with separate audio output for high-quality monitoring.

"Grass Valley is leveraging the power and flexibility of its EDIUS software tools and bringing them to a wide range of customers that need to complete all types of projects," said Jeff Rosica, Senior Vice President of Grass Valley. "Our goal is always to help those using video to achieve their goals in the most cost-effective way. The new Neo 2 editing package is a great example of the success of that strategy."

The latest version of Neo software also features, for the first time, GPUfx, which allow users to leverage the computer's graphics card to accelerate rendering performance; a new "Layouter" feature that lets users keyframe 2D and 3D effects; lots more DVD menu presets; and the ability to output projects to AVCHD H.264/Blu-ray disc for distribution and client approval.

The EDIUS Neo 2 software offers native editing of various formats--including AVCHD, HDV, DV, Windows Media, and QuickTime - and a seamless, real-time workflow that supports the mixing of all formats within the same timeline. In addition, the software features the revolutionary Canopus HQ Codec, which delivers the highest image quality and performance available on any HD editing platform. It not only provides superior luma and chroma sampling of HD video, but also features an adjustable bit rate for increased video quality when capturing and encoding on high-performance systems.

Pricing and Availability
The new Grass Valley EDIUS Neo 2 software is available now for $199. Existing Neo customers can upgrade their software for $99 and can also upgrade to a full version of EDIUS for $599.

http://desktop.grassvalley.com/products/EDIUSNeo/index.php 

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