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May 08, 2009

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Digieffects Launches Robust Warping Tool for After Effects
AJA Ki Pro Extends Workflow Flexiblity of JVC GY-HM700 ProHD Camcorder
Boris FX Adds EPS Extrusion Filter to Boris Continuum Complete 6 AE
LaCie Introduces Two Network Storage Servers for Workgroups
Roxio Delivers Essential Burning Solution for Windows 7 Users

Digieffects Launches Robust Warping Tool for After Effects

Digieffects®, a developer of popular visual effects software plugins, today announced that FreeForm AE is available for purchase. FreeForm AE, a plugin for Adobe After Effects, is an intuitive and robust warping tool that allows users to manipulate a flat object into almost any shape using a mesh in 3D space. This new product takes After Effects 3D compositing to the next level.

Features and Benefits

• 3D Functionality: The same power and control of 3D applications right inside After Effects.
• Control: All controls for manipulation are right inside the After Effects comp window.
• Speed: Powered by a proprietary, full 3D rendering engine to provide beautiful, high-quality renders fast.
• Never leave After Effects: Makes it easy to create 3D effects which previously required a dedicated 3D program or high-end workstation.
• Depth, Dimensions, and Displacement: True 3D displacement mapping.
• Picks up where After Effects ends: Bend, twist, distort, shape layers right in the After Effects comp window.
• Presets: Ships with dozens of presets to save time.

According to Robert Sharp, president of Digieffects, "FreeForm AE was originally developed by Chris Bobotis of Mettle in Montreal, Canada. Chris was frustrated that 3D mesh warping was only available in expensive, high-end systems like Autodesk Flame. He felt it was time somebody made this available in After Effects."

According to Mark Christiansen, author of After Effects CS4 Visual Effects & Compositing Studio Techniques, "FreeForm AE offers After Effects a huge feature that used to push artists to other systems; no longer must a job go to Flame for what Autodesk calls 'extended bicubics.' The result is fully integrated with After Effects own 3D camera and lighting system. How cool is that, integrating curved 3D planes into After Effects?"

Pricing and Availability

FreeForm AE, affordably priced at $299, is available directly from Digieffects as well as its distributor and reseller partners. FreeForm AE is compatible with Adobe After Effects CS3 and CS4 and runs on Mac PPC, Mac Intel, and Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems.

About Digieffects

Digieffects is a developer of popular software visual effects plug-ins for Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro and Autodesk Combustion. The company has been
in the business since the beginning of the "plugin revolution" which dates back to 1996. Over the years, Digieffects has had great success with software products like Cinelook and
Delirium and is proud to call thousands of film and video producers all around the world its customers and friends.

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AJA Ki Pro Extends Workflow Flexiblity of JVC GY-HM700 ProHD Camcorder

AJA Video Systems, a leading manufacturer of professional video interface and conversion solutions, announced compatibility of their Ki Pro portable digital disk recorder with JVC's new GY-HM700 camcorder. Ki Pro records files to the Apple ProRes 422 codec directly from camera and provides a new way of connecting production and post with its extensive analog and digital connectivity, delivering10-bit ProRes 422 media that is immediately available to edit within Apple's Final Cut Studio.

JVC's GY-HM700 ProHD camcorder delivers the fastest shoot to edit workflow of all professional camcorders in its class, recording natively in the Final Cut Pro .mov file format at 35 Mbp/s, 25 Mbp/s and 19 Mbp/s, and providing a full bandwidth 4:2:2 uncompressed signal. When used together with Ki Pro, the JVC 700 can also deliver files in the ProRes 422 format offering both a second level of redundancy and Final Cut edit-ready files. The GY-HM700 combines JVC's popular compact shoulder form factor with a new level of performance suitable for demanding applications in mainstream production, electronic newsgathering and cinematography. The camera also provides the convenience of solid state recording, the economy of widely available SDHC media, and extreme versatility.

"Many of our professional customers have deployed Apple-centric editing workflows," said Craig Yanagi, Manager, Marketing and Brand Strategy, Professional Products Group, JVC U.S.A. "Ki Pro with the exoskeleton mounts seamlessly to the JVC GY-HM700 ProHD camcorder and enables filmmakers on set to walk away with both 35Mbp/s and ProRes 422 .mov files as they've been captured, providing a whole new dimension to high bandwidth image capture."

"The JVC 700 offers very powerful workflow options," said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. "Together with the Ki Pro, the full potential of the JVC 700 can be realized by giving users 4:2:2 performance with immediate access to their files in Apple's ProRes 422 format."

Ki Pro allows filmmakers, broadcasters and video professionals and prosumers to skip the process of re-rendering to an editing codec by giving immediate access to 10-bit full raster edit-ready ProRes 422 files directly from camera. Ki Pro records hours of media to a removable storage module with built in FireWire 800 or to 34mm ExpressCard Flash. The device is a small, portable unit that can sit on a table, in a bay or mounted between a camera and tripod. Ki Pro is also ideal for on-set monitoring, providing instant access to multiple display devices simultaneously.

For a complete set of features and technical specifications, please visit http://www.aja.com.

Ki Pro is priced at $3995 US MSRP and will be shipping in June of 2009. Ki Pro is a standalone unit that includes the Ki Pro Recorder, Ki Pro HDD Storage Module and an AC Adapter. Product options include: an Exo-Skeleton for mounting between camera and tripod; Ki Pro SSD Storage Module; extra Ki Pro Hard Drive Storage Modules; Ki Pro Rod Accessory Kit adding endplates to the Exo-Skeleton; and an AJA Lens Tap Cable Accessory allowing Ki Pro to connect between the lens tap control connector and a camera body.

About JVC U.S.A.
JVC U.S.A., headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Victor Company of Japan Ltd. JVC manufactures a complete line of video and audio equipment for the professional and consumer markets. For further product information, visit JVC's Web site at http://pro.jvc.com.  

About AJA Video Systems, Inc.
Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of high-quality and cost-effective digital video interface, conversion and Desktop solutions supporting the professional broadcast and post- production markets. With headquarters in Grass Valley, California, AJA maintains an extensive sales channel of dealers and systems integrators around the world. For further information, please see our website http://www.aja.com.

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Boris FX Adds EPS Extrusion Filter to Boris Continuum Complete 6 AE

Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated effects technology for video and film, today announced that Boris Continuum Complete 6.0.1 AE is now available as a free update for Boris Continuum Complete 6 AE customers. The BCC 6.0.1 AE update adds a new EPS extrusion filter as well as a new anti-aliasing option for the BCC 6 3D Objects category of filters.

What's New in Boris Continuum Complete 6.0.1 AE

Extruded EPS Filter. This new filter provides an easy way for users to import and extrude Adobe Illustrator layered vector logos and graphics in Adobe After Effects. The filter includes full integration with the After Effects 3D camera and lighting system and incorporates the same 3D material presets and free-form deformation properties of other BCC 6 AE 3D Objects filters (Extruded Text, Type-On Text, Extruded Spline, and Layer Deformer). The filter is capable of tracking an EPS file using a Watch Folder, making the EPS file "live" should it be edited in Adobe Illustrator. A handy "Keep EPS Color" feature lets operators preserve the original fill colors for each element as a diffuse color option of the material.

New "Smooth Edge" Anti-aliasing Option for BCC 3D Objects Filters. This new option enables users to refine the edge smoothness of any BCC 3D Objects filter for more natural compositing against high-contrast backgrounds.

Existing BCC 6 AE customers can download the BCC 6.0.1 AE update free of charge from the Boris FX web site at http://www.borisfx.com/. A full-functioning 14-day trial version of BCC 6.0.1 AE is available for free download at http://www.borisfx.com/downloads/.

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LaCie Introduces Two Network Storage Servers for Workgroups

LaCie announced today the availability of two new high capacity Network Attached Storage (NAS) solutions - Big Disk Network and d2 Network. These professional file servers are optimized for users to instantly store, share, and back up files, from any PC or Mac on a wired or wireless network. LaCie's new NAS solutions deliver high-performance and professional-class reliability, in an easy-to-use network solution for the home or small office.

The d2 Network supports up to 1.5TB capacity, while the Big Disk Network combines two drives in a RAID 0 setting, for up to 4TBs of storage. Both NAS solutions are perfect for advanced users or small to medium sized offices that want to develop workgroup environments for up to 50 users (15 at one time). Network administrators can choose from various security levels for user profiles, groups, and public or guest access. Users can connect an external USB drive to increase security through scheduled backups, or even expand capacity. The d2 Network also includes an eSATA connection for storage expansion.

In addition to high-performance hardware, LaCie's NAS solutions offer a comprehensive software bundle for easy set up, back up and administration. The LaCie Network Assistant enables quick access and configuration of your NAS solution. Both solutions also ship with Genie Backup Manager Pro for Windows and Intego Backup Manager Pro for Mac users, which allow customers to reliably and efficiently backup documents, emails, and other digital assets directly to their NAS device. They also support computer disaster recovery for extra security.

"Data storage needs are becoming increasingly significant in homes and small offices," said Edin Del Mar, LaCie product manager for office network solutions. "The Big Disk and d2 Network provide professional server functionality and large storage capacities that satisfy the needs of any workgroup environment, with superior design and better performance than comparable products on the market today."

The Big Disk and d2 Network integrate easily and efficiently into most small office networks thanks to Active Directory support, which allow the product to seamlessly join Windows domains. It also supports most of the network protocols for Windows and Mac users, including SMB and AFP. Network administrators can take advantage of the Wake-on-LAN (WOL) for turning on the drive remotely, and be sent email alerts for backups, downloads, and risk indicators.

For optimal use in the home, the d2 and Big Disk Network allow users to leverage two convenient usage scenarios without being connected to a computer. The first is the ability to download large files using the BitTorrentTM protocol. The second use lets users play media from the NAS solutions through a UPnP-AV compatible device such as a PS3 or Xbox, directly to a television. Both NAS drives are compatible with any DLNA multimedia device.

Designed exclusively for LaCie by the world-renowned designer Neil Poulton, the Big Disk and d2 Network drives were engineered to maximize reliability and are remarkably compact for their enormous capacity. Its sturdy aluminum body with a unique heat sink design offers natural heat dissipation by providing 60% more surface area. The versatile design allows users to place the drive in an upright or vertical position, depending on the environment. If users desire multiple d2 drives for backup or increased capacity, the drives can be rackmounted using the LaCie d2 rack accessories for desktop and standard 19" IT equipment racks.

Availability and Pricing
The LaCie NAS solutions are available now, with the retail cost starting at $189.99 for d2 Network and $379.99 for Big Disk Network. LaCie products are available through the LaCie Online Store or LaCie Resellers.


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Roxio Delivers Essential Burning Solution for Windows 7 Users

Roxio®, a division of Sonic Solutions® (NASDAQ: SNIC), today announced Roxio Burn, an intelligently styled, lightweight software application that addresses the primary burning needs of Windows 7 and Vista users. With its unique ‘Desktop Icon' user interface, Roxio Burn enables consumers to efficiently and effectively perform frequent burning activities, such as copying a data or audio CD and backing up files to optical disc, with simple drag, drop, and click actions.

Roxio Burn is part of a new generation of applications and services from Roxio that are the result of a design-led development initiative. The elegantly designed products, which are based on extensive usability testing, make digital media tasks extremely accessible and provide consumers a fun and intuitive environment in which to work.

"We estimate that common recording tasks are performed by consumers hundreds of millions of times each year," said Matt DiMaria, general manager, Roxio. "Roxio's User Experience team has taken a fresh design approach to make performing these tasks both easy and enjoyable. Roxio Burn is an essential complement to the built-in OS media functionality that will delight Windows 7 and Vista users with its original form, reliability and responsiveness."

Roxio Burn automatically appears on the desktop whenever a disc is inserted into the optical drive and allows users to perform activities such as copying an audio CD or burning files to a data disc. The unique desktop icon approach also makes it more convenient then conventional burning applications or the Operating System; for example, to burn files to a disc, users simply drag and drop files onto the icon and click the Burn button. In addition, in the case of large files, Roxio Burn will automatically span the files across multiple discs. A video overview of the application is available at: http://www.roxio.com/go/oem.

Roxio Burn is expected to be available shortly on PCs from major manufacturers. The application is part of a new range of products from Roxio for Windows 7 and the emerging Touch-Screen and Netbook PC segments.

About Roxio
Roxio enables consumers to easily manage, share, and enjoy personal digital media content and conveniently access premium Hollywood entertainment from a broad range of connected devices. A wide array of leading technology companies and developers rely on Roxio applications, services and technologies to bring innovative digital media functionality to next-generation devices and platforms.

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