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July 27, 2009

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EventDV-TV World Premiere: Hal Slifer's 3 Questions, Episode 3!
New Canon Hybrid IS World's First Image Stabilizer to Compensate For Two Types of Camera Shake
Royalty-Free Music Available With Self Service Bulk Download Plans, Saves Users 35-90 Percent
OWC Lowers Price on "Quad Interface" Blu-ray Drives for Macs & PCs
Sorenson 360 Video Publishing Platform Now Delivers Customizable Player, Security Options and Enhanced Workflow

EventDV-TV World Premiere: Hal Slifer's 3 Questions, Episode 3!

In Hal Slifer’s 3 Questions, video biography and same-day edit pioneer, EventDV 25 all-star, and WEVA Hall of Famer Hal Slifer and his panel of video experts tackle such hot-button industry issues as the decline of the photomontage, the power of the same-day edit, maintaining your business in a soft economy, the move to HD, and what annoys you! Hal even announces a "video rant" competition with a real cash prize. Got questions? Watch Hal Slifer's 3 Questions and get answers!

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New Canon Hybrid IS World's First Image Stabilizer to Compensate For Two Types of Camera Shake

Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, announced today the development of Hybrid Image Stabilizer (IS), the world's first optical image stabilization technology that compensates for both angle camera shake and shift camera shake.

The technology will be featured in interchangeable single lens reflex (SLR) camera lens planned for commercial release before the end of 2009.

Several different preventative methods and corrective procedures have been introduced to compensate for errors caused by camera shake, which occurs when a camera moves while its shutter is open and its image sensor is exposed to light.

Canon began researching methods to compensate for camera shake in the 1980s, and in 1995 launched the EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, the world's first interchangeable SLR camera lens to feature a mechanism that compensates for optical camera shake. Since then, the company has continued to produce a variety of interchangeable lenses with image stabilization capabilities, and boasts a total of 21 such lenses in its current product lineup.

Canon's newly developed Hybrid IS technology optimally compensates for angle and shift camera shake. Sudden changes in camera angle can significantly affect images taken during standard shooting, whereas shift-based shaking, which occurs when a camera moves parallel to the imaging scene, is more pronounced in macro photography and other close-range shooting.

The new Hybrid IS technology incorporates an angular velocity sensor that detects the extent of angle-based shaking and is found in all previous Canon optical image stabilizer mechanisms, as well as a new acceleration sensor that determines the amount of shift-based camera shake. Hybrid IS also employs a newly developed algorithm that synthesizes information from the two sensors to make optimal adjustments, thereby dramatically enhancing the effects of image stabilization during shooting, including macro shooting, which had proven difficult for conventional image stabilization technologies.

Canon is actively engaged in ongoing research and development of interchangeable SLR camera lenses incorporating Hybrid IS technology, and is aiming for the early commercialization and inclusion of the lenses in a wide range of products.

Canon Digital Learning Center
Online visitors and Web surfers are encouraged to browse the Canon Digital Learning Center and take advantage of the various educational resources that Canon has to offer for novices and advanced photographers alike. The Canon Digital Learning Center provides a schedule for a wide variety of Live Learning classes across the country with renowned photographers as well as online resources and tips. The site also features online tutorials for beginners and professionals to learn their way around a digital SLR camera and inkjet printer and unlock the full creative control of digital photography. To learn more about each program and register please visit: http://www.usa.canon.com/canonlivelearning.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked third overall in the U.S. in 2008†, with global revenues of US $45 billion, is listed as number seven in the computer industry on Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies 2008 list, and is on the 2008 BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands."

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Royalty-Free Music Available With Self Service Bulk Download Plans, Saves Users 35-90 Percent

Royalty-Free Music company CSS Music (Los Angeles) has launched a new self service Bulk Download program on its web site www.cssmusic.com.

End users can select one of two Bulk Royalty Free Music Plans. Each plan has six pricing tiers including a budget $199 tier. Subscribers can select Plan I which counts down D.A.W.N. Dollars (D.A.W.N. is an acronym that stands for Digital Audio Worldwide Network) or select Plan II which counts down downloads. Compared to regular single track downloads that CSS offers, Bulk Download subscribers can typically save 35% or more (Plan II Tier 6 subscribers save 90%).

CSS Music is intended for film, video, television, internet and audio visual uses and licensed on a royalty free or lifetime blanket basis. There are 83,295 files available for download in .wav format (44.1khz/48khz), .mp3 (44.1/22khz), .mp4/AAC (44.1khz) and QuickTime (44.1khz).

CSS offers a free trial of the Plan I Bulk Download subscription. Online visitors are invited to call a special toll free number and obtain a promo code that will enable them to open their trial account that provides $40 in free, fully licensed downloads. All 83, 295 files are available. Once the initial $40 in a trial account is used, www.cssmusic.com visitors can choose to renew their trial account as a regular Plan I Account, choosing one of the 6 pricing tiers or simply walk away with no obligation created.

CSS offers 3 search systems: "Most Popular by Genre" Music Supervisor Playlists, Standard Keywords, User Keywords. Once end users complete searches, their selections can be added to Playlists they create. An unlimited number of playlists can be created for various clients or projects. These playlists can be e-mailed to associates or clients across the hall or around the world. Tracks can be downloaded from playlists. Each tune in a search result or playlist can be played in its entirety before final selection. Users can also use a utility that allows a selection to be played at any point in its timeline to more closely identify editing posts and other production values.


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OWC Lowers Price on "Quad Interface" Blu-ray Drives for Macs & PCs

Other World Computing (OWC®), a leading Mac and PC technology company, announced today that it has lowered prices on its Mercury ProTM Blu-ray "Quad Interface" External Drive line and has introduced two new special Mac bundles that include the full $149.99 retail version of Toast 10 Titanium Pro,the easiest tool for Mac users to burn music, video, photos, and data files onto CD, DVD, and Blu-ray discs. The Mercury Pro Blu-ray "Quad Interface" External Drives are the only Blu-ray burners on the market that provide the flexibility of a "Quad Interface" of FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, & eSATA for Plug & Play compatibility with both Windows and Macintosh systems.

Pricing for OWC Mercury Pro Blu-ray "Quad Interface" External Drive line:

OWC Mercury Pro "Quad Interface" External Drive (model OWCMRF8UEBDW6) $299.99. Up to 6X Blu-ray, 16X DVD, and 40X CD Burn Speeds. Includes all connection cables, two 25GB 4X BD-R discs, and one year OWC warranty.

OWC Mercury Pro "Quad Interface" External Drive (model OWCMRF8BDSD8X) $349.99. Up to 8X Blu-ray, 16X DVD, and 32X CD Burn Speeds. Includes all connection cables, two 25GB 4X BD-R discs, and one year OWC warranty.

Special Mac User Bundle: OWC Mercury Pro "Quad Interface" External Drive and Toast 10 Titanium Pro (model OWCMRF8UEBDW6T) $399.99. Up to 6X Blu-ray, 16X DVD, and 40X CD Burn Speeds. Includes full retail box version Toast 10 Titanium Pro, all connection cables, two 25GB 4X BD-R discs, and one year OWC warranty.

Special Mac User Bundle: OWC Mercury Pro "Quad Interface" External Drive and Toast 10 Titanium Pro (model OWCMRF8BDSD8XT) $449.99. Up to 8X Blu-ray, 16X DVD, and 32X CD Burn Speeds. Includes full retail box version Toast 10 Titanium Pro, all connection cables, two 25GB 4X BD-R discs, and one year OWC warranty.

Burn 50,000 JPEG Images, 17,500 MP3 Songs, or 25 DVD Movies on a Single Blu-ray Disc

Available immediately priced starting at $299.99, the Mercury Pro Blu-ray External Drives are ideal for consumers with large amounts of High-Definition or other video, photos, music, and data files that they want to author, archive, or retrieve using a single disk. Capable of burning up to 50GB of data -- equal to 50,000 JPEG images, 17,500 MP3 songs, 25 DVD quality movies, or just under four hours of High Definition video -- onto a single Blu-ray disc as quickly as 30 minutes, the Mercury Pro Blu-ray drives also read and/or write virtually all types of optical media, including DVD R/RW & Dual-Layer, DVD-RAM, and CD-R/RW.

Special Mac Bundles Include $149.99 Retail Version of Toast 10 Titanium Pro

A $149.99 retail value, Toast 10 Titanium Pro is included with two new OWC Mercury Pro Blu-ray External Drives bundles for Mac users. A long time Mac favorite tool for burning CDs and DVDs, Toast 10 Titanium Pro takes burning on Macs to the next level with built-in Blu-ray data and video disc burning capabilities, in addition to DVD & CD support. Ideal for creative professionals and designers, as well as home photo and video hobbyists, Toast 10 Titanium Pro supports the burning of massive amounts of raw data files, as well as the creation of fully playable Blu-ray video discs. Using this included software, Mac users can convert and burn a wide variety of QuickTime compatible files and HD video footage from AVCHD camcorders, TiVo DVRs, ElGato's EyeTV, etc. and then play the discs on any standard Blu-ray set-top box or PS3 game console.

"With up to 8X Blu-ray write speeds for burning up to 2GB per minute, four interfaces for the fastest performance with any computer, all connection cables included, and two media disks included, the Mercury Pro Blu-ray External Drives give Mac and PC users with a large amount of data the complete performance package to convert those files to Blu-ray disc quickly and easily," said Larry O'Connor, CEO, Other World Computing. "For Mac users, the two special Toast bundles represent an outstanding value on the easiest drag and drop video to Blu-ray disk burning application on the market."

The OWC Mercury Pro Blu-ray "Quad Interface" External Drive line has been fully tested for compatibility with most Mac and Windows built-in and third party DVD/CD tools and players, including Apple iTunes, Apple Disc Burning, Apple iLife Suite, Apple Final Cut Studio 2 (exporting edited video to Toast for Blu-ray mastering), EMC Retrospect Express, NTI DragonBurn, Roxio Toast, Roxio Easy Media Creator, and Nero Burning.

For more information on the OWC Mercury Pro Blu-ray external drive solutions, visit:


About Other World Computing (OWC)
Other World Computing (OWC) has been providing quality hardware products and support to the computer industry since 1988 and features one of the largest online catalogs of computer, iPod, and iPhone enhancement products through its e-commerce portal www.macsales.com. As a Premiere Level Apple Developer Connection member, OWC also provides extensive US based technical support for Macintosh users around the world as well as Interest access via www.fastermac.net and www.owc.net

OWC's industry awards and recognition include: Crain's Chicago Business2009 "Fast 50" List of 50 Fastest Growing Companies in the Chicago Area; Computerworld Magazine Top Green-IT Companies for 2008; BizRate's Gold Circle of Excellence, 2004 to 2008; Inc. 5,000 Top 100 Computers & Electronics Companies 2007 & 2008; Crain's Chicago Business 2008 Largest Privately Held Companies List; and McHenry County Economic Development Corporation2008 Business Champion Award.

OWC corporate headquarters in Woodstock, IL will soon be awarded "Platinum" level certification, the highest level given by the United States Green Building Council's LEED program, for compliance with environmentally sound building methods which incorporate innovative use of "green" systems and materials. Later this year, OWC will again take a leadership role in environmental stewardship by installing a clean power source wind turbine that will generate more than double the amount of power required by OWC's operations.

For more information, visit www.macsales.com.

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Sorenson 360 Video Publishing Platform Now Delivers Customizable Player, Security Options and Enhanced Workflow

Sorenson Media today announced several significant video management enhancements to its Sorenson 360 Video Delivery Network (VDN), providing video professionals with the ability to more fully control the functionality and branding of the Sorenson 360 video player.

Users can now incorporate their own identities, including company logos, into Sorenson 360. Video professionals can also create unlimited players, and customize a variety of key settings for each player - from screen modes to content sharing and specifying a particular branded player for each video.

View a demo of Sorenson 360's new customizable video player at:

In addition, the update provides a seamless password-protected workflow. Video professionals can now use Sorenson 360 to manage and limit access to specific videos, using a separate password for each video. Sorenson 360's high-quality browser-based encoding capabilities have been further enhanced, enabling customers - many of whom already use the industry-leading Sorenson Squeeze encoding application - to even more quickly and easily encode video without the need to download or install additional software. This unique process harnesses the power of the Sorenson Squeeze encoding engine through the Web browser, provides video professionals more control over their online video assets, and significantly reduces encode and upload times.

"Our customers spoke, and our team quickly responded with these enhancements," said Peter Csathy, CEO of Sorenson Media. "Sorenson 360 users can now utilize the industry's highest-quality, easiest-to-use video publishing platform to leverage their brands across the Internet. Quite simply, our re-imagined and differentiated video publishing platform - which we call our unique video delivery network or VDN - now gives customers even more of what they have been asking for: the ability to brand their own video players and to securely share videos with their clients."

"The greatest benefit of Sorenson 360 is that it gives me total control of the quality of each video and the functionality of the video player," said Henry James, Web video producer at http://www.HotWater101.com, a do-it-yourself repair Web site. James has already begun implementing the beta version of the new features. "The new customizable player includes a number of features that give me the ability to direct how and where each video is being published. In particular, being able to control the availability of the embed code is extremely useful."

Today's announced enhancements mark another significant milestone for Sorenson 360, and strengthen Sorenson Media's tradition of continuous industry-leading product innovation for video professionals. Since its introduction in May 2009, the Sorenson 360 VDN has quickly gained a reputation for unparalleled quality, control, ease-of-use and affordability as an all-in-one hosted service that serves as a complete Internet video solution for video professionals, small- to medium-size businesses and other creators and distributors of video content.

"Only Sorenson 360 features the power of client-side encoding and the Sorenson Squeeze encoding engine, which video professionals recognize as resulting in the highest possible video quality," Csathy added. "Video professionals also can take solace in Sorenson Media's 14-year track record of innovation and strength as a company and service provider, qualities essential for video professionals looking for a company to entrust their prized video assets."

About Sorenson Media
Sorenson Media (http://www.sorensonmedia.com) offers comprehensive, award-winning video solutions that empower customers to easily and affordably access and deploy the highest-quality video across the Internet. Included among its products and services are the Sorenson 360 Video Delivery Network (VDN); Sorenson Squeeze, the gold standard encoding application; Sorenson Squish and SquishNet, an easy-to-use browser-based video publishing platform for user-generated content; and Sorenson Spark, the industry's most widely used video codec, which today enables mobile devices and other consumer products to playback the largest selection of video on the Internet. Since its inception in 1995, Sorenson Media has been instrumental in mainstreaming Internet video, and is committed to dramatically improving the online video experience for content creators and consumers alike.

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