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November 03, 2009

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Business Coaching for Wedding Videographers Presents "The Mistakes to Avoid in Order to Succeed in Wedding Video"
Sony Releases Vegas Pro 9.0c Software With New Features for Pro Video Editing Workflows
MotionKit.com Reduces Price to $99 for 1,500 WMV Video Backgrounds Optimized for PowerPoint
Matrox MXO2 LE Now Shipping
Miraizon Introduces Reframe -- The Affordable High-Quality Video Standards Converter
Primera Announces PTPublisher for Mac
Class On Demand Releases Inclusive Video-Based Training for New Pinnacle Studio

Business Coaching for Wedding Videographers Presents "The Mistakes to Avoid in Order to Succeed in Wedding Video"

Business Coaching for Wedding VideographersIn this FREE Webinar joined by by EventDV Top 25 Honoree Chris Jones of Mason Jar Films, Matt Davis goes over "The Mistakes to Avoid in Order to Succeed in Wedding Video."  In this 1 hour Webinar topics will include:

  • Advertising Techniques Everyone Uses, but get you nowhere
  • Poor habits on the phone that cost you money
  • The wrong way to start a business
  • How to avoid getting burned out with backlog
  • Tricks of the trade on a wedding day
  • Small things that make your business a well oiled machine
  • How to network like the pros...

This FREE live webinar will be presented Wednesday, Nov. 11 from 2:00-3:00 EST.

To register for this free webinar, click here.

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Sony Releases Vegas Pro 9.0c Software With New Features for Pro Video Editing Workflows

Sony Creative Software Inc., a leading provider of professional video and audio editing applications, today announced VegasTM Pro 9.0c software, the latest update to its award-winning nonlinear HD video and audio editing (NLE) application. Vegas Pro 9.0c software features Sony® XDCAM® EX MP4 file rendering and the ability to Smart Render MPEG-2 video across different containers for faster, more seamless editing. New audio features, including exclusive élastique Pro timestretching and Import Stereo Audio as Dual Mono, offer provide even more professional depth to this award-winning NLE. Additional support for media filmed with the RED ONE video camera streamlines file access and efficiency for editors working with footage up to 4K resolution. Vegas Pro 9.0c software also includes additional card support for capture and output via SDI, HD-SDI and HDMITM.

"This Vegas Pro update delivers a stronger, more flexible NLE to better equip video editing professionals with the necessary tools to create exceptional results in an evolving digital editing landscape," said Dave Chaimson, vice-president of global marketing for Sony Creative Software. "With significant additions to XDCAM rendering functionality, expanded RED ONE media support and all-new high quality audio tools, Vegas Pro 9.0c software nimbly handles the challenging and diverse needs of today's editors."

Vegas Pro 9.0c Feature Highlights

XDCAM EX MP4 File Rendering
XDCAM EX MP4 file rendering support provides a complete solution for professional XDCAM EX camera footage to be edited within Vegas Pro software and easily written back to the camera, essentially creating a quick and simple roundtrip that delivers significant time savings for users working independently in the field or in the studio needing to transfer final projects directly on the SxS (solid state) media.

Cross-format MPEG-2 Smart Render
Leveraging exclusive Vegas Pro Smart Render technology across various formats for MPEG-2 allows video frames to pass through the engine unaltered, facilitating faster encoding while providing less generation loss for cuts-only projects or projects with minimal changes.

Import Stereo as Dual Mono
The option to automatically split stereo audio channels into independent audio tracks as they are brought into the timeline increases processing control for variety of applications such as an interview in which channel one contains the interviewer's voice and channel two contains the subject's voice.

Additional Card Support and MPEG Video Quality Adjustment
Expanded card support accommodates Blackmagic Design Decklink HD Extreme, AJA IO Express and AJA Xena LHi, supplying further support for high-end capture and output via SDI, HD-SDI, HDMI for increased editing workflow flexibility.

Device Explorer RED ONE (.r3d) Media Display and Import
Similar in functionality to existing support for AVCHDTM and XDCAM EX devices, the ability to browse, display and import RED ONE (.r3d) files directly from the Device Explorer provides users with the ability to quickly import only the media needed directly from the camera.

élastique Pro Time Stretching
Exclusive élastique Pro time stretch processes enable dramatic audio timestretching and pitch shifting. Significant user controls help to retain maximum sound quality, yielding more pristine audio results. The élastique Pro time stretch and pitch shift processes provide better sounding audio when processing audio files. Users can adjust settings and select from various stretching methods that are tailored to their source audio including Pro, Soloist, and Efficient modes.

Price and Availability
The Vegas Pro 9.0c software update is free for existing registered users and is available now for download online at www.sonycreativesoftware.com. Vegas Pro 9 software is available in English, German, Spanish, Japanese, and French. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for Vegas Pro 9 is U.S. $699.95.

About Sony Creative Software
Sony Creative Software inspires artistic expression with its award-winning line of products for digital video, music, DVD, and audio production. The company develops applications that integrate with and enhance use of Sony cameras and other hardware devices. Sony Creative Software customers span the globe and include seasoned professionals in the film, television, video game, and recording industries, as well as students, educators, hobbyists, and enthusiasts. For more information about professional and consumer products, visit www.sonycreativesoftware.com.

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MotionKit.com Reduces Price to $99 for 1,500 WMV Video Backgrounds Optimized for PowerPoint

MotionKit.com announces a new $99 price for PowerMotion Toolkit for PowerPoint® - a unique video background collection for PowerPoint® users, which includes 1,500 WMV video backgrounds. The collection was previously priced at $299 and is now available for $99. All 1,500 video backgrounds have been encoded in WMV format and optimized for PowerPoint® playback. The collection features 1,500 WMV video backgrounds at 640x480 resolution and 15 frames per second. The PowerMotion Toolkit for PowerPoint® is available for $299 -- less than twenty cents per clip. This is a must-have collection for PowerPoint® presenters.

The collection of 1,500 WMV video backgrounds features a wide range of stylish, animations including both 2D and 3D elements. There is also a huge variety of themes within the collection including: "Finance and Money," "Globe and World," "Modern and Clean," "Business and Corporate," "Abstract," "Sports," "Hi Tech," "Worship" and "Wedding."

About MotionKit.com
MotionKit.com is a leader in affordable and fresh, royalty-free HD motion graphics, stock footage and animated video backgrounds. In business since 2003 MotionKit.com offers a huge selection of stylish stock footage and graphics - all available for immediate download.


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Matrox MXO2 LE Now Shipping

Matrox® Video Products Group today announced that Matrox MXO2 LE, an HDMI, SDI, and analog I/O device for the Mac, is now available from authorized dealers worldwide. Matrox MXO2 LE streamlines editing with Apple Final Cut Studio on Mac Pros and MacBook Pros. It provides all the features of an I/O card in a sturdy, portable breakout box with professional audio and video connectivity. Matrox MXO2 LE is also available with Matrox MAX technology for faster than realtime H.264 file creation using professional application such as Apple Compressor and Telestream Episode.

"Matrox MXO2 LE is more than just an I/O device," said Alberto Cieri, Matrox senior sales and marketing director. "Not only does it meet content creators needs for input, output, and monitoring, it also speeds up delivery to today's digital formats. Creating Blu-ray discs and video for the web and mobile devices is much faster than ever before with Matrox MAX H.264 encoding technology."

"Matrox MXO2 LE is ideal for mobile journalists and freelance editors who need to take their toolboxes with them wherever they go," said Wayne Andrews, Matrox product manager. "It's easy to connect to towers and laptops and supports efficient workflows in any format required - in the studio, on set, and on the road."

Key features of Matrox MXO2 LE
· Works with Intel-based MacBook Pros, Mac Pros, and Apple Xserve systems

· Lightweight, fits easily into a laptop bag

· 4-pin XLR power connector for AC or field battery operation

· HD/SD SDI, HD/SD analog component, Y/C, and composite inputs and outputs

· Genlock - SD analog black burst (bi-level) or HD tri-level sync· 10-bit HDMI input, output, and monitoring with calibration controls including blue-only

· 10-bit realtime hardware up/down/cross conversion on capture and output

· Up to five user selectable simultaneous video outputs - HD and/or SD on HDMI, SDI, and analog

· RS-422 machine control for frame-accurate capture and print-to-tape

· Captures to a variety of codecs - Apple ProRes 422 HQ, 10-bit uncompressed HD, and many more

· File-based workflow support - XDCAM, XDCAM HD, XDCAM EX, P2, P2HD

· RED workflow support

· HD-SDI closed captioning support

· Works with Final Cut Pro, Apple Color, Adobe After Effects and all QuickTime applications that support the V-out component

· Also available with Matrox MAX for faster than realtime H.264 encoding

· Three-year hardware warranty and complimentary telephone support

Key features of Matrox MAX technology
· Faster than realtime creation of H.264 files, for resolutions ranging from iPod to HD

· A specialized, dedicated hardware processor liberates system resources for other tasks

· Accelerated encoding for Blu-ray, Apple TV, YouTube, Flash, web formats, and mobile devices including iPhone and iPod from various video sources including 2K files

· Direct integration with Apple Compressor and Telestream Episode to simplify workflow

· Creation of Blu-ray H.264 files that can be authored in Apple Compressor 3.5, Adobe Encore CS4 or Roxio Toast 10 and burned without re-encoding

Price and availability
Matrox MXO2 LE is priced at $995 US (£749, €799) and Matrox MXO2 LE with the MAX option is priced at $1,395 US (£999, €1,099) not including shipping and local taxes. Each unit comes with the customer's choice of either an ExpressCard /34 laptop adapter or a PCIe desktop adapter. Additional adapters may be purchased separately at $99 US (£69, €83) each. Matrox MXO2 LE is available now through a worldwide network of authorized dealers.

About Matrox
Matrox Video Products Group is a technology and market leader in the field of HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, DVD/Blu-ray authoring, scan conversion, capture/playout servers, clip/still stores, and CGs. Matrox's Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, post-production facilities, project studios, corporate communicators, and videographers worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information visit www.matrox.com/video.

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Miraizon Introduces Reframe -- The Affordable High-Quality Video Standards Converter

Miraizon®, a San Jose-based digital media software company, announced today the availability of its new product ReframeTM for Macintosh. Reframe is a high-quality video standards converter that allows users to convert video and audio from one standard to another. It is a stand-alone software solution that produces professional results at an affordable price.

Using pre-defined settings, even a novice user can easily convert between PAL and NTSC video, SD (Standard Definition) and HD (High Definition) video, or film and video. Reframe also provides options for advanced users to custom-set video attributes such as frame size and frame rate, and audio attributes including sampling rate and sampling size, to meet their conversion goals. Reframe caters to casual users with a simple and friendly user-interface and a comprehensive user guide. At the same time, Reframe meets the needs of quality-conscious professionals with advanced technologies including polyphase filter based frame size conversion and motion-compensated de-interlacing and frame rate conversion.

Reframe supports a variety of input and output file formats. Users can easily convert their movies into highly editable formats as well as formats suitable for presentations, for posting on YouTube, or for viewing on iPods or iPhones.

"We are very excited about the release of Reframe. Reframe is an affordable yet high-quality stand-alone software solution to convert among video and audio standards. Just like our Cinematize products, we believe Reframe is easy enough for non-technical users, yet offers the advanced features and high quality that professional users demand. It is also a great companion product to our existing Cinematize line," says Miraizon founder and CEO, David Salamon.

Full details on the complete set of features included in Reframe along with a free demo version are available at Miraizon's web site: http://www.miraizon.com. Reframe for Macintosh is available immediately for purchase at http://www.miraizon.com/store/store.html.

Pricing and Availability
Priced at $129.95, Reframe for Macintosh (Downloadable Version) is available for purchase immediately at http://www.miraizon.com/store/store.html.

The Windows version of Reframe as well as packaged versions of Reframe will become available shortly.

About Miraizon
Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley - San Jose, California, Miraizon was formed to deliver innovative, fun, and easy-to-use digital media software products.

The company now offers three products: Cinematize 2, Cinematize 2 Pro, and Reframe. Cinematize 2 is an easy-to-use DVD Movie Clip Extractor that offers everything you need to start extracting audio and video clips off of DVDs. Cinematize 2 Pro offers everything in Cinematize 2 plus many more advanced and time-saving features. It is the Ultimate DVD Re-Editing Tool, making virtually any piece of an existing DVD available as source material for new DVD projects. Both Cinematize 2 and Cinematize 2 Pro have received top ratings from major technology magazines and have an impressive list of customers, including pros and amateurs alike from over 70 countries. The latest addition to Miraizon's product family, Reframe is a high-quality video standards converter that lets you change your video and audio from one standard to another. It is a stand-alone software solution to convert between PAL and NTSC video, SD and HD video, or film and video.

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Primera Announces PTPublisher for Mac

Primera Technology, Inc., the world's leading manufacturer of CD/DVD and Blu-ray Disc Publishers, today announced its PTPublisher for Mac software.

PTPublisher for Mac is a new, easy-to-use yet fully-featured burning and printing software program written specifically for use with Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard®) and 10.6 (Snow Leopard®). It is powered by the popular Roxio® burn engine and works with any of Primera's Bravo-Series Disc Publishers (DP-Series Disc Publishers in Europe, Scandinavia and Middle East).

Features of PTPublisher for Mac include:
•Intuitive user interface for multiple job types, including audio, video, data and copy jobs
•Wizard-style navigation
•Integrated DiscCoverTM Label Design Software for direct-to-disc printing
•Media levels and robot status monitored on-screen and in real time
•Automatic updater (active Internet connection required)

"Mac users represent a large and growing segment of our customer base," said Mark D. Strobel, Primera's vice president of sales and marketing. "PTPublisher for Mac sets a new industry standard for ease of use and reliability. We're excited to be able to offer it at no charge to our valued Mac users."

PTPublisher for Mac is available now at: http://primera.com/downloads/support/PTPMac/PTPublisherMac.html.

Primera's disc publishers automate the burning and direct-to-disc printing of quantities of discs. Many models with different capacities and numbers of burners
are available. They are used by thousands of businesses, schools and universities, government agencies, churches, video and audio production studios and much more. Full details can be found at www.primera.com.

About Primera Technology
Headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota, Primera Technology, Inc. is the world's leading developer and manufacturer of CD/DVD/BD duplication and printing equipment. Its products are sold in over 85 countries and have been installed at more than 85 percent of Fortune 100 companies.

More information about Primera, its history and products is available on the Internet at www.primera.com.

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Class On Demand Releases Inclusive Video-Based Training for New Pinnacle Studio

Class on Demand®, a provider of professional educational products for creative markets, announced the availability of "Complete Training for Pinnacle Studio (for version 14)." Avid's new Pinnacle StudioTM family (Pinnacle Studio HD, Pinnacle Studio Ultimate and Pinnacle Studio Ultimate Collection) adds a number of advanced editing, effects and authoring options as well as more than 80 Hollywood style montage themes, a more streamlined user interface and the option to export directly into YouTube widescreen. Class on Demand founder and instructor Paul Holtz spearheads the training release, offering expert instruction on its integrated tools and furthermore, his own helpful tips-and-tricks. The new self-paced training for Pinnacle Studio provides users of all levels an ideal guide for mastering the simple, yet powerful application techniques.

"My work with Pinnacle extends over the past 15 years. Now as an instructor, I am able to help reveal its amazing editing power," says Paul Holtz, CEO and founder, Class on Demand. "Each new release includes stunning features and tools that are brilliantly engineered to increase productivity and improve end results. I enjoyed sharing my own editing tricks, while enabling users the skills to produce animated movies with the same techniques seen in feature-length films all around the world. I have no doubt that this training will help both novice and advanced users grasp Pinnacle Studio's amazing capabilities."

"Video-based training makes a lot of sense for us and our customers," says Markus Duerr, Avid's Director of Product Management, Creative Enthusiasts Video. "With all the new features to learn about in the new Pinnacle Studio HD, Studio Ultimate and Studio Ultimate Collection, we are happy to provide Class on Demand's training for this product to our users. Paul's friendly and experienced approach helps teach the fundamentals through to the more powerful features of the new Pinnacle Studio family."

"Complete Training for Pinnacle Studio (for version 14)" delivers exceptional viewing quality combined with over 8-hours of highly engaging instruction by Holtz. The 13-part training covers all Pinnacle Studio capabilities, including: audio editing and 5.1 surround, static and motion titling, chroma key, pan and scan, stunning animations and transitions, and DVD authoring. The Class on Demand training methodology provides a modular approach to learning the tremendous editing power of Pinnacle Studio, giving users of all levels the option to pick and choose the components they want to focus on. Broadcast quality lesson clips as well as bonus lessons to create custom overlay graphics and wipes are included within the comprehensive training providing an end-to-end curriculum for maximum information retention.

For a comprehensive sampling of Class on Demand's "Complete Training for Pinnacle Studio (for version 14)" including Training Overview, Creating an Animated Wipe and Montage Themes, please visit: www.classondemand.net/ClassOnDemand/pinnacle-training/studio14.aspx.

Pricing and Availability
The new Class on Demand training for Pinnacle Studio is priced at $49.99 USMSRP and is available to purchase as a DVD from Class on Demand (www.classondemand.com).

About Instructor Paul Holtz
Paul Holtz is the President/CEO of Class on Demand. Paul has been a visionary in the creative and media industry for 20 years. Paul is widely recognized as an expert in real-time compositing and 2D/3D effects creation. His wildly successful plug-ins, HoltzFX I and HoltzFX II, made him a highly respected artist on Pinnacle and SGI Hardware. Holtz was also Editor in Chief of "The Lamp Magazine" from 1997-2001, which was the first publication that focused real-time compositing for concert tours IMAG (Image Magnification) and television TD's. Credits include Art Director, IMAG, for Tina Turner's "24/7 Tour" and Bette Midler's "Miss Divine Tour", Technical Consultant at ESPN, ABC, NBC, CBS, CBC, CNN, The Weather Channel, and a host of others.

About Avid
Avid creates the digital audio and video technology used to make the most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the world - from the most prestigious and award-winning feature films, music recordings, television shows, live concert tours and news broadcasts, to music and movies made at home. Some of Avid's most influential and pioneering solutions include Media Composer®, Pro Tools®, Avid UnityTM, Interplay®, Oxygen 8, Sibelius® and Pinnacle StudioTM. For more information about Avid solutions and services, visit www.avid.com, del.icio.us, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube; connect with Avid on Facebook; or subscribe to Avid Industry Buzz.

About Class on Demand
Class on Demand is a leading producer of education and training programs. Its products and services address the needs of individuals, professionals and corporate training. Current programs cover a broad spectrum of content including video capture and editing, computer animation, federally mandated training, customized corporate training and vocational education. Please visit www.classondemand.com for additional information.

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