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August 03, 2010

Table of Contents

The Moving Picture: Past Performance is No Guarantee of Future Success
Music 2 Hues Announces New Flagship Series CD Release
Apple Unveils New Mac Pro With Up to 12 Processing Cores
Apple Updates iMac Line
Apple Unveils New 27-inch LED Cinema Display
Singular Software CEO Bruce Sharpe to Present Multi-Camera/Dual-System Audio Session at WEVA
Flanders Scientific Announces New Features on FSI Monitors
MusicRevolution.com, An Online Marketplace For Production Music, Announces Free Music Program For Organizations in Need
Apple Updates Safari 5
NewTek Introduces LightWave 10

The Moving Picture: Past Performance is No Guarantee of Future Success

Jan Ozer Streaming Learning CenterGoogle recently open-sourced the VP8 codec for video on the web (for the key facts on this development, see Tim Siglin's latest Streamline column). Should you care? Not so much, I'd say; Google's recent launch of VP8 reminded me of a couple of theories that I hold dear, one current, one from long ago. The current one is that past performance is no guarantee of future success, though unfortunately, in many instances, past performance will at least let you step up to the plate for future at-bats.

Examples abound in music and publishing. For example, the Rolling Stones' early successes bred multiple albums that never would have been released without the storied history. Absent transcendent songs like "Sympathy for the Devil" and "You Can't Always Get What You Want," stinkers like "Start Me Up" and "Angie" never would have hit the radio waves. Stuart Wood's first novel, Chiefs, was brilliant, but I wouldn't read anything he's written in the last 20 years if I were suffering from terminal insomnia and it was the last book on my night table. Patricia Cornwell, whose first few books were engaging action-packed thrillers, has decomposed into producing overly introspective, depressing, and boring novels that I find impossible to finish. If John Grisham were a first-time author, books like Playing for Pizza would have never seen the light of day.

There are exceptions, of course: the evergreen and ever-compelling Bruce Springsteen in music and the reliable-as-the-sunrise John Sandford in fiction writing. But for the most part, you have to evaluate each work on its own, without reference to past products that may have either funded or given the producer the necessary credibility to get the new product launched. Google has quite rightfully achieved a wonderful reputation for its search business, which is a product I use multiple times daily. I'm actually writing this column in Google Documents, which I also use daily. But that doesn't mean that Google's halo extends to VP8. Rather, like "Angie" and Playing for Pizza, VP8 never would have been launched had the technology not been purchased and open-sourced by Google.

The other theory is older and perhaps a bit more jaded. Back in 1986, I was put in charge of a small division of a technology holding company, and we launched a PC Fax product called the JT Fax that allowed PCs to send faxes to fax machines, which was quite useful before email became mainstream. My little team had seven employees, including four engineers and a technician, and no marketing experience, so we pretty much made things up as we went along.

We did reasonably well product-wise and financially, with three PC Magazine Editor's Choice awards (and multiple others), and ramping product sales. My boss ultimately folded the product into another division, which caused lots of stress, but some relief that our baby would benefit from more experienced marketing and development hands. Finally, we said among ourselves, we'll find someone who truly knows what they are doing. When it came to engineering and marketing talent specific to our product and target market, we didn't, and the division was later sold to crosstown modem king Hayes Microcomputer Products, and we found no brilliance there either..

It's not that I don't think there are smarter folks than me out there-trust me, my two daughters remind me that there are every day. Rather, at least in the technology game, it's that success usually depends on being in the right place and right time with the right product, rather than any transferable brilliance of the engineering or product marketing team.

Back in 2006, Ben Elgin in BusinessWeek commented, "An analysis of some two dozen new ventures launched over the past four years shows that Google has yet to establish a single market leader outside its core search business, where it continues to chew up Microsoft and Yahoo." More recently, responding to being called a one-trick pony by Microsoft and Yahoo, Google executive Nikesh Arora tacitly admitted that fact when he commented, "If we are a one trick pony, we have a pretty good trick." No argument here, but that doesn't mean that I want to use your codec.

Getting back to my second theory, Google doesn't seem to know what they're doing when it comes to launching a codec. I've performed some qualitative analysis, and found it slightly inferior to H.264, with more tests to come. This makes "slightly inferior, but open-source and from Google" the primary value proposition, which is pretty weak from my perspective, especially since there's no royalty obligation for H.264 for free internet video until 2015. Another reviewer, far more technical than me, looked at the source code and spec and concluded, "VP8 is not ready for prime-time; the spec is a pile of copy-pasted C code and the encoder's interface is lacking in features and buggy. They aren't even ready to finalize the bitstream format, let alone switch the world over to VP8."

What does this all mean to you? VP8 is a blank canvas that Google must shape into a viable technology before anyone should consider its use. Don't stand up and salute just because Google launched it, because it wouldn't have seen the light of day absent Google's search business. Don't assume that it's going to be a raging success, because when it comes to producing and launching a codec, the alleged one-trick wonders at Google don't really seem to know what they're doing.

Jan Ozer (jan at doceo.com) is an EventDV and Streaming Media contributing editor and runs StreamingLearningCenter.com.

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Music 2 Hues Announces New Flagship Series CD Release

Music 2 Hues, a leading supplier of Production Music & Sound Effects to the, Film, Video, Animation, & Multimedia Industries has just added a new Flagship Series CD release.

Our newest Flagship CD title: "Logos & Bumpers" is now shipping worldwide and is available on Audio CD, or can be downloaded in Mp3 and WAV file formats. "This release satisfies the needs of our clients that have been asking for a CD of varied musical stingers, tags, bumpers, and logos for all visual and multimedia support," says Andy Wells, president of Music 2 Hues.

Andy Wells, president of Music 2 Hues adds, "Our new updated Download Center offers our clients the ability to purchase individual tracks from all of our current Flagship Series Audio CD's, or entire Audio CD categories with just one click, and have the option to download all tracks instantly in either Mp3 or Wav file formats. For just one price, clients will get all the edited versions of any one music track, including the full length theme, and any 30 and 60 seconds versions when available". New production music will be added monthly.

Visit our website for more information on these products: http://www.music2hues.com

Music 2 Hues is a leading supplier of Production Music & Sound Effects to the Pro Sound, Film, Video & Multimedia Industries.

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Apple Unveils New Mac Pro With Up to 12 Processing Cores

Apple® today unveiled a new Mac® Pro line with up to 12 processing cores and up to 50 percent greater performance than the previous generation.*


Featuring the latest quad-core and 6-core Intel Xeon processors, all-new ATI graphics and the option for up to four 512GB solid state drives (SSD), the new Mac Pro continues to deliver amazing performance and expandability for the most demanding consumers and professionals.

“The new Mac Pro is the most powerful and configurable Mac we’ve ever made,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With up to 12 cores, the new Mac Pro outperforms our previous top-of-the-line system by up to 50 percent, and with over a billion possible configurations, our customers can create exactly the system they want.”

At the heart of the new Mac Pro’s performance are next generation quad-core and 6-core Intel Xeon processors running at speeds up to 3.33 GHz. These multi-core processors use a single die design so each core can share up to 12MB L3 cache to improve efficiency while increasing processing speed. These systems feature an integrated memory controller for faster memory bandwidth and reduced memory latency; Turbo Boost to dynamically boost processor speeds up to 3.6 GHz; and Hyper-Threading to create up to 24 virtual cores. The Mac Pro now comes with the ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics processor with 1GB of memory and customers can configure-to-order the even faster ATI Radeon HD 5870 with 1GB of memory.

For the first time, Mac Pro customers have the option to order a 512GB SSD for the ultimate in reliability and lightning fast performance. With the ability to install up to four SSD drives in the system's internal drive bays, the new Mac Pro can provide ultra high-speed disk bandwidth and random disk performance, two times faster than the average performance of a standard disk drive.** Mac Pro also now features two Mini DisplayPorts and one dual-link DVI port. The additional Mini DisplayPort output allows customers to connect two LED Cinema Displays without an additional graphics card or adapter and the dual-link DVI port supports legacy DVI-based displays up to a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels.

Every Mac Pro comes with Apple’s innovative Magic Mouse and customers can also order Apple’s new Magic Trackpad as an option. The Magic Trackpad brings the intuitive Multi-Touch™ gestures of Mac notebook trackpads to the desktop. With its glass surface, the wireless Magic Trackpad allows users to scroll smoothly up and down a page with inertial scrolling, pinch to zoom in and out, rotate an image with their fingertips and swipe three fingers to flip through a collection of web pages or photos. The Magic Trackpad can be configured to support single button or two button commands and supports tap-to-click as well as a physical click. Magic Trackpad is available separately for $69.

Continuing Apple’s commitment to the environment, Apple’s desktop lineup is a leader in green design. The Mac Pro meets stringent Energy Star 5.0 requirements and achieves EPEAT Gold status.*** The Mac Pro enclosure is made of highly recyclable aluminum and the interior is designed to be more material-efficient. The Mac Pro uses PVC-free internal cables and components and contains no brominated flame retardants. The new Apple Battery Charger provides a convenient and environmentally friendly way to always have a fresh set of batteries for your Magic Trackpad, Magic Mouse and Wireless Keyboard. The Apple Battery Charger is available as an option for $29 and comes with six long shelf life rechargeable batteries.

Every Mac also comes with Mac OS® X Snow Leopard®, the world’s most advanced operating system, and iLife®, Apple’s innovative suite of applications for managing photos, making movies and creating and learning to play music. Snow Leopard builds on a decade of OS X innovation and success with hundreds of refinements, core technologies and out of the box support for Microsoft Exchange. iLife features iPhoto®, with breakthrough ways to organize and manage your photos by who appears in them and where they were taken; iMovie® with powerful easy-to-use features such as Precision Editor, video stabilization and advanced drag and drop; and GarageBand® which offers a whole new way to help you learn to play piano and guitar.

Optional Apple professional applications include Aperture®, Final Cut® Express, Final Cut Studio®, Logic® Express and Logic Studio®.

Pricing & Availability
The new Mac Pro will be available in August through the Apple Store® ( http://www.apple.com ), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

The new quad-core Mac Pro, with a suggested retail price of $2,499 (US), includes:

  • one 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon W3530 processor with 8MB of fully-shared L3 cache;
  • 3GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM memory, expandable up to 16GB;
  • ATI Radeon HD 5770 with 1GB of GDDR5 memory;
  • two Mini DisplayPorts and one DVI (dual-link) port (adapters sold separately);
  • 1TB Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • 18x SuperDrive® with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • four PCI Express 2.0 slots;
  • five USB 2.0 ports and four FireWire® 800 ports;
  • AirPort Extreme® 802.11n;
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR; and
  • Apple Keyboard with numerical keypad and Magic Mouse.



The new 8-core Mac Pro, with a suggested retail price of $3,499 (US), includes:

  • two 2.4 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon E5620 processors with 12MB of fully-shared L3 cache per processor;
  • 6GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM memory, expandable up to 32GB;
  • ATI Radeon HD 5770 with 1GB of GDDR5 memory;
  • two Mini DisplayPorts and one DVI (dual-link) port (adapters sold separately);
  • 1TB Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • 18x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • four PCI Express 2.0 slots;
  • five USB 2.0 ports and four FireWire 800 ports;
  • AirPort Extreme 802.11n;
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR; and
  • Apple Keyboard with numerical keypad and Magic Mouse.



Configure-to-order options include:

  • one 3.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon W3565 processor for the quad-core Mac Pro;
  • one 3.33 GHz 6-core Intel Xeon W3680 processor for the quad-core Mac Pro;
  • two 2.66 GHz 6-core Intel Xeon X5650 processors (12-cores) for the 8-core Mac Pro;
  • two 2.93 GHz 6-core Intel Xeon X5670 processors (12-cores) for the 8-core Mac Pro;
  • two ATI Radeon HD 5770 cards with 1GB of GDDR5 memory;
  • one ATI Radeon HD 5870 card with 1GB of GDDR5 memory;
  • up to 16GB of DDR3 ECC SDRAM memory for the quad-core Mac Pro;
  • up to 32GB of DDR3 ECC SDRAM memory for the 8-core Mac Pro;
  • up to four 512GB solid state drives (SSD); or
  • up to four 1TB or 2TB Serial ATA hard drives running at 7200 rpm;
  • Mac Pro RAID card;
  • dual-channel or quad-channel 4Gb Fibre Channel card; and
  • up to two 18x SuperDrives with double-layer support.

Accessories include: Magic Trackpad, Apple Battery Charger, wired Apple Mouse, wireless Apple Keyboard, Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter, Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (for 30-inch DVI display), Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter, the AppleCare® Protection Plan; and pre-installed copies of Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server; iWork®, Logic Express 9, Final Cut Express 4 and Aperture 3. Complete options and accessories are available at http://www.apple.com/macpro.

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Apple Updates iMac Line

Apple® today updated its all-in-one iMac® line, widely praised as the world's best desktop computers, with the latest Intel Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors and powerful new graphics.


Starting at $1,199, the new iMac line is the fastest ever with dual-core processor speeds up to 3.6 GHz, quad-core speeds up to 2.93 GHz and discrete graphics including the powerful ATI Radeon HD 5750. The new Magic Trackpad, with a smooth glass and aluminum design, gives iMac users the same intuitive Multi-Touch™ gestures that Mac® notebook customers have come to love and is available separately for $69.

“We took the world’s best all-in-one and made it even better,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With the latest processors, high-performance graphics and signature aluminum and glass design, customers are going to love the latest iMac.”

Dual-core Intel Core i3 and Core i5, and quad-core Core i5 and Core i7 processors set a new benchmark for iMac performance. The processors feature an integrated memory controller to access the system memory directly, allowing the new iMac to take full advantage of its faster 1333 MHz memory. New discrete ATI Radeon HD processors deliver incredibly smooth, crisp graphics for the most demanding 3D games, creative software and technical applications. iMac displays feature IPS technology to deliver a brilliant image across a wide 178 degree viewing angle. The SD card slot on the iMac now supports the SDXC format to handle the latest high-capacity storage cards. Customers of the 27-inch iMac have the option to order a 256GB solid state drive (SSD) as a primary or secondary drive. The iMac SSD supports up to 215 MB/s data transfer rates for faster startup and application launch times.

Every iMac comes with Apple’s innovative Magic Mouse and customers can also order the new Magic Trackpad as an option. The Magic Trackpad brings the intuitive Multi-Touch gestures of Mac notebook trackpads to the desktop. With its glass surface, the wireless Magic Trackpad enables users to scroll smoothly up and down a page with inertial scrolling, pinch to zoom in and out, rotate an image with their fingertips and swipe three fingers to flip through a collection of web pages or photos. The Magic Trackpad can be configured to support single button or two button commands and supports tap-to-click as well as a physical click.

Continuing Apple’s commitment to the environment, Apple’s desktop lineup is a leader in green design. The iMac meets stringent Energy Star 5.0 requirements and achieves EPEAT Gold status.* iMac features LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass. iMac uses PVC-free components and cables, contains no brominated flame retardants, uses highly recyclable materials and features material-efficient system and packaging designs. A new Apple Battery Charger provides a convenient and environmentally friendly way to always have a fresh set of batteries for your Magic Trackpad, Magic Mouse and Wireless Keyboard. The Apple Battery Charger is available for $29 and comes with six long shelf life rechargeable batteries.

Every Mac also comes with Mac OS® X Snow Leopard®, the world’s most advanced operating system, and iLife®, Apple’s innovative suite of applications for managing photos, making movies and creating and learning to play music. Snow Leopard builds on a decade of OS X innovation and success with hundreds of refinements, core technologies and out of the box support for Microsoft Exchange. iLife features iPhoto®, with breakthrough ways to organize and manage your photos by who appears in them and where they were taken; iMovie® with powerful easy-to-use features such as Precision Editor, video stabilization and advanced drag and drop; and GarageBand® which offers a whole new way to help you learn to play piano and guitar.

Pricing & Availability
The new iMac line is shipping now and available through the Apple Store® ( http://www.apple.com ), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

The new 21.5-inch 3.06 GHz Intel Core i3 iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,199 (US), includes:

  • 21.5-inch 1920 x 1080 LED-backlit display;
  • 3.06 GHz Intel Core i3 processor with 4MB shared L3 cache;
  • 4GB 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 16GB;
  • ATI Radeon HD 4670 discrete graphics with 256MB GDDR3 SDRAM;
  • 500GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • slot-load 8x SuperDrive® with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • Mini DisplayPort for audio and video output (adapters sold separately);
  • AirPort Extreme® 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • iSight® video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet;
  • four USB 2.0 ports;
  • one SDXC SD card slot;
  • one FireWire® 800 port;
  • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
  • Wireless Apple Keyboard, Magic Mouse.

Configure-to-order options include up to 8GB of RAM.

The new 21.5-inch 3.2 GHz Intel Core i3 iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US), includes:

  • 21.5-inch 1920 x 1080 LED-backlit display;
  • 3.20 GHz Intel Core i3 processor with 4MB shared L3 cache;
  • 4GB 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 16GB;
  • ATI Radeon HD 5670 discrete graphics with 512MB GDDR3;
  • 1TB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • Mini DisplayPort for audio and video output (adapters sold separately);
  • AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet;
  • four USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire 800 port;
  • one SDXC SD card slot;
  • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
  • Wireless Apple Keyboard, Magic Mouse.

Configure-to-order options include a faster 3.6 GHz Core i5 processor, 2TB hard drive and up to 8GB of RAM.

The new 27-inch 3.2 GHz Intel Core i3 iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,699 (US), includes:

  • 27-inch 2560 x 1440 LED-backlit display;
  • 3.20 GHz Intel Core i3 processor with 4MB shared L3 cache;
  • 4GB 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 16GB;
  • ATI Radeon HD 5670 discrete graphics with 512MB GDDR3;
  • 1TB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • Mini DisplayPort for audio and video input and output (adapters sold separately);
  • AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet;
  • four USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire 800 port;
  • one SDXC SD card slot;
  • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
  • Wireless Apple Keyboard, Magic Mouse.

Configure-to-order options include a 3.6 GHz Core i5 processor, 2TB hard drive, 256GB solid state drive (SSD) and up to 16GB of RAM.

The new 27-inch 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,999 (US), includes:

  • 27-inch 2560 x 1440 LED-backlit display;
  • 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 processor with 8MB shared L3 cache;
  • 4GB 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 16GB;
  • ATI Radeon HD 5750 discrete graphics with 1GB GDDR5;
  • 1TB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • Mini DisplayPort for audio and video input and output (adapters sold separately);
  • AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet;
  • four USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire 800 port;
  • one SDXC SD card slot;
  • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
  • Wireless Apple Keyboard, Magic Mouse.

Configure-to-order options include a 2.93 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 processor, a 2TB hard drive, 256GB solid state drive (SSD) and up to 16GB of RAM.

Additional accessories include: Magic Trackpad, Apple Battery Charger, wired Apple Mouse, wired Apple Keyboard, wired Apple Keyboard with numeric keypad, Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter, Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (for 30-inch DVI display), Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter, Apple Remote, the AppleCare® Protection Plan; and pre-installed copies of iWork®, Logic® Express 9, Final Cut® Express 4 and Aperture® 3.

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Apple Unveils New 27-inch LED Cinema Display

Apple® today unveiled a new 27-inch LED Cinema Display with stunning 2560 x 1440 resolution and 60 percent more screen real estate than the 24-inch LED Cinema Display. Featuring a built-in iSight® video camera, microphone and speakers, powered USB 2.0 hub, and universal MagSafe® connector, the new LED Cinema Display is an ideal companion for the MacBook® family or a Mac® desktop, and is available for $999.


“With built-in MagSafe charging, iSight camera, speakers, and USB ports, the LED Cinema Display is ideal for MacBook and MacBook Pro users,”said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With its massive 2560 x 1440 resolution, the new 27-inch LED Cinema Display is a perfect fit with our powerful new Mac Pro, and it gives iMac users an easy way to double their screen real estate.”

The new, larger 27-inch LED Cinema Display features a beautiful 16:9 edge-to-edge glass display on an aluminum stand with an adjustable hinge that makes tilting the display almost effortless. The LED Cinema Display has vivid colors and exceptionally high contrast and uses a premium display technology called in-plane switching (IPS) to provide a brilliant image across an ultra wide 178 degree viewing angle.

Designed as a companion for any Mac notebook or desktop, the 27-inch display includes a built-in iSight video camera for video conferencing, an integrated MagSafe charger to keep Mac notebooks charged, built-in Mini DisplayPort connectivity for video and audio input and a powered three-port USB 2.0 hub so customers can charge their iPhone® or iPod® even when they take their MacBook with them.

The new LED Cinema Display now includes a new ambient light sensor which automatically adjusts the display brightness based on external lighting conditions and uses only as much energy as necessary to provide an optimum viewing experience. Made with mercury-free LED technology, arsenic-free glass and highly recyclable materials, the LED Cinema Display meets stringent Energy Star 5.0 requirements and achieves EPEAT Gold status.* The new display contains no brominated flame retardants and all cables and components are PVC-free.

Pricing & Availability
The new LED Cinema Display will be available in September through the Apple Store® ( http://www.apple.com ), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $999 (US). The LED Cinema Display requires a Mac with Mini DisplayPort.

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Singular Software CEO Bruce Sharpe to Present Multi-Camera/Dual-System Audio Session at WEVA

Singular Software, award-winning developer of automation applications for video post-production, has announced that CEO Bruce Sharpe will be delivering a highly informative session alongside Roland Systems Group at WEVA Expo 2010, titled: "Enhancing Video Productions Using Multiple Cameras and External Audio."


This year marks the 20th anniversary of the international conference, which will run from August 23-26 at The Dolphin Resort in Walt Disney World, Florida. The 60-minute session will present multi-camera, dual-system synchronization techniques common for HDSLR use, including: managing multiple cameras on-location; simplifying the acquisition of great-quality audio; and accelerating the workflow for edits of multiple recording devices. All presented techniques will reference popular non-linear editors such as Final Cut Pro®, Premiere Pro® and Vegas Pro®. "Technology trends are constantly shifting and client expectations keep rising. In order to produce the highest quality work and stand out from the competition, videographers must be up-to-speed on all the latest tips and tricks of the industry," says Bruce. "WEVA ensures attendees get the most out of the conference by providing a multitude of session options – something for every niche. I look forward to giving attendees new and pragmatic approaches to their end-to-end workflows."

"Video professionals realize that good audio can separate them from 'Uncle Charlie and his personal camcorder,' and with the advent of cost-effective digital recording devices, multiple sources are commonplace," says John Zale, Director of Educational Development at WEVA. "Up until now, one of the challenges has been figuring out a way to sync those sources accurately and in a timely manner. WEVA looks forward to having Bruce demonstrate the ability to handle this task with just a few clicks of the mouse!"

"Enhancing Video Productions Using Multiple Cameras and External Audio" will begin promptly at 9:30 AM EDT and conclude at 10:30 AM EDT on Wednesday, August 25. For additional information about WEVA Expo and conference sessions, please visit: http://www.wevaexpo.com.

About Bruce Sharpe
Bruce Sharpe has a Ph.D. in mathematical physics and has been applying that expertise in a variety of software applications over the last several years. At one time, he was literally a rocket scientist, but his interest in audio and video led him to pursue the more down-to-earth goal of using advanced media analysis techniques to automate production workflows. This resulted in the popular Levelator application, followed by PluralEyes, DualEyes and the other members of the Singular Software product family.

About Singular Software
Established in 2008, Singular Software pioneers the development of workflow automation applications for audio and video professionals. Its breakthrough solution, PluralEyes, offers innovative technology to automate and simplify multi-camera, multi-take and dual-system audio workflows. Singular Software products support industry leading non-linear editing products. For more information about Singular Software, please visit: http://www.singularsoftware.com.

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Flanders Scientific Announces New Features on FSI Monitors

Flanders Scientific is pleased to announce the release of our next major firmware version, 9.35, for the LM-0750W, LM-1760W, LM-1770W, LM-2450W, and LM-2460W. This new firmware version provides you with several new features and a few improvements to existing features.

  • 2 New Scopes Modes Added: Histogram and Color Histogram. As with all FSI Scopes these new modes work on all inputs, even DVI. You can now view a combination of two of any of the following Scope Modes at the same time: Luminance Waveform, Vector Scope, RGB Parade, YRGB Peak, Histogram, and Color Histogram. The new Histogram modes are a welcome addition for still photographers moving into the world of HDSLR video.

  • Addition of Full Screen function, which allows you to stretch any source to fill the screen. Unlike our Zoom function the Full Screen function does not preserve aspect ratio, but does keep all active video visible. This function was developed specifically to work with some of the new rasterizers on the market that allow for a widescreen 1024x768 DVI output. The Full Screen function allows such a signal to be viewed onscreen as intended.

  • Lum Coloring Exposure Check Feature's scale will now follow the Waveform Scale set in Scopes and VU Meters Profile 1. This exposure check feature has also been updated to more clearly show under or overexposed areas with a solid black or white onscreen indication.

  • The SD Aspect Ratio Toggle previously only found on the Video Menu is now also assignable to a Function Key.


These new features are now standard on all new FSI Monitors, and as always this free update is available now to registered FSI Users. If you have not already registered or have forgotten your login information simply register or re-register here: http://www.FlandersScientific.com/index/Registration

About Flanders Scientific, Inc.
FSI (Flanders Scientific, Inc.) is a US Based Company with headquarters in Suwanee, GA, just 30 minutes outside of Atlanta. FSI is focused on providing high performance professional broadcast and post production equipment at industry leading prices. FSI was started by industry professionals with over 25 years of experience in professional broadcast monitors and test/measurement equipment. For more information please visit us at http://www.FlandersScientific.com

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MusicRevolution.com, An Online Marketplace For Production Music, Announces Free Music Program For Organizations in Need

MusicRevolution.com, an innovative online marketplace for production music, today announced the launch of its Free Music Program for qualified schools, educational institutions and non-profit organizations as a way to give something back to the community.


“Since our launch in April, we have had a tremendous response from musicians to contribute their music and participate in the MusicRevolution.com online marketplace for production music. The MusicRevolution.com production music library already has thousands of tracks of high-quality, royalty-free music and it continues to grow rapidly,” stated Chris Cardell, Co-Founder of MusicRevolution LLC. “When we announced our Free Music Program, this same community of musicians really stepped up to participate and give something back to needy organizations. It is heartening to see this kind of response for a program like this,” added Cardell.

“Many non-profit organizations can’t afford to use production music. Our Free Music Program provides schools and other qualified non-profit organizations with access to some great tracks of royalty-free production music for use in their projects, “stated Mike Bielenberg, Co-Founder of MusicRevolution LLC. “Hundreds of royalty-free music tracks have already been contributed to our Free Music Program. It is clear that our community of professional musicians is a charitable and giving group,” added Bielenberg.

To apply to the MusicRevolution.com Free Music Program for qualified schools, educational institutions and non-profit organizations go to https://www.musicrevolution.com/free_music/ and complete the brief online form. For organizations that don’t qualify for the Free Music Program, MusicRevolution.com offers high-quality single tracks starting at just $9.99.

About MusicRevolution.com
MusicRevolution ( http://www.musicrevolution.com ) is the Internet’s production music marketplace. We provide media producers, businesses and other music buyers with great royalty-free production, or stock, music at affordable prices for TV/radio broadcast, film, corporate video, retail & website background music, legal music for YouTube, on-hold music, and other business music applications. Our production music library has thousands of high-quality tracks and new royalty-free music is being added every day. MusicRevolution.com offers four purchase options for customers-- single tracks, CDs, subscriptions and our innovative Internet music stream. As an online marketplace, MusicRevolution.com provides professional and aspiring musicians with the opportunity to license their production music while learning from and collaborating with the best in the music community.

About Our Founders
Chris Cardell is the former President of Jupitermedia (formerly Nasdaq: JUPM), which was the parent of Jupiterimages, Internet.com and other digital properties. In this role, Cardell also lead the creation of Jupiterimages' online production music business, which resulted from a series of acquisitions of royalty-free music libraries and websites. Prior to that he was the President of Mecklermedia (formerly Nasdaq: MECK), creator of the Internet World trade shows and magazine. Cardell has been involved with digital content and E-Commerce since the mid-1990's.

Mike Bielenberg is the former General Manager of Jupiterimages' online production music business. He founded BBM, a royalty-free music licensing website that was acquired by Jupiterimages. Bielenberg's music can be heard on cable and network television during any given week. He has composed and produced music for IBM, Coca Cola, Microsoft, The Cartoon Network as well as several major commercial music libraries. He holds a music composition degree from Georgia State University and has received Aegis, Axiem and Telly awards for his original scores. Bielenberg is a professional composer/keyboardist and resides in the Atlanta area.

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Apple Updates Safari 5

Apple® today released Safari® 5.0.1, turning on Safari Extensions and introducing the Safari Extensions Gallery. Apple introduced extensions support in Safari 5 in June so developers could begin creating extensions with HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript web standards.


With Safari Extensions Gallery, users can quickly find extensions that add powerful new features to Safari, from toolbars that display live web feeds to sophisticated programs that filter web content. Safari 5.0.1 allows users to download and install extensions either from the Safari Extensions Gallery or directly from a developer's site.

“Safari 5 has been a big hit, and user response to the innovative new Safari Reader has been fantastic,” said Brian Croll, Apple’s vice president of OS X Product Marketing. “We’re thrilled to see so many leading developers creating great extensions and think our users are going to love being able to customize Safari.”

“Millions of our customers already use Amazon Wish Lists to store items they want to buy for themselves or receive as gifts,” said Gianna Puerini, vice president of Worldwide Design and Community at Amazon.com. “With Safari 5, we were able to quickly build the Add to Amazon Wish List extension that lets customers add items from any website to their Amazon Wish List with the click of a button.”

“We’re excited to continue working closely with Apple to bring visually compelling Bing experiences to Safari,” said Jeff Henshaw, general manager of Bing User Experience. “The Bing Extension for Safari brings Bing search intelligence to everyday browsing with Safari. When a user selects text in Safari, Bing instantly recognizes what they might need and pops up helpful, informative tips, from real time maps and driving directions to real time translations to direct web search results.”

“Using web standard technologies and Safari’s extension builder, we developed an MLB.com extension to give fans another way to consume up-to-the-moment baseball content, including live look-ins to games, right from the Safari toolbar,” said Noah Garden, executive vice president, Commerce and Sponsorship at MLB.com.

“Our extension for Safari is a great way for readers to get all of the latest breaking news and all the important stories, blogs and columns they want to see,” said Denise Warren, general manager, NYTimes.com at The New York Times Company. “While you browse other sites in Safari, our extension checks for updates and slides in new headlines and thumbnails, so you won't miss a thing.”

“Creating our Twitter extension in Safari couldn't have been easier,” said Jason Goldman, vice president of Product at Twitter. “By providing features like the ability to tweet about a page and view trending topics, we've created a simple way to deliver relevant, interesting content to people regardless of where they are on the web.”

The Safari Extensions Gallery is accessible from the Safari menu or at extensions.apple.com. Users can download and install extensions from the gallery with a single click, and there’s no need to restart the browser. Extensions can be automatically updated and are easily managed within Safari. Users can enable or disable individual extensions, or turn off all extensions with one click.

Safari Extensions are built with HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript web standards, and can have all the power and functionality of advanced web applications. Every Safari Extension is signed with a digital certificate from Apple to prevent tampering and to verify that updates to the extension are from the original developer. Safari Extensions are sandboxed, so they can’t access information on a user’s system or communicate with websites aside from those specified by the developer. For increased stability, Safari Extensions run solely in the browser.

Safari 5 also features Safari Reader, which presents single and multipage articles on the web in a new, scrollable view without distracting content or clutter. The Nitro JavaScript engine runs JavaScript up to 30 percent faster than Safari 4.* Built on the open source WebKit engine developed by Apple, Safari 5 includes more than a dozen powerful new HTML5 features for creating media-rich experiences, like full screen playback and closed captions for HTML5 video.

Pricing & Availability
Safari 5 is available for both Mac OS® X and Windows as a free download at http://www.apple.com/safari. Safari 5 for Mac OS X requires Mac OS X Leopard® 10.5.8 or Mac OS X Snow Leopard® 10.6.2 or later. Safari 5 for Windows requires Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista or Windows 7, a minimum 256MB of memory and a system with at least a 500 MHz Intel Pentium processor. Full system requirements and more information on Safari 5 can be found at http://www.apple.com/safari. The Safari Extensions Gallery is available at extensions.apple.com. The Safari Developer Program is free to join at developer.apple.com/programs/safari.

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NewTek Introduces LightWave 10

NewTek, worldwide leader of 3D animation and video products, today announced NewTek LightWave™ 10, the next generation of its Emmy® award-winning professional 3D modeling, animation, and rendering software.


LightWave 10 will combine ground-breaking CORE Technology with enhanced Modeler and Layout to deliver the most extensive upgrade in years to LightWave’s production-proven workflow.

NewTek continues to innovate with LightWave 10, offering powerful new features and benefits to LightWave artists, including an amazingly photoreal real-time version of our award-winning renderer, VPR (Viewport Preview Renderer) and advanced, real-time CG hardware viewport shading, delivering Anaglyph Stereo, Ambient Occlusion, Transparency, Refractions, and Bloom.

LightWave 10 will also offer extensive, new immersive real-time virtual cinematography and game development tools. These solutions evolved as a result of the virtual cinematic production techniques that were pioneered by leading Hollywood artists and technicians for films like “Avatar,” "Tintin,” and "A Christmas Carol.” For production studios and more advanced individuals, this immersive technology includes integrated support for the InterSense VCam™, virtual camera system. The individual artist gains a similar immersive experience with LightWave 10 and its integrated support for 3Dconnexion’s complete line of 3D mice. This powerful combination provides directors and artists with the ability to interact in real time within a 3D set.

“As a LightWave HardCORE member, I love the power and flexibility that I get with the preview builds of LightWave 10,” said Lino Grandi, feature film creature rigging and visual effects supervisor. “VPR allows me to see the complex creature rigging deformations in a beautiful real-time render. It's incredible to be able to work on a character rig and get this advanced level of visual feedback. Interactive lighting, procedural textures, reflections, transparency, radiosity, it's all there."

LightWave 10 is ideal for all production pipelines—from large production facilities to small specialized studios. It offers the following new elements:

Interactive Display and Rendering Tools:

  • Viewport Preview Rendering (VPR) - See instant results with realistic view of scenes and objects with interactive light, nodal shading and scene set up
  • CG hardware real-time viewport shading - Real-time OpenGL view of Ambient Occlusion, Bloom, Stereoscopic Anaglyph and HDRI background images
  • Linear workflow - Supports consistent gamma, color space, and custom Look Up Tables (LUTs) for more realistic lighting, and to maximize compositing flexibility in a professional pipeline


Flexible Data Interchange Enhancements:

  • MDD with new enhancements and support for the Autodesk® Geometry Cache - Freedom to move deformations and transforms between applications allowing for an extremely flexible, extensible pipeline for animation, dynamics, effects, and rendering
  • COLLADA™, FBX®, and ZBrush® interchange – Transfer, load and save camera data, lighting, objects, UV and image maps, plus parenting hierarchies, etc.


New Immersive, Real-Time and Game Tools:

  • Support for InterSense VCam, virtual camera system – Virtual production capabilities all for real-time interaction with 3D scenes
  • Support for 3Dconnexion line of 3D mouse - Move through the virtual world and interact with models and scenes, controlling cameras and lights in real time


Bullet Rigid Body Dynamics

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  • Integrated dynamics and simulations - Create dynamics, calculations and simulations for effects such as collapsing buildings, breaking glass, etc.



Advanced UV Mapping Tools:

  • Enhanced LightWave workflow with powerful new UV tools such as Transform, Scale Rotate, Move, Separate, Stitch, Relax, UV Unwrap, Front, Cubic, Spherical and Cylindrical projections, plus cameras with both UVs and an automated texture node



“The imagery created by LightWave users and studios and the yearly awards and recognitions for that work speaks for itself,” said Rob Powers, vice president, 3D development, NewTek. “LightWave has an indisputable track record in the industry and allows studios and individuals to continually turn out award-winning work on time, on schedule, on budget and with a profit. If you are doing feature film effects, prime time TV, commercial work, music videos, or a science fiction project and you’re not using LightWave in your pipeline, you should reconsider your approach.”

About LightWave
NewTek LightWave 3D® combines a state-of-the-art renderer with powerful, intuitive modeling, and animation tools. Tools that may cost extra in other professional 3D applications are part of the product package, including 999 free cross-platform render nodes, support for Windows and Mac UB 64 and 32-bit operating systems, free technical support and more. LightWave is enjoyed worldwide, as a complete 3D production solution for feature film and television visual effects, broadcast design, print graphics, visualization, game development, and Web. LightWave is responsible for more artists winning Emmy® Awards than any other 3D application.

Pricing and Availability

  • LightWave 10 will begin shipping in Q4 2010. Artists may gain access to preview builds of LightWave 10 immediately through NewTek SIGGRAPH special offers.
  • LightWave v9 for US$895 which includes a free upgrade to LightWave 10 and membership in LightWave HardCORE with immediate access to preview builds of LightWave 10
  • LightWave v9 upgrade for US$495 which includes a free upgrade to LightWave 10 and membership in LightWave HardCORE with immediate access to preview builds of LightWave 10
  • LightWave HardCORE membership for US$495 which includes a free upgrade to LightWave 10 and membership in LightWave HardCORE with immediate access to preview builds of LightWave 10


When LightWave 10 ships in Q4 2010 it will be available for a suggested retail price of US$1,495.00 LightWave 10 upgrades will be available for US$695. Educational pricing is also available. For more information, please visit or call NewTek Sales at 800-368-5441. International callers dial +1-210-370-8000.

About NewTek
Benefiting producers and artists with cost-effective and groundbreaking technologies, NewTek is a worldwide leader in 3D animation and special effects tools, portable live production and video editing including LightWave 3D®, the TriCaster™ product line and 3PLAY™. NewTek has won numerous industry accolades, including two Emmy® Awards. NewTek products have been used in blockbuster films and television shows, including "Avatar," "Repo Men," "Alice in Wonderland," "Tintin," "The Dark Knight," "Iron Man," "Caprica," "V," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Lost," "Fringe" and more.

NewTek is privately owned and based in San Antonio, Texas. For more information, please visit: http://www.newtek.com.

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