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March 21, 2005

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DV 101: Peachpit Press Publishes Jan Ozer's New Book for Digital Video Producers
Ulead Debuts VideoStudio 9
TMPG Releases New Tsunami MPEG DVD EasyPack Suite
Canopus Launches HDV Education Site
Pinnacle Enhances HDV Workflow with Liquid Edition 6.1
InterVideo Inc. Announces Intention to Purchase Controlling Interest in Ulead Systems
EventDV Spotlight Survey #8: RESULTS

DV 101: Peachpit Press Publishes Jan Ozer's New Book for Digital Video Producers

In late February, Peachpit Press delivered EventDV Contributing Editor and Moving Picture columnist Jan Ozer's latest book, DV 101: A Hands-On Guide for Business, Government & Educators. Edited by EventDV editor Stephen Nathans, DV 101 provides corporate and institutional videographers (and just about anyone looking to expand their pro videography skills set) with invaluable primers in several key tasks, including the following:

  • Set up and shoot common projects such as interviews and training
  • Select and connect an external microphone to your camcorder
  • Produce professional-quality lighting inexpensively
  • Capture, edit, and output your video for Web or DVD
  • Author and burn a DVD
  • Integrate your video into Microsoft PowerPoint and Apple Keynote presentations
  • Create a streaming presentation with Microsoft Producer for PowerPoint
  • Create 508-compliant closed-captioned text for streaming and/or DVD

Ozer addresses all these pursuits from the perspective of the budget-conscious producer who may be flying solo and working to squeeze professional results out of limited resources. Chapter titles include "Mastering the Video Shoot," "Capturing High-Quality Audio," "Guerilla Lighting," "Digital Production Workflows," "Editing Techniques," "Shooting for Compositing & Streaming," "Rendering Your Projects," "Producing DVDs," "Using Video in Presentations," "Streaming with Producer for PowerPoint," and "Producing & Deploying Closed Captions."

While Ozer avoids tool-specific discussions in the book that would limit its usefulness to current versions of NLEs and DVD authoring tools, he augments DV 101 with PDF workbooks that explain how to do the tasks described in the book using popular applications such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Encore DVD, Apple Final Cut Express, DVD Studio Pro, and Pinnacle Studio. Each workbook walks readers through the projects outlined in the book. Readers can download the workbooks and read more about DV 101 on Ozer's Web site at www.doceo.com/dv101.html.

DV 101 is available at Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0321348974/qid=1111190091/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/102-2082540-5908952?v=glance&s=books) and from other major booksellers.

www.doceo.com
www.peachpit.com

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Ulead Debuts VideoStudio 9

Ulead Systems, Inc., a developer of digital media software, announced VideoStudio 9, the newest version of its video editing software. Ulead designed VideoStudio 9 with three different video editing modes to meet users varying skill levels and project demands.

For both automation and control, the Movie Wizard lets users choose a stylish movie template like Sports, Holiday, Vacation, and Drive-in Movie Theatre, and edits the video with text, music, transitions and a DVD menu -- all of which can be customized. The Video Editor editing tools include ChromaKeying, Flash Animation overlays, Pan & Zoom on video, and a variety of filters.

VideoStudio 9 will be available for electronic download in April and in North American retail stores in May. It will be priced at $99.99. Previous owners of VideoStudio can upgrade for $49.99.

www.ulead.com

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TMPG Releases New Tsunami MPEG DVD EasyPack Suite

TMPG Inc. introduced the launch of its newest application to the retail market - Tsunami MPEG DVD EasyPack Suite. The Tsunami MPEG DVD EasyPack Suite provides users with DVD creation abilities by offering tools for video conversion, filtering, and editing.

Tsunami MPEG EasyPack Suite combines Tsunami MPEG Video Encoder XPress Easy Edition, Tsunami MPEG Media Editor Easy Edition, and Tsunami MPEG DVD Author Easy Edition, which allow customers to create and edit DVDs. The application's advanced features include Video Mastering Engine and Advanced Acoustic Engine, smart rendering function, and AC-3 Dolby Digital (2ch) encode/decode support.

The suggested retail price is $79.95.

www.tmpg-inc.com

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Canopus Launches HDV Education Site

Canopus Corporation, a provider of digital video technology, has launched the Canopus Education Site for HDV to help video professionals who are considering the move from standard definition to the new HDV format.

The Canopus Education Site for HDV includes a Guide to HDV designed to help visitors understand the basics of the format, including a background on digital imaging, how HDV compression works, defining progressive versus interlaced, and how HDV works in a practical editing environment.

www.canopus.com

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Pinnacle Enhances HDV Workflow with Liquid Edition 6.1

Pinnacle Systems, Inc., a leading provider of digital video solutions, has announced the immediate availability of Pinnacle Liquid Edition version 6.1, which offers expanded HDV capabilities that provide end-to-end HDV workflow with the inclusion of comprehensive deck and device support for Sony's popular prosumer and professional lines of HDV cameras and decks, according to Pinnacle.

With Liquid Edition version 6.1, editors also gain a real-time full-screen preview of their editing timeline for all formats, including HDV, directly on a computer monitor, allowing editors to preview their work on location, on vacation, or anytime they do not have a video monitor available. These new features, combined with Liquid Edition's SmartRT true multi-stream native HDV editing, provide a robust end-to-end workflow solution for HDV production.

www.pinnaclesys.com

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InterVideo Inc. Announces Intention to Purchase Controlling Interest in Ulead Systems

InterVideo, Inc., a provider of DVD software, has announced that subsequent to a previous purchase of 18.5 percent, it has extended a tender offer to purchase an additional 30.1 to 65 percent of the issued shares of Ulead Systems, Inc., a developer of video, imaging, and DVD authoring software. The all-cash tender offer will be made at 30 NT (US$0.98) per share of Ulead common stock. Assuming the successful completion of the tender offer, the transaction will be valued at between US$23 and US$49 million. The deal is expected to be accretive to InterVideo's 2005 earnings based on InterVideo's current understanding of Ulead's business.

Upon completion of the tender offer, InterVideo will own between 50.1 and 85 percent of the issued shares of Ulead. These figures include the 18.5 percent of Ulead's issued shares currently owned by InterVideo, the shares to be purchased in the tender offer and an additional 1.5% of Ulead's shares to be purchased outside of the tender offer. InterVideo has entered into stock tender agreements with several Ulead shareholders pursuant to which the shareholders have agreed to sell a minimum of 22.5 percent of Ulead's issued shares in the tender offer. The tender offer is scheduled to expire on April 13, 2005.

InterVideo believes that its investment in Ulead will strengthen InterVideo's technology offering and allow the company to provide a more comprehensive digital media solution to both retail and OEM customers. Ulead's strengths in professional DVD authoring, video editing, and still image processing complement InterVideo's tools and provide enhanced opportunities for addressing emerging and rapidly growing markets including multimedia home networking, high-definition and Blu-ray DVD, and multimedia mobile phones, according to a March 14 release from InterVideo. Upon completion of the tender offer, InterVideo and Ulead plan to commence the integration of products and technologies of the two companies.

www.ulead.com
www.intervideo.com

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EventDV Spotlight Survey #8: RESULTS

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