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June 27, 2005

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Adobe Systems To Integrate Vizrt Rotoscoping Technology Into Product Line
Sonic Brings Next Generation HD Interactivity to DVD with the Release of eDVD 4
Serious Magic's HDV PowerPak for DV Rack Now Available
FutureVideo Announces Professional Multi-function Jog/Shuttle Control Surface
Photoflex Introduces Lowel Omni Hot-Light Connector
DigiEffects Announces CineLook 2 Special Visual Effects Plug-ins
ProCon Announces FireWire/USB DVD/CD Duplication Systems
AJA to Introduce Five New Converters at IBC 2005
EventDV Survey #19: RESULTS

Adobe Systems To Integrate Vizrt Rotoscoping Technology Into Product Line

Vizrt, a producer of real-time 2D and true 3D graphics system for television, has entered into an agreement with Adobe Systems whereby Adobe will license, develop and distribute the Curious gFx software. Adobe will be using this licensed technology to expand the professional capabilities of its product line by integrating it into future Adobe software.

Curious gFx is a raster paint, retouching and rotoscoping software package for film, video, and broadcast developed by Curious Software, which was acquired by Vizrt as of June 1 this year. With this technology from Vizrt, Adobe will have access to a powerful paint engine for moving images, a sophisticated roto-matte system and a range of features for wire and rig removal or content restoration.

Vizrt will continue to support existing customers of gFX, but the standalone product's future upgrade path will now be determined by Adobe. Additionally, Vizrt will continue to offer the gFx technology as a licensed option within the Curious World Maps digital map creation software and its authoring and design software such as Viz|Artist.

www.vizrt.com
www.adobe.com

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Sonic Brings Next Generation HD Interactivity to DVD with the Release of eDVD 4

Sonic Solutions has announced the release of eDVD 4, the latest version of its content enhancement solution for DVD. eDVD is the first point-and-click application allowing content authors to enhance standard DVD titles with interactive features like those planned for next-generation high definition (HD) disc formats, according to Sonic.

Compatible with any DVD authoring software, eDVD gives DVD-Video viewers a dynamic, Web-linked user experience when played on PC or Macintosh, and increases entertainment value by providing an on-screen presentation environment that integrates both video and bonus content, Sonic reports. "

Enhanced content supported by eDVD includes high-definition video files, MP3s, Flash animations, PDF files, high-resolution graphic files, and even executable applications. eDVD brings this diverse supplemental material together with a DVD's video content into a single, customizable interactive presentation. In addition, eDVD enables a DVD title to support unlimited links to the Internet, thereby enabling ongoing access to updated material and making it easier for disc publishers to develop revenue-generating connections to their audience.

eDVD 4 is available at www.sonic.com and www.roxio.com at a U.S. suggested list price of $199.

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Serious Magic's HDV PowerPak for DV Rack Now Available

Serious Magic, Inc. is now shipping its HDV PowerPak for DV Rack. A recent winner of four Best of NAB awards, this add-on allows videographers who own HDV cameras to capture, display and analyze high-resolution HDV content seamlessly into DV Rack.

The HDV PowerPak for DV Rack is available at www.SeriousMagic.com and through video resellers nationwide for $195. For a list of video resellers and to order or download the add-on, go to www.SeriousMagic.com.

When used in conjunction with DV Rack, the HDV PowerPak will help videographers who shoot in HDV avoid shooting disasters in the field. DV Rack offers ten essential production tools to assist them in generating superior quality video as well as enables them to monitor video and audio signal quality in real time. Users can instantly review a clip, scrub to any frame, zoom in, check levels, see audio peaks, compare shots in a split screen, and more. DV Rack assures producers that they are maximizing the quality of their footage and saves time by allowing lighting, video, audio, and continuity problems to be identified and quickly addressed while still on location.

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FutureVideo Announces Professional Multi-function Jog/Shuttle Control Surface

Device control manufacturer FutureVideo Products, Inc. has unveiled its new multi-function jog/shuttle controller, Media Commander MC-20PRO. Media Commander MC-20PRO combines the control and functions commonly used during video and audio post-production—PC keyboard commands, media playback, and Jog/Shuttle controls—into a single control surface that allows controlling both digital media on the PC as well as tape-based media.

Its KeyAssigner software integrates key-mapping and jog/shuttle preferences with keyboard labeling for the 180 possible multi-modal commands that can be programmed and saved in flash memory for the 22 assignable keys. The software will come with pre-configured key maps for various NLE systems, including Adobe Premiere, NewTek VT[4], Canopus Edius, and others.

The MC-20PRO's capabilities extend beyond computer-based media systems. Thanks to its EditLink port, Media Commander MC-20PRO can connect with FutureVideo's Media Commander 100 modules to directly control a network of up to 16 VCRs (including various camcorders equipped with LANC or 5-pin edit control ports), Digital Audio Tape Recorders (including DTRS/DTS machines), and selected DVD recorders. 

 www.futurevideo.com

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Photoflex Introduces Lowel Omni Hot-Light Connector

Photoflex has introduced a connector for the Lowel Omni tungsten lighting fixtures used in digital video and digital photography. The new Lowel Omni connector complements Photoflex connectors for Lowel's Tota and DP hot lights. It is compatible with all Photoflex softboxes used with hot lights, including the SilverDome, WhiteDome, and silver-interior HalfDome2.

Made of heat-resistant cast aluminum for durability and long life, the new connector has a Teflon washer rotation system that facilitates easy softbox positioning. Its cast-aluminum outer ring with stamped metal insert features brass set screws that allow the connector to mount directly onto the front of the light, unlike its predecessor, the VC-L4002 Connector. Retail price is $79.95.

www.photoflex.com

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DigiEffects Announces CineLook 2 Special Visual Effects Plug-ins

DigiEffects has announced the immediate availability of its latest set of visual special effects plug-ins, CineLook 2. DigiEffects has been a leader in the creative visual effects market for the film, video and broadcast industry serving digital artists and editors since 1996. Beginning with Aurorix and Berserk, then CineLook, Delirium, and Fantazm and now CineLook 2, DigiEffects continues to provide tools for the creative digital professional.

CineLook is designed tp make video look like film. The new user interface gives the user control over the creation of a unique or standard film look. "

CineLook 2 makes video look like film 11 times faster than version 1, according to DigiEffects, and is resolution-independent and ready for higb-definition. Render times are faster on the Mac G5 with the NVIDIA graphics card, DigiEffects reports.

CineLook 2 incorporates FilmMotion for 24 frames per second simulation in one step, eliminating the need to do a 3:2 Pulldown pass. The CineLook 2 package has over 100 presets and Film Stocks and allows the users to save their own. A gradient is built in to allow post-production addition of a filtered lens effect. CineLook 2 allows for color correction as well as StockMatch and ChromaMatch. Users now have a choice of color space for grain, including HSV, RGB, CMYK and YUV Film Grain. Additional Cinelook 2 features include the following: FilmDamage is part of the CineLook 2 package and allows the user to make modern video look like old damaged film with scratches, dust, hair, stains, gate weave, and frame jitter. Other effects include Vignette, Duo, Tri and Quad-tone, Solarize, Acid Wash, Soft Focus, and Bleach Bypass. CineLook 2's digital video production tools include Grain Reducer, Letterbox, Reduce DV Compression Banding, and Reduce Interlace Flicker.

CineLook 2 for Mac OS X version 10.2.8 ships with a CD-ROM and a quick reference card for an estimated street price of $895. Upgrade pricing is available for current DigiEffects CineLook customers. The Microsoft Windows 2000 and XP version is expected to be available in mid-July. For more details about pricing, availability and upgrade policies visit http://www.digieffects.com.

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ProCon Announces FireWire/USB DVD/CD Duplication Systems

Procon Technology, USA has introduced tower and rackmount DVD/CD CD Duplication Systems featuring FireWire and USB 2.0 inputs. The duplicators function as either standalone or hosted systems with support for both Mac and PC.

The ProCon Stylus Publisher features a robotic platform combined with an embedded PC to give users a complete turnkey CD and DVD publishing solution. With the capacity to burn and print up to 120 discs at a time, the Stylus Publisher (model PRO-SPAD120) has an MSRP of $4,999.

The ProCon Stylus DVD 300 provides users with automated, standalone (no PC Required) CD and DVD duplication. Featuring a robotic platform and GUI interface, the ProCon Stylus DVD 300 offers functionality for a variety of applications. The Stylus DVD 300 (model PRO-SDVD300) has an MSRP of $4,999.

The ProCon Stylus DVD 180 is the lower-capacity version of the ProCon Stylus DVD 300. Its small footprint eases integration into office and production environments. The Stylus DVD 180 (model PRO-SDVD180) has an MSRP of $3,599.

www.proconusa.com

  

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AJA to Introduce Five New Converters at IBC 2005

AJA has announced several new products that will debut at IBC 2005. The Io Control Panel application enables direct, standalone control of Io, IoLA or IoLD from a simple OS X interface on the PowerMac. This allows the use of the Io as a standalone A-to-D and/or D-to-A video converter. In addition the control panel features extensive Proc Amp controls as well as the ability to disembed or embed audio. Its Proc Amp capabilities include adjustment of hue, saturation, video gain, and black level, output timing horizontal or vertical, genlock settings, and analog audio level control.

Also introduced at IBC is the HD10AM-HD/SDI Dual Rate 8 Channel AES Audio Embedder/Disembedder, which provides four AES outputs. The Embedder is user-selectable, on a channel pair basis, to either "pass" SDI input audio or to embed input AES audio. AES inputs are sample rate-converted to a 48Hz rate synchronous to the video output. Input video standard is automatically detected and configured.

The HD10AMA-HD/SDI Dual Rate 4 Channel Analog Audio Embedder/Disembedder provides four analog audio outputs. The Embedder is user-selectable, on a channel pair basis, to either "pass" SDI input audio or to embed input analog audio. Analog audio levels are selectable. Input video standard is automatically detected and configured.

The ADA4 4-Channel Bi-directional AES/EBU audio A/D and D/A can be configured as a 4 channel D/A, or 2-channel A/D and 2-channel D/A. It can accept a Wordclock or video sync/color black reference input for synchronization. Reference input and synchronization are automatic.

The HDP4 HD-SDI/SDI to DVI-D and Audio Converter converts HD-SDI/SDI to DVI-D for LCD/Plasma monitors and provides 4 DVI-D and audio outputs. Its built-in high quality scaling engine automatically sizes 4:3 or 16:9 inputs to many DVI-D monitors. For appropriate monitor configurations, scaling is automatically 1:1.

The D5PSW SDI/ASI Protection Switch is a dual SDI/ASI input protection switch with 3 SDI/ASI outputs. It can be used as a repeater and/or DA. Its multi-color LED indicators provide instant status.

www.aja.com

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EventDV Survey #19: RESULTS

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