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October 24, 2005

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Ulead Introduces New Version of PhotoImpact Image Editing Software
Apple Enhances PowerBooks With Higher-Resolution Displays, Longer Battery Life
QZEO Announces New Reseller Agreement With JVC Professional Products Company
Nattress updates Film Effects for Apple's Final Cut Pro
WEVA To Launch NLE Workshops City-Wide Nov.-April

Ulead Introduces New Version of PhotoImpact Image Editing Software

Ulead Systems, Inc. has announced the release of Ulead PhotoImpact 11, Ulead's flagship PC image-editing software with easy-to-use tools for a wide range of personal and professional image and photo-editing needs. The latest version introduces an all-new interface system providing distinct modes for beginners and advanced users along with 16-bit editing/RAW support and next-generation tools for high-end digital photography and creative design.

The "My Workspace" interface system offers a set of five pre-defined modes, along with the ability to customize and save personal workspace layouts. Basic Photo Mode is the simplest of the ready-to-use modes; providing large, easy-to-identify icons with direct access to the most commonly used tools for acquiring, browsing, enhancing and sharing images. Specially-configured menus, toolbars and fewer option panels simplify the user interface for new and casual users. They can choose between Basic Photo Mode, Standard Photo Mode, Graphics Mode, Web Mode and Advanced Mode. My Workspace customization options allow users to configure the interface to their individual needs. Menus and toolbars can be re-organized with drag-and-drop ease. All panels may by docked or float freely for comfortable use across dual monitors. Shortcut keys and Menu and Command names are also fully customizable.

PhotoImpact 11 offers photography enthusiasts features that make the camera just the beginning for high-end digital photography. New RAW/DNG support allows users to capture full camera-image quality. Ulead Photo Explorer 8.6, included with PhotoImpact 11, provides intuitive browsing and batch conversion of RAW files. Enhanced 16-bit editing allows for a range of automatic and manual processing tools to adjust color and correct images in high-quality 48-bit color depth. Powerful new SmartCurves dramatically simplifies photo-tone enhancement with automatic correction of camera response curve anomalies. Based on Ulead's advanced HDR imaging technology, SmartCurves gives users high-quality tonal correction tailored for their camera.

ew SmartRemove Scene Compositor lets users selectively paint out moving elements from multiple shots of the same scene to compose an image with just the elements they want. In addition to removing unwanted elements, SmartRemove also makes it possible to create dramatic original photos by combining shots with people or objects appearing in different poses or locations.

PhotoImpact 11's new high-end photography tools include White Balance adjustment and Chromatic Aberration correction. The High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Color Cast tools have also been improved. Enhanced Creative Options New to PhotoImpact 11 are non-destructive Layer Masks, editable alpha-channel masks for objects. Layer Masks allow users to blend images and objects in creative compositions with even greater flexibility. With more and more users creating video projects and authoring DVDs for personal, business or education applications, PhotoImpact now incorporates features specifically designed for video productions. The Web Component Designer, first introduced in PhotoImpact 5, now includes a range of customizable lower-third graphics that make creating compelling overlay graphics simple and fast. A new "Save for Video" option simplifies the process of saving graphics for video projects.

The EasyPalette library of ready-to-use content now includes a range of DVD menu templates that can be customized and saved for use in Ulead DVD MovieFactory or Ulead DVD Workshop. Both products allow users to import menus using PhotoImpact's native UFO file format. Ulead's high-end video-editing suite, MediaStudio Pro 8, supports UFO files directly on the timeline. PhotoImpact 11 also includes a "Save for Mobile" option to enable users to easily create graphics for display on mobile phones, PDAs, the Sony PSP, and other mobile devices. Save for Mobile incorporates a range of intelligent templates to automatically format images to the correct size, color depth, file format and file size for a chosen device.

Box and electronic download versions of PhotoImpact 11 will be available in October for $89.99 through Ulead's Web site. Upgrades for registered PhotoImpact users will be available for $49.99.

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Apple Enhances PowerBooks With Higher-Resolution Displays, Longer Battery Life

Apple has upgraded its PowerBook G4 line of notebook computers even more desirable for business and creative professionals with higher-resolution displays and up to one hour more battery life on the 15- and 17-inch models. In addition, every new PowerBook now includes a DVD burning SuperDrive with prices starting at just $1,499.

The new higher-resolution PowerBooks provide significantly more screen real estate and include the 17-inch PowerBook with a 1680-by-1050 pixel resolution -- 36 percent more than the previous generation -- and the 15-inch PowerBook with a 1440-by-960 pixel resolution -- 26 percent more than the previous generation. Ideal for business and creative professionals, the new 15- and 17-inch PowerBooks make reading text and viewing images even easier with brighter displays -- up to 46 percent brighter on the 17-inch model. The 15- and 17-inch PowerBooks also provide up to an additional hour of battery life to get even more work done while on the road.

The PowerBook line includes three models: the 1.5 GHz 12-inch PowerBook with an 8X SuperDrive and the new 1.67 GHz 15- and 17-inch PowerBooks with an 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support. Both the 15- and 17-inch PowerBooks include ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 graphics with 128MB DDR dedicated video memory and now feature built-in Dual Link support to drive Apple's groundbreaking 30-inch Cinema HD Display as an external monitor, providing more than four million pixels of additional workspace. Every PowerBook includes built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate), integrated AirPort(R) Extreme 54 Mbps 802.11g WiFi wireless networking, a scrolling TrackPad and Apple's Sudden Motion Sensor technology.

Mac OS X version 10.4 "Tiger," the fifth major release of the Mac operating system and iLife '05, Apple's award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications, are included with every PowerBook.

The 12-inch and new 15- and 17-inch PowerBooks are available immediately through the Apple Store (http://www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. The 1.5 GHz, 12-inch PowerBook G4, for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US), includes the following:

  • 512MB of PC2700 333 MHz DDR SDRAM, expandable up to 1.25GB
  • a slot-load 8X SuperDrive (DVD+/-RW/CD-RW) optical drive
  • an 80GB Ultra ATA/100 (5400 rpm) hard drive with Sudden Motion Sensor
  • AirPort Extreme 54 Mbps 802.11g WiFi fast wireless networking and internal Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
  • DVI, VGA, S-video and composite video support
  • two USB 2.0 ports and FireWire 400
  • audio line in and headphone out
  • a scrolling TrackPad.

The 1.67 GHz, 15-inch PowerBook G4, for a suggested retail price of $1,999 (US), includes:

  • a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW)
  • 512MB of PC2-4200 DDR2 SDRAM running at 333 MHz, expandable up to 2GB
  • 80GB Ultra ATA/100 (5400 rpm) hard drive with Sudden Motion Sensor
  • Built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
  • DVI (Dual Link for 30-inch Cinema HD Display support), VGA, S-video and composite video support
  • Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000BASE-T)
  • two USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 400 and 800
  • analog and optical digital audio input and output
  • illuminated keyboard with ambient light sensor
  • a scrolling TrackPad.

The 1.67 GHz, 17-inch PowerBook G4, for a suggested retail price of $2,499 (US), includes:

  • a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW)
  • 512MB of PC2-4200 DDR2 SDRAM running at 333 MHz, expandable up to 2GB
  • 120GB Ultra ATA/100 (5400 rpm) hard drive with Sudden Motion Sensor
  • Built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
  • DVI (Dual Link for 30-inch Cinema HD Display support), VGA, S-video and composite video support
  • Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000BASE-T)
  • two USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 400 and 800
  • analog and optical digital audio input and output
  • illuminated keyboard with ambient light sensor
  • a scrolling TrackPad.

Additional build-to-order options for the 12-inch PowerBook include the ability to upgrade to 100GB (5400 rpm) hard drive, up to 1.25GB DDR SDRAM, a slot-load Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) optical drive, and the AppleCare Protection Plan. Additional build-to-order options for the new 15- and 17-inch PowerBooks include the ability to upgrade up to 2GB DDR2 SDRAM, a slot-load Combo (DVD- ROM/CD-RW) optical drive, and the AppleCare Protection Plan. The new 15-inch PowerBook also offers a 100GB or 120GB (5400 rpm) hard drive as a build-to- order option.

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QZEO Announces New Reseller Agreement With JVC Professional Products Company

QZEO, the pro broadcast reseller division of Computer Modules, Inc., has entered into an audio-video reseller agreement with JVC Professional Products Company. QZEO is now selling audio, professional and broadcast video, and presentation products from JVC Professional Products Company--DV and HDV video cameras, video recorder/ players and video monitors, projectors, and plasma displays.

JVC products being offered by QZEO include the JVC GY-HD100U, a compact, full resolution HD progressive camcorder, and the BR-HD50U ProHD recorder/player--the companion model to the GY-HD100-designed to transfer video and audio data to a nonlinear editing system. The BR-HD50U ProHD® features switchable HDV and DV modes and analog outputs.

www.qzeo.com

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Nattress updates Film Effects for Apple's Final Cut Pro

Nattress has released Film Effects V2.5.1 Demo. Film Effects 2.5.1 is fully compatible with HDV video, allowing you to give a real 24p look to your 1080i60 HDV, all inside Final Cut Pro.

The fully functional watermarked demo allows you to find out what FilmEffects offers. Nine new plugins are included in the package that include four new optimized deinterlacers and three new gamma control plugins. Two new plugins have been developed to deal with reduced resolution chroma sampling in all video formats, including HDV. Film Effects has been used on many diverse projects including:

  • Snooker World Championships 2005 (BBC)
  • Tour de France 2005 (ITV)
  • Mary Poppins 40th Aniversary Edition: "A Musical Journey" extra (http://www.apple.com/pro/video/perkins/)
  • Doctor Who: The Leisure Hive: "Synthesizing Starfields"
  • extra Ween Live in Chicago
  • Anthrax, Music Of Mass Destruction
  • Recon 2020

Film Effects V2.5 Includes:

  • 24p Simulation now renders faster and includes an anti-aliasing control and improved de-interlacing Plugin Solutions For Final Cut Pro
  • G Chroma Sharpen plugins for improving chroma resolution quality in all video sources including DV, HDV, and all high definition formats
  • Four fast de-interlacers optimized for speed
  • New gamma control plugins featuring a new and unique gamma curve are designed especially for making video look more like film

Film Effects V2.5 is now available for sale at $100US from http://www.nattress.com and is a free upgrade for all existing users.

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WEVA To Launch NLE Workshops City-Wide Nov.-April

The Wedding & Event Videographers Association International (WEVA) will be "on the road" starting next month through April 2006 to bring "hands-on" product-specific NLE training using supplied laptops to wedding & event videographers in cities across the country in new, extended-session workshops. City-stops being planned already include Detroit, Chicago, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Boston, Dallas, and New York City, with others cities to be announced soon.

NLE solutions already targeted for WEVA Institute's product-specific training this fall and winter include those from Adobe, Canopus, Apple, and Avid. "

As announced by WEVA International's Director of Educational Development John Zale on October 5 at the scheduled meeting of the Michigan Independent Videographers Association (MIVA), the kick-off for the WEVA city-wide workshops begins in Detroit next month. At the Michigan meeting, Zale announced WEVA Institute will be presenting an all-day (9:30am-5:30pm) hands-on training session on Adobe After Effects specifically tailored for wedding & event videographers in Detroit on Thursday, November 3.

Registration for the full-day After Effects workshop on November 3, presented by WEVA EXPO featured speaker and BATTLE OF THE VIDEOGRAPHERS award-winner, Josh Fozzard, is now open on the WEVA web site.

For more information, visit www.weva.com.

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