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November 07, 2005

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Avid Announces the Avid Liquid Product Line
Media 100 announces November availability of Media 100 sw
Primera Announces OptiVault Archival Appliance
Magnet Media Now Shipping Logic Pro 7.1 Training
Alienware Mobile Systems Now Feature NVIDIA and Seagate Drives
CyberLink Power2Go 5 is Ready for Blu-Ray Discs

Avid Announces the Avid Liquid Product Line

Avid Technology, Inc. has announced the Avid Liquid product line, the company's new nonlinear editing software and hardware offerings for event videographers, government and corporate video producers, and high-end enthusiasts. Drawn from editing products formerly developed by Pinnacle Systems, the Avid Liquid family includes new versions (v.7.0) of the Avid Liquid and Avid Liquid Pro systems, both of which are packed with new features designed for users who want a single application for creation and delivery of tape, DVD, and streaming media.

The product line also includes new configurations and pricing for the Avid Liquid Chrome HD (v.6.1) family of solutions featuring advanced standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) I/O hardware. Avid Liquid builds on popular Liquid features, including native HDV editing, GPU-accelerated effects, background rendering, Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio with AC-3 encoding, DVD creation directly on the video editing timeline, and great value I/O hardware. New features of Avid Liquid v.7.0 software include:

  • SmartSound integration - custom music creation directly inside the Avid Liquid application.
  • New multimedia format support - native editing of popular codecs including WM9, DivX, and MPEG-4 for repurposing and output of content to the Internet.
  • New effects - Real-time Timewarp, Stabilize, Dream Glow, and over 50 plug-ins from the highly-regarded Commotion effects suite.
  • Avid Open Timeline - native HD and SD editing on the same timeline in real time, without transcoding for fast, flexible editing regardless of format.
  • Preview HDV in SD - for viewing HDV in SD on a client video monitor with Avid Liquid Pro.

All products within the new Avid Liquid family run on Windows XP, and are expected to ship by November 22, 2005. Product configurations and pricing include:

  • Avid Liquid v.7.0 - Editing, audio, DVD creation, effects and more in one application for the DV and HDV enthusiast ($499 USMSRP). Existing Pinnacle Liquid Edition customers can upgrade to Avid Liquid for $199 USMSRP.
  • Avid Liquid Pro v.7.0 - Avid Liquid software with USB 2.0-enabled hardware for digital and analog capture and output, including surround audio monitoring ($999 USMSRP). Existing Pinnacle Liquid Edition Pro customers can upgrade to Avid Liquid Pro for $699 USMSRP.
  • Avid Liquid Chrome HD Plus v. 6.1 - Avid Liquid software with SD SDI I/O ($4,995 USMSRP).
  • Avid Liquid Chrome HD Deluxe v. 6.1 - Avid Liquid software with SD & HD-SDI I/O ($7,995 USMSRP).
  • Avid Liquid Chrome HD Elite v. 6.1 - Avid Liquid software with the full complement of professional, broadcast grade digital and analog I/Os in both SD and HD ($11,995 USMSRP).

For more information, visit www.avid.com/AvidLiquid/.

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Media 100 announces November availability of Media 100 sw

Media 100, a provider of advanced editing systems for the corporate, broadcast, post-production, and multi-media industries, has announced the availability of preorders of Media 100 sw. This software-only nonlinear editing solution uses media captured by Media 100i or Media 100 HD systems to edit, composite, mix, and export to DVD or Web. The product is expected to ship on November 15.

Featuring an intuitive and easy-to-learn NLE interface, Media 100 sw is a companion to existing Media 100 systems. While Media 100 sw currently does not capture or output to tape without the HDX video I/O board, all other functionality of Media 100 HD is included. Media 100 sw allows existing Media 100 users to add an affordable software-only NLE to their current workflow.

Media 100 sw can seamlessly interchange projects, programs and media with Media 100 HD and all media from Media 100i. All existing import and export workflows, including sending to third-party compressors for MPEG2 for DVD or MPEG4 for web, continue to work as they do with the current shipping Media 100 HD product. A future standalone version will add support for Firewire capture and output from a range of DV and HDV decks and be available as an upgrade to the companion version. Version 1.0 Key Features Include:

  • Edit SD and HD material using the familiar Media 100 interface.
  • Full media and graphics import/export capabilities as well as full support for all Media 100 codecs.
  • Real-time effects and accelerated rendering (depending on processor and drive speeds).
  • Fully integrated Boris Graffiti vector-based titling solution is included. Seamless interchange of media, bins and programs to and from Media 100 HD.
  • Supports media from Media 100i systems.

A comprehensive tutorial helps users to create a Media 100 sw program. Easy-to-use licensing includes Electronic Software Download (ESD) and a 14-day trial version.

Media 100 sw will be shown at the NAB Post+ Production Show, along with Boris FX's integrated solutions. The exhibition takes place November 15-17 at the Javits Convention Center in New York, New York. Users who visit Boris FX at booth 204 are eligible to win a copy of Boris Continuum Complete or Final Effects Complete AVX for Avid Xpress systems.

Preorders of Media 100 sw are available through the BorisFX worldwide reseller channel or direct through BorisFX for $395 US SRP. The product is expected to ship on November 15. The version of Media 100 sw that adds FireWire support will sell for $649 US SRP when it becomes available. Version 1.0 users will be able to upgrade to this version for $245 US SRP.


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Primera Announces OptiVault Archival Appliance

Primera Technology, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of CD/DVD duplication and printing equipment, has announced its OptiVault Archival Appliance. OptiVault is an automated, robotically-controlled appliance that backs up and recovers email and other critical data onto robust and affordable optical media. The device operates unobtrusively in the background of Microsoft-based servers. It backs up and easily recovers a wide range of critical data, including all emails sent, received and deleted including attachments.

Because OptiVault uses non-erasable, non-rewritable DVD optical media that can be stored off-site, it provides true WORM (Write Once Read Many) compliance. This specification is critical for publicly held corporations, healthcare, brokerage, financial institutions and others who are required to meet the strict email, data and document retention requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley, SEC 17-a, HIPPA as well as other government standards for record retention.

OptiVault is designed for use in a wide range of environments that may already be using a variety of primary backup methods such as tape, disc-to-disc or RAID. It interfaces to the server(s) through a single high-speed USB 2.0 port and can be optionally rack mounted in a 19" 4U configuration. During the backup sequence, discs are automatically loaded into OptiVault's built-in, high-speed recorder. Then, each member of the backup set is printed direct-to-disc with serialization and other identifying information for fast and easy cataloguing and retrieval.

Files for backup and archival can be sourced not only from the server, but also from networked client computers running Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Solaris, and Netware. The lockable front panel door keeps the media and robotics safe and secure. Two integrated blue LED light clusters illuminate the interior of the unit. Powered by EMC Dantz Retrospect Software Included with OptiVault is EMC Dantz Restrospect, Single Server Edition with Restrospect Agent for Exchange.

The OptiVault Archival Appliance is priced at $3495 MSRP. The optional Rack Mount Kit is $99.95. The OptiVault Archival Appliance is available immediately from Primera's Authorized Resellers and Distributors in more than 80 countries. About Primera Technology Headquartered in Plymouth , Minnesota , Primera Technology, Inc. is the world's leading


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Magnet Media Now Shipping Logic Pro 7.1 Training

Magnet Media, Inc.'s award-winning Digital Media Training Series has released Inside Logic Pro 7.1 , a self-paced training DVD for Apple's flagship audio professional application. In this new training DVD, Jonathan Perl, founder of the New York City Logic Users Group, provides a comprehensive overview and detailed orientation to the software, suitable for both new users and professionals alike. He takes viewers through the techniques used to create a music project, and edit and optimize MIDI and audio tracks, while teaching viewers to understand and effectively utilize Logic's Instruments, Mixer and effects.

A final lesson teaches a variety of common techniques used when providing underscore and effects for video projects. The training will have viewers of all experience levels working quickly and confidently in an integrated workflow format without costly classes, phone calls to help lines, or time-consuming trial and error learning. Mr. Perl is an Apple Certified instructor expert in Logic Pro. The training includes complete media files so that you can work alongside our instructors.


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Alienware Mobile Systems Now Feature NVIDIA and Seagate Drives

Alienware, a leading manufacturer of high-performance desktop, notebook, media center, server, and professional systems, is now featuring the new NVIDIA  GeForce  Go 7800 GTX graphics processor on the Area-51m 7700 mobile system and MJ-12m 7700 mobile workstation. The two mobile systems are also now available with powerful Momentus 100GB, 7200-RPM hard drives by Seagate Technology for added performance and convenience.

Area-51m 7700 and MJ-12m 7700 mobile systems equipped with the GeForce Go 7800 GTX deliver cinematic image quality and lighting on graphics-intensive games and applications. The GeForce Go 7800 GTX includes advancements like a new programmable shader architecture that supplies twice as much shading horsepower as previous-generation mobile GPUs, and NVIDIA PureVideo  2.0, which eliminates artifacts and imperfections to provide remarkably clear, home theater-quality video on the PC.


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CyberLink Power2Go 5 is Ready for Blu-Ray Discs

CyberLink Corp. has released CyberLink Power2Go 5, offering support for Blu-ray Discs and burners while delivering new easy-to-use features for creating video, music and data discs. CyberLink Power2Go delivers a solution ready for today and tomorrow with the ability to burn data onto all kinds of disc media, including CDs, DVD-/+RW, double-layer DVDs, and future Blu-ray Discs.

Expanded audio functionality enables users to extract audio tracks from video files, set the duration of silence between tracks, update album and artist information online, as well as output music as an Audio CD, MP3 file or a DVD. New features for videos and photos let users trim video clips, automatically set disc chapters, add stylish menu designs to their DVDs, and quickly create menu thumbnails.

CyberLink Power2Go 5 offers these new features:
-- Blu-ray Disc support prepares users for the roll out of Blu-ray Disc media and burners.
-- Maximum burning speed automatically burns to a user's maximum burner speed.
-- Auto DVD Chapters creates chapters from imported videos and photo slideshows.
-- New video tools let users trim video clips and create DVD menu thumbnails.
-- Burning Logs help track burning activities.
-- Conversion of audio tracks from video files into music for burning to CD.
-- Music track gaps add space between music tracks compiled on a CD.
-- Album Info lets users download track and album info via the freedb online service.
-- Changeable Skins expand options for customizing Power2Go Express burning icons on the desktop.


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