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December 05, 2005

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EventDV to Unveil EVENTDV 25 at 4EVER Group Convention Awards Banquet January 9
EventDV Magazine Selects "Best of 2005"
eyeon Software Ships DFX+ 5
Photoflex Enters Video and Photo Backdrop Market with Debut of Muslin Backdrops and Backdrop Kits
RE:Vision Effects releases Twixtor and ReelSmart Motion Blur for 64-bit Discreet Systems
Bauhaus & Sony Media Software Announce That Mirage Studio is Now Available Through Sony Media Software Catalog and Web Store
Total Training for Final Cut Pro 5 Now Available
MAGIX Soundpool DVD Collection 11 Offers Professional Sounds For Music Creation

EventDV to Unveil EVENTDV 25 at 4EVER Group Convention Awards Banquet January 9

EventDV, The Authority for Event Videographers, will unveil its long-awaited EVENTDV 25 at the 4EVER Group Video 06 Convention and Trade Show during the Convention's opening night Awards Banquet on January 9.
    THE EVENTDV 25 honors the 25 "hottest" or most influential videographers working in the field today. "Our industry has excellent awards programs that recognize superior individual works and honor lifetime achievement," said EventDV editor Stephen F. Nathans. "But until now there's been no award designed specifically for videographers who are exerting a profound influence on the field right now. That's where the EVENTDV 25 comes in. Think of it as our 2005 All-Star Team."

EventDV began accepting nominations from its readers in July through an online voting system, and convened an Executive Committee comprised of five of the top videographers in the business to consider candidates for the list and debate key criteria. Nathans served as moderator for the committee. "There's more to being hot or influential than winning awards, as we discovered," Nathans said. "And just because you were a major player in the field 10 years ago doesn't mean your peers still regard you as influential today."

The main criteria for inclusion include the following: creating innovative or award-winning work, speaking at conferences, developing educational materials like instructional DVDs, contributing to magazines and online forums, and taking leadership roles in local and national associations. "For each honoree," Nathans said, "the qualifications were a little different."

Sponsors for the EVENTDV 25 are Sony and JVC.

The EVENTDV 25 will be presented in two places: at the 4EVER Group's Video 06 on January 9, and in the cover story of the January 2006 issue of EventDV. The EVENTDV 25 awards will be presented to honorees on the opening night of the convention at the Video 06 awards banquet, which runs from 7-11 PM. The presentation of the 4EVER Group's own Artistic Achievement Awards will headline the evening. EventDV is a Media Partner of Video 06.

Video 06, the 4EVER Event Video Group Convention and Trade Show runs January 9-12, 2006 at Disney's Coronado Resort in Orlando, Florida. Registration is still open. For more information on Video 06, visit http://www.4evergroup.org/conventionandtradeshow.html.

Published by Information Today, Inc. of Medford, New Jersey, EventDV is a monthly magazine with editorial offices in Madison, Wisconsin. With a current subscriber base of 24,000, the magazine is available free to qualified professional videographers. EventDV received a 2005 Folio Eddie Bronze Award for editorial excellence. For more information about EventDV, please visit http://www.eventdv.net. To subscribe, click here.

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EventDV Magazine Selects "Best of 2005"

EventDV magazine has published its "Best of 2005" list, announcing 17 products that merit top honors for videographers working in the field. Selected by 12 EventDV columnists and contributing editors, the "Best of 2005" list was announced in the cover story of the magazine's December issue, which hit newsstands today.
    Topping the list for HD Today columnist Anthony Burokas--no surprise--were Sony's HDR-FX1 and HVR-Z1U camcorders, which brought high-definition video to the event videography mainstream in 2005 with their successful implementation of HDV technology first introduced by JVC in 2003. The Sony HDV cameras, Burokas wrote, are "the reincarnation of the VX-1000, which revolutionized videography and introduced the world to a solid performer. Sony's FX1 and Z1U are here. They are solid. They perform." 
    EventDV editor Stephen F. Nathans acclaimed Focus Enhancements' FireStore FS-4 as the best product of 2005. "A compact, cost-effective, and time-efficient direct-to-edit, tapeless storage solution, [the FS-4] is one of the standout products of this or any year in event video production."
     EventDV and EMedialive contributing editor Hugh Bennett cast his vote for TDK's PrintOn DVD-R photo-quality inkjet-printable DVDs, which he says produce "stunning results unrivaled by any direct-labeling technology."
     Todd Gillespie acclaimed Apple's DVD Studio 4 for its "distributed encoding" feature. "With Apple's `distributed encoding,'" Gillespie wrote, "anyone can create clusters of computers to render blazing-fast encoding."
    Other Best of 2005 selections include Apple's Final Cut Studio, Grizzly Systems' r-Three camera remote system, LitePanels' 1'x1' and RingLite, NewTek's TriCaster, and the iRiver 700 & 800 series of MP3 recorders. For complete details on EventDV's "Best of 2005," read "Best of 2005: Editors' and Columnists Picks" in the December 2005 issue, or or check it out it on the EventDV Web site
    Published by Information Today, Inc. of Medford, New Jersey, EventDV is a monthly magazine with editorial offices in Madison, Wisconsin. With a current subscriber base of 24,000, the magazine is available free to qualified professional videographers. EventDV received a 2005 Folio Eddie Bronze Award for editorial excellence. For more information about EventDV, please visit http://www.eventdv.net.

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eyeon Software Ships DFX+ 5

eyeon Software Inc. is now shipping version 5 of their digital video compositor, DFX+. Following five years of focused video development and four version releases, DFX+ 5 has evolved into a prominent compositing tool for effects, motion graphics and animation pipelines.

DFX+ is based on the image engine and architecture of eyeon's film compositing solution, Fusion. DFX+ 5's principal features include 3D compositions with lights, cameras and primitives, OpenGL acceleration with display views, and an essential change to ASCII files. Compositions created in DFX+ 5 can easily be opened in Fusion, making it simple to move any project forward.

Fundamental enhancements in DFX+ 5 include the following:

  • 3D Integration: Direct importing and compatibility with leading 3D animation applications allow the same 3D parameters of cameras and scenes to exist inside DFX+ 5. This 3D integration delivers direct support of Maya, LightWave, Max and XSI, offering seamless and precise finishing of 3D scenes in DFX+ 5.
  • Motion Graphics: DFX+ 5's toolset is designed for the creation of Motion Graphics, now with 3D text that can be bevelled and lit. Advanced shadow casting provides a rich environment when combined with the mature features of DFX+ 5, with a powerful flow system that can integrate all of the 3D and 2D tools together. This allows artists to create new looks and designs without the disadvantage of appearing like common presets.
  • Waveform, Vectorscope and 3D Histogram Monitors: Producing graphics and effects for broadcast requires that colors are legal at all times. New realtime vectorscope, histogram and waveform displays in DFX+ 5 offer complete color control.
  • Collaborative Workflow - Bins Server: DFX+ 5's bins can be seen and managed over the network, allowing other artists to view, and update, collaborating bins. The bins also have the ability to run as a standalone service on a central server.
  • Integrated Particle System: Building upon DFX+'s initial 3D-in-2D particle suite, version 5 introduces a complete 3D particle system that can now integrate directly into the 3D environment. Artists can now match cameras with 3D applications, use light sources to illuminate particles, and interact with primitive shapes, image planes, and mesh geometry.
  • Integrated Vector Paint System: DFX+ 5's paint is an extremely flexible, stroke-based system that can be used to retouch and create new images and artistic elements from scratch. Paint can perform wire and rig removal, image cloning and rapidly create custom masks and mattes.

www.eyeonline.com

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Photoflex Enters Video and Photo Backdrop Market with Debut of Muslin Backdrops and Backdrop Kits

Photoflex has entered the market for video and photographic backdrops with a line of muslin backdrops and two backdrop kits.,

Made of durable and washable muslin fabric, the Photoflex BackDrop comes in two sizes, 10x12 feet, and 10x20 feet. It will be available initially in five solid colors (black, white, gray, chroma-key blue, and chroma-key green), and five marbled colors (blue, gray, brown, purple, and orange). The two chromakey backdrops provide substantially more flexibility for videographers and digital photographers who have benefited from Photoflex's FlexDrop2 twist-and- fold, reversible blue/green backdrop, which measures 5x7 feet. Users have the option of either hanging the Photoflex BackDrop from a pole by inserting the pole through a sewn-in channel at each either of the backdrop, or by clipping the backdrop to the pole.

For the 10x12-foot backdrop, retail prices are $134.95 for solid black, white, or gray, and $169.95 for chromakey solid blue or green. In marbled colors, retail price for the 10x12-foot backdrop is $144.95. For the 10x20-foot backdrop, retail prices are $229.95 for solid black, white, or gray, and $299.95 for chroma-key solid blue or green. In marbled colors, retail price for the 10x20-foot backdrop is $236.95.

The First Studio BackDrop Support Kit is part of Photoflex's new First Studio product line aimed at the consumer market for videography, digital imaging, and traditional photography. These kits are designed for budget-conscious videographers and photographers who also seek traditional Photoflex quality and reliability.

Designed for consumer use with 12-foot-wide muslin, canvas, or paper backdrops, the First Studio BackDrop Support Kit includes a pole that extends to a width of 13 feet, two support stands that extend to a height of 9 feet, and a carry bag. Highly portable and quick to set up, the sturdy, all-aluminum pole uses an all-in-one operation so the user can extend and lock the pole in one motion. Most competitors' poles come in three or four pieces, and require assembly with an Allen wrench. The support stands are designed for light to medium duty, and are available only with this kit. The durable carry bag has multiple sections for easy transport of kit components and other accessories.

Retail price for the First Studio BackDrop Support Kit is $249.95. Photoflex ProDuty BackDrop Support Kit The Photoflex ProDuty BackDrop Support Kit is designed for professional videographers and photographers who require the highest standards of quality and reliability. This kit offers a more heavy-duty setup for users of heavy, 12-foot rolls of seamless paper, muslin, or canvas backdrops, who also need taller stands with greater extended height. It includes the same rugged aluminum pole as in the First Studio kit, two sturdy support stands that extend to a height of 12 feet, 6 inches, and a carry bag.

In addition to the strong aluminum pole with one-motion extension and locking capability, the Photoflex ProDuty BackDrop Support Kit provides the same durable carry bag as in the First Studio kit, and features two of the Photoflex LS-2320Y LiteStand. The company's largest LiteStand, the LS-2320Y, features oversized knobs, tubing, cast-aluminum extension collars, and leg struts that provide maximum stability and security. It supports a weight of almost 18 pounds.

Retail price for the Photoflex ProDuty BackDrop Support Kit is $274.95.

www.photoflex.com

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RE:Vision Effects releases Twixtor and ReelSmart Motion Blur for 64-bit Discreet Systems

RE:Vision Effects, Inc. has announced 64-bit support of their Irix Discreet Systems (Sparks) versions of Twixtor, their popular retiming solution and ReelSmart Motion Blur, which adds and removes motion blur based on per-pixel calculated motion. The new releases also work within the Linux versions of Smoke and Flint and are available for Burn render farms. Twixtor 4.5 raises the bar in motion estimation.

What's new for Twixtor 4.5.2 and ReelSmart Motion Blur 3.2.2: 64-bit support for Discreet Systems (Flint, Flame, Fire, Inferno and Smoke) for the Irix operating system. Users must make sure that they update their Burn plugins of Twixtor and RSMB when updating to the new versions available today.

Twixtor Sparks licenses are priced at $795.00. Burn render licenses are priced at $198.75. RSMB Sparks licenses are priced at $189.95. Burn render license are priced at $53.99. Current licensees of the Twixtor Sparks version 4 and RSMB Sparks version 3 may update to the new version with both 32 and 64-bit Irix support for free.

Both products are now available for 64-bit Discreet Systems. Continues to be available for 32-bit Irix versions Flint, Flame, Fire, Inferno and Smoke and on Linux for Smoke, Fire and Burn. Twixtor and ReelSmart Motion Blur also continue to be available for Apple Shake and Final Cut Pro, Avid Editing Systems, Autodesk Combustion, Eyeon Digital Fusion, Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, Quantel systems and others.

www.revisionfx.com
www.discreet.com

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Bauhaus & Sony Media Software Announce That Mirage Studio is Now Available Through Sony Media Software Catalog and Web Store

Sony Media Software and Bauhaus Software have announced a new co-marketing relationship to offer Bauhaus Software's flagship product, Mirage Studio, to the ever-growing Sony professional/prosumer customer base. By combining Sony's expertise in video and audio production tools with Bauhaus' creative motion graphics and animation production software environment, Sony customers can now take advantage of a new content creation and post production solution.

Mirage Studio is a unified software environment that simplifies the creation of animated graphics and special effects. By combining real-time paint, animation, and effects functionality into a single product, Mirage centralizes the workflow for visual effects production in film, video, cartoon/2D animation and the Web. Mirage's advanced feature set, speed and ease of use make it a powerful and versatile addition to any creative environment. For additional product information, please visit www.sony.com/mediasoftware.

Bauhaus Mirage Studio will carry a suggested retail price of $695.00 when purchased through the Sony Media Software channel. For a limited time, Sony will offer a 10% discount for an introductory price of $625.00. Mirage Studio can be purchased through Sony's Web site (www.sony.com/mediasoftware) or through the Sony catalog. Mirage is currently available on Windows XP/2000 and OS/X.

www.bauhaussoftware.com

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Total Training for Final Cut Pro 5 Now Available

Total Training, Inc., a provider of video-based training, has announced the availability of Total Training for Final Cut Pro 5: The Essentials. Visual effects guru Brian Maffitt helps viewers get up to speed on the leading Mac-based video editing application.

With 12 hours of comprehensive videos and access to the same footage used by the instructor, viewers are able to sharpen their skills as they experiment with new techniques. Total Training's will be found at booth (#548) at DV Expo.

Highlights include the following:

  • Learn all the ins and outs of working with HDV, the exciting new video format that lets you create HD content on a DV budget.
  • Discover how to save time with real-time effects processing on everything from DV to fully uncompressed HD.
  • Understand how to fix common audio problems with Final Cut Pro's built-in audio tools and effects.
  • Learn the right way to output your final edits as high-quality Web clips using Apple's amazing H.264 High Definition video codec.

Total Training for Final Cut Pro 5: The Essentials was produced in state of the art High Definition (HD). Viewers will benefit from a 165% larger screen size for viewing on a computer monitor, crystal-clear image capture to easily read text and fine details, and higher frame rate support for smoother playback when viewing the DVD-ROM Tutorials.

Total Training for Final Cut Pro 5: The Essentials ($229.99 USD) is available now. To place an order, visit www.totaltraining.com/finalcut or call 1-888-368-6825.

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MAGIX Soundpool DVD Collection 11 Offers Professional Sounds For Music Creation

MAGIX has announced MAGIX Soundpool DVD Collection 11, the company's newest collection of professional sound samples. The DVD includes more than 7GB of new royalty-free and copyright-free sound samples and loops.

Since the sounds are standard WAV files, they are compatible with all MAGIX products as well as third-party audio and video software, whether Mac or PC based. Available October 15th, MAGIX soundpool DVD collection 11 is priced at $29.99 and available in retail stores and online at www.magix.com.

With more than 7,000 loops and samples in CD quality, MAGIX Soundpool DVD Collection 11 gives you unique music sounds with an extensive variety of musical styles, such as hip-hop, ambient, rock, pop, house and techno. These new styles showcase the hottest trends from clubs and studios around the world, with huge selections of all kinds of instruments, vocals, and special effects. All samples are produced exclusively by internationally-renowned producers and top musicians in stereo CD-quality. MAGIX's archiving system gives easy access to files, so you never need to search files again!

For more information, visit www.magix.com.

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