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February 27, 2006

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Canopus EDIUS Pro 3 and EDIUS Broadcast Support New Canon XL H1 Camcorder
Dolgin Debuts Four-Position Smart Battery Charger
Roxio Releases MyDVD 8 Premier
Panasonic Announces Upgrades To P2 Solid-State Memory Drive
Zaxcom Introduces New TRX900AA Digital Wireless Microphone Transceiver
Bauhaus Announces New Fully Digital Storyboarding System
wondertouch Releases particleIllusion Professional Emitter Libraries

Canopus EDIUS Pro 3 and EDIUS Broadcast Support New Canon XL H1 Camcorder

Canon U.S.A., Inc. and Canopus today jointly announced that the Canopus EDIUS Pro v3.6 and EDIUS Broadcast realtime video editing solutions support the new Canon XL H1 lightweight 24fps HD camcorder.
         The Canopus EDIUS Pro 3 and new EDIUS Broadcast solutions provide realtime capture and processing of 1440x1080 resolution video at 24fps, 30fps, and 60i via an IEEE 1394 interface, making it ideally suited for the 24F, 30F and 60i formats featured with the new Canon XL H1 camera. EDIUS Pro 3 and EDIUS Broadcast are also the only NLE solutions that deliver full frame-rate realtime HD playback from the timeline directly to an external HD video display when using the company's tightly integrated software and hardware solutions, such as EDIUS NX with HD Expansion, EDIUS SP and EDIUS HD nonlinear editing systems.

As Canon's first HD camcorder, the XL H1 High Definition (HD) camcorder and 20x HD video zoom lens with Genuine Canon Optics provide broadcasters with a low-cost 1080i resolution option for ENG, Documentary or Reality TV production. Filmmakers also appreciate the extensive Cine controls and 24 Frame rate option the XL H1 camcorder offers.

Canon's "professional jackpack" features include uncompressed digital HD-SDI output for seamless integration into broadcast studios or high-quality image transfer to non-linear editing systems. The Genlock feature allows movie sets to easily synchronize camera settings across multiple camcorders and SMPTE time-code in-and-out allow for streamlined tape and edit management.

EDIUS Pro 3 and EDIUS Broadcast nonlinear editing software provide realtime, mixed-format editing of uncompressed SD, HD, HDV, DV, MPEG-2, and MPEG-1 formats. EDIUS Pro 3 and EDIUS Broadcast deliver increased quality and realtime performance through the company's acclaimed variable-bitrate Canopus HQ codec, including realtime HQ batch capture from 1080i and 720p HDV cameras and decks.

EDIUS Pro v3.6 and EDIUS Broadcast are available now from Canopus and its authorized resellers and system integrators for a suggested retail price of $699 and $999 respectively. The v3.6 upgrade, with support for Canon XL H1 and 720p YUV component out is available free for all current users of EDIUS Pro 3 from the company's Web site at www.canopus.com. EDIUS Broadcast is currently shipping with the support included. Canon's XL H1 camcorder and the 20x HD Video Lens with Genuine Canon Optics is currently available as a kit for an estimated selling price of $8,999.


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Dolgin Debuts Four-Position Smart Battery Charger

Dolgin Engineering has introduced the TC400, a four-position, microprocessor-based 7.2V battery charger that lists for $495-$695. Designed for video production studios and rental facilities, this product provides fast, reliable charging of multiple camera batteries for both in house and field use. The charger also functions as a battery tester, and can power a camera using worldwide 100-240V AC or 12V DC power source.

According to Alex Dolgin, the charger's designer, the TC400 incorporates a host of key features including the following:

  • Fast, safe simultaneous charging of any common 7.2V (Sony, Panasonic, JVC, Canon) packs
  • Digital LCD display accurately indicates the battery pack charge in progress status and true capacity upon charge completion
  • Each of the four channels is fully independent of the others
  • Built-in Battery Test/Discharge Module cycles the battery pack, reports true pack capacity as tested
  • DC output for camera operation from AC mains or 12V DC power source
  • Sleek, small lightweight package 

Featuring highly efficient smart charging circuit, it takes only about 3.5 hours to charge a typical high-capacity battery pack. The pack can be left on the charger after the charge is complete. The charger's design is based on modern "Gas Gauge" technology. This determines battery capacity by monitoring the amount of charge input or removed from a rechargeable battery. The multifunction LCD display with backlight shows charge in progress data: voltage, estimated percent of readiness, and actual amount of charge in mAh input to the battery after battery insertion.

Thanks to modular design and software-based functionality, the charger provides ultimate flexibility for various video applications. Several expansion options are available, including the following:

  • Test/discharge circuit for complete battery characterization
  • Camera power 7.2V
  • 12V DC power for mobile use, using automobile cigarette lighter cord for connection to the power source

For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.dolgin.net.

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Roxio Releases MyDVD 8 Premier

Roxio, a division of Sonic Solutions, today released MyDVD 8 Premier, which introduces significant enhancements including advanced video editing capabilities and authoring tools, high-quality transitions and effects, customizable menu templates, and support for high-definition (HD) video. MyDVD 8 Premier will have particular appeal to the tens of millions of existing MyDVD users looking for more creative control and greater authoring flexibility. MyDVD 8 Premier is available today at www.roxio.com and www.sonic.com for $69.99.

MyDVD 8 Premier includes everything users need to present personal photos and videos in a professional fashion. Automated video editing features allow users to create polished video productions in a few mouse clicks, while straightforward authoring tools enable them to generate DVDs with attractive motion-video menus, animated buttons, and Dolby Digital sound.

MyDVD 8 Premier's DVD engine is built on the same technology that is trusted by Hollywood studios and high-end post-production facilities to ensure DVDs created will play back on the widest possible selection of set-top players and computers. Key features and enhancements include the following:

  • Hollywood-style authoring - MyDVD 8 Premier makes it easy for users to create personalized DVDs with custom designs and full-motion, multi-chapter menus with advanced navigation. It features a new project tree viewer, which provides a hierarchical view of the DVD project layout, allowing users to easily navigate through project layers during the DVD creation process. MyDVD 8 Premier gives users full control over menu and submenu customization, as well as navigation, including the ability to define play sequences for titles, chapters, button properties and actions. Output options include standard and widescreen formats to allow users to optimize discs to take full advantage of modern living room entertainment systems.
  • Breathtaking slideshows - MyDVD 8 Premier allows users to easily import and create photo slideshows with up to 999 photos in full-screen or widescreen format, and add transitions, motion effects (pan and zoom) and audio tracks. It also enables users to touch-up photos if needed using the built-in photo editor, which includes functionality for making common adjustments such as removing red-eye, rotating, cropping (including a predefined 16:9 widescreen setting), and AutoFix.
  • Powerful, flexible video editing - MyDVD 8 Premier gives users the freedom to choose how much control they would like over the video editing process. It includes the automated CineMagic Editor, which quickly turns raw video footage into a professional-looking video production complete with soundtrack and effects, as well as Storyline and Timeline Editors, which offer richer, hands-on control for detailed editing. The powerful Timeline Editor provides users with finite, multi-track editing control and even greater flexibility with in-place editing and video alignment control.
  • New, refined user interface - MyDVD 8 Premier features an elegant new interface, designed to maintain ease-of-use without sacrificing power. It also includes MyDVD Home, an intuitive launch pad providing easy access to all components and task assistants such as CineMagic and SlideShow Assistant, which provide step-by step guidance.
  • Easy video capture - MyDVD 8 Premier now enables users to easily capture high definition video from HDV camcorders. In addition, it provides unparalleled HD video file support - including DivX HD and MPEG-2 HD - as well as support for a wide range of analog and digital camcorders and video formats, including MPEG-1/2, DV-AVI, TiVo, WMV, and DivX 6. MyDVD 8 Premier also includes SmartScan, which allows users to quickly capture specific scenes from their DV camcorder, and Plug & Burn, which automatically transfers the entire contents of a DV camcorder tape to DVD with a few clicks.
  • Artistic transitions and effects - MyDVD 8 Premier includes a library of more than 300 Hollywood-style transitions, 2D/3D effects and overlays. Transitions can be automatically added to buttons, slideshows and tracks, as well as applied to individual clips or to entire video projects. In addition, MyDVD 8 Premier allows consumers to use multiple video overlays to create dramatic picture-in-picture and chroma key effects.
  • Attractive new templates - MyDVD 8 Premier provides exciting new menu template designs for the creation of attractive, customizable DVDs that rival professionally produced DVDs. Each new style features an entire family of coordinated menus, and can be customized with users' personal videos and photos. In addition, MyDVD 8 Premier now includes professional-quality 16:9 (widescreen) motion menu templates in addition to 4:3 (full-screen) templates.
  • Robust media management and sharing - MyDVD 8 Premier offers a number of new capabilities to help users better manage, organize, and access their digital video and photos. This includes support for UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) sharing, allowing users to easily access their media stored on any UPnP-enabled device on a home network, and LiveShare, which allows users to permit family and friends to easily browse and download their photos to a PC using any Web browser.

In addition, enhanced Windows Media Center file support and TiVoToGo capabilities allow users to easily create DVDs of their favorite TV programs and play them back on a notebook or DVD player. In addition to MyDVD 8 Premier, Roxio today also introduced MyDVD 8 Essentials, designed for entry-level users and individuals requiring basic authoring and light editing features. MyDVD 8 Essentials offers the same elegant user interface, new styles, transitions and effects as MyDVD 8 Premier, and supports standard definition camcorders and formats.

MyDVD 8 Premier and MyDVD 8 Essentials are now available directly at www.roxio.com and www.sonic.com. MyDVD 8 Premier is priced at $69.99, and MyDVD 8 Essentials is priced at $49.99. Consumers can upgrade to Roxio Easy Media Creator 8, which includes the full functionality of MyDVD 8 Premier in addition to a powerful range of other digital media capabilities such as rich photo editing, innovative audio capabilities, as well as data archival and system backup features.

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Panasonic Announces Upgrades To P2 Solid-State Memory Drive

Panasonic has announced that at NAB 2006 it will unveil the AJ-PCD20, a new five-slot P2 solid-state memory drive. The P2 internal/external drive is designed for high-speed file transfer of 25Mbps DVCPRO or 50Mbps DVCPRO50 video into nonlinear editing systems and servers.

With the AJ-PCD20, a user can mount five 8 GB P2 cards (containing up to 160 minutes of recordings in DVCPRO, 80 minutes in DVCPRO50 and 40 minutes in DVCPRO HD) at the same time and have access to the contents on all five cards for continuous editing of recorded clips in sequence. With the AJ-PCD20, digitizing is eliminated, so that material can be accessed almost instantaneously.

As an internal drive, the AJ-PCD20 installs in a standard PC type 5.25" bay drive enclosure, and through its high-speed USB 2.0 or IEEE 1394b interfaces, connects to the host computer, and through that computer to a television station's local area network (LAN). For in-the-field use, the AJ-PCD20 serves as a stand-alone external drive and teams with a notebook PC or Mac PowerBook for editing and playback. The drive offers Windows 2000/XP and Mac OS X compatibility. The AJ-PCD20 card drive will be available in July.

Panasonic's DVCPRO P2 series products are fully compatible with DVCPRO, the industry's standard for digital newsgathering, and provide a seamless migration path to DVCPRO HD. DVCPRO P2 offers nonlinear acquisition and instant access to material, high-speed file transfer, laptop field editing without requirement for proxy videos, and compatibility with off-the-shelf data storage drives for low-cost archiving, while eliminating traditional digitizing and ingesting operations.

The core DVCPRO P2 products--the AJ-SPX800 camcorder, AJ-SPC700 camcorder, AJ-SPD850 studio recorder and the AJ-PCD10 drive--eliminate transports and mechanisms, resulting in a significant maintenance cost-savings because of the absence of any moving parts that can break down or wear out from repetitive use. Moreover, DVCPRO P2 products are resistant to environmental extremes including shock, vibration, and humidity. The P2 card is re-usable, allowing a station to substantially reduce its media budget. For more information, visit http://www.panasonic.com/p2.

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Zaxcom Introduces New TRX900AA Digital Wireless Microphone Transceiver

Zaxcom, Inc. today announced that it has expanded its patent-pending wireless microphone transceiver family to include the new TRX900AA. The TRX900AA operates for up to 12 hours on just two AA batteries and provides integrated recording of up to 12 hours of audio.

Designed for use in applications that require a lavaliere microphone, the new system simplifies remote production with built-in IFB support, timecode transmission, and RF remote control from up to 200 feet away.

The TRX900AA records audio in the .WAV format directly to a Flash memory card for transfer to PC or Macintosh. Optional timecode transmission and video sync generation, a brand-new feature for the digital wireless microphone system, will allow the user to transmit two channels of audio, timecode, and video sync to just one receiver on the camera. Video sync types include tri-level, NTSC, and PAL. The TRX900AA features a built-in IFB receiver that allows the user to receive cues and other information from the production staff without an additional body pack.

To learn more about this product, please visit www.TheUltimateWireless.com.

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Bauhaus Announces New Fully Digital Storyboarding System

Bauhaus Software, a leading provider of 2D animation and special effects tools, today announced Boardomatic v2, a new fully digital storyboarding system for Bauhaus Mirage, the company's 2D animation product. Designed for 2D animators and storyboard artists accustomed to working on paper, Boardomatic v2 combines a customizable template system, automatic pan generation, print formatting and much more.

Key Boardomatic v2 features include the following:

  • Powerful Storyboarding and Thumbnail Templates for quick and easy creation of industry-standard horizontal or vertical storyboards. Allows for both fully digital and scanned-image board creation.
  • Digital Thumbsheet Tool allows for creation of digital thumbnails and single or batch transfer to storyboard panels for final board creation.
  • Advanced Pan Creation System with 12- and 16-field guides for automatic creation of custom pans that are then placed into board sequence layouts.
  • Powerful Text tools, for inserting dialog, actions, pan image names and timing data for each board. Includes timing data in feet/frames or seconds/frames.
  • Revision management automatically preserves board numbering when adding pans, strikeouts or blank panels.
  • Automatic Print Controls, including a wide variety of horizontal and vertical board layouts for printing to any standard printer or Adobe PDF format.
  • Project Management & Utilities allow for sub-project management and custom UI preferences. Includes footage calculator for feet and frames.

Using Boardomatic, beta testers have reported over 50 percent timesavings when compared with storyboarding on paper alone. The option of outputting Boardomatic 2 files to PDF makes sending finished boards to outside production facilities fast and easy.

Boardomatic will ship on March 4, 2006, and is available for a limited time at the introductory price of $149 ($195 MSRP) through the Bauhaus Software web store. Boardomatic and the Mirage suite of products are available through both the Bauhaus Software website, http://www.bauhaussoftware.com, and authorized distributors worldwide. Bauhaus Mirage is available for both Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X.

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wondertouch Releases particleIllusion Professional Emitter Libraries

Wondertouch has announced the release of the Professional Emitter Libraries, a collection of six new particle emitter libraries for the company's particleIllusion 3.0 particle animation software. The Professional Emitter Libraries (Pro Emitters) have been developed by three digital artists--Tom Granberg, Sasha Milica and Phalkanubba Rath--who exhibit outstanding command of the particleIllusion software application, distinctive creative styles, and superior aptitude in creating intricate particle-based effects intended to embellish the "palette" of effects choices for professional particleIllusion artists.

Each of the six individual libraries contains 30 emitters that feature sophisticated, complex and ready-to-use particle effects covering popular themes including real-world effects such as explosions, auroras, and breaking glass; motion graphics and artistic backgrounds; text and abstract effects--a range of effects that are useful for nearly every conceivable creative professional and prosumer project. The Pro Emitter Libraries can be purchased individually or as a complete set for both the Windows and Mac platforms. Alan Lorence, president and chief developer at wondertouch, explains that the Pro Emitter Libraries allow a particleIllusion user to supplement the selection of more than 1400 different preset emitters that ship with particleIllusion 3.0 (as well as the additional emitters that the company releases free-of-charge each month) with a set of extremely high-quality particle emitters.

Each Professional Emitter Library contains 30 emitters that cover a specific theme and reflect the stylistic influences of each of the artist creators, as follows:

  • Abstract - This library includes very creative, organic, and beautiful emitters useful in composing backgrounds and adding graphics elements. Most of these emitters involve flowing, wavy, colorful designs that change over a very long period of time. (Created by Phalkanubba Rath)
  • Text and Logo - In this library, "logo emitters" - some of the most asked-about emitters available for particleIllusion - feature text or a logo that rotates, streams, converges, etc. (Created by Phalkanubba Rath)
  • Artistic Backgrounds - This library features a wide variety of animated background emitters, covering a range of styles from slow and subtle to wild and wavy which can be used alone or combined for added variety. (Created by Sasha Milica)
  • Graphics and Distortions - This library shows off the diversity of effects possibilities using particleIllusion and contains "graphics" elements and amazing examples of "distortions" - effects meant to be used on background footage. (Created by Sasha Milica)
  • Eclectic 01 - This library showcases a fantastic collection of real-world effects: fireballs, explosions, and smokes; "space" effects including wormholes and cosmic phenomena; and a few "graphics arts" style emitters that utilize numbers and simple shapes in very complex ways. (Created by Tom Granberg)
  • Eclectic 02 - This is the second library collection of realistic and useful effects including dirt, falling debris, breaking glass, clouds, auroras, and frosts. (Created by Tom Granberg)

As with all particleIllusion emitters, every emitter in the Professional Emitter Libraries is completely customizable and can be tweaked to create a slight variant, or turned into a completely new emitter, affording limitless variations with little effort. Additionally, each Pro Emitter Library contains interesting and unique shape images (sprites) that are critical to the look of the final effect that can be re-used in other emitters and in other projects.

Thorough documentation is also provided for the collection consisting of a "catalog" of all of the emitters, a thumbnail image for each emitter, a short description, and usage notes including details of how the emitter works (where applicable) and instructions on how to easily modify the emitters to create interesting variations.

The wondertouch Professional Emitter Libraries are available for individual purchase for $39. The complete collection of six libraries is available for $175, a savings of more than 25 percent over the individual library purchase price. The Professional Emitter Libraries are compatible only with wondertouch particleIllusion 3.0, on both the Windows and Mac OS X platforms.


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