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May 15, 2006

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NEW VIDEO TUTORIAL: Stabilizing Your Video With proDAD Mercalli
Panasonic and Sony Jointly Developed New HD Digital Video Camera Recorder Format for Recording on Disc
Minnesota Professional Videographer's Association Presents High-Definition Video Expo
Datavideo Shows DVK-100 Chromakey at NAB 2006
TMPG Introduces VideoSync for Viewing Any Video, Anywhere, Anytime
Final Draft AV Version 2.5.1 Released
JVC Launches Everio HDD-based 3CCD Handheld Camcorder

NEW VIDEO TUTORIAL: Stabilizing Your Video With proDAD Mercalli

Video tutorial intro/outro created for EventDV.net by Lance Gray, PixelPops Design.


In this video tutorial,
EventDV Moving Picture columnist explains how you can stabilize your video effectively and efficiently using proDAD Mercalli. To read Jan's full review of Mercalli, see the January issue of EventDV or click here.
Click on the image to watch the video tutorial (you'll need to have your screen resolution set at 1280x960 or higher for optimum viewing).
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In this video tutorial, Philip Hinkle of Frogman Productions explains how you can streamline Same-Day Edit video production using the real-time capabilities of Grass Valley Edius (along with some careful prep and planning), wowing your clients and their guests--a room full of future prospects.
Click on the image to watch the video tutorial (you'll need to have your screen resolution set at 1280x960 or higher for optimum viewing).
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In this video tutorial, Jan Ozer explains how to use Vitascene's high-quality, distinctive effects and transitions to enhance event video productions with a consistent, polished look, working with Vitascene as a very usable, but extremely powerful plugin for Adobe Premiere Pro (which also works in Adobe Premiere Elements 1.0 - 3.0 and After Effects 7.0, Avid Liquid 7.x, Avid Xpress 5.x, and Avid Media Composer Adrenaline 2.x, Canopus Edius 4.x, Pinnacle Studio 11.x, Sony Vegas 5.x - 7.x, and Ulead Mediastudio 7.x - 8.x).
Click on the image to watch the video tutorial (you'll need to have your screen resolution set at 1280x960 or higher for optimum viewing).
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In this video tutorial, Jan Ozer details SmartSound's high-level workflow for its new Sonicfire Pro 4, then reviews in detail how to select and customize background music tracks for a number of productions, including how to use the new Mood Mapping tool. Click on the image to watch the video tutorial (you'll need to have your screen resolution set at 1280x960 or higher for optimum viewing).
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In this Final Cut Pro video tutorial, Apple Certified Trainer Ben Balser looks at the four basic edit trim tools in FCP that, once mastered, can dramatically reduce your editing time. Click on the image to watch the video tutorial.
Click here to read the corresponding article.
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In this video tutorial, Adobe Certified Instructor Luisa Winters shows how to use Dynamic Link, a new feature in the Adobe Production Studio allowing seamless, render-free interplay between applications, moving fluidly between Premiere Pro and After Effects. Click on the image to watch the tutorial.
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In this video tutorial, EventDV Contributing Editor Jan Ozer demonstrates how to use the new multicam feature in Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0. Click on the image to watch the tutorial. 
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Panasonic and Sony Jointly Developed New HD Digital Video Camera Recorder Format for Recording on Disc

Panasonic, the brand name for which Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. is known, and Sony Corporation today announced specifications for "AVCHD," a brand new high definition (HD) digital video camera recorder format the two companies jointly established. The AVCHD format allows for recording and playback high-resolution, digital HD images using 8cm DVD media. The two companies have started preparations for licensing to extensively promote the format throughout the industry.

In Japan, BS digital HD broadcasting and digital terrestrial broadcasting are expanding widely. Coupled with the emerging growth of HD broadcasting across the world, penetration of HD-capable TV sets is gaining unprecedented momentum. This sets the stage for enjoying HD images more easily at home. Panasonic and Sony will extensively promote this format throughout the industry as the new HD digital video camera recorder format best suited for the HD era.

The AVCHD is an HD digital video camera format for recording 1080i and 720p signals onto 8cm DVD media by using highly efficient codec technologies. The format employs MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec for video compression, and Dolby Digital (AC-3) or Linear PCM for audio codec. This makes it possible to develop HD video camera recorders which achieve compact size as well as high-quality video and audio. The MPEG-4/H.264 codec is a promising technology which is over two times more efficient than MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 codec technologies. By adopting this technology, an "AVCHD" video camera recorder can record high quality HD video images onto 8cm DVD media. 

For specification chart, please go to: http://www.panasonic.com/pressroom.

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Minnesota Professional Videographer's Association Presents High-Definition Video Expo

The Minnesota Professional Videographer's Association (MPVA) has announced a one-day HD video event for the upper midwest production community, Monday, May 22 at the Minnesota School of Business. All video professionals are welcome and admission is free.

Featuring HD demos from Apple, Avid, Canon, Canopus, JVC, Macrosystem, Matrox, Newtek, Panasonic, Sony (Vegas), and local vendors Alpha Video, AV Solutions, Digital Pictures, Z Systems, and others, the event is designed to showcase "the emerging High Definition video technologies rapidly influencing our businesses and professional lives."

The Minnesota School of Business is a co-presenter the event. The event will be hosted on the school's Edina campus on the Broadview Media Soundstage. The event will run from 12:00-9:00pm on May 22. 

The MPVA will have representatives available at the event to discuss the benefits of membership in the MPVA. Meeting updates and other association information is available at the MPVA website, www.mpva.net.

Pleas contact Peter Ellingson, Event Chairman, MPVA, at 962.837.1852 or matrixpete@matrixv.com, for further info about the event.

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Datavideo Shows DVK-100 Chromakey at NAB 2006

Among the products Datavideo showcased at NAB 2006 in Las Vegas was its two-camera and one-background input chroma key model DVK-100. The DVK-100 was one of several Datavideo products demo'd in "real-world scenarios" during NAB in Las Vegas. The company placed a motorcycle with a side car in front of a green screen and offered rides in Japan, Taipei, and on the Strip. Riders viewed themselves on a TLM-700 monitor so they could coordinate their action with the background. Input from the camera and the different recorded backgrounds were combined in the DVK-100.

Designed for educational, business, and religious producers, the DVK-100 simplifies a complicated process and delivers very good results even with a simple lighting setup, according to Datavideo.

The DVK-100, which carries a $1200 MSRP, accepts Y/C (S-Video) and Composite video. For best results, S-Video is recommended. For users with DV cameras, the DAC-100 converter ($199 MSRP) will convert DV to S-Video. As with all Datavideo products, the DVK-100 is available for a two-week free trial directly from Datavideo Corporation in Whittier, California.

Announced in late March, the DVK-100 is shipping now.

www.datavideo.us 

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TMPG Introduces VideoSync for Viewing Any Video, Anywhere, Anytime

TMPG, Inc. has announced its new all-in-one VideoSync encoder, which allows individuals to easily put their favorite videos onto a portable digital device along with 3 different quality options, for viewing anywhere, anytime. It is compatible with today's hottest portable digital devices, such as Video iPod, PSP (PlayStation Portable), and other H.264 and MPEG-4 supported devices. VideoSync also supports Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs which use Windows Mobile 5.0), as well as PLAY-YAN, and PLAY-YAN micro made by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS/DS Lite. The software will be available for download on the company's website beginning May 17, 2006. "

With its user-friendly interface, the power of transferring videos from a PC to the portable is done with a simple drag-and-drop maneuver. Encoding can even be accomplished while the user is away from the PC utilizing the Drop Folder which is perfect for Microsoft Media Center PC files. VideoSync provides easy file management as it seamlessly helps keep data and files organized, eliminating confusion as to what is on a device. It will, for instance, help manage a PSP memory stick/duo as well as registering your files to the iTunes video playlist. VideoSync also has the ability to conserve memory space, as users can choose the quality level of the video to sync. This provides twice the functionality as it allows either more space to fit more videos or to display videos at optimal viewing quality. Other features include, time stretch to watch your videos 1.18x, 1.33x, or 1.5x faster than normal playback with fully understandable audio and video, PSP Overdrive that improves picture playback quality playback on your PSP, subtitle support of DVD source files, and much more.

It supports AVI, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, WMV, Microsoft Media Center (DVR-MS), and QuickTime (MOV); DVD-Video; and DVD-VR video input file formats, as well as MPEG-1 Layer 2, Dolby Digital, and Linear PCM audio formats. TMPG VideoSync will be available for purchase at www.amazon.com at MSRP of $54.95 later this month. VideoSync will also be available for download at www.tmpg-inc.com beginning May 17, 2006 with a MSRP of $49.95 per download.

www.tmpg-inc.com

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Final Draft AV Version 2.5.1 Released

Final Draft, Inc., has announced the immediate availability of Final Draft AV 2.5.1, an update to its dedicated multi-column script processor specifically designed for writing commercials, corporate videos, documentaries, presentations, DV shorts, etc. This release includes many improvements to product stability. Current Final Draft AV 2.5 users can download the 2.5.1 update for free. Registered users of previous versions of Final Draft AV may upgrade to Version 2.5.1 for $49.00 (USD).

Final Draft AV 2.5.1 is available worldwide for $199.00 (USD). The software includes versions for both Macintosh and Windows.

The company has also announced the immediate availability of Final Draft 7.1.2, an update to its scriptwriting software. This release includes Universal Binary support for PowerPC and Intel-based Macs, allows Windows Tablet PC owners to set scroll bar positioning (for left or right handed use), plus many improvements to product stability. Current Final Draft Version 7 users can download the Version 7.1.2 update for free. Registered users of previous versions of Final Draft may upgrade to Version 7.1.2 for $59.00 (USD) before June 30, 2006 and $89.00 (USD) thereafter. Final Draft 7 is available worldwide for $229.00 (USD).

www.finaldraft.com

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JVC Launches Everio HDD-based 3CCD Handheld Camcorder

JVC Company of America has announced the launch of a hard drive camcorder that combines a 3-CCD imaging device for superior quality video with the long recording time made possible by an internal 30GB (gigabyte) hard disk drive. The new JVC Everio G Series GZ-MG505, like all Everio G Series camcorders, eliminates the need to carry tapes, discs or any media at all, yet can record up to seven hours of DVD movie-quality video or more than 10 hours at DVD camcorder-quality.

To put this storage capacity in context, it would take 22 single sided DVD camcorder discs (8 cm/20-minute discs) to hold just seven hours of video at camcorder quality. In Eco mode, over 37 hours worth of video can be shot without any need to eject or reload recording media. The GZ-MG505 sits at the top of the Everio G Series line because of its superior image quality, made possible by a 3-CCD imaging device that uses pixel-shift technology to deliver 5-megapixel quality.

In addition to native full resolution 16:9 (1173 x 660 x3 effective pixels) and 4:3 DVD movie quality video with superior color rendition, this high-performance image sensor enables shooting of high-resolution JPEG photos of up to 2560 x 1920 pixels. And best of all, the hard disk's high capacity means that nearly 10,000 photos can be shot without a second thought, with plenty of room left for hours of video, even at the highest quality settings. To take this many snapshots would require 416 rolls of 24-exposure film on a film camera, making the GZ-MG505 the ideal camcorder for vacations where travelling light is the priority.

Despite the enormous storage capacity, the GZ-MG505 weighs in at barely more than a pound (510 grams) including the battery and lens cap. It's small enough to easily take anywhere. Its classic camcorder-style design is topped off by a 2.7" widescreen 16:9 LCD that accurately displays native 16:9 videos while they are being shot, as well as during playback. A microphone input and accessory shoe provide flexibility to capture sound and attach lighting. And with multiple interfaces, high speed 12x USB 2.0 data transfer, and supplied software (Macintosh and Windows), it's easy to view and share all those wonderful memories.

www.jvc.com

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