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May 16, 2006

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PNY Technologies Ships 8GB, USB 2.0 Micro Hard Drive
Panasonic and Sony Jointly Developed New HD Digital Video Camera Recorder Format for Recording on Disc
TMPG Introduces VideoSync for Viewing Any Video, Anywhere, Anytime
Minnesota Professional Videographer's Association Presents High-Definition Video Expo
Final Draft AV Version 2.5.1 Released

PNY Technologies Ships 8GB, USB 2.0 Micro Hard Drive

PNY Technologies, Inc. has announced the availability of MaxFile Attaché, an 8GB USB 2.0 Micro Hard Drive. This portable storage device provides a convenient and economical way for mobile users to transport large volumes of information often more than would fit on a conventional flash-based USB drive.

MaxFile's cost-per-megabyte is much less compared to many other portable storage solutions of this physical size. Weighing about two ounces and with a capacity starting at 8GB, users can store more than 16,000 digital photos, 2,400 songs in MP3 format, or thousands of text files. Its small form factor fits conveniently in a pocket, briefcase or backpack. Moreover, its integrated USB connector plugs into any (MAC or PC) USB port to immediately store and access files, without requiring an extra power supply. PNY Technologies' MaxFile USB 2.0 external hard drive is compatible with PC, MAC and Linux systems.

The drive comes with a limited, one-year warranty and will be available directly from PNY) and Fry's Electronics, J&R Music World, Future Power PC.com, Buy.com, Amazon.com. The suggested retail price is $179 for 8GB capacity.


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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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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.


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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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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).


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