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June 05, 2006

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Making History: Coming of Age
Matrox Ships RT.X2
InterVideo Ulead Blu-ray Disc Software Integrated With First-to-Market BD Notebook and Desktop PCs
M. Klemme Announces K-Tek KE-US Universal Suspension
RE:Vision Effects Announces Major Updates to Mac Plug-ins
Digidesign Ships Intel-Based Mac-Compatible Pro Tools LE and Pro Tools M-Powered 7.1.1 Software
InterVideo WinDVD Creator 3 Bundled with Lenovo ThinkPad, ThinkCentre and 3000 Family PCs
BRYCO Products Announces the Release of the HDC-2

Making History: Coming of Age

You already know how exciting it is to show a photo montage or same-day edit at a wedding. What you may not know is how well those types of productions will play at other types of events. If you think the nostalgic shots of the bride and groom growing up went over well at a wedding reception, imagine how powerfully they will affect your audience and underscore the meaning of the event when you present those growing-up shots at events that are all about the ceremonial passage into adulthood. You can expand on your photo-montage business by producing Coming-of-Age montages for families celebrating the ritual that says goodbye to a childhood and marks a child's arrival as a young adult.
     Three of these rituals are the Sweet 16 Party, Fiesta de Quince Años, and the Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebration. Each of these parties deserves a photo montage produced by you.
     The Sweet 16 Party, especially popular in the '50s and '60s, is making a comeback now thanks to the popular MTV program My Super Sweet 16. This event is usually a party for the young girl and all her friends. It is a somewhat more modern—or more inclusive—version of the debutante ball where the Sweet 16 is the focus of everyone's attention.

For the Sweet 16 party, we like to put up three plasma screens and have photographs of the young lady, her friends, and family playing throughout the party. We produce five different photo montages for this type of party. One is the history of the honored guest. Other montages are different compilations of all her school friends, camp friends, family, and relatives. In one type of photo montage that is a big hit with this crowd, we superimpose in Photoshop 40 photographs of the Sweet 16 child into pictures featuring her favorite movie, rock, and sports stars.

This continuous showing of the different photo montages adds excitement to the party. The secret is to try and have pictures of everyone who comes to the party. What teenage child doesn't like to see photographs of herself while dancing the night away?

In Hispanic cultures, a 15-year-old girl is celebrated as La Quinceanera, and will celebrate her coming-of-age at a party called Fiesta de Quince Años. This is an often-elaborate party where La Quinceanera chooses 14 maids of honor with their respective male partners to be special guests at the church and also at the Fiesta.

The Fiesta de Quince Años can be an elaborate production with footage recorded at the church and also the reception hall. Many times we can upsell our photo montage product by showing a same-day edit of the day's festivities. Hispanic families are very proud of their culture and history and place tremendous value on a Family History photo montage.

In the Jewish culture a child comes of age at 13. A boy will have a Bar Mitzvah and a girl will celebrate a Bat Mitzvah. After a child has a spiritual ceremony at the temple, most families will have a party to celebrate the child's coming-of-age into the Jewish community.

The Candlelighting ceremony is a highlight of the celebration. The child will introduce 13 special family members and friends to light a candle symbolizing their importance in the history of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah child. We usually present a short video history showcasing the life of the child before the start of the Candlelighting service.

Candlelighting festivities can become long and tedious, sometimes lasting more than 25 minutes. To make this process more entertaining, we show photographs of each guest as the celebrants light their candles. No one knows who Uncle Jerry and Aunt Bertha from Detroit are, yet when they come to light their candle, on the screen we'll show images capturing their youth, their marriage, and significant moments in their relationship with the Bar Mitzvah child.

Showing a mini-photo montage of about ten pictures per person as he or she lights a candle adds entertainment to the festivities and value to your bottom line. The addition of a same-day edit, showing the temple, Candlelighting service, and special dances like the Hora is a great way to end the evening—especially when your company logo flashes on the screen to close the show.

When parents come in to purchase a video production for the a coming-of-age party, Fiesta de Quince Años, or the Bar/Bat Mitzvah party, they may at first be reluctant to spend more money on a photo montage in addition to the actual videotaping of the party. We explain to the parent that the photo montage is the only way their family and guests will have an understanding of the history of their child. Yes, people will see the child at the church or synagogue, and later watch him or her dancing at the party. But that will teach them little if anything about the essence of that child and the history of the family. Eventually, the parents begin to understand why the photo montage of their child is so important.

Producing photo montages shown during the coming-of-age celebration of a child is not only wonderful entertainment, it also leaves the family something that will live as history long after the party is over. Years from now, the Bat Mitzvah or Quinceanera child will show her photo montage to her own children at their coming-of-age celebrations. You will truly be a Video Historian for creating history that will be enjoyed for decades to come. When this happens, if you listen closely, you might hear the Congratulations, Felicitaciones, and Mazel Tovs from past generations thanking you for doing such a great job of creating and preserving their family's history.

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Matrox Ships RT.X2

Matrox Video Products Group has announced that Matrox RT.X2, a high-performance real-time native HDV and DV editing platform bundled with Adobe Premiere Pro, is now shipping worldwide. Designed for corporate communicators, event videographers, project studios, educational facilities, and digital filmmakers, Matrox RT.X2 is designed primarily for realtime native HDV and DV editing. It also provides a high-quality MPEG-2 4:2:2 I-frame codec so users can capture other HD and SD formats using RT.X2's analog inputs and mix all types of footage on the timeline in real time.

Key features of Matrox RT.X2 include the following:

  • Realtime multi-layer workflows that combine HD and SD material from analog and digital sources
  • Realtime Matrox Flex CPU effects - color correction, speed changes, chroma/luma keying and many more
  • Realtime and accelerated Matrox Flex GPU effects - 2D/3D DVE, blur/glow/soft focus, shine and many more
  • Native HDV and MPEG-2 4:2:2 I-frame HD editing
  • Native DV, DVCAM, DVCPRO, and MPEG-2 4:2:2 I-frame SD editing
  • Realtime mixing of HD codecs and SD codecs on any timeline
  • Realtime mixed-format multi-cam
  • Realtime high-quality hardware downscaling for SD output from an HD timeline
  • Accelerated export to DVD, multimedia formats including Flash Video, and Adobe Clip Notes
  • WYSIWYG for Adobe After Effects and Photoshop, Autodesk Combustion and 3ds Max, eyeon Fusion, and NewTek LightWave 3D with dynamic Alt+Tab switching
  • Composite, Y/C, HD/SD analog component input and output
  • Full-resolution HD monitoring on an inexpensive flat panel display via independent DVI output
  • Includes Adobe Premiere Pro Price and availability

Priced at $1,995 US in North America including Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0, Matrox RT.X2 is now available through a worldwide network of authorized dealers. A special limited-time in-box coupon entitles the purchaser to a substantial discount on an upgrade to Adobe Production Studio. For a limited time, owners of Matrox RT.X100 can upgrade to RT.X2 at a special price. Details regarding all promotional offers can be found on the Matrox website. System selection guidelines and lists of validated computers, motherboards, and GPUs are posted in the support section of the Matrox website. Complete RT.X2-based turnkey systems are also available from Matrox RT.X2 authorized dealers.


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InterVideo Ulead Blu-ray Disc Software Integrated With First-to-Market BD Notebook and Desktop PCs

InterVideo, Inc. and its partner Ulead Systems, Inc. have announced that InterVideo Ulead's Blu-ray Disc (BD) playback and recording software are bundled with Sony Corporation's first-to-market BD notebook and desktop PCs, model name VAIO Type A - VGN-AR70B, VAIO Type R - VGN-RC72DPL9, and VGN-RC72DP.

InterVideo WinDVD BD for VAIO is one of the earliest BD playback software and has complete support for all BD title formats. Ulead BD DiscRecorder for VAIO is a video-recording application that allows real-time and off-line recording of standard and high-definition video onto new high-capacity Blu-ray Discs. Ulead DVD DiskRecorder Move SDK is a built-in application which transfers recorded TV programs to Blu-ray Discs or DVDs and incorporates content protection.

Blu-ray Disc is a powerful next-generation format for storing and playing high-definition video content. Its high storage capacity of 25 to 50GB allows for the best-possible HD video quality and satisfies even the most demanding data-storage needs. The BD format incorporates AACS, a robust copy protection mechanism, to ensure strict security for high-definition content.

WinDVD BD for VAIO provides total solution for BD playback, including support for BDAV video format. WinDVD BD fully supports BDMV (movie) titles with parental and region controls. It also supports the highly-interactive features of the BD-J specification. This specification allows movie enthusiasts to take advantage of all the BD interactive playback features including subtitles, play modes, angles and direct Internet connectivity for content updates. WinDVD BD meets all of the requirements for AACS and COPP content-protection mechanisms. It allows users to playback BDAV video and AACS-protected or non-protected recordable and rewritable BD (BD-R/BD-RE) discs. BDMV titles (BD-ROM) with AACS encryption and BD-J interactive capabilities are also supported.

BD DiscRecorder for VAIO allows users to record high-definition video content from HDV camcorders such as the Sony HDR-HC1 or HDR-HC3 to Blu-ray Discs in full HDV resolution. Video may be recorded directly from camcorder to disc in real-time or it can be first captured to the user's hard drive for editing. Editing features allow users to combine multiple standard or high-definition clips as well as to trim and extract clips using the Multi-Trim editing interface.

DVD DiskRecorder Move SDK allows users to "move" recorded TV programs from hard drives to single-layer (25GB) or double-layer (50GB) re-recordable BD-RE discs. During the "moving" process, the video is recorded to Blu-ray disc using BDAV MPEG-2 TS (Transport Stream). The discs include AACS content protection to prevent potential hacking. DiskRecorder also supports "moving" TV-program video to DVD disc. While transcoding the video to DVD-VR format, DiskRecorder also incorporates CPRM content protection on the disc.


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M. Klemme Announces K-Tek KE-US Universal Suspension

M. Klemme Technology Corp., maker of K-Tek professional boom poles, has introduced the new KE-US universal suspension. The KE-US combines hallmark K-Tek quality and affordability in a high-quality, economical universal suspension mount.
     Designed for standard shotgun microphones, the unit employs the proven isolation of the company's K-SUS polymer microphone suspenders fitted within a lightweight, durable anodized aluminum frame.
     Suggested U.S. list price for the KE-US Universal Suspension is $60.

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RE:Vision Effects Announces Major Updates to Mac Plug-ins

RE:Vision Effects has announced upgrades for its Macintosh After Effects-compatible plugins. Notably, all of their plugins that work within Final Cut Pro (that is, all of their products except RE:Flex) now run in FCP 5.1 on Intel Macs.

The latest updates also run significantly faster within Adobe® After Effects® 7.0 on G5 CPU Macintoshes running Tiger (OS 10.4). Upgrades are free if the main version number of a product is the same as the main version number of the license purchased.

RE:Vision Effects updated plugins include the following:

  • ReelSmart Motion Blur Pro automatically tracks every pixel in a sequence and blurs based on calculated motion.
  • Twixtor Pro intelligently slows down, speeds up and frame rate converts image sequences.
  • RE:Flex creates morphs and warps with an easy-to-use interface (runs in After Effects and combustion).
  • FieldsKit is a 3 plugin set that provides smarter deinterlacing and more workflow options for interlacing and pulldown.
  • SmoothKit provides the ultimate toolset to smooth your imagery by combining user-directed controls and feature-sensitive methods.
  • Shade/Shape turns 2D elements into 3D rendered artwork.
  • RE:Fill mends holes in images by intelligently filling user-specified regions.
  • RE:Map provides professional-quality mapping and distortion tools.
  • Video Gogh turns pictures and videos into painted works of art!

Pricing and availability, demo material, examples and software are available at http://www.revisionfx.com.


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Digidesign Ships Intel-Based Mac-Compatible Pro Tools LE and Pro Tools M-Powered 7.1.1 Software

Digidesign is now shipping Digidesign Pro Tools LE 7.1.1 and Pro Tools M-Powered 7.1.1 software, offering compatibility with Apple's new Intel-based iMac, MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini computers. These new versions of Pro Tools software enable customers to combine the improved processing power of Intel-based Mac computers with the creative power of Pro Tools.

Along with Pro Tools LE and Pro Tools M-Powered 7.1.1 software, Digidesign has also released Intel Mac-compatible versions of all Digidesign and Digidesign-distributed RTAS and AudioSuite plug-ins, plus all software options—including the new Music Production Toolkit for Pro Tools LE and Pro Tools M-Powered systems, as well as the DigiTranslator 2.0 and DV Toolkit 2 options for Pro Tools LE. Digidesign is working closely with third-party manufacturers to help them port their plug-ins to the Intel-based Mac platform.

Pro Tools LE and Pro Tools M-Powered 7.1.1 are separate software downloads, available free to all current, registered users of Pro Tools LE 7 software (version 7.0 or higher) and any version of Pro Tools M-Powered software. Pro Tools LE users running software version 6.9 or earlier must purchase a Pro Tools 7 software upgrade in order to run their software on Intel-based Macs. Digidesign will continue to support Pro Tools LE and Pro Tools M-Powered software on the PowerPC platform.

For more information, visit Digidesign's website at http://www.digidesign.com.

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InterVideo WinDVD Creator 3 Bundled with Lenovo ThinkPad, ThinkCentre and 3000 Family PCs

InterVideo, Inc. has announced that it has partnered with Lenovo to bundle WinDVD Creator 3, a full-featured DVD authoring package, with select Lenovo notebook and desktop PCs.

Lenovo, an innovative international technology company formed as a result of the acquisition by the Lenovo Group of the IBM Personal Computing Division, is including InterVideo's WinDVD Creator 3 pre-installed with its ThinkPad T Series, ThinkCentre A and M Series, and Lenovo 3000 family of notebook and desktop PCs.

With InterVideo's WinDVD Creator 3, users can easily make and refine business-related video DVDs. More and more business people realize the value of putting presentations, training sessions or product demonstrations on DVD, to share throughout companies or even worldwide.


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BRYCO Products Announces the Release of the HDC-2

Bryco Products has announced the release of the HDC-2, a new carrying case for external FireWire or USB hard drives. Whether you are in the entertainment industry or just on the go, the HDC-2 will make you feel secure that your critical video, graphics, or audio are properly stored and will arrive safely.

The HDC-2 carrying case comes with a richly padded interior protected by a heavy-duty ballistic black Cordura exterior, to ensure your drives are properly protected. The interior dimensions (7.5" x 10" x 5") provide plenty of options covering various kinds of drives and accessories. The versatile HDC-2 meets your drive protection needs, both at the editing bay or on the set.

The interior dimensions (7.5" x 10" x 5") provide plenty of options in terms of the kind of drives and accessories you need to have with you at your editing bay or on set.

This sleek carrying case comes with an adjustable shoulder strap and internal divider for flexibility and maximum comfort. MSRP is $22.95.


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