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October 02, 2006

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EventDV Opens Voting for 2006 EventDV 25
Miraizon Introduces Windows Version of Cinematize 2 Pro
Ulead Introduces PhotoImpact 12, Latest Version of Acclaimed Image Editing Software
New Aleratec LightScribe DVD/CD Publishing System Enables Fast, Easy Disc Labeling, Copying
Apple Releases Aperture 1.5
EZQuest Introduces Line of Pro Studio RAID SATA Storage Solutions
LaCie Unleashes eSATA II 3Gbps
iseemedia's "In-Camera" Panoramic Stitching Solution Ships with New Line of Kodak Digital Cameras

EventDV Opens Voting for 2006 EventDV 25

EventDV magazine announced today that the polls are open for the 2006 EventDV 25 voting. EventDV magazine and EventDV Spotlight readers and other event videographers are invited to vote now on www.eventdv.net and name their choices for the hottest and most influential videographers working in the business today.

"The EventDV 25 is the event video industry's one and only all-star team," said EventDV editor-in-chief Stephen F. Nathans. "And in the spirit of major league baseball's annual all-star team selection, this year we're turning the voting entirely over to the 'fans.' Last year we convened an executive committee to help fashion the list, and their efforts were instrumental in getting the awards program off the ground. But this year it's all up to you, the readers. Who are the videographers that influence your work? Who are your peers and colleagues that are advancing the industry, setting the standards, creating the trends, and defining the field? Vote now and be heard."

The EventDV 25 began in 2005 with a two-tiered voting process, combining the online nominations of the readership with the contributions of a five-member executive committee made up of some of the leading videographers in the business. In the course of its deliberations the committee developed a set of criteria termed the "EventDV 25 Heat Index," including such qualifications as producing innovative and/or award-winning work, and serving the industry via speaking engagements, advocacy, local association work, online forum leadership, producing effective educational material, and magazine writing. The 2005 All-Star team was honored at the Artistic Achievement Awards banquet of the 4EVER Group's Video 06 convention in Orlando, Florida, and also presented in a special section of the January issue of EventDV. This year's honorees will be recognized before their assembled peers on January 8, 2007, on the opening night of Video 07 in Jacksonville.

2005 EventDV 25 selections were as follows: Robert Allen, Robert Allen Video Journalist; Maureen Bacon, Impact Images; Loi Banh, Bluecore Media; Monica Arellano, Brett Culp, and JT Fannin, Creative Video Productions; Ken Ehrhart, Summit Productions; Janet and Graham Fenton, The Graham Fenton Experience; Tim Ryan and Steve Wernick, The 4EVER Group; Steve Fowler, Video Experts; Josh Fozzard, Pickwhip Studios; John Goolsby, Cannon Video; Robin & Donna Greenwood, Advanced Video Production; Jenny Lehman, Jenny Lehman Film & Video; Kris Malandruccolo, Elegant Videos by Kris; Joe McManus, Future Vision Productions; Mike Nelson, Remember When Video; Joel Peregrine, Wedding Films; Bob Perl, Perl Video; Lance Gray, Brian Gunn, and Russ Jolly, PixelPops Design; Al & Kathy Ritondo, Personal Touch Video/Wedding Video Talk; David Robin, Boulevard Video Productions; Danny Sayson, Sayson Productions; Randy Stubbs, Silver Star Enterprises; Terry Taravella & Julian St. Pierre, Studio Vieux Carre; Mark & Trisha Von Lanken, Picture This Productions; Luisa Winters, Unforgettable Events.

To cast your vote for the 2006 EventDV 25, click here, or go to the EventDV.net homepage and follow the EventDV 25 VOTE NOW link.  

The EventDV 25 is sponsored by NewTek.

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Miraizon Introduces Windows Version of Cinematize 2 Pro

Miraizon, a San Jose- based digital media software company, announced today that the Windows version of Cinematize 2 Pro is now available. Cinematize 2 Pro is the Ultimate DVD Re-Editing tool that makes virtually any piece of an existing DVD available as source material for new DVD projects. The extracted clips can be used with popular applications including QuickTime, Windows MovieMaker, Adobe Premiere, PowerPoint, iTunes, or even an iPod.

Cinematize 2 Pro for Windows offers the same rich set of features as Cinematize 2 Pro for Macintosh, which was released earlier this summer. Cinematize 2 Pro lets users extract subtitle tracks as movies or images, video from DVD-VR discs produced by recorders, or even individual channels from multi-channel audio tracks. In addition, Cinematize 2 Pro allows extraction from DVD menus, including buttons, background images, motion menus, and audio tracks. Cinematize 2 Pro users can also increase their productivity dramatically with numerous timesaving features such as batch processing of multiple segments, presets for frequently-used settings, comprehensive display of timecodes, and improved extraction performance. Full details on the extensive features in Cinematize 2 Pro along with a free demo version are available at Miraizon's web site: http://www.miraizon.com.

Cinematize 2 Pro users include not only digital media professionals but also school teachers, DJs, lawyers, doctors, advertising professionals, and home users from all over the world. They use Cinematize 2 Pro to accomplish a wide range of projects including re- editing DVDs, incorporating DVD clips into presentations, creating movie highlights collections, editing recorded TV programs, creating still pictures, and creating audio clips for CDs, iPods, and iTunes.

Priced at $129.95, Cinematize 2 Pro for Windows (Downloadable Version) is available for purchase immediately at http:// www.miraizon.com/store/store.html. Existing Cinematize 2 users can upgrade to Cinematize 2 Pro for Windows (Downloadable Version) for the special promotional price of $74.95 (regularly $89.95) for a limited time. A free demo version of Cinematize 2 Pro for Windows is available for download at: http://www.miraizon.com/support/download.html.

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Ulead Introduces PhotoImpact 12, Latest Version of Acclaimed Image Editing Software

Ulead Systems, Inc., a subsidiary of InterVideo Inc., today announced the release of Ulead PhotoImpact 12, Ulead's flagship image-editing software. The latest version adds innovative features that allow beginners to immediately enjoy success in editing their digital photos and sharing images in creative projects.

ExpressFix mode and the SmartGuide task-oriented help system are two high-visibility enhancements designed to help introduce users to digital photography. ExpressFix mode is a simplified interface providing commonly-used photo features as guided and fully automatic tools. Featuring a large preview screen with before and after views, users can adjust color, exposure and focus using intelligent one-click presets. Noise reduction and PhotoImpact's unique SmartCurves tone adjustment are available as fully-automated one-step processes. For photo portraits, users can remove red-eye effects and enhance the complexion of subjects with a Beautify Skin option. ExpressFix mode also provides direct links to PhotoImpact 12's enhanced White Balance correction feature as well as options to rotate, print, and e-mail photos.

PhotoImpact 12 now adds a SmartGuide "How-to" help panel to assist users in completing a range of photo, Web and video and DVD-oriented tasks. In addition to step-by-step instructions, links in the SmartGuide, help text automatically selects the correct tools to perform the action described.

PhotoImpact 12 features significant enhancements to meet the needs of high-end users. RAW file format has been extended to cover more camera models. Editing at high color depth now includes support for selection tools and objects. 16-bit color depth objects can now be saved in PhotoImpact's native UFO file format. A new White Balance correction tool employing advanced perceptual technology makes photos look more natural, even in mixed lighting situations. To speed workflow, the White Balance tool automatically analyzes photo colors and suggests appropriate correction settings which users can accept or refine as desired. An enhanced Reduce Noise feature, based on new anisotropic diffusion algorithms, is more powerful and much faster. Noise reduction is provided as an automatic feature in ExpressFix mode and as a stand-alone function with adjustable settings for advanced users.

PhotoImpact's comprehensive set of montage, painting, graphics, text and tools, along with an extensive collection of filters and effects, have long made it a favorite among creative enthusiasts. New in version 12 is a three-step Photo Project wizard which provides customizable templates for adding photos to greeting cards and CD or DVD labels. The new Share menu also includes options for sharing photos in calendars, Web albums, Web slideshows and on mobile devices.

The PhotoImpact Component Designer now includes video title graphics and DVD navigation buttons in addition to Web page graphics. Also new in PhotoImpact 12 are templates for Web blogs and DVD menus compatible with Ulead's latest video editing and DVD authoring packages.

Packing 5 complete applications and ready-to-use content, PhotoImpact 12 offers users the most value and versatility of any image editor in its class. In addition to the main editor, the package includes Ulead Photo Explorer 8.6 for managing and browsing photos, video and other digital media; Ulead PhotoImpact Album 12, a database-driven photo management tool; Ulead COOL 360 for composing panoramic images; and Ulead GIF Animator 5.05, a widely acclaimed GIF animation tool.

In addition to creative tools, PhotoImpact 12 provides a rich library of over 1,300 royalty-free images, 2,200 Web elements, 1,000 objects and 3,250 customizable effects to serve as a starting point for creative projects.

Box and electronic download versions and upgrades of PhotoImpact 12 will be available in October starting at $49.99 US.


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New Aleratec LightScribe DVD/CD Publishing System Enables Fast, Easy Disc Labeling, Copying

Aleratec, a leading developer and manufacturer of "Prosumers' Choice" USB, DVD/CD duplicating, and DVD/CD publishing solutions, today announced its third generation LightScribe Personal Publishing system, the new Aleratec 1:2 DVD/CD Copy Cruiser LS. When connected to a PC via USB 2.0, the Aleratec 1:2 DVD/CD Copy Cruiser LS is a 1:2 DVD/CD Duplicator, that enables small and medium businesses to simply, conveniently and affordably burn or LightScribe label 2 CDs or DVDs at once. The new system will be available at 300 Best Buy for Business retail locations nationwide as well as www.BestBuy.com and www.aleratec.com.

LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling is an integrated system that combines LightScribe enabled DVD/CD recorders with specially coated LightScribe certified media and the powerful Aleratec Disc Publishing Software Suite powered by Droppix, to produce precise, laser-etched, silkscreen quality labels with superior sharpness and clarity. LightScribe creates professional-looking CD and DVD labels right in the drive -- no messy markers or additional printing supplies required. Just burn your images or data onto the disc, flip the disc over to the label side, and burn a customized label. Small and medium businesses can burn a few discs or many and complement each with descriptive titles, content lists, graphics or company logos on their labels. "

Connecting the Aleratec 1:2 DVD/CD Copy Cruiser LS to your computer opens the vast array of truly unique features available only from Aleratec. The Aleratec 1:2 DVD/CD Copy Cruiser LS (Aleratec Part No. 260151, Best Buy SKU 795020) is the latest Aleratec LightScribe DVD/CD Desktop Publisher. The Aleratec 1:2 DVD/CD Copy Cruiser LS has an estimated retail price of $299.


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Apple Releases Aperture 1.5

Apple® today released Aperture 1.5, a major update to the all-in-one post production tool for photographers that delivers enhancements across each phase of the entire workflow. Aperture 1.5 delivers a powerful new open library, seamless iLife ‘06 and iWork ‘06 integration, XMP metadata support, powerful new adjustment tools and an export API that makes it easy to extend the Aperture workflow to third party applications and services.

Managing RAW, JPEG, and TIFF images in Aperture 1.5 is incredibly flexible, with a new open library system that allows photographers to store image files wherever they want—either within the Aperture library itself, or in other disk locations, including external hard drives, CDs, or DVDs. Aperture can now generate high-resolution previews of each image so that users can review, rate and organize images as well as perform slideshows—even when the master images are offline. The previews, which can be generated at a range of size and quality levels, make it possible for photographers to keep their original images safely stored on a desktop system at home or in the studio, while still being able to take a compact version of their entire photographic library on the road using a MacBook or MacBook Pro.

Aperture 1.5 is now supported across Apple's full line of Macintosh computers, from Mac mini to Mac Pro, and offers powerful new integration with the iLife '06 suite of digital lifestyle applications and iWork '06 productivity software. The tight integration means that photographers can build complete websites with iWeb, create self-contained slide presentations with Keynote™, or produce stunning DVD slideshows with iDVD, all using JPEG versions of photos directly from their Aperture library, which is never more than a click away. Integration also includes syncing to iPod® using iTunes® 7 and the ability to access and copy Aperture photos from within iPhoto.

Aperture 1.5 dramatically streamlines the process of adding metadata to photo shoots with new pre-filled IPTC Metadata Presets. Captions, credits and other critical metadata that photographers rely on can be added on import automatically or via a batch process at any point in the workflow. Another major enhancement to metadata support within Aperture is the ability to export RAW images with IPTC data stored in XMP sidecar files for easy use with other applications like Adobe Photoshop and even the ability to generate XMP files automatically through AppleScript.

Powerful new adjustment options in Aperture 1.5 include a sophisticated luminance-based Edge Sharpen filter for extremely high-quality sharpening results and a new Color tool that lets photographers tune the hue, saturation and luminance of specific color ranges within each image. Aperture's popular Loupe magnifier has been dramatically enhanced with a set of onscreen controls, smooth zooming with up to 1600 percent magnification and a new option that enables it to be detached from the cursor while making adjustments. Individual image adjustment settings can now be saved as presets that can be automatically applied through a menu command, so that photographers can quickly and easily make standard adjustments.

An innovative new export API plug-in architecture in Aperture 1.5 allows third party developers to tap into the expanding Aperture user community with plug-ins that seamlessly connect Aperture's workflow to complementary applications and services. Plug-ins from industry leading companies, including Getty Images, iStockphoto, Pictage, Flickr, PhotoShelter, DigitalFusion, Soundslides, and Connected Flow, will be demonstrated at photokina 2006. These plug-ins will demonstrate a range of printing, publishing and storage workflows that take advantage of this new architecture.

Aperture 1.5 is available this week in English, French, German and Japanese as a free Software Update to current Aperture 1.0 customers. Aperture 1.5 is available to order for new customers for a suggested retail price of $299 (US) through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores and through Apple Authorized Resellers.

Full system requirements and more information on Aperture can be found at http://www.apple.com/aperture.

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EZQuest Introduces Line of Pro Studio RAID SATA Storage Solutions

EZQuest has introduced a new line of Pro Studio Raid SATA storage solutions. The Pro Studio Raid comes in three models: Dual Multi-Lane and Single Multi-Lane PCI-Express and PCI-X. Introducing the world's first Multi-Lane SATA storage solutions designed for content creation professionals who have outgrown their current array of external FireWire drives, and are ready to explore the world of high-resolution media. The storage solutions come in Single-Channel 1.28TB, 2.0TB, 3.0TB, and Dual-Channel 2.56TB, 4.0TB, 6.0TB versions.

With four (4) or eight (8) hot swappable 3Gb SATA II drives, it supports complex and intensive 28/96 multi-track audio projects, by using innovative Multi-Lane technology. Dual-Channel is capable of delivering over 560MB/s sustained data throughput, and PCI-Express has over 240MB/s and PCI-X over 200MB/s sustained data throughput. It includes 24-bit, 96kHz audio, DV25/DV50 and 720P HD support. All three models include a 3-year limited warranty. Users can easily connect and configure up to 6.0TB of desktop storage within minutes for RAID level 0, 1, 5, 10, 50 (50 Requires Dual Multi-Lane) or JBOD. The Pro Studio Raid storage solutions are available now.

The MSRPs for Single-Channel are: $1,999 for 1.28TB capacity; $2,799 for 2.0TB capacity; and $3,749 for 3.0TB capacity. MSRPs for Dual-Channel are: $2,999 for 2.56TB capacity; $4,669 for 4.0TB capacity; and $6,629 for 6.0TB capacity.


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LaCie Unleashes eSATA II 3Gbps

Today LaCie unleashed the d2 SATA II 3Gbits Hard Drive Series, ultra-speedy desktop hard drives with interface speeds up to 3Gbps—twice as fast as LaCie's first-generation SATA I 1.5Gbits drives. Faster interface transfer rates provide enough bandwidth for even the most demanding audio/video applications and small server/IT workstations, especially when multiple drives are striped together in a software RAID. Boot Windows or Mac natively from the drive or use it as a cost-effective back up solution with included LaCie software. LaCie d2 SATA II 3Gbits Hard Drives Series offer up to an amazing 500GB on one disk for ultimate capacity and speed in a sleek d2 case.

LaCie d2 SATA II 3Gbits Hard Drive Series utilize the newest SATA drives with Native Command Queuing and a 16MB cache for increased performance. The 500GB drive has a smart fan that shuts off when not in use. The sleek and compact d2 case can stand vertically to save desktop space, be laid horizontally to stack multiple drives, or rack-mounted to fit into an audio/video setup. Availability LaCie d2 SATA II 3Gbits Hard Drives are available immediately from LaCie direct and widely available via LaCie's specialized dealer network later this month.

LaCie Backup Software for PC/Mac is included for fast backups. SATA PCI/PCMCIA cards are available through LaCie, and drives are backwards compatible with previous generation LaCie d2 SATA I 2-port cards, which will power two drives simultaneously and offer up to 1.5Gbits speed per bus. For more product information, visit www.lacie.com. LaCie d2 SATA II 3Gbits 250GB $149.99 LaCie d2 SATA II 3Gbits 320GB $179.99 LaCie d2 SATA II 3Gbits 500GB $279.99 About LaCie LaCie creates external storage solutions and color monitors that help professionals and everyday users easily manage their digital lives.


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iseemedia's "In-Camera" Panoramic Stitching Solution Ships with New Line of Kodak Digital Cameras

iseemedia Inc. announced today Kodak has begun shipping its new line of digital cameras with iseephotovista's "in-camera" panoramic photo stitching solution. iseemedia's patented technology, which is embedded in new Kodak EasyShare digital cameras, enables users to easily capture and seamlessly create full panoramic images without using a PC to edit the photos. iseemedia has a royalty-based agreement with Kodak.

The huge increase in digital camera adoption has created enormous opportunities for software developers like iseemedia to provide camera manufacturers unique product features that are embedded within each camera. iseephotosvista extends the convenience and functionality of digital still cameras by allowing users to capture and create new content with images they've taken. By selecting the panoramic feature on the camera's LCD screen, users can process a three-shot panorama on the camera with perfect alignment and colour matching.

The technology is compact and scalable, supporting images from one to five megapixels. The final creations can be transferred to a PC, uploaded to an online printing service, or printed on a home printer. The in-camera stitching maximizes camera resolution by seamlessly adding images together and aligning them. By delivering easy and instant, high quality results, iseephotovista meets the needs in family photography and numerous business applications, such as real estate, travel and tourism, insurance, and law enforcement.


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