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October 23, 2006

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JVC Professional Expands ProHD Lineup With Multipurpose GY-HD250U Camcorder
Adobe Extends Video Software Offerings with Acquisition of Serious Magic
Epson Now Shipping Its New Signature 'Ultra Hi-Definition' Line of Photo Printers, Bringing Professional-Level Prints at Industry-Leading Print Speeds to Home Photo Enthusiasts
The 4EVER Group Opens Registration for Video 07
Dolgin Debuts 2-Slot Smart Battery Charger
broadcastGEMs HD Products Now Shipping
Music 2 Hues Announces New Product Additions
Automatic Duck Ports Timeline Translation Solutions to Intel Platform
TechSmith Introduces Camtasia Studio 4 with Capability to Create Screencasts for Apple iPod

JVC Professional Expands ProHD Lineup With Multipurpose GY-HD250U Camcorder

JVC Professional Products Company continues to deliver affordable, high-quality HD products to market with the introduction of the highly anticipated GY-HD250U high definition camcorder. As part of its growing ProHD line, this next generation full HD resolution camcorder is the first HDV model to offer studio capabilities, and features 720/60p capture and recording for electronic newsgathering.

Responding to demand for an affordable studio-capable HD camera, JVC developed the extremely versatile and compact GY-HD250U to ease the transition from SD to HD allowing customers to utilize much of their existing infrastructure—including cabling—while providing robust performance in both standard and high definition. In addition to its studio capability, the GY-HD250U offers the comfort and stability of a shoulder-style camcorder with a full complement of features needed for Electronic News Gathering (ENG), and cinematography applications.

 "We designed the GY-HD250U with multiple applications in mind," said Craig Yanagi, National Marketing Manager, Creation Products. "The fact that the camera has flexible connectivity, is lightweight and can record in multiple progressive formats is certain to meet the various needs of the professional industry. The options on this camera are sure to make this the camera of choice for a wide range of studio, facility and field production."

The GY-HD250 records true 1280 x 720 progressive at 60 frames per second thanks to a new advanced codec that provides ultra efficient compression without visible motion artifacts. It has built-in genlock capability, component and HD-SDI output, with professional connectors mounted on a magnesium die cast chassis. The GY-HD250U also features the choice of several interchangeable lenses, enhanced cinema gamma, external time code synchronization, BNC connectors, built-in mount for an Anton Bauer Gold Mount 14.4V professional battery, and the patented focus assist feature. The GY-HD250U offers flexible recording options for any production environment.

The camera's built-in HDV recording system records full raster high-definition video on inexpensive MiniDV cassettes. With the optional DR-HD100U Direct-to-Edit recorder, a hard disk workflow can be achieved, while simultaneously creating back-up material on digital tape.

The GY-HD250U can easily be converted to a cost effective studio camera with the KA-HD250 studio adapter, following the tradition of the popular GY-DV550U professional DV camera. The camera's optional CCU provides connection to industry standard 26-pin multicore cabling for power, genlock, R/B gain, black level and intercom up to 330 feet. An optional pan and tilt head and 16:9 LCD studio viewfinder make it ideal for educational, religious, cable and broadcast studios.

The GY-HD250U is the affordable choice for news organizations migrating from SD to HD. It's superbly balanced for stable shoulder style shooting, with operation controls placed in positions familiar to electronic photojournalists. Its 60 frame progressive capture and recording provides high resolution and smooth motion, necessary for news and sports field production. The built-in Anton-Bauer battery bracket provides compatibility with the most popular battery systems for ENG. When equipped with the optional DR-HD100 Hard Disk Recorder, editing can be performed immediately with compatible non-linear editing systems. Other attributes for ENG include lens interchangeability and a pool feed input.

The GY-HD250 captures real 24p and 30p acquisition that produces polished, film-like quality HD recordings. The time code is recorded in native 24p mode, enabling the user to transfer recordings to film for theater distribution with ease. The camera allows for extensive user customization with additional gamma settings for cinema applications. Its 1/3-inch bayonet mount allows the use of various interchangeable lenses from Fujinon, Canon and other third-party lenses and accessories. The GY-HD250U also has image inversion capability, enabling use of prime lenses without the need of a mechanical device or software to record the image in the proper proportion.

The suggested list price for the GY-HD250U is $10,995equipped with a 16x Fujinon Lens. The GY-HD250CHU camera head only version is also available for $9,995. For more information and high-resolution photos, please visit JVC's Web site at http://pro.jvc.com.

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Adobe Extends Video Software Offerings with Acquisition of Serious Magic

Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced it has acquired Serious Magic Inc., maker of video software and communications tools for creative professional, business, consumer, and education markets. With Serious Magic solutions such as DV Rack extending direct-to-disk recording and monitoring into the field and Visual Communicator and Vlog It delivering the power of video communication to general business users and casual bloggers, the acquisition strengthens Adobe's leadership position in video software -- for both video professionals and consumers.

Adobe plans to continue to sell Serious Magic's products and future versions of Adobe's video solutions will include Serious Magic technologies and software. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. "Adobe video products and Flash Video are creating new ways to integrate the moving image into almost every imaginable communication project," said Mark Randall, CEO and Chief Magician at Serious Magic. "We're proud of the cutting-edge work we've done at Serious Magic and believe that teaming with Adobe will be a truly magical combination enabling our award-winning technologies to have a lasting impact on video communications." Randall, a twenty-year video industry veteran, will join Adobe as chief strategist, Dynamic Media. Serious Magic is a privately held company headquartered in Folsom, California and currently ships several widely acclaimed products, including DV Rack, ULTRA 2, Ovation, Visual Communicator, and Vlog It. Adobe believes this acquisition will not have a material financial impact on the company.


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Epson Now Shipping Its New Signature 'Ultra Hi-Definition' Line of Photo Printers, Bringing Professional-Level Prints at Industry-Leading Print Speeds to Home Photo Enthusiasts

Epson is now shipping its new signature Ultra Hi-Definition line of photo printers in the U.S., designed to bring professional-level print technology to home photo enthusiasts, with the fastest six-color 4"x6" photo printing in the industry. Featuring a professional print head and superior new ink formulation called Claria, the Epson Stylus Photo R260 and R380 photo printers, along with the Epson Stylus Photo RX580 photo all-in-one, deliver faster photo print speeds than any previous Epson model, and offer nearly three times the photo print speeds of comparable HP models. The new Epson Ultra Hi-Definition product line is engineered to set a new standard in the ink jet photo printer category, providing print quality and longevity that is superior to lab photos.

"We're very confident that consumers will love the benefits of Epson Ultra Hi-Definition printing technology," said Steve Semos, product manager, Epson. "These new photo printers and all-in-one can not only blaze through photos and everyday prints at amazing speeds, but more importantly deliver stunning photo quality with richness, depth and clarity, unparalleled to any other consumer printer. With a variety of user-friendly features, including automatic photo correction, direct printing onto ink jet printable CDs and DVDs, and the ability to print photos directly from memory cards, digital cameras and cell phones, the new signature Ultra Hi-Definition product line enables photo enthusiasts to unleash their creativity with the best home printing technology available today."

The new Ultra Hi-Definition photo printers introduce a newly designed professional MicroPiezo print head with DX5 technology -- the key component of the new product line -- providing superior photo print speeds and quality. All three Epson models deliver a borderless 4"x6" photo in as fast as 13 seconds (draft mode) and a better-than-lab quality borderless 4"x6" photo in as fast as 32 seconds (default photo mode). In addition, the new printers blaze through everyday printing with print speeds up to 30 pages per minute for both black and color. The new photo printer line provides the ultimate combination of speed, photo quality and longevity for smudge, scratch, water, and fade resistant prints that can last for up to 200 years in an album or 98 years under display conditions.

The Epson Stylus Photo R260, R380 and RX580 offer many new and innovative features to provide consumers with an advanced printing system right at home, including automatic photo correction(4), which automatically adjusts improperly lit photos and corrects skin tones for better-looking prints, and Claria ink, for the ultimate combination of photo quality and longevity. All three models feature a front-positioned PictBridge port for direct photo printing from PictBridge-enabled digital cameras and phones, deliver beautiful BorderFree(R) photos from 4"x6" to letter-size, and print directly on ink jet printable CDs and DVDs without messy labels.

Additional features for each of the products include the following:

  • Epson Stylus Photo R260 photo printer: The entry-level photo printer in the new Ultra Hi-Definition product line offering outstanding print quality, new Claria ink with individual ink cartridges, and CD/DVD printing for a $129.99 estimated street price
  • Epson Stylus Photo R380 photo printer: The step-up from the Epson Stylus Photo R260, offering the same Ultra Hi-Definition quality and versatility, plus a robust set of PC-free photo printing capabilities, including a high-quality 3.5-inch color LCD, built-in memory card slots, convenient standalone features, and direct photo printing from video clips; available for $199.99 estimated street price
  • Epson Stylus Photo RX580 all-in-one: Rounding out the Ultra Hi-Definition product line, offering full-featured scanning, printing and copying, as well as color restoration for faded photos and the ability to create customized photo greeting cards without a computer; the all-in-one also features a built-in 2.5-inch color LCD for viewing, selecting and editing images, and prints directly from popular media cards and Flash memory drives or digital cameras and cell phones via PictBridge connection or optional Bluetooth; available for $199.99 estimated street price

All Ultra Hi-Definition printers are both Windows and Macintosh compatible and are available at major computer and electronics superstores and can be purchased through mail order, the Internet and Epson's own retail site, http://www.epsonstore.com.

The models are backed by the one-year Epson Limited Warranty and are supported by the EPSON Connection, a customer support and technical assistance line. For more information about Epson and its products, visit http://www.epson.com.

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The 4EVER Group Opens Registration for Video 07

The 4EVER Group has opened registration for Video 07, the second annual Videographers Conference and Trade Show. Being held from January 8-11, 2007, with a special workshop on January 7, Video 07 continues The 4EVER Group tradition of innovative programming. Early registration is available from only $249 for Affiliates (members) of The 4EVER Group Videographers Network. Non-affiliates can register for as little as $398, and that will include a one-year membership.

Regular programming will begin at 10AM on Monday, January 8. An extensive collection of workshops-at NO additional fee-will be running throughout the day on Monday. The incredible roster of presenters includes (alphabetically) Robert Allen, Darrell Auber,: Walter Chelliah, Ron Dawson, Glen Elliott, John Goolsby, Jodi Harris, Julie Hill, Shawn Lam, Steve & Laura Moses, Jan Ozer, Julian St. Pierre, and Luisa Winters.

There will be plenty of social and networking time included in Video 07. There will be an open Welcome Reception on Monday afternoon. Monday night will feature the Artistic Achievement Awards banquet (additional ticket purchase required) and dance party, and Wednesday night will feature The 4EVER Group's signature Special Event. The Video Lounge will be available for attendee viewing as well.

Video 07 will be headquartered at the newly renovated Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. Located in downtown Jacksonville, steps from the St. John's River, the Hyatt features special room rates of $129 (plus taxes). Attendees are urged to make their hotel reservations early. Additionally, many airlines are offering sale fares for that post-holiday travel period. Full details about Video 07, including the schedule, roster of presenters, and pricing information, can be found at www.4EVERGroup.org.

Questions can be directed to info@4EVERGroup.org.

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Dolgin Debuts 2-Slot Smart Battery Charger

Dolgin Engineering is expanding its line-up of 7.2V battery chargers by introducing the TC200, a fast 2-position microprocessor-based battery charger ($259). Designed for video production studios and rental facilities, the unit is designed to provide fast, reliable charging of multiple camera batteries for both in-house and field use.

According to company president Alex Dolgin, who designed the charger, the TC200 incorporates a host of key features including the following:

  • Fast, safe simultaneous charging of any common 7.2v (Sony, Panasonic, JVC, Canon) packs.
  • Each of the 2 channels is fully independent of the other.
  • Worldwide 100-240V AC or 12v DC power for mobile use, using cigarette lighter car cord for connection to the power source.
  • Sleek, small and lightweight package--5.5"x 4"x 1.5"

The TC200 also features a highly efficient smart charging circuit. "It takes only about 3.5 - 4 hours to charge a typical high capacity battery pack. The pack can be left on the charger after the charge is complete," said Dolgin. The design of the charger he said, utilizes unique Dynamic Power Management (DPM) technology for minimizing battery charge time. By dynamically adjusting battery charge current, more current is allocated to the deeper discharged of the two batteries. Through this process both batteries are ready to use at about the same time.

For more information visit Dolgin Engineering www.dolgin.net.

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broadcastGEMs HD Products Now Shipping

broadcastGEMs, a leading provider of customizable animated backgrounds and elements announced that it has begun shipping its AE HDPro and HDPro Series products. Priced at US$579 and US$429 respectively, these products provide the highest quality broadcast animated backgrounds in the industry.

These products are designed by producers who know what it takes to make a background work under the client-from-hell conditions. Instead of taking days to complete an animated background or even outsourcing the job, editors will be able to make use of the huge number of footage to create their own designs within hours.

The HDPro is targetted towards video editors who need to turn around great-looking motion backgrounds in double quick time. The product includes backgrounds, lower-thirds, animated elements, seamless textures, stills, vector artwork. The AE HDPro is targetted towards Adobe After Effects users as it includes project files in Adobe After Effects 6.5.

There are close to 200 footage elements in the product. The animated sequences come in two flavours of 1920x1080 - TIFF sequences rendered at 59.94 frames per second and QuickTime movies rendered at 29.97 frames per second. With minor, non-destructive tweaking the sequences can be made compatible with all PAL and NTSC HD formats.

Pricing includes an external 250GB Western Digital MyBook Essential USB drive.

A sneak peak of the product is available at http://www.broadcastGEMs.com/HDPro/.

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Music 2 Hues Announces New Product Additions

Music 2 Hues released today a new addition to its Flagship Series production music line. Andy Wells, president of Music 2 Hues adds, "With the addition of this new release we are providing our content developers with new and exciting music selections. The new title: "International Mix" is now shipping worldwide. "Many of our clients have been asking for a CD of world culture, which this release marks our first installment."

From the Greek Islands to the streets of Brazil, these tunes represent a mix of cultures. Scottish bagpipes, Asian flutes, and Italian mandolins are just a few of the unique ethnic instruments you'll find in this collection.


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Automatic Duck Ports Timeline Translation Solutions to Intel Platform

Automatic Duck, the creators of Timeline Integration Engine software for digital media artists, today announced that it has completed the process of porting its family of timeline translation solutions for Apple's Final Cut Pro to the Intel platform. With this announcement, new versions of Pro Import FCP and Pro Export FCP ensure compatibility with new Intel-based Mac and MacBook platforms from Apple Computer.

Automatic Duck also announced today that as part of its Intel platform migration initiative, it has also added to Pro Import FCP the ability for customers to import image moves in Avid sequences using StageTools' MovingPicture into Final Cut Pro. The preferred plug-in of thousands of documentary editors, MovingPicture enables its users to incorporate pans and zooms to images with high image quality.

Pro Import FCP 2.01 is available immediately and is priced at $495.00. Existing customers of Pro Import FCP 2.0 can update at no charge from http://www.automaticduck.com/support/updates/ and users of Pro Import FCP 1.0 can upgrade for $195 by visiting http://www.automaticduck.com/pifcpup/.

Pro Export FCP 3.04 is available immediately and is priced at $495.00. Existing customers of Pro Export FCP 3.0 can update at no charge from http://www.automaticduck.com/support/updates/, and users of Pro Export FCP 2.0 or ASE Pro 1.0 can upgrade for $195 by visiting http://www.automaticduck.com/pefcpup/.


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TechSmith Introduces Camtasia Studio 4 with Capability to Create Screencasts for Apple iPod

TechSmith Corp., a leading provider of screen capture and recording solutions, today announced the availability of Camtasia Studio 4, enabling individuals with no programming or multimedia expertise to create screencasts of software demonstrations, interactive training, online marketing content, and PowerPoint-based video presentations that can be delivered to portable media players including the Apple iPod.

Camtasia Studio 4 is also integrated with the new Screencast.com service, which is currently in open beta testing. The integration between Camtasia Studio 4 and Screencast.com facilitates fast and easy video sharing. Unlike other online video services, Screencast.com retains the original quality, size and professionalism of the uploaded screencast. Sample screencasts can be viewed at http://www.screencast.com.

Camtasia Studio automatically records exactly what a user sees on a computer screen, what they say, and how they interact with PowerPoint or any Windows-based application or website. Individuals can then edit the interactive content and share it online in all popular streaming media formats, including Flash (SWF, FLV), portable media player formats, or fixed media such as CD or DVD. Users can also import video from digital camcorders to enhance their screen recordings.

Some of the new features in Camtasia Studio 4 include the following:

  • Support for portable media player video formats, including M4V for iPod video, to reach the widest possible audience
  • Ability to create multiple files simultaneously so users can produce a single screencast in a variety of formats (e.g., Flash, iPod, MP3, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Audio enhancements so users can remove background noise and volume variations with one-click to easily deliver professional-sounding screencasts
  • 30-second previews that allow users to see how the first 30 seconds of a screencast will look and sound based on different production options before producing the entire video
  • Closed Captioning so users can synchronize voice narration with text displayed on the screen video to create videos that are accessible to a broad audience
  • Shareable production profiles that allow individuals to share their screencast settings with others, helping organizations standardize the look and feel of all screencasts and get new users up and running quickly

Camtasia Studio 4 supports Microsoft Windows 2000 and XP with DirectX 9.0. Additional digital video formats that can be imported include AVI, MPEG, MPG, and WMV. Web cameras and microphones for capturing audio and video are available for purchase separately.

Camtasia Studio 4 has a suggested retail price of $299. A one month free account of Screencast.com is also available.

 The software and recommended hardware can be purchased at http://www.techsmith.com. For additional information about Camtasia Studio, visit: http://www.techsmith.com/products/studio/default.asp.

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