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November 20, 2006

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EventDV to Present EventDV 25 at Video 07
NewTek to launch World’s Fastest Video Editor, SpeedEDIT
Bella Corporation Ships Video Keyboards
Boris FX Releases Boris FX 9.0
Sorenson Squeeze 4.5 Now Available for Purchase
Final Draft 7.1.3 Released
Advanced Media Introduces Fingerprint USB Flash Drive
BOXX Launches New 3DBOXX RTX Series Workstation with Quad-Core Intel Xeon Processors
ASK Video Releases First Pro Tools DVD Tutorial
AJA Introduces Miniature Converter for HDMI
CyberLink Launches PowerProducer 4 Next-Gen Featuring Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD Authoring

EventDV to Present EventDV 25 at Video 07

EventDV announced today that it will honor the event video industry's 25 hottest and most influential videographers on January 8, 2007 at the opening night gala of The 4EVER Group's Video 07 convention in Jacksonville, Florida. For the second consecutive year, EventDV will recognize its current all-star team at The 4EVER Group's signature event.
     "Last year's convention proved the perfect venue for presenting the first annual EventDV 25," said EventDV editor-in-chief Stephen F. Nathans. "Honoring our all-star team in front of their assembled peers and colleagues at The 4EVER Group's awards gala made the recognition all the more meaningful for our honorees, and we're delighted to have the opportunity to do it again."

While last year's EventDV 25 was selected in a hybrid voting process, combining online nominations from EventDV readers with the deliberations of a five-member executive committee, this year's 25 was selected entirely by the readers, much as major league baseball's all-star team is entirely fan-selected. "The EventDV 25 is all about recognizing videographers who are advancing the industry by influencing other videographers through the ongoing quality and innovation of their work, their leadership in local or national associations, or their educational efforts within the field," said Nathans. "Last year's hybrid voting process was important to establish the awards program, both in terms of visibility and defining the EventDV 25 itself. This year, we felt it was time to pass on the responsibility of selecting the list to the EventDV readership. Judging by the overwhelming response we received at the polls, it's safe to say the readers have spoken."

Nathans first approached The 4EVER Group about presenting the EventDV 25 at The 4EVER Group convention in late 2005, shortly after the completion of the first year's selection process. "The presentation of the Artistic Achievement Awards on the opening night of Video 07 will make it one of the most exciting nights of the year in our industry," said Nathans. "It brings together the best and brightest in our industry to celebrate event video at its best. We're excited to have the chance to share a stage with their awards."

Video 07, held at the Hyatt Riverfront in Jacksonville, January 8-11, 2007, features many of the leading educators in the event video industry, including 2005 EventDV 25 honorees Robert Allen, John Goolsby, Randy Stubbs, Julian St. Pierre, Lance Gray, Brian Gunn, Mark and Trisha Von Lanken, Josh Fozzard, Maureen Bacon, Luisa Winters, and Ken Ehrhart. EventDV is platinum media partner for the show. "The media partnership with EventDV has been a successful one for The 4EVER Group," said Steve Wernick, director of development for The 4EVER Group. "We're all interested in growing the industry, and making high-quality education available to videographers. The EventDV 25 exemplifies these efforts, and we're proud to provide a platform for their recognition."

Grass Valley, which debuted the long-awaited EDIUS 4 earlier this year, and Newtek, which recently released SpeedEDIT, billed as "The World's Fastest Video Editor," are Gold Sponsors for the EventDV 25.

For more information about The 4EVER Group's Video 07 Convention and Trade Show, visit www.4evergroup.org/conventionandtradeshow.shtml.

EventDV, the Authority for Event Videographers, is published monthly by Information Today, Inc. To qualify for a free one-year subscription, visit www.eventdv.net.

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NewTek to launch World’s Fastest Video Editor, SpeedEDIT

NewTek, maker of innovative and industry-standard video and 3D animation products, is launching its newest creation, SpeedEDIT, The World's Fastest Video Editor, November 14. Simultaneous launch events are planned in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Chicago and Dallas. NewTek SpeedEDIT is nonlinear editing software with a unique next-generation workflow, allowing you to focus on what's most important - telling your story. SpeedEDIT brings a more efficient workflow with resolution-independent, aspect independent and format agnostic editing to any video project, from web streams to Hi Definition (HD), helping you transition smoothly into HD production, editing Standard Definition (SD) and HD clips on the same timeline.

"With so many editors that are accustomed film editing workflows, the problem today is that we are no longer editing film. In fact, most of Hollywood is leaving film behind. When designing SpeedEDIT, NewTek focused on the goal of developing the fastest way to edit digital video on a computer hard drive," explains Philip Nelson, NewTek Vice President of Sales and Video Marketing. "SpeedEDIT lives up to the moniker of ‘World's Fastest Video Editor' as it avoids transcoding used in other professional editors and allows you to mix most popular formats like AVI, QuickTime, MPEG-2 and HDV in real-time. SpeedEDIT also dynamically links a timeline and storyboard views to put the focus on storytelling instead of technique."

SpeedEDI features include the following:

  • Resolution independence
  • Frame-rate independence
  • Input most formats
  • Edits in native formats
  • Real-time, full-res HD previews
  • Combine SD & HD clips in real-time
  • Real-time up & down conversion
  • Linked Storyboard & Timeline views
  • CG Post™ animated titling
  • White Balance correction
  • Real-time 3-wheel color correction
  • 4-band color selection
  • Modify project while it plays
  • Clips inherent for instant replacement
  • Intelligent background rendering
  • Create and recall clip presets
  • Tag clips by color
  • Tool Shed Automation
  • Optimized for Dual-core systems
  • Real-time 3D animation
  • 3D audio positioning
  • Real-time interpolated slow motion
  • Output via FireWire
  • Output any frame-rate
  • Output any video resolution
  • Output any aspect ratio
  • Unlimited Undo saved with project

What: Launch Celebration of NewTek SpeedEDIT™, World's Fastest Video Editor

When: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006, 7:00 p.m.


  • New York City - SOHO 20 Chelsea Gallery
  • Los Angeles - Marriott Renaissance Hotel
  • San Francisco - FireHouse
  • Miami- Hard Rock Cafe
  • Chicago - Excalibur
  • Dallas - Studio Movie Grill
  • Link: http://www.newtek.com/shows/selaunch/

SpeedEDIT retails for $495 and will be shipping soon. For more information, visit http://www.newtek.com.

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Bella Corporation Ships Video Keyboards

Bella Corporation, a leading producer of innovative and award-winning video products, today announced the immediate availability of their latest product, the DV Keyboard 3.0. Bella is the trusted brand of video editors worldwide. With the rise of home video editing and the popularity of web video, such as YouTube, Bella's DV Keyboard is the perfect tool for the home video enthusiast. In its third generation, Bella raises the bar even higher with ground-breaking features that are unique to the Bella brand, once again proving its commitment as an industry leader.

Designed for the home video enthusiast, the DV Keyboard offers Bella's unique built-in jog/shuttle controller - the world's first and only keyboard to offer this feature. The jog/shuttle controller allows users to edit faster and more efficiently, offering precise control over their audio and video clips.

The DV Keyboard offers two USB 2.0 ports for direct, high-speed connectivity - another "world's first" for Bella. The ports allow iPods, Zunes, and other high-speed USB devices to be plugged directly into the keyboard, eliminating the need to crawl under the desk in search of a free USB 2.0 port.

Additionally, the DV Keyboard includes three power ports for Bella's optional NeoLite. The NeoLite is a dual-LED task light with a 12" gooseneck that plugs into the keyboard and can be used to illuminate the keyboard or the work area around it. To help users learn the commands of their editing programs more quickly, the DV Keyboard includes high-quality sticker sets for most popular applications from Adobe, Apple, Avid, Pinnacle, Systems, and Sony. These sticker sets help users to both learn and edit faster, while still allowing the keyboard to be used with standard applications such as Microsoft® Word, Excel, and Internet Explorer.

The DV Keyboard also includes programmable web, e-mail, and multimedia keys, giving editors easy access to commonly used commands. And, thanks to Bella's unique Hybrid Technology, the DV Keyboard is compatible with both Mac and PC platforms. Last but not least, Bella has added International Symbols on the keycaps, allowing access to most European letters and symbols.

Priced at $129.95, the DV Keyboard offers unique and comprehensive features that are unparalleled for the home video enthusiast.


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Boris FX Releases Boris FX 9.0

Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated effects technology for video and film production, today announced that Boris FX 9.0 is now available. Boris FX is a 2D and 3D compositing and effects plug-in that seamlessly integrates with industry standard non-linear editing systems. The new version 9 release incorporates an ultra-modern UI design and over 50 new filters!

Boris FX 9.0 highlights include the following:

  • New User Interface - new UI incorporates NLE look and feel for smooth user interaction. A mini timeline in the composite window with keyframe animation controls and popular "Sticky" and "Magnetic" windows create an interactive design environment
  • Over 100 Compositing and Effects filters - the most popular Continuum and Final Effects filters as well as new filters are now included with Boris FX 9
  • New Library Browser Templates - the new Boris FX release ships with power user Steve Oakley's favorite templates for fast effects creation
  • Additional NLE Hosts - support for new hosts include all Avid models, Grass Valley Edius 4, and Sony Vegas 7
  • Intel Mac Support - Boris FX 9.0 users have a choice of using Apple's power PC or the new Intel-based Macs (shipping Dec 2006 - free update for FX 9.0 customers).
  • 16-bit Color - lends greater control over color correction and manipulation with expanded color depth

The new Boris FX 9.0 is available today through the Boris FX website and Boris FX worldwide reseller channel for an MSRP of $299.00 USD. Existing Boris FX users can upgrade for an MSRP of $199.00 USD. Special promotions include the new Boris FX and Boris Graffiti releases bundled for an MSRP $499.00 USD or bundled upgrades for an MSRP $299.00 MSRP.


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Sorenson Squeeze 4.5 Now Available for Purchase

Sorenson Media, the worldwide leader of video encoding and compression applications for digital video professionals and enthusiasts, today announced the immediate availability of Sorenson Squeeze 4.5. With Sorenson Squeeze applications, users can easily compress and share videos on CDs, DVDs or over the Web by importing digitized video files, reference movies, or digital camera output and publishing it in any of the leading video production application formats or digital distribution options.

Sorenson Squeeze 4.5 Compression Suite, Sorenson Squeeze 4.5 Compression Suite PowerPack and Sorenson Squeeze 4.5 for Adobe Flash, available for both Macintosh and Windows operating systems, contain new features that boost compression and preprocessing speeds, integrate Apple's H.264 for output to MP4 or QuickTime, contain new 3GPP and PSP presets for cell phones and Sony's PSP (Playstation Portable), and new presets for Blu-ray and HD-DVD. Along with providing compression rates two to three times faster than previous versions, scaling up or down between SD and HD is now twice as fast in Sorenson Squeeze 4.5. For Macintosh, Sorenson Squeeze 4.5 now works natively on both PowerPC and Intel-for-Mac using Mac Universal Binary code.

Other enhancements include the ability to burn DVDs and to include a menu within the finished DVD, if desired. Chapters for the DVD menu are created by Sorenson Squeeze. Another new feature allows Sorenson Squeeze 4.5 to read and write metadata input for QuickTime, Windows Media, Flash, Real, MP3 and MP4. "Sorenson Squeeze 4.5 is fast," said Hoss Gifford, a Flash developer and beta user. "I encoded a batch of movies with Sorenson Squeeze 4.3 on my top-spec Windows box and they were taking about 45 minutes each. But using Sorenson Squeeze 4.5 on a mid-level Windows box, they only took about 7 minutes each. It was so fast that I thought something may have gone wrong in the encoding, but the .flvs turned out great."

Sorenson Squeeze 4.5 is available immediately for electronic download and as a shipped CD starting December 6, 2006. Sorenson Squeeze 4.5 Compression Suite costs US $499.00 new; $79.00 as an upgrade to owners of version 4.x, and $229.00 as an upgrade to owners of version 3.x and earlier. Sorenson Squeeze 4.5 PowerPack for Macintosh costs US $799.00 new; and $79.00 as an upgrade to owners of version 4.x. Sorenson Squeeze 4.5 PowerPack for Windows costs US $649.00 new, and $79.00 as an upgrade to owners of version 4.x. Sorenson Squeeze 4.5 for Adobe Flash costs US $249.00 new; $39.00 as an upgrade to owners of version 4.x, and $189.00 as an upgrade to owners of version 3.x and earlier.

To see a list of features specific to each Sorenson Squeeze 4.5 product, visit www.sorensonmedia.com.

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Final Draft 7.1.3 Released

As part of their commitment to continually improve their products, Final Draft, Inc. today announced the immediate availability of Final Draft 7.1.3, an update to its scriptwriting software.

This release includes the following:

  • greater stability for Final Draft's online collaborative writing feature, Collabowriter
  • improved pagination correct interaction with Mac OS X's File Vault feature
  • optimized CPU usage for Windows
  • new keyboard shortcuts for inserting and selecting content

A number of additional changes were made. For a detailed list of improvements, go to: http://media.finaldraft.com/downloads/readme_fd713.txt.

Current Final Draft Version 7 users can download the 7.1.3 update for free. Registered users of previous versions of Final Draft may upgrade to Version 7.1.3 for $89.00 (USD). Final Draft 7 is available worldwide for $229.00 (USD).


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Advanced Media Introduces Fingerprint USB Flash Drive

Advanced Media, Inc., manufacturer and marketer of the popular RIDATA brand of recordable CD and DVD media, electronic storage products, and digital media accessories, is set to introduce its RIDATA Fingerprint USB Flash Drive. Designed for use in both professional and home applications, it integrates several advanced biometric-verification technologies to ensure user authenticity as well as provide secure data storage. No password or special software is needed. "

Offering true plug-and-play convenience, the Fingerprint USB Flash Drive is compliant with USB 2.0 with a full-speed transfer rate of up to 480Mbps, and is also compatible with USB 1.1. No external power or battery is needed, as the unit is powered by a USB port on any compatible desktop or laptop computer. A power-saving mode reduces power consumption.

The RIDATA Fingerprint USB Flash Drive works with the following operating systems: Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP; Linux Kernal 2.4 or later; and Mac OS 8.6 or later. Users of Windows 98/98SE may download required drivers from www.ritekusa.com.

The new flash drive features a read access speed of up to 9MB/sec and a write access speed of up to 8.3MB/sec. It is EMC compliant with CE, FCC, VCCI, C-TICK, and BSMI regulations. The compact 3" x 0.8" x 0.5", 1.2-lb. RIDATA Fingerprint USB Flash Drive is available in 128, 256, and 512-MB, and 1, 2, and 4GB capacities.

It is currently offered in fashionable colors of pink, blue, and black. It comes with a two-year warranty. Availability will be through selected retailers, RIDATA distributors, and at various online outlets. As with all RIDATA products, it is competitively priced.


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BOXX Launches New 3DBOXX RTX Series Workstation with Quad-Core Intel Xeon Processors

BOXX Technologies Inc., an innovator in high-performance computing hardware for visual effects (VFX) professionals, today announced the immediate availability of the 3DBOXX RTX Series Workstation running the new Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors 5300 series in a unique chassis designed to house up to 15 data drives for up to 1GB/s of storage bandwidth. The 3DBOXX RTX Series is a powerful, high-performance 64-bit workstation specifically engineered to power film post-production.

The 3DBOXX RTX Series Workstation is the latest development in BOXX's initiative to help VFX artists benefit from the trend toward multi-core processing and multi-threaded applications. BOXX is a strong proponent of a fully fleshed-out 64-bit and parallel processing technology eco-system, which allows the company to design high-performance computing platforms that drive workflow improvement for VFX professionals. The 3DBOXX RTX Series Workstation is a dual-processor workstation with the ability to run both Dual-Core and Quad-Core processors.

Features of the 3DBOXX RTX Series Workstation are as follows:

  • 2x PCI Express x16 slots * 2x PCI-X 64/133 MHz
  • 1x PCI Express x8 using x4
  • 2 x 1394a Firewire
  • 2 x USB 2.0/1.1
  • 2x RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet
  • 2x Internal 3.5" hard drive bays
  • 10x Swappable SATA/SAS 3.5" hard drive bays
  • 2x 5.25 chassis option
  • 2x 600Watt EPS Power Supply
  • Optional rack mount

For a complete list of specifications, please visit: http://www.boxxtech.com/Products/3DBOXX/RTX_TechSpecs.asp.

The 3DBOXX RTX Series Workstations are available in both Dual-Core and Quad-Core Intel Xeon configurations through BOXX and its worldwide network of resellers. Prices vary with system configurations. All BOXX products include the company's technical support.

For more information, visit the BOXX website at http://www.boxxtech.com.

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ASK Video Releases First Pro Tools DVD Tutorial

ASK Video Interactive Media, a leading creator of software tutorials on DVD, announces the availability of Pro Tools Level 1, a new DVD tutorial that covers the prevailing digital audio workstation for music, TV and film. In this first of three tutorials, ASK Video has recruited Pro Tools expert Brian Hogue to cover the foundation needed to harness the power of this world-renowned program. Based on Pro Tools 7, Level 1 is ideal for new users of Pro Tools LE or HD, beginning with the setup and layout and the basics of recording.

Pro Tools Level 1 features 29 of the highest quality videos and includes more than 2 hours of instruction from Installation, Set-up, and Recording through MIDI, Editing, and Signal Flow and ending with Bussing, Automation, and Bouncing to Disk. An easy-to-use interface makes it easy to learn progressively or find topics quickly as a reference or refresher.

Pro Tools Level 1 DVD Tutorial is available in November, 2006 for $55 USD. Video examples and ordering information are available at http://www.askvideo.com.

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AJA Introduces Miniature Converter for HDMI

AJA Video, a leading manufacturer of professional video interface and conversion products, announced today HI5, a miniature converter with full support for High-Definition Multimedia Interface, or HDMI. AJA is introducing HI5 and showcasing it this week at the DV Expo in Los Angeles, November 15-17th at LA Convention Center from booth #617, and at the Inter BEE Expo in Japan at the Makuhari Messe convention complex from November 15th-17th at booth #6307.

HI5 offers cost-effective conversion and a small footprint for viewing SDI and HD-SDI material on HDMI displays. The uncompressed, all-digital audio/video HMDI interface has become more and more popular for set-top boxes, DVD players, A/V receivers and audio and video monitors. HI5 allows for media conversion via a single-cable audio/video connection, with embedded SDI/HD-SDI audio, two-channel RCA-style audio outputs for separate audio monitoring if needed, and looping to connect or "daisy chain" multiple monitors to the same SDI/HD-SDI source.

Key features include the following:

  • SDI/HD-SDI to HDMI conversion o Full HDMI support, including audio
  • Additional two-channel, RCA audio output
  • Looping SDI/HD-SDI output
  • Input Formats: 525i, 625i, 720p 50/59.94/60, 1080i 50/59.94/60
  • Video Inputs: HD-SDI/SDI, SMPTE-259/292/296

The HI5 miniature converter provides streamlined and convenient conversion from SDI or HD-SDI to HDMI. The converter is priced at $490 (US MSRP) and requires an AJA power supply. HI5 will begin shipments worldwide on December 15. AJA offers a wide array of miniature standalone and rack-mount video and audio converters, available in SD and HD. AJA converters are known for uncompromised quality, reliability, modularity, and value. Like all of AJA's miniature converters, the HI5 includes a five-year international warranty.


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CyberLink Launches PowerProducer 4 Next-Gen Featuring Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD Authoring

CyberLink Corp., a world leader and pioneer in providing integrated solutions for the Digital Home, announced today the release of PowerProducer 4 Next-Gen, an enhanced version featuring high-definition video capturing and production, widescreen support and advanced Magic Video Editing tools. The new features combine CyberLink's intelligent DVD authoring technologies with the newest generation of disc technology, offering authoring and burning on HD DVDs and Blu-ray Discs.

PowerProducer 4 Next-Gen recently received certification for Blu-ray compatibility and fully supports the HD DVD format. It also supports 16:9 widescreen playback ratio, and includes both 16:9 and 4:3 menu templates. Magic Video Editing tools permit quick and easy corrections, thematic titles and transitions for both videos and photos.

PowerProducer 4 Next-Gen includes options for creating disc chapters automatically and manually, supports background music and first play video and features alpha-blended, animated and static menu designs. Right-to-Disc eliminates the need for large hard diskrequirements and allows users to record directly from an HDV camcorder or digital camera.

PowerProducer 4 is already available online, both as a download and boxed version, supporting the following languages: English, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), German, French, Italian, Korean, and Spanish. PowerProducer 4 will be available in German retail stores beginning November 15, 2006. CyberLink also offers OEM versions to PC and CE manufacturing customers. Existing users of earlier versions of PowerProducer can download an upgrade from our website.

PowerProducer 4 is available online and in stores in the following versions:

  • PowerProducer 4 Next-Gen USD 69.95/Euro 59,99
  • PowerProducer 4 Next-Gen USD 39.95/Euro 34,99


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