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January 22, 2007

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Review: Nightsong Wedding & Event Series, Vol. 3
16x9 Introduces New 1.5X Tele Converter for Sony HVR-V1U and More
Digital Heaven releases Fine Print
Digital Juice Announces the Launch of DJTV Season 2
david robin | films Announces "The Full Monty," Two-Day Workshop Retreat
Digital Heaven releases MovieLogger v1.5 and BigTime v1.5
WEVA Ambassador Program Offers “TV Commercials” To Local Videographers Associations Nationwide
Adobe Delivers Flash Player 9 for Linux
Sony Media Software Unveils New "Rock Royalty" Loop Library at NAMM 2007
SoundTech Launches LightSnake-Powered Podcasting Kit

Review: Nightsong Wedding & Event Series, Vol. 3

Michael Aiken first released his Wedding & Event Series Volume 1 CD, geared specifically for wedding and event videographers, in 2004. Volume 2 was released in 2005. Those already familiar with award-winning composer Michael Aiken's first two CD's of royalty-free instrumental music will no doubt be looking forward to Volume 3. Michael's compositions include various instruments depending on the track. There is the piano, percussion, guitar, strings, wood flute, woodwinds, drums, synth, and an orchestral sound.

Michael has been composing music most of his adult life. When recently asked, "What composer software do you use?" he laughed and held up his hands. Michael composes music the old-fashioned way—with pen, paper, and piano. In addition to his longtime broadcast and videography work (most recently as second camera for LaDonna Moore of LaDonna Visual Artistry), Michael has played in a myriad of bands over the years and has experience performing a plethora of music. His music is reflective of his many years of performing and composing with various big name artists. Michael's experience as both a videographer and musician is exactly why his music works perfectly for wedding and event productions. Michael even gets personal in this collection by writing a song for his father, appropriately called "Walk With Dad" (track 5). There is a second version with a southwestern flair (track 6).

Having just done a middle eastern wedding this fall and not sure what music to use, I was excited to find "Eastern Nights" (track 8) with a middle eastern sound using the guitar, orchestral and percussion. There is a Latin-flavored song called "Cabo Song" that comes in three versions (tracks 12-14). Those that videotape by the ocean will appreciate the "surf-only sound" (track 14). I am particularly fond of the regional and ethnic-styled songs because it so hard to find good royalty-free music in this genre. There are also a few of the cinematic tracks that Michael is best known for among fans of Vols. 1 and 2.

There are 11 different songs for a total of 15 tracks (some of the songs have multiple versions, some using a more or less orchestral sound). The CD case has little tips next to each title to help you match the music to different types or moods of video. For example, Faded Pictures (track 1) is reflective and nostalgic, while Sparkler (track 2) is crisp and bold.

As an added bonus, "4 Jacks" (track 16) is now included on the CD. It was the theme song for the 4EVER Group's Video 07 convention in Jacksonville.

Don't just save these CDs for editing, go ahead and put it on your iPod and play it when you want some dinner music in the background. Michael has more CDs planned for the future, so stay tuned.

For pricing and to hear select tracks, visit Michael Aiken's website at www.NightsongProductions.com.

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16x9 Introduces New 1.5X Tele Converter for Sony HVR-V1U and More

16x9 Inc. introduces the EX 1.5X, a top-of-the-line Tele Converter designed to enhance the performance of popular compact HD camcorders, including the Sony HVR-V1U and HDR-FX7. The latest in the 16x9 Inc. EX Collection of HD-quality lens accessories, the 1.5X simply threads onto the front of the camera lens, adding 1.5X magnification, moving the focal range in the telephoto direction.

When teamed with the HVR-V1U's internal 1.5X digital extender, the EX 1.5X combines to produce a full 2.25X telephoto effect. The original camera lens focal length of 3.9-78mm shifts to 14-175mm, or the equivalent of a 35mm still lens with a range of 135-1683mm. The new 16x9 Inc. attachment also offers significant zoom-through ability. When used with the internal extender, the Tele Converter lets operators zoom nearly 12.5X before vignetting.

This lightweight (21 oz.), and compact (68mm long) production tool mounts to the front of the HVR-V1U and HDR-FX7 lens via an easy to use 72-62mm step-down ring (included at no charge). The Tele Converter's 72mm screw-in rear threads allow it to work equally well with Sony HVR-Z1U and HDR-FX1, Canon XH A1, XH G1, XL H1 and XL2, as well as Panasonic DVX100B camcorders. For professional shading solutions, the unit comes complete with a lightweight, round hood. The EX 1.5X lens front is threaded to accept either the complimentary hood, 86mm glass filters - or a combination of filter with the hood front-mounted for even greater light control.

The 16x9 Inc. EX Collection is engineered and built in Japan for optimum optical performance. The 1.5X features an innovative, technically advanced design employing an elegant assembly of five multi-coated elements. Low dispersion glass reduces chromatic aberrations and provides professional images with exceptional crispness and clarity. Suggested U.S. price is $875.


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Digital Heaven releases Fine Print

Digital Heaven (www.digital-heaven.co.uk), one of the leading creators of software for Apple's pro apps, today announced the release of Final Print, a companion application to Final Cut Pro.

Final Print provides a useful workflow enhancement when handing off a project to other members of the post production team. Notes of shots to be worked on are made directly in Final Cut Pro as markers and exported to an XML file. Final Print opens the XML and displays a list of clip and sequence markers along with name, comment, timecode and thumbnail image. The list can be printed or saved as a PDF file.

Column layouts can be customized and saved as a template for recall at a later date. In addition, the colour of the printed header can be changed and a company or production logo shown at the top of every page.

Final Print for Mac OS X is available for immediate purchase from the Digital Heaven online store for US$99. A demo version that prints the first five markers found in a sequence is available for download from the Digital Heaven site at www.digital-heaven.co.uk.

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Digital Juice Announces the Launch of DJTV Season 2

Digital Juice is pleased to announce the immediate launch of season two of DJTV, Digital Juice Television. DJTV is Digital Juice's Web-based Television Network dedicated to tips, tricks, tools, techniques and technology for video editors and graphic designers.

The DJTV "line-up" consists of four programs, hosted by industry experts who are just chomping at the bit to share their secrets. This season sees the return of some old favorites along with two new shows added to the line up.

Field of View: Focusing on producing your videos by thinking less like a technician and more like an artist, Chuck Peters brings Field of View, a brand new show to the line up. The first show already caught the eye of user forums across the web with lively discussions on the Creative Cow and Apple user forums.

Take 5: Industry veteran Rick Green hosts the return of Take 5 with new ways to spice up your videos by using industry tried and tested techniques for creating out of this world productions.

Audio Buzz: In the world of audio, sound engineer Jeff Earley hosts Audio Buzz, a brand new show that breaks the sound barrier in audio editing techniques and tricks.

TechKnow: Want to know the ins and outs of the technical aspects of the video, film and audio world? Join Eric Franks as he hosts a second season of TechKnow.

DJTV will be streamed directly to your desktop, living room, edit suite, or even your iPod. Every week you'll be treated to new concise topics, explained and demonstrated in terms that anyone can understand. You'll find topics ranging all levels of complexity and experience.

DJTV costs the viewer nothing. There is no sign up, subscription or dues to pay, just high quality productions to help everyone in the field of video production and graphic design. Check it out today at http://www.digitaljuice.com/djtv/now_playing.asp.

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david robin | films Announces "The Full Monty," Two-Day Workshop Retreat

david robin | films presents "The Full Monty," a two-day workshop retreat to be held October 23-24 at the company's Los Angeles and on location in the L.A. area. Discover all the techniques that have won them 21 WEVA Creative Excellence Awards and WEVA's Bob LeBar Vision Award, and made them members of the WEVA Hall of Fame and the 2005 and 2006 EventDV 25.

Here's what attendees will learn:

  • To think outside the box
  • Marketing upscale
  • Effective selling techniques
  • Creative shooting on location
  • Postproduction with an inventive punch

Topics include:

  • Wedding & event movies
  • Family histories
  • Love stories
  • Concept videos
  • 3D photo montages
  • The Timeshift edit

The Goal
Energize and supercharge your business and return home with the tools to create a plan that will enable you to take your income potential to new heights.

The Studio Setting
"Mi Casa Es Su Casa" Learn how david robin | films functions on a day to day basis, what systems we use, our division of skills and Philosophy of Success.

HD Workflow From Inception to Completion!
We will show you how we execute our hybrid HD workflow, starting with inventive shooting techniques, on location. Next we return to the studio to edit, and produce a finished DVD.

The cost is $995 per person. Each additional person from your company is $795. Lunch and dinner included.

Extra Special
Take home a DVD or two, with 3D Templates, samples, forms, and whatever else we can cram into it.

Limited to 10 people
('coz anymore we would run out of chairs!)

Travel info
Located in Encino, California, we are close to Burbank Airport, and 20 minutes from LAX. Our official Hotel is the Warner Center Marriott and discounted rates will be available.

To register, call 800.287.9985 or click here.

For samples of david robin | films' work, visit www.davidrobinfilms.com and http://blog.davidrobinfilms.com.

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Digital Heaven releases MovieLogger v1.5 and BigTime v1.5

Digital Heaven, one of the leading creators of software for Apple's Pro Apps, today announced the release of MovieLogger v1.5, the QuickTime logging software for Mac. The new version is a Universal Binary for optimum performance on both Intel and PowerPC Macs and adds support for HDV and DVCPROHD movies.

The MovieLogger interface is designed to be so simple to use that anyone can be logging their movies within minutes. Logs can be created with in and out points and a text description added. These logs can be exported to an XML file (for import to Final Cut Pro) and rich text files for printing or further editing.

Also updated today is BigTime v1.5 , the resizable floating timecode display for Final Cut Pro 5. BigTime is designed for editors working with clients so they can view the current source clip or sequence timecode from across the room. The new version is a Universal Binary and features improved memory of Final Cut Pro's control surface assignment.

MovieLogger v1.5 for Mac OS X is available for immediate purchase from the Digital Heaven online store for US$295. BigTime v1.5 is available for immediate purchase from the Digital Heaven online store for US$49. Demo versions of MovieLogger and BigTime are available for download from the Digital Heaven site at http://www.digital-heaven.co.uk.

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WEVA Ambassador Program Offers “TV Commercials” To Local Videographers Associations Nationwide

To promote the benefits of professional wedding videography and help educate brides at the local level, Wedding & Event Videographers Association International (WEVA) is distributing "TV commercials" to local videographers associations nationwide - a free service of the new WEVA Local Association Ambassador Program.

As reported in the latest issue of Wedding & Event Videography Resource Guide, the new Ambassador Program was announced this past fall in Boston, MA during the NPVA 20th Anniversary Celebration, where Roy Chapman chairman of WEVA International presented the National Professional Videographers Association with the WEVA Chairman's Award honoring the NPVA's 20-year history of industry achievements.

NPVA co-founders Joyce and Joe Bertolami and current president Richard Talmage accepted the inscribed plaque, which reads "Presented to National Professional Videographers Association, Honoring NPVA's 20th Anniversary 1986-2006, In recognition and appreciation of 20 years of dedication, commitment, education, and service to the wedding and event video industry."
Also present from WEVA for NPVA's special celebration were John Zale WEVA's Director of Educational Development, WEVA Wedding & Event Videography Hall of Fame inductees Kathy and Al Ritondo of Personal Touch Video, and Natalie Neal of Glass Slipper Productions producer of WEVA-TV's "Nat Chat" series who was introduced as the new Ambassador Program's national director.

The NPVA is the oldest continuously operating professional videographers association in the United States, serving members in Massachusetts and throughout New England. As the association's website notes, the NPVA is "dedicated to continuous development of our professional skills, the sharing of knowledge and resources, and a rigorous code of professional ethics."

In presenting the Chairman's Award, Chapman recalled, "it was through the outstanding efforts of Joyce Bertolami (also a WEVA Hall of Fame inductee) that enabled the formation of the WEVA Local Association Development Committee over a decade ago." Bertolami served for several years as co-chair of the WEVA committee, which for more than 10 years has provided support to local videographers associations and individual videographers wishing to start local associations by offering free start-up manuals and materials, development consultations, and direct program content.

The next international meeting of the Local Association Presidents Council will be held at the WEVA 17th Annual Wedding & Event Video Expo in August 2007.

To kick off the launch during NPVA's anniversary celebration, Chapman presented the association leadership with copies of five professionally produced TV commercials showing the power of wedding videography that were submitted by five local videographers associations (including the NPVA) that participated in last year's "Local Association TV Commercial Shoot-Out"—a concept developed by WEVA for the WEVA EXPO 2006 Battle of the Videographers program.

The new commercials have already been uploaded to the NPVA website to promote professional videography throughout the New England area. NPVA's webmaster, Michael Kolowich said the five, 60-second commercials can be viewed individually or consecutively. "It's exciting to know that WEVA's efforts in professional development education have made this special video content possible for the websites of local associations around the country. The commercials are being distributed through the new Ambassador initiative, and the first-round of new WEVA Ambassador events for local associations begins in February 2007," said Neal.

In researching and developing the original concept of the "TV Commercial Shoot-Out" as a competition category for the 2006 WEVA EXPO, WEVA's John Zale said independent local associations around the country were contacted by WEVA.

"They were very excited about the promotional opportunities and the industry-wide recognition. And, they were not unhappy to know that some very cool prizes, would be awarded to the winners, including a Grand Prize of $1,000.00 in gift certificates for new video gear of their choice. The 2006 Grand Prize for the best commercial was won by the Greater Philadelphia Videographers Association (GPVA). We're looking forward to another exciting 'TV Commercial Shoot-Out' among Local Associations again this year for WEVA EXPO 2007."


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Adobe Delivers Flash Player 9 for Linux

Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced the availability of Adobe Flash Player 9 for Linux, the next-generation client runtime for engaging with Flash content and applications on Linux open source operating systems. Adobe Flash Player 9 delivers a consistent cross-platform experience and extends unprecedented performance and advanced features to the broadest set of developers and users to date.

Additionally, Linux developers can create, test and deploy rich Internet applications (RIAs) on the Linux platform using the free Adobe Flex 2 Software Developers Kit (SDK), Adobe Flash Player 9 and the free Flex Data Services 2 Express.

Installed on over 700 million Internet-connected PCs and mobile devices worldwide, Adobe Flash Player engages people across a wide array of different channels, enabling collaboration and delivering richer, more interactive experiences that work consistently across multiple platforms.

"With the proliferation of video on the Web, Adobe Flash Player is quickly becoming the de facto industry standard for delivering engaging interactive content and applications," said Emmy Huang, senior product manager at Adobe. "Now the Linux community has full access to the high volume of Flash content and applications available on the Internet today, bringing Linux developers and users to the forefront of the Web 2.0 experience."

Adobe Flash Player 9 for Linux vastly enhances user experiences with new capabilities such as efficient memory utilization, advanced features for graphics, video and text, as well as the ActionScript Virtual Machine (AVM2), which allows up to 10 times faster scripting performance. Adobe recently contributed source code from the AVM2 to the Mozilla Foundation, which is hosting a new open source project called Tamarin to accelerate the development of a standards-based approach for creating rich and engaging Web applications that work across multiple platforms. The Tamarin source code is available via CVS, an open source version control and collaboration system, from the Mozilla site www.mozilla.org/projects/tamarin/.

"Adobe Flash Player 9 delivers high-quality performance, a more secure viewing experience and an enhanced programming model that will help further advance SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop as the top Linux desktop for business," said Justin Steinman, director of marketing for Linux and Open Platform Solutions at Novell. "Novell is committed to providing our users the means to experience the latest in rich content on the Web."

"Red Hat is committed to providing the world's best Linux user experience," said Tim Yeaton, Senior Vice President of Red Hat Enterprise Solutions. "Offering our users Adobe Flash Player 9 for Linux helps Red Hat deliver the desktop capabilities Linux users want, and is an indicator of the growing demand for rich Internet applications certified for Red Hat Enterprise Linux."

Adobe Flash Player 9 for Linux is available immediately as a free download from http://www.adobe.com/go/getflashplayerlinux. The standalone and debug versions of Adobe Flash Player for developers are available from http://www.adobe.com/support/flashplayer/downloads.html. Adobe Flash Player 9 for Linux will also be included in Linux operating systems distributed by Novell and Red Hat later this year.

Adobe Flash Player 9 is available in both English and localized versions and is available for Linux, Windows and Mac platforms. To learn more about Adobe Flash Player 9, please visit http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/ . For system requirements, please visit http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/productinfo/systemreqs/.

For more information about developing RIAs for the Linux platform with the free Adobe Flex 2 SDK and Flex Data Services 2 software, please visit http://www.adobe.com/products/flex/productinfo/overview/.

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Sony Media Software Unveils New "Rock Royalty" Loop Library at NAMM 2007

Sony Media Software, a leading provider of professional video and audio editing software applications, announced today the availability of Vital Drums: The Vitale Collection, the newest addition to the Sony Sound Series Premium Collection. A must-have for music producers of every caliber, this loop library features the renowned sound and inimitable style of one of the most influential rock and roll drumming duos Joe Vitale and his son, Joe Vitale Jr.

Joe Vitale Sr. is a respected multi-instrumentalist whose career spans over 30 years of touring, recording, songwriting, and production with legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artists such as The Eagles; Joe Walsh; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; John Lennon; and Keith Richards. These are just a few of the many artists who have called upon Joe to anchor their platinum hits with his rock solid drumming. The eldest of Vitale's sons, Joe Vitale Jr. not only engineered the sounds for this loop library, but laid down his own set of unique grooves and one-shots to enhance the collection's variety.

This Premium Collection loop library will appeal to songwriters and producers of rock and pop music who want the best possible performance and recording quality on their tracks. "The Sony Sound Series catalog now boasts the addition of rock drumming legend Joe Vitale at the Premium Collection level," said Dave Chaimson, vice president of marketing for Sony Media Software. "The Vitale father-and-son team deserves nothing less than Premium Collection presentation, with 24-bit sound engineered by Joe Vitale Jr., performances by both artists, extensive liner notes, and bonus video content. Now, music producers working on every platform at every tier of the industry can enjoy the Vitale sound on their tracks, and gain instant access to the kinds of rock music foundations that lead to smash hits."

The Vital Drums collection includes nearly 900 files comprising more than one gigabyte of material, extensive liner notes, and a behind-the-scenes video that explains how the library was produced. Vital Drums is a two-disc, highly specialized collection that includes a sophisticated, royalty-free premium project composed with ACIDized® .wav file loops which work inside Sony Media Software's ACID program, or any other program that supports the .wav or ACIDized .wav file format.

Vital Drums: The Vitale Collection is the first Vitale library to focus exclusively on kit drums and it is now available for US $99.95 (MSRP). For more information on Vital Drums or any other Sony Media Software loop library collections and leading audio or video editing solutions, please visit http://www.sony.com/mediasoftware.

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SoundTech Launches LightSnake-Powered Podcasting Kit

SoundTech Professional Audio, a division of US Music Corporation, today announced the SoundTech Podcasting Kit, an easy-to-use solution allowing anyone to create and place Podcasts on the web. The SoundTech Podcasting Kit includes the LightSnake XLR Intelligent Microphone Cable, Sony Acid XMC software with 1-year Acidplanet Prozone membership, tripod microphone desk stand and a high-quality professional microphone.

Podcasting, a form of communication popularized by Apple's iPod and former MTV video jockey Adam Curry, is a method for distributing audio recordings and radio programs to a near limitless audience over the Internet. The SoundTech Podcasting Kit's streamlined design and ease of use allows anyone to quickly and easily produce their own radio program, promote a favorite band or update listeners or group members on the latest news.

The included LightSnake Intelligent XLR Microphone Cable plugs directly into the PC USB port, dramatically reducing the complexity and clutter traditionally associated with digital recording. The LightSnake features SoundTech's patented "Live when Lit" technology cable ends that glow and flash indicating when sound is being transmitted.

The SoundTech Podcasting Kit's Sony Acid XMC recording software allows customers to easily record and edit Podcasts. The included 1-year subscription to Sony Acidplanet Prozone provides Podcast hosting so anyone can subscribe and listen to the Podcast.

SoundTech Podcasting Kit Features include the following:
* Easily create, upload and broadcast Podcasts
* Patented "Live when Lit" technology cable ends light up indicating when sound is being transmitted
* Digital quality sound input without the need for a sound card
* Embedded A/D chip technology with audio signal boost eliminates the need for additional signal conversion devices
* Simple USB plug-and-play connectivity

SoundTech Podcasting Kit includes the following:

* LightSnake XLR Intelligent Microphone Cable
* High-quality dynamic microphone
* Tripod desk stand with microphone clip
* Sony Media Software Acid XMC recording software
* 1-year subscription to Acidplanet's Prozone

The SoundTech LightSnake Podcasting Kit will be available online at Amazon.com, FullCompass.com and at other major music retail outlets in Q1 2007 with a suggested retail price of $149.99. For more information on retail availability, visit http://www.SoundTech.com.

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