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February 26, 2007

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Panasonic Debuts 16GB P2 Card, Doubling Recording Capacity for P2 Camcorders and Decks
Safe Harbor Announces New Tutorial for Matrox RT.X2 Users
Adobe Brings Video Editing Tools Online
Sony Unveils Three New Re-Designed LUMA LCD Professional Video Monitors
Aleratec Introduces 1:11 Super Copy Tower HS
NewTek Announces Limited Time Offer on LightWave® v9 Bundled with Training Resources
Zacuto.com Announces New Hand Grip System for the HD Video Camera Market
Imation Introduces Industry's First Water-Resistant, Inkjet Printable Blu-Ray Media

Panasonic Debuts 16GB P2 Card, Doubling Recording Capacity for P2 Camcorders and Decks

Panasonic has introduced a 16GB P2 card for its popular line of solid-state camcorders and decks and announced that it will begin deliveries of this solid-state memory card in May. In addition, Panasonic also announced that it's developing a 32GB P2 card that will be available by the end of the year.

"P2 offers ultra reliability, flexible IT infrastructure compatibility, and a dramatic increase in recording capacity at a progressively lower cost," said Robert Harris, Vice President, Marketing, Panasonic Broadcast. "A P2 HD camcorder such as our new AJ-HPX2000 with five P2 slots will be able to record up to 80 minutes of full frame rate, high definition content using five 16GB cards. When the 32GB P2 card arrives by year's end, recording capacity will double once again."

The P2 memory card uses ultra-reliable semiconductor memory and is resistant to impact, vibration, shock, dust and environmental extremes including sudden temperature changes. It connects instantly with laptops and major non-linear editing systems to eliminate the time-consuming task of digitizing, and is re-usable. It withstands impact up to 1,500G and vibration up to 15G, operates in temperatures from -4° to 176°F (-20 to 60°C), and can be stored in temperatures from -40° to 176°F (-40 to 80°C).

Developed for the most demanding broadcast and production applications, the P2 card consists of four SD cards, like those now used in digital still cameras, packaged in a rugged, die-cast frame that weighs only 0.099 lbs (45 grams). This convenient card has four times the capacity and four times the transfer speed of a single SD card. Unlike tapes and discs, it has no rotating or contact parts. It is built to withstand repeated recording and initialization over many years of use.

The P2 card connector is specifically designed to stand up to the repeated insertion and removal (up to 30,000 cycles) involved in professional use. The P2 card transfers data at 640 mbps, a speed that discs or any other AV recording media cannot match, providing the professional user with faster, easier operation. Compared to tape or disc, the P2 card means substantially less consumption, resulting in savings in media costs and environmental benefits.


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Safe Harbor Announces New Tutorial for Matrox RT.X2 Users

Safe Harbor Computers, a leading supplier to professional videographers, today announced the release of Matrox RT.X2 Revealed, hosted by Jeff Pulera of Digital Vision Productions.

This DVD, aimed at all levels of RT.X2 users, provides over three hours of unique instruction on the features of this popular hardware solution for Adobe Premiere Pro.

Highlights include the following:

• Proper installation and setup of hardware/software
• Overview of supported formats, inputs, outputs and capabilities of RT.X2
• How to choose project settings and capture video with RT.X2
• How to use all of the Matrox effects, with walk-throughs of settings and examples of using each
• Tips and tricks such as creating your own mask images, alpha channel AVI overlays, combining effects and more
• The best way to export your final project to DVD and tape as well as the various internet formats
• Workflow options for SD and HDV projects

Instructor Jeff Pulera is a professional videographer with 15 years experience. He also works part-time for Safe Harbor Computers, sharing his knowledge and real-life editing experiences with their customers. His company, Digital Vision Productions, specializes in corporate, event and wedding videography. The author of many tech reviews and articles, Jeff is widely known throughout the industry as the "Matrox guru."

Matrox RT.X2 Revealed is available exclusively from Safe Harbor Computers. Suggested retail is $99.99, with an introductory selling price of just $69.99.

For more information or to order, please visit http://www.sharbor.com.

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Adobe Brings Video Editing Tools Online

Adobe Systems Incorporated is pioneering a new way to deliver its industry leading creative software technologies online, with the launch of its web-based video remix and editing technology. Today, Adobe and Photobucket announced a partnership to integrate Adobe web-based video remix and editing technology directly into the Photobucket user experience, giving 35 million Photobucket users direct, free access to world-class digital video editing tools.

The agreement marks a new stage in Adobe's delivery of its renowned video software technologies that today underpin flagship products such as Adobe Premiere Elements and Adobe Premiere Pro.

The company expects to announce more partnerships with Internet companies and media properties over the coming months. These free services are expected to be driven by advertising revenue - and by offering customers simple upgrade paths to Adobe Premiere Elements and Adobe Photoshop Elements software, both market leaders in the home digital video and photo editing space.

"Making Photobucket ‘Adobe powered' with web-based video remix and editing technology will radically change the user experience for millions of Photobucket devotees and also up-level the quality and variety of content being distributed by this passionate community," said John Loiacono, senior vice president of Creative Solutions at Adobe. "We aim to simplify the powerful editing and compositing capabilities that make Adobe software the undisputed creative leader, so that anyone can post eye-catching compositions online."

Today's agreement with Photobucket points the way to the kind of future partnerships and breakthrough user experiences Adobe anticipates. Adobe's web-based video remix and editing technology is an easy-to-use video editor that allows consumers the creative freedom to infuse personality and dramatic impact into their stories before releasing them to a broader online audience. Users can drag and drop music, effects, transitions and titles to videos, as well as reorder, trim and split clips.

Delivered as a lightweight Adobe Flash application and built using Adobe Flex software, Adobe web-based video remix and editing technology is accessible to the more than 700 million personal computers that today support Adobe Flash Player software. Adobe's web-based video remix and editing technology launches directly in the browser on Photobucket's web site, with no time-consuming downloads or platform compatibility questions to deter users from uploading and editing their videos.

The new video editing capabilities in Photobucket are initially available via limited public beta to Photobucket Pro users, and will be available for free to Photobucket's entire user base of 35 million members by early March 2007.




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Sony Unveils Three New Re-Designed LUMA LCD Professional Video Monitors

Sony is redesigning its LUMA line of professional LCD monitors with the introduction of three new one-piece, widescreen models.

The LMD-2030W 20-inch display (viewable area, measured diagonally) is the first member of the LUMA family with HDMI input connectivity. It is designed for compatibility with HDV camcorders and decks in portable video production applications such as event videography or on-location shooting.

The LMD-2450W 24-inch and LMD-2050W 20-inch displays (viewable area, measured diagonally) can accept 1080/60P signals via a standard DVI input and feature 10-bit processing. They are designed for use by technical directors, producers and editors working in broadcast, post-production, event video production, mobile trucks, and rental houses.

"High-quality video monitors are just as important in the field as in a high-end studio or post house, whether users are reviewing footage on-the-fly, previewing content for clients or editing video," said John Kaloukian, director of Sony Electronics' professional display group. "These new models build on Sony's experience in developing LCD technology and they represent our ongoing efforts to develop technologies that meet professionals' needs."

The LMD-2450W display delivers WUXGA, 1920 by 1200 resolution. The LMD-2050W and LMD-2030W both feature WSXGA+, 1680 by 1050 resolution.

The LMD-2030W model offers significant benefits compared to the PC-type monitors traditionally used in portable video production, particularly its ability to handle a variety of video source signals. This new monitor expands that capability with the inclusion of an HDMI input. It supports composite video, Y/C, RGB, component as standard and DI-SDI as an option.

LUMA LMD-2450W and LMD-2050W
The LMD-2450W and LMD-2050W displays offer wave-form monitoring and audio level meter display. Also available are EIA608 closed-captioning capabilities, which is a new feature in the LUMA series and a requirement for the U.S. broadcast market.

A multi-display function allows two images from different sources to be displayed side-by-side, and both models can automatically detect an HD or SD source.

The new monitors can accept multiple sources, including both video and PC (DVI-D and HD15). These models support composite video, Y/C, RGB, component as standard and SDI (D1/HD) as options. In addition to HD15, automatic detection of DVI sources is available as a standard feature.

Offering multi-format signal support and a variety of I/O options, the monitors' interface allows users to easily adjust contrast, brightness, chroma, and phase. Each of the new models is suitable for AV or IT applications, with an easy upgrade path to HD production.

In addition, the new models also feature Sony's ChromaTru color processing. This technology compensates for variations in LCD color levels commonly caused by differences in chromaticity coordinates, color temperature and gamma curves.

ChromaTru processing is based on color space conversion and white balance adjustment. Color space conversion adjusts chromaticity coordinates, color temperatures and gamma curves. White balance adjustment delivers broadcast-quality gradation while maintaining standardized gamma characteristics. The technology allows each model in this series to closely color-match not only other LUMA monitors but also the SMPTE-C, EBU or ITU-BT709 color standards traditionally used in CRT models.

The three new displays are expected tobe available in May, with suggested list pricing still to be determined.


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Aleratec Introduces 1:11 Super Copy Tower HS

Aleratec, Inc., developer and manufacturer of Aleratec Award Winning DVD/CD Duplicating and Publishing Solutions, unveils its next generation of the Super Copy Tower, the new high speed 1:11 DVD/CD Super Copy Tower HS stand alone DVD/CD Duplicator. This all new DVD/CD duplicator can make up to 11 simultaneous DVD copies at up to 20x or 11 simultaneous CD copies at up to 48x without a computer. The Aleratec 1:11 DVD/CD Super Copy Tower HS can produce more than 120 typical DVDs per hour, a truly impressive throughput capacity. This Super Copy Tower supports DVD-RAM and 8.5GB Double Layer technology. Also featured is a new removable 160GB hard disk drive for secure storage of frequently used source discs.

"Prosumer users demand the best performance available and in response we have added very significant features to this next generation Aleratec Super Copy Tower. Our DVD recording speeds are now up to 20x. We have added a 160GB hard disk drive for storing more disc images and made it removable for the ultimate in keeping your data secure. With the new 20x speed, we are improving the fastest, most economical way to duplicate very large volumes of DVDs. For those with the need for speed, we can again say there is nothing even close to the Aleratec 1:11 DVD/CD Super Copy Tower HS at any price," stated Perry Solomon, President and CEO.

The 1:11 DVD/CD Super Copy Tower HS incorporates a 160GB removable hard disk drive that can store up to 32 images of your frequently used DVDs for making up to 11 quick copies of any one simultaneously. The hard disc drive is removable and has a key lock for security and safety in operation. The removable HDD provides extra security, in that you can remove the drive containing the images of your discs and put it in a safe place where unauthorized users cannot copy or view your data.

The 1:11 DVD/CD Super Copy Tower HS (Aleratec Part # 260158, Ingram Micro SKU M07694) that can make up to 11 copies of a typical DVD in less than 5 minutes has a low Estimated Street Price of $1999. The new DVD/CD Super Copy Tower is ideal for Prosumer, Corporate, Government and Education applications.

This powerful duplicating system also can sense if there is a readable source DVD in any of the DVD Recorders and can use this as a source disc to make up to 10 simultaneous copies without loading to the hard disk drive.

An easy to use, two button duplicator controller has a compact two level menu structure with the most used duplicator functions (Copy, Compare, Verify, Erase, Test) readily available in the first level. It has a large and bright back lighted display that shows the number of discs loaded and monitors the copy process. The controller has diagnostics and copy controls to satisfy the needs of even the most discerning professional user, including a unique new copy counter that can be set to count the total number of copies produced in a production run.

The Aleratec 1:11 DVD/CD Super Copy Tower HS is a compact single tower configuration that occupies about half the footprint and is about half the cost of other implementations of tower type duplicators incorporating more than 10 recorders.

The full line of Aleratec DVD and CD recording solutions, duplication solutions, and accessories is featured at 4SURE.com, AAFES, Adorama, Amazon.com, B&H Photo Video, Best Buy, Buy.com, CDW, Circuit City, CompUSA, Dell, Gateway, Hewlett Packard, Insight, J & R, Mac Connection, MacMall, Micro Center, Office Depot, PC Connection, PC Mall, PC Nation, ProVantage, Quill, Radio Shack, Ritz Camera, Sears, Target, Tech Depot and Wal-Mart in addition to other leading retailers. Government and Education customers may purchase from Government and Education Specialists including AAFES, Best Buy Gov/Ed, CDW-G, CompuCom, Daly Computer, EnPointe, Fed Tek, GCI, GE IT Solutions, GovConnection, GOVPLACE, Green Pages, GTSI, Horizon, Insight Gov, Manchester, Northern NEF, PC Mall Gov, Pomeroy, Sarcom, Shi.com, Softchoice, TIG and Unisys.

All products are available to resellers through Bell Microproducts, DBL Distributing, Ingram Micro, and Ingram Micro Canada.


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NewTek Announces Limited Time Offer on LightWave® v9 Bundled with Training Resources

NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading 3D animation and video products, today announced the LightWave v9 Training Bundle, a special offer that provides hundreds of dollars in training materials free with the purchase of LightWave 3D.

By special arrangement with the publishers: 3D Garage, Desktop Images, KURV Studios, Wordware Publishing, and Replica Technology, purchasers of new full or upgrade licenses of LightWave will be eligible to receive a book, 2 training DVDs, getting started courseware and a package of royalty-free content for use with LightWave.

"LightWave v9 is such a powerful and extensive new upgrade, we felt it was time we worked with our partners to offer a training bundle that would get people up and running with the latest version of LightWave quickly," said Jay Roth, president, NewTek 3D division. "These publishers have developed an extraordinary collection of learning materials that are up-to-date with the latest advancements in the software included our new to be released LightWave v9.2. We are very proud to bring this offer to the market."

The LightWave v9 Training Bundle includes the following materials:

  • Tune Up for LightWave v9 Courseware - 3D Garage
  • LightWave v9 Defined DVD - Desktop Images
  • Practical Lighting DVD by Nicholas Boughen - Kurv Studios
  • Essential LightWave v9 Book by Steve Warner - Wordware Publishing
  • The Interior Design Collection Royalty Free Content - Replica Technology

"The advancements in LightWave v9 are nothing short of amazing, with the new node editor and all of the enhancements that have been added to the rendering system, it's awesome that NewTek is taking this step to help people get familiar and comfortable with the new features faster," said Dave Jerrard, freelance VFX artist. "Speaking for myself there are so many different ways to learn having the option of manuals, courseware, DVD's and books to get you going can make a huge difference."

The LightWave v9 Training Bundle is available through April 30, 2007 at authorized NewTek resellers in North America for a suggested retail price of $895US. The LightWave v9 Training Bundle includes the LightWave v9 printed documentation set, along with 5 coupons worth hundreds of dollars in FREE training materials. Purchasers will receive the training materials by redeeming the coupons directly with the publishers. Registered owners of LightWave 3D® [8] or earlier are eligible to purchase an upgrade to LightWave v9 for $495US.

For more information or to purchase, visit http://www.newtek.com.

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Zacuto.com Announces New Hand Grip System for the HD Video Camera Market

Zacuto.com Announces New Hand Grip System for the HD Video Camera Market Zacuto, a leading provider of high definition cameras and accessories is announcing its much anticipated ZGrip HD Camera Handgrips for all lightweight support rod systems. The Zgrip hand grip systems ($750) are the last piece of the handheld system that Zacuto has been working on for the past year. Also releasing on the same day is Zacuto's MicroMount for attaching articulating arms to any individual 15mm rod. Zacuto is offering a special if you buy a ZGrip handgrip system in December of 2006 you get the needed MicroMount free.

Last December, Zacuto released the new Zacuto ZOffset which allows you to shift the lightweight support rods 3 inches to the right and 2 inches up, thus allowing you to get your eye in the viewfinder of most palm cameras with viewfinders in the back and center, i.e. HVX200, HVR-Z1U. They also released the HVX200 Studio case and foam insert. This will allow a complete studio camera package to be placed in the case as one piece without disassembling the camera package, including hard drive and 7" on-board monitor.

All of these new products will make it so the user can carry his entire Zacuto HVX200 studio camera package in two cases and be able to setup in either hand held or tripod use in just 90 seconds.


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Imation Introduces Industry's First Water-Resistant, Inkjet Printable Blu-Ray Media

Imation Corp, a worldwide leader in removable data storage media, today announced the world's first inkjet printable and water-resistant Blu-ray media. Optimized for professional disc duplication, users can record high-definition video, gaming, data and other content on Imation Inkjet Printable BD-R Media with AquaGuard technology, then print water- and smear-resistant graphics and text right on the disc's surface. The discs are compatible with Blu-ray disc players and recorders, including the Primera Bravo XR-Blu Disc Publisher and the Bravo SE Blu, the world's first automated burn and print devices to support high-capacity Blu-ray media. Imation Inkjet Printable Media with AquaGuard technology also is ideal for reliable business backup of high-capacity digital files.

"Imation's Blu-ray media with AquaGuard technology is the perfect disc," said James Milligan, General Manager, Commercial/OEM Division, Imation Corp. "We've designed each side of the disc for professional use. The data side features high capacity and scratch resistance. The inkjet printable side allows for creation of custom, water-resistant printed images and text. When used with Primera's industry-leading disc publishers, users can quickly and easily create high-quality, cutting-edge Blu-ray disc projects with ease."

Imation's Inkjet Printable BD-R discs with AquaGuard surface are ideal for a variety of advanced applications such as the creation of high-definition video recordings, game development for systems like PlayStation® 3, and the post production of digital movies. Capable of storing up to 25GB of digital files, the media's AquaGuard technology offers a brilliant white, smear- and water-resistant inkjet printable disc surface for professional disc prints. Featuring proprietary nanoparticle technology, the AquaGuard coating grips and holds ink to lock designs in place, unlike standard inkjet media that easily smears when exposed to moisture. Additionally, Imation's innovative AquaGuard technology is a 2007 CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards Honoree.

"Adding Imation's AquaGuard surface to Blu-ray disc media is a technology breakthrough," said Mark Strobel, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Primera Technology. "Users who have been quick to adopt Blu-ray technology know that the media is ideal for a variety of high-capacity applications. A water-resistant, inkjet printable surface for the discs ensures that media produced with Primera's Bravo XR-Blu and Bravo SE Blu Disc Publishers will continue to have a high-quality, professional appearance even when exposed to the elements." Primera Technology, Inc. is the world's leading manufacturer of automated disc publishing equipment.

Imation Inkjet Printable BD-R Media with AquaGuard technology is now shipping to authorized Imation distributors for a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $24.99 for a single disc with jewel case. Primera also sells the media with its Blu-ray-enabled disc publishers.



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