EventDV.net
Search EventDV

EVENT-DV 25
2010 Awards Show
2009 All-Star Team
2008 All-Star Team
2007 All-Star Team
2006 All-Star Team


RELATED SITES
Streaming Media Producer
OnlineVideo.net
Streaming Media


PRIVACY/COOKIES









Copyright © 2004 -
Information Today, Inc.



April 02, 2007

Table of Contents

Adobe Reveals Creative Suite 3 Production Premium with Mac Support, Blu-ray Authoring, Flash CS3 Professional
Commentary: Adobe Welcomes Back Mac Premiere Users with $299 Upgrade Pricing
Review: Darrell Boeck's Corporate Video for the Event Videographer Training DVD
Review: Chris Watson's Supercharge Your Post-Production Training DVD
Avid Delivers Media Composer and Avid Xpress Pro for Intel-Based Macs
New Media Marketers Using Blog to Produce Expert Guide for Exponential Business Growth
Matrox Announces Support for Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium and Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 on Matrox Axio Realtime HD and SD Editing Platforms
Roland Systems Group Announces Enhanced Feature Set for EDIROL VC-200HD and VC-300HD Multi-Format Converters
Matrox Announces Support for Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium, Adobe Premiere Pro CS3, and Realtime Panasonic P2 MXF 720p Editing on the Matrox RT.X2 Platform
Total Training Helps Adobe Creative Suite 3 Users Get Up to Speed
Corel Announces Ulead DVD MovieFactory 6 Plus with HD DVD and Blu-ray Support

Adobe Reveals Creative Suite 3 Production Premium with Mac Support, Blu-ray Authoring, Flash CS3 Professional

Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium software, a complete integrated post-production solution. Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium offers unprecedented levels of integration across major new releases of its video, audio and web software, including Adobe After Effects CS3 Professional, Adobe Premiere Pro CS3, Adobe Encore CS3, Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended (see separate release), Adobe Illustrator CS3, Adobe Flash CS3 Professional, and Adobe Soundbooth CS3. Now post-production and rich media professionals have a complete, cross-platform, integrated workflow that enables them to create and deliver visually innovative projects for film, broadcast, web, DVD, and mobile devices.

Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium will support Intel-based Macintosh systems, Microsoft Windows XP, and Windows Vista, with the software optimized to deliver outstanding performance on the latest hardware. Adobe After Effects is also available for Macintosh as a Universal Binary application. "With Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium the video editing market just got a whole lot more interesting," said John Loiacono, senior vice president of Creative Solutions at Adobe. "We're back on the Mac with a great cross-platform suite that will enable new levels of expressiveness and productivity over multiple mediums. With Flash technology emerging as the standard for mass distribution of video across the Internet—bringing TV shows online, and powering the video capabilities of YouTube and MySpace—our Production suite is at the cutting edge of video and rich media workflows."

Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium covers the full capture-to-delivery workflow with its integrated applications and time-saving utilities. Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 offers enhanced features such as new format support and a unique Time Remapping tool that improves slow motion and variable speed effects. The industry standard for visual effects and motion graphics—After Effects CS3—now offers: Shape Layers for drawing and animating vector shapes; the Puppet tool for stretching and manipulating 2D images as lifelike animations; and the Brainstorm tool for interactively generating and previewing animation variations. For audio, Soundbooth CS3 enables users to create professional-quality soundtracks for their productions.

"Having worked with Academy Award winning filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, and Robert De Niro, we are always in search of the most efficient ways to produce our most demanding work," said Rob Legato, director and supervisor for The Basement. "Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium makes our workflow easier than ever with its new integration among our favorite Adobe applications like Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro. Going after that ever-elusive perfect shot has never been more creatively stimulating or seamless as it is now."

With the new video layer support in Photoshop CS3 Extended, professionals can easily edit, paint, and clone between frames, and then export standard video formats. New Document Profiles for video in Illustrator CS3 ensure that graphics are cropped to video-safe sizes and ratios. Production Premium includes Flash CS3 Professional, enabling a seamless workflow with After Effects and Encore, so projects can now be published to the web through streamlined workflows. Adobe Dynamic Link eliminates rendering as users interchange media between Adobe Premiere Pro CS3, After Effects CS3, and Encore DVD CS3, and Clip Notes enables producers and other reviewers to embed time-code specific comments in Adobe PDF format directly into clips for faster review.

Special additions to Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium include Adobe OnLocation CS3 for direct-to-disk recording and monitoring, and Adobe Ultra CS3 software for chroma keying. The new Adobe OnLocation CS3 saves time in the field with its direct-to-disk recording and monitoring, offering the ability to shoot with higher quality on site. Both Adobe OnLocation CS3 and Adobe Ultra CS3 support only Windows-based systems.

Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium lets creatives capture and deliver across a broad range of formats. OnLocation CS3 records DV and HDV directly to disk, which is easily accessible through Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 for a streamlined editorial workflow, including support for HD, SD and HDV formats. Adobe Encore DVD CS3 now supports the ability to author and deliver professional titles on standard-definition DVD and high-definition Blu-ray Disc. Flash CS3 Professional lets users export video projects to the web in the .flv format and includes the Adobe Media Encoder to export video for mobile phones, iPods, and other devices.

The Adobe Creative Suite product line and brand has now been expanded to include Adobe Creative Suite Design editions, Adobe Creative Suite Web editions and Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium (see separate releases). The all-encompassing Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection incorporates 12 new Adobe creative applications in a single box. New to the Adobe Creative Suite 3 family, Adobe Device Central CS3 (see separate release) radically boosts the productivity of creative professionals who develop content for mobile handsets. An updated version of Adobe Bridge CS3, the hub of Adobe Creative Suite, provides instant access to Version Cue CS3 and an expanded Adobe Stock Photos service. To celebrate the unveiling of the Adobe Creative Suite 3 family, Adobe will offer viewing of the launch event via webcast on March 27 at 3:30 p.m. EDT. To attend the webcast, please visit www.adobe.com/go/cs3launch.

Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium will begin shipping worldwide in the third quarter of 2007 and will be available for pre-order immediately through Adobe Authorized Resellers and the Adobe Store at www.adobe.com/store. Estimated street price for Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium is US$1,699. There are numerous upgrade paths available for Adobe customers. For more detailed information about features, upgrade policies, pricing, and international versions please visit: www.adobe.com/go/creativesuite.

Back to Contents...

Commentary: Adobe Welcomes Back Mac Premiere Users with $299 Upgrade Pricing

At a time when Apple is rumored to be moving Final Cut Studio even more upscale, and Final Cut Pro is no longer available as a standalone application, what can Mac users do for under $1,000? There's Final Cut Express, which removes many of the features Final Cut Pro users have become accustomed to over previous versions, like the Audio Mixer tool. Avid is trying to woo back some of their customers with Avid Free DV which it says is a "free way to join the Avid family and test-drive the industry-standard editing interface used by more professionals than any other video editing solution."

But back at the dawn of Final Cut Pro v1, Adobe Premiere was the juggernaut of prosumer digital video editing on the Mac. In fact, the first several versions of Premiere were Mac-only applications. Most users of the first version of Final Cut Pro—if they had used a pro NLE previously—were probably Premiere users.

Now, with the announcement of their CS3 packages, Adobe has stepped back into familiar territory by bringing Premiere back to the Mac. Adobe's After Effects and Photoshop never left the Mac, but have not yet become Universal applications to take advantage of Apple's move to Intel processors. With CS3 (which will ship this summer), all of Adobe's applications will take advantage of Apple's Intel processors. In fact, some applications are Intel-only and will not run on Apple's previous PowerPC chips.

Pricing is also an interesting development. At a time when Apple is stratifying users between $80 consumer iLife apps—iMovie and iDVD—or the $1,300 Final Cut Studio package, Adobe basically invites Mac users to dig out their old copy of Premiere and sign up for the Premiere Pro CS3 Upgrade for just $299.

This relatively low price will buy Premiere Pro CS3 for video editing, Adobe OnLocation (formerly DV Rack), and Adobe Encore CS3 for DVD and Blu-ray authoring. In fact, Adobe's Blu-ray authoring provides the flip side to Apple's HD DVD authoring capability in DVD Studio Pro, also only part of the much more expensive Final Cut Studio Package.

Adobe's previous upgrade policy was to offer upgrades to the previous two numerical versions of an application. With the CS3 upgrade, Adobe specifically states the upgrade is available for "any previous version of Adobe Premiere, Adobe Premiere Pro, or Adobe Encore."

It also notes that, for Macintosh users, Adobe OnLocation requires Boot Camp and Windows (purchased separately) or a separate Windows-based computer. Also, all Adobe software packages come with Adobe Bridge CS3, Adobe Dynamic Link, Adobe Device Central CS3, and Adobe Acrobat Connect.

For $1,200, Premiere for Mac users can buy the $1,700 Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium, which includes almost any application one would need for a video production: After Effects CS3 Professional, Premiere Pro CS3, Photoshop CS3 Extended, Flash CS3 Professional, Illustrator CS3, Soundbooth CS3, Encore CS3, OnLocation CS3 (Windows only), and Adobe Ultra CS3 (Windows only).

As software companies work hard to integrate their various products and make it easier for users to work on their media in different applications, these bundles will become more tightly knit. Mac users who still use Photoshop and After Effects will likely jump at the opportunity to weave their video back into Premiere and out through Encore. It's just icing on the cake that Adobe is making it quite affordable to do so.

Anthony Burokas of IEBA Communications, a self-confessed "gadget guy," has been an event videographer for more than 15 years. He has shot award-winning video internationally and is technical director for the PBS series Flavors of America.

Back to Contents...

Review: Darrell Boeck's Corporate Video for the Event Videographer Training DVD

Most people who were living in Wisconsin in 2005 (and many others all over the nation) are familiar with the work of Darrell Boeck. Repeated showings of his Tribute to A Fallen Marine on the evening news left Boeck's work seared into the memories of anyone who saw it, alongside other indelible images of the war in Iraq. The tribute captured the funeral of Bobby Warns, a 23-year-old Marine from Waukesha, Wisconsin, who was killed in combat in November 2004. There's just no way to watch it without a lump in your throat.
 Boeck's company, Creative Images (based in Brookfield, Wisconsin), is not actually in the memorial tribute business. The two-man operation has been producing wedding video since 1989 and doing substantial corporate work since the late '90s. The company's new training DVD, narrated by Boeck, addresses corporate video from a perspective well-suited to the EventDV audience: Corporate Video for the Event Videographer.

The DVD starts with the premise that corporate video is the perfect way for wedding videographers to take their businesses full time with steady alternate revenue streams, and even refine and improve their craft. One thing Boeck makes clear from the beginning is that his company's corporate video DVD has no pretentions of covering the gamut of corporate and commercial video production. Rather, it explains how to book and pull off the kind of corporate video that makes the most sense for small companies with expertise in event video—"low-end" and "medium-end" work—while leaving "high-end" work for big production companies that have different sorts of resources and skills. According to Boeck, the possibilities in those low and middle markets are "huge."

Generally, what Boeck means by "low" and "medium" are training, sales, and educational videos for small companies. These may involve interviews or single-speaker shoots (possibly incorporating PowerPoint presentations or teleprompters), designed for internal use or for distribution to clients. Also in this category are short promotional videos, such as a promotional video for a golf course, shown here in its entirety, that's stylistically very similar to a bridal elegance video.

Corporate Video is generous with its video examples, in spite of long talking-head sequences (which, Boeck says, he's already broken up with graphics since the version I saw). Boeck talks at length about the few pieces of new equipment videographers will need to get into corporate work; and he discusses what kinds of new contacts and business strategies they should plan to adopt. He also goes into nuts-and-bolts issues, such as how to find and hire voice talent; how to integrate PowerPoint into video; the need to build a corporate website (and possibly a different company name and brand) that's distinct from your wedding site; and how to set and itemize your prices.

One of Boeck's overarching themes is "determining your client's needs." In this respect his insight is very instructive, beginning with the initial phone call (which you shouldn't let begin and end with "How much do you charge?"). Finally, Boeck offers his own notion of what makes a business successful. He offers, as mantra, "limit your failures," by which he means to only take jobs that are a good fit for your skills and the way your business is structured. It's a fitting final message to a well-structured and well-targeted DVD.

Back to Contents...

Review: Chris Watson's Supercharge Your Post-Production Training DVD

I've never met anyone who's better than Chris Watson at breaking down and deconstructing wedding video styles, at pinpointing and explaining what makes a particular style distinctive. He's definitely a student of the game who applies the sort of keen and perceptive eye to the work of his peers that everyone in this business should, and it is his ability to synthesize what he learns and combine that with his own creative ideas that keeps his work on the cutting edge of the field. So it's not just because Watson was recently selected to the EventDV 25 that I approached his new training DVD with high expectations. If he's that good at explaining other videographers' styles, how good must he be at breaking down and communicating his own?

I'm happy to say that Supercharge Your Post-Production ($100) doesn't disappoint. Watson gave me a sneak preview of it at Video 07 in Jacksonville (the last 10 minutes, as it turns out), enough to get across the point that this was not a nuts-and-bolts how-to on editing in your (or his) NLE. Rather, it helps you approach an edit in pursuit of two major goals: producing video that "feels honest" to your clients, and "making [y]ourselves invisible to the viewers through superior storytelling."

Watson's approach to the disc is to narrate over a near-constant stream of clips, briefly interrupted by simple black-text-on-white screens that reiterate important points (much nicer than injecting a PowerPoint). The only time Watson's face appears on the video is in a couple of candid shots of him at a wedding, camera in hand, when the narration is talking about "unobtrusive editing"—keeping the videographer out of the picture (metaphorically) by not overdoing the effects in post. Watson's narration is well-written, well-paced, and informative; my only complaint is that the voice audio levels are distractingly inconsistent at several times throughout the DVD.

Watson begins the disc by talking about the three styles of wedding video: documentary (straightforward, no bells and whistles); cinematic (subjective, stylized, heightened reality); and journalistic (grounded in reality but taking liberties with chronology). He highlights two particular weddings in the various clips he shows, and begins discussion of each with a "cheat sheet" that explains how he decided to take a cinematic or journalistic approach with each, how he chose the music and other elements based on his sense of his clients' personalities and preferences.

Another focus of this DVD is editing economy, taking a concise approach to storytelling that might leave out some standard or conventional shots if you can tell the story more succinctly without them. One of the coolest things he shows early on in this DVD is two approaches to bridal prep—one "bloated," one "lean"—and uses a shot counter to show how he can tell the same story in five shots (cross-cut with groom prep) that he did in 14 (using all his "good" bridal prep shots with no cross-cutting).

Watson also talks at length about an editing style that he's helped move toward the mainstream in wedding video: the timeshift. Watson breaks the timeshift into three categories—conservative, moderate, and radical—and explains and gives examples of how and when to implement each one effectively. The key, he says, is "finding the thread" that connects scenes that are chronologically disparate, such as key father-of-the-bride moments: processional, first dance, toast. Watson also suggests a "stream of consciousness" approach to timeshift video, in which scenes are connected by more tangential logic.

Watson concludes the hour-long disc with a 12-minute segment about a highlight video he did by using a single recurring visual motif as the thread to connect three distinct storylines. It's a very cool effect, which he explains well, and there's no way I could do it justice here. And since supercharged postproduction is all about storytelling, it wouldn't be fair to give away the ending, would it?

Back to Contents...

Avid Delivers Media Composer and Avid Xpress Pro for Intel-Based Macs

Avid Technology, Inc. today announced the worldwide availability of version 2.7 of its award-winning Media Composer family of products and version 5.7 of Avid Xpress Pro software. The new Media Composer and Avid Xpress Pro systems now include support for Intel-based Mac notebooks and workstations, new workflow capabilities, and an updated bundle of third-party content creation software. Both Avid products also offer expanded format support, including write-back capabilities for the popular Sony XDCAM and Panasonic P2 file-based media formats, as well as support for the emerging 720p50 HD broadcast standard in Europe.

In addition, version 2.7 of the Media Composer system introduces two industry breakthroughs: Avid ScriptSync, a next-generation script-based editing tool that uses phonetic speech recognition technology to automatically sync text with media; and Avid DNxHD 36, the industry's most efficient HD codec for offline editorial, which runs at a data rate of 36 Mbps (megabits per second), only slightly greater than the data rate of DV25 media, but at full-raster HD resolution. Avid will showcase the new Media Composer and Avid Xpress Pro systems--alongside other technology innovations--at the National Association of Broadcasters convention next month in Las Vegas from April 16 - 19, 2007.

"As professional content creators begin to embrace Intel-based Mac systems, we are delivering a powerful upgrade for the Mac platform, providing users with greater workflow efficiencies and creative control than what they'll find in other editing systems. We've run these systems through a more rigorous testing process than ever before, and we're confident that our customers will be pleased with the stability and performance they'll receive after installing the new software," said Matt Feury, senior evangelist, Post Market, at Avid. "Script-based editing has been very popular among customers because it provides an easy way to respond to directors, who often want to quickly review different takes of scenes based on the dialogue in the script. With ScriptSync, we're offering breakthrough technology that saves huge amounts of time--and money--in the storytelling process. In addition, Avid DNxHD 36 provides editors with an easy way to work with pristine HD images during the offline stage, without slowing down the creative process with massive HD file sizes."

Stuart Bass, A.C.E., 2006 Emmy nominee and ACE Eddie award winner for Arrested Development, and Media Composer v2.7 beta tester, said, "ScriptSync is one more innovative editing feature from Avid, and it is an absolute necessity when I'm editing scripted shows. On my current project, I can easily line up twelve takes of a single performance and evaluate each one in a thorough and organized fashion. It enables our team to evaluate different readings with greater speed, streamlining the storytelling process under extremely tight deadlines. In my opinion, every producer and director should know that Avid offers this capability - and that no other system can even come close."

Powered by next-generation phonetic speech recognition technology from Nexidia, the ScriptSync tool advances the functionality of Avid's script-based editing by automating the task of synchronizing scripts or transcripts with their respective media files, and eliminates the labor intensive process of manually inserting sync points. Once the script and media are matched, editors, directors and producers can quickly and easily review multiple line readings and select individual takes. With ScriptSync, script-based editing is significantly more accurate and more practical for everyday use.

Advancing offline workflow, Avid DNxHD 36 shatters post production barriers, enabling creative editorial professionals to work with high-quality HD footage during the offline stage and to maintain HD across the entire post production process. Using either an Avid DNxcel powered Media Composer Adrenaline, or an Avid Nitris system, customers can encode HD content to Avid DNxHD 36 in real-time. Avid DNxHD 36 media is ideal for playback, editing, rough-cut screenings, and reviewing dailies and also delivers massive storage efficiency--up to 18 hours of footage on a 300 GB FireWire drive. By eliminating the process of downconverting HD material to 14:1 SD resolution for offline work, Avid DNxHD 36 helps production teams to save money by providing them with faster availability of offline media at significantly better image quality.

For more information about Avid DNxHD and customer successes, visit www.avid.com/DNxHD.

New Enhancements for Media Composer and Avid Xpress Pro Software
Both Media Composer v2.7 and Avid Xpress Pro v5.7 software offer the following enhancements:

  • Intel-based Mac compatibility - providing Mac users with Avid's leading creative applications, optimized for Intel-based Mac notebooks and desktops. These product releases continue Avid's commitment to deliver applications for both Windows XP and Mac (Universal Binary installers for both Intel-based Mac and PowerPC systems) in the same box. For a complete list of Avid-qualified Intel-Mac systems, visit www.avid.com/mediacomposer and www.avid.com/xpresspro.
  • XDCAM and P2 write-back capability - giving editors more flexibility to work with and exchange XDCAM and P2(a) file-based media. For independent film, reality television, and other productions embracing file-based workflows, the new versions of Media Composer and Avid Xpress Pro software will offer the most comprehensive XDCAM and P2 support available.
  • 720p50 HD support - enabling editing and playback of the 720p50 HD format to support customers who want to take advantage of this emerging European HD standard. -- Updated third-party software applications - including content creation software for multimedia publishing, soundtrack creation, and effects creation - with the Mac-compatible software now optimized for both Intel- and PowerPC-based Mac architectures.

The software bundle extends the creative power of the Avid Xpress Pro and the Media Composer toolsets and includes versions of the following:

  • Sorenson Squeeze Compression Suite 4.5 - offering three times faster preprocessing and encoding and allowing digital storytellers to encode content - including HD files - directly from the timeline into the most popular Web formats
  • SmartSound SonicFire Pro 4 - enabling creation of sophisticated music tracks right from the editor's notebook or workstation and featuring SmartSound's Mood Mapping to dynamically match the mix and feel of music to the changing moods of any production.
  • Boris Continuum Complete 4.2.2 - providing a broad range of cutting-edge filters and features for high-end effects directly in the native Avid application (in Media Composer only).

Version 2.7 of Media Composer is available as software for $4,995 USMSRP and can be augmented with Avid DNA hardware such as Avid Mojo SDI and Avid Adrenaline. All customers with current Avid Support contracts receive the software updates at no additional charge. For customers who do not have Avid Support, Avid offers a range of upgrade options: Media Composer Software-Only Systems From now until June 30, 2007, customers can upgrade to version 2.7 for $195 USMSRP; this upgrade includes Boris Continuum Complete 4.2.2 at no additional charge.

After June 30, customers can purchase one of two upgrade options for $995 USMSRP:

  • A Media Composer 2.7 software upgrade kit - including all of the bundled third-party software applications; or
  • Avid Support - including Media Composer 2.7 software, Boris Continuum Complete 4.2.2, plus software upgrades from Avid and phone support for one year.

Version 5.7 of Avid Xpress Pro software is available for $1,695 USMSRP. Customers with versions 5.5 or higher of Avid Xpress Pro software will receive upgrades to version 5.7 for $49.95 USMSRP. Customers with Avid Xpress Pro systems that precede version 5.5 can upgrade to version 5.7 for $149.95 USMSRP. Both Media Composer and Avid Xpress Pro are available immediately through Avid's worldwide reseller channel. For information on Academic pricing, please visit: www.avid.com/education.

Back to Contents...

New Media Marketers Using Blog to Produce Expert Guide for Exponential Business Growth

John Easton, owner and CEO of Eastonsweb Multimedia and marketing expert Steve Yankee, founder of the Video Business Advisor, have teamed up with leading video production and multimedia marketing authorities to create a unique "expert guide to exponential business growth, utilizing video."
 Spearheaded by Easton, a Charlotte, NC-based provider of professional video production and website development services, this project is meant as a means to illustrate the collaborative potential of blogging. "I can't think of anyone else who has done anything like this," says Easton, "I service corporate clients and most of them want more business, more profitable customers; they want them fast and as inexpensively as they can get them. This blog teaches businesses how to use multimedia to fulfill those needs."

Yankee also saw this opportunity as a great way for businesses to maximize their marketing message. He says, "How many businesses produce a commercial spot, for instance, and then just let it linger out there somewhere? Why not find other ways to put their video to productive use? This blog project offers an exceptional catalog of tools and ideas for doing just that."

To put the plan in action, Easton published a blog post requesting submissions of innovative and proven video-based marketing tools and strategies; tips on how businesses can most effectively use the marketing power of online and offline video. Contributors submit one tip (no repeats) and include their company's name, location, and website address with their post. They are encouraged to copy the list as it develops and create a marketing tool for their own business. They are also asked to invite other "great minds in the business" to post. The diversity and accessibility of input benefits everyone.

Yankee states, "The goal here is to collectively create a comprehensive tips list that is so compelling that any business owner looking to grow his/her business -which should be any business -will be highly motivated to find their local video production provider. And that should be you."

Video producers can post their tips at www.tinyurl.com/27rrxp.

Back to Contents...

Matrox Announces Support for Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium and Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 on Matrox Axio Realtime HD and SD Editing Platforms

Matrox Video Products Group today announced that software release 3.0 for the Matrox Axio family of HD and SD editing platforms will support the newly announced Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium and Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 software. In addition, the Matrox Axio 3.0 release will provide support for Windows Vista, additional HD and SD cameras and editing resolutions, plus new realtime effects. The new features of Matrox Axio will be demonstrated at NAB 2007 in booth SL2015.

"The Axio 3.0 release brings extensive new camera support, giving users many more workflow options," said Ankit Patel, Matrox Axio product manager. "Combined with all the exciting new features of Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium, Matrox Axio users now have all the tools they need to produce top-quality HD productions - affordably, in real time, with complete flexibility - then easily deliver to tape, DVD, Blu-ray disc, the web, and mobile devices."

New features in the Matrox Axio 3.0 release include the following:

  • Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium support
  • Windows Vista support
  • New progressive SD editing resolutions - 486p@29.97 fps and 576p@25 fps
  • Sony HDV 1080p support (HVR-V1 cameras)
  • Canon 24f and 30f mode support
  • Sony XDCAM HD 1080p@29.97 fps and XDCAM HD export support
  • Realtime color correction using RGB curves
  • Realtime Adobe garbage masks
  • Realtime sphere effect
  • Realtime time code filter

The Matrox Axio family of products makes Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 the foremost realtime HD and SD editor for demanding broadcast and post-production environments. It features no-render HD and SD finishing in compressed and uncompressed formats, superior realtime color correction tools, advanced realtime effects, and a full complement of analog and digital audio and video inputs and outputs. It also lets users work seamlessly with the other Adobe CS3 Production Premium applications, fully supporting Adobe Dynamic Link and providing WYSIWYG video output support for Adobe After Effectsâ CS3 and Adobe Photoshop CS3, as well as other animation and compositing packages.

Matrox Axio incorporates Matrox Flex and Power of X technologies to leverage CPU and GPU power to provide the ultimate HD and SD post-production experience. Key features of Matrox Axio include the following:

  • Full-resolution, mixed-format, multi-layer realtime editing of HD and SD video, graphics, and effects
  • Realtime Matrox Flex CPU effects such as color correction, speed changes, and chroma/luma keying
  • Realtime and accelerated Matrox Flex GPU effects such as 2D/3D DVE, blur/glow/soft focus, and shine
  • Native MXF file support for Panasonic P2, Sony XDCAM, and Sony XDCAM HD in Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects
  • Extensive native codec support in HD and SD - uncompressed, MPEG-2 4:2:2:4 I-frame, DVCPRO HD, MPEG HD, HDV 1080i, HDV 720p (JVC ProHD), IMX, DV50, DV, DVCPRO, DVCAM
  • Realtime playback of 32-bit compressed and uncompressed AVI with alpha
  • 24 fps editing in HD and SD with pull down, reverse pull down, and Panasonic VariCam support
  • Realtime high-quality downscaling from HD to SD · Accelerated export to DVD, multimedia formats including Flash Video, and Adobe Clip Notes
  • WYSIWYG for Adobe After Effects, Bridge, and Photoshop, Autodesk Combustion and 3ds Max, eyeon Fusion, NewTek LightWave 3D, and Windows Media Player
  • Matrox EZ-MXF utility for native MXF file support in Video for Windows (AVI) applications
  • DV-1394, composite, Y/C, HD/SD analog component, and HD/SD SDI, and professional audio input and output

The Matrox Axio 3.0 release will be available for download from the Matrox website free of charge to all registered Matrox Axio users in August 2007. It will support all three platforms in the Axio family - Axio LE, Axio HD, and Axio SD. Current Axio customers must obtain an upgrade to the new Adobe software from Adobe in order to use the Axio 3.0 release. New purchases of Matrox Axio bundled with Adobe software from March 27, 2007 (May 8, 2007 in Japan) through August 28, 2007 qualify for a complimentary upgrade to the equivalent Adobe CS3 product from Adobe when it ships.

www.matrox.com/video

Back to Contents...

Roland Systems Group Announces Enhanced Feature Set for EDIROL VC-200HD and VC-300HD Multi-Format Converters

Roland Systems Group announces new features for the EDIROL VC-200HD and VC-300HD multi-format converters. The new VC series of media converters, due to ship in April, have the added ability to scale any input to multiple standard and high definition resolutions including 1080p and now also support full DVI-I (analog and digital) input and output.

The VC-200HD and VC-300HD offer bi-directional conversion and scaling between component SD/HD, HDV/DV, DVI and with the VC-300HD model, SD/HD-SDI. The VC series will also embed accompanying audio into the DV/HDV stream and embed up to four channels of audio into the SDI/HD-SDI stream. The VC series provides audio delay adjustments in millisecond or frame increments for lip/audio sync with the video source as well as In/Out sync terminals to allow Genlock with external devices.

"With the variety of formats and frame rates used by the industry today, the VC series is the most versatile converter available to broadcasters, editors, post houses and filmmakers looking to streamline their workflow," says John Broadhead, director of technology with Roland Systems Group. "We are excited about being one of the first companies to offer real-time encoding, conversion and scaling between any analog, HDV/DV, DVI or SDI source. The VC Series will take the load off of the edit suites and NLE systems that are now being tied up just to convert one format to another."

In addition, most outputs are always active allowing a converted signal to be used in multiple ways from multiple connection types at the same time. For example, a standard definition 480i video signal connected to the component input terminals can be converted to a high definition 1080i signal and be simultaneously output from HD-SDI terminal for broadcast, streamed as HDV to a deck or computer for archiving, DVI (digital or analog) and component HD for easy monitoring. The accompanying audio for the 480i component input will also be embedded in the HDV and HD/SDI streams.

Suggested retail price for the VC-200HD is $6,995. Suggested retail price for the VC-300HD is $9,495.

www.rolandsystemsgroup.com

Back to Contents...

Matrox Announces Support for Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium, Adobe Premiere Pro CS3, and Realtime Panasonic P2 MXF 720p Editing on the Matrox RT.X2 Platform

Matrox Video Products Group today announced that software release 3.0 for the Matrox RT.X2 editing platform will support the newly announced Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium and Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 software. In addition, the Matrox RT.X2 3.0 release will provide support for Windows Vista, additional HD and SD cameras and editing resolutions including the Panasonic P2 MXF 720p format, plus new realtime effects. The new features of Matrox RT.X2 will be demonstrated at NAB 2007 in booth SL2015.

"The RT.X2 3.0 release brings extensive new camera support, giving users many more workflow options including realtime native editing of the popular Panasonic P2 MXF 720p format," said Wayne Andrews, Matrox RT.X2 product manager. "Combined with all the exciting new features of Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium, Matrox RT.X2 users now have all the tools they need to produce top-quality SD and HD productions - creatively, efficiently, and faster than ever - then easily deliver to tape, DVD, Blu-ray disc, the web, and mobile devices."

New features in the Matrox RT.X2 3.0 release include the following:

  • Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium support
  • Windows Vista support
  • Native editing of Panasonic P2 MXF 720p and SD files
  • Panasonic VariCam 720p support
  • New progressive SD editing resolutions
  • Sony HDV 1080p support (HVR-V1 cameras)
  • Canon 24f and 30f mode support
  • Realtime color correction using RGB curves
  • Realtime Adobe garbage masks
  • Realtime sphere effect
  • Realtime time code filter

Key features of Matrox RT.X2 include the following:

  • Realtime mixed-format multi-layer workflows that combine HD and SD material from analog and digital sources
  • Realtime Matrox Flex CPU effects - color correction, speed changes, chroma/luma keying and many more
  • Realtime and accelerated Matrox Flex GPU effects - 2D/3D DVE, blur/glow/soft focus, shine and many more
  • Native HDV and MPEG-2 4:2:2 I-frame HD editing
  • Native DV, DVCAM, DVCPRO, and MPEG-2 4:2:2 I-frame SD editing
  • Realtime mixed-format multi-cam
  • Realtime high-quality hardware downscaling for SD output from an HD timeline
  • Accelerated export to DVD, multimedia formats including Flash Video, and Adobe Clip Notes
  • WYSIWYG for Adobe After Effects, Photoshop and Bridge, Autodesk Combustion and 3ds Max, eyeon Fusion, NewTek LightWave 3D, and Windows Media Player with dynamic Alt+Tab switching
  • Composite, Y/C, HD/SD analog component input and output
  • Full-resolution HD monitoring on an inexpensive flat panel display via independent DVI output

The Matrox RT.X2 3.0 release will be available for download from the Matrox website free of charge to all registered Matrox RT.X2 users in July 2007. Current RT.X2 owners must obtain an upgrade to the new Adobe software from Adobe in order to use the RT.X2 3.0 release. New purchases of Matrox RT.X2 bundled with Adobe software from March 27, 2007 (May 8, 2007 in Japan) through August 28, 2007 qualify for a complimentary upgrade to the equivalent Adobe CS3 product from Adobe when it ships.

www.matrox.com/video

Back to Contents...

Total Training Helps Adobe Creative Suite 3 Users Get Up to Speed

Total Training, Inc., a pioneer in engaging and innovative video-based training, today announced five new DVD-ROM based training series: Total Training for Adobe® Photoshop® CS3 Extended: Essentials, Total Training for Adobe Illustrator® CS3: Essentials, Total Training for Adobe Flash® CS3 Professional: Essentials, Total Training for Adobe InDesign® CS3: Essentials, and Total Training for Adobe Dreamweaver® CS3: Essentials.

The Creative Suite 3 training series offers a visual learning experience, hosted by Total Training's industry experts on Adobe products. These pros draw from their real-world experiences so that viewers learn the right way, the first time. Total Training's custom graphic interface creates a sense as if one is peering over the shoulder of a specialist. Each video tutorial is filled with useful tricks of the trade to help viewers further discover the software's extensive capabilities.

"Adobe Creative Suite 3 is the biggest launch in Adobe's history," said Caleb Belohlavek, director of product management for Adobe's Creative Solutions. "Training is vital to the success of this release so we're excited that Total Training will be releasing their exceptional in-depth video training content across these products to help customers quickly get up to speed and make the best use of Adobe Creative Suite 3."

About the Series

  • Total Training for Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended: Essentials is hosted by Chad Perkins, an Adobe Certified Instructor in Photoshop.
  • Total Training for Adobe Illustrator CS3: Essentials is hosted by Steve Samson, the author of numerous leading graphic design guide books, including Teach Yourself Adobe Creative Suite All-in-One.
  • Total Training for Adobe Flash CS3 Professional: Essentials is led by John Ulliman, an Adobe Authorized Instructor and Certified Expert for the Creative Suite of tools, and principal of his own project development company.
  • Total Training for Adobe InDesign CS3: Essentials is presented by Adam Pratt, Senior Systems engineer at Adobe who works on all of the Creative Suite Products, including InCopy and InDesign
  • Total Training for Adobe Dreamweaver CS3: Essentials features web guru, Janine Warner, author of more than a dozen books about the Internet, including the best-selling Dreamweaver For Dummies (now in its seventh edition).

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
Shipping in April 2007:

  • Total Training for Adobe Photoshop CS3: Essentials ($199.99 USD)
  • Total Training for Adobe Illustrator CS3: Essentials ($149.99 USD)
  • Total Training for Adobe Flash® CS3 Professional: Essentials ($199.99 USD)
  • Total Training for Adobe InDesign CS3:Essentials ($199.99 USD)
  • Total Training for Adobe Dreamweaver® CS3: Essentials ($199.99 USD)

For more information, visit http://totaltraining.com/cs3.

Back to Contents...

Corel Announces Ulead DVD MovieFactory 6 Plus with HD DVD and Blu-ray Support

Corel Corporation today announced the release of Ulead DVD MovieFactory 6 Plus, available in English, with German and French versions to follow next month. This latest release of the award-winning consumer DVD authoring package is the first consumer entry-level product to offer HD DVD burning capability and is also the first new product to be launched since Corel completed its acquisition of InterVideo and Ulead last December.

Packed with features to breathe new life into videos, photos and create Hollywood-style menu motion effects, Ulead DVD MovieFactory 6 Plus maintains the ease of use and affordability associated with previous versions. Requiring very little time or effort, users can produce fun and creative DVD projects with a professional-looking feel in either HD DVD or standard DVD format.

For high-definition video enthusiasts choosing the Blu-ray Disc format, DVD MovieFactory 6 Plus also includes the ability to record HD video directly to Blu-ray Disc. It also comes complete with a free version of InterVideo WinDVD, the world's number one DVD and video playback software, and a free version of InterVideo DVD Copy™ enabling users to copy their videos and music in three easy steps.

Ulead DVD MovieFactory 6 Plus comes complete with enhanced "Edit Room" video editing tools that allow users to polish camcorder footage for more professional-looking home movies. One-click theme templates instantly create sophisticated opening sequences with animated overlays. Easy-to-use Storyboard and Timeline editing let users personalize titles, music and other project elements. Users can capture digital media from numerous sources and start creating artistic, original-looking video and slideshow discs. Content ranging from TV transmissions and downloaded video to photos and camcorder clips can be incorporated into creative projects.

The MovieFactory interface guides users through straightforward steps to guide them through the disc creation process. The comprehensive application supports all of the latest industry formats allowing users to import, edit and convert HDV, DivX® or AVCHD and output in HD DVD, Blu-ray or traditional DVD-Video. Rounding out the package, DVD MovieFactory 6 Plus also includes a complete set of tools for burning data to CD, DVD, HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc as well as options for creating audio and MP3 CDs and DVDs.

New features in Corel Ulead DVD MovieFactory 6 Plus Version Among the range of exciting new features, Ulead DVD MovieFactory 6 Plus introduces the Edit Room, allowing users to edit captured video on an intuitive timeline with overlays, titles and music tracks. For video editors that demand more from a DVD authoring application, Ulead DVD MovieFactory 6 Plus includes comprehensive menu templates, and the facility to work with HDV, DivX or AVCHD, and output in HD DVD, Blu-ray, DVD-Video or legacy VCD.

Along with a bonus copy of WinDVD and DVD Copy, Ulead DVD MovieFactory 6 Plus offers a number of new key features and major enhancements, including the following:

Smart Video Editing

  • Exciting Theme Templates - Users can select a suitable theme which will add opening, titling and transition effects to enhance video clips.
  • Storyboard Mode - The easy way to get an overview, rearrange, and include transitions between all the scenes or video clips in any production
  • Timeline Mode - Edit captured video on an intuitive timeline with overlays, titles and music tracks.
  • Fade-in and Fade-out Video - Video clips can be edited to fade in or out at the click of a button.
  • Overlay Tracks - Users can add interest to movies with overlay frames and objects.
  • Transition Effects Between Videos - An extensive range of transition effects for a professional look.
  • Insert Images to Video - Editors can create mixed-media "clipshows" by combining video clips and photos on the timeline.
  • Capture and Edit HDV - Editing and exporting HDV is now just as easy as working with standard DV video.
  • Auto Subtitle Track - Select to display video file name, date, time, and EXIF (photo) data as a subtitle track.

Smart Menu Options

  • Button Moving Paths - Menus come to life with templates that contain animated menus, titles, navigation buttons, or other decorative objects.
  • Distort Menu Objects - Users can rotate, stretch and angle menu motion buttons to fit into frames or other background elements.
  • Extend Background Video and Image - Allowing editors to change from 4:3 to 16:9 widescreen.
  • Customize Slideshow Pan and Zoom - This advanced tool offers customizable curved paths, transparency and zoom ratios.

Support for New Formats

  • AVCHD Camcorder Support - Now users can import and edit high-definition footage from AVCHD camcorder discs, and convert to standard definition formats.
  • DivX Support - Users of all levels can now combine downloaded DivX movies with subtitle .srt files, and burn to DVDs.
  • Auto Detect Disc Type - The correct program for the disc type will automatically open for authoring, editing or burning.
  • Support 16:9 Widescreen PC Monitor - DVD MovieFactory's user interface and layout will automatically adjust to fit widescreen monitors.
  • Blu-ray Movie Discs - The software now includes the option to capture high-definition video from a camcorder or HDTV and burn to Blu-ray discs
  • Dolby® Digital 5.1 Support New Output Options
  • Supports 16:9 Widescreen PC Monitors - DVD MovieFactory's user interface and layout automatically adjusts to fit widescreen monitors.
  • Burn HD DVD folders to HD DVD Disc - Now users can easily open and import HD DVD folders and burn them to disc for viewing on set-top players.
  • CD Extra - adds data files to music discs
  • Secure Burning on Data Discs - Now users can password-protect videos, photos, documents, and any other data from unauthorized access and viewing.
  • Output to HD DVD-R/RW and Blu-ray BD-R/RE Discs

DVD MovieFactory 6 Standard Edition provides many of the same award-winning features found in the Plus version, but is designed to address the needs of new users working with standard definition video.

The English version of Corel Ulead DVD MovieFactory 6 Standard and Plus editions is available to buy from all major resellers or direct from www.ulead.com. Suggested retail pricing is $49.99 USD SRP for the standard version, $79.99 USD SRP for the Plus version. An upgrade version is available for users of previous versions. German and French versions of both Standard and Plus editions of Corel Ulead DVD MovieFactory 6 will be available in March 2007.

www.ulead.com

Back to Contents...