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December 10, 2007

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NewTek Announces Major Upgrade to TriCaster STUDIO
Panasonic Announces Deliveries of 32GB P2 Memory Card
JVC Announces Software Updates to Apple's Final Cut Pro and the DR-HD100 ProHD Hard Disk Recorder
ImageSpan and TAKKLE Team to Capture Brand New High School Sports Videos Nationwide
Marantz Professional Now Shipping the New PMD620 Handheld Compact Field Digital Recorder
Abaltat Muse Video-Driven Soundtrack Composer Version 1.1 Now Available
Shining Technology Granted Patent for Its Direct Audio, Video Recording-Editing Technology
Panamax's New Entry-Level MFP-300 Delivers Premium Power to HD Flat-Panel Displays for Under $150
Gertrudis Graphics Releases a Public Beta of its New Digital Art Software
LightScribe Introduces New Template Labeler Software

NewTek Announces Major Upgrade to TriCaster STUDIO

NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading video and 3D animation products, today announced the release of a major upgrade to its TriCaster STUDIO™ portable live production and virtual set system. Key new capabilities in the update include features that provide additional preview options when switching live camera sources and greater flexibility when creating text and title treatments. The upgrade is available immediately as a free download to TriCaster STUDIO owners.

New features of TriCaster STUDIO include the following:

  • Full-featured character generator, including scrolls and crawls, and the ability to easily produce title templates for live production.
  • Titles can be placed up-stream of every input individually.
  • New 3 camera dedicated on-screen preview monitor display mode.
  • An iVGA underscan button that allows control over whether or not a VGA input fills the entire video frame.
  • Improved keying and ease-of-use with an optimized LiveMatte ™ engine.
  • A Y/C across BNC option that allows users to create long cable-runs on site using two shielded BNC cables, which is sturdier and more cost-effective than using an S-Video cable.
  • Video editor improvements based on SpeedEDIT 1.5, with new video effects, audio filters and other features.
  • Additional tools will be available to allow you to create your own LiveSet™ virtual sets with Lightwave 3D v9.

"TriCaster has completely upended the economics of live production and streaming,’" said Andrew Cross, NewTek’s Executive Vice President of Software Engineering. "There’s nothing on the market that even comes close to TriCaster STUDIO‘s extensive suite of portable live production capabilities."

TriCaster STUDIO provides all of the capabilities of a live remote production truck including: component video, balanced audio, six video inputs and advanced switching features, live virtual sets, multiple upstream effects, title graphics, dual virtual playback DDR's and an additional record DDR, live streaming and much more, in a small, 16-pound package. TriCaster STUDIO makes it possible to cover live events and broadcast and stream from locations where the use of remote truck facilities are not feasible.

Virtual Sets
The proprietary virtual set system in TriCaster STUDIO, LiveSet™ allows separate virtual sets to be assigned independently to all six camera inputs and the dual integrated DDR’s. In addition, each input has an independent LiveMatte™ module eliminating the need for expensive keying or frame-sync hardware. Each virtual set supports virtual cameras with multiple angles and focal lengths with support for secondary video sources such as on-screen background monitors. The photo-realistic LiveSet engine allows real-time rendering of reflections, refractions, bump maps and more.

Pricing and Availability
TriCaster STUDIO in NTSC is available in North America for $9,995US through December 31, 2007. The price will increase to $10,995US January 1, 2008. TriCaster STUDIO is also available internationally in dual PAL/NTSC versions.

www.newtek.com

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Panasonic Announces Deliveries of 32GB P2 Memory Card

Panasonic has announced the availability of the 32GB P2 solid-state memory card (model AJ-P2C032RG) for its popular P2 HD and P2 product line. Available at a suggested list price of $1,650, the reusable 32GB P2 card provides recording time greater than media for most tape-based and disc-based systems.

On a single 32GB P2 card, professionals can record for 32 minutes in AVC-Intra 100 or DVCPRO HD, 40 minutes in AVC-Intra 100 in native 1080/24p, 80 minutes in AVC-Intra 100 or DVCPRO HD in native 720/24p, 64 minutes in DVCPRO50 and 128 minutes in DVCPRO.

For an AJ-HPX3000 or an AJ-HPX2000 P2 HD camcorder, which have five P2 card slots, record times quintuple. For example, a user can record for up to 200 minutes of master-quality AVC-Intra 100 1080/24p video with a five-slot HPX3000.

In addition to a 32GB P2 card, Panasonic also offers the AJ-P2C032RG 16GB P2 card at the suggested list price of $900.

Panasonic’s P2 card is based on ultra-reliable, solid-state memory, consisting 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. The P2 card is reusable and connects instantly with P2 decks, drives, laptops and major non-linear editing systems to eliminate the time-consuming task of digitizing. These PCMCIA-based cards can be easily connected to laptops using ExpressCard technology with simple, highly affordable third-party adapters.

The P2 card is resistant to impact (up to 1,500G), vibration (up to 15G), shock, dust and environmental extremes including temperature changes. It 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). Unlike tapes and discs, the P2 card has no rotating parts. The solid-state P2 memory card can transfer data at speeds up to 640Mbps to provide the professional user with fast, easy operation. Compared to tape or disc, P2 acquisition requires no media consumption, resulting in tremendous savings in media costs.

The new 32GB card is fully compatible with the current 16GB P2 card, so users who’ve upgraded their P2 product(s) and computer system for 16GB operation are ready for 32GB operation. For P2 users who haven’t completed this upgrade, it is a requirement to take advantage of 32GB operation.

For more information about Panasonic’s solid-state P2 cards, visit www.panasonic.com/broadcast.

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JVC Announces Software Updates to Apple's Final Cut Pro and the DR-HD100 ProHD Hard Disk Recorder

JVC ProHD end-users are now able to shoot, edit and go to air faster than any other workflow in the industry. Apple’s update to Final Cut Pro 6.0.2 provides full native 60p editing support for JVC’s GY-HD250 and GY-HD200 ProHD camera users. With the DR-HD100 hard disk recorder latest version 3.0, ProHD users can record HDV 720 60p and 50p files and directly access files in Final Cut Pro version 6.0.2.

"Broadcasters have been anxiously awaiting a seamless 60p direct file access workflow and once again JVC has played a significant role," said Lon Mass, vice president of marketing for JVC Professional Products Company. "The combination of these products provides the fastest and most efficient HD shooting and editing available today. We’re grateful for the collaborative efforts between our engineering team, Apple and Focus Enhancements to make this solution possible."

With JVC’s seamless direct file access ProHD users can record Apple QuickTime format directly onto hard disk, no file transfer or conversion is necessary. ProHD users can simply drag files directly into the Final Cut Pro 6.0.2 timeline. Apple Final Cut Pro 6.0.2 enables native editing of HDV720 format in 60p, 50p, 30p and 24p ProHD. And since files are not converted or transcoded, they retain their original native HD high quality throughout the workflow.

The DR-HD100 version 3.0, designed and built by Focus Enhancements to JVC specifications, adds auto-reel functionality to help streamline the production process by ensuring users can easily identify clips in the editing system. With auto-reel, users can assign clips to pre-named reel folders on disk. Once a reel is selected, all subsequent clips will automatically be placed in the same reel until the user selects a new clip or disables the auto-reel function.

For optimum performance, please ensure Apple, Focus and JVC devices are up-to-date with the latest firmware. For more information about JVC’s ProHD products and JVC firmware update, visit http://pro.jvc.com.

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ImageSpan and TAKKLE Team to Capture Brand New High School Sports Videos Nationwide

ImageSpan, Inc, a WEVA strategic partner and creator of CurbStream, has teamed with TAKKLE, the premier online social network for high school sports. The official announcement of the exclusive and ongoing ImageSpan/TAKKLE partnership, released today, confirms that TAKKLE will utilize CurbStream to capture video of top high school athletes across the United States in various sports, including football and basketball.

CurbStream already has begun delivering video of top high school football athletes to accompany the Sports Illustrated-TAKKLE Top 100 Player Rankings available on TAKKLE and the Sports Illustrated Web site.

The revolutionary CurbStream platform automatically locates and contracts local WEVA members to fulfill weekday shooting assignments for ImageSpan’s national and regional clients.

By using CurbStream, TAKKLE is able to gather a range of highly-original video content, including field action shots and interviews with high school athletes, allowing it to generate up-to-date and localized high school sports video with viral advertising potential.

On the TAKKLE site, athletes, coaches, college recruiters and fans can see interviews with top high school players and coaches and video clips of top players in action. For example, fans can click in to see safety Rahim Moore of Dorsey High in Los Angeles, CA anticipate the quarterback’s throw as he darts, dodges and dives to provide pass coverage, or watch as offensive tackle Michael Brewster of Edgewater High in Orlando, FL sends opponents literally running for cover.

The new ImageSpan/TAKKLE partnership, states Iain Scholnick CEO of ImageSpan, makes it easier than ever for TAKKLE "to constantly update and enrich the SI-TAKKLE Top 100 High School Football Player Rankings with action-packed videos that are both compelling and compliant."

Based on specifications provided to CurbStream by TAKKLE, videographers in the CurbStream system can shoot local high school sports stars during a game and then deliver video clips of the athletes in action to TAKKLE via CurbStream's easy-to-use uploading service. The content is immediately rights-cleared and licensable for use by TAKKLE and SI.com.

"ImageSpan’s CurbStream network is helping TAKKLE engage hard-to-reach young audiences by pairing the power and immediacy of video with a social network created specifically for high school athletes," said David Birnbaum, CEO of TAKKLE. "With the explosive growth of social networking – especially among teenagers — this joint offering is certain to become a top-ranked experience for high school sports fans and a key feature on TAKKLE.com, Sports Illustrated’s SI.com, and other Web sites."

Built on LicenseStream, ImageSpan’s simple-to-use yet powerful licensing automation platform, CurbStream is the only service globally that embeds into all video content full digital content licensing information and capabilities – from usage and permissions to rights and settlement. All pieces of the process are handled automatically via the Web-based service, eliminating the time-consuming and costly paperwork, pricing hassles and middlemen typical of manually licensing, settling and tracking digital content across social and advertising networks.

Starting this month, ImageSpan will also begin capturing video of top-ranked men’s and women’s basketball players nationwide for the Top 100 Player Rankings that appear on TAKKLE.com, SI.com, and other Web sites. If you are a current WEVA member and not yet signed-up to receive weekday shooting assignments from CurbStream, go now to CurbStream and sign-up - it's free of charge.

www.imagespan.com
www.TAKKLE.com

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Marantz Professional Now Shipping the New PMD620 Handheld Compact Field Digital Recorder

D&M Professional, manufacturer of the renowned Marantz® Professional PMD® series of professional recording products, now ships the new PMD620 Hand-Held Digital Compact Recorder. Marantz Professional has developed the PMD620 to provide advanced functionality in a smaller, more convenient configuration that will reach into new markets, including the professional audio and MI markets, further emphasizing D&M's ongoing commitment to supplying customers with market-driven product solutions.

The PMD620 is Marantz Professional's newest and smallest handheld portable recorder -- it fits easily in a hand or in a pocket but packs quite a punch for its size. The PMD620 offers direct-to-MP3 recording in three quality levels, as well as fully uncompressed, CD-quality 44.1/48 kHz .wav format in 16 or 24-bit resolution, allowing the user to configure the PMD620 for a wide variety of applications, from extended-length voice recordings to high-quality music applications. Sound quality is enhanced by the inclusion of two condenser microphones on the PMD620, as well as line and external mic inputs, and an external mic output.

The new PMD620 also utilizes the SD flash memory card for data storage, a first for the PMD Series of recorders. SD (secure digital) is a highly stable and the most widely available flash media format, so users will have ready access to very cost-effective data storage. Additionally, the PMD620 accepts memory cards of high capacity (up to 2-TB or 2048 gigabytes).

Incorporating user feedback from across the PMD Series spectrum, the new PMD620 sports several new layout enhancements making for a simpler and more confident experience. The PMD620 offers one-touch record engagement using a button with its own tactile feel and red highlight illumination. The unit's transport controls will be familiar to users of personal portable music devices, and incorporates a thumb-operated scroll wheel and a vivid organic LED (OLED) display screen, one of the first in the industry, which uses very little power to illuminate, thus extending the unit's battery life. (The PMD620 is powered by two AA batteries.) The display's black background means that all alpha-numerics and function icons are always crisp and easy to read. The screen is also configurable thanks to two font sizes, allowing more information on the screen with the smaller font and highly readable key information with the larger one. These are just a few of the ways in which the PMD620 crosses market sector lines, making it the choice of the executive suite and the iPod® generation, as well as the educators, journalists and broadcast professionals who have been the core markets for the PMD Series.

The PMD620 also offers editing capabilities that constitute a field recorder truly in a class by itself. Included in the firmware is "Copy Segment" editing, which uses non-destructive cut-and-paste-style editing to create a new sound file, which can be up/downloaded via the built-in USB port. Another menu feature, "Skip Back," allows transcribers the ability to review recorded audio from 1 to 60 previous seconds. And the PMD620's USB 2.0 port allows effortless drag-and-drop transfer of files to a PC. In fact, as powerful and feature-laden as it is, the PMD620 is simple to operate. "Level" and "Peak" LEDs let you know the status of your input signal, and you can toggle between four displays screens that provide elapsed time, time remaining and other key data.

www.marantz.com

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Abaltat Muse Video-Driven Soundtrack Composer Version 1.1 Now Available

Abaltat, a provider of radical music software solutions, today announced the release of Version 1.1 of its innovative Abaltat Muse™ video-driven soundtrack composer. Abaltat Muse is a professional software application for video editors that creates original, royalty-free, broadcast-quality soundtracks in minutes. A free 14-day full trial version of Abaltat Muse (3.11GB) is now available for download or shipping.

"This latest version of Abaltat Muse features complementary and seamless integration with Apple®, Avid®, Adobe® and Media 100® edit applications," said Siun Ni Raghallaigh, managing director at Abaltat. "We've also built in full MIDI export functionality to import directly into applications such as Digidesign® Pro Tools® and Apple's Logic®."

Abaltat Muse is easy to use. Simply drop a QuickTime® file of your edited picture sequence into the application and the software will compose a soundtrack based on an analysis of your pictures along with your selected parameters, such as tempo and style. Abaltat Band is what defines the style of music, and included free in Version 1.1 of Abaltat Muse is a rich array of Abaltat's plug-in virtual Bands, seven in total, giving the user access to a diverse range of musical genres, from classical to dub reggae.

Abaltat Muse composes the music and plays it out using a sample player and virtual instruments. The software incorporates technology from experts in the audio industry, namely Native Instruments™ and Garritan Libraries™. As a result, the audio and instrument quality is extremely high. The audio can be exported as AIFF or WAV files. The composition can be exported as a MIDI file, should the editor require a composer to do additional work on his or her composition.

Abaltat will showcase Abaltat Muse at the upcoming Macworld Conference and Expo in San Francisco January 14–18, at its booth S-1338.

More information about Abaltat Muse and other Abaltat products is available online at www.abaltat.com.

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Shining Technology Granted Patent for Its Direct Audio, Video Recording-Editing Technology

Shining Technology, Inc., a global provider of essential peripherals to the professional broadcast and video markets, today announced it has been issued a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for its unique AV recording technology.

Entitled "System and Method for Direct Recording of Audio, Video and/or Images for Easy Access and Editing," U.S. Patent No. 7,295,766 covers Shining’s proprietary technology for recording data, such as video, directly from video cameras onto tapeless hard drives – facilitating a video professional’s ability to edit instantly.

Shining has developed this system for several years and it is currently used worldwide in the company’s award-winning line of CitiDISK™ recorders. These palm-sized devices attach directly to DV/HDV/DVCPRO HD® video cameras and allow users to record footage directly to CitiDISK’s high-capacity (currently up to 120GB) video hard drive (and to tape simultaneously).

This tapeless recording capability eliminates the time-consuming video recapture process, making "on-the-spot" editing a reality for today’s broadcast and video pros, who must often edit instantly for immediate turnaround (e.g., online video uploads). The result is a significant resource savings in man-hours, production and field time, and the bottom line.

"The high-definition transformation we are all witnessing, whether at the professional or consumer level, represents a massive industry sea change," said Chris Wang, chief executive officer of Shining Technology. "Our company is proud to be well-positioned with the patented technology and the right products at the right time for a burgeoning global appetite to work with video digitally."

www.shining.com

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Panamax's New Entry-Level MFP-300 Delivers Premium Power to HD Flat-Panel Displays for Under $150

Panamax/Furman Sound, a world-leading provider of AC power management solutions, today announced the release of an entry-level power management solution for residential home theater systems. Priced at under $150, the MFP-300 supplies clean, noise-free power to high-definition (HD) flat-panel displays for enhanced image and sound quality while protecting the system from damaging over/undervoltages.

Featuring a slimline design that makes it ideal for mounting out of view behind flat-panel displays, the MFP-300 offers power cleaning and premium filtration to eliminate common symptoms of AC line noise, such as loss of detail, pops, hisses, hums, and visual artifacts, allowing equipment to perform at its full capability for an optimal home theater experience.

For component longevity, Panamax's exclusive Protect or Disconnect™ circuitry completely removes the AC power from connected equipment in the event of a catastrophic surge, while integrated coax/sat line protection prevents electrical surges that travel over cable, satellite, and antenna lines.

"Consumers have high expectations for the HD experience, and without proper filtration, they are understandably disappointed when it doesn't deliver," said Dave Keller, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Panamax and Furman. "When consumers purchase a new HDTV at a reseller, the low cost of the MFP-300 allows consumers to easily add on the power cleaning and filtration they need to get the most out of their investment and receive a truly stunning viewing experience."

The MFP-300 will be available in January 2008 at an MSRP of $149.95.

www.panamax.com
www.furmansound.com  

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Gertrudis Graphics Releases a Public Beta of its New Digital Art Software

Gertrudis Graphics will introduce a beta version of its new Gertrudis MX software. Gertrudis MX is a Windows program that transforms an image (generally a photo) into an original artwork. Gertrudis Graphics is delivering a widely available Gertrudis MX Beta to enable Digital Artists to freely experiment with the Creative Features of this software.

Gertrudis MX is a standalone application that transforms an image (generally a photo) into an original artwork. With it, artists can start with an existing picture such as from a digital camera or scanner, a 3D rendering or painting from another program or imaging application. Gertrudis first performs a topological analysis of the image's content and builds a matrix of flow direction vectors. Users can then paint a few quick strokes across the desired features of their image. Gertrudis MX uses this information to generate something that looks more like hand-drawn masterpieces.

"Getrudis MX is one of the most intuitive Digital Art Tool at your fingertips. You can customize your styles as never seen before," said Martin Düerr, the owner of CYBERSIGN.DE a Digital Art firm from Germany. "It's a 'must have' for any serious graphic artist or digital painter. It's an indispensable tool for my daily work."

Realistic imitations of traditional media
While one of the main goals of Gertrudis MX is enabling users to create their own styles, there are a number of standard, "ready to use" styles which successfully imitate traditional media: Watercolor, Oil painting, Crayon, and Pen & Ink. Each of these comes in different sizes, and levels of details.

Custom Styles
One of the most important differences between Gertrudis MX and its predecessor -Gertrudis Pro- is that Gertrudis MX lets the user create its own style from the ground, with a deep level of customization, including the shape of the brush, texture, color sampling technique, width, length, and many more features. There are in fact more than 40 different parameters, organized from the most common parameters like width, length, transparency, to more sophisticated parameters like color variation, pen & ink behavior and others.

High resolution output
One of the key features of Gertrudis MX is that it is independent of the resolution, therefore, the user can render the picture at any size. An on-line example of this feature is available here.

Main Features

  • Realistic imitations of the traditional media: Watercolor, Oil, Crayon, and others.
  • Advanced Style Management: It lets creating variations of the existing styles or create new styles from scratch.
  • Automatic drawing: There is one tool called "Autosketch" which lets the designer choose the option of giving the direction of the strokes in an automatic way. This is done by its exclusive flow analysis algorithm.
  • High resolution pictures output: The resulting output can be rendered at high resolution without loss of quality.

Some examples of drawings done by its users can be found here.

System requirements: Windows 98, NT, 2000, or XP. 128 MB RAM.

Availability: Gertrudis MX Beta is available here.

ww.gertrudisgraphics.com

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LightScribe Introduces New Template Labeler Software

LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling has announced the immediate availability of the LightScribe Template Labeler, labeling software designed to simplify and enhance customers' CD and DVD labeling. The Template Labeler complements the capability of the LightScribe Simple Labeler, launched in February 2007. The Template Labeler allows customers to create full label designs with its easy user interface. The new labeling software is available immediately for free download on LightScribe's website.

Anyone owning a LightScribe-enabled computer or external CD or DVD burner can download the LightScribe Template Labeler and immediately create professional-looking full disc designs – complete with personalized photos and text – in a few simple steps:

  1. Insert a LightScribe disc label-side down into the drive;
  2. Choose a template design, then simply drag and drop in photos and add personalized text to the label design;
  3. Preview the design against a choice of six LightScribe disc background colors and burn the label.

Six LightScribe template packs of new label designs are available for the Template Labeler: LightScribe Art Pack, LightScribe Holiday Pack, LightScribe Weddings Pack, LightScribe Special Occasions Pack, LightScribe Sports Pack and LightScribe Business Pack.

The Template Labeler and the new label design packs can be downloaded at www.lightscribe.com for free and works on computers running Windows (Vista/XP/2000). In addition to English, LightScribe Template Labeler for Windows will be available beginning in December 2007 in 23 languages, including Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, German, Greek, Finnish, French, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese-Brazilian, Russian, Slovakian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.

LightScribe -- a laser DVD / CD label burning technology found in many popular brands of disc burners, laptops and PCs -- gives people the ability to easily burn silkscreen-quality photos, graphics, images and text directly onto LightScribe CDs and DVDs. A simple title printed in normal mode will typically take a couple of minutes. A fuller disc image will take approximately 15-20 minutes. LightScribe CDs are available in original gold, red, orange, yellow, blue and green.

LightScribe-enabled CDs, DVDs, software, desktops, notebooks, aftermarket optical disc drives and duplicator systems are available at major retailers worldwide, as well as through most leading brands online.

www.lightscribe.com

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