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February 25, 2008

Table of Contents

2008: Time to Re:Frame?
The Effects of Sound: New offerings from Twistedtracks.com are really making noise!
Aleratec Makes Fully Automatic Disc Publishing An Affordable Luxury With New DVD/CD RoboRacer LS
NewTek Announces Fourth Major Update to LightWave 3D v9
Noise Industries Partner CoreMelt Releases a New FxPack for FxFactory
RedbeardMusic.com Provides Royalty-Free Vocal Music for Event and Wedding Videographers
NVIDIA Redefines Notebook Workstation Market
AJA Takes Io HD on Tour with Apple and Final Cut Studio 2
Marantz Professional Introduces The New PMD580 Rackmount Compact Digital Recorder

2008: Time to Re:Frame?

What happens when nine leading wedding filmmakers who met online get together in New Orleans to discuss the future of the industry? In a word, Re:Frame. But what exactly is Re:Frame, who’s behind it, and how do they plan to reframe the image of the wedding video industry, beginning with the self-image of wedding videographers themselves?

The first and most important initial step will be Re:Frame 08, a workshop-intensive boutique event slated for October 6-8, 2008 in New Orleans with the tagline "Contemporary inspiration and education for event filmmakers." Re:Frame 08 will be limited to 50 attendees, take place in the Royal Sonesta Hotel in the heart of the French Quarter, and consist primarily of 2- and 3-hour intensive, workshop-style seminars and intimate social gatherings designed to maximize the interaction of attendee and speaker.

Presenters at Re:Frame 08 include wedding filmmakers from the six companies—all 2007 EventDV 25 all-star selections—who have joined forces as the "Re:Frame Collective": Terry Taravella of Studio Vieux Carre, Julie Hill of Elysium Productions, Kristen* of Bliss* Productions, Don Pham of Take 1 Productions, Bruce Patterson of Cloud Nine Creative, and Chris P. Jones of Mason Jar Films. The event will also feature two additional presenters: featured presenter Jason Magbanua of Philippines-based Jason Magbanua Wedding Videography, the acclaimed "first rock star of wedding video"; and a "People’s Choice" presenter who will be voted in by people who register for the Re:Frame website email list. And one of the hallmarks of this event, according to the Re:Frame Collective, is that all speakers will be paid, over and above the reimbursement of their expenses.

But time, place, and speaker roster hardly tell the Re:Frame story. When the Collective first gathered in New Orleans last October, their intention wasn’t simply to make plans to launch an event. The seeds of Re:Frame were planted in 2007 when Kristen*, Patterson, Pham, Jones, and Julie and Alex Hill answered an "open invitation" from Studio Vieux Carre’s Julian St. Pierre to participants in the WedFACT (Wedding Filmmakers Alliance of Creative Talent) forum to come to New Orleans to talk about the future of the wedding video business, and to strategize about how to bring more brides and more creative talent into it.

The initial idea was to brainstorm on ways to build "a real community" that would extend beyond the narrow confines of the small, virtual community that had developed at WedFACT—"a physical manifestation of the online forum," in Kristen*’s words. "We wanted to share this experience and bring it to the industry."

One thing that the wedding filmmakers who gathered in New Orleans found they agreed on was that relationships with photographers had been crucial to the success of their studios, and that wedding videographers could learn a lot from their photographer colleagues, not just in terms of how to develop their craft, or how to build a positive image for their industry, but also in terms of how to produce successful industry events. Specifically, according to Jones, the Collective "concluded that with a small gathering of industry professionals, we could give participants the same sort of upscale boutique experience we see photographers getting in their workshops."

Here’s where St. Pierre’s background and ongoing involvement in the event planning business came in handy: As part of a management group that specializes in running high-end events, St. Pierre was already producing a small, upscale photographers’ workshop called Image X, scheduled for October 6-8, 2008 in New Orleans. The just-formed Re:Frame Collective agreed that it made sense to co-locate their nascent videographers’ event with the Image X 08 workshop, and to make New Orleans, in Jones’s words, "the nexus of the universe for visual excellence that week."

"When I talk to photographers about their elite events, they don’t talk about the content; they say, ‘We had a blast,'" says St. Pierre. "For those of us who like to attend higher-end events, we said, ‘What if we could create something like that—something that’s more boutique than fair.’" Hence the emphasis on location, the insistence on a five-star hotel, the 5:1 presenter-to-attendee ratio, the start-to-finish VIP treatment for each attendee, the narrow focus on wedding video art and business, the preponderance of planned social events bringing presenters and attendees together, and the noteworthy absence of a trade show. Highlights planned so far include nightly workshop recaps with the presenters and a Tuesday night Mardi Gras gala in the French Quarter. "My responsibility is to make the event spectacular," St. Pierre explains. "That’s what will keep people coming back year after year."

Each member of the Collective that I spoke with seemed to agree that the success of the event will be determined by a combination of the content they deliver and the way they deliver it, as well as the atmosphere they’re able to create. One key element of the content is that it will be all about wedding video—no corporate video, no stage events, no other types of social events—and specifically, how to produce, package, and deliver an upscale wedding product.

But even more important to the "Re:Frame" approach is how they intend to present that material, and involve their attendees from the early stages of the planning process in the way the content is offered. "I don’t want to go to an event and sit in the dark and watch someone’s DVD," says Kristen*. In a workshop on production techniques, for example, "I want to be able to play with it as I’m learning about it." As such, her plan is to find out what attendees are looking for from the point at which they sign up, and tailor her workshops to their needs and expectations. "Everyone who signs up will be in contact with each of us. We’ll send out a questionnaire and find out who’s coming, what their personalities are, what their needs are, and why they are signing up. If I’m teaching a marketing seminar, it won’t just be me showing my stuff. I want to look at everyone’s collateral, whether they bring it to the seminar, or send it in ahead of time."

Jones envisions that intimate workshop experience extending beyond the classroom. "If someone is really taken with Jason Magbanua’s shooting techniques in his workshop, they can carry that conversation on to the Café DuMonde, or walk through the French Quarter with him and try out those techniques by shooting video of a jazz musician playing on the sidewalk," he says. "New Orleans is such a visual city, so full of passion, that it’s ripe for an experience in which you can lock in on what you want to focus on in a group and also in a more intimate, one-on-one setting."

Key to the event’s success will be the combination of talents brought together in the Re:Frame Collective. Jones describes them as follows: "Julie Hill, empress of the blog; Don Pham, the engineer who sees the nuts and bolts of the tech side; Chris Jones, who puts together copy, plays the dummy, and asks the questions; Bruce Patterson, who developed WedLuxe, Canada’s luxury wedding magazine, and is an expert on developing a distinctive brand; Julian St. Pierre, who’s spent 10-20 years in conference planning and along with Alex Hill, is the business strategist; and Kristen*, who brings a feminine touch to this testosterone-infused industry."

With the increasing emphasis on high-end wedding filmmaking, the Re:Frame Collective believes the time is right for a boutique, workshop-based conference focused specifically on pursuing and advancing the high-end part of the business. "Now that the buzz is all ‘high-end, charge what you’re worth,’ and creating the expectation that brides will pay ‘X’ for their video, the time has come for an event like this," Kristen* says. Of course, an event that’s emphatically high-end both in content and attendee experience comes at a price somewhat higher than videographers pay at other types of conferences. The price of Re:Frame 08 is $1,299 per attendee, which includes the workshops, the social events, three nights at the conference’s five-star hotel, and breakfast each morning. "For the price they’re paying, rooms are included," St. Pierre says, acknowledging that the cost might at first strike attendees as a bit steep. "But we’re not charging more than our target bride pays for her entire package. How can we expect people to pay ‘X’ for their video if we won’t invest the same in our professional development?"

As much emphasis as the Re:Frame Collective intends to put into Re:Frame 08 this year, the organization’s goals go well beyond creating a single, signature event. They’ve developed a website and blog that will showcase the work of videographers outside the Collective (as well as that of the Re:Frame brain trust, of course), and serve the organization’s mission of (in Kristen*’s words) "giving a voice to boutique videographers."

Another goal, according to Kristen*, is "connecting people and giving back by doing nonprofit work, with companies coming together as teams worldwide." But the overarching goal, according to Jones, is as follows: "We want to reframe people’s mindsets. We want to show people that this is a cool occupation and one where they can make a living, thrive, and be proud to tell people what they do."

Part of that process is putting a new face on the industry, Kristen* says, by creating "an organization that speaks the language of a generation. The idea is to have wedding video be perceived as something exciting that people can be proud of."

A key step in that "reframing" process is recruitment, according to Jones, which speaks to one type of attendee—in addition to existing studios looking to improve their craft or business in one respect or another—that they intend to court. Realistically, according to St. Pierre, at $1,299 per attendee, Re:Frame 08 attendees are likely to come from traditional conference-attendee demographics: "It will be studios that are full-time and have some discretionary." But a long-term goal of Re:Frame is to use the conference and the associated blog and other efforts to bring new talent from other backgrounds into the wedding video mix.

Where will the next generation of wedding videographers come from? Jones believes that with the right refinements to our industry’s image, film school graduates will comprise a large percentage of new entrants to the field. "Film schools and communications departments have a vested interest in seeing their students graduate and work in the fields in which they’re trained," he says. "Event video provides a unique opportunity for people coming out of film school to develop a business, and we’re looking to inspire people to come into the industry that have that type of background. We want to take people that have that sort of artistic acumen already, and turn them into the next generation of wedding filmmakers."

For more information about Re:Frame and Re:Frame 08, go to www.reframe08.com.

Stephen Nathans-Kelly (stephen.nathans at infotoday.com) is editor-in-chief of EventDV and EMedialive.com and runs FirstLookBooks, a book review blog.

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The Effects of Sound: New offerings from Twistedtracks.com are really making noise!

"What is the sound of one hand clapping?" Those tricky Zen monks won’t tell you. But the elusive answer may just be heard among the new sound effects now available at Twistedtracks.com. From the familiar to the indefinable, the royalty-free music and sound effects library offers sound editors a new tool for their trade. "When we opened the sound effects section in January," says Derek Frederickson, content manager, "we had no idea how popular it would be." Ca-ching! (sound effect available)

With the addition of these new sound effects, Twistedtracks.com now offers over 10,000 unique products for producers of corporate and entertainment media. "It’s amazing to watch the number of genres grow," says Fredrickson. "We’ve got Country music. I never thought we’d have that. It does have our own slant though." Other music categories include Ambient (atmospheric environments, textures & grooves), Downtempo (slow and smooth vibes), Electronic (beat-driven tracks of synthetic origin), Rock (electric guitar-centric musical stylings), Soundtrack (cinematic soundscapes organized by scene type) and World (sounds and rhythms from around the globe).

Frederickson says he receives a plethora of submissions every week from artists eager to have their work included in the Twistedtracks.com catalog. How does he decide who makes the cut? "I gravitate toward artists who have a unique sound, a passion that comes through," he says. "Most of the submissions I’ve accepted are from bands looking for another way to get their material out, which gives our library a really unique sound." Frederickson adds that the majority of the tracks on the site are exclusive.

Twistedtracks.com offers individual tracks, genre-based individual volumes, multi-volume collections and subscription-based offerings. All music and sound effects are available for download or delivery in uncompressed 48k AIF, 44.1k WAV, or MP3 files. The tracks range from full-length and broadcast-length edits down to stingers and loops. All feature exceptional production and composition quality and can be easily previewed from the web site.

Twistedtracks.com is based in Chicago, IL and is a division of Twisted Media, Inc., a creative collective producing audio and video for an entertainment and corporate clientele.

For more information, visit http://www.twistedtracks.com.

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Aleratec Makes Fully Automatic Disc Publishing An Affordable Luxury With New DVD/CD RoboRacer LS

Aleratec Inc., leading developer and manufacturer of "Prosumers' Choice" solutions for the USB, Flash, HDD, Blu-ray, DVD/CD, duplicating, and DVD/CD publishing markets, introduces its innovative new DVD/CD RoboRacer LS, the simplest ever robotic autoloading disc publisher. For improved reliability, the Aleratec DVD/CD RoboRacer LS has fewer moving parts than any other robotic publisher. Yet, it is capable of unattended direct to disc LightScribe labeling and unattended disc duplication. Customers just connect it to a PC, load it with up to 100 blank LightScribe discs, use the powerful Aleratec Disc Publishing Software Suite included with purchase to select the disc image or label and start duplicating or labeling up to 100 discs automatically.

"The DVD/CD RoboRacer LS has a small footprint, is very lightweight, and yet has up to 100 disc capacity and the fastest automatic operation available. Fast, serious disc capacity and compact describe it perfectly. With so few moving parts, it takes only 3 seconds after the DVD/CD RoboRacer finished a disc to load a new one. And the best news is the DVD/CD RoboRacer LS is the most affordable 100 disc publishing system on the market today," stated Perry Solomon, Aleratec President and CEO.

The Aleratec DVD/CD RoboRacer LS is an integrated system that combines LightScribe enabled DVD/CD recorders with specially coated LightScribe compliant media and the powerful Aleratec Disc Publishing Software Suite to produce precise, laser-etched, silkscreen quality labels with superior sharpness and clarity. LightScribe creates professional-looking CD and DVD labels right in the drive -- no messy markers or additional printing supplies required. Customers automatically burn data on as many discs as are needed, flip the discs over and burn customized labels. Small and medium businesses can burn a few discs or many and complement each with descriptive titles, content lists, graphics or company logos on their labels.

"The advanced features and new level of affordability of Aleratec's next generation LightScribe disc publisher are a breakthrough in automated disc publishing," said Kent Henscheid, LightScribe Marketing Manager. "Aleratec has successfully incorporated LightScribe's in-drive direct to disc labeling technology in a cost effective automated package, an ideal solution for workgroups and small business."

The low Estimated Retail Price of $839 for the DVD/CD RoboRacer LS (Aleratec Part # 280110, Ingram Micro SKU Q41357) makes it the practical and affordable solution for anyone that needs to duplicate and professionally label large numbers of DVDs and CDs whether for business, education, government, house of worship or individuals. For a limited time, customers receive 100 pieces of LightScribe media via mail in rebate with a purchase of the DVD/CD RoboRacer LS. (See http://www.aleratec.com/rebates.html for terms and conditions. Offer ends May 31, 2008).

Aleratec offers a full range of Duplicator Grade LightScribe media to support the DVD/CD RoboRacer LS. Aleratec LightScribe Duplicator Grade media is optimized for LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling and use in demanding professional duplication applications. It is also available with five different color LightScribe backgrounds in our exclusive Rainbow Pack.

LightScribe DVD-R 16x V1.2 Duplicator Grade Rainbow 100-Pack, Aleratec Part# 230115, Estimated Retail Price $89.99

LightScribe DVD-R 16x V1.2 Duplicator Grade Media 100-Pack Part # 230114, Ingram Micro SKU L79686, Estimated Retail Price $89.99

LightScribe DVD+R 16x V1.2 Duplicator Grade 100-Pack, Aleratec Part # 300114, Ingram Micro SKU N18153, Estimated Retail Price $89.99

LightScribe CD-R 52x V1.2 Duplicator Grade Rainbow 100-Pack Aleratec Part # 110117, Ingram Micro SKU M45065, Estimated Retail Price $74.99

LightScribe CD-R 52x V1.2 Duplicator Grade 100-Pack, Aleratec Part # 110116, Ingram Micro SKU K88068, Estimated Retail Price $74.99

The full line of Aleratec solutions, and accessories is featured at 4SURE.com, AAFES, Adorama, Amazon.com, B&H Photo Video, Best Buy, Buy.com, CDW, Circuit City, Dell, Gateway, Hewlett Packard, Insight, J & R, Mac Connection, MacMall, Meijer, Micro Center, NewEgg, Office Depot, PC Connection, PC Mall, PC Nation, ProVantage, Quill, Ritz Camera, Staples, 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, B&H Photo Video Gov, Best Buy Gov/Ed, CDW-G, CompuCom, Daly Computer, EnPointe, Fed Tek, GCI, GE IT Solutions, GovConnection, GOVPLACE, Green Pages, GTSI, Horizon, Insight Gov, INTELLI-TECH, PC Mall Gov, Pomeroy, Sarcom, Sayers, Shi.com, Softchoice, Sparco.com, telcobuy, TIG, and Unisys. All products are available to resellers in the U.S. through D&H Distributing, DBL Distributing, Ingram Micro, and Tech Data; in Canada through D&H Canada and Ingram Micro Canada; in Latin America and the Caribbean through Tech Data Miami.

Complete information available at http://www.aleratec.com.

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NewTek Announces Fourth Major Update to LightWave 3D v9

February 20, 2008 -NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading video and 3D animation products, today announced LightWave® v9.5, a major update to its award-winning 3D application, LightWave 3D®. LightWave® v9.5 new capabilities include a complete hair and fur solution, new lighting system and many improvements to animation, global illumination, rendering and workflow. The update will be available to registered owners of the LightWave v9 series at no charge. The LightWave v9.5 Open Beta program is scheduled to begin early March; LightWave v9 owners who wish to participate may register now by clicking here.

"As promised with the LightWave v9 series we’ve added major capabilities with each of the updates we’ve delivered so far and LightWave v9.5 is certainly no exception," said Jay Roth, president, NewTek 3D Division. "With the addition of a complete hair and fur solution, all new real-world lighting system and GI that is significantly faster with even more beautiful results, LightWave v9.5 has something to offer the 3D community regardless of the specialty - from game developers to character animation to architectural visualization."

LightWave v9.5 Update Includes the following:

Character Animation Enhancements

New Hair and Fur System
Enhanced IK and Animation Systems

  • New Collada, FBX and OBJ I/O
  • New IK Calculation Options for Faster Performance
  • New Bone Type - Joints
  • New Objective Options for IK
  • IK/FK blending
  • Multi-threaded Mesh Deformation Evaluation

Modeler

  • UV Unwrap/UV Relax
  • Symmetry Tolerance

Lighting,Rendering and Surfacing Enhancements
All New Lighting System

  • New Light API
  • IES Lights
  • New Spherical Light
  • Area and Linear Lights Enhanced

Renderer

  • Faster Sampling System for GI
  • Improved GI
  • New GI Controls to Customize the Render
  • Disk-Based GI Cache

Node Editor Enhancements

  • Interpolated Soft Rlections/Refractions
  • Support for New Light API Functions
  • Oren-Nayar Shading Option for Many Materials
  • Optimizations for Materials and Shaders

SDK and LScript Improvements

  • New Light Plug-in Class for Third Party Lights and Light Plug-ins
  • SDK Support for New GI Functions and Disk Cache
  • SDK Support for New IK and Animation Capabilities
  • Set Surface Properties Through the Surface Global

UI and Workflow Enhancements

  • Enhanced Scene Limits
  • Updated Scene File Format
  • EXIF Metadata Support
  • OpenGL GLSL Enhanced for New Lighting System
  • Image Viewer Consolidation

In addition to the new capabilities in LightWave v9.5, the LightWave v9 series has delivered enhanced performance in a number of areas including improved global illumination with higher quality and faster rendering, expanded OpenGL capabilities with new depth of field preview, advancements in the new camera tools and the node and materials editing system. Further, there are now over 24 hours of free LightWave training available online at www.lightwave3d.com. Visual effects artists who used LightWave's world-class rendering system and other capabilities in recent major projects such as Jumper, The Ruins, 300, The Guardian, VFX Emmy®-winning Battlestar Galactica and other hit series, such as The Sarah Connor Chronicles, CSI, CSI Miami, The History Channel’s Dogfights and the up and coming high definition game, WarDevil, depend on LightWave to produce state of the art visual effects on time and on budget.

Pricing and Availability
LightWave® v9 is available now at suggested retail price of $895US. LightWave v9.5 will be available as a free update to registered LightWave v9 owners. Registered owners of LightWave 3D® [8] or earlier are eligible to purchase an upgrade to LightWave v9 for $395US.

For more information or to purchase, visit www.lightwave3d.com.

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Noise Industries Partner CoreMelt Releases a New FxPack for FxFactory

Noise Industries, developer of visual effects tools for the postproduction and broadcast markets, today announced that partner Core Melt has released a brand new Noise Industries FxPack titled "CoreMelt PolyChrome". The new FxPack is designed to run on Apple Final Cut Studio 2 (FCS 2) and Final Cut Express 4.0 (FCE 4) leveraging Apple’s FxPlug architecture.

The new CoreMelt PolyChrome FxPack offers 40 GPU accelerated transition effects for FCS 2 and FCE 4. Support for 10 bit and 12 bit codecs including footage shot using the RED Digital camera dramatically enhances effects workflows. High precision rendering means that PolyChrome transitions will never truncate video footage to 8bit color. Users can color grade after an online edit, film outs from video, or other media repurposing. Precise controls enable users to alter all aspects of the transition.

"This is a significant milestone for Noise Industries. Through our joint development partnerships with broadcast designers and visual effects artists such as Roger Bolton from CoreMelt, Apple Final Cut Studio and Final Cut Express users can pick and choose from over 300 unique FxFactory plug-ins," comments Niclas Bahn, director of business development, Noise Industries."Because our partners work in the industry day to day, they bring an immense amount of innovation to solving real-world workflow challenges, hence delivering packages like PolyChrome that are purpose-built for optimizing the effects production pipeline."

About Noise Industries Partners and FxPacks
FxPacks are developed by Noise Industries and its partners using the Noise Industries FxFactory Pro plug-in manager. The FxFactory Pro plug-in manager provides broadcast designers, such as Roger Bolton of CoreMelt, a user-friendly development tool to create additional effects for the Apple Final Cut Studio and Final Cut Express products.

Highlights of the CoreMelt PolyChrome FxPack
There are considerable advantages to the new CoreMelt PolyChrome FxPack:

  • GPU accelerated: PolyChrome transitions run on the GPU for both PPC and Intel Macintoshes. Lightning fast rendering;
  • Render in high precision color: All PolyChrome transitions have been tested with 10 bit and 12 bit codecs including footage from the RED Digital camera, 10 bit ProRes footage and other high bit depth codecs.
  • Advanced Curves control: Dissolves and cross fades include precise control of transition curves, either symmetrical or separate for exact control over in and out clips.
  • Four Free Transitions: FxFactory users who test drive PolyChrome receive 4 free transitions (no purchase necessary). Blend Mode, Curl Apart, Exposure Flash, Projector Malfunction.
  • Users can test drive the new CoreMelt PolyChrome FxPack by downloading the software from: http://www.coremelt.com.  

    Pricing and Availability
    CoreMelt PolyChrome is available today via the Noise Industries website for an MSRP of $99.00 USD.

    Users must install the Noise Industries FxFactory engine to operate FxPacks. FxFactory is free and can be downloaded here. Apple Final Cut Studio and Final Cut Express users can test drive FxFactory FxPacks by downloading the 15-day trial version from http://www.noiseindustries.com/fxfactory.

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RedbeardMusic.com Provides Royalty-Free Vocal Music for Event and Wedding Videographers

Stock20.com (a royalty free music library) is happy to announced the launch of a sister company providing high quality vocal music for wedding and event videographers.

While the licensing of mainstream music typically remains out of reach, many videographers prefer to provide their clients an option for music which includes lyrics that are appropriate for the occasion. For the past year Stock20 has been developing licensing relationships with several talented recording artists and offering a limited use, one-year license to event videographers and photographers. All licensing fees are shared equally with the artists.

The experiment was launched from Stock20's "Special Artist Licensing" site featuring the acclaimed Michelle Featherstone who's numerous broadcast television placements include Grey's Anatomy and Alias. Everyday Sunday, who's recent album has placed several songs high on the charts has offered their driving rock ballad "Tell Me You'll Be There" with RedbeardMusic for licensing as well.

With a very positive reception from its customer base, Stock20 began developing RedbeardMusic.com and seeking additional selections. With a successful beta launch last month (featuring two new selections from Ashley Reynolds and Staci Frenes), Redbeard Music plans to steadily build a larger selection of hand-picked themes, including two additional new songs by the end of February.

"Since we're working on behalf of other artists, the licensing model of RedbeardMusic.com is obviously distinct from Stock20's all-inclusive and unending license. That's a big part of our decision to launch a separate entity." States Daniel Rudd, "But our clients can expect the same type of customer service, and the same unconditional 100% customer satisfaction guarantee offered by Stock20 from both sites. We're excited to be a part of something that provides a significant benefit to musicians, while offering an affordable licensing solution to our clients."

For more information visit www.RedbeardMusic.com.

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NVIDIA Redefines Notebook Workstation Market

NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the world leader in visual computing technologies, today introduced the NVIDIA Quadro® FX 3600M professional GPU for notebook and laptop workstations. This new graphics solution defines a new level of graphics performance and advanced visual computing for designers, engineers, and scientists who demand the functionality of a desktop workstation on a notebook platform.

"Design professionals, who rely on the high-performance and advanced features of NVIDIA Quadro graphics in a desktop workstation, can also experience this same level of performance in a notebook workstation," said Jeff Brown, general manager, Professional Solutions, NVIDIA. "With the new NVIDIA Quadro FX 3600M GPU, the notebook becomes a powerful workstation, allowing professionals to work anywhere, anytime without sacrificing graphics quality or performance."

"The HP Compaq 8710w mobile workstation, with the new NVIDIA Quadro FX 3600M GPU, is our most powerful mobile workstation to date," said Dan Forlenza, vice president, Business Notebooks, HP. "The implementation of high-performance features such as CUDA and Shader Model 4.0 technology on the mobile GPU, gives professionals the workstation-caliber processing and graphics performance they need to go wherever their work takes them."

These new platforms deliver a uniform feature set, which include Shader Model 4.0, CUDA™ technology and GPU computing for visualization. Professionals working with large datasets, models, and images in markets such as computer-aided design (CAD), digital content creation (DCC), imaging, computing, and the sciences, are now unchained from their desktop workstations with notebook solutions that feature the latest Quadro professional graphics architecture.

Engineered to deliver high performance and visualization of extensive datasets with extremely high image quality in an ISV-certified, notebook platform, the Quadro FX 3600M is available as a fully qualified MXM v2.1A type-III form factor mobile workstation graphics board with the following:

  • 512 MB G-DDR3 memory
  • 256-bit memory interface
  • 51.2 GBps graphic memory bandwidth
  • OpenGL 2.1, Shader Model 4.0, and DirectX 10
  • PowerMizer™ adaptive power management tools

The complete line of NVIDIA Quadro FX notebook solutions are widely available through leading OEMs such as HP, Dell, Lenovo, Fujitsu Japan, and FSC as well as workstation system integrators. For more information about the entire series of NVIDIA professional Quadro solutions, visit http://www.nvidia.com/quadro.

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AJA Takes Io HD on Tour with Apple and Final Cut Studio 2

AJA Video, a leading manufacturer of professional video interface and conversion solutions, hits the road with Apple on a cross-country tour showcasing AJA Io HD and Final Cut Studio 2.

On Tour with Io HD and Final Cut Studio 2 will introduce audiences to the collaboration and workflow benefits of this powerful digital content creation pipeline. Whether working with non-native camera formats or on shared storage, learn how to preserve maximum quality for editorial, composites and demanding color grading work.

The tour takes place from February through March; visit http://www.aja.com/html/news_tour.html for more information, updates and to register for an event near you.

  • February 20, 2008, 1:00-3:00PM, Chicago, IL
  • February 21, 2008, 1:00-3:00PM, Minneapolis, MN
  • February 26, 2008, 6:00-8:00PM, Los Angeles, CA
  • February 27, 2008, 10:00-12:00PM, Overland Park, KS
  • February 28, 2008, 6:00-8:00PM, San Diego, CA
  • March 4, 2008, 1:00-3:00PM, Atlanta, GA
  • March 5, 2008, 1:00-4:00PM, Washington DC
  • March 5, 2008, 10AM and 1PM, San Francisco, CA
  • March 11, 2008, 2PM and 4PM, Boston, MA
  • March 31, 2008, Time TBD, New York, NY

AJA's Io HD, provides 10-bit quality video over Firewire for Apple's Final Cut Studio 2, and natively supports Apple's Pro Res 422 format, enabling HD editing on MacBook Pro and Mac Pro Tower computers. Io HD supports SDI, HD-SDI, analog SD and HD as well as the Apple Pro Res 422 codec and enables real-time up, down and cross convert of video.

www.aja.com

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Marantz Professional Introduces The New PMD580 Rackmount Compact Digital Recorder

D&M Professional, manufacturer of the renowned Marantz® Professional series of professional recording products, is introducing the PMD®580 Solid State Recorder, the newest addition to its highly successful family of rackmount digital recorders. The new PMD580 brings many of the same features and high sonic quality found in the PMD® Series recorders but adds a crucial new dimension: network connectivity. Via its Ethernet port, the PMD580 can be positioned as a network device, allowing users to set menu parameters, schedule recording events, and transfer and archive audio files, all by using a web-based GUI interface from any PC or Mac in the network. Network accessibility allows users of solid-state digital recording devices, such as universities and government agencies, the ability to archive audio files effortlessly even at designated times, and it makes managing multiple units a breeze. The PMD580 also has an internal clock for scheduling recording events. For instance, lectures could be automatically scheduled for recording, multiple events can be scheduled via the web interface and recorded files can then be downloaded to a local PC with drag-and-drop simplicity. Of course, files can also be uploaded automatically to a server or network location, at a user specified time.

The new unit also adds balanced XLR inputs and outputs, SPDIF as well as AES/EBU digital interfaces and RS232 control. The new PMD580 offers MP3 and WAV Recording formats, and users can select between 16-bit and 24-bit resolution.

"By adding network connectivity, the PMD580 takes the solid-state digital recorder to an entirely new level, one that will vastly increase users' flexibility and their ability to communicate, the ultimate mission of any recording device," states Peter Papageorge, Director of Sales and Marketing for D&M Professional. "With the introduction of the PMD580 Compact Digital Recorder, Marantz Professional can now offer an array of market sectors a 'good-better-best' solution, consisting of the PMD560, PMD570 and now the PMD580. It's more than a product - it's a solution."

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