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March 03, 2008

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New On EventDV's TechThoughts Blog: Sony HVR-Z7U/S270 Lens Issue?
4EVER Group Focused on Membership Growth as Co-Founder Departs
Noise Industries Partner sugarFX Releases New FxPack for Apple Pro Video Applications
Primera Announces its Full Support for Blu-ray Disc
Corsair Announces New 16GB GT High-Performance USB 2.0 Flash Drive At CEBIT 2008
CINE GEAR EXPO 2008 Set for June 20-21 in Los Angeles
Echolab Introduces Powerful Overture Series Production Switchers
Wohler Extends HDMon Family of Production-Grade HD Displays With 9-Inch Widescreen HDMon-90WS
OWC Announces 4GB Upgrade Kits For New MacBook & MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo Models

New On EventDV's TechThoughts Blog: Sony HVR-Z7U/S270 Lens Issue?

Marshall Levy, who wrote our compact flash media test results, is finding issues with the lenses that adorn the latest HDV camcorders from Sony- the HVR-Z7U and the HVR-S270. He’s found focusing issues, lens wobble and says the issue was confirmed by Sony. Click here to read more.

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4EVER Group Focused on Membership Growth as Co-Founder Departs

The 4EVER Group, the leader in education and resources for the event video industry, today congratulated co-founder and former Director of Education Tim Ryan as he took leave from the organization. "All of us who have worked with Tim wish him the best as he refocuses his efforts on growing his already-successful video production business," said The 4EVER Group's Director of Development Steve Wernick.

Ryan, along with his wife Lee Ann, own Treasured Memories Video in Massapequa, New York. He announced his leave from The 4EVER Group due to personal and private reasons February 25.

Wernick and Ryan established The 4EVER Group as the premier resource for event video production firms seeking professional development opportunities and access to networks of fellow event producers and the vendors that serve them. Event DV magazine named Wernick and Ryan of The 4EVER Group to its inaugural EventDV 25 list of contributors to the industry in 2005. Since it's founding in 2005, The 4EVER Group has hosted professional events and conferences attracting an international host of video professionals and vendors.

"We appreciate all that Tim has done with The 4EVER Group," said Wernick. "The 4EVER Group was founded for the promotion and benefit of event video production companies exactly like Tim's."

Under Wernick's continuing leadership, and with the assistance of a strong team that includes Ed Wardyga, Ken Ehrhart and LaDonna Moore, The 4EVER Group remains focused on growing its substantial membership and expanding the events, services, vendors and professional networks critical to assisting members in growing their businesses.

At The 4EVER Group's most recent annual international conference, VIDEO 08, in Orlando Florida, members indicated expanding demand for newer areas of event production services such as the creation of video biographies and memorial productions for private clients, as well as sports- and school-based productions. Traditional areas of business include wedding video productions, corporate video productions and the production of photo montages for corporate and private clients.

In addition, The 4EVER Group's 2007 Artistic Achievement Awards attracted global interest with entries from event video producers in Austria, Hong Kong, Puerto Rico, Canada, and the Philippines.

The 4EVER Group is the leading resource for video producers, especially those in the social event industry. For more information about the events and activities of The 4EVER Group, visit www.4EVERGroup.org, or call 1-888-4EVERG1.

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Noise Industries Partner sugarFX Releases New FxPack for Apple Pro Video Applications

Noise Industries, developer of visual effects tools for the postproduction and broadcast markets, today announced that partner sugarFX has released a brand new Noise Industries FxPack titled sugarFX Folding Cards LC.

The new FxPack is designed to run on Apple Final Cut Studio 2 (FCS 2) and Final Cut Express 4.0 (FCE 4); providing users customizable 3D theme effects. "sugarFX founder Ricardo Silva is one of the world’s top broadcast designers and we are honored to have his design influence as part of our partner-product line," comments Niclas Bahn, director of business development, Noise Industries.

The new sugarFX Folding Cards LC release offers 8 animated sequence graphics that can be applied in a number of broadcast and event video scenarios. Straight forward controls allow users to adjust text positioning, size and font. Users can also modify or omit video content as well as adjust color. Folding Cards LC runs on the latest Apple OS (X Leopard) plugging into the Apple FxPlug architecture.

Apple FCS 2 and FCE 4 users can get more information by viewing the Folding Cards LC demo movie here.

New update for the sugarFX Drop In Package In addition to releasing Folding Cards LC, the sugarFX team has updated their widely popular 3D Drop In package. The update adds support for Apple OS X Leopard and Final Cut Studio 2 applications. Themes have been completely redesigned offering two flavors; Drop In 1.6 which is a free update and Drop In 2.0 Studio, a more advanced version with more theme elements and parameters.

Apple FCS 2 and FCE 4 users can get more information by viewing the Drop In demo movie here.

Users must install the Noise Industries FxFactory engine to operate FxPacks. FxFactory is free and can be downloaded here.

sugarFX Folding Cards LC FxPacks is available today via the Noise Industries website for an MSRP of $69.00 USD.

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Primera Announces its Full Support for Blu-ray Disc

Primera Technology, Inc., the world's leading developer and manufacturer of automated CD, DVD and Blu-ray Disc duplication and printing equipment, today announced its full and complete support of Blu-ray Disc technology across its entire product line.

During the past several weeks, the "format war" between HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc has come to a swift and decisive end. HD-DVD has been withdrawn from the market and Blu-ray Disc has become the new worldwide standard for high-definition video. Video production professionals and others who may need high-definition disc burning and printing in the future can now confidently make the decision to upgrade their CD/DVD disc publishers to include Blu-ray Disc capabilities without the worry of obsolescence.

"A large percentage of our customers have anxiously awaited the end of the format wars," said Mark D. Strobel, Primera's vice president of sales and marketing. "Consumers will now be buying large numbers of Blu-ray Disc players and movies. This will create demand for recordable Blu-ray Discs in many other applications such as wedding and event videography, corporate videos, independent films and much more."

Primera's automated disc publishers burn and print up to 100 CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray Discs per batch. The devices are used by a wide range of companies and organizations, including schools and universities, video and music production studios, government and military and businesses of all types including more than eighty-five percent of the Fortune 500.

The Bravo SE Blu sells for US$2995 (MSRP), the Bravo XR-Blu sells for US$5295 (MSRP), and the Bravo XRP-Blu and Bravo XRn-Blu sells for US$8,995 (MSRP). All are available immediately through Primera's Authorized Resellers and Distributors in more than 85 countries.

www.primera.com

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Corsair Announces New 16GB GT High-Performance USB 2.0 Flash Drive At CEBIT 2008

Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, announced a new 16GB high performance "GT" Flash Voyager USB 2.0 drive. The new Corsair 16GB GT Flash Voyager USB drive will be debuted at the CeBIT 2008 Show next week in Hanover, Germany on Corsair’s stand (Booth 40 in Hall 21).

High Performance USB Solutions for Transporting & Backing-up Critical Data
The new Flash Voyager GT USB drive provides data transfer rates that are up to 4X faster than standard USB 2.0 drives. Whether transporting office files, pictures or even full-length movies, you can "store-n-go" faster with the Corsair GT USB line. The drive has been optimized to take full advantage of its advanced flash controller technology as well as the screened and hand-selected NAND flash chips.

Corsair 16GB GT USB Drive Features

  • Maximum durability – proprietary all-rubber housing
  • Drive integrity – water resistant and shock resistant
  • Data security – TrueCrypt encryption software offering AES 256-bit encryption
  • User warranty – 10 years with on-demand customer support

The new 16GB Flash Voyager GT utilizes Corsair’s proprietary water and shock resistant all-rubber casing, meaning that users with busy and active lifestyles can be confident that their data is secure and protected from damage.

Corsair 16GB GT USB drives are immediately available: Flash Voyager 16GB GT ~ $169.99 USD MSRP.

Corsair’s 16GB Flash Voyager GT USB drive is available through Corsair’s authorized distributors and resellers world-wide. The drive is bundled with a lanyard, security software preloaded, and a USB extension cable. Corsair flash products are backed by a 10-year Limited Warranty. Complete customer support via telephone, email, forum and TS Xpress is also available. For more information on Corsair USB drives, visit http://www.corsair.com.

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CINE GEAR EXPO 2008 Set for June 20-21 in Los Angeles

Unique in concept, renowned for execution and treasured by participants Cine Gear Expo continues to draw a focused audience of top-notch Motion Picture Industry professionals. On June 20-21, 2008 over 8000 participants from the film, video, digital media, broadcast and internet industries will converge at the Wadsworth Theatre and Grounds in West Los Angeles, California to participate in three distinct yet related events: Cine Gear Expo and Premier Seminars, Master Class Seminars and Film Series Competition.

Since its debut in 1996 Cine Gear Expo has evolved into a unique global event focused on the technology side of the entertainment business. Designed to function on many levels Cine Gear Expo 2008 is a place to showcase work, market products, foster relationships, discuss the future, learn and teach. The show has grown from a one-day social event to the Premiere Film, Video, High Definition and Digital Cinema Expo, networking event and seminar series for the entertainment production and post-production communities in Hollywood.

Cine Gear Expo Los Angeles last June (2007) was a rousing success and had attendance of 8,000 industry professionals from 42 countries with over 220 companies exhibiting locally, nationally and from around the world.

Last year’s event was the best-attended Cine Gear Expo to date. The 2008 show aims to continue the trend of the only event devoted exclusively to Motion Picture and Digital Production products and services. The Cine Gear Expo, Master Class Seminars and the Film Series are a one-of-a-kind networking and educational events that have earned praise from entertainment production and post-production communities in Hollywood.

Many exhibiting companies and attendees choose Cine Gear Expo for it’s unbeatable atmosphere to introduce new and groundbreaking equipment and services, secure business deals, meet new industry players, get hands-on technical training, gain new skills, hear breaking industry news, network with peers and industry leaders. Meet with your existing customers, gain new quality targeted prospects and partners. This is your chance to build relationships with key decision makers in a professional and fun environment.

This landmark exhibition, will bring together representatives in areas of Film, Video, High Definition, Electronic Cinematography and Digital Cinema including, Cameras, Lenses, Cranes, Support Equipment & Services, Dollies, Mounts, Motion Control, Crafts, Props, Sets, Film Stocks, Film Commission, Lighting, Generators, Expendables, Publications, Sound Stages, Studios, equipment rental houses, Post Production Facilities, Unions and Guilds, Computer Hardware and Software, Visual Effects, Special Effects and industry leaders and major end-users from around the globe. Members of professional associations and guilds in production, post-production and entertainment media fields, Producers, Directors, Directors of Photography, Studio Department Heads, Independent Production Company Owners, Production Managers, Camera Operators and Assistants, Lighting Technicians, Writers, Production Designers, Asst. Directors, Mixers, Script Supervisors, Grips, Editors, Special FX houses and supervisors, Location Managers, Production Assistants, Sound Technicians, and more.

Cine Gear Expo – Los Angeles will be held at the Wadsworth Theatre and Grounds in West Los Angeles, California on June 20-21, 2008. Cine Gear Expo Master Classes will be held on June 22, 2008 and Film series will take place on June 19-21, 2008 in Los Angeles.

The Premiere Seminars will be offered at the show, free of charge to attendees and will run both days of the show, at the Wadsworth Theatre and Grounds in West Los Angeles, California on June 20-21, 2008.

The Master Class Seminar Series, is held the day after the show ends, on Sunday June 22, 2008. Hosted by top industry professionals and leaders, this nominally priced Master Class provides informative and educational seminars and lectures on current industry trends and topics.

Call for Entries! The Film Series at Cine Gear Expo 2008 Independent & Student Short Film Competition announcing The Expansion into Feature Film Competition. Deadlines for submissions are early: 3.16.08, regular: 4.16.08, late: 05.16.08. For full details, entry forms and competition rules, and the screening schedule, visit www.cinegearexpo.com and click on 2008 "Film Series at Cine Gear Expo."

In keeping with the unique Cine Gear Expo charm, show will continue the tradition of providing a casual setting with complimentary beer and wine, entertainment, food, and fun in a relaxed open-air atmosphere.

The growing list of New Products will be updated regularly on the Cine Gear website at www.cinegearexpo.com.

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Echolab Introduces Powerful Overture Series Production Switchers

Echolab Corporation, a leading provider of professional video production switchers and broadcast tools, today announced the release of the high-performance 1-M/E Overture1™ and 2-M/E Overture2™ production switchers, available in standard definition (SD) and multidefinition (MD) models. Both of these innovative systems combine internal conversion and synchronization with powerful key layering and special effects to provide simple control over complex production tasks and, in turn, streamline creation of a sophisticated on-air look.

"The Overture series builds on the success of our popular Opera dual-format production switchers, supporting flexible and reliable live production while introducing additional keyers and rich new transition, layering, and keying features that enable easy application of stunning effects," said Echolab President Nigel Spratling. "Internal conversion, synchronization, and still stores eliminate the need for external systems, further streamlining the workflow and reducing expenses associated with external equipment."

In addition to four ME keys and two downstream keyers, which enable title keying for graphics, logos, and bugs, the Overture family features unique SuperSource™ crosspoint keys that make it easy to achieve expert transitions with minimal effort. Rather than tie up existing switcher keyers, the SuperSource feature adds three new keyers that allow the operator to build a custom layout, which can consist of up to three sources using three keyers, available through a crosspoint button. With this keying capacity, SuperSource also makes it easy for the operator to transition in and out of a two-box shot.

A DVE key in each "take block" enables instant transition effects, and the MD Overture systems offer as many as four channels of DVE with warp and lighting effects. Robust DVE capabilities are complemented by as many as 34 internal graphics/still stores.

The Overture systems also feature the unique new Stinger™ transition, a special "take block" keyer with combined mix/wipe and graphic control that reduces complex animated transitions to a single button press. While this type of transition can be very difficult to set up, the Stinger feature keeps it simple by managing timing issues and ensuring successful execution of the transition. Like the SuperSource feature, the Stinger transition leaves existing keyers free for other uses.

Echolab designed the Overture series for ease of use, and customizable features come standard with each switcher. Overture1 and Overture2 include user-customizable RGB mnemonics, typically an expensive switcher option for other systems, and user-definable graphic macro keys. Overture2 boasts 10 macro buttons that can be programmed to execute any task.

Overture switchers accept up to 32 multiformat analog and digital signals and provide as many as 16 multiformat outputs. Internal frame synchronization helps to ensure the quality of effects, and integrated up/crossconversion within MD models streamlines switching of video in multiple formats. By eliminating the need for genlocked sources and external A-to-D converters when working with sources such as DVD players, satellite, remote studios, and microwave links, the Overture systems simplify installation and significantly reduce overall system costs.

Internal frame stores allow unused inputs to be loaded with often-used stills. This frame store option provides easy access to graphics and can even replace a dedicated clip/still store in some applications. Because frame stores can be assigned to any input, they offer tremendous flexibility within a streamlined workflow and help minimize the need to reconfigure wiring. Stills can be captured from any input or loaded via PC, CG, or other device. An FX pack adds DVEs, linear and chroma keyers, and extended clean-feed and DSK functions to the switcher's functionality.

Built on the same award-winning System on Chip (SoC) technology used in Echolab's Opera™ switchers, the Overture1 and Overture 2 accept and deliver both digital and analog signals without the need for external analog-to-digital converters. Users can choose between analog or digital input modules to customize the switcher for each production environment. Simultaneous dual-format output is standard on every system, allowing the switcher to be integrated into analog facilities without the need for additional gear. Both systems are available with either of Echolab's award-winning Opera (SD) or OvationMD™ (MD) video production switchers, giving users the flexibility needed for fluid, cost-effective growth.

More information about the Overture series and other Echolab products is available at www.echolab.com.

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Wohler Extends HDMon Family of Production-Grade HD Displays With 9-Inch Widescreen HDMon-90WS

PANORAMAdtv, the video products division of Wohler Technologies Inc., today announced the release of the HDMon-90WS, the latest addition to Wohler's HDMon family of HD color video monitor displays. The 9-inch HDMon-90WS is a production-grade monitor that accepts dual HD/SD-SDI inputs, as well as analog component and composite signals, DVI signals, RGBHV video, and CGI images, serving as an ideal solution for users requiring high-quality viewing of both HD and SD images.

"Like other products in the HDMon family, the HDMon-90WS incorporates all of the must-have features of a broadcast monitor," said Carl J. Dempsey, CEO of Wohler. "Boasting enormous size and weight savings over a comparable CRT display, this versatile unit enables space and cost savings in mobile broadcast trucks while supplying all the functionality expected in either a mobile or fixed facility. By providing the highest-quality images from a broad range of input types, the HDMon-90WS accommodates a wide variety of production applications."

Though the HDMon product family is designed primarily for 1080-line HD applications, each monitor provides exceptional noise reduction, motion interpolation for interlaced images, and motion-adaptive processing to ensure a crisp, clear display of images, regardless of their native resolution. The HDMon-90WS monitor employs an 800x480 TFT/LCD screen, reaching a perfect medium in the scaling and interpolation process and thus providing superb imaging regardless of video format or resolution.

A sleek, lightweight design allows the HDMon-90WS to convert from a portable device to a tabletop solution without requiring additional hardware. Operating either as a desktop monitor or installed in a 19-inch-wide rack, this LCD display offers HD resolution, a choice of 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratios, user-adjustable scaling, and 36 square inches of active viewing, the widest view angle in the industry. Standard CRT functions include channel isolate, overscan, underscan, and power-saving auto off, as well as automatic and manual color temperature adjustment.

Built-in 100Base-T Ethernet and RS-232 connections allow the monitor to be configured and controlled remotely via a Windows®-based GUI or by third-party control systems. The HDMon-90WS may be paired with one of Wohler's audio monitors, such as the AMP2-E8MDA, to create a flexible, compact solution for comprehensive A/V monitoring. Wohler guarantees the monitor's performance with a market-leading two-year warranty.

More information about the HDMon-90WS and other products from PANORAMAdtv is available at www.wohler.com.

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OWC Announces 4GB Upgrade Kits For New MacBook & MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo Models

Other World Computing (OWC), a leading Mac and PC technology company, announced today that it is offering 4GB Memory Kits for Apple’s newly announced MacBook and MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo models, which began shipping yesterday, February 26, 2008. OWC is providing memory for these new MacBook 13" 2.1GHz/2.4GHz Core 2 Duo Models and MacBook Pro 15" & 17" 2.4GHz/2.5GHz (including 2.6GHz optional configuration) Core 2 Duo models. OWC memory is available in modules and kits of up to 4.0GB for these models as well as the previous MacBook Pro models.

OWC is an Apple Developer Connection Premiere member and its memory upgrades meet Apple’s electrical and mechanical design requirements. OWC maintains an active state-of-the-art test lab to ensure the highest product quality and reliability and provides a lifetime of high-performance reliable operation backed with a Money Back Guarantee and OWC’s Lifetime Advance Replacement Warranty.

OWC’s 4.0GB Memory Upgrade Kits are available immediately, priced at $95.99 (configured as two 2GB memory modules). Additional savings are also available for customers who take advantage of OWC’s trade-in program, which provides $20 cash back for the trade-in of two 1GB modules.

OWC, an expert in the Mac memory market, has nearly two decades of experience providing memory module upgrades for Mac computers. OWC has conducted independent memory benchmarks on MacBook laptops, which show how important memory is for customers employing high-memory intensive applications, such as audio/video, photo, 3D modeling, gaming and other applications. OWC has concluded that more memory is better overall than having less memory that is interleaved.

"We’re all about maximizing performance and impressively, we’ve found there can be better performance attained even between 2.0GB and 3.0GB memory configurations than getting a new system with a faster processor," said Larry O’Connor, President, OWC. "More memory makes a tremendous difference, as our real world testing illustrates, and going up to 4.0GB offers a noticeably significant benefit beyond just what a faster processor provides."

For more information on OWC MacBook & MacBook Pro Memory Upgrades, click here.

For information on OWC’s full line of memory upgrades for Apple Computers, click here.

And, to see OWC’s memory test benchmarks on multiple Apple models using realworld applications, click here.

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