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April 07, 2008

Table of Contents

The Moving Picture: Ingesting HD Acquisition
Anton/Bauer Introduces Stasis Flex
Tiffen Introduces the NEW Steadicam Flyer-LE for Video and Film Production
Free Software Upgrades Included with New Altec USB Stick CopyStation 21 Ultras Through May '08
NewTek Announces Open Beta Program for LightWave Rendition for Adobe Photoshop
Graham-Patten Unveils Sonarae
Mac Users Now Able to Burn Blu-ray with Primera
Safe Harbor Presents Workflow for Event Videographers: Edit with Matrox RT.X2, Deliver with Rimage
WD Unveils High Performance, Eco-Friendly Storage for Creative Professionals and Mac Computer Enthusiasts
Sorenson Media Announces the Immediate Availability of Sorenson Squeeze 5
Vinpower Now Developing, Octave Now Shipping Xerox-Branded Standalone Tower Duplicators
BizFlick.com Launches New Video Marketing Tool for Small Businesses (SMBs)

The Moving Picture: Ingesting HD Acquisition

I'll say one thing for working with analog video: It sure was simple. Back in the day, you’d shoot in VHS, S-VHS, or Hi-8; capture to a Motion JPEG-based capture card; and edit to your heart’s desire (or at least until your hard disk filled up). A recent look at editing HD video shot with Panasonic’s AG-HVX200 provided me with a glimpse of how complicated things have become and will be in the future, where we’ll need a thorough understanding of resolution, pixel aspect ratios, display aspect ratios, codecs, and container formats to choose the right HD format and editing platform.

The first digital acquisition format most of us worked with was DV, which has a resolution of 720x480 and uses a discrete cosine transform-based codec. This means that each frame is compressed without reference to any other frame. Also known as intraframe compression, this type of codec is very simple for NLEs and computer processors to decompress and edit. It offers high video quality, though at 25Mbps, and the data rate requirements relatively hefty.

After DV came several professional formats that used the same underlying compression technology but different tape formats. Sony’s DVCAM uses the same DV codec and MiniDV tape, but it spins the tape faster and records a wider track, reducing the potential for dropout and allowing the tape to be edited using a frame-accurate deck. DVCPRO is Panasonic’s professional DV format. It uses proprietary tapes with an even wider track pitch, metal particle rather than metal evaporated composition, and some additional technical features to simplify deck-based editing. DVCPRO records at the same 25Mbps data rate as DV, though Panasonic also offers DVCPRO 50, which doubles the data rate, increasing quality.

Those were our choices until HDV arrived. In contrast to DV, HDV uses MPEG-2 compression, a so-called LongGOP format. This means that each group of pictures (GOP) is comprised of I, B, and P Frames, with I Frames like the DCT-based compression used in DV and B and P Frames referencing redundancies in other frames to increase compression. Using MPEG-2 allows camera vendors to squeeze HDV video into the same data rate (and Mini DV tape format) as DV, yet have a frame size containing roughly 4.5 times the pixel area. However, MPEG-2’s LongGOP structure complicates editing, since you may have to decode multiple frames to display a single frame.

You probably know that 1080i HDV has a display resolution of 1920x1080 but a capture resolution of 1440x1080, for a pixel aspect ratio of 1.33 to 1. This means that during HDV editing and playback, the horizontal pixels are stretched by 33%.

AVCHD is a lot like HDV, except it’s more freeform. For compression, it uses AVC (aka H.264), another LongGOP format, with data rates ranging up to 24Mbps, about the same as HDV, though most current devices store video at much lower data rates. Since AVC is a more sophisticated algorithm than MPEG-2, it’s tougher for most computers to decode, which is why Premiere Pro doesn’t edit AVCHD today and why Final Cut Pro converts AVCHD footage to ProRes422 during ingest.

I call AVCHD "freeform" because although it displays at up to 1920x1080, it supports capture at a variety of resolutions. My Panasonic AG-HSC1U shoots 1440x1080, while Sony’s new HDR-SR10 captures at true 1920x1080. This is the first true pixel-for-pixel HD camera I’ve seen. Now let’s have a look at Panasonic’s AG-HVX200, which captures in DVCPRO HD, Panasonic’s high-definition format. At 1080i, DVCPRO HD uses four parallel DV codecs (I Frame only) and has a video data rate of 100Mbps. However, the underlying video has a resolution of 1280x1080, for a pixel aspect ratio of 1.5, compared to 1.33 for HDV and 1 for some AVCHD solutions.

At NAB this year, Panasonic will reportedly show a camcorder with AVC-Intra technology (AVC-I) that enables full-raster high-definition recording—1920x1080 pixels for a 1920x1080 display image, with the AVC codec enabling the higher resolution at the same 100Mbps data rate as DVCPRO HD. NAB will also see the introduction of 32GB P2 cards with the promise of 64GB cartridges shipping in the fall, which will translate to a little more than a minute of AVC-I (or DVCPRO HD) per GB per cartridge at the highest resolutions.

Up through HDV, most editors worked pretty similarly with all formats because the DV and HDV formats were simple streams of audio and video. With P2, however, Panasonic stores data on P2 cards in MXF (the Material eXchange Format), an XML-based structure that separates out audio, video, thumbnail images, and metadata. Not all NLEs handle MXF similarly, and some can’t even write MXF data without third-party plugins, which is critical if the metadata is important to you.

Back in the DV days, life was simpler. Now you need to be conversant in LongGOP, MPEG-2, AVCHD, and AVC-I, and you must know the raster and display resolutions (not to mention bit depths) of all of the candidates to choose your HD format. If you believe that tape is on the way out, as I do, MXF should be on your radar screen. You should also make sure your NLE provides the optimal platform for editing MXF content.

Jan Ozer (jan at doceo.com) is a contributing editor to EventDV and Streaming Media.

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Anton/Bauer Introduces Stasis Flex

Building on the innovations of the widely successful original Stasis body support, Anton/Bauer's new Stasis® Flex redirects the geometry of a handheld camera by redistributing its weight into the operator's torso and over the shoulder. Introduced at the NAB Convention in Las Vegas in April 2008, the innovative design of Stasis Flex enables a cameraman to shoot in virtually any position, taking the weight off the operator's hand, relieving fatigue and stabilizing shooting.

"Today's handheld cameras vary widely in size, weight, location of viewfinder and LCD monitor, operating voltage - even center of gravity," explains Shin Minowa, Vice President of Market Development at Anton/Bauer. "The Stasis Flex accommodates them all."

Stasis Flex features a revolutionary, patentpending adjustable mechanism that provides the operator with complete flexibility - forward/back, in/out, and up/down.

The camera can be repositioned instantly and locked in place at the touch of a lever. Stasis Flex can be used as a standalone unit, with Anton/Bauer's acclaimed ElipZ System, or with the industry standard Gold Mount system, enabling use of the full array of Anton/Bauer Gold Mount Batteries to extend runtime, power additional devices including lights, and provide a counterbalance to further stabilize the camera.

The Stasis Flex accommodates a number of peripherals, including wireless receivers, hard drives and transmitters. For the ultimate in flexibility - in both shooting positions and battery solutions - Anton/Bauer's Stasis Flex is unbeatable.

www.antonbauer.com

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Tiffen Introduces the NEW Steadicam Flyer-LE for Video and Film Production

The Tiffen Company, Steadicam Division, is pleased to announce the introduction of the FLYER-LE. Based on the award-winning Steadicam Flyer technology, the LE Steadicam is a new design offering many new features and benefits for the operator.

The FLYER-LE features a newly designed sled assembly (camera mounting platform) that has a robust carbon fiber no-tools extendable post. A safety system inside the post prevents the post from separating. The index system keeps all parts in alignment. A newly patented friction free gimbal assembly with large knurled extended handle fits securely in the operator’s hand. Locking mechanisms for the top and bottom of the sled are tool free allowing quick on-set changes. Precision stage adjustment assures exacting balance of the camera to the rig. The sled will work with both 12 volt and 24 volt cameras.

The new tools free patented ISO-elastic stabilizer Arm supports 19 pounds of camera weight. The no tools Arm / Vest interface allows for quick customization to the individual operator.

On the fly weight adjustment frees the operator from dismounting the system to make changes. The open design of the arm has freedom of movement unknown in this weight class. The new adjustable arm post assembly is a feature usually found on more expensive systems. The arm will come apart with a pin removal for quick and neat storage.

The vest assembly is a continuation of the comfortable FLYER vest. An ergonomic fit of the breast plate combined with the new solid metal shoulder fasteners assure a new comfort level for extended use. The pads are easily removed for cleaning or replacement. All components fit neatly and securely in the provided custom travel bag. It also has a pocket that will accept an optional trolley for ease of transport. A featured system combines the FLYER-LE with IDX Dual Charger and two Tiffen PowerCUBE™ batteries. These robust batteries will satisfy any film or video power demand.

www.tiffen.com

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Free Software Upgrades Included with New Altec USB Stick CopyStation 21 Ultras Through May '08

North Coast Interactive, Inc, a US distributor for altec ComputerSysteme GmbH, is proud to announce free software upgrades for Altec USB CopyStation 21 Ultra included with the purchase of a new system through May of 2008. The free software upgrades include the "FileCopy" and "Short Image file" software.

"The free inclusion of these software options represents a $1750.00 savings", explains Tom Blaha, president of North Coast Interactive. "... this brings a significant price advantage to the Ultra 21, which was already the fastest and most flexible solution for higher volume USB flash drive duplication. There has never been a better time to enter this duplication market".

Thanks to transfer rates of 70 MB/sec., 21 USB sticks with 512 MB can be programmed in about 2.5 minutes. The "File Copy" option makes it possible to copy files from a specified directory to FAT formatted USB sticks. The sub-directory structure (if present) is also copied. There is also a software option for creating and copying smaller image-files. This allows for the faster programming of memory media if the files to be copied are smaller than the capacity of the target memory sticks.

The USB Stick CopyStation 21 Ultra is backed by a 24 month warranty. For more information please visit www.ncimedia.com.

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NewTek Announces Open Beta Program for LightWave Rendition for Adobe Photoshop

NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading 3D animation and video products today announced the start of an Open Beta program for LightWave Rendition™ for Adobe® Photoshop® on the opening day of Photoshop World in Orlando. Based upon the rendering engine of Emmy® Award-winning LightWave 3D®, LightWave Rendition™ for Adobe® Photoshop® gives creative artists the ability to render models imported through Photoshop® CS3 Extended™. The resulting output delivers the richness of detail, textures and lighting attributes found in the original 3D object format, all from within the Photoshop Extended environment.

"With the wide popularity and general high regard the graphics community has for LightWave and Adobe Photoshop, we felt it was important to make the products compatible and extend the high performance and functionality of each," said Jay Roth, president, NewTek 3D division. "Producers of Photoshop content will now be able to bring an unprecedented measure of 3D quality and flexibility to their 2D artistry."

"I am very excited that the huge community of Adobe Photoshop users will now be able to take advantage of LightWave’s impressive rendering tools," said Stephen Burns, author of ‘Advanced Photoshop CS3 Trickery & FX’. "They will find themselves well served by LightWave’s extended texture and lighting options that will bring an elevated degree of realism to their projects."

LightWave Rendition for Adobe Photoshop will ship with sample projects and a 3D model art library. It works with models from other sources, such as Google™ SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse or any readily available 3D interchange formats, including LWO, 3DS, OBJ, U3D, KMZ, and COLLADA, allowing each to be fully rendered in high-resolution.

LightWave Rendition™ for Adobe® Photoshop® includes the following:
Slider Controls for Render and Anti-Alias Quality: Allows for quick preview renders up to photo-quality images. Material Preset: You have the option to apply preset or selected Photoshop materials to the surface of your 3D object for complete flexibility in design.
Light Environment: Use the default Photoshop Extended lighting environment or add the power of LightWave Rendition for Adobe Photoshop by using any 2D layer as a light map for complete control of the final light environment.

Pricing and Availability
Open Beta participants in North America can purchase and download LightWave Rendition for Adobe Photoshop now by visiting www.newtek.com/rendition. Open Beta participants will be able to purchase the plug-in for $99US for a limited time and will recieve the final release at no additional cost. The final release, LightWave Rendition for Adobe Photoshop, will have a retail price of $149US and will be available for purchase worldwide.

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Graham-Patten Unveils Sonarae

The ISIS Group, Inc. introduces Sonarae, the latest entry in Graham-Patten Systems line of digital audio products for the professional video industry. Sonarae is an audio monitoring system designed for NLE operators who, as a part of the NLE process, critically monitor the audio associated with a video edit session.

Len Dole, President of ISIS, performed the needs analysis and concept design for Sonarae. He explains, "I didn't begin this project with an audio monitor in mind. I was gathering user requirements for our next generation Digital Edit Suite Audio Mixer. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that audio engineers wanted something completely different! They need to monitor audio. NLE post-production operations have been cobbling together workarounds for years. Now, Sonarae brings elegance to the edit suite. It has one purpose: it lets the operator listen to the audio, without distortion and without changing it in the process".

Sonarae offers an input mode selector for up to eight AES/EBU data streams or 16 individual audio channels, which allows the user to switch from the main AES/EBU inputs to STEM recorder preview inputs or to an external tone generator. A set-up, learn, and clear function, along with 5.1, 6.1, and 7.1 surround sound stereo mix-down selectors, allows the operator to store custom stereo mix-down formats that are available for recall at any time.

Options for monitoring include a master speaker level with two dim settings and a mute switch, and a headphone amplifier with separate level control. The system provides outputs of pre- and post-level AES/EBU audio in addition to optional pre- and post-level analog audio. Operator-selectable delay, adjustable from zero to 9.5 video frames in 0.5 frame steps, is built into the unit to allow for compensation of picture monitor latency.

ISIS will feature Sonarae in booth N1302 at NAB2008 in Las Vegas, offering audio engineers their first opportunity to get a hands-on experience with the unit. "Sonarae is different from anything currently on the market, and we're seeing incredible interest from post-production houses," says Dole. "We've produced a white paper that covers the features and explains how it fits into an edit suite. We'll distribute the white paper at NAB, and afterwards people can download it from the Graham-Patten website."

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Mac Users Now Able to Burn Blu-ray with Primera

Primera Technology, Inc., the world's leading manufacturer of CD, DVD, and Blu-ray Disc duplication and printing equipment, today announced an agreement with Charismac Engineering, Inc. for disc burning software that runs on Apple, Inc.'s Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard operating system. Beginning April 1, 2008, Primera will include Charismac's new Discribe v6.0 software in all Bravo-Series and XR-Series Disc Publishers.

Discribe v6.0 has been completely rewritten from the ground up in Universal Binary Code for optimal performance on all current Mac platforms. It runs natively on both Power PC and x86 (Intel)-based Mac computers.

Discribe v6.0 has a new user interface that is more intuitive and easier to navigate. An extensive list of most-requested features from previous versions is included such as support for Blu-ray(TM) Disc media. Blu-ray Disc is the new, world-wide industry standard for delivery of high-definition video and other large data files.

"Primera is proud to sell more Mac-compatible automated disc publishers than any other company in the world," said Mark Strobel, Primera's Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "We recognize the importance of this market to our industry and are pleased to keep our Mac customers on the cutting edge of Mac operating system technology with Discribe v6.0."

For Primera units purchased before September 1, 2007, a limited-time upgrade price of just $149 is available for single drive units (Bravo SE, Bravo II and Bravo XR) and $225 for dual-drive units (BravoPro and Bravo XRP). Primera units purchased after September 1, 2007 qualify for a free upgrade. For more information or to order, click here.

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Safe Harbor Presents Workflow for Event Videographers: Edit with Matrox RT.X2, Deliver with Rimage

Please add this FREE Seminar to your Event Calendar for May 8, 2008.

 

 

Event Name:                          Safe Harbor Computers Presents Workflow for Event Videographers: Edit with Matrox RT.X2, Deliver with Rimage

 

Event Description:                This free seminar will feature demonstrations of the Matrox RT.X2 realtime editing platform and the Rimage 5100N professional disc publishing system. This workflow is ideal for the event videographer looking to edit HDV video in Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 and output HD-quality,  copy-protected DVD and Blu-ray discs.

 

Date of Event:                       Thursday May 8, 2008

 

Time of Event:                       9:30am and 2pm

 

Location of Event:                Best Western Hotel and Conference Center

                                                5105 South Howell Ave., Milwaukee

Concourse C

 

Register Online:                    http://www.sharbor.com/events/1107.html

 

Have Questions?                  Safe Harbor Computers

                                                800-544-6599

                                                marketing@sharbor.com

 

 

 

                                                                                         

Tiffani Banaszak, Director of Sales & Marketing

Safe Harbor Computers   www.sharbor.com

W226 N900 Eastmound Dr., Waukesha, WI 53186

Sales 800-544-6599  Phone 262-548-8120  Fax 262-548-8130

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WD Unveils High Performance, Eco-Friendly Storage for Creative Professionals and Mac Computer Enthusiasts

WD (NYSE: WDC) today introduced its My Book(R) Studio Edition(TM) II high-performance dual-drive storage systems which are designed to seamlessly work with Mac(R) computers and provide an ideal blend of power savings and high performance. Available now at select retailers and the WD online store (www.shopwd.com), the new My Book Studio Edition II dual-drive storage systems are available in capacities of 1 TB and 2 TB.

The new eco-friendly dual-drive My Book Studio Edition II external storage systems use WD's GreenPower(TM) hard drives for power savings and cool and quiet operation. The system's dual-drive, RAID 0 configuration and high-speed interfaces deliver high performance for creative professionals, workgroups, small offices and anyone looking for fast data transfer.

Formatted for Mac computers, these new storage systems feature: extra-fast performance with four interfaces (FireWire(R) 400/800, eSATA, USB 2.0); factory-shipped in RAID 0 (Striped) configuration [RAID 1 (Mirrored) configurable]; cool, eco-friendly operation with WD GreenPower drives that consume approximately one-third less power than standard dual-drive external storage systems and efficient convection cooling architecture and power-saving mode; designed without a fan to run quietly; 5-year limited warranty; automatic and continuous backup software; capacity gauge to see at a glance how much space is available on the system; intelligent drive management features, including automatic power-up, Safe Shutdown(TM) and LED status and activity lights; user serviceability, enabling owner to open the enclosure and replace the drive inside; and elegant silver metallic finish that perfectly complements other Mac products.

"WD developed the My Book Studio Edition II external drives to satisfy the needs of Mac enthusiasts and creative professionals who require extra-fast performance, but also want it to be as environmentally friendly as possible," said Jim Welsh, vice president and general manager of WD's branded products and consumer electronics groups. "Configured with RAID 0 out of the box, photographers, graphic artists, videographers, and others who require large amounts of storage will experience high performance combined with power savings and quiet operation when they use the new My Book Studio Edition II storage system."

Demonstrations of the My Book Studio II Edition storage systems may be viewed at Photoshop World Booth No. 604 being held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Apr. 2-4, 2008.

Extra-fast Performance with RAID 0
Lightning-fast eSATA or FireWire 800 interfaces combined with RAID 0 (Striped) yields the speed users need for: fast, smooth video editing; rendering complex 3D objects or special effects; and saving huge blocks of data in record time. With RAID 0, users can have 2 TB of storage in an elegant, small footprint design that offers plenty of room to store an entire digital photo library and hundreds of hours of HD movies or digital video (results will vary based on file size and format, settings, features, software and other factors).

Pricing and Availability
My Book Studio Edition II dual-drive storage systems are available now at select retailers and WD's online store. MSRP for My Book Studio Edition II with 1 TB is $349.99 USD; MSRP for My Book Studio Edition II with 2 TB is $599.99 USD.

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Sorenson Media Announces the Immediate Availability of Sorenson Squeeze 5

Sorenson Media, the worldwide leader for video compression and decoding solutions, today announced the immediate availability of Sorenson Squeeze® 5, Sorenson Squeeze® 5 Pro (formerly Sorenson Squeeze PowerPack), Sorenson Squeeze® 5 for Flash and Sorenson Squeeze® 5 for Flash Pro. This major release of Sorenson Media’s award-winning compression and encoding software offers benefits that include speed increases, superior audio and video quality, workflow enhancements and many pre-processing options. Sorenson Squeeze 5 now allows users to process multiple files simultaneously on computers with multiple cores, features new and improved codecs and filters for higher quality output, and offers a new, workflow-friendly organization of presets.

"Sorenson Squeeze 5 sets the standard for desktop encoding applications, this is by far the best Squeeze yet," said Nate Caplin, manager of Streaming Media, AEP. "Squeeze 5 improves upon its familiar, friendly interface with solid usability refinements, especially for managing presets, previewing video and working with filters. Even more important, Squeeze 5 improves results through dramatic quality and performance tune-ups under the hood."

Sorenson Squeeze 5 dramatically reduces encode times on multi-core machines by allowing users to compress and encode as many as 1.5 files on each of the host computer’s processor cores, enabling a quad-core processor, for example, to process six files simultaneously.

Squeeze 5 includes a number of technologies to improve video quality. For Blu-ray encoding, the highly efficient VC-1 video encoder is now included. Significant quality improvements have been made for MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and H.264 encoders, especially when using HD settings. New video pre-processing filters include Watermark, Hue-and-Saturation, Sharpen, and significant improvements have been made in the Inverse Telecine, Video Fade and the Deinterlacing filters, all resulting in higher quality video.

Sorenson Squeeze 5 includes several audio processing improvements. New in this release is AC-3- compatible 5.1 to 7.1 surround sound audio for higher quality DVD audio encoding, and support for many VST audio plug-ins, giving users access to a vast array of third-party VST audio filters. Also included are filters for Audio Volume and Audio Duration with pitch maintenance. An important enhancement for high quality audio is BIAS Soundsoap™, valued at $129, fully integrated in both Squeeze Pro versions, which allows users to remove noise and crackles to create clean, crisp audio.

Sorenson Squeeze 5 embraces the long-time Squeeze tradition that uncomplicated workflow is essential for users. The new Audience Presets feature allows users to bundle preprocessing filters, filter order, encoding settings and even output destinations, such as FTP, into a single custom preset. Squeeze 5 also allows presets to be sorted by either format or output target. In addition, a convenient active-search feature built into the preset lists allows users to quickly find what they need.

"Sorenson Squeeze 5 is a dramatic step forward in the crucial attributes Sorenson has long been known for: high quality video and ease of use," said Matt Cupal, president and COO of Sorenson Media. "We believe users will find this major release saves them a significant amount of time during both setup and encoding while creating better output quality. We’re thrilled to bring Squeeze 5 to the market and we believe users will be enthusiastic about it as well."

Pricing and Availability
Sorenson Squeeze 5, Sorenson Squeeze 5 Pro, Sorenson Squeeze 5 for Flash and Sorenson Squeeze 5 for Flash Pro are available immediately for electronic download or for shipping in CD form. Sorenson Squeeze 5 is $499; Sorenson Squeeze 5 Pro for Windows is $599, for Mac $779; Sorenson Squeeze 5 for Flash is $199; and Sorenson Squeeze 5 for Flash Pro is $299. Upgrades from previous versions of Sorenson Squeeze begin at $99.

For additional information about purchasing Sorenson Squeeze 5, Sorenson Squeeze 5 Pro, Sorenson Squeeze 5 for Flash or Sorenson Squeeze 5 for Flash Pro, or to find a reseller, visit www.sorensonmedia.com.

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Vinpower Now Developing, Octave Now Shipping Xerox-Branded Standalone Tower Duplicators

Vinpower Digital Inc., manufacturer and worldwide supplier of advanced digital duplication equipment, announced today that it has entered into an exclusive trademark licensing agreement with Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX) to develop, market and support a new line of Xerox-branded duplicators.

Available from Octave, the Xerox DVD/CD & Blu-ray Duplicators are manual tower disc duplicators that range from one to 15 writer drives, each of which operates independently of a PC, providing businesses a quick and inexpensive way to make multiple copies of CDs and DVDs. In an industry first, each of the new models allow users to transfer image files directly from a PC to the duplicator’s internal hard drive, saving users the time and effort usually required to produce a master disc for each project.

Several models in the line also provide users with an industry-leading 256MB buffer memory for more stable and reliable high-speed duplication with a greatly reduced occurrence of buffer under-run errors.

"Vinpower Digital is proud to associate with Xerox, a company whose name is synonymous with innovation, to offer businesses and organizations of all sizes the most reliable and efficient duplicators on the market," said Calvin Chang, CEO, Vinpower Digital. "Our proven technology and distribution track record, combined with the Xerox brand and the enhanced functionality of these duplicators, make us very confident this line will set a new standard for this category of product."

"Vinpower Digital is a leader in the duplicator market and shares Xerox's commitment to innovation, quality and reliability," said Chris AuClair, Brand Identity Manager at Xerox. "This relationship extends the Xerox brand into a new product category, giving our customers even greater technology choices."

http://www.octave.com/cgi-bin/shop/shop.cgi/choice/Xerox%20Duplicator

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BizFlick.com Launches New Video Marketing Tool for Small Businesses (SMBs)

BizFlick.com today announced the launch of its new www.bizflick.com, which allows small and medium businesses (SMBs) to advertise online at no cost, by posting Vmercials™ (video commercials).

SMBs formerly unable to mass market can now post Vmercials for free through BizFlick.com. Businesses View a Vmercial - video commercial can create and upload a Vmercial (video commercial) enabling them to showoff their products and Services both locally and globally.

BizFlick.com Vice President and Co-founder Patrick Connelly said, "BizFlick levels the playing field, so whether your company has an advertising budget of $100 or $1,000,000, your products and services will be seen and reviewed by the same potential customers."

BizFlick.com services are used by consumers who are tired of wasting time, energy and money searching countless advertisements, classifieds and phone listings for the products and services they need. BizFlick.com’s Vmercials give users the ability to learn about businesses, and read, post and share reviews.

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