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November 12, 2004

Table of Contents

Pinnacle Systems Ships Liquid Edition 6
StorageQuest Selects Microboards Technology as Exclusive Distributor
Disc Makers Opens New Mastering Studio
Canopus Announces EDIUS SP For HDV and EDIUS SP Workstation
Animation Factory Announces the Release of 3D Animated Video Backgrounds
Wizzard Software Begins Licensing WizzScribe
Home Movie Depot Announces Home Movies-to-DVD Converter

Pinnacle Systems Ships Liquid Edition 6

Pinnacle Systems, Inc. is shipping version 6 of its Liquid Edition video editing software. Liquid Edition 6 offers new tools and features including the ability to edit multiple streams of native high-definition content with real-time effects without the requirement of proprietary hardware, a Steinberg-inspired audio engine, and compatibility with the Pinnacle Studio software.

Pinnacle Liquid Edition 6 also offers fully enabled support for PCI-Express bus technology, allowing Pinnacle Liquid Edition to eliminate roadblocks and deliver up to 30 times more bandwidth between the visual processor and the CPU than competitive PCI-based solutions, the company claims. This increased bandwidth results in increased real-time effects power for all formats, including HD, without requiring costly additional hardware.

Pinnacle Liquid Edition PRO adds an analog and digital breakout box with composite, component, S-Video I/O, stereo in, surround out, S/PDIF I/O and plug and play USB-2 ease-of-use.

Pinnacle Liquid Edition version 6 and Liquid Edition PRO version 6 are available immediately for the suggested retail price of $499 and $999, respectively.

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StorageQuest Selects Microboards Technology as Exclusive Distributor

Microboards has announced that it has been selected by StorageQuest, Inc as its exclusive US distributor for its Multi-services Storage Manager line of network storage management products. The MSM was developed to address the needs of the data archival arena by providing a plug-and-play, appliance-based, network-attached manager for media libraries. The MSM series of network-attached management devices is based on Storage Quest's "Any-to-Any Architecture," a storage architecture that allows any client to access any storage resource regardless of media type, vendor, or operating system platform.

The MSM provides improved long-term stability and accessibility by using widely accepted media (including optical media, such as DVD-R and Magneto Optical) and industry standard data formats. Because the MSM was designed with transparency in mind, it helps organizations leverage other investments in storage and IT infrastructure, the manufacturer claims. It integrates with existing systems and, when connected to an existing corporate network, it appears as one or more storage pools that are immediately available to any application or network user.

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Disc Makers Opens New Mastering Studio

Disc Makers has completed a major upgrade of its in-house mastering facility, the SoundLab at Disc Makers. The new suite will provide independent artists with post-production and a professional quality final product, the company claims.

The new SoundLab suite uses both SADiE and Sonic Studio and is equipped with digital and analog processing gear from Weiss, TC Electronics, Apogee, George Massenberg Labs, Avalon Designs, and Focusrite. It is outfitted with Dynaudio Acoustic M-3 speakers powered by Chord monoblocks.

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Canopus Announces EDIUS SP For HDV and EDIUS SP Workstation

Canopus Corporation has announced the availability of EDIUS SP for HDV. EDIUS SP for HDV is a professional nonlinear editing solution that provides native editing and realtime processing of HDV, DV, uncompressed SD, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 formats. EDIUS SP for HDV provides a transition for post-production facilities to move from SD to HD video. Canopus is offering EDIUS SP for HDV customers the Canopus Codec Option Pack, which includes the DVCPRO HD software codec, which provide full native DVCPRO HD (SMPTE 370M) compliance.

Additionally, Canopus Corporation has announced a line of EDIUS SP Workstations built on the company's new EDIUS SP for HDV video editing solution that captures and outputs HD video. To help editors with the transition from SD to HD, EDIUS SP Workstations edit SD content, such as DV, in HD resolution, while providing realtime output to HDTV monitors using the onboard HD component output. EDIUS SP Workstations provide realtime up-conversion from SD to HD video with all project titles, graphics and effects performed in HD resolution.

EDIUS SP for HDV is available for a suggested retail price of $3999. The Canopus Codec Option Pack, breakout box, and Canopus Video-out Plug-in Option will be available for $999, $599 and $499, respectively. The EDIUS SP Workstation 300 and Workstation 500 will be available from Canopus for $7999.99 and $8999.99, respectively.

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Animation Factory Announces the Release of 3D Animated Video Backgrounds

Animation Factory has unveiled its latest custom animation product, video backgrounds for its platinum subscribers. More than 150 3D animated looping MPEG-2 video images are available. The video clips can be used for a range of purposes and media, and enable users to produce movies from their desktop. Video backgrounds are just one of several new products in the works for Animation Factory with a DVD collection of over 500 animated video backgrounds coming in the next few months.

The video backgrounds include high-quality 720 x 480 MPEG2 video and 3D animated looping clips, and are compatible with most DVD authoring and video editing software.

Video Backgrounds are available to all platinum subscribers of Animation Factory. Some sample backgrounds are available free of charge to all visitors to the site.

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Wizzard Software Begins Licensing WizzScribe

Wizzard Software has announced they have begun signing customer licensing agreements for WizzScribe, the newest addition to Wizzard Software's product line. WizzScribe is a server-based SDK with runtime speech engines that support the offline conversion of voice audio into text, bringing large vocabulary voice recognition technology to a wide range of applications. It is powered by IBM's proven and sophisticated large vocabulary voice recognition technology.

Through the use of an offline mode of voice recognition, WizzScribe supports a wide variety of input devices and methods. It can also add speech recognition capability to industrial-strength, server-based applications whenever large volumes of audio need to be converted into text for searching, data-mining, storage and documentation. Another feature of WizzScribe is its ability to be accessed through a telephone. Users can dictate information and have the dictated audio converted into text for use by an application or for web-based activity such as email or retrieval.

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Home Movie Depot Announces Home Movies-to-DVD Converter

Home Movie Depot will introduce its new home movie conversion technology at the 14th annual conference of the Association of Moving Image Archivists. The new technology features an 8mm movie projector that allows for light enhancement and frame-by-frame digitization of 8mm and Super 8 movie film. The projector offers improved control of light, film speed, and optical clarity in the process of transferring home movies to DVD, the company claims.

The new projector casts each frame of the film into a special 3CCD imaging camera while adjusting for light. The process synchronizes the mechanical film frames with a real-time video signal to create a true moving image. The imagery is then digitally processed and stored on a computer hard drive. Before burning the stored movie onto a DVD, Home Movie Depot allows online preview of movies.

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