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January 14, 2005

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Media 100 and Lumière HD Announce HDV Support for Media 100 HD
Panasonic Unveils AJ-HDX400
Sorenson Adds New Features To Squeeze 4.1
Roxio Adds HD Support in Expanded Software Line
16x9 Introduces Improved Zoom Control for LANC Cameras
LaCie Kicks Off 2005 With New Storage Solutions
MainConcept Updates MPEG Pro Plug-In for Adobe Premiere Pro
Silicon Color Releases FinalTouch HD

Media 100 and Lumière HD Announce HDV Support for Media 100 HD

Media 100, a unit of Optibase and a developer of advanced media systems, announced Media 100 HD compatibility with High Definition Video (HDV) via Lumière HD. Through a software codec featuring Lumière HD support, customers will be able to shoot their projects in the HDV format and, without additional hardware, bring the footage in for editing with all the 10-bit, Macintosh-based power of Media 100 HD.

Producers may encode their HD output into an HDV MPEG-2 transport stream and transfer back to HDV cameras and decks, or produce masters for other formats, such as DVD. For producers not working in an SDI facility, support for HDV via Lumière HD, a stand-alone software, enables Media 100 HD customers to maximize this new shooting medium while saving on the costly equipment and infrastructure typically needed to shoot, convert and deliver in HD.

www.optibase.co
www.lumierhd.com

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Panasonic Unveils AJ-HDX400

The AJ-HDX400 features three 2/3", 1-million pixel IT progressive CCDs to produce a high sensitivity of F10 at 2000 lux, low-light shooting down to 0.008 lux (at +68dB), and ultra-sensitive recording up to 74dB in digital super gain mode, the manufacturer specifies.

The AJ-HDX400 is equipped with 12-bit A/D DSP circuits that provide optimum picture quality, color reproduction, and luminance gradation, as well as an advanced 12-axis matrix color correction system that permits precise colors to be adjusted without affecting overall color tone. The camcorder offers built-in image-enhancing features including a Cine-like gamma curve to replicate the look and feel of film, detail functions including precise skin tone, and shading correction that adjusts for the use of a lens extender. The AJ-HDX400 uses DVCPRO HD-LP 9-micron recording to record 33 minutes on a DVCPRO medium-size cassette, and records 48kHz/16-bit digital audio on all four channels. It offers a digital zoom with an up to 400% image enlargement where the HD image retains its superb resolution and brightness is maintained. The AJ-HDX400 provides as standard a 10-second pre-recording function that permits it to capture spontaneous scenes a shooter might otherwise miss.

The pre-recording function continually caches 10 seconds of video and audio in memory (time settable by one-second increments) as it enters the camera's front lens. When a user pushes the record button, video and audio in the cache are recorded to tape. This HD camera also offers a Retake Mode that allows it to automatically back up to the start of the last take and record over it. A one-frame interval REC function is also offered for time-lapse recording. A standard HD SDI output is included for monitoring and line recording, and a down converter is built-in to produce a NTSC composite output, eliminating the need for an expensive SDI monitor.

The camcorder also includes a SAVE REC function that reduces power consumption to a low of 35.5 watts during recording, Other standard features include: Auto Tracking White Balance; two four-position optical filters (ND: clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64; CC: Cross, 3200K, 4300k and 6300K); multifunctional zebra patterns (to adjust contrast, auto white balance and color bar output); four user scene files, three user-customized buttons, one-touch display for 4 x 3 aspect ratio; electronic shutter (1/100 to 1/2000 sec.) with synchro scan shutter (1/60.3 to 1/249.8 sec.); an easy-slide shoulder pad that adjusts 1.18" in 10-steps; and a three-point locking viewfinder mount. The weight of the camera head is 9.4 pounds.

The AJ-HDX400 teams with the Panasonic AJ-HD1200A IEEE 1394 DVCPRO HD VTR and Apple Final Cut HD software to offer a powerful, affordable acquisition-through-editing system. Among the AJ-HDX400's optional accessories are the AJ-GPS900G GPS unit to record real-time position data onto the tape including altitude, longitude and latitude; the AJ-HVF20BP 2" HD 16 x 9/4 x 3 viewfinder; and the AJ-MC900G stereo mic.

The AJ-HDX400 will be available in February at a suggested list price of $42,500.

www.panasonic.com/broadcast

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Sorenson Adds New Features To Squeeze 4.1

Sorenson Media announced the latest update to its lineup of video encoding and compression applications for digital video professionals, Sorenson Squeeze 4.1. It adds AAC Plus Audio, an audio compression feature providing the same audio fidelity as the AAC standard while compressing audio file sizes to half its original, uncompressed size.

Additionally, users of the Sorenson Squeeze 4.1 Compression Suite for the Macintosh will be able to purchase a new Telestream Flip4Mac plug-in allowing video encoding of Windows Media 9 format directly on the Mac, the company describes. Also included in the release is a new optional task dialog--a feature allowing users to send video files to multiple applications and locations on a single computer, over a network, to an FTP site, or to VitalStream on-demand video streaming services.

The Sorenson Squeeze 4.1 product line includes the Sorenson Squeeze 4.1 Compression Suite, Sorenson Squeeze 4.1 for Macromedia Flash MX, and Sorenson Squeeze 4.1 for MPEG-4 - all available in Windows and Macintosh versions. Sorenson Squeeze 4.1 upgrades are scheduled to be available by the end of the first calendar quarter of 2005 for free to current users of Sorenson Squeeze 4.0 products.

The Windows Media plug-in for the Sorenson Squeeze 4.1 Compression Suite (Macintosh) will be available for $179.00.

www.sorenson.com

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Roxio Adds HD Support in Expanded Software Line

Roxio, a division of Sonic Solutions, announced it will add HD functionality to its Toast CD and DVD burning software. The company also announced special pricing on its complete line of Mac OS X products, including Toast and Toast with Jam, which combines Toast 6 Titanium burning software with a rich array of studio-quality audio software. Roxio added Popcorn, software enabling users to copy non-encrypted DVD-Video discs, to its consumer line-up.

Support for HD content in future versions of Toast will enable users to import HD program files and automatically create anamorphic widescreen DVDs that preserve the 16x9 aspect ratio.

Popcorn, the newest addition to Roxio's Mac OS software line, enables consumers to back up their non-encrypted DVD-Video discs. Popcorn features flexible compression and extraction to fit video content onto a single-layer recordable DVD, while maximizing visual quality and use of disc space. Popcorn integrates Toast burning technology to ensure superior results with legendary ease-of-use, and is compatible with discs created using Apple's iDVD and DVD Studio Pro applications, as well as those recorded with set-top DVD recorders.

www.roxio.com

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16x9 Introduces Improved Zoom Control for LANC Cameras

16x9 Inc. has introduced a new version of the Zoe zoom control designed for use with the Sony HDR-FX1 and HVR-Z1U, Canon XL2, plus other LANC cameras. Ideal for digital cinematography, the Zoe-DVL provides variable stepless zoom speed control with preadjusted maximum speed, focus, record start/stop, and camera on/off in an efficient, operator-friendly package.

Featuring a more ergonomic design, the Zoe-DVL offers three thumb positions--left, right, or center--for comfort and control. The unit's touch-responsive rocker switch is engineered for intuitive operation. Zoom speed increases in direct relation to pressure applied to the zoom button, which allows for smooth ramp-up and precise manipulation. A rotating selector wheel provides preadjustment of maximum zoom speed.

Mechanical side guards protect the selector wheel from damage or accidental repositioning. Separate buttons offer instant adjustment of focus and camera on/off functions. Controls are set apart and uniquely shaped for easy touch recognition. Functions are clearly indicated by bright LEDs. Set up is quick and easy. The new 30cm coiled cable extends to 90 cm. An elbow plug connects to the camera's LANC output. Zoe's improved quick-release clamp attaches to tripod panhandles of up to 34mm diameter.

Suggested price for the Zoe-DVL is $360.

www.16x9inc.com

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LaCie Kicks Off 2005 With New Storage Solutions

LaCie started the new year by announcing new products and partnerships aimed at helping professionals and everyday people easily manage their digital lives. Premiering at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, new LaCie storage solutions range from a 2TB RAID subsystem for video pros to a unique direct-disc labeling technology on d2 DVD burners and a real-time MPEG-1/2 encoder to a portable 40GB hard drive for direct playback of multimedia files on any standard TV.

New LaCie solutions include:
LaCie Biggest F800: LaCie unveils a higher level of data protection with the new Biggest F800 RAID subsystem for professional use, offering secure storage for up to 2TB data. Available spring 2005.

LaCie d2 DVD+/-RW Double Layer with LightScribe: LaCie and LightScribe are partnering to offer direct-disc labeling drive for both Macs and PCs. Specially configured LaCie d2 DVD+/-RW Double Layer burners now offer the ability to burn precise, iridescent labels with desired text and graphics using the same laser that burns the data. This LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling technology means people no longer have to use printers, permanent markers or adhesive labeling to develop and burn creative designs onto their CDs and DVDs. Available January 2005.


LaCie FastCoder: LaCie introduces a new tool for video editors and home users to aid in DVD creation: the LaCie FastCoder. This hardware encoder allows people to convert DV NTSC video files to MPEG-1 and/or MPEG-2 in real-time on Apple Macintosh G3, G4 and G5 systems with a native FireWire port. With the LaCie FastCoder, conventional software encoding times are reduced by two to 15 hours. Available February 2005.

www.lacie.com

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MainConcept Updates MPEG Pro Plug-In for Adobe Premiere Pro

MainConcept, a leader in codecs and other video technology, has released version 1.0.5 of its MPEG Pro editing plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro. The new update adds support for Sony's HDR-FX1 camcorder, HD editing speed improvement, and various other enhancements and fixes.

MainConcept MPEG Pro adds native MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 editing to Premiere Pro, using smart rendering and requantizing to eliminate unnecessary rendering. The plug-in also offers real-time MPEG capturing from a variety of analog and digital devices, plus exporting to many devices.

Version 1.0.5 is a free update for registered MPEG Pro users. The standard-definition version is available for $249, and the HD version (required for HD importing, editing and exporting) is $349.

www.mainconcept.com

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Silicon Color Releases FinalTouch HD

Silicon Color has introduced FinalTouch HD, a real-time HD color correction and grading solution for QuickTime. FinalTouch HD will be shipping in mid-January for $4,995 USD.

Highlights of FinalTouch HD include:
-- Primary In - with advanced controls for shadows, midtones, highlights, lift, gamma, gain, hue and saturation, integrated vectorscopes, waveform monitors, histogram, and multiple live grades
-- Secondaries - HSL controls with falloff, hue auto-qualify, additive and subtractive (RGBCMY) auto-qualify, hue curves, saturation curves, luminance curves, vignettes, trackers, and keyframes
-- Color Effects - Node-based color effects for advanced looks and creativity
-- Geometry - pan, scan, scale, flip, flop, rotate, motion trackers, and keyframes
-- Still Store - Unlimited still store for saving shots for comparison using dynamic split screen (vertical, horizontal)

www.siliconcolor.com

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