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April 12, 2005

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Canopus Debuts ProCoder Station Render Farm
Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America Introduces Two New HD Plasma Monitors
FOCUS Enhancements Now Shipping FireStore FS-4 Pro
Nero Integrates Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound into NeroVision Express 3 Introduces the Video LCD Monitor Mount Pro
Gateway Announces 832GM Desktop PC
Canopus Announces New Features for EDIUS Pro 3
BOXX Unveils the Ultimate “Swag Bag” Promotion Beginning April 12, 2005

Canopus Debuts ProCoder Station Render Farm

Canopus Corporation, a provider of digital video production and encoding solutions, will unveil ProCoder Station Render Farm at NAB 2005 in Las Vegas (booth SL325).

ProCoder Station Render Farm is a streamlined encoding solution for production and broadcast facilities that have a high-volume of transcoding jobs. Using the company's ProCoder video encoding software, the ProCoder Station Render Farm provides an efficient solution for the distribution of multiple transcoding jobs through a single unified management interface.

ProCoder Station Render Farm automatically encodes single or multiple sources to any number of output formats simultaneously and delivers the converted files to a LAN folder, while creative work continues on the production system.

ProCoder Station Render Farm features Canopus' DV and MPEG-2 codecs. The solution fully supports HD resolutions and can transcode between HD and SD formats seamlessly.

ProCoder Station Render Farm will be available as an option for Canopus's ProCoder Station in May 2005.

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Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America Introduces Two New HD Plasma Monitors

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America Inc. has introduced two new plasma monitors at its national dealer line show. The new 42-inch PD-4265 and 50-inch PD-5065 feature 12-bit color processing.

Both monitors include Mitsubishi's BrightCell plasma technology, which uses thinner, darker cell wall construction for more phosphor area per pixel and Mitsubishi's MicroFilter technology, which optimizes red, green, and blue phosphors to create more natural color balance and more realistic images, according to Mitsubishi.

Each display also includes Mitsubishi's six-way color control to allow the user to independently adjust six colors for optimal picture performance. The 42-inch model displays 1024x768 resolution while the 50-inch exhibits 1365x768 resolution.

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FOCUS Enhancements Now Shipping FireStore FS-4 Pro

FOCUS Enhancements Inc. has announced the availability of its groundbreaking FireStore FS-4Pro Portable Direct To Edit(tm) (DTE) Recorders. The palm-sized FS-4Pro joins the recently announced FS-4 in FOCUS' line of portable DTE recorder for handheld digital camcorders. The FireStore family will be on display at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention in Las Vegas from April 18th to 21st (Booth SL505, SL4255E).

Designed for digital videographers in the broadcast, sports, wedding and event, and education industries, the FS-4Pro features a 40GB (3 hour) or 80GB (6 hour) internal disk drive, FOCUS Enhancements' DTE technology, and a field-ready, rugged enclosure. As compared to FOCUS Enhancements' FS-4 model, the FS-4Pro increases editing compatibility by adding Avid OMF and Pinnacle AVI support in addition to standard DTE Technology file formats. FS-4Pro also adds multiple retro-record modes, reels that allow clips to be categorized into pre-named folders on disk while shooting, and user definable time lapse and loop playback modes.

In March 2005, FOCUS Enhancements announced plans to support the High Definition (HD) standard with its new FS-4 HD and FS-4Pro HD models. The company is offering a special to customers purchasing the new FS-4 and FS-4Pro models by April 30, 2005, enabling them to upgrade to full HD functionality for only $99 (normally $299).

The FireStore FS-4Pro portable DTE recorders weigh less than one pound including the battery, and are only 1.5-inches thick. The low profile design allows videographers to mount the FS-4Pro to their camcorder using the optional hot-shoe clip-on adapter or attach it directly to their belt. FS-4Pro features a 6-pin FireWire connector for interface with camcorders, a 6-pin FireWire connector for interfacing with a computer for editing or file transfer, a backlit status LCD display and a comprehensive set of control buttons including a navigation pad. It supports RawDV, AVI Type 1, AVI Type 2, Matrox AVI, Canopus AVI, QuickTime, 24p QuickTime and 24p AVI Type 2. The FS-4Pro also includes up to ten seconds of retro-cache, retro disk, loop record, user definable folders for scene marking, and support for additional DV25 DTE technology file formats including Avid DV-OMF and Pinnacle AVI.

FireStore FS-4Pro 40GB and 80GB are available through the worldwide FOCUS Enhancements and Canon USA dealer and distributor networks for a US MSRP of $1,195 and $1,595, respectively. FireStore HD upgrades, FS-4 HD, and FS-4Pro HD are expected to be available in the Summer of 2005 through the worldwide FOCUS Enhancements dealer and distributor network.

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Nero Integrates Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound into NeroVision Express 3

Nero has announced that Dolby Digital 5.1 sound creation has been integrated into NeroVision Express 3, an application of the company's Nero 6 software.

Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator is an audio coding technology that formats audio content into a multichannel Dolby Digital bitstream, enabling consumers to create home movies with full surround sound. As a result of its coding efficiencies, 5.1-channel Dolby Digital requires less data than stereo PCM, resulting in savings in disc space and allowing consumers to make longer recordings or store higher-quality video content by assigning higher data rate to video.

For mastering 5.1-channel DVD-Video content, NeroVision Express will upmix the audio input material to Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, using the advanced technology of Nero UpMix. "

NeroVision Express 3 is an entry-level video editing and authoring tool. It can edit and author video from virtually any input source and record video files to DVD-Video, Video CD (VCD), Super Video CD (SVCD), miniDVD, and now Nero Digital. Chapters can be created using automatic scene detection, videos can be trimmed in a fast and flexible way, and customized menus can be created using pre-defined layout templates and button frames. Editing is available for more advanced users, while wizards for novices are always in control. In addition, when creating a DVD-Video project, the user will now have the option of selecting Dolby Digital 5.1 as the target audio stream.

Nero 6 users can purchase the Dolby Digital 5.1 Multichannel Plug-in at the Nero online shop on

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VFGadgets Inc. has announced the introduction of the Video LCD Monitor Mount Pro. Now that more DOPs and Videographers are using 17" to 23" professional video LCD and TFT monitors in the field, VFGadgets have come up with a way to take the monitors off the desktop and use them on a lighting stand or a base plate, right where the director and the shooter can see the monitor with ease.

The Video LCD Monitor Mount Pro can hold up to 30lbs and can be mounted on any lighting stand that has a 5/8" male stud; it's designed to be studry enough to enable video producer to use broadcast-quality LCD monitors with a sunshade on for exterior shots.

The monitor mount has two adjustment points that allows users to set the flat panel monitor in any position and a pivot point at the base of the unit for easy side-to-side positioning. The mount comes with the required VESA plate that will work with 100mm and 75mm mounting holes on the back of all broadcast-quality LCD and TFT monitors.

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Gateway Announces 832GM Desktop PC

Gateway has announced its new spring line of desktop PCs, which includes the new 832GM desktop PC that is optimized for Microsoft Media Center Edition 2005 and features a BTX design.

Based on Intel's BTX architecture, the Gateway 832GM features an efficient cooling system with two large fans that provide three times the airflow of a traditional PC, according to Gateway. This cooling design can handle gaming, graphics, digital media, and other power-consuming applications without overheating. The BTX design keeps key components cooler, which increases their reliability.

The Gateway 832GM utilizes the Media Center 2005 operating system, by providing new hardware for users. It includes an Intel Pentium 4 processor 630 that runs current 32-bit applications and tackles next-generation 64-bit productivity software. The system also supports Intel Hyper-Threading Technology for improved performance when managing multiple tasks at once. Intel integrated graphics with full DirectX 9 support and 1GB DDR (400Mhz) dual channel memory expandable to 4GB provides vibrant graphics playback to bring digital video and other multimedia to life. T

he Gateway 832GM is outfitted with features for digital media hobbies and productivity applications. The multi-format 16X DL-capable DVD+R/RW optical drive and a 250GB serial ATA hard drive offer optimum storage for graphic intensive applications. In addition, Intel HD 8-channel audio delivers deep, realistic sound.

The Gateway desktop PCs, designed for digital media applications, are outfitted with Cyberlink PowerDVD DVD authoring. They also come with the Nero 6 Suite.

It is offered for a manufacturer's suggested retail price of just $999.99.

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Canopus Announces New Features for EDIUS Pro 3

Canopus Corporation has announced an update to EDIUS Pro 3 professional nonlinear editing software and new format-support modules. The update allows editors to customize EDIUS editing solutions with formats specific to their studio set-up.

The update to EDIUS Pro 3 includes new professional features, such as HQ batch capture from HDV, advanced audio tools, and precise color correction controls. Canopus will be demonstrating EDIUS Pro 3.3 and the Format Support Modules in Las Vegas at NAB 2005 in booth SL325.

The EDIUS Pro 3.3 update also provides editors audio mixer support that allows for audio adjustments during playback directly in the timeline, as well as audio fader hardware support. Canopus also added a Tape Export Wizard to assist in tape output to various recording devices and improved bin management with an export-to-HTML feature.

EDIUS Pro 3.3 also gives editors realtime HQ batch capture capabilities from Sony HDV camcorders. EDIUS NX and EDIUS SP users also gain direct-to-MPEG capture from DV and analog sources.

The EDIUS Pro 3.3 update is available at no charge to registered EDIUS Pro 3 users directly from the Canopus Web site.

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BOXX Unveils the Ultimate “Swag Bag” Promotion Beginning April 12, 2005

BOXX Technologies, a workstation company, has partnered with Adobe, Alias , ATI, CGNetworks, The D.A.V.E. School, Kurv Studios, Luxology, Newtek, NVIDIA, PNY, Softimage, Stash! DVD Magazine, 3Dconnexion, 3D Garage, 3DTotal and 12-Inch Design to create the Ultimate Swag Bag promotion, designed to fuel creativity and amplify digital workflow.

Everyone who orders a BOXX workstation online April 12-22 will receive a personalized Swag Bag from BOXX partners filled with tools and technology to energize creativity and ignite the imagination. Every Bag is unique, but all are overflowing with tools that promise to set creativity in motion, according to BOXX. The bags will include anything from graphics cards, flash memory, and Space Travelers to 3D modeling and animation software, textures and motion libraries, training DVDs, and books from supporting partners. BOXX is in the mix too, offering a workstation of its own to be featured in one of the Swag Bags.

Each Bag will have hundreds (and in some cases thousands) of dollars in merchandise. Additionally, during the Ultimate Swag Bag promotion, BOXX will offer special pricing on select systems at the Web site.

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Get the Swag! The Ultimate Swag Bag offer begins April 12, 2005 and ends April 22, 2005, and is only available on the BOXX Web site (

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