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April 22, 2005

Table of Contents

Avid Xpress Product Family Embraces HD
Vision Effects releases Twixtor 4.5 and ReelSmart Motion Blur 3.2
Digidesign and Creative Network Design Announce NetMix Pro 3.3
FOCUS Enhancements Previews New Digital Media Asset Management System at NAB
Rimage Corporation Announces Rimage 360i Desktop CD/DVD Publishing System
Sonic Introduces Blu-ray Creator
ADS Tech Releases Portable Dual-Link SDI Converter
NewTek Announces VT[4] Version 4.5

Avid Xpress Product Family Embraces HD

Avid Technology, Inc. has unveiled the newest offerings in its Avid Xpress family of content creation tools, the Avid Xpress Studio HD suite and the Avid Xpress Pro HD PowerPack. The Avid Xpress Studio HD content creation suite includes highly integrated HD video editing, audio production, 3D animation, compositing and titling, and DVD authoring software applications. The new Avid Xpress Pro HD PowerPack bundles two software offerings, the Avid Xpress Pro HD software and the Avid Studio Toolkit HD.

Avid Xpress Studio HD
The Avid Xpress Studio HD suite is comprised of five software applications, including Avid Xpress Pro HD, Avid ProTools LE, Avid 3D, Avid FX, and Avid DVD. The suite also supports more SD and HD formats and frame rates for Avid 3D, including 10-bit uncompressed SD, DV25, DVCPRO 25, DVCPRO 50, and Avid DNxHD.

Avid Xpress Pro HD PowerPack
The Avid Xpress Pro HD PowerPack combines the latest release of Avid Xpress Pro HD software with the Avid Studio Toolkit HD suite of software offerings, which includes Avid 3D, Avid FX, and Avid DVD. Together, this package provides a venue for content creators to work on HD video projects and distribute their work to HD tape, DVD, or the Web.

The Avid Xpress Pro HD PowerPack system is priced at $2,495.
The Avid Xpress Studio HD Essentials system is priced at $3,495.
The Avid Xpress Studio HD Complete system is priced at $5,995.

Upgrade pricing for existing Avid Xpress DV, Avid Xpress Pro, Avid Xpress Pro HD, and Avid Xpress Studio customers is available.

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Vision Effects releases Twixtor 4.5 and ReelSmart Motion Blur 3.2

Vision Effects releases major updates to their Discreet Systems (Sparks) versions of Twixtor, their retiming solution, and ReelSmart Motion Blur (RSMB), which adds and removes motion blur based on per-pixel calculated motion.

Twixtor 4.5 is much more accurate, tracks objects farther, and exhibits fewer artifacts when objects cross the scene. This yields less tearing and stretching of objects as they cross or go out of the frame. Version 4.5 now includes a smart blending option for pans and zooms to prevent inappropriate streaking or unwanted artifacts at frame borders. The new version also adds an option to automatically enhance dark imagery or imagery with poorly defined edges.

New in ReelSmart Motion Blur 3.2 is a completely rewritten motion estimation engine. The new version also adds Crop Box to prevent non-valid black edges from spilling into the safe-area.

Twixtor Sparks is priced at $795.00. Upgrade from Twixtor 3 to Twixtor 4.5 for $149.95.
RSMB Sparks is priced at $189.95. Upgrade from RSMB 1.9.10 for $55.00.

Twixtor and ReelSmart Motion Blur continues to be available for Apple Shake and Final Cut Pro, Avid Editing Systems, Autodesk Combustion, Eyeon Digital Fusion, Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, Quantel systems, and others.

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Digidesign and Creative Network Design Announce NetMix Pro 3.3

Digidesign and Creative Network Design (CND), a sound and audio software developer, has announced the release of NetMix Pro 3.3, a sound library management tool for Pro Tools 6.9 XP. NetMix Pro 3.3 enables Digidesign Pro Tools editors to search for sound effects and production music efficiently.

The new integration of NetMix Pro and Pro Tools® 6.9 XP features:
- Transfer to region list
- Spot to timeline
- Spot to timeline using selection
- Spot to timeline with handles
- Spot multiple audio files to timeline (trainspotting)
- Spot sync point to timeline
- Transfer of metadata
- Spot sub-sequence to multiple tracks and spot to absolute time code

The new tool enables spotting of multi-track sequences to multiple tracks in Pro Tools 6.9 XP. Users can preview a complex sound edit in sync with picture using volume, pan, waveform editing, and time code display. NetMix Pro automatically converts and spots the audio to Pro Tools tracks, maintaining all previously made edits.

NetMix Pro can be purchased online from CND's online store for $990.00.

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FOCUS Enhancements Previews New Digital Media Asset Management System at NAB

FOCUS Enhancements Inc., a developer of video production and conversion technology, has announced its new ProxSys Media Server for digital asset management. The ProxSys suite will deliver a complete solution for video and broadcast professionals from acquisition and editing to media management, completely accessible via a common Web browser.

The ProxSys Media Server manages up to 50TB of low- and high-resolution video, audio, images, and documents, allowing quick preview and access to clips from any location over the public Internet.

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Rimage Corporation Announces Rimage 360i Desktop CD/DVD Publishing System

Rimage Corporation, a provider of recordable CD and DVD publishing systems, announced at the NAB show in Las Vegas that it is launching a new addition to its Desktop product line, the Rimage 360i.

The Rimage 360i is optimized for CD/DVD recording and incorporates HP's thermal inkjet printer engine, resulting in vivid color, sharply-defined text, and photo-realistic images. The system also includes a low cost of ownership and a wizard-based user interface.

The Rimage 360i has a list price of $2,495.

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Sonic Introduces Blu-ray Creator

Sonic Solutions, a developer of digital media software, has introduced Sonic Blu-ray Creator, a commercial authoring system, which enables high-end production facilities to create titles for the Blu-ray Disc format.

Blu-ray Creator gives title authors the ability to combine high definition video and audio with interactive menus and Internet connectivity. The software allows users to proof their title as they work and output fully formatted BD pre-masters for replication.

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ADS Tech Releases Portable Dual-Link SDI Converter

ADS Tech, a producer of advanced hardware/software solutions for video production applications, has announced its new portable Dual-Link SDI (Serial Digital Interface) Converter with embedded AES/EBU digital stereo audio functionality.

The Dual-Link SDI transcoder is a 1394a bi-directional device that converts DV audio/video to and from SDI video, the broadcast standard digital interface. The device is Windows XP- and MAC OS X-compatible and can be used with a portable battery pack, making it ideal for on-location news and event broadcasts. With the Dual-link SDI Converter, camera operators have a cost-effective solution for Betacam transcoding, transporting content for NLE production, and connecting to studio SDI network backbones.

ADS Tech's portable Dual-Link SDI Converter for Windows XP and MAC OS X systems is priced at $999 and will be available by the end of April 2005.

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NewTek Announces VT[4] Version 4.5

NewTek, Inc., a manufacturer of 3D animation and video products, has announced the latest software version of its VT[4] integrated production suite, providing a comprehensive toolset for all professional video production needs.

VT[4] version 4.5 provides real-time layering and effects for live video and graphics in most PC file formats. The new software includes integrated timeline and storyboard editing, paint, 3D modeling and animation, titling, keying, and live switching.

Version 4.5's new features include:
- LightWave 3D version 8.3
- A re-designed character generator for live production
- Native XGA projector output
- Smooth scaling of all sources for pristine output in any format
- An improved video codec that offers 5:1 compression and 4:2:2 color-space

VT[4] Version 4.5 will be a free download for registered VT[4] owners, and retails at $3495.

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