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January 12, 2009

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The Moving Picture: CS4 at 64
JVC Introduces New Final Cut Pro 6-Ready Solid State Camcorders
Immersive Media Research to Debut Vortex Zoom Encoder
Blackmagic Design Announces DeckLink SDI
4EVER Group 'Postpones' Video 09 Convention, Previously Scheduled for January 12-15 in Orlando
Digital Hotcakes Offers Fresh Take on Globes
Sony Creative Software to Showcase Acid Pro 7 at NAMM 2009
Verbatim Highlights Expanding Line of Blu-Ray Media
MAGIX Showcases New Video Editing Software and Music Recommendation Tools at CES 2009
MOGO Media Announces One-Day Seminars on Adobe Creative Suite 4 For Only $49

The Moving Picture: CS4 at 64

As you’ve undoubtedly heard, Adobe Creative Suite 4 (CS4) Production Premium delivers some awesome productivity benefits, particularly the ability to send Premiere Pro sequences to both the Adobe Media Encoder (AME) and Adobe Encore for rendering or authoring while continuing to edit in Premiere Pro. Perhaps what you haven’t heard is that this capability significantly increases CS4’s memory requirements. If you’re upgrading from CS3 to CS4 on a 32-bit operating system, this can mean longer rendering times, instability, or both. If you want CS4’s features without the performance penalty, you should consider running CS4 on a 64-bit system.

Why does CS4 need more memory? Since AME and Encore can process Premiere Pro projects separately, Adobe had to create a behind-the-scenes application that renders the Premiere Pro sequences and sends the frames to AME and Encore. If you run Windows Task Manager while CS4 is rendering, you’ll see a program called PProHeadless that performs this function. This program consumes about 200MB of RAM. In addition, since AME now runs as a standalone program, its memory requirements have also increased.

What are your options? If you’re upgrading to CS4 on a 32-bit system, increase system RAM to the available maximum, which is typically 4GB since that’s all a 32-bit OS can handle. The 32-bit version of Windows usually reserves 2GB of the maximum of 4GB for system functions, leaving only 2 GB of memory for application programs. That’s not enough for many CS4 operations. When running CS4 on a 32-bit system, do what you can to preserve RAM for AME or Encore, such as closing Premiere Pro and any other unneeded programs while rendering.

If you’re running CS4 on a 32-bit system and notice sluggish or unstable performance, run Windows Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del) while rendering and click the Performance tab. If the total Commit Charge exceeds system RAM, your system has to page data back and forth to your hard disk during rendering, which can slow performance and cause instability. If you’ve already installed as much RAM as your system can support, you can either grin and bear it or move to a 64-bit system.

How much performance boost can you expect from 64-bit? This will vary by project and source format. I ran a series of tests on a 2.83gHz HP xw6600 with 3GB of RAM running 32-bit Windows XP and a 3.33gHz HP xw8600 workstation running 64-bit Vista with 16 GB of RAM. Both systems were dual-processor, quad-core systems. For most tests, I created a variety of simple projects involving picture-in-picture, greenscreen, color correction, and similar effects and rendered to either DVD-compatible MPEG-2 format (for DV) or Blu-ray-compatible MPEG-2 format for HD source formats.

After correcting for the 18% difference in processor speed, the 64-bit system was 67% faster on my standard DV test file, up to 63% faster on HDV-related tests, up to 50% faster on AVCHD tests, and up to 227% faster on tests using footage from the RED camera. The only format that didn’t seem to improve on the 64-bit system was DVCPRO HD, which showed only a 13% speed boost.

To test how the systems compared under more stringent conditions, I re-rendered the AVCHD HD project while producing a DVD image file in Encore. The 64-bit system outperformed the 32-bit system by 70%. Overall, the HD formats required more RAM than SD formats, and increasing the complexity of effects typically boosted RAM requirements. In terms of commit charge, the 64-bit system exceeded four GB on 10 of 14 tests, and exceeded eight GB on two tests. On the 32-bit system, the commit charge ranged from a low of 1.6 GB to a high of 3.52.

I did run one highly complicated AVCHD-based test on these Windows systems and a 3.2 GHz eight-core Power Mac running OSX with 8GB of RAM. The 32-bit Windows system rendered in 68 minutes, the Mac in 11 and the 64-bit Windows system in 9. Why the difference? Let’s take a closer look at what 64-bit processing really is.

The most significant difference between 32-bit and 64-bit systems is the amount of addressable memory. Compared to the 4GB limitation for 32-bit systems, a 64-bit system can theoretically address 16 exabytes of memory (2^64), though Windows Vista x64 is limited to 128GB. Note that 64-bit operating systems can run 32-bit applications, though each 32-bit application can only address 4GB of memory. This is important because Photoshop is the only true 64-bit application in CS4; the others run as 32-bit applications within the 64-bit OS.

To run a 64-bit OS you need a 64-bit processor, which includes all Core 2 Duo and subsequent Intel processors. You may be able to upgrade your current PC to 64-bit, with two caveats. First, many systems sold as 32-bit systems max out at 4GB of RAM, so upgrading to a 64-bit OS will deliver minimal additional benefit. Second, you’ll need 64-bit drivers for all hardware devices on the system, including graphics and I/O cards and DVD burners, which may not be available.

Or, you can buy a 64-bit system, which are widely available. Be sure to get at least 8GB of RAM—more if you do multilayer HD projects or integrate After Effects sequences into Premiere Pro or Encore via Dynamic Link.

<b><i>Jan Ozer (jan at doceo.com)</b> is a contributing editor to </i>EventDV<i> and </i>Streaming Media</i>. He is currently writing a book on using video and social networks to market your business.</i>

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JVC Introduces New Final Cut Pro 6-Ready Solid State Camcorders

Victor Company of Japan, Ltd. (JVC) further expands its ProHD camcorder line-up by introducing two professional solid state camcorders, the industry's first to store files in the native Quicktime format for Apple's Final Cut Pro™ onto reliable and inexpensive SDHC media cards.  The compact hand-held GY-HM100  3-CCD camcorder is introduced in January 2009, while the compact shoulder GY-HM700 is scheduled for introduction in February 2009. Both camcorders record 35Mbps high definition video and uncompressed audio directly to inexpensive SDHC media cards in the native Quicktime format used by Apple Final Cut Pro™.

Product Concept
The growing trend in the professional video market is to record directly from camera to solid state memory, and the current leading solutions have made the workflow quite expensive for most users, relying on proprietary media and file formats. In addition, compatibility with major non-linear editing (NLE) systems requires codec converting or re-wrapping format files, a process that significantly slows down the post production process. Professional users are yearning for a simple, fast solution that allows instant editing of recorded material without file conversion, and a media cost approaching the economy of tape.

To meet this demand, JVC has adopted the Apple QuickTime file format for Final Cut Pro.  And, to keep media costs as low as possible, JVC selected the reliable yet inexpensive SDHC media card—one of the most widely-used solid state memory cards on the market today.

“We are pleased to support a seamless experience for professional videographers working with Final Cut Studio 2,” said Hiroyuki Takekura, Managing Director of JVC's Professional Systems Division. “We expect that pro video users will find huge workflow benefits as this optimized workflow bridges the gap between production and post production tasks."

“For the first time, Final Cut Pro editors are able to work with a camcorder that records video as native QuickTime files, eliminating the need to transcode or re-wrap prior to editing,” said Rob Schoeben, Apple’s vice president of Applications Product Marketing. “With the combination of JVC's new camera and Final Cut Studio 2, the industry’s leading video production suite, the promise of file based acquisition can finally be realized.”

GY-HM100 / GY-HM700 Common Features

Industry’s first native support  QuickTime file format for Apple’s Final Cut Pro
Both camcorders natively record the file format used by Apple QuickTime for Final Cut Pro.  Video clips are dragged directly from the storage media onto the non-linear editor's timeline, eliminating the need for transcoding that can consume excessive time and disk space while maintaining original first generation image quality.

Enhanced MPEG2 Long GOP Encoder
Drawing from its experience in developing encoders currently used in broadcast applications, JVC developed a proprietary codec capable of providing highly efficient compression up to 35 megabits per second, a bit rate supporting full 1920 x 1080 encoding in the HQ mode. This results in recorded images of extremely high quality. MPEG2 long GOP encoding is the most widely implemented broadcast standard compression and is currently supported by all popular editing systems and broadcast servers. Additionally, both cameras can record 720p (19/35Mbps) and 1080i (25Mbps) in SP mode, assuring compatibility with today’s most popular professional NLE systems.

SDHC Media Card

Both units record on widely available SDHC memory cards, presently available in capacities up to 32GB. The cameras provide 2 memory card slots, for a total of up to 64GB of on board storage—enough for up to 6 hours of continuous HD recording. The cameras automatically begin recording on the second card when the first card is full. Also, unlike other professional solid state media, the per-minute cost of SDHC memory is comparable to professional video tape. Moreover, SDHC media becomes the first practical solid state solution for physical archiving.

GY-HM100 Features

Ultra-Compact 3.0 lb. Handheld Form Factor
The GY-HM100 is the smallest professional format 3-CCD camcorder available at about the size of a lens for a 2/3-inch imager camera. This makes it ideal for applications where a full size camera would be impractical, such as tight quarters and operating in potentially unsafe situations. For a smaller footprint and less conspicuous shooting, the handle can be easily removed and the audio can be recorded via the built-in 2-channel microphone.

Three ¼-inch Progressive CCDs
Three newly developed ¼-inch progressive scan CCDs provide rich, accurate colors. The red and blue pixel locations are spatially off-set relative to green, enabling the sampled luminance information to be significantly increased in both horizontal and vertical directions. This results in higher resolution images compared to prior CCD designs. To separate primary colors, JVC has incorporated a high quality - glass prism and a proprietary mounting technology.

Fujinon 10:1 Zoom HD Lens
The GY-HM100U utilizes a high definition lens by Fujinon, a world leader in HD lens technology. This lens features three aspherical elements. In addition, the lens surface has a new Electronic Beam Coating (EBC) that greatly reduces degradation caused by light reflecting off the lens surfaces, leading to greater light transmission and reduced flaring and ghosting.  To protect the lens, a flip-in cover is integrated in the lens hood, eliminating the need for an external cap.

Focus is controlled manually or automatically. A smooth servo zoom is controlled with a conventional rocker on the handgrip, or manually with the lens ring. For close-up shooting, a macro mode allows for shooting subjects as little as 2-inches away from the lens. Exposure (iris) is manually or automatically controlled, allowing the shooter to adjust the depth of focus by selecting the appropriate F stop. In the manual iris mode, the current F stop value is displayed in the viewfinder.

Professional controls and layout

Despite its size, the camera's hand grip has an ergonomic shape, accommodating hands of all sizes. Control and switches are placed with professional users in mind. To conserve space, a single ring is used for both manual focus and manual zoom. Additional manual controls include white balance, shutter, gain, and audio levels.

  • Newly designed JVC’s original Optical Image Stabilization
  • JVC patented Focus Assist
  • Color viewfinder and LCD display
  • 2-Channel balanced audio inputs, mic/line switchable with built-in phantom power supply
  • HDMI output
  • USB 2.0 interface
  • The GY-HM100 is scheduled for delivery in April 2009, with a list price under $4,000.

Additional photos and product details can be found at http://pro.jvc.com/hm100

Preliminary GY-HM700 Features

1. Compact shoulder form factor of less than 4 kg (8.9 lbs.) in operation
2. High quality 1/3” progressive 3CCD with unique JVC’s H/V spatial offset
3. Newly developed 14x high-quality interchangeable lens by Canon
4. Newly developed high-quality LCOS viewfinder
5. Newly developed large LCD display
6. Double-memory hybrid recording system using optional KA-MR100G SxS memory card recorder
7. HD SDI output, SD down-convert capability over IEEE 1394 interface, USB 2.0 interface

The GY-HM700 is scheduled for delivery in March 2009.  More details will be released in February 2009.


Additional GY-HM100 Features

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Immersive Media Research to Debut Vortex Zoom Encoder

Samson Technologies, the exclusive Zoom US distributor, and Immersive Media Research (IMR) announces the missing link for owners of Zoom’s groundbreaking H2 Handy Recorder

. The H2 is the first affordable handheld surround-sound recorder and has become wildly popular; reigning as the #1 recorder on Amazon.com this holiday season. With four built-in microphones, the H2 captures 360-degree sound into two stereo WAV files.

Until now, there was no easy way for H2 owners to share their unique surround recordings with the world. IMR’s Vortex Zoom Encoder, a streamlined program for Mac OS X and Windows, solves that challenge.

With one click, Vortex Zoom Encoder converts the H2’s unique dual-stereo recordings into standard formats that all consumers can enjoy and share via familiar programs, portable devices and home theater systems. H2 owners simply drop the two stereo WAVs onto the Vortex Zoom Encoder window and click one of three export buttons: DTS, Binaural, or 5.1 WAV. It’s as simple as Drop... Click... Share Your Surround!

Additional details on the output formats:

•    DTS WAV is the easiest surround-sound format to author: Users simply drag the 44.1kHz, 16-bit, 2-channel WAV files to any CD-burning program and burn a CD as normal. They then play this special CD through the S/PDIF output on a CD player, computer, or Sony PlayStation 3 into a DTS-compatible home theater system. The signal automatically expands back into glorious 5.1-channel surround sound.

•    Binaural WAV employs IMR’s proprietary ImmersiveStereo™ technology to convert surround-sound recordings into a dramatically real headphone experience. Users can transfer the resulting two-channel WAV files to portable players, burn them to audio CD, or convert them to compressed formats such as MP3 for more portability.

•    5.1 WAV is a six-channel, 44.1kHz interleaved WAV file. Users can drop these files into the free Fraunhofer MP3 Surround Encoder (www.mp3surround.com). MP3 Surround files are completely backward compatible: They play like normal stereo MP3s in standard players, but expand into 5.1 channels in MP3 Surround players such as Winamp. These 5.1 WAV files also load into many DAWs and video editing programs.

Vortex Zoom Encoder is based on IMR’s high-end Vortex Surround Encoder, which offers many more options for professional sound designers. The concept with Vortex Zoom Encoder was to bring this unique, high-quality processing into a one-click interface that would complement the enormously popular Zoom H2.

Vortex Zoom Encoder runs on Mac OS X and Windows XP/Vista. The program operates in full-featured mode for 30 days and then reverts to a handy, free player for Zoom H2 surround files, allowing users to hear their four-channel recordings through four speakers. Users can unlock and restore DTS, Binaural, and 5.1 WAV encoding for $25.

The Zoom H2 enabled people everywhere to capture surround sound. Now Vortex Zoom Encoder lets them share those unique recordings with the world.

For more information and to download the free trial version of Vortex Zoom Encoder, visit www.im-research.com.  For more information on the Zoom H2 Handy Recorder, visit www.samsontech.com/products/.

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Blackmagic Design Announces DeckLink SDI

Blackmagic Design Inc. today announced DeckLink SDI, a new model of capture card which combines highest quality 10 bit SD/HD-SDI capture and playback with an unprecedented low cost of only US$395.

DeckLink SDI is designed for high-end broadcast and post production customers who are working in large SDI based facilities needing many creative workstation seats at the lowest possible cost.

DeckLink SDI includes the highest quality quality 10 bit SD/HD-SDI capture and playback, while also including features high end customers really need, such as black burst/HD tri-sync reference input, and RS-422 deck control. DeckLink SDI replaces Blackmagic Design's original SD only DeckLink model, while adding PCI Express, 10 bit HD-SDI capture and playback, and reference input.

Because DeckLink SDI features broadcast quality SDI, and can instantly switch between SD-SDI and HD-SDI formats, it's perfect for connecting to decks such as HDCAM, HD-D5, Digital Betacam and more. DeckLink SDI is also fully compatible with all SDI based cameras and monitors. DeckLink SDI includes 8 channels of embedded SDI audio support, so all video and audio connections are made with a single BNC-type SDI video cable.DeckLink SDI is fully compatible with the largest enterprise level broadcast routing switchers, such as Blackmagic Design's Broadcast Videohub 72 x 144 SDI router, and is perfect for use with a wide range of SDI video converters such as Blackmagic Design's Mini Converter range. With many customers working in large broadcast systems with all kinds of SDI equipment, DeckLink SDI is the ideal choice for these types of large integrated workflows.“We have worked hard to make HD editing, design and effects available for people who could only afford SD products, and with DeckLink SDI we have done that,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “We think customers will love this product and broadcasters will also get a solution that lowers the per-seat cost of creative workstations, which is vitally important as broadcasters worldwide continue their upgrade programs from SD to HD."

DeckLink SDI features a 1 lane PCI Express connection that works in lower cost computers, while still retaining incredibly high data speeds to the computer, so it's perfect for HD video and real time effects.

While DeckLink SDI has powerful HD features, it's also designed to be the perfect choice for customers who are only working in SD. Its low cost, and great compatibility with affordable entry level computers, makes it a perfect choice for SD. If HD is required at any time, DeckLink SDI will instantly switch to HD video. This means DeckLink SDI is the perfect solution for post production and broadcast users even with the tightest budgets. No other product provides high quality 10 bit SDI capture and playback with the low price of the new DeckLink SDI.

When doing live broadcast graphics work, DeckLink SDI has a built in SD keyer, that allows RGBA graphics to be keyed over the SDI input in standard definition. This lets broadcasters overlay live titles and graphics all in the one low cost solution.

DeckLink SDI Key Features

  • 10 bit SDI capture and playback with full HD-SDI and SD-SDI compatibility.
  • SDI switches between SD and HD.
  • Built in internal SD keying of RGBA graphics over live video input.
  • 8 channels of SDI audio capture and playback in HD and SD.
  • Genlock/Tri-Sync reference input for locking card to large systems.
  • RS-422 remote control for broadcast decks.
  • PCI Express plug in card at 2.5 Gb/s speeds for maximum real time effects.
  • Real time effects in Apple Final Cut Pro™ and Adobe Premiere™ Pro.

Availability and Price
DeckLink SDI is available now and in stock for only US$395 or €325 from all Blackmagic Design authorized resellers worldwide.


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4EVER Group 'Postpones' Video 09 Convention, Previously Scheduled for January 12-15 in Orlando

In an email sent today from 4EVER Group Director of Development Steve Wernick to registered attendees of the 4EVER Group's Video 09 conference, the 4EVER Group announced plans to "postpone" the conference, with no future dates announced at this time. The conference was scheduled to begin 5 days later and run January 12-15 in Orlando, Fla.

The news of the show's postponement follows shortly after the December 20 announcement of the conference program and the opening of registration for the event, although pre-registration had opened in July.

The message further stated that the results of the 4EVER Group's Artistic Achievement Awards, which were scheduled to be presented at the event, would be "posted shortly at The 4EVER Group's website."

The email told registered attendees, "Within the next couple of days, you will receive an email with a form attached. This form must be completed and returned to us in order to process refunds or credits." Registered attendees who do not receive this form, or, after completing and returning it, do not receive their full refunds in a timely manner, should contact Steve Wernick directly at stevew@4evergroup.org or (215) 750-7797.

Full contact information is available at http://www.4evergroup.org/contactus.shtml.

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Digital Hotcakes Offers Fresh Take on Globes

TriLab Productions releases Digital Hotcakes Vol 10 Globes. This latest installment to the Digital Hotcakes series features 15 sophisticated and cohesive globe sets. Each set includes an intro, looping background, lowerthird, overlay and wipe - all with a fresh contemporary style. File types are AVI and Quicktime movies. All animations are included in both standard (4:3) and widescreen (16:9) format.

Pricing and Availability
Digital Hotcakes Vol 10 is being offered at an introductory price of $89.  It can be purchased directly from Digital Hotcakes. For more information, go to www.animationsforvideo.com.

About TriLab Productions
TriLab Productions is the developer and marketer of the Digital Hotcakes series of affordable motion graphics for video editing – the leader in affordable professional motion graphics. The Digital Hotcakes product line includes: Vol 1 Animated Backdrops, Vol 2 Organic Backdrops, Vol 3 Skydrops, Vol 4 Aquadrops, Vol 5 Pyromations, Vol 6 AcidDrops, Vol 7 Grids & Grunge, Vol A Alpha Mattes, Vol 9 FilmFX, Vol 10 Globes, Wedding Essentials Vols 1 - 4, Wedding Essentials Vol 1HD, Home Movie Essentials Vols 1 – 4, Worship Series Vols 1 – 12, and Sport Series Vols 1, 2 and 3. The company is headquartered in Shreveport, LA and can be reached by phone at 866-745-7334, by fax at 318-603-9022 or on the Web at www.animationsforvideo.com .


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Sony Creative Software to Showcase Acid Pro 7 at NAMM 2009

In the Sony Electronics booth (#6210, Hall A) at NAMM 2009, Sony Creative Software will be showcasing its new ACID Pro 7 digital audio workstation software recently released in November 2008. Unlike any other software offering in its class, ACID Pro 7 software offers powerful and intuitive DAW functionality for today's media professional including multitrack recording, 5.1 surround sound mixing, robust MIDI sequencing and best-in-class loop-based music production. Now Microsoft Vista compatible, ACID Pro 7 software enables a faster and more flexible creative environment by providing precise control over the music creation process through enhancements such as a new mixing environment, MIDI track freeze, tempo curves, improved Beatmapping, and additional import/export options.

A Gibson SG guitar and a Line 6 MIDI keyboard will be available in the booth for demonstration with the ACID Pro 7 software, with audio running through a Presonus Firebox audio interface.

In addition, visitors to the booth will also be able to view the newly redesigned ACIDplanet.com social networking site for musicians and remix fans.

WHEN:     The NAMM tradeshow will be held January 15 - 18, 2009. For daily exhibit floor hours, please visit http://www.namm.org/thenammshow

    Anaheim Convention Center, Sony Electronics Booth #6210, Hall A, 800 West Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92802

About Sony Creative Software
Sony Creative Software inspires artistic expression with its award-winning line of products for digital video, music, DVD, and audio production. As a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, the company also develops applications that enhance the experience for users of Sony hardware devices. Sony Creative Software customers span the globe and include seasoned professionals in the film, television, video game, and recording industries, as well as students, educators, hobbyists, and enthusiasts. For more information, visit www.sonycreativesoftware.com.

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Verbatim Highlights Expanding Line of Blu-Ray Media

Verbatim Americas, LLC announced today that it has extended its support for Blu-ray Disc (BD) technology.  In addition to the 2X and 4X BD recordable (BD-R),  2X BD rewritable (BD-RE), 2X and 4X Inkjet printable BD-R and Mini BD-R/BD-RE media, which are available now, Verbatim will showcase five new BD products. Scheduled to begin shipping in the first half of 2009, the new products include 2X BD-R Thermal Hub-printable discs and 6X BD-R discs as well as 2X and 6X Single-sided Dual-layer (DL) BD-R discs. Verbatim 2X BD-R LTH TYPE discs are also scheduled to launch soon.

The market for BD blank media is being driven by the growing demand for BD hardware.  JRIA predicts that worldwide, shipments of blue-laser discs will increase from an estimated 20 millions units in 2008 and will grow to 64 millions in 2009, 152 million in 2010 and 279 million by 2011.

The higher capacity that Blu-ray media provides has contributed to its growing adoption rate, but it also makes disc integrity even more vital. The technologies that Verbatim incorporates to ensure the reliability of its BD media are based on its proven strategy for success--combine the latest technologies with the highest quality control.

Available Now
Verbatim 25GB 2X and 4X BD-R Media -- With Verbatim’s 4x BD-R media, users can record an entire disc in approximately 23 min.  The higher performance makes the 4x BD-R media suitable not only for recording personal high-definition video, but also for backing up computer data and archiving photo collections.

Verbatim 2X and 4X Inkjet-printable BD-R Media – Manufactured with a unique white inkjet-printable surface coating, Verbatim inkjet-printable BD media ensures excellent ink absorption for exceptional color reproduction of high-resolution photos, graphics or other images, and durable, longer-lasting colors.

Verbatim 7.5GB Mini BD-R/RE Discs -- Measuring three inches (8cm) in diameter, the Mini BD-R/RE discs will combine with a BD-compatible camcorder to provide approximately one hour of continuous video capture time on a single side when high-definition (1920×1080i) is used,  With the ability to record priceless memories directly to a Mini BD disc, users can eliminate the time-consuming process of downloading
captured video to their computer hard drive. They can also enjoy unlimited capacity by simply removing the disc from the camcorder and adding a new one.

Scheduled to Ship the First Half of 2009
2X BD-R Thermal Hub-printable discs – Offering for full-surface, edge-to-edge printing,
Verbatim’s thermal-printable BD discs feature a surface that is optimized for thermal printing resulting in superb high-resolution reproduction of graphics, text and logos.

Verbatim 2X and 6X Single-sided Double-layer (DL) BD-R Discs -- With two recording layers on a single side, users can enjoy seamless recording of up to 50GB or about 4 hours of HD-quality video on a single disc without having to flip or change the disc. This will make Verbatim BD-R DL media a compelling storage solution for professional video production, business storage, backup, archiving, radio and television broadcast storage, education, banking, healthcare and government applications.

Verbatim 25GB BD-R LTH Type Discs -- Leveraging its many years of success in developing organic AZO dye for CD-R and DVD-R media, Mitsubishi Kagaku Media Co., Ltd (MKM), Verbatim’s parent company, developed a new AZO dye for the BD-R LTH TYPE. MKM was the first to release BD-R LTH TYPE media in Japan and Verbatim will make its launch to the US market in Q1/2009.

Unlike current BD-R discs, in which the inorganic recording layer is made by the sputtering process and requires a huge investment to increase the production capacity and meet growing market demands, the organic recording layer for BD-R LTH TYPE media can be applied using the same dye spin coating process as CD-R or DVD-R media.  As a result, Verbatim will be able to begin mass production of its BD-R LTH TYPE by modifying existing CD-R or DVD-R production lines. With the investment in BD-R LTH TYPE production less than current BD-R production, Verbatim believes that technology will break down the barrier to entry into BD production and expects many CD/DVD manufacturers will be joining the BD world.


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MAGIX Showcases New Video Editing Software and Music Recommendation Tools at CES 2009

MAGIX a leader in multimedia software is attending CES from January 8th to 11th to demonstrate its new innovations in music discovery and video editing technology.MAGIX Video Pro X is the company’s newly launched professional video editing software solution, delivering superior value and innovative features.

  • Source and Program Monitor – Allows for direct comparison between the original and edited video
  • Multi Camera Editing – Easily edit from multiple feeds within one simple interface, create your own movie studio right on your own computer
  • Improved UI - All shortcuts are freely definable, especially useful for those switching from other programs: e.g. the time line can also be adjusted to the user's preferences and all parts of the user interface can be made bigger, smaller, moved around or hidden altogether
  • Blu-Ray Support – Full 1080p HD content video material can be edited, uploaded and burned to Blu-ray Discs
PREVIEW: Movie Edit Pro 15 fuses highly sophisticated video editing tools with advanced surround dubbing and individually adjustable special effects – packaged in an incredibly simple and friendly user interface. It’s ideal for everyone from beginners to enthusiasts to create DVD-or Web-ready, professional quality videos quickly and easily.
  • Launching March 2009
  • Blu-Ray Support – Full 1080p HD content video material can be edited, uploaded and burned to Blu-ray Discs™
  • Full YouTube Support - Movie Edit Pro 15 enables users to publish and share from within the application directly onto YouTube™
  • Online Support - Users can also upload and share their videos onto their own free MAGIX online album page -- both in normal as well as high-definition format
Mufin – An innovative music recommendation and discovery service, Mufin’s new online discovery site enables music lovers to tap into entirely new artists and songs regardless of their geography or popularity.
  • Mufin for Facebook: Similar to the existing widget for MySpace, Facebook users can now access Mufin’s discovery interface and song catalog right from their Facebook page. 
  • Mufin for iTunes: iTunes users are able to use Mufin’s discovery and playlist generator engine. They simply select any track in their iTunes library and Mufin creates a playlist of similar sounding tracks.
  • Simply name a song at www.mufin.com and it will automatically compare its key audio properties to other songs in its global database. Instantly the discovery engine displays a list of similar sounding tracks derived by the advanced algorithm that analyzes the audio fingerprints that are unique to every song.

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MOGO Media Announces One-Day Seminars on Adobe Creative Suite 4 For Only $49

MOGO Media, the premier conference and training provider for creative professionals working with Adobe® software, today announced Shortcut to Brilliant: The Adobe Creative Suite 4 tour, a new series of one-day seminars. Presented in conjunction with Adobe, this three city tour launches on January 16 in New York City and includes stops in Chicago on January 21 and Los Angeles on February 19.

Each one-day seminar provides the tools and techniques creative professionals need to maximize their workflow with Adobe Creative Suite 4. With presentations hosted by Adobe's best presenters and renowned industry experts, attendees will receive in-depth product information, tips and tricks, and productivity enhancing techniques. Registration is available for $49 per person online at www.mogoseminars.com or by calling 866-518-7200 and space is limited.

"Now more than ever, creative professionals should focus on remaining relevant in the industry by honing their expertise and expanding their repertoire," said Barry Anderson, founder of MOGO Media. "These seminars on Adobe Creative Suite 4 are affordable, convenient and provide attendees with tools they can use immediately to improve their design and web projects."

Upcoming MOGO Events
MOGO Media also announces 10 new dates for its popular one-day web publishing workshop, Getting Started with Dreamweaver and CSS. This seminar series starts in Los Angeles on January 27 and travels across the country with upcoming stops in San Diego, New York and Philadelphia. For registration information and a complete event schedule, please visit www.mogoevents.com.

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