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July 25, 2005

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PixelPops Releases PopDrops Volume 2
Digital Hotcakes Presents Write-On Titles
VASST Announces Ultimate S 2.0 Scripting Tool
EDIROL Previews Professional USB 2.0 Multi-Channel Support for Tiger
Disc Makers Releases Automated DVD Duplicator
Targus Debuts Complete Collection of Madison Ladies Camera and Camcorder Cases
Nero Launches Nero Digital Pro For Audio and Video Compression
Proavio Announces New Line of High Performance eSATA Video Storage

PixelPops Releases PopDrops Volume 2

PixelPops Design, LLC has launched the second in a series of professional DVD Menu Templates, Case Insert, and Disc Label Designs called PopDrops. PopDrops provide videographers, production studios, and DVD developers with a quick, creative, and easy-to-use solution for authoring DVD menus and unified packaging.

All PopDrops designs come complete as multi-layered Adobe Photoshop (.PSD) files so that layers can be moved, text changed, and designs altered in any way desired. Additional features include colorization layers and video drop zones for unlimited flexibility in customizing the designs. PopDrops are both PC and Mac-compatible and can be used with all DVD authoring programs that support Photoshop (.PSD) files.

PopDrops Volume 2 includes 30 themes with both menus and sub-menus (120 templates). The matching DVD case insert and disc designs (30 themes/60 templates) offer a unified packaging design. PopDrops Volume 1, released earlier this year, also includes 120 menu templates and 60 cover and discs designs.

PopDrops DVD Menu Templates are available in both NTSC or PAL for $150. DVD Case Insert and Disc Labels are sold separately for $150. Bundle pricing is currently available at a discount of $250. EventDV readers receive an additional 10% off any PopDrops Volumes using promo code: EDVPR721.

For more information, visit http://www.pixelpops-shop.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Category=4

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Digital Hotcakes Presents Write-On Titles

TriLab Productions has announced the release of a new Digital Hotcakes 4 volume series: Write-On Titles. These animated script titles that write themselves on to the screen are designed for use in any video project.

Each volume contains 25 titles written in 2 fonts (traditional and contemporary) and displayed in 3 styles (gold, platinum and white), for a total of 150 animations per volume. Each animation contains an alpha channel for keying in any professional video editing software. In addition, each animation is provided with a green screen background.

This product targets new chromakey capabilities of the consumer-level video editing software such as Pinnacle Studio Plus, Sony Movie Studio, and Ulead VideoStudio 9.

TriLab Productions has also announced that two of the Write-On Titles volumes are presented in Spanish.

  • Write-On Titles Vol 1 Wedding Wedding titles to add style to the wedding video
  • Write-On Titles Vol 2 Events Titles covering a wide range of events, from birthdays to dance recitals and from baptisms to bar mitzvahs
  • Write-On Titles Vol 3 Wedding Español Spanish titles
  • Write-On Titles Vol 4 Quinceañera Titles designed to add elegance to the much-celebrated event of a girl's 15th birthday.

The Write-On Titles products are offered at $119 per volume. Bundle pricing is also available--any two volumes for $179 or all four volumes for $349. They can be purchased directly from Digital Hotcakes.


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VASST Announces Ultimate S 2.0 Scripting Tool

VASST, a provider of training resources for multimedia professionals and hobbyists, has announced Ultimate S 2.0, a new scripting tool available for Sony Vegas software. Ultimate S 2.0 contains over 90 editing and creative functions to be used in conjunction with Sony Vegas, assigning most to a single button, saving time and repetition in the editing process.

Ultimate S from VASST brought more than 55 utilities, features, and worktools to the script-based plug-ins for Sony Vegas software. Ultimate S 2.0 brings more, with 30 new features, 110 new presets, and 90 tools (nearly 250 in all) for the Sony Vegas 6 user. (A Vegas 5 version will be released soon.)

New features include real-time switching of multi-camera timelines with real-time preview of all cameras, audio plug in tools powered by iZotope, nested timeline import, lower-third creation with over 50 pre-built lower thirds, compositing-based FX, more Special FX, PhotoMontage Presets, customized Tally indicators, and more.

Like Ultimate S, version 2.0 incorporates a tabbed interface for scripting tools, and Ultimate S 2.0 increases the original 9 tabs to 11 tabs, offering users nearly 250 functions in all. New features include:

  • Lower Thirds Tab: a revolutionary feature, offering users 55 unique lower thirds in a variety of themes. These custom lower thirds are editable by users, and the import of GrafPaks gives access to up to 50 additional lower thirds with more Paks soon to be released.
  • Quad-Cam Tools: Ultimate S 2.0 pioneers real-time switching of multi-cameras on the Vegas 6 timeline, allowing users to switch from one camera to another without stopping playback. Ultimate S 2.0 provides users with 8 varied Tally indicators while allowing and encouraging users to create their own custom Tally indicators, such as using a corporate logo for active camera indication.
  • FX Tab: Compositing images together for specific effects can take a lot of time, and requires some advanced knowledge of the Sony Vegas application. Ultimate S 2.0 has brought commonly used compositing functions to the fore, creating one-click, multi-layer composites for functions such as creating the pixelated "COPS" look, Romance looks, and Text Masks.
  • Expanded Audio Tools: Powered by award-winning audio technology designer iZotope, the Audio features in Ultimate S 2.0 have been taken to a new height.

Installing as a custom VASST FX Bundle, the Direct X iZotope tools have been created specifically for VASST Ultimate S and FM users. These tools are not accessible through any other application.

Ultimate S 2.0 is available via electronic download for 149.99. Upgrade pricing is available for current Ultimate S owners. Users who wish to try Ultimate S before buying may download the 14-day, full-functioning trial at http://www.vasst.com/product.aspx?id=c8cec3c4-7ec3-43db-8d32-f703f5050400.


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EDIROL Previews Professional USB 2.0 Multi-Channel Support for Tiger

EDIROL has previewed professional Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) multi-channel audio support for Apple Mac OS X Tiger using its UA-1000 and UA-101 USB 2.0 Audio Interfaces. This Mac OS X support is made possible due to advances made in Tiger, the latest version of Mac OS X and EDIROL's continued USB 2.0 audio development.

EDIROL introduced USB 2.0 audio interfaces with the UA-1000 in March 2003 and now supports multi-channel Hi-Speed USB audio on both Windows XP and Apple Mac OS X Tiger. EDIROL has supported and implemented class-compliant FireWire Core Audio drivers for Mac OS X Panther since introducing the FA-101 in January 2004.

A preview beta version of the Tiger driver is currently available for download at http://www.edirol.com/support/drivers.html and the official driver release is expected in the fall of 2005. A preview beta version of the Tiger driver for the UA-101 is currently available for download at www.edirol.net/products/en/UA-101/index.html. The official driver release, including support for the UA-1000, is expected in the fall of 2005.

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Disc Makers Releases Automated DVD Duplicator

Disc Makers has released the MicroUltra, a powerful single-drive automated DVD duplicator optimized to work exclusively with the company's Disc Makers Ultra media. The MicroUltra, the sister product of Disc Makers' EliteMicro, is also available with a 4800dpi Autograph6 color inkjet printer for $1,690.

The MicroUltra, with 16X Plextor DVD±R drive, 48X CD-R drive, and a 75-disc input bin, can achieve hours of unattended DVD and CD duplication. Using only Disc Makers' high-grade Ultra media, the MicroUltra produces virtually no rejects and has the fastest duplication in the industry, according to Disc Makers. The MicroUltra's footprint fits on most desktops, and the unit is backed by Disc Makers' two-year warranty on robotics and free lifetime technical support. Completing the package is the optional 4800dpi Autograph color inkjet printer, which produces detailed images and vibrant colors for high-quality on-disc printing.

The MicroUltra can write up to six full (4.7GB) DVD±Rs per hour or 12 full (700MB) CD-Rs per hour and comes with the Padus DiscJuggler software suite with network capability and Discus label design software. Users will also receive 100 free Disc Makers Ultra 52X CDs or 50 16X DVDs with a MicroUltra purchase and discounted pricing on future blank media purchases.


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Targus Debuts Complete Collection of Madison Ladies Camera and Camcorder Cases

Targus has launched the Madison collection of camera and camcorder cases, complementing its camera case line while offering women cases that offer protection and style.

The four sizes in the Madison collection range from a small camera case with a wrist strap to a backpack that can accommodate a camcorder, camera, accessories, and personal items such as keys and a wallet. Made of a soft, durable, black Koskin with white counter stitching, the cases are accented with shiny chrome magnetic snaps. Since women often carry purses or handbags, these cases are designed to hold not only cameras but also cosmetics, wallets, cell phones, keys, and more.

In addition to style, the cases are designed for protection with padded interior compartments lined with a soft, scratch resistant fabric to protect the camera or camcorder. For further protection, adjustable inner compartments can be moved to keep the case snug—preventing jostling during travel.

The various styles and sizes in the collection are all designed to be functional, with access to the cameras and personal items, and versatile, with a variety of carrying options such as wrist straps, shoulder straps, or a backpack.

Made of soft Koskin, the Madison Small Camera Case is designed for most micro and small cameras. Its can fit into a larger handbag or be carried alone using the attachable wrist strap. The camera is protected by the closed cell foam padding and no-scratch inner lining. External dimensions are 4.25" x 2.13" x 3.75", internal dimensions are 4" x 1.8" x 3.5", and the weight is 1.76 oz. The cost of the Madison Small Camera Case is $9.99.

The Madison Large Camera Case, designed to fit medium to large cameras, offers extra organization with an inner zippered pocket for memory cards, ID cards, credit cards, and other personal items. Made of a durable black Koskin exterior with white stitching, the case's interior contains a no-scratch lining to protect the camera. It can either be carried like a purse with the shoulder strap or inserted into another case. External dimensions are 6.13" x 2.75" x 4.75", internal dimensions are 5.8" x 2.5" x 4.5", and the weight is 5.28 oz. The cost of the Madison Large Camera Case is $14.99.

Designed for both a digital camera and video camera, the Madison Deluxe Camera/Video Case also includes zippered pockets for flash memory, accessories, and other personal items such as checkbooks or cosmetics. The interior padding keeps the cameras safe while the faux leather outer Koskin material is soft, stylish, durable, and functional. External dimensions are 9.5" x 4" x 4.5", internal dimensions are 9.25" x 3.75" x 4.25", and the weight is 1 lb. The cost of the Madison Deluxe Camera/Video Case is $19.99.

The Madison 2 Piece Deluxe Camera Set includes the Madison Deluxe Camera/Video Case and Madison Small Camera Case, which can be used separately or simultaneously—the small camera case conveniently fits into a compartment in the video case. The cost of the Madison 2 Piece Deluxe Camera Set is $24.99.

The Madison Video Backpack is designed to fit a digital camera, camcorder, accessories, and personal items. The adjustable internal divider allows for a snug fit and thick padding keeps the camera or camcorder safe. The zippered side compartment and multiple pockets allow for storage of cables, media, credit cards, and personal items. The backpack is versatile, converting from a backpack into a handbag. External dimensions are 7.75" x 7" x 10", internal dimensions are 7.5" x 6.5" x 9.75", and the weight is 1.04 lb. The cost of the Madison Video Backpack is $29.99.


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Nero Launches Nero Digital Pro For Audio and Video Compression

Nero has announced the release of Nero Digital Pro, an audio and video compression solution bundled with full versions of five different applications: Nero Recode 2, Nero ShowTime 2, Nero PhotoSnap, Nero MediaHome, and NeroVision Express 3. Nero Digital Pro is an upgrade from the Nero Digital 30-Day Trial version recently offered to provide the user with an opportunity to create, play, and share Nero Digital content for a limited time.

With Nero Recode 2, non-copy-protected DVD films can be compressed into Nero Digital format yet still offer top quality video. User can then playback Nero Digital format with Nero ShowTime 2. With Nero MediaHome, users can then share Nero Digital content through any UPnP or DLNA-compliant multimedia device, PC, or laptop in a home network. With NeroVision Express 3, videos can be captured, edited, and exported to Nero Digital file format. In addition, Nero Digital Pro also contains the full version of Nero PhotoSnap editor and PhotoSnap Viewer. Nero PhotoSnap offers a variety of functions for digitally processing photos.

Nero Digital is a complete audio/video codec solution based on the MPEG-4 standard, but also supports the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec, already adapted as a mandatory codec for future standards, such as HD DVD and Blu-ray. Its compression technology allows for large volumes of data to be saved. Video material is compressed to about 20% of its original volume, delivering top quality results that can be shared and used on mobile devices. Nero Digital videos can be played back on PCs running the Nero Digital codec and on the growing number of certified Nero Digital consumer electronic devices.


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Proavio Announces New Line of High Performance eSATA Video Storage

Proavio has announced the release of its editBOXT eSATA video disk array solutions. Designed for high-resolution HDV and uncompressed video editing and production, the editBOXT features a complete storage solution in a box.

With five removable SATA II disks and an eSATA interface, the editBOXT can multi-stream 10-bit video, while offering capacity options that make editBOXT a clear choice for users interested in maximizing capacity and cost. EditBOXT features a next generation eSATA PCI-X host adapter for Macintosh or Windows operating systems. A high-performance architecture supplies sustained throughputs of over 160MB/sec.

With pricing starting at $1799, editBOXT features a RAID 0 architecture and five-disk design allows users to create a four-disk striped array for video and designate the last drive for audio capture/playback, or utilize the disk as a render drive. PROAVIO has tested and qualified editBOXT for use the best names in video hardware such as AJA Kona2, BlackMagic BlueFish444, Matrox and Aurora Video Systems.


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