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November 28, 2005

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Columnist’s Pick: Best Product of 2005—David Chandler-Gick
4EVER Group Convention Registration Deadline Approaches
Matrox Axio Release 1.5 Now Shipping
Specialized Communications Corporation Announces Companion Product to Panasonic P2 Technology
Matrox Graphics to Demo Parhelia APVe and New DualHead2Go at DV Expo West 2005
Digidesign Pro Tools 7 Software for Windows XP and Mac OS X version 10.4 “Tiger” Available Now
Digital Film Tools Releases 55mm 6.0
BOXX Partners With MaxPro Leasing, LLC to Offer Flexible Financing Options for BOXX Workstation

Columnist’s Pick: Best Product of 2005—David Chandler-Gick

     I walked into Circuit City recently and, lo and behold, what did I find? A brand spankin' new Apple iPod. Yup… One of those "video" iPods. Well, sure enough, DJ with a credit card is a bad combination. Two hours later I was watching a bridal prep on my brand spankin' new Apple iPod.
     Think of the potential here, strictly from a marketing standpoint. Anywhere you go, you can be ready to show a sample of your work. "Yeah, I'm a wedding videographer. Wanna see?" Whip out the iPod and--bam--instant demo consultation.
     Just be careful where you do this. You wouldn't want to drop that thing into a punch bowl.
     If you were feeling particularly enterprising, you might even offer one to potential clients, preloaded with their own wedding movie as a bonus for a higher-end package. I just added that to my package options.
     I know that in less than 24 hours, I've handed out a dozen business cards just showing my demo on my iPod at lunch. Gee, I wonder what will be playing tomorrow morning at Starbucks?
     David Chandler-Gick is an EventDV Contributing Editor. His column, Echoes from the Backyard, appears bimonthly in EventDV.

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4EVER Group Convention Registration Deadline Approaches

The early-bird deadline for registration at the inaugural 4EVER Group Event Video Convention and Trade Show is December 1, 2005. Rates currently as low as $225.00 per person will jump to $259.00 following the December 1 deadline. The convention will be held January 9-12, 2006, at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando.

"This convention will feature outstanding new presenters, such as Chris & Laura Randall (Edit 1 Media), as well as brand-new programs from popular, experienced educators like Douglas Spotted Eagle, Mark & Trisha Von Lanken, Terry Taravella & Julian St. Pierre, Randy Stubbs, Robert Allen, and so many more," reported Tim Ryan, Director of Education.

"We have an outstanding list of trade show vendors and sponsors that have already committed," said Steve Wernick, Director of Development. "JVC, Sony, NewTek, and Digital Juice are only a few of the companies that have signed up, and more are being added on a daily basis."

On the convention's opening night, the Artistic Achievement Awards will be presented, along with the EventDV 25, a program to recognize the 25 hottest videographers in the field, at a formal banquet that will include outside entertainment.

Six panel discussions are also on the convention schedule, covering topics like HD Production, HD Post, and Same Day Edits. Panel moderators include John Goolsby, Tim Ryan, Trisha Von Lanken, Mark Von Lanken, and Steve Wernick.

Guest rooms are available at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort for the convention rate of $115.00 per night, which is well below any other available rate. All rooms come equipped with coffeemakers and refrigerators. Rooms, especially on the weekends before and after the convention (the $115 rate will still apply), are going quickly. Call Disney's Group Sales at 407-939-1020 to reserve your room today! Complete details on all 4EVER Group events and activities are available at www.4EVERGroup.org.

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Matrox Axio Release 1.5 Now Shipping

Matrox Video Products Group has announced that release 1.5 software for the Matrox Axio family of HD and SD editing platforms is now shipping. This new release provides realtime native HDV and DVCPRO HD editing support with the ability to mix HD codecs or SD codecs on the timeline in real time. Other release 1.5 features include realtime high quality downscaling from HD to SD, the ability to edit HD formats on Axio SD systems, and additional realtime effects such as mask blur, mask mosaic, four corner pin, and track matte.

Matrox Axio makes Adobe Premiere Pro the foremost realtime HD and SD editor for demanding broadcast and post-production environments. It features no-render HD and SD finishing in compressed and uncompressed formats, superior color correction tools, advanced realtime effects, and a full range of analog and digital audio and video inputs and outputs. It incorporates Matrox Flex 3D and Power of X technologies to leverage scalable CPU power with the explosive performance of dedicated 3D graphics hardware to provide the ultimate SD and HD editing experience.

There are two Matrox Axio platforms to choose from. Both offer ultra high performance editing in all HD and SD formats. They differ only in the audio and video inputs and outputs provided on the interchangeable breakout boxes. Both Matrox Axio platforms offer the following:

  • Guaranteed full quality, full frame rate, full resolution playback at up to 1080i at 29.97 fps
  • At least 2 layers of uncompressed 10-bit HD video plus 2 layers of graphics in real time, with effects
  • At least 4 layers of uncompressed 10-bit SD video plus 6 layers of graphics in real time, with effects
  • Realtime primary and secondary color correction with shot-to-shot color matching
  • Realtime 3D DVEs, chroma/luma keying, speed changes, blur/glow/soft focus, and much more
  • Uncompressed 8- or 10-bit HD and SD editing - Native HDV and DVCPRO HD editing
  • Compressed HD editing (offline and online finishing-quality MPEG-2 I-frame)
  • DV, DVCPRO, DV50, and MPEG-2 I-frame SD editing
  • Realtime mixing of HD codecs or SD codecs on the timeline
  • 24 fps editing in HD and SD with pull down and reverse pull down
  • Realtime high quality downscaling from HD to SD Matrox Axio HD I/O - DV-1394, SD SDI, and HD SDI input and output
  • RGB and YPbPr analog component output
  • 4-in/8-out AES/EBU balanced audio, 8-in/8-out SDI embedded audio Matrox Axio SD I/O
  • DV-1394, composite, Y/C, analog component, and SDI video input and output
  • 2-in/2-out RCA and XLR audio, 8-in/8-out SDI embedded audio
  • Upgradeable to Matrox Axio HD by simply adding the HD breakout box

Matrox Axio release 1.5 is now available for free download from the Matrox Web site by registered Matrox Axio owners. Matrox Axio systems are available worldwide through a network of authorized dealers. The software and hardware components are integrated by the dealer into an approved workstation-class PCI-X computer, coupled with a robust storage subsystem, and delivered as a turnkey system. Dealers also provide on-site installation and training services.

Matrox Axio HD systems start at $17,000 US in North America. Matrox Axio SD systems start at $13,000 US in North America. Prices include Axio hardware and software, the complete Adobe Video Collection Standard, and the workstation. Storage is extra.

www.matrox.com/video

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Specialized Communications Corporation Announces Companion Product to Panasonic P2 Technology

Specialized Communications Corporation has announced that its latest product, the CinePorter Model CP-2, will debut at the Government Video and Technology Expo 2005 (GVExpo 2005). Working closely with Panasonic P2 technology, Specialized Communications Corporation is developing the CinePorter as a complimentary option for P2 users.

"Panasonic has made great strides in moving the industry to a tapeless video format with P2 technology and has changed the video industry forever. Working closely with Panasonic P2 technology to develop the CinePorter has allowed us to expand on that technology by offering more options to P2 users," says David Linetsky, president, Specialized Communications Corp. "The CinePorter  will work like a very large P2 card while writing to a shock-mounted on-board hard drive."

It will assist users who "need a longer recording time," according to Andrew Hoffman, senior operations manager, Specialized Communications Corp. "At the end of the shoot you move all your files to your editor right from the camera. You can remove CinePorter from the camera and take it anywhere, or attach it to another camera and keep recording."

The CinePorter is small and has an independent power source.

www.spec-comm.com

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Matrox Graphics to Demo Parhelia APVe and New DualHead2Go at DV Expo West 2005

Matrox Graphics Inc., a manufacturer of graphics solutions for professionals, has announced that in the Matrox Booth 349 at DV Expo West 2005 in Los Angeles from December 7-9, the company will be demontsrating the Parhelia APVe for creative professionals, as well as for the unveiling of the brand new DualHead2Go, a highly portable, easy-to-use solution that upgrades a laptop to dual external displays. Whether you are looking for a PCIe x16 graphics card for your video editing workstation, or an external upgrade to bring DualHead® capabilities to your laptop, Matrox offers the perfect multi-display solutions to enhance your digital editing workflow.

The Matrox Parhelia APVe is a feature-filled graphics solution highlighted by its industry unique Dual-display plus simultaneous YPbPr HD component, composite or s-video output, providing the ultimate graphics platform for video editors looking to work with either DV or HDV projects. This, combined with Matrox's WYSIWYG video output plug-ins for Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop, and After Effects - as well as for a whole host of other popular applications - makes it a productive video editing and compositing graphics solution.

The new Matrox DualHead2Go is an external multi-display upgrade that sits outside of your system and provides a completely new way to add multi-display support to a laptop. The DualHead2Go takes the existing single monitor display output (i.e. external VGA output) from your system and expands it into dual display outputs, allowing you to run your Windows desktop at up to 2560 x 1024 resolution stretched across two displays. Furthermore, when using DualHead2Go in conjunction with the built-in display of your laptop, you can actually benefit from a 3-display set-up.

www.matrox.com/graphics

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Digidesign Pro Tools 7 Software for Windows XP and Mac OS X version 10.4 “Tiger” Available Now

Digidesign has announced that Pro Tools 7 software is now available for Pro Tools|HD, Pro Tools LE, and Pro Tools M-Powered systems. These updates deliver new features and enhancements such as expanded recording and editing capabilities for audio and MIDI, greater mixing power and flexibility, enhanced efficiency, and improved ease of use.

Pro Tools 7 software is also a cross-platform release, supporting all current Pro Tools systems running on Windows XP and Mac OS X Tiger computers. According to Dave Lebolt, Digidesign General Manager. "We've added new music creation tools such as Instrument Tracks for simple and straightforward integration of virtual instruments, non-destructive real-time MIDI processing, and the ability to work with industry-standard REX and ACID files. It is also optimized to boost RTAS plug-in counts by as much as 150% on multi-processor computers."

Customers can choose to purchase a Standard Upgrade or the special Pro Tools 7 Software Upgrade PLUS option for Pro Tools HD 7 and Pro Tools LE 7 systems. Available online or through a local Authorized Digidesign Reseller until December 20, 2005, Upgrade PLUS options offer the Pro Tools 7 software upgrade plus a choice of two powerful plug-ins, all at an outstanding value. Anyone who purchased a new Pro Tools|HD or Pro Tools LE system, or an upgrade to Pro Tools TDM 6.9.x or Pro Tools LE 6.9x software, from an authorized dealer on or after September 1, 2005, is automatically eligible for a free upgrade to the corresponding version of Pro Tools 7 software (i.e., Pro Tools HD 7 software or Pro Tools LE 7 software). Pro Tools M-Powered customers will be contacted directly with upgrade information. For more information about Pro Tools 7 software and third-party development partner support, visit Digidesign's website at http://www.digidesign.com.

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Digital Film Tools Releases 55mm 6.0

Digital Film Tools has released 55mm 6.0. It adds 12 new filters, tunes existing filter algorithms and adds filter presets to a variety of different plug-ins, including Depth of Field, Rack Focus, Vari-Star, Strip-Grad and a new Light filter.

55mm is a set of digital optical filters meant to simulate popular glass camera filters, specialized lenses, optical lab processes, film grain, exacting color correction, as well as natural light and photographic effects--all in a controlled digital environment with either 8 or 16 bits per channel processing. The Light! filter can add light to a scene where none existed before, just as if you were adding light at the time of shooting.

Realistic lighting and shadow is introduced using the entire pattern/gobo library created by GAMPRODUCTS, INC. Normally used in front of lights during photography, these same exact patterns can be applied digitally to the entire image or inside a selection. There are 567 patterns to choose from including blendables, breakups, Christmas, cityscapes and towns, clouds, fences and openings, fire and water, flags, flowers, foliage, holidays and symbols, moons, natural elements, religion, signage, sky and stars, spirals, spotlights and pinspots, stones and brick, structures and sets, themes, trees, vignettes, and windows. In addition, digital equivalents of the lighting gels created by GAMPRODUCTS, INC. can now be applied to your light source.

The set of plug-ins includes Black & White, Black Mist, Bleach Bypass, Center Spot, Color Compensating, Color Conversion, Color Correct, Color Grad, Color Spot, Color Temperature, Cross Processing, Day for Night, Defog, Depth of Field, Diffusion, Dual Grad, Enhancing, Fast Blur, Faux Film, Flashing, Fluorescent, Fog, F-Stop, GamColor Gels, Gels, Glow, Gold Reflector, Grain, Halo, Infrared, Lens Distortion, Light, Light Balancing, Low Contrast, Mist, Mono Tint, ND Grad, Night Vision, Overexpose, Ozone, Photographic Filters, Polarizer, Printer Points, Rack Focus, Radial Exposure, ReLight, Rosco Gels, Selection, Selective Color Correct, Selective Saturation, Silver Reflector, Skin Smoother, Soft Effects, Split Field, Star, Streaks, Strip Grad, Sunset/Twilight, Telecine, Temperature, Tint, Ultra Contrast, Vari-Star, Vignette, Warm/Cool, Warm Black Mist, Warm Mist, and Warm Soft Effects.

55mm is available for download or purchase at the following prices: Photoshop - $195; Avid, After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Motion, Combustion, Digital Fusion - $395; Upgrade pricing is available for existing customers. For more information go to: www.digitalfilmtools.com.

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BOXX Partners With MaxPro Leasing, LLC to Offer Flexible Financing Options for BOXX Workstation

BOXX Technologies, Inc., a supplier of workstations designed to meet the special computing requirements of visual effects professionals, has partnered with MaxPro Leasing, LLC to offer purchasing options for BOXX systems that fit the business requirements of digital content creators.

For more details regarding MaxPro financing options, visit www.boxxtech.com.

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