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June 26, 2006

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Avid Ships New Media Composer Family Worldwide
Apple Releases Shake 4.1
Registration Has Opened for Wedding & Event Video Expo 2006 With PRE Early-Bird Discount
Dates and Location Set for the Second Annual 4EVER Group Convention
Primera Ships World's First Blu-ray Disc Duplication System
4EVER Group Summer Educational Events Schedule Kicks into High Gear
Innovision Optics Introduces Birdy Pan & Tilt head and Bird’s Eye Camera Support Column
Panasonic to Bundle Red Giant Software Instant HD with AG-DVX100B Cameras
Aleratec Announces Expandable LightScribe DVD/CD Publishing System
Total Training Releases Full Line of Video Tutorials for Adobe Production Studio
Memorex Blu-ray Discs Bring Consumers into the Age of High-Definition Recording
16x9 Inc. Introduces Professional DV Camcorder Bag

Avid Ships New Media Composer Family Worldwide

Today, Avid Technology, Inc. shipped the new family of Media Composer products. Introduced in April at NAB 2006, the new Media Composer family is now available to editors in a range of flexible configurations, including a software-only application, which offers portability and the option to add hardware acceleration as required.

All products in the Media Composer family feature version 2.5 software, which delivers improved dual-platform functionality, with the addition of broad HD capabilities and real-time multi-cam support on Mac OS X (Tiger). In addition, the new Media Composer family is designed to offer workflow-intelligent features that support team-based collaboration through the Avid Interplay nonlinear workflow engine, which is expected to ship in Q3 2006.

The latest version of Media Composer software builds on the application's comprehensive toolset and adds new features, including the following:

  • HD format support on the Mac--allows editors to work with popular HD formats such as DVCPRO HD, HDV, and Avid DNxHD. Using the optional Avid DNxcel board, editors can also encode HD material into Avid DNxHD resolutions of 145 Mb, 220 Mb, and 10-bit 220 Mb data rates.
  • Enhanced real-time multi-cam--delivers improved real-time multi-cam functionality for the Mac and PC with support for HD resolutions and the ability to preview grouped clips before adding selections to the timeline.
  • XDCAM HD support--allows editors to work with Sony's new file-based HD format.
  • Motion tracking and stabilization with SteadyGlide--enables editors to smooth shaky camera footage while maintaining desirable camera motion, such as pans and tilts.
  • Full-screen playback over DVI--enables users to monitor SD or HD projects on LCD or plasma displays through on-board graphics cards without the need for expensive I/O or HD monitors.
  • Workflow-intelligence with Avid Interplay--allows editors to use remote bins, monitor project changes, and access the powerful transcode, low-res encode, and integrated asset management tools of Avid Interplay.

Today (Wednesday 6/21) at 1:00 PM ET, Avid will host a webcast to highlight a number of the latest features in Media Composer. During the online demonstration, Tim Wilson, senior product marketing manager for Avid, will showcase several innovative features, including SteadyGlide Motion Tracking, full-screen HD playback over DVI, and other time-saving tasks. For more information and to register, please visit www.avid.com/mclive.

The Media Composer family provides Mac and PC customers with a range of scalable editing configurations that offer real-time HD, SD, and DV performance, superior image quality, and unmatched media management capabilities. Systems are available in the following configurations:

  • Media Composer--Avid's renowned creative toolset available in a software-only version for both Mac and PC, desktops and laptops, featuring comprehensive HD support and leveraging the latest in Multi-Core CPU and GPU power available to both platforms, $4,995 US MSRP
  • Media Composer with Avid Mojo SDI Digital Nonlinear Accelerator--software application with Avid's new Mojo Serial Digital Interface (SDI) I/O device for uncompressed SD capture and output for real-time monitoring and FireWire connectivity for DV, HDV, and DVCPRO HD projects (also available June 21), $7,495 USMSRP
  • Media Composer Adrenaline--facility-class configuration designed for professionals who require full analog and digital I/O and hardware acceleration for superior performance, $19,995 USMSRP
  • Media Composer Adrenaline with Avid DNxcel--fully expanded software and hardware system for encoding HD material to 10-bit or 8-bit Avid DNxHD, Avid's mastering-quality format that provides the image quality of 10-bit uncompressed HD at SD bandwidths, $22,995 USMSRP.

Avid also offers special academic pricing for all Media Composer configurations for educational institutions. For more information about Avid's academic programs, visit www.avid.com/mcacademic.

For more information about Media Composer, please visit www.avid.com/mediacomposer.

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Apple Releases Shake 4.1

Apple has delivered Shake 4.1, the first Universal version of its compositing software and cut its price from $2,999 to $499 to fit almost any production's budget. Final Cut Studio editors can now take advantage of Shake for sophisticated 3D compositing, keying, image tracking and stabilization for the price of a plug-in.

Shake continues to be the tool of choice for major motion-picture studios and leading effects houses to create award-winning visual effects including this year's Oscar winner, King Kong. "

Shake 4.1 complements Final Cut Studio by providing a full range of operations from simple re-touching to complex 3D compositing. Launched directly from the Final Cut Pro timeline, Shake uses state-of-the-art optical flow image analysis to re-time, track and stabilize shots with precision. Particle effects from Motion 2 can be dropped directly into the Shake process tree to add elements such as smoke, sparkles, and fire to sophisticated multi-plane 3D composites. High-resolution work can flow from Motion to Shake by rendering with the shared OpenEXR format for pristine film-quality reproduction.

Shake 4.1 delivers significant performance gains on the new Intel-based Macs providing artists and editors with desktop-level experience on the new MacBook Pro notebook computer. Performance tests on a MacBook Pro have shown that common tasks such as color correction, warping, and the application of filters are processed up to 3.5 times faster on a MacBook Pro than on a PowerBook G4. Artists and editors can start compositing with HD, 2K, and even 4K shots directly on location, making Shake 4.1 on a MacBook Pro an ideal tool for continuity.

Shake 4.1 is now available through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores, and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $499 (US). Owners of Shake 4 can take advantage of a crossgrade to Shake 4.1 for just $49 (US).

Full details are available at www.apple.com/shake.

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Registration Has Opened for Wedding & Event Video Expo 2006 With PRE Early-Bird Discount

Registration has opened for the WEVA 16th Annual Wedding & Event Video Expo (August 21-24, 2006, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas) with a PRE Early-Bird discount offer for all WEVA members and Non-members, including Students who register by July 11. (Click here for details.)

"The all-new program line-up will feature over 70 wedding & event video seminars, Camera Clinics, workshops, system training, live demonstrations of new technology, workflow management, wedding video makeovers, power marketing, portable video concepts, best Internet strategies, networking activities, and the trade show. Expo programming will also feature special seminars in Spanish for Hispanic attendees--including After Effects training and new wedding and event video creativity," said John Zale, WEVA's Director of Educational Development. 

Manufacturers such as Adobe, Sony, Canopus, JVC, and others will exhibit to present cutting-edge solutions for shooting and editing wedding and event work, including new technology (and new short-cuts) for speeding-up workflow. The first-ever, "EXPO Financing Program" announced earlier means videographers planning to attend WEVA Expo 2006 will have a money-saving alternative to "all cash up front" transactions at the Expo. "

At 10:30 am on Monday, August 21, the first day of the show, WEVA will be hold a special 90-minute orientation for first-time EXPO attendees. Also, on Monday afternoon, in addition to WEVA's optional pre-convention workshops, Adobe Systems will be providing free instruction for videographers on its new and powerful Production Studio editing software from 1pm-5:30pm. This special extended training session is free to registered WEVA Expo attendees who sign-up in advance.

With registration now open online, the day-by-day schedule of workshops and all WEVA Expo 2006 programs and activities will be posted soon. This year, videographers are invited to bring popular camcorders to WEVA Expo to participate in special tech sessions called "Camera Clinics." The sessions, which will repeat during the expo, will provide hands-on training in specific camera operations, including how to customize camera settings for optimum results.

The 16th annual WEVA Expo will officially open at 5:30 p.m. Monday, August 21, 2006 at Mandalay Bay and conclude by 5:00 p.m. Thursday, August 24, 2006. A new slate of pre-convention workshops will be held Monday afternoon starting at 12:30 p.m. At this year's Expo, videographers can take the written exam for WEVA Merited Professional Videographer (MPV) accreditation. Details will be announced shortly.

WEVA Expo attendees have the choice of staying at Mandalay Bay at the discounted rate of just $139/night or at Luxor for $99/night. Rooms at these rates are limited; make reservations now. Attendees wishing to split the cost of a room with another EXPO attendee may contact the association at 941-923-5334 or admin@weva.com to be placed on the WEVA EXPO 2006 Room Share List.

www.weva.com

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Dates and Location Set for the Second Annual 4EVER Group Convention

January 8-11, 2007 have been confirmed as the official dates of Video '07, The 4EVER Group's second annual videographers convention and trade show. The newly renovated Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront will serve as the headquarters hotel for the convention.

The convention agenda will include the following: on Monday, optional workshops, a Welcome Reception, and a banquet to announce and honor the 2006 winners in the Artistic Achievement Awards competition; on Tuesday, seminars and the trade show; on Wednesday, seminars, the trade show, and The 4EVER Group's signature Special Event; and on Thursday, seminars, and special prize presentations. The convention will also feature the Video Lounge, where attendees can watch winning videos from the Artistic Awards Competition.

The Hyatt Regency is located right on the St. John's River in downtown Jacksonville, FL. Adjacent to the hotel property is the Jacksonville Landing, a pavilion with about a dozen different restaurants, and more than forty unique shops. In addition, excellent restaurants are found on Bay Street, which is located directly behind the hotel. Standard hotel room rates will be $129.00, plus tax, and the rate will be available for three days before and three days after the convention. St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States, is a short drive away, and Orlando is a bit over two hours away. The Hyatt's convenient downtown means that an attendee has many entertainment and dining options.

Complete details on Video '07 will become available soon. Based on the experiences of the Video '06 attendees, you should reserve your rooms and set your travel plans now.

www.4evergroup.org

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Primera Ships World's First Blu-ray Disc Duplication System

Primera Technology, Inc. the world's leading developer and manufacturer of automated CD/DVD disc publishing equipment,today announced that it has begun shipments of the Bravo XR-Blu Disc Publisher. Bravo XR-Blu is the world's first automated burn-and-print device to support new high-capacity Blu-ray Disc (BD) recorders and media.

Shipping of the unit coincides with announcements this week from other Blu-ray Disc content and equipment providers such as Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Sony Electronics, and Samsung Electronics. Along with its built-in robotics and full-color direct-to-disc inkjet printing, the Bravo XR-Blu incorporates Pioneer Electronics (USA), Inc.'s new BDR-101A Blu-ray Disc/DVD Recorder. Blu-ray-enabled recording software based on technology from Sonic Solutions, the leader in Digital Media Software, is included to provide a complete and professional BD publishing solution. Recordable BD-R printable-surface media for the XR-Blu is being provided by TDK Electronics Corporation.

As the first automated system to use BD technology, the Bravo XR-Blu is expected to be used in a wide variety of cutting-edge applications in business, government, military, medical, banking, insurance, back-up and archival, high-definition video, digital movie post production, and more.

The initial release of the Bravo XR-Blu utilizes single-layer discs to store up to 25 gigabytes of data. An upgrade will be available shortly after launch that will allow dual-layer media, which stores up to 50GB of data per disc. Since up to 50 discs can be loaded into the Bravo XR-Blu at a time, this gives a total native capacity of up to 2.5 terabytes of data that can be published in a single session. Blu-ray discs utilize shorter wavelength blue lasers in order to store far more data than any other optical disc technology commercially available.

The Bravo XR-Blu is connects via USB 2.0 to any PC running Windows XP/2000. The Bravo XR-Blu recording and mastering software was written using AuthorScript Data Backup with BD Support from Sonic Solutions. It supports both Blu-ray and DVD±R media. SureThing CD Labeler, Primera Edition, is included to make direct-to-disc labeling fast and easy.

A unique feature of the Bravo XR-Blu is the built-in blue LED array that illuminates the interior, making it simple to view operation. All supplies replenishment is accomplished from the front panel, allowing the unit to be placed almost anywhere on a desk, a shelf or on a countertop. Two units can be stacked vertically to effectively double capacity and throughput. An optional rackmount kit is available for a standard 4U, 19" wide rack.

The Bravo XR-Blu sells for US $5295 (MSRP). The Bravo XR-Blu is sold in more than 85 countries through its XR-Series Certified by Primera Resellers and Distributors.

www.primera.com

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4EVER Group Summer Educational Events Schedule Kicks into High Gear

The 4EVER Group's efforts to bring education to videographers roll on in late June and early July with three events: the Lagniappe On the Bayou, a two-day event celebrating the rebirth of the New Orleans-area wedding market; Tim Ryan's "The Value of Video" presentation in Nashville; and the Seattle-area Video Summit and Traveling Tradeshow in Lynnewood, Washington.

The Lagniappe on the Bayou, a two-day event co-hosted by Terry Taravella and Julian St. Pierre of Studio Vieux Carre, assembles such seasoned videographer educators as Lance Gray, Russ Jolly, and Brian Gunn of PixelPops Design (topic: "The Impact of Image and Imagination"); Mark and Trisha Von Lanken of Picture This Productions ("The Art of Cinematic Shooting"); and Alex and Julie Hill of Elysium Productions ("Music and Concept Video"). Located at the Omni New Orleans and including a tour and banquet, the Lagniappe on the Bayou runs June 28-29. Registration is still open.

4EVER Group Director of Education Tim Ryan is presenting "The Value of Video" next week to the Tennessee Event Videographers Association. The meeting will be held June 27 at the Glen Oaks Clubhouse in Hendersonville, Tennessee. The meeting marks the a milestone in a concerted effort to put the association back on a regular meeting schedule.

Finally, the schedule is set for the 4EVER Group's Seattle Video Summit, scheduled for July 10 at the Lynnewood Convention Center in Lynnewood, Washington. Presenters include LaDonna Moore ("Creating the Ultimate Demo Reel"), Lucy Galbraith ("Business First--Videography Second), and Steve and Laura Moses ("Stylized Filming & Editing: Love Stories, Highlights & Trailers"). Registration and further details are available online on the 4EVER Group website. The most up-to-date description of the Moseses' presentation is available here.

Finally, EventDV Cut Lines columnist and Final Cut Pro certified instructor Ben Balser will host a full-day FCP workshop in Dallas on Wednesday, July 12. During his presentation, Balser will cover the following topics:

  • Installation and maintenance issues
  • Capture issues
  • Navigating the FCP interface
  • Customizing the interface
  • Editing tools and tips (bulk of the day)
  • Storyboard Editing
  • Multicam Editing
  • Third-party tools and resources.

Details and online registration for the workshop are available here.

www.4evergroup.org

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Innovision Optics Introduces Birdy Pan & Tilt head and Bird’s Eye Camera Support Column

Innovision Optics has introduced the Birdy Pan & Tilt head and Bird's Eye Camera Support Column. Birdy is a lightweight remote-controlled pan and tilt head that accommodates cameras weighing up to 10 lbs. (3 kg). The head is capable of both panning and tilting a full 360 degrees. Operated by joystick control, the system has a pan speed range of 360 degrees in 8 seconds (at 45 degrees per second) and a tilt speed of 26 degrees per second.

The new Bird's Eye lightweight, portable camera support column is the perfect solution when the shoot calls for an overhead elevated camera position. Weighing under 50 lbs. and constructed of sturdy galvanized steel, the Bird's Eye 4-stage telescoping center column expands to a height of 16 feet (4.9m). This enables camera height adjustment from 4 to 16 ft (1.2 to 4.9m). Dual locking bolts in each stage anchor the extended column firmly into position. Adjustable ground spreaders up to 4.5 ft (1.37m) in diameter and an adjustable floor stand give the system extra stability. Designed for easy assembly and breakdown, the Bird's Eye dismantles quickly to store neatly and compactly in the system's set of 2 handy carrying bags.

Birdy is priced at $4950 and the Bird's Eye Camera Support Column is priced at $1550. Both are available for sale or rental from Innovision Optics.

www.innovision-optics.com

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Panasonic to Bundle Red Giant Software Instant HD with AG-DVX100B Cameras

Red Giant Software has announced that Panasonic selected Instant HD for bundling with its AG-DVX100B camcorder purchased in the United States. Panasonic began bundling Red Giant Software Magic Bullet Editors with the AG-DVX100 line of camcorders in the summer of 2004.

"The AG-DVX100B continues to be our best selling ‘little SD camcorder.' We were exploring options to make the AG-DVX100B package which includes the DVX Book, Magic Bullet Editors, and a promotional rebate just a little more interesting. A number of customers said they would flip for an HD solution under $4,000. Thus the inspiration for including Instant HD along with the other promotional goodies," said Jan Crittenden, product manager for the AG-DVX100B at Panasonic Broadcast.

Instant HD up-converts DV video into a variety of HD video formats. Users can choose from a list of preset resolutions to make it easy to integrate DV video into their next High Definition production. The plug-in supports After Effects, Final Cut Pro, and Premiere Pro. When scaling from standard definition (SD) to high definition (HD), the missing pixels must be generated in an intelligent way. Instant HD provides a high-quality method for converting SD sources to HD within users' favorite video application.

Features are as follows:

  • Includes 5 controls: Output Size, Filter Type, Sharpness, Quality settings, and Anti-aliasing
  • Professional level results with simple easy to learn controls
  • The Output resolution pop-up lets you quickly choose the output resolution for your video
  • The Sharpness control lets you sharpen the output of the video scaling operation
  • The Anti-aliasing control lets you add smoothing to the edges of images

Uses include the following:

  • A great complement product to Magic Bullet Suite or Magic Bullet Editors
  • Integrate SD video into your next HD project
  • Up-convert NTSC or PAL Standard Definition to High Definition
  • Up-convert smaller web video resolution sizes to Standard Definition
  • Up-convert SD video to HD, then down-convert back to SD for higher-quality results

For additional product information visit http://redgiantsoftware.com/instanthd.html.

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Aleratec Announces Expandable LightScribe DVD/CD Publishing System

Aleratec has announced the first Expandable LightScribe DVD/CD Publishing System. The 1:2 DVD/CD Copy Cruiser Pro LX is a standalone 1:1 DVD/CD Duplicator; when connected to your PC via USB 2.0, it becomes a 1:2 DVD/CD Duplicator, a 2-drive external DVD/CD recorder, and with LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling technology it can laser burn silkscreen-quality labels on 2 discs at once, according to Aleratec. This exciting new disc publisher can be easily expanded to a DVD/CD publishing system with double this capacity.

 Since the "Only from Aleratec" Software Suite included supports simultaneous use of up to 4 drives, the 1:2 DVD/CD Copy Cruiser Pro LX is easily expanded to a desktop publishing system capable of double capacity by simply plugging in another unit to your PC. Now you have a 1:4 DVD/CD duplicator, a 4-drive DVD/CD recorder, a 4-drive direct-to-disc labeler, and two standalone duplicators when you need them.

LightScribe technology is an integrated system that combines LightScribe enabled DVD/CD recorders with specially coated LightScribe certified media and the powerful Aleratec Disc Publishing Software Suite powered by Droppix, to produce precise, laser-etched, silkscreen-quality labels with superior sharpness and clarity. LightScribe creates great-looking CD and DVD labels right in the drive--no messy markers or additional printing supplies required. Just burn your images or data onto the disc, flip the disc over to the label side, reinsert the disc, and burn a customized label. for LightScribe, a business unit of HP.

Connecting the 1:2 DVD/CD Copy Cruiser Pro LX to your computer opens the vast array of truly unique features available only from Aleratec. Using the Special Edition Droppix Software included, you can laser burn two labels simultaneously or you can record two DVD/CD disc creations simultaneously. Even more exciting, you can connect another 1:2 DVD/CD Copy Cruiser Pro LX to your PC and you can simultaneously produce up to four DVD/CD copies, recordings, or clearly labeled Discs. You can even mix copying discs and burning labels at the same time which makes it perfect for one off jobs where the content and the label of each disc is different, or you can burn up to four different discs or four different labels at the same time.

The 1:2 DVD/CD Copy Cruiser Pro LX (Aleratec Part # 260154, Ingram Micro SKU # K24607) has an Estimated Street Price of $549 and is featured at 4SURE.com, AAFES, Adorama, Amazon.com, B&H Photo Video, Best Buy, Buy.com, CDW, Circuit City, CompUSA, Hewlett Packard, Insight, J & R, Mac Connection, MacMall, Micro Center, Office Depot, PC Connection, PC Mall, PC Nation, ProVantage, Quill, Ritz Camera, Sears, Target, Tech Depot and Wal-Mart in addition to other leading retailers. Government and Education customers may purchase from Government and Education Specialists including AAFES, CDW-G, CompuCom, Daly Computer, EnPointe, Fed Tek, GCI, GE IT Solutions, GovConnection, GOVPLACE, Green Pages, GTSI, Horizon, Insight Gov, Manchester, Northern NEF, PC Mall Gov, Pomeroy, Sarcom, Shi.com, Softchoice, TIG and Unisys. All products are available to resellers through Bell Microproducts, DBL Distributing, Ingram Micro, and Ingram Micro Canada.

www.aleratec.com

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Total Training Releases Full Line of Video Tutorials for Adobe Production Studio

Total Training, Inc. has announced the availability of its full line of video training tutorials for Adobe Production Studio, a comprehensive toolset for video production for film, video, DVD, or the Web. New users and seasoned professionals will find tutorials to fit their experience level.

The bundled suite of training for Adobe Production Studio ($999.99 USD), includes the following titles:

  • Total Training for Adobe Production Studio Premium: From Edit to Output (Includes special lessons on Adobe Audition 2 and Adobe Encore DVD 2.)
  • Total Training for Adobe After Effects 7 Pro: Essentials
  • Total Training for Adobe After Effects 7 Pro: Professional Features
  • Total Training for Adobe Premiere Pro 2
  • Total Training for Photoshop CS2
  • Total Training for Illustrator CS2

About The Presenters
Steve Holmes is the Creative Director of Energi Design in San Francisco. The portfolio of this award-winning British designer and animator includes titles and effects for motion pictures, as well as broadcast motion graphics and television commercials for high-profile international and Fortune 500 companies.

Dean Velez has been working in the broadcast graphics industry for over 10 years and training professional artists for over 7 years. He has received 2 Emmy Awards and 7 Emmy Award nominations.

Jacob Rosenberg's recent credits include online editing and post supervision of the acclaimed IFC film, Dust to Glory. The project ran entirely on an Adobe workflow, taking an online High Definition edit directly out to film.

Bob Donlon is a senior manager at Adobe, whose eclectic career as a musician, graphic designer editor and book author has led him down a diverse path that includes Late Night with Conan O'Brien and a recording contract with Geffen records.

Jason Levine, an accomplished musician, talented recording engineer, and music lover, is also an Adobe Product Evangelist.

Deke McCllelland is a well-known expert and lecturer. In 2002, he was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame, sponsored by the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.

www.totaltraining.com

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Memorex Blu-ray Discs Bring Consumers into the Age of High-Definition Recording

Memorex, a division of Imation Corp., today announced the retail availability of its highly anticipated Blu-ray media. The recordable (BD-R) and rewritable (BD-RE) discs support high-definition (HD) video recording, making them ideal for consumers who want to capture, save and share up to 25 GB of HD content in crystal-clear quality. Blu-ray also meets today's high-capacity data storage needs with five times greater capacity than recordable DVD media and faster transfer speeds.

Memorex Blu-ray discs use state-of-the-art, blue-violet laser technology to support HD broadcast and video recording, as well as high capacity data and photo storage from PCs and servers. Compatible with Blu-ray capable recorders, Memorex Blu-ray media records and preserves the digital quality of HD broadcasts, including enhanced 7.1 channel surround sound, brilliant widescreen aspect ratio, high-resolution 1080i picture, and content-rich interactive features. A single 25GB Memorex Blu-ray disc can store approximately two hours of HD-quality video or up to 20 hours of lower-resolution video, providing up to five times greater capacity than standard 4.7 GB DVDs.

For protection of important data and video, Memorex Blu-ray discs include DuraLayer Technology, a special scratch-resistant hard coating that guards against dust, debris and rough handling. It is the DuraLayer coating that makes it possible for Blu-ray discs to be used without an outer cartridge, by protecting the recording layers of the disc. Memorex is a division of Imation Corp, which holds several intellectual property rights in the manufacturing processes of the Blu-ray format and boasts a modular manufacturing facility equipped for the production of both Blu-ray and rival format HD DVD discs.

Memorex is a contributing member of the Blu-ray Disc Association, which supports the Blu-ray format, as well as the DVD Forum, which supports the HD DVD format. As announced earlier this year, Memorex will deliver both Blu-ray and HD DVD products to the consumer market.

Individually packaged Memorex Blu-ray recordable (BD-R) and re-writable (BD-RE) media with DuraLayer Technology are now shipping to select retail locations and are listed at a suggested retail price of $19.99 and $29.99, respectively.

www.memorex.com

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16x9 Inc. Introduces Professional DV Camcorder Bag

16x9 Inc. has expanded its arsenal of top-line HDV and DV accessories with a new line of Grab & Shoot Bags for DV cameras complete with Chosziel mattebox. The 16x9 Inc. professional DV Camcorder Bag is precision-engineered and designed to transport popular camcorders like the Panasonic HVX200, Sony HVR-Z1U, JVC GY-HD100U, or Canon XL-H1, outfitted and ready to go, with the mattebox already installed.

This lightweight, padded professional camera carrier employs an exterior layer of extra heavy duty waterproof Cordura to ensure optimal equipment protection. Its top-front tongue panel unzips smoothly for quick access to a spacious central compartment. Inside, there is ample space for securing a camcorder without disturbing the mic, viewfinder, or mattebox system. A secondary anterior chamber is ideal for holding lenses, filters, batteries, and more. Once in place, contents are protected on all sides by layers of brightly colored cushioned fabric. Interior front and rear mesh dividers and exterior side pockets offer additional storage for accessories. The bag's adjustable ergonomic padded shoulder strap and interlock tote handle provide for comfortable, strain-free carrying.

16x9 Inc.'s DV Camcorder bag is available in two sizes. The large model accommodates the JVC GY-HD100U, Canon XL-H1, and similar size cameras. The smaller version is designed for smaller camcorders like the HVX-200 and Sony HVR-Z1U.

Suggested list price is $249 for the large DV Camcorder Bag (#CB2-16X9) and $220 for the small model (#CB1-16X9). For a limited time, 16x9 Inc. is offering these bags at the special reduced price of $210 and $195 with the purchase of any regular Chrosziel mattebox system.

For more information visit www.16x9inc.com.

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