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April 23, 2007

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Sony Continues the Evolution of XDCAM Tapeless Acquisition Technology
Apple Unveils Final Cut Studio 2
Adobe Ships Creative Suite 3
NewTek Announces Major Breakthrough in Live Virtual Sets
Apple Introduces Final Cut Server
Avid Unveils Liquid Chrome Xe with AJA Support
Blackmagic Design Announces Intensity Pro
JVC Expands Display Line with HD Flat-Panel Monitors for Broadcast and Postproduction Applications
AJA Introduces Io HD for 10-Bit HD Editing Leveraging Apple's New ProRes 422 Format
Adobe Delivers Previews of Pro Video Tools
lynda.com Launches Creative Suite 3 Training
NewTek SpeedEDIT now Supports Windows Vista
Maxell's Extensive Line of Professional DVD Products Vital to Solving Many Video Production Challenges
Primera Announces Bravo XRn Network Disc Publisher at NAB 2007
Disc Makers Introduces the Medley All-in-One DVD/CD Disc Publisher with Audio CD Ripping Software
Ugrip Enters U.S. Market with Universal Support and Platform System for Motion Picture/Video Cameras

Sony Continues the Evolution of XDCAM Tapeless Acquisition Technology

Sony is continuing the evolution of its XDCAM line of tapeless acquisition by unveiling new technologies at NAB. These include recording to ExpressCard high-speed flash media, as well as 50 Mbps 4:2:2 optical disc recording. Sony is also unveiling new optical-disc based XDCAM products, including the PDW-F355 camcorder, PDW-F75 deck, and the PDW-U1 external drive. These models join the growing family of XDCAM products.

Since its introduction, 21,000 XDCAM units have been delivered worldwide. Future versions of the XDCAM system are planned to include a camcorder and deck with multi-format 2/3-inch HD progressive CCDs (1920 by 1080), recording bit-rate of 50 Mbps, 1080 and 720 native recording and eight channels of audio. The camcorder, deck and drive will support both single- and dual-layer versions of Sony's Professional Disc media for the XDCAM system, which enables recording up to approximately 100 minutes at 50Mbps HD 4:2:2.

"These new MPEG-based 4:2:2 products, including a camcorder and companion deck, will support the same media, the same proxy A/V, the same metadata, and the same file format as existing XDCAM gear," said Bob Ott, vice president of optical and networked systems for Sony Electronics.

The planned XDCAM EX unit will expand upon Sony's XDCAM line of tapeless acquisition systems, using flash memory technology: the SxS memory card specification, with high-speed transfer technology compliant to the ExpressCard industry standard. "Sony will be able to adopt an appropriate technology for each application according to the needs of our customers," Ott said.

According to Ott, ExpressCard's higher speed and smaller form factor will make Sony's evolution to flash media a natural progression and open the door to a broader range of applications for tapeless production. "The XDCAM EX camcorder will make the most sense in small production systems, where the shooter and editor is often the same person," Ott said. "In this type of production environment, you can easily control the flash media as it cycles between shooting and feeding the NLE." The planned camcorder is based on MPEG-2 compression technology with three, ½-inch imagers. It will be switchable between 1080/60i and 720/60P, and be capable of recording 1080/50i/30P/25P/24P and 720/50P. The camera will also have slow and quick motion functionality. The camera will feature two card slots, and users will be able to record approximately 120 minutes of content on two16 GB cards.

To increase interoperability with this new XDCAM EX technology, a range of nonlinear editing manufacturers are developing compatible interfaces, including Adobe, Apple, Canopus, Dayang, Main Concept, New Auto, Sobey, and Sony Creative Software's Vegas, in addition to Sony's XPRI NS. "Our XDCAM series of products will continue to evolve to meet the needs of the industry and continue to offer flexible, more capable and more affordable production systems," Ott said.


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Apple Unveils Final Cut Studio 2

Apple today unveiled Final Cut Studio 2, a significant upgrade to the industry's leading video production suite that delivers new creative tools designed expressly for editors. Final Cut Studio 2 includes Final Cut Pro 6, which introduces Apple's ProRes 422 format for uncompressed HD quality at SD file sizes and support for mixed video formats and frame rates in a single Timeline; Motion 3 featuring an intuitive 3D environment, paint and new behaviors; Soundtrack Pro 2 with dozens of innovative tools for multitrack editing, surround mixing and conforming sound to picture; Compressor 3 delivering powerful batch encoding for multiple formats with a single click; and DVD Studio Pro 4.2 for SD and HD DVD authoring.

Final Cut Studio 2 also introduces "Color," a professional color grading and finishing application for ensuring consistent color and creating signature looks.

"Final Cut Studio 2 was specifically designed to enable the rapidly growing community of over 800,000 Final Cut editors worldwide to animate, mix, grade and deliver their work as a natural extension of the editorial process," said Rob Schoeben, Apple's vice president of Applications Product Marketing. "Final Cut Studio 2 is the most powerful production suite on the planet."

At the core of Final Cut Studio 2 is Final Cut Pro 6, the latest version of Apple's Emmy award-winning editing software which includes a new Open Format Timeline that lets editors mix and match virtually any video format and frame-rate in a single Timeline without transcoding. ProRes 422, a new full raster, 10-bit 4:2:2 post production format produces stunning HD quality at SD file sizes, making it ideal for working efficiently across a SAN or on a MacBook Pro in the field.

Companies including Panasonic, Sony and RED are embracing ProRes 422 as they continue to innovate on the next generation of cameras. Final Cut Pro 6 also includes optical flow based SmoothCam technology to remove unwanted or jarring camera movement with simple, easy-to-use tools. Deep integration with Motion includes the ability to edit Motion templates with video drop zones and editable text fields directly in Final Cut Pro.

New to Final Cut Studio is Color, which puts a logical task-based color grading and finishing workflow in the hands of every Final Cut Pro editor. The primaries in Color include advanced color correction tools such as gamma, lift and gain adjustments, as well as custom R, G, B, and luma curves, and the secondaries provide the ability to isolate specific areas of an image with soft-edged mattes and custom-shaped vignettes, which can be tracked with ease. Professional scopes provide precise monitoring of chrominance and luminance values via waveforms, histograms and new 3D scopes.

Color includes over 20 signature looks which can be customized to create a unique mood for any given project, and offers a seamless roundtrip workflow where projects can be sent from Final Cut Pro 6 directly to Color for grading, finishing and final rendering with 32-bit float 4:4:4 image processing.

Motion 3, the latest version of Apple's groundbreaking motion graphics software, takes all the familiar Motion tools and extends them to a 3D environment. New camera behaviors add depth and realism with drag-and-drop simplicity. Vector-based paint tools allow editors to easily create brushes with color, particles, video or pictures. A simple, yet highly precise match moving tool automatically maps any image or effect to the path of any other object. New retiming behaviors enable editors to slip and slide retiming effects on the Timeline without keyframes, while new audio behaviors allow users to easily create animations that respond to soundtrack volume and frequency. Motion 3 includes over 1500 new design elements including professional stock imagery, beautifully animated line drawings and stunning vector artwork.

Soundtrack Pro 2, a brand new version of the audio editing application in Final Cut Studio 2, features powerful new multitrack editing and recording tools in a streamlined interface that simplifies every aspect of the audio post production process. Soundtrack Pro 2 introduces a breakthrough heads up spotting display that lets editors precisely align effects and dialog with picture. Advanced take management tools enable editors to quickly combine pieces of the best takes to craft seamless performances. Stereo and surround mixing tools enable users to create 5.1 and stereo mixes in the same project, saving time and eliminating costly errors. Editors can work with a royalty-free library of over 5,000 professionally produced foley and sound effects, including over 1,000 surround sound effects and evocative multi-channel music tracks. A powerful new Conform tool enables users to synchronize and track changes between picture and sound editorial. Compressor 3, the latest version of Apple's industrial strength encoding tool, comes with a new streamlined interface and simplified workflows that make encoding and delivering in multiple formats easier and more efficient than ever. Powerful batch processing and job chaining capabilities enable editors to create pristine quality output for a wide range of delivery formats with a single click.

Compressor 3 extends support for industry-standard codecs such as MPEG-2 and H.264 to include new drag-and-drop presets for delivery to broadcast television, web, iPod, Apple TV, DVD, and mobile phones. Dynamic filters applied during pre-processing now support timecode overlays, audio/video fade in and out, and animated watermarks that can be applied directly from Motion projects.

Final Cut Studio 2 will be available in May through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores, and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $1,299 (US). Registered users of the current version of Final Cut Studio can upgrade for $499 (US) and registered users from any previous version of Final Cut Pro can upgrade for $699 (US). Full system requirements and more information on Final Cut Studio 2 can be found at www.apple.com/finalcutstudio.

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Adobe Ships Creative Suite 3

Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced the immediate availability of the highly-anticipated Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium and Standard editions and Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium and Standard editions. This revolutionary release of brand-new, tightly integrated, design and development software unites the best of Adobe and former Macromedia product innovation to provide designers and developers worldwide with a broad spectrum of creative options.

Also available for purchase today are new versions of the following standalone Adobe creative applications: Adobe Photoshop CS3, Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended, Adobe InDesign® CS3, Adobe Illustrator CS3, Adobe Flash CS3 Professional, Adobe Dreamweaver CS3, Adobe Fireworks CS3, and Adobe Contribute CS3. These new Adobe CS3 applications and Adobe Creative Suite 3 editions are available as Universal applications for both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs and support both Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista. Customers will experience increased levels of performance and speed running Creative Suite 3 natively on Intel-based Macintosh systems and the latest Windows hardware.

The expanded Creative Suite 3 family also includes Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium, a complete integrated post-production solution for video and rich media professionals, and Adobe Creative Suite 3 Master Collection, which combines all of Adobe's new CS3 design and development applications in a single box—the most comprehensive creative environment ever delivered. Both of these Creative Suite editions are expected to ship in the third quarter of 2007.

Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium delivers an essential, highly-efficient toolkit for print, web, interactive, and mobile design. The software integrates new releases of InDesign CS3, Photoshop CS3 Extended, Illustrator CS3, Flash CS3 Professional, Dreamweaver CS3, and Acrobat 8 Professional for creating compelling publications, websites, rich interactive experiences, and engaging content.

Also available today is Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Standard software for designers and print service providers focusing on professional design and print production. With Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium, users can experiment with, save, and apply color combinations quickly and intuitively using the new Live Color feature in Illustrator; perform image editing tasks such as selecting image areas, compositing images, and applying filters faster and more flexibly with Photoshop CS3 Extended; master Flash more easily thanks to its new Adobe-standard user interface; and repurpose print content on the web by exporting InDesign CS3 documents as XHTML and the modifying them in Dreamweaver CS3 using CSS.

Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium edition is a comprehensive suite that combines the essential tools for web and interactive design and development including the new versions of Adobe Dreamweaver CS3, Adobe Flash CS3 Professional, Adobe Fireworks CS3, Adobe Contribute CS3 - along with major releases of key design tools such as Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended, Adobe Illustrator CS3, and Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional.

Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Standard edition is also available today to serve the professional designer and developer focused on design, development, and website maintenance. Loaded with new and innovative features, Creative Suite 3 Web editions offer users faster, more productive workflows across the applications. Now, for the first time, web professionals can import native Photoshop and Illustrator files directly into Flash and Fireworks with full fidelity. Users can also create consistent experiences across all browsers, operating systems, and a range of mobile and handheld devices with the new Spry Framework for AJAX, a pre-built, cross-browser compatible library of widgets and effects that make it faster and easier to build rich, interactive websites.

Fireworks CS3 boasts new workflows for rapidly prototyping RIA layouts for websites and web applications, intelligent Photoshop and Illustrator integration, and a library of common and customizable graphics assets. New and Enhanced Integration Technologies Boost Performance Both the Creative Suite 3 Design and Web editions include Adobe Device Central CS3, designed to boost the productivity of creative professionals developing content for mobile handsets with essential tools to design, emulate and test content across a wide range of mobile device and handheld frameworks.

These editions also incorporate an updated version of Adobe Bridge CS3, the hub of Adobe Creative Suite, which provides instant access to Version Cue CS3, Acrobat Connect, and an expanded Adobe Stock Photos service.

Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium, Design Standard, Web Premium, and Web Standard are immediately available to customers in the United States and Canada, and are available through Adobe Authorized Resellers and the Adobe Store at www.adobe.com/go/gn_store. Estimated street price for the Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium edition is US$1799, US$1199 for Creative Suite 3 Design Standard edition, US$1599 for Creative Suite 3 Web Premium and US$999 for Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Standard. There are numerous upgrade paths available for Adobe customers. For more detailed information about features, upgrade policies, pricing, and international versions please visit: www.adobe.com/go/creativesuite.

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NewTek Announces Major Breakthrough in Live Virtual Sets

NewTek, Inc., the worldwide leader in portable live production systems, today announced a major market breakthrough in live virtual set production with TriCaster STUDIO. With up to 6 live camera inputs, 2 DDRs (Digital Disk Recorder), multi-channel effects, and NewTek's proprietary live switching and keying technology, TriCaster STUDIO brings powerful new live virtual set capabilities to an entirely new audience.

"Before TriCaster STUDIO, the ability to do sophisticated live virtual sets was limited to big budgets, corporate organizations with dedicated graphics and engineering departments." said NewTek President and CEO, Jim Plant. "TriCaster STUDIO blows things wide open. Now, sophisticated, photo-realistic three dimensional virtual sets with real-time reflections, refractions, shadows and support for multiple camera angles, multiple DDRs, over-the-shoulder and foreground graphics, and many other powerful features, are available to an entirely new group of organizations who were previously shut out from using virtual set technology."

TriCaster STUDIO Live Virtual Set Features include the following:

  • 8 channel virtual set processing. (6 cameras and 2 DDRs)
  • 8 channel LiveMatte keying system with edge processing and spill suppression, includes advanced key setup and preview controls
  • Multiple angle camera support with independent assignment of Virtual Sets
  • Multiple over the shoulder shots that change with camera angles
  • Up to two separate additional video channels can be mapped onto an unlimited number of objects, foreground or background
  • Secondary video channels can be keyed, allowing multiple separate green screen setups to be integrated
  • Advanced effects processing with reflections, shadows, colored lighting, glass with refractions and
  • Arbitrary multiple channel video warps

TriCaster STUDIO Live Production Features include the following:

  • Hundreds of real-time transitions between cameras, effects & virtual sets 2 DDRs with multi-format (AVI, QuickTime, MPEG-2 and more) and Alpha Channel Support 3 iVGA inputs
  • Live Streaming with support for Windows Media and VC1
  • Export capability for Windows and Mac (DVD, iPod, PSP, MPEG-2 and more)
  • Integrated Non-Linear Editing with HDV support
  • Simultaneous output to video, projector and the Internet

TriCaster STUDIO is ideally suited for the following:

  • Live Streaming & Webcasting
  • Live Sports & Music
  • Education
  • Churches
  • Community Access & PEG facilities
  • TV Stations Pricing and Availa

TriCaster STUDIO will be available Q2 2007 for $9,995 US. For more information, visit http://www.newtek.com.

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Apple Introduces Final Cut Server

Apple today introduced Final Cut Server, a powerful new server application that works seamlessly with Final Cut Studio 2 to provide media asset management and workflow automation for post production and broadcast professionals. A scaleable server application that supports workgroups of any size, Final Cut Server includes a cross-platform client that enables content browsing, review and approval from within a studio or over the Internet. Final Cut Server automatically catalogs large collections of assets and enables searching across multiple volumes via an intuitive user interface. Final Cut Server is designed to manage the flow of work, as assets and projects move from producer to editor to artist through the entire production process.

"Final Cut Server's powerful media asset management capabilities simplify managing the thousands of assets that make up a typical edit," said Rob Schoeben, Apple's vice president of Applications Product Marketing. "And Final Cut Server's sophisticated workflow automation tools ensure projects flow smoothly through an organization, enabling everyone to be more productive."

"Apple has done it again—they've taken media asset management, simplified it and made it affordable, and most importantly, it works right out of the box," said Jeffrey Birch, vice president, Engineering, CBS Television Stations. Final Cut Server automatically catalogs content, generating thumbnails and low resolution clip proxies in the process. Broad search capabilities extend from simple keywords to complex combinations of IPTC, XMP, and XML metadata.

Final Cut Server can configure a range of highly specific access controls that define user permissions on an asset or project basis. Final Cut Server includes customizable templates that manage the flow of work typically found in broadcast, post and education environments. Sophisticated watch-and-respond systems can be configured to track the progress of assets, alert editors as projects move through the production pipeline and automatically notify producers by email when a project is ready for evaluation.

In addition, location-independent review and approval tools enable clients to view, annotate and approve content from anywhere. Final Cut Server includes a time-saving shot selection and editing tool that supports drag and drop integration with Final Cut Pro 6 projects. An offline/online workflow enables editors to work with HD proxies in the field on a MacBook Pro. Final Cut Server integrates directly with Compressor 3 for delivery and provides pristine format conversions for publishing to broadcast television, web, iPod, Apple TV, DVD, and mobile phones.

Final Cut Server will be available this summer through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores, and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $999 (US) for one server and 10 concurrent client licenses, and $1,999 (US) for one server and unlimited client licenses. Full system requirements and more information on Final Cut Server can be found at www.apple.com/finalcutserver.

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Avid Unveils Liquid Chrome Xe with AJA Support

Avid Technology, Inc. today unveiled Avid Liquid Chrome Xe, the newest member of the Avid Liquid family. With support for the AJA XENA LHe board, the Avid Liquid Chrome Xe system offers customers a powerful, low-cost SDI I/O option and support for uncompressed SD and HD video formats. Avid also announced version 7.2 software for all products in the Avid Liquid family, adding support for a variety of new camera formats from JVC, Panasonic, and Canon, as well as 24p support for JVC cameras.

Using Avid Liquid products, videographers can create and output high-quality SD and HD video productions in a variety of formats for tape, DVD, the Web, cell phones, iPods, and PlayStation Portable (PSP) devices. "Many of my colleagues have switched or added Avid Liquid to their arsenal of editing apps. The price and the workflow are just too good to overlook, especially when working with JVC Pro HD," said Stephen Noe, owner of szn89productions, an independent production company based in Chicago. "With the new capabilities of Avid Liquid Chrome Xe, I can produce HD material and easily transfer it to HDCAM, while also previewing it in real time. My customers have been astounded at the high quality and the trouble-free editing I can do while they are there with me. I can make changes to the timeline in real time and play out sequences for their review right then and there. It's great, and saves a lot of time for me -- and money for them."

The Avid Liquid Chrome Xe system is software that works in conjunction with the AJA XENA LHe board. After installing the AJA XENA LHe board with the Avid Liquid Chrome Xe software, customers can easily work on uncompressed HD video projects. The Avid Liquid Chrome Xe system also offers a wide range of I/O capabilities including SD and HD analog and SDI I/O; analog composite/component video I/O; 10-bit broadcast-quality hardware HD to SD down conversion; TBC via analog inputs; analog and digital stereo audio I/O; 2-channel analog audio I/O; and 2-channel AES, and 8-channel embedded audio. Users can also preview their projects in real time from the timeline on an external monitor in HD.

"Videographers have long sought a low-cost/high-performance solution that would allow them to use a great editor like Avid Liquid to capture, edit, and play back uncompressed HD or SD video or audio in real time, " said Thad Huston, Windows Desktop product manager for AJA. "With new support for our XENA LHe board, we've been able to give Avid Liquid users a way to do that. We're excited to work with Avid to continue to deliver on the needs of video professionals."

Version 7.2 of Avid Liquid software offers a number of enhancements to the entire product family, including Avid Liquid - a software-only editing package; Avid Liquid Pro - the Avid Liquid software bundled with a USB-connected analog SD breakout box; and the new Avid Liquid Chrome Xe system. Each Avid Liquid software package combines video, audio, DVD, and effects creation in a single application, supports a variety of new camera formats and equips users with enhanced secondary color correction, multi-cam support for up to 16 cameras, multiple streams of HDV in real time and Avid's industry standard Open Timeline for editing and playing back different formats and resolutions in real-time.

New enhancements to Avid Liquid v.7.2 software include the following:

  • Improved HD workflow capabilities, via new video format support, including: JVC HDV 720 24p/25p/60p - from the GY-HD 100 and 200 series of cameras, including native capture, editing and play back;
  • Panasonic DVCPRO HD. Users can import via P2 and edit material in 1080 interlaced and progressive formats;
  • Canon 1080 24F/25F/30F capture from the XL H1 camera; (supports four channels of audio)
  • Big Splash CD now standard, with three additional content creation applications, Title Deko® Pro, Hollywood FX Pro, and Magic Bullet Movie Looks.

"With support for the AJA board and an expanded array of cameras and formats, we're truly enhancing the openness of Avid Liquid as well as the entire media production experience for our users," said Hans Venmans, worldwide product marketing manager for Avid Liquid. "The Avid Liquid product family can meet the needs of a diverse range of customers, from the serious event videographer who wants to work with a variety of native HD formats down to the independent producer looking to output creative work to a portable device like a PSP. With a range of flexible configurations, the Avid Liquid family meets the needs of any type of videographer."

Pricing for the Avid Liquid family of products begins at $499 USMSRP for Avid Liquid software. Avid Liquid Pro software with the analog SD breakout box is priced at $999 USMSRP. Pricing for the Avid Liquid Chrome Xe system requires two components: the Avid Liquid Chrome Xe software for $999 USMSRP, and the AJA XENA board -- sold separately from AJA -- for $1,790 USMSRP. All Avid Liquid configurations can be purchased through any Avid Liquid dealer. All configurations are expected to be available in Q2 2007.

For more information about the Avid Liquid family of products, please visit: http://www.avid.com/products/liquidfamily/index.asp.

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Blackmagic Design Announces Intensity Pro

Blackmagic Design Inc. today announced Intensity Pro, a new low cost and extremely high-quality video capture and playback card for professional videographers. Intensity Pro is the first card to combine the high quality of HDMI capture and playback with the wide compatibility of analog component, NTSC, PAL, and S-Video and analog audio capture and playback. It enables users to capture directly from the HD camera's image sensor, bypassing the video compression chip for true uncompressed video quality. Now users can go beyond the quality limits of HDV for editing, design and authoring with Intensity Pro.

"We think with the combination of HDMI and analog on a single PCI Express plug in card at a very affordable $349 will change the lives of thousands of professional videographers," says Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design Inc. "Intensity Pro's new analog compatibility, combined with HD up and down conversion real time processing, allows videographers to now edit in either SD or HD, while keeping compatibility with older equipment and their archived video footage."

Intensity Pro can be connected to any big screen television or video projector for incredible edit monitoring. Current computers don't have the processing speed to render complex multi later real time effects in HDV playing back to FireWire cameras. Intensity solves this problem by outputting video on HDMI and analog outputs for big screen monitoring in both SD or HD formats.

Included with every Intensity Pro card for real time video mixing is the popular On-Air software. On-Air allows customers to plug in two Intensity or Intensity Pro cards into a computer for two camera mixing for live video production. Intensity Pro instantly switches between the 1080 HD, 720 HD, NTSC and PAL video standards. Intensity Pro is fully compatible with Adobe Premiere Pro™, Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, and any DirectShow or QuickTime-based software application on Windows and Mac OS X platforms.

Intensity Pro Features include the following:

  • HDMI video and audio capture and playback.
  • Analog capture and playback in component, NTSC, PAL and S-Video.
  • Stereo analog audio capture and playback.
  • Capture and playback DV, HDV, Online JPEG and uncompressed video.
  • Use for edit playback monitoring on televisions and video projectors.
  • HDMI and Component switches between HD and SD.
  • Real-time effects supported in Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro.
  • Live production editing with Blackmagic On-Air mixing software with two cameras.
  • Video capture and playback with Blackmagic Media Express utility.
  • PCI Express 1 lane for compatibility with 1, 4, 8 and 16 lane PCI express slots.
  • Compatible with both Windows and Mac OS X Universal.
  • Includes breakout cable with RCA-type connectors for analog video and audio.

Intensity Pro will be available early May for a US domestic recommended retail price of only $349 from all Blackmagic Design authorized resellers.


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JVC Expands Display Line with HD Flat-Panel Monitors for Broadcast and Postproduction Applications

Continuing to redefine its premium display line, JVC is excited to introduce two professional broadcast monitors, the DT-V24L1DU, 24-inch monitor and the DT-V20L1DU, 20-inch monitor. Featuring 16:9 aspect ratio, wide viewing angle, high-speed LCD, and precise color reproduction, these monitors are ideal for broadcast and post-production facilities where image accuracy is vital.

"These multi-format professional monitors were created to meet the demanding needs of broadcast applications where ultra-high resolution, advanced signal processing and color reproduction are extremely important," said Edgar Shane, senior product engineering manager, JVC Professional Products Company. "The wide array of image controls and professional features make these monitors an ultimate choice for broadcast and post-production applications."

The DT-V24L1DU features 1920 x 1080 native HD resolution and the DT-V20L1DU features 1680 x 945 HD resolution. The DT-V24L1DU and DT-V20L1DU flat panel monitors feature built-in HD-SDI and DVI-D digital inputs, which provide direct connection to broadcast and studio sources. Key professional features include high-resolution panel with precise control of back light, brightness and contrast, blue check, color off, two-color tally lamp and area markers. Rugged all-in-one design with rotary-type and direct function image controls, audio speakers and high-speed LCD panel provide easy integration into studio environment.

The DT-V24L1D and DT-V20L1D flat panel monitors are compatible with a variety of external control interfaces such as RS-232 and RS-485. With easy installation both monitors can be mounted using standard VESA compliant mounting brackets and tabletop stands.

The suggested list price of the DT-V24L1D is $4,695.00 and the DT-V20L1D is $3,495.00.


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AJA Introduces Io HD for 10-Bit HD Editing Leveraging Apple's New ProRes 422 Format

AJA Video, a leading manufacturer of professional video interface and conversion solutions, today announced Io HD, the next generation of AJA's popular Io series, delivering HD editing to the MacBook Pro and Mac Pro via its unique Firewire 800 (IEEE-1394b) interface. Io HD is the first device to natively support Apple's newly introduced ProRes 422 post production format in hardware. "Apple continues to innovate and revolutionize the digital video and professional editing market year after year—and with the new ProRes 422 Codec, they've done it again," commented Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video.

"We are really excited to develop the first device to support the Apple ProRes 422 codec with Io HD, and our customers are even more excited to do true 10-bit production-quality HD editing on an Apple laptop!" "We've worked hand-in-hand with AJA to embed support for ProRes 422 directly into Io HD," said Rob Schoeben, Apple's vice president of Applications Product Marketing. "This collaboration enables Final Cut Pro editors to capture full raster HD over FireWire for real-time editing of 10-bit, 4:2:2 HD video on a Mac Pro in the studio, or a MacBook Pro on location."

Io HD is the next-generation of the popular Io video ingest and output devices, introduced by AJA four years ago. Io HD brings HD editing to the MacBook Pro and Mac Pro utilizing Apple's ProRes 422 technology, while also supporting SD editing workflows. Io HD includes many highend features such as Up-, Down-, and Cross-conversion, all at 10-bit hardware-based quality. Io HD offers unmatched connectivity via its myriad of professional analog and digital interfaces.

Io HD is a portable device that works with Apple's new Final Cut Pro 6 for professional editing, and also with other QuickTime applications on Mac OS X for graphics, audio and digital content creation. Io HD leverages Apple's new ProRes 422 format and is the first device to do so natively in hardware, freeing up system processors for other production tasks, and allowing true 10-bit editing on a MacBook Pro. Io HD supports both Apple ProRes 422 and ProRes 422 HQ, in 720 and 1080 HD, all in real time, full-resolution 10-bit 4:2:2. ProRes 422 capture (compression) and playback (decompression) are all handled directly in the Io HD.

Along with unparalleled video and audio connectivity, Io HD includes a similar feature set to AJA's industry-leading KONA lineup; 10-bit hardware-based up-conversion, cross-conversion, and down-conversion, all performed in real time. Io HD runs on a new AJA-built driver, similar to the KONA driver, supporting features such as Core Audio, and very low latency. Within its portable and high style chassis, Io HD offers SD/HD analog inputs and outputs, SD/HD digital I/O including HD-SDI and HDMI, as well as RS-422, Genlock, Balanced analog and AES audio, and even LTC timecode connections.

Io HD will be available in July of 2007 through AJA's global channel of dealers and integrators at an MSRP of $3495.00 US, and includes AJA's 3-year international warranty and support. About AJA Video Systems, Inc. Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of high-quality and cost-effective digital video interface, conversion and Desktop solutions supporting the professional broadcast and post-production markets. With headquarters in Grass Valley, California, AJA maintains an extensive retail sales channel of dealers and system integrators around the world.


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Adobe Delivers Previews of Pro Video Tools

Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced free public previews of Adobe Premiere Pro CS3, Adobe After Effects CS3 Professional, and Adobe Soundbooth CS3 software, components of the recently announced Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium. Video and creative professionals now have the opportunity to test these new public previews on Adobe Labs at http://labs.adobe.com/.

The final shipping releases will be available worldwide in the third quarter of 2007. Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 is a major upgrade to the company's award-winning nonlinear video editing software tool. Adobe After Effects CS3 Professional software is for visual effects, motion graphics, and compositing for film, video, DVD, the web, and mobile devices. Adobe Soundbooth CS3 is a new innovative and intuitive audio software tool for creating and editing audio and fixing common audio flaws using visually-oriented tools. All products support Intel-based Macintosh systems, Microsoft Windows XP, and Windows Vista, with the software optimized to deliver outstanding performance on the latest hardware. Adobe After Effects CS3 is also available for Macintosh as a Universal Binary application.

"We've seen tremendous growth and adoption of our professional video, audio and motion graphics tools over the past year and want to offer our customers a taste of what is right around the corner with Production Premium CS3," said John Loiacono, senior vice president of Creative Solutions at Adobe. "These public previews are packed with new features and workflows that will enable new levels of expressiveness and productivity over multiple mediums, and we hope our open approach will help customers kick-start some really innovative new projects."

Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 makes every phase of video production more efficient. Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 now includes Adobe OnLocation CS3 with Adobe Encore CS3 enabling direct-to-disk recording and monitoring, creating a more efficient workflow from the point of capture to final output. Enabling video professionals to edit creatively and efficiently, Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 offers new features that streamline the editorial process. Time remapping allows dramatic slow and fast-motion effects creation. With precise keyframe control, real-time feedback, and excellent quality from advanced frame blending, users can slow things down without compromising quality.

Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 with Adobe Encore CS3 includes the ability to author once and deliver to multiple media formats, including high-definition Blu-ray Discs, standard definition DVDs, and web-based experiences in the SWF format for playback in the Adobe Flash Player. OnLocation CS3 and Encore CS3 are not included in the public previews, but will be available when the final products ship in summer 2007.

After Effects CS3 Professional now includes a range of innovative new features for animation and visual effects, along with powerful integration with Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended. The new Shape Layers tool allows flexible drawing and animation of vector shapes with the ability to add and animate strokes, fills, gradients and vector effects. The Puppet Tool provides a new approach to character animation by giving the user the ability to squash and stretch images or text as an animated character. Adobe Soundbooth CS3 enables creative professionals to quickly record, edit and create pristine audio without requiring training in sound production.

Tight integration with Adobe Flash and Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 enables Adobe Soundbooth CS3 users to easily remove noise from recordings, polish voiceovers, and customize music to fit a production. "Adobe continues to deliver great tools for filmmakers with Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium," said Stu Maschwitz, co-founder and chief technology officer at The Orphanage. "After Effects CS3, Premiere Pro and Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended together pack an integrated punch that's hard to beat."

The public previews of Adobe Premiere Pro CS3, Adobe After Effects Professional CS3 and Soundbooth CS3 are now available as a free download at http://labs.adobe.com.

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lynda.com Launches Creative Suite 3 Training

lynda.com, the leader in self-paced digital media and design training, announced today the launch of its online Creative Suite 3 video training courses. Tutorials focus on key features of the new integrated product, and are available now at www.lynda.com. Additional training videos will be added weekly for the next several months.

The CS3 training videos are designed to help new users get started with Adobe products, and to teach experienced users the new features, including enhanced integration between the programs. With more than 60 hours of video tutorials, lynda.com CS3 Essential Training titles include Flash CS3 Professional Essential Training, Dreamweaver CS3 Essential Training, Illustrator CS3 Essential Training, InDesign CS3 Essential Training, Fireworks CS3 Essential Training, and Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials.

"The launch of CS3 marks a significant achievement for Adobe, and lynda.com is right by its side, providing exceptional training for the integrated products," says Lynda Weinman, president and founder of lynda.com. "Whether it's inside or outside the box, lynda.com tutorials will guide CS3 users every step of the way."

"While being highly effective standalone training, lynda.com instructional materials are an exceptional supplement to classroom instruction, freeing instructors from delivering mundane, tool-based demonstrations and allowing them to focus on individual student needs and creative project work—the keys to effective teaching and learning," says John Avakian, statewide director of the Multimedia & Entertainment Initiative.

Subscriptions to the lynda.com Online Training Library start at $25 per month, and provide access to more than 17,600 movie tutorials covering over 260 technology career tools, software applications, and techniques. Subscribers can access any of the computer-based training titles at their convenience. Multi-user subscriptions are also available for companies and institutions seeking to provide education and training to groups.

To view the lynda.com library of training for CS3 and other Adobe products, go to http://movielibrary.lynda.com/html/modListing.asp?vid=74.

For more information on lynda.com products, visit http://www.lynda.com.

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NewTek SpeedEDIT now Supports Windows Vista

NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading video and 3D animation products, today announced that SpeedEDIT, its award-winning nonlinear editing software, is now compatible with Microsoft's new Windows Vista Operating System. SpeedEDIT owners can download the free update that improves display speeds while editing.

NewTek SpeedEDIT brings a more efficient video editing workflow, independently mixing resolutions aspects and formats within any video project. Multi-definition editing of native clips - from web streams to Hi Definition (HD) - help you transition smoothly into HD production, by editing Standard Definition (SD) and HD clips on the same timeline.

"NewTek is positioning the editing community for flexibility as video transitions from Standard Definition to both High Definition and IPTV" says Vice President of Sales and Video Marketing Philip Nelson. "SpeedEDIT's resolution independence and wide acceptance of all major video formats means that editors cutting DV today will be ready for the upgrade to HD."

Microsoft's new operating system offers some advantages to SpeedEDIT users, including faster application loading and the ability to shadow copy daily restore points for system recovery. SpeedEDIT features include the following:

  • Resolution independence, mixing SD & HD clips in real-time
  • Frame-rate independence
  • Aspect independence
  • Optimized for Dual and Quad-core systems
  • Real-time, full-resolution HDV previews
  • Linked storyboard and timeline views
  • CG Post animated titling

SpeedEDIT is available now for $495 US. For more information, visit http://www.newtek.com. To locate an Authorized NewTek Reseller, please visit http://www.newtek.com/dealers.

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Maxell's Extensive Line of Professional DVD Products Vital to Solving Many Video Production Challenges

Maxell Corporation of America's Professional Media Products Division displays its comprehensive line of professional broadcast quality DVD media at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) convention in Las Vegas including a DVD printing demonstration with Maxell's PI Plus Series Printable media that is well suited for video production environments and commercial duplicators. With 4.7 GB of capacity, Maxell's DVD-R Broadcast Quality products offer a long archival life, a high rate of compatibility and is backed up by a lifetime warranty to ensure its customer have performance based media for wide spectrum of needs.

Maxell DVD-R Broadcast Quality is ideal for professional capacity-intensive video projects, multimedia presentations, data transfer and long-term archival storage. The Maxell DVD-R Broadcast Quality media with MAXPRO Hardcoat Technology is 40 times more scratch-resistant and 20 times more dust resistant than standard discs and a shelf life of more than twice that of standard disc-based media.

The Maxell PI Plus Series Printable media and DVD-R Broadcast Quality media with MAXPRO Hardcoat Technology is one of the most compatible media formats ideal for use in both CD/DVD inkjet and thermal printers. Maxell is showcasing these printing capabilities at NAB with the Primera Bravo XRP Series disc publishing system, which delivers fast and efficient disc burning and printing. The DVD-R Plus series is available in 50-disc spindles with the following specifications to meet customer needs: Print-To-Center Inkjet White Matte, Print-To-Center Inkjet Silver Matte, Thermal Shiny Silver and Thermal Shiny White. In addition Maxell offers Non-print to center in Thermal Shiny Silver and Thermal White.

"Maxell's DVD-R Broadcast Quality products are performance based media designed for the rigorous challenges of the professional post-production environment," said Tony Petruzziello, director of sales for Maxell's Professional Media Products Division. "Customers that use Maxell DVD products get reliability from the media, but also make a statement about the value of their work."

The DVD-R Plus and DVD-R BQ discs are write-compatible with virtually any manufacturer's general-purpose DVD-R drives and recorders. After recording, the discs are read-compatible with DVD-ROM, DVD-Video and DVD recorders. Maxell will also be featuring DVD+R Double Layer, DVD-R Dual Layer, DVD Printable Photo Quality, DVD-R and DVD-RAM Camcorder products.


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Primera Announces Bravo XRn Network Disc Publisher at NAB 2007

Primera Technology, Inc., the world's leading developer and manufacturer of CD, DVD, and BD duplication and printing equipment, today announced its Bravo XRn Network Disc Publisher at NAB 2007, April 16-19, 2007 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Powered by an internal Windows XP Embedded computer, the Bravo XRn Network Disc Publisher gives everyone in the office the ability to produce their own professional-quality CDs, DVDs and BDs. Jobs can be sent from an unlimited number of networked users. The included Windows XP/2000 and Vista client software is based upon Primera's PTPublisher disc publishing software. PTPublisher utilizes a robust disc burning engine from industry-leader Sonic Solutions, Inc.

Other features include the following:

  • High capacity - burns and prints up to 50 discs per job.
  • Dual input bins - allows client PCs to remotely send jobs to alternately record and print CDs and DVDs without changing media - a feature not available on other brands of networked disc publishers.
  • Integrated, back-lit LCD with keypad - provides client job management directly from the Bravo XRn Network Disc Publisher as well as their computer.
  • Locking front cover - to keep completed discs secure.

Intended markets include mid- to large-sized companies and organizations, government agencies and virtually any office that has a need to burn and print discs for the distribution of audio, video, data, images, graphics, photos and more. "Bravo XRn is a true network-ready, enterprise-level disc publisher that's very easy to use," said Mark D. Strobel, Primera Technology's Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "You just take it out of the box, plug it into an RJ-45 Ethernet jack and enable a few initial settings. Anyone in the office can then burn and print professional-grade, full-color CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray Discs quickly and easily from their networked computers - automatically and hands-free."

The Bravo XRn Network Disc Publisher is priced at US$6995 (MSRP) for the CD/DVD version. The CD/DVD/BD version is priced at US$8995 (MSRP). The Bravo XRn Network Disc Publisher is scheduled to ship June 2007. It will be sold and supported in more than 85 countries through selected "Certified by Primera" resellers and distributors who have been factory-trained on Primera's professional-grade disc publishing solutions.


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Disc Makers Introduces the Medley All-in-One DVD/CD Disc Publisher with Audio CD Ripping Software

Disc Makers, a leading manufacturer of CD and DVD duplicators, is proud to announce the launch of its new entry-level automated DVD/CD publisher. The Disc Makers Medley, an all-in-one disc duplicator and printer with attractive styling for today's busy office environment debuts at the National Associations of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas.

The Disc Makers Medley DVD/CD publisher is a low-cost, easy-to-use automated disc printing and burning system. Enclosed in a protective housing with a small desktop footprint, the Medley is designed for a wide range of uses and applications requiring DVD or CD duplication, on-disc printing, and even automated ripping of audio CDs.

Powerful graphics software allows any user to easily create brilliant, full-color images directly onto the disc face for truly professional output. The Medley also integrates with iTunes and Windows Media Player to automate audio disc ripping. The Disc Makers Medley will begin shipping in May with a MSRP of $1,799.

Features of the Disc Makers Medley include the following: 

  • Industry-leading throughput One 18x DVD, 48x CD drive (dual-layer capable)
  • 50 DVD or CD capacity
  • CMYK 4800dpi inkjet printer built in
  • High-speed, independently mounted disc transport robotics
  • Connects to Windows PCs via USB 2.0
  • All software and cables included
  • Integrates with iTunes and Windows Media Player to automate audio disc ripping
  • 9.5" high x 19" wide x 17" deep (small footprint)
  • Universal power supply unit Easy-to-use software with powerful integrated disc face design features
  • Fully enclosed mechanism to keep dust out
  • One-year warranty (parts and labor) and one-year of free tech support

"Early response to the Medley has been very encouraging," comments Disc Makers President Tony van Veen. "We're very excited about the broad feature set, including easy-to-use design and duplication software as well as ripping functionality. Those features, combined with throughput that exceeds any duplicator in this market segment, let the Medley bring a new level of productivity to today's digital office environment."

To learn more about the Disc Makers Medley, visit www.discmakers.com/medley. To see Disc Makers' complete line of hardware and try out the new hardware selection wizard, visit www.discmakers.com/duplicators.

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Ugrip Enters U.S. Market with Universal Support and Platform System for Motion Picture/Video Cameras

Ugrip, an innovative designer and manufacturer of customized camera support systems for motion picture and video cameras based in Denmark, is introducing their new line of products for the first time in the U.S.at the 2007 National Association of Broadcaster's (NAB) annual trade show. Ugrip is an unique and indispensable camera support system developed by photographers, for photographers, to make handheld shooting more flexible, stable and comfortable. And since the system is modular in design, photographers can build onto it as needed and can be used with motion picture cameras as well as today's HD professional and miniDV video cameras.

The system was designed by leading aerospace engineers, including Lars Malmborg, R&D manager at Ugrip and a leading designer of the Ariane 5 space rocket andInmarsat satellite power supply projects. The new product line is manufactured using precision tooling and the highest quality metal products including those found in the production of today's commercial jets. By incorporating a strategically designed "building system,"users are ableto expand the system to suit their needs based on specific shooting situations and environments. The Ugrip modular system combines all video and motion picture accessories including lighting, sound elements, wireless transmitters and portable hard drivesonto a single unit for convenient and independent control by keeping them within arms reach and without loose wires or extensions.

The system begins with its fastening module for secure and stable support of the camera. The system's grip handles are designed with a rubberized cover for firm handling and added comfort. In addition, the grips can rotate in any position to suit the shooting style of any photographer and the desired position of the camera when shooting.

"We believe we have created a unique camera support system that gives photographers the added freedom and flexibility to physically control every element of the shoot- lighting, sound and monitors-without ever leaving the camera,"said photographer and Ugrip co-founder, Malte Udsen. "We developed the system in a way that would allow photographers to expand and customize the system-like building blocks-to suit their specific style of shooting. The response by European photographers has been overwhelming and we hope to gain the same reaction here in the U.S.," Udsen added.

Marcel Zyskind, Director of Photography forThe Road to Guantanamo, In This World among many others,was quite vocal about his experiences with Ugrip™:"To be able to combine different elements so that they suit specific needs, is a brilliant idea-and I must say that I am impressed with the effect it has on the maneuvering of the camera."

The Ugrip camera support system will be available in the U.S.beginning in May and available at video specialty dealers and rental houses nationwide. For additional information, visit http://www.ugrip.dk.

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