Hardware/Software System Makes DVD Creation Easy, Affordable
MILPITAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 13, 1999--
Panasonic Industrial Company and Pinnacle Systems, Inc. announced today that Pinnacle
Systems' new DVD1000 video editing and DVD authoring solution for Windows® NT
environments is fully compatible with the Panasonic LF-D101 DVD-RAM drive.
By adding the Panasonic rewritable DVD drive to the
DVD1000 package, businesses and professional digital video artists will have a complete,
affordable solution for creating, editing, authoring and distributing DVD videos.
Applications that can benefit from the high-quality video, audio and multi-track features
of DVD range from training, entertainment, and educational videos to corporate product
In developing the DVD1000, Pinnacle Systems assembled the
leading DVD software and hardware products and carried out extensive testing on their
performance, compatibility and compliance with industry standards. The result is a turnkey
DVD production solution capable of real-time processing of titles and transitions that can
be easily ouput to the Panasonic DVD-RAM drive.
The DVD1000 provides more than 300 real-time effects and
achieves hardware performance with an unparalleled software bundle, including Adobe®
Premiere® RT 5.1, Pinnacle Systems' TitleDeko titling software, Pixelan Video SpiceRack
software effects and Sonic Foundry's ACID Music® software. Also included is Minerva's
Impression DVD authoring software.
"We included the products that professional content
developers would select if they were assembling their own components," said Ajay Chopra,
vice president of the desktop group at Pinnacle Systems.
"We recommend adding the standards-compliant Panasonic
DVD-RAM drive because it outperforms other rewritable DVD drives on the market. Video
files are huge, even with MPEG-2 compression, so the higher performance that the
Panasonic's DVD-RAM drive provides will be important to our DVD1000 customers as well as
our DC1000 video editing system customers."
With the DVD1000, digital video and audio can be captured
via a DV/1394 connection. A video is captured (digitized) as an industry-standard AVI file
and is stored as IPPP GOP format data, alongside PCM format audio. Files are encoded using
the DVD1000's MPEG-2 system which is based on the 4:2:2 Main Profile at Main Level ([email protected])
MPEG-2 standard which was specifically designed for video editing.
Its unique design allows users to edit MPEG-2 videos
frame-by-frame -- even within compressed groups of pictures. Once the assets of the title
have been finalized, they can be output to a DVD-RAM disc by utilizing the feature-rich
authoring tools that are included with the Pinnacle Systems DVD 1000.
By combining the DVD1000 with the Panasonic DVD-RAM drive,
completed videos can be stored on 2.6GB (single-sided) or 5.2GB (double-sided) removable,
rewritable discs at transfer rates of up to 10.5Mbps. The drive's 2MB buffer ensures that
movie frames won't be dropped, even when other tasks are run in the background.
A single disc can store 150 minutes of high-quality MPEG-2
video, or more than 8 hours of AC3 audio; and, unlike tape, DVD titles won't deteriorate
over time. Widely available for about $.008/MB, DVD-RAM discs provide more than 100,000
"DVD-RAM provides enhanced editing capabilities that
simplify the editing process," explained Jeff Saake, Group General Manager, Panasonic
Industrial Co., Computer Technology Group. "Because DVD-RAM is a physically addressed
medium, DVD1000 users can move to specific segments of the disc to edit their work. Data
can be written to any location on the disc and small sections of data can be rewritten
without stressing the error correction codes."
Businesses and videographers who purchase the versatile
Panasonic DVD-RAM drive for use with the Pinnacle DVD1000 system can also use the drive to
read from discs currently accepted by CD-ROM, CD Audio, CD-R, CD-RW and video CD drives,
as well as DVD video, DVD-ROM and DVD-R drives. Panasonic, the first to deliver DVD-RAM
drives and media, was also the first to offer a DVD-ROM drive that reads DVD-RAM media.
The Panasonic LF-D101 DVD-RAM drive is available as an
internal drive with a SCSI-2 interface. OEMs can purchase the drive from Panasonic
Industrial Company. Panasonic Document Imaging Company (PDIC) is also marketing Panasonic
brand DVD-RAM drives for an MSRP of $799. DVD-RAM media, which is marketed under the
Panasonic brand name, is also available from several other leading manufacturers.
The removable double-sided 5.2GB disc has an MSRP of
$39.95. The 2.6GB single-sided media has an MSRP of $24.95 and is sold with a removable
cartridge for playback on the latest 5X DVD-ROM drives.
The DVD1000 will be available this summer through
resellers, distributors, direct sales and OEM's worldwide at a special introductory retail
price of $6,995 through the end of June--a savings of $2,000 over the standard MSRP.
Pinnacle Systems also offers an optional IEEE 1394 DV (FireWire) I/O module for real time
DV/MPEG-2 transcoding when using DV camcorders.
Since 1986, Pinnacle Systems' broadcast, desktop, and
consumer products have provided video professionals and consumers the sophisticated tools
needed to create dazzling video programs faster and more affordably than ever before. In
addition to its corporate headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., Pinnacle Systems has ten
sales and marketing, and research and development offices worldwide. Pinnacle Systems may
be reached at 650/526-1600 or on the World Wide Web at
The Panasonic DVD-RAM OEM drive is manufactured by
Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., one of the world's leading producers of CD-ROM
and DVD-ROM drives and other digital electronic products. The drives are marketed by the
company's principal North American subsidiary, Matsushita Electric Corp. of America. For
more information on the Panasonic DVD-RAM drive and media, contact Panasonic Industrial
Company, 1600 McCandless Drive, Milpitas, CA 95035; 408/945-5600, FAX 408/262-4214, E-mail
[email protected]. Or,visit the company's Web site at
In Canada, contact Panasonic Canada, 5770 Ambler Drive, Mississauga, Ontario L4W 2T3,
Canada; 905/238-2254, FAX 905/238-2414, E-mail
Pinnacle Systems, Inc. is not a part or in any way legally
affiliated with Panasonic Industrial Company. Panasonic Industrial Company assumes no
responsibility for the performance of or customer satisfaction with Pinnacle Systems
products. All company and/or product names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of
their respective manufacturers. Features, pricing, availability and specifications are
subject to change without notice.
Marken Communications for Panasonic Andy Marken, 408/986-0100