Digital Video in Three Easy Steps
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June
21, 1999--Panasonic Industrial Company and Pinnacle Systems Inc.
announced today that Studio MP10, an advanced MPEG CD authoring
solution supports the Panasonic DVD-RAM drive.
Studio MP10 allows users to
capture compressed MPEG-1 video, add audio and special effects,
edit it, and output the finished movie to a rewritable DVD-RAM
disc for playback. The final video can also be attached to an
e-mail or added to a Web page. Panasonic and Pinnacle Systems will
demonstrate this solution during PC Expo in the Panasonic Press
With Studio MP10, users can
capture high-quality stills and videos from a camcorder, VCR, or
DVD player. Then, using simple drag and drop editing, scenes and
effects can be arranged in any order. A built-in application based
on Pinnacle Systems' professional TypeDeko titling system can be
used to superimpose titles or graphics over video scenes. Studio
MP10 even provides automatic generation of soundtrack background
music matched to the duration of the movie.
Studio MP10 also comes bundled
with Pinnacle Systems' Studio video editing software, which is
based on Microsoft's DirectShow technology and is one of the first
video editing applications to allow full-featured, frame-accurate
IBP MPEG-1 editing including transitions, titles, narration music
and sound effects.
By combining Studio MP10 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-1 video, or more than 8 hours of CD Quality MP2
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 write/rewrite cycles.
Consumers and businesses that
purchase the versatile Panasonic DVD-RAM drive for use with
Pinnacle Systems' Studio MP10 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.
"Studio MP10 is amazingly
easy to use," said Jeff Saake, Group General Manager, Panasonic
Industrial Co., Computer Technology Group. "With Studio MP10 and
our rewritable DVD drive, consumers have an affordable solution
for turning video from any source into an interactive video that
can be edited and shared."
"The combination of Panasonic
and Pinnacle Systems products allows users to create interactive
video on DVD-RAM," said William Chien, senior product manager at
Pinnacle Systems. "This is a new and exciting development
which finally allows us to offer an end-to-end DVD solution for
users," Chien added.
Designed for fast, easy
installation, Studio MP10 requires only ten minutes to setup the
hardware. Since it is an external parallel port device, there are
no boards to install. A diagnostic application is included that
checks the hardware and software configuration. It will also
detect if the PC's parallel port is properly configured and if the
cables are properly connected. To further ensure user satisfaction
with Studio MP10, Pinnacle Systems also includes a multimedia
tutorial, pop-up tool-tip help and on line help.
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) will also display the
Panasonic branded product on the show floor in Booth 3380. The
Panasonic LF-D103U DVD-RAM drive has an MSRP of $699. 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 Panasonic 5X and 6X
Pinnacle Systems' Studio MP10 is
compatible with Pentium PCs running Windows 95 and Windows 98, and
is available now with a suggested retail price of $269.
Pinnacle Systems' broadcast,
desktop, and consumer products provide video professionals and
consumers the cutting-edge tools needed to create dazzling video
programs faster and more affordably than ever before. Pinnacle
Systems can be reached at 650/526-1600 or on the World Wide Web at
For more information on the
Panasonic OEM 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 www.panasonic.com/oemdvd-ram.
For Panasonic-Branded DVD-RAM drives and media, contact Panasonic
Document Imaging Company, Two Panasonic Way 7D-9, Secaucus, NJ
07030 201/271-3454, E-mail [email protected].
In Canada, contact Panasonic Canada, 5770 Ambler Drive,
Mississauga, Ontario L4W 2T3, Canada; 905/238-2254, FAX
905/238-2414, E-mail [email protected].
Pinnacle Systems 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
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