Horizons Technology ships the Windows version of its TrueMotion-S software-only video compressor; TrueMotion-S Compressor can be implemented without expensive desktop upgrades.SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 26, 1995--Horizons Technology Inc. (HTI HTI Haiti (ISO Country code)
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in full compact disc read-only memory
Type of computer storage medium that is read optically (e.g., by a laser). title developers and other multimedia professionals to compress video on their existing desktop computers.
Price: Windows Version -- $695 Macintosh Version -- $995
Mac Version Includes Avid VideoShop
The availability of the Windows version follows the launch of the Macintosh-based TrueMotion-S Compressor, which began shipping in May. The new Windows version is retail priced in the U.S. at $695. The Macintosh version is priced at $995 and includes Avid VideoShop video editing software Video editing software is application software which handles the editing of video sequences on a computer. It usually includes the ability to import and export video, cut and paste sections of a video clip, and add special effects and transitions; and it sometimes includes the .
Both versions include playback licenses for 500 CDs of one title or 500 individual CD titles. For the European market, TrueMotion-S can be purchased with the addition of an electronic software key designed to protect against unlicensed use of the software. HTI's European headquarters is located in the Netherlands.
Performs on Standard Installed Base of Computers for PC or Macintosh Applications
HTI's TrueMotion-S Compressor runs smoothly on a 486/66-based PC or Power Mac 601 or higher without requiring expensive upgrades, works efficiently across multiple platforms Refers to two or more operating environments, which typically include the CPU family and operating system. For example, if versions of a program run on Windows and the Macintosh, the software is said to support multiple platforms. , and provides superior video editing See nonlinear video editing and video editor. and quality control capabilities through an intra-frame compression algorithm. On higher grade machines such as Pentium-based or Power PC-601 or higher computers, TrueMotion-S performs two to four times faster than alternative compression technologies, with an unmatched 7:1 compression time ratio.
TrueMotion-S is targeted to CD-ROM title developers, corporate video departments, post-production houses/studios and advertising agencies, and for applications such as CD-ROM publishing, kiosk video generation, business training and sales presentations, cataloging and archiving.
"TrueMotion-S eliminates the need to send video to specialized compression service centers or to install the costly add-in boards necessary to support hardware-assisted compressors," said Cynthia Mordaunt, vice president of marketing for HTI. "TrueMotion-S delivers the same superior quality video as these expensive alternatives, and provides substantially higher quality than other software-only compressors such as Indeo(r) video or Cinepak(r)."
Intraframe Compression Ensures Image Quality and Creative Flexibility
TrueMotion-S is based on "intraframe" compression scheme which compresses each frame of video individually. Competing systems utilize a complex strategy of inter-frame compression, which looks only at data that has changed between frames.
With TrueMotion-S, since every frame is a "key" frame and compressed individually, the developer has complete interactive editing powers and can quickly move forward or backward.
It is therefore possible to easily access any video frame, play in reverse or forward, and use trick play A trick play, also known as a gadget play, is a play in American football that uses deception and unorthodox strategies to fool the opposing team. Trick plays are highly risky, usually with a large potential for a loss of yards or turnover, but the payoff is often high with features such as zoom. The developer can produce full-screen (640x480 pixels) by doubling the size of the video while retaining a very high quality appearance on screen.
TrueMotion-S is rapidly gaining acceptance as the outstanding alternative to hardware-assisted algorithms such as MPEG (Moving Pictures Experts Group) An ISO/ITU standard for compressing digital video. Pronounced "em-peg," it is the universal standard for digital terrestrial, cable and satellite TV, DVDs and digital video recorders (DVRs). ; and to other software-only algorithms such as Indeo video or Cinepak because of its ease of implementation, higher picture quality capabilities and cross-platform support. TrueMotion-S was originally developed by the Duck Corp. for dedicated applications such as the Sega game box.
System Requirements To be used efficiently, all computer software needs certain hardware components or other software resources to be present on a computer system. These pre-requisites are known as (computer) system requirements and are often used as a guideline as opposed to an absolute rule.
For PCs, recommended minimum system requirements include a 486/66 CPU CPU
in full central processing unit
Principal component of a digital computer, composed of a control unit, an instruction-decoding unit, and an arithmetic-logic unit. , 16 MB RAM, a 16-bit capable display adapter, A/V-capable hard drive (540 MB). Windows 3.1 with Video for Windows The name of Microsoft's first video playback implementation in Windows. Supporting the AVI movie format, Video for Windows (VfW) was installed separately in Windows 3.x, but was later built into Windows 95 and subsequent versions. and a video capture card See video capture board. capable of YUV-12 or M-JPEG See MPEG.
M-JPEG - Moving JPEG output to hard disk.
For Macs, minimum requirements include a Quandra 800 or higher (PowerMac recommended), 16 MB RAM, A/V (1) (Audio/Video) Refers to equipment and applications that deal with sound and sight. The A/V world includes microphones, tape recorders, audio mixers, still and video cameras, film projectors, slide projectors, VCRs, CD and DVD players/recorders, amplifiers and input via Apple internal or Radius Video Vision Studio 2.0 card, A/V-capable display architecture and, with Radius or other MPEG solution, a RAID or A/V drive capable of 5MB per second sustained transfer rate.
For More Information
For more information on the TrueMotion-S Compressor and other HTI products, please call HTI at 800/828-3808 or visit the HTI Home Page at http://www.horizons.com.
For game and set top box applications, TrueMotion-S is available from the Duck Corp. For all other applications, contact HTI.
Horizons Technology Inc.
Horizons Technology Inc. (HTI) is a multimedia software development and systems integration company with headquarters in San Diego. Founded in 1977, HTI specializes in the development of multimedia applications and video compression software and services, and is the exclusive worldwide provider of TrueMotion video used in desktop applications. HTI has more than 450 employees with other major offices in Boston and Alexandria, Virginia. HTI's European headquarters is located in the Netherlands.
CONTACT: Horizons Technology Inc.
William Pritchard/Laurie Weller, 714/556-1313
Marie Krygier, 619/292-8860, ext. 2299