PANASONIC DEBUTS SOFTWARE FOR PANASONIC DVD-RAM/R DRIVES.
"Our video editing customers can substantially reduce production costs by switching between the DVD-RAM/R drive's DVD formats," explained William Chien, director of product marketing for the personal web video divison at Pinnacle Systems. "By using rewriteable DVD-RAM media for pre-mastering, the verification step is recyclable so the cost is zero, compared to DVD-R media which provides a one-time use for $10-25. Once the video is finalized, the drive's DVD-R output capability can be used to deliver a master copy to a client or for producing small quantities of a title for distribution. The broad compatibility that DVD-R discs provides an ideal sharing and distribution solution."
Dana Berzin, DVD product manager for Panasonic Industrial Company's, Global Computer Group added that DVD-RAM media provides more than 100,000 write/rewrite cycles; and, when editing is required, the DVD-RAM media allows users to change specific segments of the disc almost instantly to make the revisions. "With a choice of storage formats, users also have the widest range of playback options for their recorded discs, including new and legacy DVD-ROM drives, DVD players and DVD recorders," he noted.
Offering 4.7GB of capacity on a single side, the DVD-R and DVD-RAM discs provide low-cost, removable storage for up to 2 hours of high-quality MPG2 video, 400,000 documents, 4,700 full-color photos, or more than 12 hours of AC3 audio.
The high-capacity DVD-RAM/R drive can also be used to reclaim valuable hard disk capacity. By offloading videos and clips from older projects to DVD-RAM media, users can lower their storage cost to about $.005/MB. With the ability to read CDs at up to 24X speed and DVD videos and DVD-ROMs at up to 6X speeds, the versatile DVD-RAM drive becomes even more cost-effective.
Compatible with Windows(R) 98, Windows ME, Windows NT and Windows 2000, Pinnacle Impression is bundled with Pinnacle Systems editing products -- DV500plus, DC1000/2000 and DVD2000 -- and is available through resellers, distributors, direct sales and OEMs worldwide. Pinnacle Systems also plans to offer Impression software as a standalone product.
The Panasonic DVD-RAM/R drive begins shipping to OEMs and channel partners in Q2 and will be available in retail channels for less than $1,000.
About Pinnacle Systems
Pinnacle Systems' broadcast, desktop, and consumer products provide video professionals and consumers cutting-edge digital video tools to create, store, distribute and view web-enabled digital video easier and more affordably than ever before. Pinnacle Systems may be reached at 650/526-1600 or at http://www.pinnaclesys.com.
Panasonic is the best known brand name of Osaka, Japan-based Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (NYSE:MC), one of the world's leading producers of electronic and electric products for consumer business and industrial use.
For more information, call 800/742-8086 or visit http://www.panasonic.com/oemdvd-ram
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|Date:||Jun 1, 2001|
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