PANASONIC DEBUTS SOFTWARE FOR PANASONIC DVD-RAM/R DRIVES.Panasonic has announced that Pinnacle Systems Pinnacle Systems, Inc. is a California-based American manufacturer of digital video hardware and software for the consumer and broadcast markets. It was founded in 1986. In 2002 Pinnacle purchased VOB Computersysteme GmbH (now pinnaclesys.de). , Inc.'s (Nasdaq:PCLE) professional DVD authoring DVD authoring describes the process of creating a DVD video that can be played on a DVD player. DVD authoring software must conform to the specifications set by the DVD Forum group in 1995. software --Impression DVD DVD: see digital versatile disc.
in full digital video disc or digital versatile disc
Type of optical disc. The DVD represents the second generation of compact-disc (CD) technology. -- will support Panasonic's new DVD-RAM/R drive. Impression and a Panasonic DVD-RAM/R drive provide business and professional videographers with a complete solution to digitize, edit, enhance and output video to DVD. By choosing Panasonic's combination drive, users can take advantage of the performance and savings of rewritable DVD format See VOB and DVD. and the broad compatibility of write-once DVD-R (DVD-Recordable) A write-once (read only) DVD disc for both movies and data endorsed by the DVD Forum. DVD-Rs are often called "DVD Dash Rs" or "DVD Minus Rs" to distinguish them from the competing "Plus R" format (see DVD+R). General format.
"Our video editing See nonlinear video editing and video editor. customers can substantially reduce production costs by switching between the DVD-RAM/R drive's DVD formats There are several competing DVD Formats: Non-recordable formats
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 DVD-ROM: see digital versatile disc.
A read-only DVD disc used to permanently store data files. DVD-ROM discs are widely used to distribute large software applications that exceed the capacity of a CD-ROM disc. 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 NYSE
See: New York Stock Exchange :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