SOURCE: Focus Enhancements

December 07, 2005 08:07 ET

FOCUS Enhancements and Panasonic Highlight New HD Direct To Edit Video Disk Recorder

FireStore FS-100, Industry's First Direct To Edit Recorder to Support Panasonic's DVCPRO HD Format, Records Streams Up to 100Mb/s Directly From HVX-200 Camera

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 7, 2005 -- DV EXPO -- FOCUS Enhancements Inc. (NASDAQ: FCSE), a worldwide leader in video production and conversion technology, and Panasonic, developer of the DVCPRO family of products, today announced the upcoming line of FireStore FS-100 portable Direct To Edit™ (DTE) HD disk recorders for Panasonic's new AG-HVX200 DVCPRO HD P2 Handheld Camera-recorder at a press conference held at the Universal Hilton. The companies will also showcase demonstrations of the new solution this week at DV Expo West at the Los Angeles Convention Center in FOCUS Enhancements' booth (#124) and Panasonic's booth (#101).

As an official Panasonic P2 partner, FOCUS Enhancements specifically optimized the FireStore FS-100 DTE recorder for the new Panasonic AG-HVX200 DVCPRO HD P2 Handheld Camera-recorder, extending its storage capacity and as a backup and a digital disk recording solution. The FireStore FS-100 enables professional videographers to record drop-out free DV/DVCPRO, DVCPRO 50 or DVCPRO HD video streams via FireWire while in the field. They can then connect directly to a Mac or PC notebook or desktop to edit content directly from the FireStore -- eliminating the need to digitize footage. In DVCPRO HD and DVCPRO 50 mode, clips are recorded to disk in the MXF P2 format. In DV and DVCPRO mode, users can choose from the most popular NLE formats including Avid OMF, Canopus AVI, Matrox AVI and more. Broadcast professionals and film makers working with HD will have a complete acquisition to editing solution that will streamline the overall video production workflow -- saving valuable time and money.

"FOCUS Enhancements has a history of completely streamlining the video workflow, linking acquisition directly to editing," said Phil Livingston, Vice President for Technical Liaison at Panasonic Broadcast. "Today we introduced a dedicated, direct-mount DTE solution for users of the DVCPRO HD P2 format, and at DV Expo, we'll demonstrate a fully functional combination of the FireStore FS-100 combined with our revolutionary AG-HVX200. This powerful duo enhances in-the-field and in-studio applications providing direct-to-disk and Direct To Edit capabilities that, like P2 itself, dramatically reduces the time from acquisition to distribution."

"Panasonic's AG-HVX200 DVCPRO HD P2 Handheld Camera-recorder is one of the most versatile solutions for TV, news, events and motion pictures," said Michael Conway, senior vice president of business development and strategy at FOCUS Enhancements. "The adoption rate for HD content is skyrocketing, and broadcast, motion picture professionals and event videographers are seeking mission-critical solutions that will streamline every step of the production process. The FireStore FS-100 extends the already impressive feature-set of the AG-HVX200 with highly portable DTE benefits including 90 minutes of extended hard disk recording time and the ability to record DVCPRO HD and DVPRO 50 in Panasonic's widely supported P2 MXF format and DV/DVCPRO with DTE in native NLE file formats."

FireStore FS-100 Key features:

--  Accepts DVCPRO HD 100Mb/s and DVCPRO 50 SD streams from the AG-HVX200
    Handheld Camera-recorder
--  Extends recording time for P2 customers
--  DTE -- Direct To Edit recording
--  No need to capture footage on supported NLE systems. Simply import
    clips from the disk directly to the NLE's timeline and edit immediately
--  Records both SD & HD formats
--  Compact rugged design
--  Comprehensive Graphical LCD
--  Built-in CPU
    
The FireStore FS-100 is expected to be available in March 2006 at an estimated MSRP of $2,195. For more information on FOCUS Enhancements and its products, please visit www.focusinfo.com.

About FOCUS Enhancements, Inc.

FOCUS Enhancements Inc. (NASDAQ: FCSE) is a leading designer of world-class solutions in advanced, proprietary video technology. Headquartered in Campbell, CA, FOCUS Enhancements designs, develops, and markets video solutions in two distinct markets: advanced proprietary video conversion integrated circuits (ICs) and affordable, high quality, digital-video conversion and video production equipment. Semiconductor IC products include designs for PCs, game cards, Internet, set-top boxes, Internet appliances, and interactive TV applications, and they are sold directly to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). FOCUS Enhancements' complete line of video presentation and video production devices are sold globally through resellers and distributors to the broadcast, education, cable, business, industrial, presentation, Internet, gaming, home video production and home theater markets. More information on FOCUS Enhancements may be obtained from the company's SEC filings, or by visiting the FOCUS Enhancements home page at http://www.FOCUSinfo.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

Statements in this press release which are not historical including statements regarding management's intentions, hopes, expectations, representations, plans or predictions about the future are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include statements regarding management's plans to complete its FireStore FS-100. Because these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include unforeseen increased costs in research and development, the ability of the company to introduce its FireStore FS-100 in a timely manner, the performance and acceptance of its FireStore FS-100, and the risk factors specified in the company's Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2004, Form 10-Q/A for the six months ended June 30, 2005, Form 10-Q for the nine months ended September 30, 2005, and other filings with the SEC. These statements are based on information as of December 7, 2005 and the company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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