SOURCE: Focus Enhancements

August 20, 2007 06:00 ET

Focus Enhancements Announces Availability of High Performance HX-2 HD/SD Video Switcher

Latest Addition to the HX Series Features Eight HD-SDI or SD-SDI Inputs, Along With Superior Quality Video Switching, Chroma Key and Effects

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - August 20, 2007) - Focus Enhancements Inc (NASDAQ: FCSE), a worldwide leader in media management and Ultra Wideband (UWB) wireless technology, announced the immediate availability of the HX-2 HD/SD Video Switcher. The HX-2, along with the HX-1 Portable HD Video Switcher, offers broadcasters and video professionals the highest quality switching and video effects available today. From live outside broadcasts, to inside production shoots, the HX line is the ideal solution for news/sports broadcasters, production studio owners, educators, and video directors for places of worship.

The HX-2 features eight HD-SDI or SD-SDI inputs, in addition to external key and fill inputs for down stream key sources such as character generators, or logo inserters. Easy to set up and operate, the high performance switcher supports full 10-bit internal processing to meet the highest broadcast standards. The HX-2 also offers switchable HD/SD operation, six separate outputs, an external DSK input, chroma key functionality, auto or manual mix/wipe operation (with eight different wipe patterns) and a 2D DVE.

Already shipping, the HX-1 switcher offers four HD-SDI inputs with active loop-through on all inputs, as well as dual HD-SDI outputs for program, preview, and effects monitoring. With ultra-portable and rugged form factors, both the HX-1 and HX-2 are ideally suited for demanding and space-constrained environments such as broadcast OB vans, studios, and rental houses.

"The HX-1 Switcher has received an enthusiastic response and positive feedback from the field," said Matt McEwen, senior product manager for Focus Enhancements. "With eight HD-SDI or SD-SDI inputs, the HX-2 provides our customers with a new level of versatility for their HD and SD productions -- making it a great addition to our growing lineup of HD production tools."

HX-2 features include:

--  1080i 50/60 or 525/60 operation
--  Portable control panel and 1RU main chassis
--  2D DVE functionality includes transition squeeze, slide and mosaic
--  Extensive Chroma Key and DSK control options
--  Auto transition and auto key on adjustable from 1 frame to 3 seconds
--  A/B bus or Flip-Flop operation
--  Adjustable background and border color
--  Adjustable aspect ratio and position attributes for circle and square
    wipes
--  A/B bus indicated by LED and separate video effect bus
--  BB or Tri Level Sync input with loop through
--  LCD Status display
--  Dual Tally Output (Red/Green)
--  Professional metal construction with back-lit channel buttons and high
    quality take bar
    

Priced at $19,995 US MSRP, the HX-2 HD/SD video switcher is available through Focus Enhancements' worldwide dealer and distributor network. The HX-1 HD video switcher is available at $10,995 US MSRP. For more information, please visit www.focusinfo.com.

About Focus Enhancements, Inc.

Focus Enhancements Inc. (NASDAQ: FCSE), headquartered in Campbell, CA, is a leading designer of world-class solutions in advanced, proprietary video and wireless video technologies. The company's Semiconductor Group develops integrated circuits (ICs) for high-performance applications in the video convergence market, including IPTV set-top boxes and portable media players. Focus Enhancements is currently developing a wireless IC chip set based on the WiMedia UWB standard and designed to be compatible with Wireless USB, and used in personal computer (PC), consumer electronics (CE), and mobile electronics applications. The company's Systems Group develops video products for the digital media markets, with customers in the broadcast, video production, digital signage and digital asset management 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 factors include statements about the company's recently introduced HX-2. 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 customers' acceptance of recently introduced products, changes in customer order patterns, the performance and acceptance of the HX-2, and the risk factors specified in the company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006, and Form 10-Q for the periods ending March 31, 2007 and June 30, 2007 as well as other filings with the SEC. These statements are based on information as of August 20, 2007 and the company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Contact Information

  • Focus Investors:

    Mary Magnani
    Lippert/Heilshorn & Assoc.
    415.433.3777
    Email Contact

    Focus Press:

    Ramin Ekhtiar
    FutureWorks, Inc.
    408.428.0895 ext 102
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