SOURCE: Focus Enhancements

July 01, 2008 06:30 ET

Focus Enhancements Announces Availability of Fifth Generation DTE Recorder

New FS-5 Direct To Edit Recorder Introduces Groundbreaking Wireless Metadata Technology

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - July 1, 2008) - Focus Enhancements, Inc. (NASDAQ: FCSE), a worldwide leader in media management and ultra wideband (UWB) wireless technology, today announced the general availability of the FS-5 Direct To Edit® (DTE) recorder, the fifth generation in the company's award-winning line of DTE recorders.

First announced at NAB 2008, the ultra-portable FS-5 introduces the groundbreaking ability to wirelessly log custom metadata in the field while shooting -- enabling a new real-time metadata-based workflow for broadcast and video professionals and ensuring the seamless continuity of metadata through all phases of production and post-production for easier identification and management of media.

With a wireless (or wired) mobile device or laptop, users can access the FS-5 via a web browser, define metadata, and assign it to the video while recording. As a result, clips are labeled, categorized, and organized as soon as the shoot is over -- eliminating the need to tag footage at a later time. Additionally, Focus Enhancements' Universal Metadata Engine™ (UME) ensures that metadata is compatible with Final Cut Pro and the ProxSys® Media Asset Management product line.

"Since its launch at NAB, the FS-5 and our new metadata-based workflow have generated tremendous interest among video and media professionals," said Matt McEwen, Director of Product Alliances for Focus Enhancements. "Our Direct To Edit technology helped spark the tapeless revolution in broadcast and other video production markets. And now, the ability to wirelessly log metadata brings a new level of efficiency to the tapeless end-to-end workflow."

"We've relied on Focus Enhancements' DTE recorders for many years and have been eagerly anticipating the new advancements introduced in the FS-5," said Brian Critchlow, partner and CTO of Digital Media Factory. "During our beta deployments, we've been impressed by the ease of use of the FS-5's wireless metadata functionality. This key innovation will save us significant time and improve the way we manage our media assets in post-production. In addition, the FS-5's Universal Disk Format (UDF) file format support further increases our productivity when dealing with multiple clips in Final Cut."

Along with its unprecedented metadata capabilities, the FS-5 features the following key enhancements:

--  Increased Direct To Edit file format support with the addition of MXF
    HDV 720p30 and 1080i 50/60 to give Avid editors the ability to work
    natively with HDV files using the Avid Media Tool
--  25% weight reduction and a 60% reduction in size when compared to the
    entry level FS-4 model
--  1.8" internal disk drive which features a very rugged, ultra-portable,
    and shock resistant design
--  Fanless design for very quiet operations
--  Support for UDF to enable recording up to 1.5 hours in a single DV/HDV
    file
--  Newly designed user interface with new scroll wheel and color LCD
--  USB 2.0 computer interface to provide flexible file transfers to the
    computer
    

The FS-5 100 GB model is priced at $2,195 MSRP US and is immediately available through Focus Enhancements' worldwide dealer and distributor network. FS-5 customers will receive a free camera mount with their order. 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 wireless IC chip set based on WiMedia UWB standard and design as well as markets portable ICs to the video convergence, portable media, navigation systems and smartphone markets. The company's System 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 Securities and Exchange Commission (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. 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 the risk factors specified in the company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007, Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2008 as well as other filings with the SEC. These statements are based on information as of July 1, 2008 and the company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Direct to Edit and ProxSys are registered trademarks of Focus Enhancements. Universal Metadata Engine is a trademark of Focus Enhancements. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. © 2008 Focus Enhancements, Inc. All rights reserved.

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