SOURCE: Focus Enhancements

June 13, 2006 09:15 ET

Focus Enhancements Announces New Direct to Edit FireStore Recorder for Canon XL H1 HD Camcorder

FireStore FS-C HD60 and FS-C HD100 Will Mount Directly to Canon's XL H1 HD Camcorder to Provide Tapeless Acquisition and DTE Capabilities for Video Professionals

CAMPBELL, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 13, 2006 -- Focus Enhancements Inc. (NASDAQ: FCSE), a worldwide leader in video production and conversion technology, today announced that it has worked with Canon to develop the FireStore FS-C series of portable Direct To Edit® (DTE) disk recorders for Canon's popular XL H1 HD camcorder. The new line is expected to be available in July 2006.

Focus Enhancements is expanding its FireStore DTE recorder line with the FS-C HD60 and FS-C HD100, offering 60 and 100 GB of tapeless hard drive video storage respectively. The FS-C series enables videographers to record direct nonlinear HDV or DV streams with or without a tape inserted in the XL H1 camcorder via FireWire. When in HD mode, footage is recorded in an .m2t file compatible with many popular HD editing solutions. When in DV mode, file support includes Avid OMF, QuickTime, Canopus AVI, Matrox AVI and more.

FS-C HD60 can provide 4 1/2 hours of HD 1080i or DV25 recording time when used with the Canon XL H1; the FS-C HD100, approximately 7 1/2 hours. These ultra portable units will also include direct mounting to the Canon XL H1 camcorder.

"By working with Focus Enhancements, we're developing an incredibly valuable solution for our users, giving them more capabilities while in the field and streamlining the editing process back in the studio," said Yukiaki Hashimoto, senior vice president and general manager of the consumer imaging group at Canon U.S.A., Inc. "We expect the FireStore FS-C recorder to be an ideal companion for our XL H1 camcorder."

"Canon's XL H1 is one of the most sought after HD camcorders by broadcast professionals, filmmakers, and event videographers," said David O'Kelly, vice president of business development for Focus Enhancements. "When connected, the FireStore FS-C/ Canon XL H1 combo saves time, extends record time, improves workflow, all while providing a digital backup."

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About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. The Company is listed as one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies in America and is rated #35 on the BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands." Its parent company Canon Inc. (NYSE: CAJ) is a top patent holder of technology, ranking second overall in the U.S. in 2005, with global revenues of $31.8 billion. For more information, visit

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 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 SEC filings, or by visiting the Focus Enhancements home page at

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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 management's expectations regarding the expected introduction date of the FS-C series of portable disk recorders. 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 delays in research and development and testing of the FS-C, and the risk factors specified in Item 1A of the company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005, as well as other periodic filings with the SEC. These statements are based on information as of June 13, 2006 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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