SOURCE: Focus Enhancements

September 09, 2005 07:30 ET

FOCUS Enhancements Demonstrates High Definition Video Acquisition, Digital Asset Management and Digital Signage Solutions at IBC 2005

Company Delivers Complete Workflow Solutions for Broadcast Professionals With Its Industry-Leading Line-Up of FireStore, ProxSys and Mantis Products

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 9, 2005 -- IBC 2005 -- FOCUS Enhancements Inc. (NASDAQ: FCSE), a worldwide leader in video production and conversion technology, today announced that it will highlight its complete family of products for video professionals seeking SD/HD video solutions for acquisition, digital asset management, and digital signage at IBC 2005 in Amsterdam, September 9 - 13, 2005. Located in stand 9.431, FOCUS Enhancements will feature its popular FireStore FS-4 HD Direct To Edit™ (DTE) disk recorders, its recently introduced ProxSys™ Media Server for Digital Asset Management (DAM), and its Mantis™ MG Enterprise Media Gateway player for digital signage applications.

ACQUISITION -- FireStore FS-4 HD Portable DTE Recorders

FOCUS Enhancements' groundbreaking FireStore FS-4 HD line of Portable DTE recorders is the latest extension to its industry-leading FireStore family of DTE studio rackmount, shoulder mount, and DV handheld recorders. The FS-4 HD delivers HD and DV acquisition solutions from the field to the editing room, enabling videographers to record HDV or DV streams directly to disk from leading HD video camcorders and decks including Sony's HVR-Z1U HDV camcorder and JVC's GY-HD100U ProHD camcorder via FireWire. FireStore then connects directly to Mac/Windows-based editing systems, allowing video professionals to edit content directly from the FS-4 HD. Users can choose from the most popular NLE file formats including standard definition Avid OMF, Canopus AVI, Matrox AVI and more, as well as high definition 720p or 1080i MPEG2 transport streams (.m2t).

FOCUS Enhancements is also displaying its complete family of FireStore DTE products including the FS-2E Studio DTE recorder (with embedded audio), FS-3 Camera-Mount DTE recorder, and FS-M MPEG Digital Disk recorder.

New and future FOCUS FireStore DTE recorders will be showcased in partner booths including JVC, Miranda, and Panasonic.

--  In booth 8.201 / 8.210, JVC will preview the jointly developed
    FireStore HD DR-HD100, the first DV and PROHD disk recorder with DTE
    technology designed for JVC's GY-HD100 High Definition camcorder
--  In booth 8.241, Miranda will demonstrate the FireStore FS-4Pro HD with
    new HD conversion tools
--  In booth 10.431, Panasonic and FOCUS Enhancements will present the
    details of a joint venture to develop the FireStore FS-100 Portable DTE
    recorder for Panasonic's new AG-HVX200 DVCPRO HD P2 Handheld Camera-
    recorder as part of its P2 Partner program
    
DIGITAL ASSET MANAGEMENT -- ProxSys Media Server

ProxSys™ Media Server enables Digital Asset Management solutions for customers and markets that have the need to organize rich media, but cannot afford enterprise-level solutions. ProxSys is designed for medium and large scale deployments in video-driven applications, including broadcast archive and play-out, TV monitoring, sports analysis, education and training, multi-channel recording and monitoring, and video archiving. ProxSys replaces the need to manage volumes of dispersed videotapes, CD-ROMs, audio CDs, and digital images within the organization, creating a seamless workflow environment. ProxSys manages terabytes of low- and high-resolution video, audio, images, documents, and data from a simple Web browser interface allowing quick preview and access to clips from any location over the Internet.

DIGITAL SIGNAGE -- Mantis MG

FOCUS Enhancements Digital Signage products enable the management, distribution and broadcast of SD and HD video and high resolution graphics over terrestrial and satellite networks using networked media servers and players and intelligent software. At IBC, FOCUS Enhancements is spotlighting its Mantis MG Enterprise Media Gateway, which enables the deployment of numerous digital media applications across multiple locations. Mantis MG provides the flexibility to scale SD and HD channels with cross channel synchronization to support multiple monitors in fully customizable installations. With a large 3U form factor design and affordable price, Mantis MG offers scheduled or interactive playback supporting up to four HD or eight SD independent outputs together with 16 and 32-bit accelerated graphics. The company is also featuring its benchmark-setting Digital Signage media players: FireFly SC, MC, and MZ.

"IBC focuses on the world of content creation, management and delivery. At the show we're demonstrating our award-winning line-up of targeted products for the entire 'glass-to-glass' video production workflow," said Frithjof Becker, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing EMEA of FOCUS Enhancements. "With the rapidly increasing amount of media captured and broadcast in HD, industry professionals are seeking tools to keep pace with escalating content demand. FOCUS Enhancements provides solutions to enable HD acquisition, production, management and content distribution by streamlining the entire broadcast process and increasing overall productivity."

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. 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. These risk factors are 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 and other filings with the SEC. These statements are based on information as of September 9, 2005 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


  • Contacts:

    FOCUS Enhancements:
    Tam Chiang
    VP of Marketing
    408.866.8300 x106
    Email Contact

    FOCUS Investors:
    Dave Barnard
    Lippert/Heilshorn & Assoc.
    (415) 433-3777
    Email Contact

    FOCUS Press:
    Joe Kilmer
    FutureWorks, Inc.
    (408) 428-0895 x113
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