SOURCE: Focus Enhancements

September 07, 2007 00:00 ET

Focus Enhancements Introduces HX Switcher Series to the European Market at IBC 2007

Ultra Compact and Superior Quality HD Video Switchers Make Their European Debut and Feature 1080i/50 and 720p/50 Support

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - September 7, 2007) - IBC Booth 9.441 - Focus Enhancements, Inc. (NASDAQ: FCSE), a worldwide leader in media management and Ultra Wideband (UWB) wireless technology, announced that the HX-1 and HX-2 HD video switchers will be introduced to the European market at IBC 2007 (booth 9.441) at the Amsterdam RAI from September 7-11. The HX-1 and HX-2 HD switchers will now support 1080i/50 and 720p/50 formats, making both models ideal for news/sports broadcasters, production studio owners, educators, and video directors for places of worship who are transitioning to high definition production.

"The HX series has received an enthusiastic response and positive feedback in North America," said Matt McEwen, senior product manager for Focus Enhancements. "The HX line of HD switchers now provides our European customers with a new level of versatility for their HD and SD productions -- making the switchers essential additions to our growing lineup of HD production tools."

The four HD-SDI input HX-1 Portable HD Video Switcher includes active loop-through on all inputs, as well as dual HD-SDI outputs for program, preview, and effects monitoring. It supports eight wipe patterns and adjustable effects, including soft edges, border size and border color. Housed in a rugged, ultra-portable chassis, the HX-1 is ideally suited for broadcast vans and other space-constrained environments.

The HX-2 HD/SD Video Switcher features eight HD-SDI or SD-SDI inputs, in addition to external key and fill inputs, for downstream 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, external DSK input, chroma key functionality, auto or manual mix/wipe operation (with eight different wipe patterns) and a 2D DVE.

The HX-1 and HX-2 with 720p50 and 1080i50 support are expected to be available in November 2007 for 9.900 Euros and 18.000 Euros, respectively. For more information, please visit us at www.focusinfo.com. For US pricing, please contact us at sales@focusinfo.com or 800.338.3348.

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 switchers. 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 switchers, 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 period ending March 31, 2007, June 30, 2007 as well as other filings with the SEC. These statements are based on information as of September 7, 2007 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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