SOURCE: Focus Enhancements

July 21, 2005 08:30 ET

FOCUS Enhancements Introduces New Line of Advanced Media Servers to Streamline Digital Asset Management

FOCUS Enhancements Offers Complete Line of Scalable Solutions for Acquisition, Editing, Mixing, Distribution, and Now Digital Asset Management

CAMPBELL, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 21, 2005 -- FOCUS Enhancements Inc. (NASDAQ: FCSE), a worldwide leader in video production and conversion technology, today announced the availability of ProxSys™ Media Servers, the industry's most comprehensive and advanced Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution specifically designed for video, multimedia, and broadcast applications.

ProxSys leverages the company's extensive history in digital video, delivering the easiest and most flexible way to store, manage, and recall digital media. Complete ProxSys suites, including digital acquisition, indexing, conversion, storage, and play-out, are available today for under $50,000.

ProxSys enables Digital Asset Management solutions for customers and markets that have the need to organize rich media, but cannot afford enterprise-focused 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. The system 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.

"Traditional DAM solutions were originally designed from an IT perspective which overlooked the requirements of rich media," said Michael Conway, Senior Vice-President of Business Development and Strategy for FOCUS Enhancements. "ProxSys is an integrated solution specifically designed for managing and leveraging media assets in today's video-driven business paradigm -- giving work groups unprecedented levels of access and immediacy, without the tier one price tag."

Showcased at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Conference in April 2005, ProxSys has been beta-tested globally by leading television networks, universities, multimedia companies, and enterprise businesses including A+M Media, Daimler Chrysler TV, Dublien Central University, Game TV, Hanoi Music Conservatory, IQ Digital, and SAV Capital Vision.

The ProxSys system is based on several key components:

--  The main ProxSys Data Storage and Administration module is the core of
    the system and contains a media database, Web server, video archive,
    metadata storage and the MPEG-4 proxy engine.
    
--  ProxSys Capture Suite offers live or scheduled capture with automatic
    or manual indexing, and post-capture file format conversion tools.  Upon
    video ingest into ProxSys, a low-resolution MPEG proxy of the clip is
    created and stored along with the editable high-resolution version.
    Clients are instantly able to view a proxy version of the file prior to
    receiving the full resolution version.
    
--  ProxSys Playout Suite controls distribution of the content for
    presentation or 24/7, single or multi-channel broadcast via a network, or
    traditional video formats.
    
ProxSys categorizes stored media content based on customizable metadata fields that correspond to media timecode data. Different parts of a single media file can be tagged with unique metadata information. When a user is ready to retrieve a particular media file, only the relevant portion of the clip is presented to the recipient. Before downloading the full resolution clip, the user can additionally edit the portion of the clip(s) required, saving both download time and streamlining workflow.

Users can also export content directly to an NLE system for editing purposes and alternatively, export selected media to an optical media duplicator.

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.

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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. 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, 2004 and other filings with the SEC. These statements are based on information as of July 21, 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

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