SOURCE: Focus Enhancements Inc

July 11, 2007 08:30 ET

Focus Enhancements' New High Performance Portable HD Video Switcher Is Now Available

Rugged Four-Channel HD Video Switcher Offers Superior-Quality Video Switching and Effects to Meet the Highest Broadcast Standards

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - July 11, 2007) - Focus Enhancements Inc (NASDAQ: FCSE), a worldwide leader in media management and Ultra Wideband (UWB) wireless technology, today announced that the HX-1 Portable HD Video Switcher, first unveiled at NAB2007, is now available. Featuring the highest quality switching and video effects, the HX series of HD video switchers are easy to set up and operate, feature full 10-bit internal processing and meet the highest broadcast standards. From live outside broadcasts to inside production shoots, the HX line is perfect for news/sports broadcasters, production studio owners, educators, and video directors for places of worship.

The now-shipping, four HD-SDI input HX-1 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 soon to be released HX-2 includes eight HD-SDI or SD-SDI inputs, plus external key and fill inputs for down stream key sources such as character generators, or logo inserters -- all in a compact and rugged form factor. The HX-2 features eight wipe patterns, internal chroma key, 2D DVE, and a 1H video delay, providing video professionals with everything they need to produce a wide range of creative effects.

"Since the unveiling at NAB2007, the HX series has sparked significant customer interest," said Matt McEwen, senior product manager for Focus Enhancements. "The addition of the HX-1 and HX-2 switchers extends our popular mixer/switcher family into the HD realm, providing our customers with a new level of quality and versatility."

Priced at $10,995 US MSRP, the HX-1 HD video switcher is available through Focus Enhancements' worldwide dealer and distributor network. The HX-2 HD/SD video switcher is expected to be available in August for a US MSRP of $19,995. 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 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. 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 the HX-1 product, changes in customer order patterns, unforeseen increased costs and delays in research and development, the performance of the HX-1, 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 as well as other filings with the SEC. These statements are based on information as of July 11, 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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