SOURCE: Focus Enhancements

April 19, 2006 08:38 ET

Focus Enhancements Ships New FireStore FS-100 DTE Recorder for the Panasonic DVCPRO HD P2 Handheld Camera-Recorder

FireStore FS-100 Represents Industry's First Recorder to Support Panasonic's DVCPRO HD Format -- Records Up to 100Mb/s Directly From AG-HVX200 Camera

CAMPBELL, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 19, 2006 -- Focus Enhancements Inc. (NASDAQ: FCSE), a worldwide leader in video production and conversion technology, today announced the availability of its highly anticipated FireStore FS-100 portable Direct To Edit® (DTE) DVCPRO HD disk recorders for Panasonic's AG-HVX200 P2 Handheld Camera-recorder.

As an official Panasonic P2 partner, the FS-100 is optimized for use with the Panasonic AG-HVX200 P2 camera recorder and can also be used with any Panasonic DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO 50 or DVCPRO HD equipment featuring an IEEE-1394 interface. It features the unique ability to record DVCPRO HD or DVCPRO 50 in Panasonic's widely supported P2 MXF format or DV/DVCPRO in up to 10 different native NLE file formats. The FS-100 provides a real-time digital back-up to P2 card content and extends the overall recording duration by 100 minutes.

The FireStore FS-100 enables videographers to record drop-out free DV/DVCPRO, DVCPRO 50 or DVCPRO HD video streams via FireWire while in the field. Users can then connect directly to a Mac or PC to edit content directly from the FireStore or ingest clips to P2 supported applications -- eliminating the need to digitize footage. In DVCPRO HD and DVCPRO 50 mode, clips are recorded to disk in the MXF P2 format. In DV and DVCPRO mode, users can choose from the most popular NLE formats including Avid OMF, QuickTime, Canopus AVI, Matrox AVI and more.

"The combination of Focus Enhancements FireStore FS-100 and our AG-HVX200, completely streamlines the workflow for recording and editing footage," said Phil Livingston, Vice President for Technical Liaison at Panasonic Broadcast. "The FS-100 DTE recorder is a dedicated solution for the AG-HVX200 enabling professionals to extend in-the-field recording, while also providing a backup. FS-100 provides a direct connection for instant editing, greatly reducing the time from acquisition to distribution."

"Panasonic's AG-HVX200 is an ideal solution for recording high definition video in the field or in the studio," said Michael Conway, senior vice president of business development and strategy at Focus Enhancements. "The portable FireStore FS-100 combined with the AG-HVX200 gives broadcast professionals, event videographers, and film makers a unique, versatile HD solution that streamlines the overall video production workflow -- saving time and money."

FireStore FS-100 Key features:

--  Records DVCPRO HD 100Mb/s or DVCPRO 50  from the AG-HVX200 Handheld
    Camera-recorder in the MXF P2 format
--  Provides digital backup for P2 card content and adds an additional 100
    minutes of recording time
--  Offers DV/DVCPRO DTE -- Direct To Edit recording
--  Integrates with the AG-HVX200 including FS-100 status in the
--  Eliminates the need to capture footage on supported NLE systems;
    simply import clips from the disk directly to the NLE's timeline and edit
--  Features a compact rugged design, comprehensive graphical LCD, and a
    removable Li-Ion Battery Pack
The FireStore FS-100 is available now through the Panasonic worldwide dealer and distributor network for an estimated MSRP of $2,195. For more information on Focus Enhancements and its products, please 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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