SOURCE: Focus Enhancements

January 18, 2007 07:30 ET

Focus Enhancements Supports Next Generation HD Format, Joins AVCHD (Advanced Video Codec High Definition) Group

New HD Digital Video Camera Recorder Format Introduced by Sony and Panasonic Is Designed for the HD Era

CAMPBELL, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 18, 2007 -- Focus Enhancements, Inc. (NASDAQ: FCSE), a worldwide leader in media acquisition, management and delivery technology, today announced support for the new AVCHD Digital Video Camera format.

The AVCHD format allows for the recording and playback of high-resolution digital HD images. AVCHD is an HD digital video camera format for recording 1080i*(1) and 720p*(2) signals by using highly efficient codec technologies. The format employs MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec for video compression, and Dolby Digital (AC-3) or Linear PCM for audio codec. Panasonic and Sony announced basic specifications for AVCHD in May of 2006.

"We are currently looking into broadly supporting AVCHD with our media acquisition, conversion, management, and delivery products," said Michael Conway, senior vice president of business development and strategy for Focus Enhancements. "We are excited that AVCHD will offer higher quality, more efficient HD Video, and we expect that this format will ultimately work seamlessly within our Direct to Edit (DTE) workflow and media asset management solutions."

AVCHD is a powerful team of consumer electronics manufacturers including Panasonic, Sony, Canon, Pioneer, and Samsung. AVCHD will also be implemented into playback appliances and PC software in addition to video cameras. This will allow users to shoot high definition footage and play them back or edit them on a wide range of products.

For more information about Focus Enhancements, please visit www.focusinfo.com. Details on the AVCHD Group are available at www.avchd-info.org.

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 statements include statements regarding management's plans to integrate AVCHD into its media acquisition, conversion, management, and delivery products. 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 ability of the company to migrate AVCHD into its products in a timely manner, the performance of its AVCHD capable products when introduced and the risk factors specified in the company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005, Form 10-Q for the periods ended March 31, 2006, June 30, 2006 and September 30, 2006, as well as other filings with the SEC. These statements are based on information as of January 18, 2007 and the company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

© 2007 Focus Enhancements, Inc. All rights reserved.

*1 :1080i one of HD specifications that has 1080 efficient scanning lines by interlace method

*2 :720p one of HD specifications that has 720 efficient scanning lines by progressive method

Contact Information

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    Michael Conway
    Focus Enhancements, Inc.
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    Lippert/Heilshorn & Assoc.
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    FutureWorks, Inc.
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