SOURCE: Focus Enhancements

April 23, 2006 13:55 ET

NAB 2006: Focus Enhancements Showcases High Definition Video Workflow Solutions for Broadcast Professionals

Focus Enhancements Showcases HD and DV Solutions for Direct To Edit Video Production, Media Asset Management and Digital Signage Solutions

LAS VEGAS, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 23, 2006 -- NAB2006 -- Focus Enhancements Inc. (NASDAQ: FCSE), a worldwide leader in video production and conversion technology, today announced that its complete line of HD and DV products will be spotlighted at NAB2006 in Las Vegas, April 24-27.

NAB is the world's largest electronic media show and covers the entire spectrum of media from entertainment to news to business communications. Video professionals seeking next generation HD/SD video solutions for acquisition, production, media asset management, and/or digital signage must visit Focus Enhancements at booth number SL2136 in the Las Vegas Convention Center, south hall, lower level.

"NAB attracts decision makers from television, motion picture studios, broadcast and cable, businesses, educational institutions and houses of worship, making it the ideal forum for us to showcase our media acquisition, management and delivery solutions," said Michael Conway, senior vice president of business development and strategy for Focus Enhancements. "From acquisition to media management to display, Focus is a one-stop shop for industry-leading products that streamline workflow for video professionals in all industries."

Focus Enhancements will feature its highly popular FireStore Direct To Edit® (DTE) disk recorders, MX-4 Digital Video Mixers, ProxSys® Media Servers for Media Asset Management (MAM), and its Mantis™ MG Enterprise Media Gateway players for digital signage applications.

VIDEO PRODUCTION

The portable FireStore FS-4 HD delivers HD and DV acquisition solutions from the field to the editing room, enabling videographers to record HD or DV streams directly to disk via FireWire from leading HDV and DV camcorders and decks including those from Sony, Canon, JVC, and Panasonic. FireStore then connects directly to Mac/Windows-based editing systems, allowing video professionals to edit content directly from the FS-4 HD. When in DV25 mode, users can choose from the most popular NLE file formats including Avid OMF, QuickTime, Canopus AVI, Matrox AVI and more, as well as high definition 720p or 1080i MPEG2 transport streams (.m2t). The company's new QuickTime HD upgrade for Final Cut Pro users will also be featured at NAB.

Panasonic and Focus Enhancements will demonstrate its newly introduced FireStore FS-100 portable DTE DVCPRO HD disk recorder for Panasonic's AG-HVX200 P2 Handheld Camera-recorder.

JVC and Focus Enhancements will feature workflow solutions based on the new, dedicated combo of the FireStore DR-HD100 DTE recorder and JVC GY-HD100 series of ProHD camcorders.

Focus Enhancements is also displaying its complete family of other FireStore DTE products including the FS-2E Studio DTE recorder (with SDI embedded audio) FS-3 and DR-DV5000 Camera-Mount DTE recorders.

The MX-4 Digital Video Mixer is an eight-input (four composite and four S-video), four-channel mixer that provides seamless video switching, enhanced synchronized audio mixing, internal graphics storage, and Ethernet-based connectivity. The MX-4 incites creativity with more than 700 transitions and the ability to import 50 background and foreground graphics to create beautiful four-layer effects. In addition to a switcher, the MX-4 includes a frame synchronizer, TBC, and manual video adjustments.

The MX-4 DV Digital Video Mixer incorporates all the functionality found in the MX-4, and it also enables users to switch between 12 video sources (four S-video, four composite, and four DV) and includes four digital inputs and one digital output.

The MediaConverter MC-2E digital/analog converter is designed for broadcast and professional postproduction. It makes advanced, bidirectional video conversion affordable, reliable, and easy. With a variety of inputs and outputs, the MC-2E enables users to convert DV to analog video, analog video to DV, and analog or DV to SDI.

MEDIA ASSET MANAGEMENT

Focus Enhancements recently announced HD support for its industry-leading ProxSys line of advanced MAM servers. ProxSys Media Server provides comprehensive media asset management solutions for customers that need to organize rich multi-format media, including HD content. 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.

ProxSys is designed for medium- and large-scale deployments in video-driven applications, including broadcast archive and play-out, TV monitoring, medical, sports analysis, education, training, and video archiving. It replaces the need to manually manage volumes of dispersed analog and digital videotapes, CD-ROMs, audio CDs, and digital images within the organization, creating a seamless workflow environment.

DIGITAL SIGNAGE

Focus Enhancements Digital Signage products enable the management, distribution, and broadcast of HD and SD video and high resolution graphics over terrestrial and satellite networks using networked media servers and players and intelligent software. At NAB, Focus Enhancements is spotlighting its Mantis MG Enterprise Media Gateway, which enables the deployment of numerous digital media applications across multiple locations. Mantis MG provides the flexibility to scale HD and SD channels with cross channel synchronization to support multiple monitors in fully customizable installations. With a large 3U form factor design and affordable price, Mantis MG offers scheduled or interactive playback supporting up to four HD or eight SD independent outputs together with 16- and 32-bit accelerated graphics. The company is also featuring its benchmark-setting Digital Signage media players: FireFly SC, MC, and MZ.

For more information on Focus Enhancements and its products, please visit www.focusinfo.com.

About Focus Enhancements, Inc.

Focus Enhancements Inc. (NASDAQ: FCSE), headquartered in Campbell, Calif., 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 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. 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, 2005, as well as other filings with the SEC. These statements are based on information as of April 23, 2006 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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