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November 8, 1995

VIDEONICS GRAPHICAL CHARACTER GENERATOR STIRS SO MUCH EXCITEMENT THAT SHORT DELAY CAUSES DEEP DISAPPOINTMENT

By CBR Staff Writer

Videonics Inc, a manufacturer of digital video post-production equipment, is almost ready with a character generator to be used in video post-production. PowerScript enables graphics designed using PostScript on a Windows or Macintosh personal computer to be pulled, stretched and made three-dimensional. The character generator treats each graphic as a separate text object so graphics or logo can be animated separately. PowerScript can also display graphics created in Adobe Systems Inc’s PhotoShop and Illustrator and Corel Corp’s Corel Draw although it will accept PostScript or PCX formats without any modification to the file format. PowerScript, which is based on a RISC processor, will cost ú3,000 and will start shipping in the first quarter of next year. Shipment was initially scheuled for the end of this year but was delayed due to technical problems with the video capture gate array. The company’s shares fell 30% following news of the product delay. The Campbell, California company also launched an Edite Suite earlier this year. The stand-alone A/B Rolling Edit controller enables a video editor to produce a sequence of scenes using scenes cut from four separate Sony Corp or Panasonic Corp camcorders or video recorders. The Edite Suite can also be connected to the serial port of a Windows or Mac personal computer. Editors can then download the edit decision list (the sequence used to compose a scene) and store it as an ASCII file for future reference. Alternatively the Suite will store files in the CMX file format – the file format used in high end professional editing system. The edit suite can also be used to add sub titles or graphics to edited scenes when connected to a character generator. The Edit Suite costs ú700. Videonics accompanied the announcement of PowerScript with the news that it will buy Massachusetts-based Abbate Video for an undislosed sum. Abbate develops personal computer and Macintosh software, known as Video Toolkit, for cataloguing, editing and digitising video footage.

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