CAMPBELL, CA -- (MARKETWIRE) -- 03/23/2006 -- Focus Enhancements, Inc. (NASDAQ: FCSE), a worldwide leader in video production and conversion technology, today announced the availability of its FireStore DR-HD100 Direct To Edit® (DTE) recorder. Focus Enhancements and JVC Professional designed the DR-HD100 to interface specifically with the popular JVC GY-HD100 series of ProHD camcorders.
The ultra-portable DR-HD100 can be directly mounted to the JVC GY-HD100 with a number of bracket options, or clipped to a belt. Focus Enhancements' powerful DTE technology enables video professionals to record HDV or DV streams directly to the unit with or without a tape inserted. Footage is recorded as DTE files that can be imported and used immediately by most popular NLE systems, saving time, improving workflow and providing a digital backup.
"JVC has been a long-time supporter of Focus Enhancements' DTE technology, and the new DR-HD100 perfectly complements the capability of JVC's award-winning ProHD camcorders," said David O'Kelly, vice president of business development for Focus Enhancements. "We have worked closely with JVC to maximize the integration between the DR-HD100 and the GY-HD100 series camcorders to bring a very complete, flexible, and time-saving solution to market."
"The DR-HD100 allows JVC ProHD camcorder owners to seamlessly add a tapeless component to their workflow to extend record times, ensure error-free recordings and streamline the entire video production workflow," said Craig Yanagi, National Marketing Manager, Creation Products for JVC Professional. "As a leader in the tapeless acquisition market, Focus Enhancements adds tremendous value to our popular, new ProHD model line empowering our customers to get their content, from recording to distribution, faster and easier than ever before."
The DR-HD100 features unique integration with the JVC GY-HD100 series of ProHD camcorders. It includes multiple control options as well as the ability to monitor DTE recorder status in the camcorder's viewfinder. When the camcorder is set to DV record mode, users can select between DR-HD100's ten different DTE Technology file formats including Avid OMF, QuickTime, Canopus AVI, AVI Type 2 and many more. When the camcorder is in HD mode, it can record 720p M2T files directly to disk, which can be directly imported into applications such as Canopus Edius Pro and Avid Xpress Pro HD. QuickTime HDV support for direct import to Apple Final Cut Pro will be available as an upgrade option soon.
The robust and lightweight DR-HD100 weighs only 1 pound and is available in either 40GB (about 3 hours of DV or nearly 4.5 hours of HD 720p) or 80GB (about 6 hours of DV or nearly 9 hours of HD 720p) capacities. The DR-HD100 also features up to ten seconds of cache recording in its retro-record mode to help users from missing a shot, a removable Li-Ion battery pack which provides up to 90 minutes record run-time, a status LCD display, and 16-button front panel.
The Focus Enhancements DR-HD100 is available now through the worldwide JVC Professional dealer and distributor network for a US MSRP of $1,495 for the 40GB model and $1,895 for the 80GB model. Additional 90-minute record battery packs are available for $129 as well as a 3-hour battery pack for $199. For more information, please visit pro.jvc.com or 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 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.
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