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MGI VideoWave 5 DV Suite brings everything you need to capture, produce, edit and share your movies on DVD, CD or the Web


Easy to use and install package combines full-featured, powerful video software with built-in DVD/CD authoring, IEEE 1394 card and DV cable


If you’ve ever thought that setting up your PC for video editing sounds like a nightmare – think again! MGI has today announced the launch of VideoWave 5 DV Suite, a complete video solution in one box that includes a plug-and-play IEEE 1394 (FireWire) card for fast video capture, a handy DV cable and the full version of VideoWave 5, MGI’s easy-to-use, market-leading video software which now includes integrated DVD authoring. The package is available from Jessops, Dixons, PC World, Jungle.com and other leading software retailers/online stores from mid February 2002 for an SRP of GBP 99.99 including VAT.



MGI VideoWave 5 DV Suite is compatible with all DV and Digital8 camcorders that have an IEEE 1394 (FireWire / iLink) connection, and includes a high quality OHCI compliant PCI card with 3 ports at 400 Mbits/s, as well as a DV cable for connection between the user’s camcorder and their PC.




MGI VideoWave 5 – create your dreams on DVD or CD!



Featuring advanced new video technologies, yet remaining straightforward to learn and use, MGI VideoWave 5 is the only software to integrate video editing and CD/DVD authoring in one program. Once the user has edited and produced their movie, they simply switch to DVD Authoring mode to create their own DVD, MiniDVD (DVD on CD) or VCD (video CD) production to share with family, friends or business colleagues.



Stephen Mold, MGI’s European managing director, said, “Following the outstanding success of VideoWave 4 DV Suite, we have upgraded this simple-to-use package with great new features and the addition of professional DVD and CD creation tools, offering our customers even more value-for-money in one box.” Mold added, “With most new PCs now including a CD writer as standard, and commercial DVD burners falling rapidly in price, it won’t be long before beginners and more experienced video enthusiasts alike are storing and sharing their masterpieces on disc."



Fast, fun and easy video production


Once the user has captured the video footage onto their PC, the fun can begin! VideoWave 5 provides a powerful range of editing features, presented by a slick and easy-to-navigate interface. Within minutes, the user can get to work on editing, mixing, adding special effects, and inserting titles, music (including MP3 and WMA formats) and other audio clips to their movie. Two CDs full of media content and templates are included to enable the user to jazz up or enhance their own work.



VideoWave 5 also includes a host of technologies to make the video editing and publishing process easier, including:


- Scene Detection for easy video management: ‘Scene Detection’ scans each video clip to automatically find scene changes – based on adjustments in lighting and colour in the footage – saving each scene as a separate video clip for easier editing.


- SmartDV: SmartDV only decodes and re-encodes the parts of a video that have actually been changed as a result of editing (usually a small part of the total production). Parts of the clip that have not been altered are simply copied to the final output. By avoiding the extra step of decoding/re-encoding unaltered segments, SmartDV produces DV video much more quickly.


- Slow and fast motion: VideoWave 5’s unique ‘TimeWarp’ function produces incredibly smooth fast or slow-motion video effects. Based on DynaPel’s patented PelKinetics technology, the program mathematically calculates additional frames and fills in the gaps between frames, or converts videos from one frame rate to another.


- Video streaming for the Web: VideoWave 5 allows users to create movies in the most popular web video streaming formats (Windows Media and RealVideo). A single-click ‘Publish-to-Web’ feature automatically posts the clip to an online portal community, with 10MB of free web space provided for registered users to share their videos with friends and colleagues.



Seamless DVD Authoring


Unlike other video packages that offer DVD authoring as a plug-in, the DVD authoring capabilities in MGI VideoWave 5 are built into the application, making the process of creating a DVD or VCD of your final video extremely easy. Through VideoWave 5’s intuitive interface and workflow, the user can drag video clips in any format into the preview window, customise menus using an extensive library of background images and navigation buttons, and add complex features such as chaptering and multiple menus.


Once the user is happy with their final production, VideoWave 5 works behind the scenes to generate broadcast-quality MPEG-2 video and the associated DVD navigational files. With a DVD writable drive, the user can then ‘burn’ discs that can be played in their living room on a standard DVD player. MGI’s own software DVD player, SoftDVD Max, is also included in the package to enable smooth playback of DVDs created by VideoWave 5 on a PC or laptop.



Support for all DVD standards


Supporting all commercially available DVD burners, VideoWave 5’s integrated CD, VCD and DVD authoring solution enables users to create professional-looking DVD titles complete with menus, chapters, background images and audio, which can then be written directly to any DVD drive, including DVD-RAM, DVD-R and DVD+RW or conventional CD writers. VideoWave’s DVD authoring capability supports multiple output formats: standard DVD for a consumer electronics player, or DVD for playback on any computer equipped with a DVD player or VideoCD.



DVD Authoring: how it works


In VideoWave 5’s DVD Authoring mode, the user's existing video and audio clips automatically appear in the Content Library. The user simply drags clips to create a customised menu with multiple titles (or chapters) and links to various scenes in the overall movie. A broad selection of buttons and thematic backgrounds are included, and users also have complete control of the menu layout, including the background image, buttons shapes and sizes, and can add music and text using any Windows font. A snap-on grid aids the user in laying out the menu uniformly.


Users can also add their own images, or select a still image from a video clip to become the button-face. When complete, VideoWave 5 creates the necessary files required for the DVD, then directs the user to ‘burn’ the content. Once the DVD has been created, it can be played back on a home DVD player for viewing on TV, and all the menus and chapters can be navigated using a standard remote control.



System Requirements for MGI VideoWave 5 DV Suite


Windows 98SE, Me, 2000 or XP, minimum Pentium III 500MHz, 64MB RAM (128MB recommended for DV and MPEG-2 capture and edit), 110MB available disk space for program, 1GB workspace, Ultra DMA, SVGA video card with at least 4MB video RAM, 1024x768 minimum display resolution at 16-bit colour. 24x CD-ROM drive, mouse, DVD re-writable drive to create DVDs and CD-R/RW to create mini DVD and VCD, 16-bit stereo sound card with speakers recommended. DV camcorder with DV-IN enablement to allow recording back to DV tape. MGI VideoWave 5 is optimised for the Intel Pentium 4 processor.



Notes to Editors


For further information, box and screen shots, products for review or competitions, please contact: Jenny Hodge, MGI Software, +44 (0)1908 278106 / +44 (0)7775 897360, jennyh@mgieurope.com



MGI contact information for publication

MGI web site: http://www.mgieurope.com
Customer enquiries and sales: 0800 973830



About MGI


MGI is a leading global provider of visual media software and infrastructure solutions that enable individuals and businesses to maximise their use of digital images and video. MGI’s flagship PhotoSuite and VideoWave products are distributed in more than 40 countries through traditional and online channels, and its image server technologies and web tools are used by leading commercial web sites worldwide. The Company’s products include proprietary technologies supported by more than 90 patents and patent pending applications. With headquarters in Richmond Hill, Canada, MGI maintains branch offices in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan and Korea. MGI is a public company whose shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol 'MGI'. More information may be obtained on the Company at www.mgisoft.com or www.mgieurope.com. In the UK, MGI is a member of the British Photographic and Imaging Association (BPIA), the Photo Marketing Association International (PMA) and The European Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA).


© MGI Software Corp., 2002. MGI, VideoWave and PhotoSuite are registered trademarks of MGI Software Corp. All other company and/or product names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective manufacturers.

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