From Phase One: Phase One Releases Media Pro 1.2 World’s best digital visual assets manager just got better
COPENHAGEN, January 10, 2012 — Phase One today released Media Pro 1.2. Media Pro is a powerful photography assistant for finding, organizing, and sharing digital images and videos no matter where the files are stored. Media Pro supports very large photo libraries, with support for photo and video files from more than 100 different cameras. New in this release you’ll find:
- Better support for exporting annotations/metadata to XMP sidecars;
- Now, catalog sets, custom fields and hierarchical keywords may be exported to XMP sidecars so they will always be included when extracting metadata;
- Two new general preferences increase the flexibility of importing annotations/metadata;
- Now people and event annotations/metadata also map according to the IPTC-Extended definition.
- More camera support: supports images from additional cameras when using the Phase One renderer.
- Bugfixes on Mac: fixed an issue with Import Items > From Camera for German language.
- Bugfixes on Windows: Fixed an issue with the crash reporter not always appearing correctly.
Availability and Pricing
Media Pro is available via download for 199 USD and 139 EUR through Phase One’s Online Store and from top pro photography dealers worldwide. You can learn more about the new release at: http://www.phaseone.com/media-pro
Media Pro 1.2 is available as a free upgrade to existing Media Pro customers.
About Phase One
Phase One is the world’s leader in open-platform based medium format camera systems and solutions. Phase One medium format cameras, digital backs and lenses are designed to deliver superior quality image capture and investment value. Phase One’s Capture One and Media Pro software helps streamline capture and post-production processes for both medium format and DSLR cameras. Phase One products are known for their quality, flexibility and speed enabling pro photographers shooting in a wide range of formats to achieve their creative visions without compromise.
For more information, please visit Phase One at http://www.phaseone.com. Follow Phase One on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/PhaseOneWW and on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Phase-One/184811514906561
Phase One is an employee-owned company based in Copenhagen with offices in New York, London, Tokyo, Cologne and Shanghai.
Phase One and Capture One are registered trademarks of Phase One A/S. All other brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
From Epson: New Epson Artisan 1430 Takes Wide Format Photo Printing to the Next Level of Performance with Wireless Connectivity Latest Artisan Printer Offers Gallery-Worthy Prints up to 13” X 19” for a Range of Creative and Professional Projects
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Jan. 9, 2012 – Epson America, Inc., a leading provider of superior performing desktop printing solutions, today introduced the Epson Artisan® 1430 wide-format printer. Offering brilliant, Ultra Hi-Definition prints as large as 13”x 19”, convenient wireless networking and mobile printing, the Artisan 1430 enables photo enthusiasts and professionals alike to complete a wide range of creative and professional projects.
The Artisan 1430 delivers professional quality photos by leveraging Epson’s exclusive Advanced MicroPiezo® print head with DX5™ technology for accurate ink placement, smooth gradations and amazing skin tones. The Artisan 1430 offers Wi-Fi CERTIFIEDTM n1 wireless networking to easily share the printer with anyone on the network – as well as Epson iPrint app – to print and share from a smartphone, iPhone®, tablet or other device. With superior media handling capabilities to create gallery-quality prints on a host of popular borderless sizes – including 4”x6”, 13”x19” and 12”x12” – and Adobe® Photoshop® Elements bonus software, the printer is ideal for a range of projects – from brochures and posters to photo enlargements and personalized CDs/DVDs.
“The Artisan 1430 was designed with the creative professional and photo enthusiast in mind, delivering superior photo quality, unprecedented media handling capabilities, and convenient wireless connectivity that continue to set the Artisan line apart from the competition,” said Gregg Brunnick, group product manager, Epson America, Inc. “Consumers will be amazed at the level of performance and results they are able to achieve with the all new Artisan 1430 wide-format printer.” Additional High-Performance Epson Artisan 1430 Features:
- Ultra Hi-Definition photos that are smudge, scratch and water resistant2
- PC-free printing and sharing documents and photos from a smartphone, iPhone®, tablet or other mobile devices3 with Epson iPrint
- Photos last up to 200 years in storage and up to 98 years on display under glass4
- Customized photo enlargements, brochures, posters and scrapbook pages
- Professional-looking ink jet printable CDs/DVDs
- Image enhancement tools for automatic color and lighting correction and red eye removal
- Range of eco features and environmental qualifications including, ENERGY STAR® and RoHS compliance, and is designed to be recycled5
Pricing and Availability
The Epson Artisan 1430 ($299.99*) will be available in February through major computer, office and electronic superstores, a variety of retail stores nationwide and Epson’s retail site, www.epsonstore.com. For more information, please visit www.epson.com.
Epson is a global imaging and innovation leader dedicated to exceeding the vision of customers worldwide through its compact, energy-saving, high-precision technologies, with a product line-up ranging from printers and 3LCD projectors for enterprise and the home, to sensors and other microdevices. Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 78,000 employees in 99 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which it operates. To learn more about Epson, please visit: http://global.epson.com. You may also connect with Epson America on Facebook (http://facebook.com/EpsonAmerica), Twitter (http://twitter.com/EpsonAmerica and http://twitter.com/EpsonEducation) and YouTube (http://youtube.com/EpsonTV).
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Specifications are subject to change without notice. Epson is registered trademark, and Epson Exceed Your Vision is a registered logomark of Seiko Epson Corporation. All other product and brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these marks.
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n certified; level of performance subject to the range of the router being used. Visit www.wi-fi.org/files/11nbasics_glossary.pdf for more information.
- Smudge, scratch, water and fade resistant on Epson photo papers. For CDs/DVDs, resistant only on specially-treated discs.
- See www.epson.com/mobileprinting for a list of supported/compatible devices and apps.
- Display permanence based on accelerated testing of prints displayed under glass in indoor display conditions; album permanence based on accelerated testing of prints in dark storage conditions. Actual print stability will vary according to media, printed image, display conditions, light intensity, temperature, humidity and atmospheric conditions. Epson does not guarantee the longevity of prints. For maximum print life, display all prints under glass or UV filter or properly store them.
- See our website for convenient and reasonable recycling options at www.epson.com/recycle.
B&H carries Epson products.
From SanDisk: SANDISK INTRODUCES WORLD'S FASTEST 128GB SDXC CARD-IDEAL FOR CAPTURING FULL HD 3D VIDEOS AND HIGH-RESOLUTION PHOTOS
- Can capture up to 10 hours of Full HD 3D video-enough capacity to film an entire day at the Consumer Electronics Show
- Features up to 45 megabyte per second read and write speeds for faster shot-to-shot performance and quick data transfers
- Shipping worldwide in 64GB and 128GB capacities carrying MSRPs of $199.99 and $399.99 respectively
Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas, January 9, 2012- SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, today introduced the 128 gigabyte (GB)1 SanDisk Extreme® SDXC™ UHS-I card. The new card is ideal for photography enthusiasts capturing Full HD2 3D videos and high-resolution photos.
Video Recording Drives Growth of User-Generated Content
Advanced DSLR cameras and HD camcorders enable imaging enthusiasts to capture Full HD 1080p videos, even in 3D. According to IDC3, user-generated video from digital cameras and flash memory-equipped camcorders will increase more than 50 percent, from 4 exabytes in 2011 to 6.8 exabytes in 2014.
"Consumer video capture is driving user-generated content creation," said Chris Chute, research manager, worldwide digital imaging solutions, IDC. "This is the first year that more than half of all video captured will be in HD, and that number is set to reach nearly 80 percent in 2014. This trend highlights the need for memory cards that are fast enough to handle a massive data flow while offering enough capacity to store the resulting files."
The 128GB SanDisk Extreme SDXC UHS-I card is based on the new Ultra High Speed (UHS-I) architecture and is designed to capture hours of top-quality video footage. The card's UHS Speed Class 1 rating surpasses the recording requirements of demanding video use cases-from home movies captured on a DSLR to high-quality 3D footage.
"Five minutes of Full HD video can consume one gigabyte of storage space," said Susan Park, director, product marketing, SanDisk. "Our new SanDisk Extreme SDXC card can capture up to ten hours of Full HD 3D video, enough to film an entire day here at the Consumer Electronics Show."
The SanDisk Extreme SDXC UHS-I card is designed to help imaging enthusiasts shoot like the pros, with the speed and capacity needed to capture not only high-quality videos but also high-resolution RAW+JPEG photos, which can reach up to 30 megabytes in size.
Faster Shot-to-Shot Performance, Faster File Transfers
The SanDisk Extreme SDXC UHS-I card features up to 45MB/sec read/write speeds4, enabling photographers to capture sequences of high-resolution photos using their camera's burst mode and then quickly transfer the files to a computer.
The card's fast shot-to-shot performance lets photographers capture the images that matter most to them-whether using a point-and-shoot camera to take photos of a young child's first steps or a DSLR to capture a high school track star racing across the finish line. The card's fast file-transfer speed lets photographers offload an hour-long Full HD video in five minutes or a batch of 500 high-resolution photos in as little as one minute5.
The SanDisk Extreme SDXC UHS-I card is backed by SanDisk's reputation for quality-professional photographers trust SanDisk. The card provides consumers with the reliability and durability they need to capture photos anytime, anywhere, and includes a built-in write-protect switch to help prevent accidental data loss. For added protection, the card includes a one-year downloadable offer for RescuePRO® Deluxe data recovery software (a $59.99 value), which can bring accidentally deleted images back to life.
Pricing and Availability
The 64GB and 128GB SanDisk Extreme SDXC UHS-I cards are shipping worldwide with MSRPs of $199.99 and $399.99 respectively.
SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) is a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, from research and development, product design and manufacturing to branding and distribution for OEM and retail channels. Since 1988, SanDisk's innovations in flash memory and storage system technologies have provided customers with new and transformational digital experiences. SanDisk's diverse product portfolio includes flash memory cards and embedded solutions used in smart phones, tablets, digital cameras, camcorders, digital media players and other consumer electronic devices, as well as USB flash drives and solid-state drives (SSD) for the computing market. SanDisk's products are used by consumers and enterprise customers around the world.
SanDisk is a Silicon Valley-based S&P 500 and Fortune 500 company, with more than half its sales outside the United States. For more information, visit www.sandisk.com.
1 1 gigabyte (GB) = 1 billion bytes. Some capacity not available for data storage.
2 Full HD video (1920x1080x30fps), HD and 3D video support may vary based upon host device, file size, resolution, compression, bit rate, content, and other factors. See:www.sandisk.com/HD.
3 Worldwide User Generated Video Content and Archive 2010-2014 Forecast: The Video Bible (IDC #227749, April 2011). Worldwide Digital Imaging User Generated Content 2010-2014 Forecast: The UGC Bible (IDC #227692, April 2011)
4 Up to 45 MB/sec (300X) read/write speeds. Based on internal testing; performance may be lower depending upon host device. 1 megabyte (MB) = 1 million bytes. X = 150KB/sec.
5 Approximations: results will vary based on file size, resolution, compression, bit rate, content, host device, computer, pre-loaded files and other factors.
SanDisk, the SanDisk logo, RescuePRO and SanDisk Extreme are trademarks of SanDisk Corporation, registered in the United States and other countries. SDXC is a trademark of SD-3C, LLC. Other brand names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only and may be the trademarks of their respective holder (s).
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, including expectations for new product introductions, applications, features, markets, and customers that are based on our current expectations and involve numerous risks and uncertainties that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate. Risks that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate include among others: the market demand for video capture products may grow more slowly than our expectations, or our products may not be available in the prices, the geographies or the capacities that we expect, or our products may not perform as expected, and the other risks detailed from time-to-time in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including, but not limited to, our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and our annual report on Form 10-K. We do not intend to update the information contained in this press release.
B&H carries SanDisk products.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Beta
is now available for download.
"New tools let you extract more detail from highlights and shadows, make a wider range of targeted adjustments, and easily share your images and video clips on social media and photo sharing sites." Free Lightroom 4 Beta Delivers Unparalleled Image Processing and Workflow Efficiency for Photographers
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Jan. 10, 2012 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 4 beta for Windows® and Mac. Available as a free public download from Adobe Labs, Lightroom is the essential digital photography workflow solution helping amateur and professional photographers quickly import, manage, enhance and showcase their images. Lightroom 4 beta is a preview of new features and capabilities that will be offered in the final release of Lightroom 4, expected in early 2012. The beta features refined technology for superior shadow and highlight processing, expanded management capabilities including enhanced DSLR video support and the ability to create beautiful photo books from within Lightroom. Adobe encourages photographers to try the beta release and provide feedback to the product team.
“Giving early customer access to new versions of Lightroom has helped our team deliver an outstanding battle-tested product that really stands up to the demands of photographers worldwide,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president of Digital Imaging Products, Adobe. “The much anticipated release of Lightroom 4 beta continues this tradition and shows how much Adobe values customer insights into photography workflows.” New Features in Lightroom 4 Beta
Lightroom 4 beta is a major software update adding a broad range of new capabilities based on feedback provided by the photography community. All new basic tonal adjustment controls extract the entire dynamic range from cameras for stunning shadow details and highlights. The software features additional local adjustment controls, including Noise Reduction, Moire and White Balance.
New native video support gives photographers the capability to play, trim and extract frames from video clips shot on DSLRs, point-and-shoot cameras and smartphones. Many standard Lightroom image adjustment controls can also be applied to video clips and adjusted videos can be exported as a H.264 file or published directly to Facebook or Flickr.
Lightroom 4 beta provides photographers the tools to create impressive photo books with rich text controls and a variety of easy-to-use templates, as well as a direct link for photo book creation from within the new Book module. Also, a new intuitive Map module displays images already assigned a location, provides location tagging controls and saved locations for effortless assignment of a photographer’s common locations.
In the Develop module, the addition of soft proofing helps photographers tune images in a destination color space to ensure prints and Web content look their best. In addition, customers can now email images directly from Lightroom using an email account of their choice including Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail. Adobe Photoshop Family
Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Photoshop CS5 Extended are at the heart of the Photoshop family, joined by solutions for users at every level who want to bring out the best in their digital images either at home, in the office or on the go. Photoshop Lightroom 4 beta addresses the workflow needs of amateur and professional photographers, helping them create, manage and showcase images in impactful ways. Photoshop Elements 10 provides consumers with powerful yet easy-to-use tools that organize, edit, create and share photos memories. For mobile devices, Photoshop Touch app transforms images with core Photoshop features custom-built for tablets; and Photoshop Express is a free app for simple photo fixes and enhancements, and sharing to social networks. Pricing and Availability
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 beta is available immediately as a free download on both Windows and Mac at http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/
. Customers can submit feedback on the community powered feedback site: http://feedback.photoshop.com
. Users can also connect with the Lightroom team directly on Facebook (www.facebook.com/lightroom
), via Twitter (www.twitter.com/lightroom
) or on the Adobe Lightroom blog (http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal
). For Lightroom how-to videos, visit http://www.youtube.com/lightroom
. Lightroom Journal
has lots of useful and important information. (thanks Sean, Tony & Mark)
From Canon USA: Canon U.S.A. Showcases Latest Products And Technologies At The 2012 Consumer Electronics Show
LAS VEGAS, January 9, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, kicks off 2012 with highly anticipated products at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES). On display will be six new VIXIA HD camcorders*, along with three new additions to the PowerShot line-up. As a special treat for CES attendees this year, Canon U.S.A. will unveil a crowd-sourced music video in its booth (#13304, Central Hall), which showcases photographs taken by attendees at Canon's "Legends in Imaging" PIXMA PRO-1 launch event where legendary artist Herbie Hancock performed his iconic song "Chameleon."
Visitors to the booth will be able to explore the full range of video, photography, printer, scanner and projector products that make up Canon's complete imaging system. From stunning scene-capture to ultra-high quality print and display, Canon's products champion image quality and demonstrate that each and every moment of life is worth capturing with the excellence it deserves.
Canon products showcased at CES include: Canon VIXIA HD Camcorders
Canon unveiled a new line of six VIXIA High Definition flash memory camcorders, including three compact VIXIA HF M-series models (HF M52*, HF M50*, HF M500*) and three entry-level VIXIA HF R-series models (HF R32*, HF R30*, HF R300*) which include improved functions and features to capture HD videos with high-resolution and superior quality. Tapping into social sharing experiences, Canon equipped select models with Wi-Fi connectivity and DLNA compatibility, as well as the option to capture videos in MP4 format. Through the new Wi-Fi functions, users can share, view and store videos wirelessly, including the ability to upload videos directly to YouTube and Facebook, or to mobile devices such as an iPhone or iPad. Canon PowerShot G1 X Digital Camera
Ideal for photography enthusiasts seeking the highest image quality in a compact, point-and-shoot camera, the Canon PowerShot G1 X features the largest image sensor to date for a Canon PowerShot model. The camera packs a large 1.5-inch (18.7 x 14mm), 14.3-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor, delivering exceptional shallow depth of field, a wide dynamic range and incredible light gathering ability up to ISO 12800. The camera is also equipped with an amazing 4x Optical Zoom lens, featuring a 28mm-equivalent wide-angle setting, with an incredible f/2.8 to f/16 aperture range for beautiful images that make an impact. The PowerShot G1 X shoots 1080p Full HD video with optical zooming and continuous AF, includes HDR Shooting and comes fully equipped with Canon's latest DIGIC 5 processor that enables the High-Speed Burst HQ1 feature. Canon PowerShot ELPH Digital Cameras
Two new chic PowerShot ELPH models will also be on display at the show, the ELPH 520 HS and ELPH 110 HS. Both PowerShot models are equipped with Canon's leading HS SYSTEM, featuring Canon's exclusive DIGIC 5 image processor that allows the cameras to achieve quality images in low-light settings, faster operation and improved spot-on color accuracy. The contemporary and radiant looking Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS features a 10.1-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor, an ISO range up to 3200 and the world's thinnest 12x optical zoom with a 28mm-equivalent wide-angle setting.2 With easy operation, compact design and a no-compromise performance, the ELPH 110 HS shoots 1080p Full HD video, includes a 24mm-equivalent wide-angle 5x Optical Zoom lens and offers a High-Speed Burst Mode to help ensure the perfect shot. Herbie Hancock Crowd Sourced Music Video Premiere
A first-of-its kind music video featuring iconic recording artist and technology pioneer, Herbie Hancock, will premiere at the Canon Booth during CES. Shot at Canon's "Legends in Imaging" event in October 2011, Herbie Hancock partnered with Canon to create a "crowd-sourced" video shoot where guests were invited to take photos using Canon EOS 7D and EOS 5D Mark II cameras of Herbie's performance of his hit song "Chameleon." 1,800 high-quality stills were then printed with the new PIXMA PRO-1 and edited together using time lapse and stop motion film production techniques. Check out the premiere of Herbie Hancock's Crowd-Sourced Music Video at the Canon Booth #13304 or at www.facebook.com/CanonUSA
. Unrivaled Capture
Alongside the newly launched products, visitors to Canon's booth will be able to handle some of the more recent additions to its imaging system, including Canon's EOS-1D X Digital SLR camera which helps bring professional photography to a whole new level. Thoroughly redesigned from the inside out, it features a completely new 61-Point High Density Reticular Autofocus (AF) System (the first of its kind for a DSLR), fast shooting up to 12 frames per second (fps), a newly developed high-performance 18-megapixel Full-Frame CMOS Image Sensor, Full HD Video Recording, and many other advancements.
Bringing decades of innovation and expertise to the world of motion picture production, Canon launched the Cinema EOS System, highlighted by its first product, the EOS C300 digital cinema camera, in November 2011. Featuring a unique Super 35mm Canon CMOS sensor, revolutionary Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor and a Canon 50 Mbps 4:2:2 codec, the EOS C300 provides outstanding cinema quality movie capture. Visitors will have a unique opportunity to handle a cinematographer's dream.
For PC and Mac users on-the-move, Canon will be showcasing its imageFORMULA P-215 Scan-tini personal document scanner. Complete with a built-in card reader, and weighing just 2.2lb, the P-215 scanner's compact size, simple use, and high-quality imaging bring sophistication to mobile and portable information capture, storage, and collaboration.
Meanwhile, office users can sample the style and quality of the Canon imageFORMULA DR-C125 Document Scanner. The DR-C125's innovative space-saving design makes it a standout in any office environment, while its flexibility and high image quality are only surpassed by its ease-of-use. Exceptional Output
Images captured with exceptional input deserve only to be paired with equally exceptional output capabilities. Canon will demonstrate a range of its leading printer products at CES 2012, showing visitors how to get the best from their digital content.
On display will be the recently announced Canon PIXMA PRO-1 Professional Inkjet Printer. The new PRO-1 is the first and only A3+ printer that will utilize five distinct monochrome inks in a 12-ink systemi designed to yield the absolute truest prints possible. From capture to output, users can look forward to maintaining every incredible nuance and color with the utmost accuracy and precision.
Continuing the theme of unrivaled picture printing, Canon's imagePROGRAF iPF6300, 24-inch Large Format printer will be on display at the Canon booth, demonstrating how professional designers and photographers can achieve extraordinary quality in their printed materials. Also on display, the 24" imagePROGRAF iPF610, is ideal for general poster printing and offers office environments media input flexibility with a cassette holding sheets up to 17" x 22".
Meeting the demands of small office/home office (SOHO) users and workgroups, Canon will be showcasing some of its imageCLASS multi-function printers (MFPs), including three machines that support wireless connectivity.ii The Color imageCLASS MF8380Cdw, as well as the imageCLASS MF5950dw and MF4570dw multi-function printers allow end-users to print from virtually anywhere in their home or small office. The imageCLASS MF3010 multi-function printer is a great fit for a consumer seeking an entry-level compact laser MFP.
For those with more space available, Canon will be showing its REALiS WUX4000 D, a high-performance WUXGA (1920 x 1200) resolution installation projector employing Canon's AISYS-enhanced LCOS technology and interchangeable Genuine Canon lenses. With 4000 lumens of brightness, it delivers spectacularly clear and rich images.
For more information on all of Canon's products, please visit booth #13304 in the Central Hall at CES, or www.usa.canon.com. About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With more than $45 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks fourth overall in patent holdings in the U.S. in 2010†, and is one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in 2011. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility.
* This device has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.
† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.
All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.
Specifications, availability and prices are subject to change without notice.
i This information as of January 9, 2012.
ii Wireless printing requires a working network with 802.11b/g/n capability. Wireless performance may vary based on terrain and distance between the printer and wireless network clients.
1 The PowerShot G1 X camera's continuous shooting speed at high resolution is approximately 4.5 shots at 6 frames per second.
2 This information as of January 9, 2012.