Canon Introduces Video Editing Software for the Masses; Canon Video Home Edition Provides Digital Video Editing Power With a Simple Interface

Canon Introduces Video Editing Software for the Masses; Canon Video Home Edition Provides Digital Video Editing Power With a Simple Interface

Business Editors and High-Tech Writers

COSTA MESA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 21, 2000

Editor’s Summary:

— Canon Video Home Edition is a consumer video editing product

— Features include text animation, transitions, multiple sound

channels and title card creation

— Windows and Macintosh compatible

— Estimated street price is $49.95

Canon Software Publishing (CSP), a division of Canon Computer Systems Inc., Monday announced its first video-editing software product — Canon Video Home Edition.

This new video-editing program gives Windows and Macintosh computer users the ability to edit and create new videos using existing video clips, audio files, image files, text and transitions. A clean interface with intuitive storyboards and drag-and-drop simplicity makes Canon Video Home Edition a solid choice for entry-level digital video editing.

“As the digital video-editing field grows rapidly, Canon is pleased to be among the first to offer a home video-editing solution that is affordable and simple,” said Christopher Dorn, executive director and general manager of CSP. “Video products are a natural extension of Canon’s rich photography heritage.”

Digital video is a powerful medium to use when honoring special people, celebrating special events and preserving special moments in time. People can produce videos to share memories with family and friends. Children’s sports teams can assemble season highlights into a video gift for each athlete. The uses of digital video are only limited by the producer’s imagination.

Editing Video

The Album Manager in Canon Video Home Edition helps users organize video clips, audio files, photos and other still images by placing them in an organized portfolio. Asset management in Canon Video is flexible; any album can contain any type of multimedia file making it simple to organize by subject matter.

Items may be sorted by name, type, date or size for easy reference and may be previewed within the Album Manager as well. Users simply drag and drop files from the Album Manager into the program’s storyboard in the desired sequence to create a movie.

Video authors can toggle back and forth between the Album Manager-storyboard screen and the movie-editing screen making it simple to edit components of the final movie at any time during the creation process. Easy-to-use editing tools let video creators decide where to start and end video clips as well as add text or adjust the contrast and saturation of individual images and backgrounds.

Text animation is equally easy to adjust with a variety of styles and speeds to help users gain the right effect for the video. Title cards, captions and credits are easy to create using the text effects in Canon Video. Users may choose the font and color along with the animation of a text effect. Words may zoom in, rotate, drop down, slide in or fade in and out.

Users have the control to specify the duration of the text effect and can place the text directly into still images, movie files or backgrounds.

Canon Video also provides a variety of transition effects to place between scenes including wipe and sweep effects, dissolve and fade effects, zoom effects, and special effects such as ripple, fire and page peel. Individual effects or transition may be previewed before compiling the final video product.

Canon Video includes two sound channels to bring added life to projects. Authors can use one track to play music and the second track for narration and sound effects.

Saving Video

Completed videos are an easy way to share memories with family and friends; businesses can use videos to provide training for employees or product information to customers. Canon Video saves completed projects as AVI, MPEG or QuickTime files. Canon Video also creates self-executable files with an attached mini-player so audiences will not need any special viewer to watch the finished video.

Canon Video includes one-button access to the user’s e-mail program that will attach a self-executable video to a message. Canon Video even creates animated GIF files to put on the Web.

Acquiring Video

Canon Video acquires images directly from digital cameras, scanners or any other TWAIN-compliant device. The software also works with video cameras, capture devices and images stored on the computer’s hard drive, a CD-ROM or other removable mediums. New images can be quickly catalogued in the Album Manager.

Pricing & Availability

Canon Video Home Edition will be available in September 2000 through major retail chains, e-tail sites and from www.software.canon.com for $49.95 MSRP (a). Customers may also purchase the software by calling 800/385-2155.

System Requirements

Minimum system requirements for running Canon Video Home Edition include an IBM-compatible PC with a Pentium 166 MHz processor or faster, Windows 95, 98, 2000, Windows NT 4.0 or Windows Millennium Edition operating system; 64 MB of RAM; 50 MB of free hard disk space; and a display supporting 16 bit color or better.

For Macintosh users, the minimum system requirements for Canon Video Home Edition include a Power Macintosh or Macintosh-compatible Power PC; Macintosh System 8.6 or higher; 64 MB of RAM; 50 MB of hard disk space; and a display supporting 16 bit color or better.

Customer Service and Customer Technical Support

Canon Software Publishing offers a full range of customer technical support options(b): e-mail and Web site (FAQs) via the CSP Web site at www.software.canon.com. For 24 hour, seven day-a-week technical support, a customer can call 757/413-2855 for fax-back support or to talk with a customer care technician (8 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Friday, ET).

Regular customer support is free for the first 30 days. After 30 days, paid support is available.

About Canon Software Publishing

Canon Software Publishing (CSP) is a division of Canon Computer Systems, which is a subsidiary of both Canon U.S.A. Inc. (Lake Success, N.Y.) and Canon Inc. (Tokyo). The division, with headquarters in Costa Mesa, was founded in 1998 to develop, publish and distribute computer software primarily in North and South America.

CSP publishes titles from both independent third-party developers and associated Canon companies. Canon is recognized as the world’s leading imaging technology company, a leader in printer technology and a top worldwide patent holder. As a global technology leader, Canon achieved $25 billion in worldwide sales in 1999.

(a) Dealer price may vary and is subject to change at any time. Product specifications and features subject to change without notice.

(b) Support program specifics subject to change without notice.

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