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PRESS RELEASE: MAGIX Announces Movie Edit Pro 2004 for Consumers


Complete PC Movie Studio with Professional-Level Video Editing and Integrated DVD Authoring Made Easy

August 6, 2003, Miami Beach, FL - MAGIX, the worldwide leader in video editing software1, today announced MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 2004 home video editing software that combines top-quality professional features with drag and drop ease-of-use for consumers. Movie Edit Pro lets everyone create sleek video masterpieces of once-in-a-lifetime special events, vacations, birthday parties, school plays, and anniversaries. MAGIX Movie Edit Pro2004 provides 1,400 special effects and templates, personalized soundtrack creation, multi-track editing, and the ability to burn their movies onto DVDs and CDs.

Developed with the first-time user in mind, MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 2004 offers easy to use drag and drop functionality with premium features previously found only in professional video editors-such as batch capturing digital video, automatic scene detection; simplified storyboard, multi-scene overview, in-depth 16-track stereo timeline edit modes; and real-time video and transition effects. Image restoration, motion stabilizing, compositing, and a variety of preset effects and transitions may be applied and immediately viewed onscreen or removed without affecting the original file.

Consumers can record content using the programmable timer, make precise cuts, select from a wide variety of transition effects and even create a custom soundtrack. The special effect templates and inventive 3D transitions give professional polish to home movies. In addition to split screen and virtual camera panning effects, users can get more creative with the Hollywood-style "blue screen" effect that creates a composite movie from two separate movies. Movie soundtracks can be editing and enhanced with voiceovers, songs and audio effects that add atmosphere to any scene. The title editor creates rolling credits to finish any home movie project with style.

"Movie Edit Pro's DVD authoring and movie and sound editing, combined with excellent quality and ease-of-use at such a favorable price puts MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 2004 in a class of its own," said Juergen Jaron, CEO of MAGIX Corporation. "Finally anyone can produce truly beautiful professional-quality home movies the first day they bring the software home."

The integrated CD and DVD authoring utility in MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 2004 creates multimedia disc selection menus with intro movies and custom backgrounds that can be played on a home DVD player. Video CD, Super-Video CD, DVD and mini-DVD disc formats are all burned with ease. MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 2004 also burns re-editable project backups and autoplay CD-ROMs, simplifying project archiving and sharing. The disc-spanning feature enables longer projects to be burned across several discs.

MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 2004 imports and exports a variety of formats, including DV-AVI (Type 1 and 2), MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 compressed video and streaming formats including Windows Media? 9. It supports MPEG-4 and DivX? if codecs have been installed.

MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 2004 for Windows will be available in early September for $99.99 and includes a special rebate offer for users of competitive products. Visit www.magix.com or call 888-866-2449 for more information.

About MAGIX
MAGIX is the worldwide technology leader in Personal Rich Media. Personal Rich Media allows consumers to convert, edit, create and publish digital media, including video, photos and music, making it possible for users of all ages and experience levels to create, share and publish their own rich media content. MAGIX, and its worldwide subsidiaries, is the only international company to offer a full range of photo, video and audio solutions for broadband, B2B and consumer markets.

MAGIX is the market leader of consumer music software in the US2, and in Europe3 and worldwide market leader in video editing software1. In addition to its full line of personal rich media products, MAGIX offers its professional applications, Samplitude and Sequoia, to audio production studios and broadcast stations worldwide.

1According to NPD Charts USA, Media Control Charts Non-Games GAS; GFK Charts Non-Games Benelux and France; Future Retail Panel UK, Italy, Spain, Nordic.
2According to NPD Charts USA.
3 According to Media Control Charts Non-Games GAS; GFK Charts Non-Games Benelux and France.


MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 2004 Features and Specifications

Capture & Transfer:
- Unlimited (supports files over 4 GB) digital and analog video capture. Capture from IEEE Firewire“, USB 1&2, TV/VCR (RCA), Internet (appropriate capture card required)
-Automatic image/sound synchronization at capture
-Remote-controlled programmable video recording
-Two-way DV camcorder communication
-Real-time compression, batch-capture and full-screen capture monitoring

Cut, Edit & Create Titles:
- Standard linear storyboard mode plus essential multi scene overview mode.
-16-track (stereo) timeline mode
-Simultaneous PC/TV view: Cut scenes on your PC; view the results on your TV or dub directly to VCR
-Title screen designer
-Automatic scene detection; two scene trimmers
-Native (direct) editing and non-destructive real-time editing

Restore, Add Transitions & Effects:
-Motion stabilizer, image & sound restoration
-Split screen mode; slideshow capability
-Presets for image display resolution and optimized for TV viewing
-Video controller; Optical, Color and Symmetry Effects
-3D transitions, slow motion/fast motion, reverse, interlace handling
-Chroma keying: Blue, green, white & black screen compositing.

Dub & Sync Custom Soundtracks:
-Automatic song maker; volume normalizer
-Karaoke-style voiceover function: Dub your own voice over the original music backing tracks
-Audio effects such as reverb, delay, pitch & tempo

Integrated CD & DVD Burning:
-Disc authoring utility: Burn backup & autoplay VCD, SVCD or DVD videos, mini DVDs, and CD-ROMs.
-Automatic DVD menu screen designer: Create professional intro screens, interactive buttons and animated menus with sound
-Automatic disc spanning: Split long videos onto multiple discs
-Re-edit mode burns project files to VCDs, SVCDs or DVDs for project archiving and future editing

Import & Export:
-Import & export AVI (also with compressed sound), DV-AVI types 1 & 2, MPEG-1, 2, WMA,
WMV (Windows® MediaTM 9), MOV, MXV, MJPEG, YUV, JPG, BMP, WAV,
MPEG 4 and DivX‘ (MPEG-4 and DivX require installed codecs.)
-Import audio CD tracks, MP3 and MIDI files
-Export Real HelixTM and video stills (JPG, BMP)
-TWAIN compatibility: supports direct import from scanner or digital camera
- Exports NTSC and PAL


(First posted on Wednesday, August 6, 2003 at 22:03 EDT)

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