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FOCUS Announces FireStore Software Enhancements

Adds ability to mark scenes for quick NLE access. (May 21, 2004)

FOCUS Enhancements Inc., a worldwide leader in video production and conversion technology, today announced the immediate availability of the FireStore FS-3 and FireStore DR-DV5000 version 1.2 software update. Version 1.2 adds the unique Scene Marking feature, multiple folder support, loop record as well as many improvements to the system's performance. The new version is available as a free download from the FOCUS Enhancements website, Existing FireStore FS-3 and FireStore DR-DV5000 owners can update their units quickly and easily in the field.

The version 1.2 software has added many new features and improvements requested by customers, most notably a Scene Marking feature. With Scene Marking, users can prename folders on disk with custom names and mark clips during record, playback or in 'stop' mode to be placed in folders for easy access during editing. Clips can be marked using the front panel or either the wired or infrared remote commanders. On a non-linear edit (NLE) system, the folder with the desired clips can easily be imported.

Additionally, version 1.2 introduces the loop record functionality, allowing footage to be recorded to an endless loop on available disk drive space. Loop record joins the existing Retro-Cache and Retro-Disk features to prevent the videographer from ever missing an important shot.

"We pride ourselves in understanding consumers' wants and needs, and our new software achieves this," said Matt McEwen, product manager for Focus Enhancements. "The current trend toward tapeless video acquisition is growing each day and we plan to continually evolve our FireStore and Direct To Edit Technology to give customers even greater time savings and flexibility in their workflow."

"In a typical video production, many hours of footage may be shot, but only a small portion of that footage makes the final cut," said Digital Filmmaker, Don Berube of Noisybrain Productions, who beta-tested the new software. "With the new Scene Marking feature, logging or previewing is eliminated by categorizing our draft video clips to multiple pre-named and organized folders which coincide with the shot list for the day. This greatly streamlines our production process."

Where to Buy
The FireStore version 1.2 software update is available as a free download from FOCUS Enhancements' website at Version 1.2 software will also be included on all new FireStore FS-3 and DR-DV5000 units shipped. FireStore DR-DV5000 (with a single 40GB HDD and Scene Marking remote commanders) is available worldwide through the JVC Professional dealer and distributor network for a US MSRP of $1,895. FireStore FS-3 (with a single 40GB HDD) is available through the worldwide FOCUS Enhancements dealer and distributor network for a US MSRP of $1,995. Wired and infrared Scene Marking remote commander's are also available for FS-3 for US MSRP's of $30 and $50 respectively. For more information on FOCUS Enhancements and its products, please visit

About FOCUS Enhancements, Inc.
FOCUS Enhancements, Inc. (NASDAQ SC: FCSE) is a leading designer of world-class solutions in advanced, proprietary video technology. Headquartered in Campbell, CA, FOCUS Enhancements designs, develops, and markets video solutions in two distinct markets: advanced proprietary video conversion integrated circuits (ICs) and affordable, high quality, digital-video conversion and video production equipment. Semiconductor IC products include designs for PCs, game cards, internet, set-top boxes, Internet appliances, and interactive TV applications, and they are sold directly to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). FOCUS Enhancements' complete line of video presentation and video production devices are sold globally through resellers and distributors to the broadcast, education, cable, business, industrial, presentation, Internet, gaming, home video production and home theater markets. More information on FOCUS Enhancements may be obtained from the company's SEC filings, or by visiting the FOCUS Enhancements home page at


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