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FOCUS Enhancements Launches 8th Annual Thoughts & Dreams Contest

Pinnacle Systems and AV Video to co-sponsor contest (November 15, 2001)
FOCUS Enhancements, Inc. announced it has launched the eighth annual "Thoughts & Dreams" educational video production contest for K-12 students. Schools can submit up to three, five-minute student produced videos created within the current 2001-2002 school year and submit them before March 18, 2002 to be eligible for prizes including the Videonics MXProDV Digital Video Mixer, a FOCUS Enhancements TView Micro Scan Converter, a Pinnacle Systems Studio DV Version 7 and a Pinnacle Express. Official entry forms with contest rules are available by calling 1-800-338-3348 or visiting

"Video is used in so many segments of our daily lives from current events and historical documentaries to sports and entertainment," commented Jason Overhulse, Marketing Programs Manager for FOCUS Enhancements. "FOCUS Enhancements, together with our co-sponsors Pinnacle Systems and AV Video Magazine want to assist educators by providing the opportunities, information and equipment to teach video production and its value to team building, communication and story telling."

To add to the success of this years contest, FOCUS Enhancements is proud to have Pinnacle Systems (Mountain View, Calif.), and AV Video (White Plains, NY.) as this year's contest co-sponsors. The co-sponsors are leading suppliers and technical information producers for professional and consumer video equipment.

"The FOCUS Enhancements Thoughts & Dreams contest is a great tradition for promoting creativity and teamwork throughout the educational sector of our market", commented Sam Kintzer, Vice President/Publisher for AV Video Multimedia Producer Magazine.

"We are excited to again be part of this educational project," said William Chien, Director of Product Management, Personal Web Video Division, Pinnacle Systems. "It is fantastic to see students use this technology and see the beauty of video."

All K-12 schools within the United States and Canada are invited to participate by submitting a short student-produced video. The winner in each category will receive the following prize package: a Videonics MXProDV Digital Video Mixer, a FOCUS Enhancements TView Micro Scan Converter, a Pinnacle Systems' Studio DV Version 7 and Pinnacle Systems' Pinnacle Express.

Videos can be submitted in one of four categories: Elementary School, Middle School, High School (Linear Editing) and High School (Non-Linear Editing). To be eligible, students must submit VHS videos produced during the (2001-2002) school year. Each school has the option of submitting a maximum of three individual videos along with an official entry form completed by a teacher or faculty advisor.

Last year's winners were: Lake Weir High School, Ocala, Florida, Linear category; Eastview High School in Apple Valley, Minnesota, High School Non-Linear category; Sullivan Middle School, Bonsall, California, Middle School category; Echo Horizon School, Culver City, California, Elementary School category.

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