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Media 100 i Gets Free Component I/O

New configurations get universal I/O, DV support standard By Dave Nagel
Media 100 has beefed up its Media 100 i editing systems. The company is not offering new version of of the systems, but rather bundling in some features that were previously available as separate options. These include direct I/O for DV, composite, S-video and component input, which are all now standard across the Media 100 i line.

The analog component I/O was previously a $695 option. The DV option previously cost $1,495. An SDI I/O is included with Media 100 i/xr package but is an option for other configurations.

Media 100 i is a complete editing suite that provides tools not only for video production and compression, but for interactivity as well. One of Media 100i's interactive tools is EventStream, which allows users to synchronize HTML, JavaScripts and Flash animations by embedding events into their video timeline. User marks on the timeline enable a video to act as the director of a Web site, triggering commands for other Web pages to automatically open, text to scroll and Flash compositions to animate. Users can also define Hot Spots on a video, which, when selected, can trigger another action, such as linking to an outside site.

The system also allows users to author and embed metadata in their files. Users can enter subjects, keywords and other information that will then be linked with clips, allowing for search and retrieval of clips and programs. The functionality of Metadata is dependent upon the format (QuickTime, RealSystem or WindowsMedia).

Media 100 i maintains a separate layer of media for graphics information in streaming files. When users create a lower third on their timeline, they can interpret a graphics track as a separate, static layer. This is designed to produce cleaner graphics overlays and more efficient compression.

In addition to integration with Boris FX and Adobe After Effects, InstantMedia integration provides an open link between the media within the Media 100 i program and any QuickTime software. Through the Media 100 Transcoder, users can bring project media into any other QuickTime application, accomplish the desired effect and render once before bringing it back into the program for insert.

Media 100 i also includes a battery of real-time tools to optimize and edit audio content. Users can sweeten their audio with three-band, real-time parametric EQ, use real-time audio crossfades, accomplish frame-accurate audio cuts using real-time audio scrubbing, gauge levels with digital metering and mix audio with real-time rubberbanding for both pan and volume level.

The Media 100 i/xr runs $14,995. Other systems include: i/xs ($9.995); i/lx ($4,995); and i/le ($2,995). The company is offering the same options in its Windows-based iFinish systems. For more information, visit

Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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