RELEASED April 19, 1999
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Be, Incorporated Licenses Canopus Corporation's Digital Video Technology
MENLO PARK, Calif., April 19, 1999 - Be, Incorporated announced today that it has licensed Canopus Corporation's high-performance software DV codec for use on the BeOS®. The Canopus software DV codec is capable of high speed decoding and encoding of DV format video without the use of additional hardware.
Canopus also announced that it will write drivers for its DVRaptor to be compatible with the BeOS in future product releases.
"The addition of Canopus' outstanding DV codec to the BeOS will enable our users to edit high quality video from a variety of DV-format camcorders," said Tim Self, vice president of developer relations at Be, Incorporated. "This software-only solution will also help to lower the cost of entry for DV editing, something we are sure users will appreciate."
"The BeOS is an ideal platform for DV editing," said Hiro Yamada, president of Canopus. "With Canopus DV technology, BeOS users will be able to edit digital video at higher quality and lower cost than ever before."
The Canopus DVRaptor will allow BeOS users to easily capture digital video and still images from digital video camcorders directly to their hard disks. Users will be able to capture, edit, and output video without any loss in quality. Video can also be monitored and previewed simultaneously on the video and computer monitor in real-time while it is being captured or recorded.
Based in San Jose, California, Canopus Corporation designs and manufactures non-linear editing products for the professional videographer, prosumer, and video enthusiast. These products combine innovative hardware and software designs to set new standards in performance, functionality, and reliability. Canopus Corporation's parent company, Canopus Co., Ltd., with headquarters in Kobe, is Japan's largest maker of video editing and graphics products. For more information contact Canopus at: 408-954-4500, or visit their website at www.canopuscorp.com.
Be, Incorporated, founded in 1990 by Jean-Louis Gassée, is a software company focusing on building the foundation for the new generation of digital content and media design tools. With a team of industry-leading engineers and business executives in the United States and Europe, the company is dedicated to removing the limitations of existing computer architectures and delivering a new level of price performance on both personal computers and Internet appliances. In 1997, Be published the first public release of the Be Operating System (BeOS®), the core product of this strategy. Additional information on Be and the BeOS is available online at http://www.be.com/. Be, Inc. is headquartered in Menlo Park, California.
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