(CARLSBAD, and SAN DIEGO, Calif., March 21, 2006) CineForm, Inc. and Wafian Corporation today are announcing comprehensive acquisition and editing support for Canon's XL H1 HD camcorder, including all of its special operating modes and features such as 24Frame and 30Frame. Further, CineForm and Wafian have collaborated to optimize Wafian's HR-1 for direct-to-disk recording of 24F/30F material from the HD-SDI output of the XL H1, resulting in outstanding visual quality to serve independent filmmakers and television professionals.
Canon's XL H1 camcorder provides numerous features that are unique in its class, including its 1440 x 1080 native HD CCDs and 24F mode, which provides a 24-frame-per-second 1080 signal. This frame rate along with a 1/48th second shutter speed, perfectly matches film movie camera settings. The camcorder can write the 24F signal to HDV tape and also transmits recorded information directly through an HD-SDI connection, presented as a 60i signal that includes pulldown. When output through an HD-SDI connection, the 24F signal bypasses internal HDV compression and is delivered as a traditional 1920 x 1080 YUV 4:2:2 60i signal for use by external equipment.
Special signal analysis software developed by CineForm allows the real-time identification and elimination of redundant fields from the HD-SDI signal to recover the original 24-frame sequence, which is then recorded direct to disk as 10-bit CineForm Intermediate files on the Wafian HR-1 recorder. After signal acquisition, CineForm's Prospect HD editing software offers a real-time, multi-stream, 10-bit editing environment using Adobe® Premiere® Pro software. For those individuals acquiring XL H1 material on HDV format, CineForm's Aspect HD plug-in offers a similar real-time editing environment using Adobe Premiere Pro, while Connect HD supports Sony Vegas.
"Our 8-bit and 10-bit acquisition and editing products, based around CineForm Intermediate software, are a natural complement for the selectable frame rates and HD-SDI output that Canon boldly designed into the XL H1 camcorder," said David Taylor, CEO of CineForm. "By working closely with our colleagues at Canon and Wafian, we're enthused to offer our film, broadcast, and videography customers unmatched visual quality and workflow efficiency for their post-production projects."
"We are pleased that CineForm and Wafian have embraced acquisition and editing support for our XL H1 HD camcorder," said Yukiaki Hashimoto, senior vice president and general manager of the consumer imaging group at Canon U.S.A., Inc. "We feel that the combination of Canon's XL H1 Camcorder, CineForm's Intermediate software and Wafian's HR-1 for direct-to-disk-recording provides broadcasters and filmmakers a comprehensive 24Frame solution for HD production."
CineForm's acquisition and editing products—Prospect HD, Aspect HD, and Connect HD—all of which support Canon's XL H1, may be purchased from CineForm's website (www.cineform.com.) or from the Company's expanding network of resellers. Wafian's HR-1 direct-to-disk recorder, which records from Canon's HD-SDI output, is available from CineForm's website or Wafian's website (www.wafian.com).
About CineForm and CineForm Intermediate
CineForm, Inc., located in Carlsbad, California, develops software products for use by media professionals in high-resolution post-production applications. Powered by CineForm Intermediate, CineForm's acclaimed products provide unmatched visual quality and real-time performance within an editing environment while enabling an online compressed digital intermediate workflow that runs on affordable Windows desktop PCs. For more information, contact CineForm at 760-804-5905 x306, or visit CineForm's website at www.cineform.com.
Privately held Wafian Corporation of San Diego, California creates innovative products to empower independent filmmakers with higher quality, lower cost and more efficient workflow options. For more information about Wafian Corporation, visit their website at www.wafian.com.
About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. The Company is listed as one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies in America and is rated #35 on the BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands." Its parent company Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ) is a top patent holder of technology, ranking second overall in the U.S. in 2005, with global revenues of $31.8 billion. For more information, visit www.usa.canon.com.