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Old August 12th, 2004, 11:04 AM   #1
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New FireStore FS-4 Disk Recorder with DTE Technology for Handheld Camcorders

Congratulations to FOCUS Enhancements for once again setting the Gold Standard for portable Direct To Disk recording with Direct To Edit (DTE) technology.

"It's a thrill to know that FOCUS Enhancements actually listens to their customers and to all of the input provided by those looking for the best DTE solution with the best value. FOCUS Enhancements clearly understands that the user interface is most important. The FireStore interface is easy to read and the menus are easy to navigate. The ability to create multiple keeper clip folders makes organizing clips a breeze. The FireStore interface is simply the best." - Don Berube, noisybrain. Productions

More info and pics on the FireStore FS-4 at:
www.focusinfo.com/products/firestore/fs-4.html

For more information about Direct To Edit (DTE) Technology from FOCUS Enhancements, check out the video modules from the FireStore FS-3 demo DVD:
http://www.focusinfo.com/products/fi.../fs3video.html

According to the Press Release from FOCUS Enhancements:
FOCUS Enhancements Announces the Affordable FireStore FS-4, Direct To Edit Technology for Hand - Held Camcorders

Portable FS-4 digital disk recorder model joins industry leading FireStore family

CAMPBELL, CA, – August 10, 2004 – FOCUS Enhancements Inc. (NASDAQ SC: FCSE), a worldwide leader in video production and conversion technology, today announced the latest addition to the FireStore family of Direct To Edit™ (DTE) Technology digital video disk recorders, FireStore FS-4. FS-4 is the first DTE product designed to bring tapeless technology to hand-held DV camcorders from JVC, Panasonic, Canon, Sony and others.

Designed to mount directly to hand-held camcorders, be worn on a belt or used in other situations where portability is a requirement, the FS-4 is ideal for wedding and event production, field production, independent film, corporate, education and many other uses. Powered by a removable battery system, the small and lightweight FS-4 interfaces with camcorders via a single FireWire (IEEE-1394, iLink) cable. DTE Technology allows hand-held camcorder owners to record clips in native NLE file formats so editing can begin immediately after shooting is finished. This eliminates the need to first capture then convert files prior to editing.

“Our industry leading FireStore DTE disk recorders have brought the benefits of tapeless acquisition and production to full size camcorders, desktops and studios all over the world,” said Matt McEwen, product manager for FOCUS Enhancements. “Now we are expanding our customer base by offering DTE Technology to hand-held camcorder owners at an affordable price.”

Two models of FireStore FS-4 will be available: FS-4 and FS-4 Pro. Both models will feature a 40GB (Three hour) internal disk drive, a 6-pin FireWire connector for interface with camcorders, a 6-pin FireWire connector for interfacing with a computer for editing or file transfer, a backlit status LCD display and a comprehensive set of control buttons including a navigation pad. Both models will also feature support for DTE Technology file formats including RawDV, AVI Type 1, AVI Type 2, Matrox AVI, Canopus AVI and QuickTime including 24p. FS-4 Pro adds support for the Avid OMF and Pinnacle AVI file formats, retro record modes so you will never miss a shot, user definable time lapse, loop playback, scene marking and multiple file folder capabilities. The FS-4 PRO also is available with an 80GB (Six hour) internal drive.

Where to Buy
FireStore FS-4 is expected to be available in December 2004 through the worldwide FOCUS Enhancements dealer and distributor network for a US MSRP of $799. FireStore FS-4 Pro 40GB and 80GB are also expected to be available in December 2004 for a US MSRP of $1,195 and $1,695 respectively. For more information on FOCUS Enhancements and its products, please visit www.focusinfo.com.

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 http://www.FOCUSinfo.com.

Safe Harbor Statement
Statements about future results and other expectations constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on current expectations and the current economic environment. The Company cautions that these statements are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. A number of factors in addition to those discussed herein could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations. Demand for FOCUS Enhancements’ products, which impacts revenue and the gross margin percentage, is affected by business and economic conditions and changes in customer order patterns. Any projections are inherently subject to significant economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of FOCUS Enhancements. Important assumptions and other important factors, including risk factors, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are specified in the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2003 and other filings with the SEC. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.


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Old August 12th, 2004, 02:15 PM   #2
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At what price do you guys think this will it intro at?! Affordable enough for a hobbyist with a day job such as my self?
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Old August 12th, 2004, 02:24 PM   #3
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The MSRP starts at $799 so I'm pretty sure that's what it'll be sold for initially.
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Old August 12th, 2004, 03:38 PM   #4
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That's much less than I thought it was going to be. I'm sold. Plus if I don't use tape at all I can add a few bucks to the resale value of my camera when I am ready to sell it because of all those head-hours that I saved not using tape and using the cam for playing back for capture.
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I don't know about anyone else, but my intuition would be to always run a tape in tandem with the hard drive as a backup.
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Old August 12th, 2004, 03:48 PM   #6
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That's what Focus recommends. But nothing I have shot is really that sensitive. If I had a pay-gig, then yeah I would shoot both. Just for contingency purposes. But like I said, I am a weekend hobbyist. Nothing I have shot is something that I need a back-up of. Saving head time is more valuable to me then having a back-up of me and my friends making stupid movies.

What really sold this product to me was the fact that I wouldn't have to transfer in real-time. Just drag the files to my hd.
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At that price, it seems to be ready to kill Quickstream's offering. I'd be more inclined to go with this brand name too.
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Well, if you were to simply compare the number of useable features offered by each product brand, FireStore would be in the lead. Also, the other solutions at that price point have little or no user interface, usually just a couple of LED's. If you look at which product has the most 'added value' with additional features that add functionality beyond the immediate task of capturing your footage to a hard drive, again the FireStore would be in the lead.

My view is that the FS-4 will be a ground breaking product for many end users. Sure, I am biased - but that is because the FireStore has proven itself to me over and over again.

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Better quality?

I know that the color space limitation on MiniDV is 4:1:1 (for NTSC). If you bypass using MiniDV tapes altogether and go straight to disk, does that mean you'll have higher quality video or a bigger color space?

I guess my question is where the bottleneck is. Do MiniDV tapes capture less info than what the camera is capable of? Or is it equal with what the camera can capture?
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Ron, you'd probably be interested in Juan Pertiera's (hope I spelled that right!) experiment of modding his camera to capture uncompressed raw data directly from the ccd's. There is a HUGE thread on it in the "Alternative Imaging Methods" section. Very exciting stuff!!
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Thanks, Randy . . What a long, long thread that was . . .!
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