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Microsoft Supports Pinnacle's New Contest

Pinnacle Systems, the consumer division of Avid Technology, announces that its new online video editing contest, The Ultimate Pinnacle Studio Experience Contest, will be supported by Microsoft. Contest winners will receive Pinnacle Systems and Microsoft products valued at nearly $1,300.

To enter the contest, participants from the US and Canada (excluding Quebec) submit a 100-word description of their positive video editing and authoring experience with any Windows-based Pinnacle Studio software product and a sample video. Entries must be received by January 31, 2008 at 11:59 P.M. (PST).

Visitors to this page can submit their entries, read about Pinnacle Studio user experiences and vote for their favorite videos. The three videos with the most votes from the public win. In addition, Pinnacle Systems' staff members will select their favorite videos and link them to the contest website for everyone to enjoy.

The growing trend in consumer editing, organizing and sharing digital photos and videos is illustrated by the popularity of Pinnacle Systems' contests. During the last contest, "Share Your Pinnacle Studio Experience", the number of contestants and site visitors grew to more than 1.75 million page views and more than 700 video submissions between July and the end of December 2007. With Pinnacle Systemsand Microsoft prizes that include the CE products most desired by adults, the new contest is expected to be even more popular.

Valued at more than $700, the first-place winner will receive:
Microsoft's Xbox 360 Elite, the premium member of the Xbox 360 family that includes a 120GB hard drive (the largest available for any gaming console), a high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) cable, a black Xbox 360 Wireless Controller and a black Xbox 360 Headset.
Pinnacle PCTV HD Ultimate Stick, for watching and recording SD and free HD TV with no service fees on a Windows XP SP2- or Windows Vista-based PC. The industry's only USB 2.0 TV tuner stick that provides plug-and-watch TV viewing on a PC without any installation. Features a unique PVR application that runs from the stick's on-board flash memory.
Pinnacle Title Extreme, an add-on pack for Pinnacle Studio with 30 new title templates including new fonts and new textures. The package also includes the proDAD Heroglyph 2.5 title plug-in which enables users to create their own broadcast-quality titles and text effects.

A $350 value, the Second Place Prize includes:
Microsoft Zune 80GB, delivers uncompromised portable video and audio playback with a 3.2-inch screen, innovative Zune Pad touch controls, wireless sync and sharing, built-in FM radio and premium headphones. The 80GB device holds up to 20,000 songs, or 25,000 pictures, or 250 hours of video.
Pinnacle PCTV HD Card, brings SD and HD TV with full personal video recorder (PVR) functionality to your PC. Watch, time shift and even automatically record all of your favorite HD and SD TV shows with no service fees. Fully compatible with Windows Media Center (Windows Vista and Windows XP Media Center Edition; remote kit available separately).
Pinnacle Scorefitter vol. 1 & 2, themed collections of original, royalty-free songs for use with Pinnacle Studio 11's Scorefitter music engine, a tool that automatically generates a soundtrack to match the length and mood of the movie being created.

Valued at $230, the Third Place Prize includes:
Microsoft Zune 30GB, lets users enjoy their music, videos, pictures, and podcasts wherever and whenever they want. Featuring a 3-inch screen, wireless sync and sharing, and built-in FM radio, the Zune 30GB holds up to 7,500 songs, or 25,000 pictures, or 100 hours of video.
Pinnacle Scorefitter vol. 1 & 2, described above in the Second Place Prize, Volume 1 of this add-on pack introduces a new category of soundtracks called a "Stinger". Stingers are very short (3-8 seconds) sounds or audio effects used to accompany short video sequences such as transitions, video effects or animated graphics.



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