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Appeared on: Tuesday, December 09, 2003
Archos to release video editing capabilities for AV300 series

Archos announced the availability of new firmware for its successful AV300 line of portable video players and recorders. The new firmware update gives users enhanced video editing capabilities, a redesigned interface and the ability to record and play back WMA files.

The downloadable firmware will be available later this month for free at www.archos.com.

Announced in June, the AV300 series is a personal, portable video player that can record and play back movies with stereo MP3 audio, while also operating as a powerful MP3 recorder and player, personal photo player and storage device. The firmware update includes a new operating system that gives customers editing capabilities and an entirely redesigned user interface for easy navigation. Before the availability of the update, users could play and record videos on the go, but used the computer to edit their recordings. With the introduction of the new operating system, customers can edit their recorded video directly from the AV300 device.

Additional features include the ability to crop extra minutes at the beginning or end of a movie, as well as edit out unwanted scenes. With the easy-to-use interface, users can also save outtakes or favorite scenes from long video sequences to create short clips.

Other advancements include:

• Record and Play back WAV Files. Geared toward professional musicians, this feature allows users to record and play back high-quality, uncompressed WAV files (PCM) at sample rates up to 48KHz.
• Play back WMA Files. With the new firmware update, the AV300 will be able to play back WMA encoded files for the increasing number of people who use this file format.
• Personalize Screen Background. Users will be able to personalize their screen background on their AV300 with favorite photos of friends, family or vacation scenes.


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