FrameFree® Technologies Launches World's Most Advanced Digital Imaging Software

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FrameFree Studio™ creates premium quality motion imagery from still photographs, enabling entirely new style of visual expression.

FrameFree Technologies, developers of a family of products that provide easy and efficient authoring and compression of motion imagery, today announced the launch of FrameFree Studio, the first digital imaging software that allows for the creation of compelling movies from still photographs without a steep learning curve or compromising quality at any bandwidth. FrameFree Studio is available in four different versions: FrameFree Studio HD, FrameFree Studio SD, FrameFree Studio Pro, and FrameFree Studio Express, all of which are available now at http://www.framefree.com.

Built on the world’s most advanced pixel-matching and interpolation engine, FrameFree Studio starts with two digital still images of any resolution, and through analysis, interpolation and morphing, automatically provides interactivity and smooth motion between them. The result is a completely new medium and style of visual expression. The motion imagery generation is fast, easy-to-learn, and virtually automatic. FrameFree Studio eliminates the need for lengthy pixel-by-pixel; frame-by-frame edits, and leaves digital content producers exponentially more time to orchestrate their creative vision.

Additionally, artists who use FrameFree Studio will also have access to the FrameFree United Networks™ (FUN). FUN is a global content delivery system that aggregates original digital content for efficient, worldwide distribution. For businesses, FUN allows artists and publishers complete control over delivery, tracking and syndication of their work by providing a secure, global, 19,000 edge server network for quick and easy access to any computer, anywhere in the world.

First Digital Imaging Software of its Kind

FrameFree Studio is the first digital imaging technology to employ a method of simultaneously examining both global and local features of an image to determine the ideal match, resulting in a smooth representation of motion images, perfect morphs, precisely stretched and deformed images, and true frame rate interactivity. The matching is accomplished at the pixel level, overcoming the need to represent motion as a set of discrete frames and allowing the interpolation to retain extremely high fidelity and believability by making the visual experience much closer to the real world, where there are no frames. The software provides high resolution, scalable input tools for photos, sketches, scans, and 3D images, and is appropriate for still, Web and movie projects. FrameFree Studio also allows for output to all industry standard formats.

“FrameFree Studio is a true technical breakthrough. Not only does it offer exceptional and spectacular results that are totally unique in the market and unachievable until today, but through FrameFree United Networks, artists now have a new avenue to be better compensated for their amazing content,” said FrameFree President Thomas Randolph. “And the beauty of it is, the technology is remarkably easy-to-learn. Anyone can use it.”

"FrameFree Studio provides real-time results, user interaction, diverse imaging and high-definition quality, which is a very rare combination in the digital imaging industry," said John Gaeta, former Visual Effects Director for The Matrix Trilogy, who is using FrameFree Studio for his current film, Homeland. "With FrameFree Studio, we are experimenting in ways we could never have done before. There are endless possibilities with the power of this product."

Optimized for TV, Film and Web Producers

FrameFree Studio HD and FrameFree Studio SD

FrameFree Studio HD and FrameFree Studio SD are designed for TV, Film and Web Streaming content producers who want to create dazzling and unique motion graphics from still images with shorter production times and a fraction of the cost normally associated with High Definition and Standard Definition media production. FrameFree Studio HD offers AVI, BMP and TIFF with alpha channel output at resolutions up to 4096x4096, and 10 layers, while FrameFree Studio SD offers identical frame-by-frame output protocols up to Standard Definition NTSC and PAL broadcast resolutions, and up to 10 layers.

Motion graphics can be created in HD, SD, QuickTime, Windows Media, MPEG 2, MPEG 4, Real, DivX, and other video formats, including output to AVI or sequential BMP and TIFF files. The FrameFree Studio multi-layer, text authoring tool includes text rendering and stereo audio support for all major codecs (MP3, WAV, AIFF and AU) and image formats (JPG, PNG, BMP and TIFF with alpha channel).

FrameFree Pro and FrameFree Express

FrameFree Pro and FrameFree Express are designed for Web producers who want to create high-resolution motion imagery at extremely low costs, with short production times, unprecedented interactivity, and minimum bandwidth. Both Pro and Express offer motion imagery that is fully resolution independent and frame rate independent. Each provides automated intelligent streaming of content for everything from the highest resolution Internet productions to the smallest, new mobile screens. With output to a FrameFree Media file, Web projects have razor sharp quality, with resolutions up to 640x480, and reaching up to 1280x960 pixels when using auto-zoom. And in remarkably small file sizes. Files played through the Web Player need only the first few key frames, plus a small interpolation file, and the audio track to begin display and playback of your files – a significantly smaller data payload relative to other frame-based video or animation files.

FrameFree Studio Pro allows artists to work with up to four image layers, while FrameFree Studio Express is ideal for content creators who only need one or two authoring layers to realize their vision. Both products take advantage of industry standards in audio (MP3, WAV, AIFF and AU) and image handling (JPG, PNG, BMP and TIFF with alpha channel) and add their own text-rendering, multi-layer workspace, allowing content creators to maximize their creative capabilities. Using FrameFree Web Player™, artists can enhance websites with eye-catching, interactive motion graphics that escape from traditional aspect ratio and performance constraints.

Availability and Pricing

FrameFree Studio HD, FrameFree Studio SD, FrameFree Studio Pro, and FrameFree Studio Express, are all immediately available at http://www.framefree.com.

The introductory subscription price for FrameFree Studio Express is $30 per month. FrameFree Pro is $50 per month. Each subscription provides unlimited authoring potential. For every file destined for worldwide distribution, there is a FUN certification fee of up to $30. And a monthly metered fee of US$0.25 per MB for secure serving and tracking of files. The FUN publishing platform is a reliable guarantor for the protection of all commercial rights for work.

FrameFree SD and HD are now available exclusively on a site license basis but they will be made available soon on a weekly subscription basis on FrameFree United Networks.

Contact FrameFree directly to determine your motion imagery requirements most effectively.

A free 14-day Trial Version of FrameFree Express software is available for immediate download from http://www.framefree.com.

About FrameFree Technologies

Founded in 2004 and based in San Francisco, Calif., FrameFree Technologies, Inc. is a joint venture between United Kingdom-based FrameFree International Limited and Japan-based Monolith Co., Ltd. The company develops and distributes a groundbreaking family of products that provide easy and efficient authoring and compression of motion imagery and enable the delivery of hi-resolution digital movies across multiple networks and platforms at a fraction of the traditional bandwidth and costs. FrameFree Technologies is striving to create a community of artists and content producers using its products’ unique capabilities to realize their vision. Visit the FrameFree web site at http://www.framefree.com.

About Monolith Company Limited

Monolith Co. Ltd. is a privately held Japanese IP company with its head office in Tokyo, Japan. Monolith was formed in May 1990, with the mission to fill the gap between theoretical research efforts in the academic fields and practical needs in the IT business.

Monolith has been unique in its ability to bring together people from business, government, and academia in a cooperative framework. Monolith takes groundbreaking theories and develops them to practical proof-of-concept systems, while protecting its core and derived technologies with a wide range of patents. Currently, Monolith has filed more than 150 patents and has been issued more than 24 patents in globally in the area of differential topology, Homotopy and Critical Point Filters (technology used for FrameFree products). Monolith has licensed all of its patents exclusively to FrameFree Technologies for the US market. Visit the Monolith web site at http://www.monolith-prime.co.jp

FrameFree ® and MOTION GRAVURE® are all registered JAPANESE trademarks of Monolith Co., Ltd. Trademark application for FrameFree™ is pending in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. FrameFree® technologies are developed by Monolith Co., Ltd. using the CPF theory (Yoshihisa Shinagawa et. al., professor of Illinois University,) and protected by Monolith Co., Ltd. (Patent numbers: JP2927350/USP6018592/USP6137910/USP6347152, etc.)

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