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November 07, 2003

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New Avid Xpress DV Software Available for $695
LaCie and Roxio Offer Toast 6 Titanium Bundle
Toshiba Unveils 40GB 1.8-Inch HDD
Dantz Announces Retrospect Disk-to-Disk Edition
ViXS Unveils Multi-Stream Video Processor with MPEG Encoder
Univenture Provides UniKeep Branding for Midland Communications
Norcent Technology Expands TFT LCD Television Offerings
More than 100 Tools Now Available in Alias Web Community

New Avid Xpress DV Software Available for $695

Avid Technology announced a new version Avid XpressDV software at a lower price of $695. This new price enables a much wider audience of DV users to take advantage of the professional editing tool. Customers who own previous versions of Avid Xpress DV have an upgrade path to the more powerful Avid Xpress Pro for $295. The software is compatible with a variety of Windows- and Macintosh-based laptops and desktops, including the new Power Mac G5.

The new Avid Xpress DV software offers more than 100 real-time effects, including moving titles, picture-in-picture effects, and automatic color correction that enables users to adjust an entire sequence with a single click. The software is customizable, allowing users to tailor the interface and keyboard to suit their working styles, as well as take advantage of customizable toolsets that can instantly re-map the interface for the following functions: basic editing, color correction, source/record editing, effects editing, audio editing, and capture. Every Avid Xpress DV box includes software for both the Macintosh OS X and Windows XP platforms, plus Boris Graffiti LTD for 2D title creation and animation.

It also contains Sorenson Squeeze 3 Lite for encoding to Windows Media 9, QuickTime, Flash, MPEG-2, as well as Sonic Solutions DVDit! SE for DVD authoring. Other features include key-framable color effects, JKL trim, rolling and crawling titles, real-time motion effects, AAF and planned MXF support, 24-bit audio support, and real-time audio dissolves. The new version of Avid Xpress DV software is expected to ship on November 15. Customers can place orders immediately through Avid's worldwide reseller channel and the Avid store.

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LaCie and Roxio Offer Toast 6 Titanium Bundle

An exclusive software bundle of Toast 6 Titanium with the LaCie d2 Dual DVD±RW FireWire Drive is now available from LaCie and Roxio. New Toast 6 Titanium is the standard for CD and DVD burning on Mac OS X. Users are able to create and share music, video, photos, and data on CD or DVD. Bundled with the LaCie Dual DVD±RW Drive, this combination drive boasts versatility and durability for video, archiving, and audio use. The LaCie Dual DVD±RW Drive supports DVD-RW and DVD+RW formats. It also has the ability to burn CD-R and CD-RW. By adding this drive, Macintosh users can upgrade their current systems to a higher level of performance for burning CDs and DVDs.

With Toast 6 Titanium, users can drag and drop, burn and share data, audio, photos, and video with ease. The LaCie Dual DVD±RW Drive incorporates quality recording as well. The new software bundle is easily attached and detached, even while a computer is running, and offers true plug-and-play operation Compatible with Mac OS 10.2 and higher, Toast 6 Titanium handles all audio and video formats recognized by QuickTime and is compatible with iTunes, iPhoto and iMovie. This updated version features ToastAnywhere, which enables users to share CD and DVD burners across a local network or the Internet.

Another feature users will enjoy is Plug & Burn, which simplifies video disc creation by removing time consuming steps. Just plug in your DV camcorder, click record, and your videos will be transferred and burned to a disc automatically. The LaCie Dual DVD±RW Drive bundled with Toast 6 Titanium is now available with prices beginning at $279. Drives ship with Roxio Toast 6 Titanium, Toast 5.2.2 lite, a FireWire cable and power adapter. 

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Toshiba Unveils 40GB 1.8-Inch HDD

Toshiba Storage Device Division added a new family of 1.8-inch embedded hard disk drives to its small form factor storage product line. The disks are available in 20GB (single platter) and 40GB (dual platter) capacities, providing a selection of "digital suitcases" to accommodate a range of applications. Products based on 1.8-inch technology include mobile entertainment devices, MP3 players, handheld computers, ultraportable notebooks, portable handheld GPS units, automotive jukebox systems and other specialized digital devices.

Measuring 54 mm wide and 78.5 mm deep, and weighing 51 and 62 grams respectively, Toshiba's 20 and 40GB drives are smaller than a credit card and lighter than a pager. The small disk aids manufacturers in creating small form factor, more portable digital products. The 1.8-inch drives can withstand operational shock of up to 250G, and non-operating shock up to 1,000G, providing a durable storage solution for mobile devices. Toshiba's 20GB and 40GB drives are available now.

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Dantz Announces Retrospect Disk-to-Disk Edition

Dantz Development Corporation a producer of backup and restore software, announced the immediate availability of Dantz Retrospect Disk-to-Disk for Windows servers. This edition gives SMBs, workgroups, and departments an easy-to-use, cost-effective data protection strategy with the capacity and price advantages of hard disk storage.

Backup to hard disk storage is cost-effective and easily managed, as it does not require manual insertion of backup media. Traditional tape backup requires the use of dozens of tapes in a complex tape rotation strategy. Other D2D backup software attempts to emulate this system, but this 'virtual tape' method introduces an unnecessary layer of inefficiency in tracking data, resulting in complications when restoring data. By relying on backup sets to organize data and transfer it to disk, Retrospect is designed to eliminate this complexity. A backup set can consist of parts of a single disk or multiple hard disks as required. Retrospect automatically spans disks when performing backups.

Like other members of the Dantz family of backup and recovery products, Retrospect D2D backs up only new and changed files after the first full backup. This patented Progressive Backup technology attempts to deliver accurate restores without bringing back unwanted files and folders that were previously deleted, renamed, or moved. Other backup software avoids flawed restores by repeatedly performing full backups.

 Retrospect D2D provides a disaster recovery system when used with portable, hot-pluggable 1394/USB2 hard drives. Retrospect D2D creates two backup sets on these hard drives, and while one set is in use onsite for rapid recovery, the second set can be rotated offsite. Because it does not need to perform full backup, Retrospect D2D makes rotating drives fast, allowing SMBs to rotate the backup sets as often as desired to protect against disasters. With this new product, Dantz also enables OEMs, channel partners, and VARs to deliver complete, reliable storage solutions consisting of disk hardware and Retrospect D2D.

Retrospect Disk-to-Disk is part of the Dantz Retrospect 6.5 for Windows product family. Retrospect 6.5 for Windows is available in the following editions: Retrospect Multi Server for $1,099, Retrospect Single Server for $699, Retrospect Small Business Server for $749, Retrospect Disk-to Disk for $299 and Retrospect Professional for $129.

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ViXS Unveils Multi-Stream Video Processor with MPEG Encoder

ViXS Systems, a leading developer of video networking chipsets and software, announced the general availability of XCode II, the company's next-generation video processor that delivers unmatched reliability and high-quality streaming video. XCode II is the first chip that can efficiently process content ranging from analog to high-definition digital video, then transfer multiple streams to any display device and store video on any type of hard drive or memory media.

Furthermore, XCode II provides guaranteed quality for streaming video, including HDTV, over any standard in-home wired or wireless network. By integrating XCode II into their consumer electronic devices, OEMs are guaranteed all the functionality and quality of a broadcasting head-end unit while benefiting from accelerated time to market and lower production costs. ViXS offers several new features on the XCode II chipset that increase the performance of video processing and provide consumers with a high-quality viewing experience.

XCode II is the first chipset that can encode and transrate multiple streams of analog and digital content in real time, including high definition and standard definition video. This content can come from any source because XCode II processes video in any standard format, from MPEG1 to MPEG4. In addition, the encoding technology integrated into XCode II can process video frame information with much better quality and at a lower bit rate than previous processors. This benefits consumers by reducing the amount of memory required to store video and makes this technology ideal for PVRs and DVD-Rs.

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Univenture Provides UniKeep Branding for Midland Communications

Univenture, Inc. a global leader in innovative media packaging products and machinery solutions, has announced that it has finalized an equipment partnering agreement with Midland Communications Packaging of Louisville, KY. The agreement provides Midland with specialized production equipment for customized overlay insert services for the UniKeep product line of case binders.

Corporate clients can now easily order small runs of a completely branded, customized presentations through Univenture equipment partners, such as Midland Communications Packaging, that offer the creative flexibility to "personalize" each binder case by placing individual names, logos, photographs or graphic images on a binder insert or overlay in order to achieve high market impact.

By using their digital personalization system, Midland can produce small runs of high quality four-color process binder inserts or print overlay sheets covering the binder edge to edge. The UniKeep binder is made of 100% Polypropylene and through its flat shape and fully enclosed case it dramatically reduces storage space. UniKeep Case Binders are ideal for New Product Roll Outs, Press Kits, Project Organizers, Direct Mail Programs, Sales & Marketing Presentations, Training & Education Programs and much, much more.

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Norcent Technology Expands TFT LCD Television Offerings

Norcent Technology, Inc., provider of entertainment, computer, television and memory products, announced the availability of a new product line of High Definition Television-compatible LCD television sets. The new LCD TV sets offer a super-high contrast ratio of 500:1 and XGA resolution that gives viewers a clean, crystal-clear, virtually flawless picture.

Encased in brushed aluminum, the two ultra thin TFT (Thin Film Transistor) LCD TV sets offer initial screen sizes of 27" and 30". Both models are fully loaded with the same great feature sets including WXGA 1280x768 resolution, HDTV compatibility, dynamic cinema scanning, 3D edge filtering, 3D Y/C Comb Filter and a 16:9 aspect ratio.

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More than 100 Tools Now Available in Alias Web Community

Alias Systems, a Silicon Graphics Inc. company, announced that Maya 5 users who desire extended functionality can now download the free Bonus Tools Booster Pack. Developed to enhance the Maya software, the Bonus Tools Booster pack contains more than 100 mini-features in the form of plug-ins, scripts and UI enhancements. It can be downloaded at

This latest version of the Maya Bonus Tool set was developed by the extended Alias product specialist team and provides new Trax commands, new UV tools, new tools for polygon history and new procedural textures. Once downloaded, the Bonus Tools Booster Pack will install a new menu pull-down section within the Maya user interface so that all the Bonus Tools functionality is within easy reach.

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