Search EMediaLive
Research Center
CD-R/RW Drives
CD/DVD Duplication
CD/DVD Media
CD/DVD Printers
CD/DVD Replication
Copy Protection
Digital Audio
DVD Authoring Services
DVD Authoring Tools
Networking Software
Recording Software
Standards Issues
The DVD Market
Video Production Tools
Video Streaming and Streaming Codecs
White Papers
Writable DVD Drives
Online Advertising
Buyer's Guide
Subscribe to Magazine
Subscribe to Newsletter
Privacy Policy

Other Related Sites
Streaming Media
January 16, 2004

Table of Contents

Cyberlink Debuts PowerProducer 2 Gold
Alera Debuts Slim Cruiser Quads
Verbatim Announces Delivery Schedule for 8X DVD-R Media
Pacific Digital Announces 8X DVD Recorders at CES
NEC Introduces VT770 Digital Projector
Other World Computing Introduces Mercury On-The-Go Portable Storage Solutions
Canopus Announces ADVC55 Analog-to-DV Converter
Sunland Launches New Digistor DVD Media Line
The Editor's Spin: A Hazy Shade of Winter

Cyberlink Debuts PowerProducer 2 Gold

CyberLink Corporation has launched PowerProducer 2 Gold, a special edition that provides comprehensive support for multiple video formats including DVD±VR and DVD-Video, as well as output formats such as DivX, VCD, SVCD and DVD, and multiple disc formats including DVD-RAM, CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW.

Targeted at consumers, PowerProducer 2 Gold supports all major disc formats, allows detailed chapter creation, and expanded Right-to-Disc recording technology. New features in this edition includes motion menus, on-the-fly rendering, CyberLink's Accu-Chapter technology, support for MPEG-Audio and Dolby Digital audio encoding, and expanded disc utilities.

Users can purchase PowerProducer Gold 2 online at Cyberlink's e-store for $69.95 (temporary special promotion price, $49.95). A retail boxed version will be available worldwide in March 2004.

Back to Contents...

Alera Debuts Slim Cruiser Quads

Alera Technologies has announced the DVD Slim Cruiser Quad and DVD Slim Cruiser Quad Plus compact 4X DVD recorders. The DVD Slim Cruiser Quad's are compact and transportable, less than 1" high, according to Alera.

The 4x DVD Slim Cruiser Quad Plus has an estimated street price of $399 and includes a long life Li-Ion battery for portability and a bundled video authoring software suite. The 4x DVD Slim Cruiser Quad has an estimated street price of $349 and is offered with an A-ConnectT USB 2.0 Connection Kit. The DVD Slim Cruiser Quad can also be connected with optional A-Connect FireWire IEEE 1394 Connection Kit for PC, A-Connect Cardbus/PCMCIA Connection Kits, and optional Macintosh A-Connect FireWire Connection Kits, It also includes Charismac Discribe software for Macintosh.

The Alera Technologies DVD Slim Cruiser Quad family includes Sonic Solutions' MyDVD, RecordNow! and Simple Backup for recording and sharing videos, recording audio and data, and backing up their PC hard drives. Also included is Arcsoft ShowBiz for video editing, MusicMatch Jukebox, and the Cyberlink PowerDVD Movie Player.

Back to Contents...

Verbatim Announces Delivery Schedule for 8X DVD-R Media

Verbatim Corporation has announced shipments of engineering samples of its new DataLifePlus 8X DVD-R media to DVD recorder manufacturers for compatibility testing. Burners with 8X DVD-R support were being shown by Pioneer, NEC, SONY and several others at CES last week and are scheduled to be available to retailers in late February.

Verbatim DataLifePlus 8x DVD-R discs will have an estimated street price of $3.99 and will be available through authorized resellers and the Verbatim Web site in Q1 2004. The new media will be packaged in jewel cases, multi-packs and spindles. Blank inkjet printable and thermal printable discs will also be available. Verbatim backs the quality of its complete line of DataLifePlus DVD media with a lifetime warranty.


Back to Contents...

Pacific Digital Announces 8X DVD Recorders at CES

Among several products debuted by Pacific Digital at CES were an 8X dual-format DVD recorder and a 52X CD recorder. Mach 8 and Xtreme-8 are two 8X multi-format DVD recorders for PCs. Mach 8 is an internal IDE drive; Xtreme-8 is an external USB 2.0 drive. Both come bundled with DVD and CD creation software and DVD-Video playback software. The Mach-8 carries an MSRP of $179.99. Pricing for the Xtreme-8 was not available at press time.

Pacific Digital also showed its Blue Lightning 52x24x52 CD-RW drive. The 52X internal recorder lists for $69.99.

Back to Contents...

NEC Introduces VT770 Digital Projector

NEC Solutions (America), Inc. has introduced the VT770, its first projector to attain 3000 ANSI lumens at under eight pounds. The VT700 features one-touch setup and operation, automatic vertical keystone correction for instantly square images, color-coded inputs, and built-in wall color correction presets for easy setup on non-white surfaces. NEC's 3D Reform technology enables the projector to be positioned in off-center locations and still achieve a square image. Pcture and color management capabilities let users tailor the projected image to meet personal preferences.

The VT770 includes security features to prevent unauthorized access and deter theft, including password protection, control panel lock, logo capture and a PC card protection key. It also features an input/output panel that includes HDTV and SDTV compatibility, and built-in 5W x 2 speakers.

The new projector also includes both PC card and USB storage device slots, giving presenters the ability to download presentations to the projector without a laptop. In addition, the projector offers extensive aspect ratio control for versatile display of both 16:9 and 4:3 sources, and VORTEX Technology Plus for enhanced data and video display quality.

NEC's VT770 comes with a two-year limited parts and labor warranty including one year of coverage by the company's InstaCare program providing three business-day repair and return or next business-day replacement. The VT770 will be available in January through NEC's nationwide network of channel partners. Its estimated street price is $3,195.

Back to Contents...

Other World Computing Introduces Mercury On-The-Go Portable Storage Solutions

Other World Computing (OWC) introduced 5400RPM 80GB Mercury On-The-Go FireWire and FireWire+USB 2.0 storage solutions at Macworld 2004. Immediately available online through OWC, the 80GB 5400RPM Mercury On-The-Go drives feature an 8MB data buffer and are available with either a FireWire-only interface for $349.97 or with both FireWire and USB 2.0 interfaces for $359.97. The IEEE1394-compliant FireWire interface features two ports (one powered 6-pin and one unpowered 4-pin), while the USB interface on the combination drive supports both USB v2.0 and v1.1.

Weighing 11 ounces and measuring 3.5"x5.5"x1", Mercury On-The-Go drives are designed provide convenient and portable solutions for additional storage capacity, transporting large files between multiple computers and real-time audio/video editing. Additionally, the On-The-Go drives can be used with any electronic device that has FireWire and/or USB data ports, including digital video and still cameras.

In addition, OWC has reduced prices on select Mercury On-The-Go storage solutions. Updated pricing is as follows: 40GB 5400RPM w/16MB buffer, $249.97 (FireWire only) and $259.99 (FireWire+USB); 60GB 4200RPM, $249.97 (FireWire only) and $259.99 (FireWire+USB); 60GB 7200RPM, $339.97 (FireWire only) and $349.99 (FireWire+USB); and 80GB 4200RPM w/8MB buffer, $299.97 (FireWire only) and $309.97 (FireWire+USB).

Mercury On-The-Go drives are compatible with any operating system with FireWire or USB (combo model) support, including Apple OS 8.6-9.2.2, OS X and Windows 98SE/2000/XP. Features include shock-protective design, a cool blue activity LED, auiet operation, and multiple connecting ports. Drives may be powered (via FireWire or USB) or with the included AC adapter, and all cables, formatting software and a one-year warranty are also included.

Back to Contents...

Canopus Announces ADVC55 Analog-to-DV Converter

Canopus Corporation has announced ADVC55, an external analog-to-DV converter compatible with Windows and Mac OS-based computers. ADVC55 connects VHS, Hi8, and other analog video equipment to DV cameras, decks, and editing systems.

ADVC55 does not require software drivers and provides automatic input signal detection and convenient front and rear connectors. Desktop and notebook systems equipped with 6-pin FireWire ports are able to supply power to the ADVC55 through the FireWire cable and will not require an external power supply. (Systems equipped with 4-pin FireWire ports will require an optional power supply.) ADVC55 is compatible with editing and DVD authoring applications, including Canopus EDIUS, Canopus Let's EDIT, Final Cut Pro, Avid Xpress DV, Adobe Premiere Pro, Vegas, Pinnacle Edition, Ulead MediaStudio Pro, and Windows Movie Maker. domain."

The ADVC55 will be available mid-January from Canopus and its authorized resellers for a suggested retail price of $229.

Back to Contents...

Sunland Launches New Digistor DVD Media Line

Sunland International, LLC (SLI), announced has expanded its optical storage offerings with a new line of Digistor brand DVD media. Digistor media is now available for all four of the DVD±R/RW formats. The new Digistor DVD media line includes 4X DVD+R, 4X DVD-R, 4X DVD+RW, and 2X DVD-RW media packaged in 25-disc spindles.

By February 2004, SLI will also offer Digistor 8X DVD+R and 8X DVD-R media.

Back to Contents...

The Editor's Spin: A Hazy Shade of Winter

Remember when "trade show season" was basically whatever week they held COMDEX at the LVCC? Times have changed. We're no longer living in a one-show universe, or rather, a universe where one show predominates among a morass of pretenders and a host of healthy niche events. And we all know COMDEX ain't what it used to be.

That said, it seemed like old times last week, as CES and MacWorld stepped forth and defined the computing world for consumers and content creators alike. It was be-there-or-be-square time at both shows, and squares we were, back home fighting the battle of Bedford Falls and watching Steve Jobs' keynote on its live streamed feed. I won't pretend I watched the whole thing; Jobs' magnetism extends much further than that of most keynoters, but even he can't hold my attention for a two-hour infinite loop of product hype. Of course I was excited to hear that Final Cut Express 2 is on the way, as well as GarageBand and iDVD 4—although giving consumers a 120-minute DVD option with a software encoder is akin to giving 'em enough rope (here's hoping the iDVD implementation of DVD SP's Compressor proves me wrong).

But it was something I misheard that really stuck with me among the details of Jobs' talk. Checking in shortly after the Microsoft Office presentation, I caught Jobs' introduction of iLife 4 and its insistently repeated catch-phrase, "Microsoft Office for the rest of your life."

"So what's he saying?" I asked ever-patient EMedia associate editor Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen. "That Office 2004 will be obsolete in a year, but iLife will last a lifetime?"

Naturally, Eric straightened me out—Office being for the office, and iLife being for life outside the office (i.e., life)—and restored my faith that Jobs hadn't lost his mind. Of course technology marches on. To suggest that a product whose key components are in their fourth full rev in three years could successfully stagnate would be ridiculous. The ephemerality of technology—even Apple technology—is one of the things that makes it so exciting.

Heard properly, Jobs' emphasis on "technology for the rest of your life" is nothing new—he was among the first to espouse the once-radical idea of computers in the home and has always been that notion's loudest and clearest trumpeter. "Computers in the home" is neither radical nor terribly interesting these days. But in recent years it's been fascinating to see how the consumer tail end of computing has wagged the dog of the professional world, which was supposed to get the technology first, drive its adoption, and watch with smug detachment as it trickled down to the masses.

In the CD and DVD worlds, consumer adoption has laid the economic foundation for sophisticated applications, but only in a blind bushwhacking sense. CD-Audio made way for CD-ROM, music downloading broke CD-R into the big time, and Hollywood movies established DVD as a video delivery standard that content creators of all stripes could count on as a reliable conduit for their creations.

But these are hardly the kinds of cause-and-effect pairings that make trade shows hop. It's pretty obvious where the hip and hop are today: At CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, which has established itself as the premier show for digital content creators and post-producers, the key constituents of the digital studio domain. It comes down to something much simpler than what gets announced there as opposed to, say, DV Expo or NAB: What's the Next Big Thing? You'll find the answer at CES. Which gives us the answer to another question: Who's driving this bus?

The latest developments revealed at CES 2004 got me thinking seriously about a question that I've dismissed for some time: Is MPEG on the way out? Not a chance. As long as DVD players perch atop more TVs than any other video playback device, and said players play only MPEG-2-based video, MPEG ain't going nowhere. And I've held fast to that belief even knowing that the latest video standards—particularly Windows Media 9—promise tighter compression and better quality. But with the key DVD authoring announcements of the show (most notably, from Philips and Sonic) concerning both hi-def video and Windows Media 9 for consumer DVD playback devices, my head is spinning. And when the spinning stops, what I expect to find is a 180-degree about-face.

How will hi-def, new-codec DVD push past stodgy old MPEG-2 into the living room, creating a trickle-up effect that will establish it in the higher-end, business-oriented applications that have just been waiting for the opportunity to invest in hi-def with confidence? Well, part of the answer is the successful second wind of the homeward-bound Media Center PC as a legitimate convergence device—merging new-codec content creation specifically as it marries office and living room more generally. This suggests that technology trends are not only illustrating lifestyle trends (that North Americans actually want PCs in their living rooms), but that these lifestyle shifts are driving creation and playback technologies with an eerie specificity.

As long as the use of technology in "the rest of our lives" exerts such an influence over the the content creation tools we use at "work," CES week will be "trade show season," and all prognostications will hinge on what happens at the LVCC in those heady days. Which probably means they should start holding the conference on February 2, haul the groundhog out to Vegas, and jump for joy as he squints into the desert sun and predicts an endless summer.

Back to Contents...


Recommended source for Royalty-Free Music
Instant download of Buyout Stock Music / Royalty-Free Music tracks. Chill-out, Ambient, Jazz, Classical, Rock, Hip-Hop, Techno, Country, Latin, and much more. Fresh updates weekly. Highly suitable for Flash/Web, Broadcast, Video/DVD, Multimedia, etc.

Strong narrations and 100+ character voices
NY-based, International Award-winning VO will narrate your corporate, PowerPoint, website, point-of-sale, medical, documentary, museum, training or other project.

Save on Laptops and Plasma, LCD & Projection TVs
Browse our selection of Plasma, LCD and Projection TVs. We have great prices and we deilver! We've got the largest selection of Notebooks and Tablet PCs, with prices as low as $599 for full featured notebooks! Check us out, you won't be disappointed.

Buy Adobe Production Studio
Buy the all new Adobe Production Studio at and save with free shipping plus a 30-day happiness guarantee.

Great prices and service on Laptops, TVs & more!
Looking for a Plasma TV, LCD or Projection TV? You have come to the right place. We offer low prices, fast and friendly service. Our selection of Notebook and Tablet PCs is one of the largest with prices starting at under $600 for complete systems!

Add your link here>>

DVD Duplication Equipment, DVD Duplicator, DVD Printer, by MF Digital
Primera Technology - DVD Duplicators CD Duplication and Disc Printers
DVD Duplicators and CD Duplication Equipment at Octave
ProAction Media - The CD / DVD Duplication Service and Equipment Pros
CD DVD Duplicator, CD Printer and DVD Copier Equipment - Summation
DVD duplicators, CD duplication by Disc Makers
Fast, Accurate CD and DVD Duplication Services from DiscNow
Mediatechnics CD & DVD Production Services
Blank CDs, Blank DVDs from Disc Makers
Tapestockonline One Stop Media Shop - DVD’s, Publishers, Ink, Mini DV and HD
DVD duplicator, CD printer and DVD / CD copier machines from StorDigital