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February 03, 2004

Table of Contents

Ulead DVD Workshop 2 Now Available
Mystik Media debuts Blaze Media Pro 5
Toshiba Drops Price, Adds Nero to DVD-R/RW Bundle
Aurora Introduces Diversity Compact Converters and Distribution Amplifiers
Memorex Adds 52X Combo Drive
MPEG LA Sues Apex Digital, Inc. for Breach of MPEG-2 License Agreement
Pixel Farm Ships PFBarnVersion 1.0
Sonic LLC Ships DSD.1, Lowers Price

Ulead DVD Workshop 2 Now Available

Ulead Systems, Inc. is now shipping DVD Workshop 2, the new version of its professional DVD authoring software. DVD Workshop 2 gives creative professionals a way to produce professional DVDs with a minimal learning curve. This DVD authoring software is unique in the professional DVD authoring space for combining a straightforward workflow and built-in design tools with professional DVD authoring features.

These include multiple subtitle and audio tracks for alternate music and language, playlists for complex navigation, as well as support for Digital Linear Tape (DLT) for replication and dual layer DVDs (DVD-9) for large projects. DVD Workshop 2 is available at for $495. DVD Workshop 2 will also be available through video resellers nationwide by mid-February. For upgrade pricing, a list of video resellers, and other information go to

DVD Workshop 2 lets users include alternate music, languages, and commentaries in DVD projects with multiple audio and subtitle tracks. To save disc space and create intricate menu navigation, playlist creation lets users link a sequence of assets-movies, menus, and chapter points—to buttons without duplicating assets. Creative professionals can even replicate DVD titles with Workshop's support for Digital Linear Tape (DLT), and dual layer DVDs (DVD-9) for replicating discs with double the capacity. DVD Workshop 2 offers copyright protection with support for Macrovision and CSS formats, and control over which geographic region can view DVD titles with region coding.

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Mystik Media debuts Blaze Media Pro 5

Mystik Media has released Blaze Media Pro 5.0, a Windows multimedia application supporting all popular media formats; audio and video playlists; audio and video conversions; audio and video editing and recording, video construction, combining, decompiling, and batch processing; and video capture.

Audio and data CD burning capabilities are also provided. The audio editor's capabilities include Amplify, Null Amplitude, Insert/Delete Silence, Insert Noise, Insert Pulse, Insert Sinus, Fade In/Out, Invert, Normalize, Reverse, Delay, Flanger, Vibrato, Stretch, Mix. Mix from File, Paste from File, Paste from Clipboard, Copy to Clipboard, Delete Selection, Save Selection, Zoom, Convert, Undo, Redo, Cut, Copy, Paste, Crop, Filters (Band Pass, Low Pass, High Pass, Low Shelf, High Shelf), Input/Output Volume Control, Audio Information Read/Write, and more.

The audio editor can be used for audio file recording from any source such as cassette, turntable, phone line, TV tuner audio, CD player, line-in, auxiliary, microphone, wave-out, and wave-out mix. Video editing is available for AVI (uncompressed), AVI (compressed using any available codec), MPEG-1, MPEG-2, WMV, and ASF. Video editing operations include delete frame, delete selection, crop, resize, rotate, mirror, flip, trim, text overlay, adjust audio volume, text overlay, color replacement, and more. More than 30 effects and color adjustment operations allow for powerful video enhancement and alternation.

Available effects include Brightness, Contrast, Gamma, Hue, Saturation, Sharpen, Aging, Deblocking, Dizzy, Edge Enhance, Emboss, Fire, Ghost, Glass, Grayscale, Hologram, Invert, Lens, Lightning, Maze, Mosaic, Motion Blur, Night Vision, Particles, Rain, Streak, Wave, and more. Advanced CD recording features support writing audio CDs from MP3, WMA, WAV, and OGG files as well as data CD/DVD containing any type of files desired.

Powerful capabilities include very fast and efficient multithreaded recording; highly compatible with most any IDE and SCSI drives on the market today; multi-session disc support; auto-detect high write speed availability and is fully supported and optimized internally; ASPI manager not required for NT/2000/XP systems; full re-writable disc support; superior data buffering; and much more. The system allows recording of a data image on-the-fly; no need to create an image on the hard drive first. Therefore, very little disk space is required for data CD recording.

Key new features in Blaze Media Pro 5 include a completely redesigned video editor, video batch processor, and video capture features; expanded and consolidated audio conversion; fully skinnable windows; and memory optimization and enhancements to ensure the best performance possible for new hardware technologies. Blaze Media Pro 5.0 costs $50, runs under Windows 98 SE/Me/2000/XP, and may be purchased securely online at Mystik Media Web site. You can download a free trial version of Blaze Media Pro from the same Web site.

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Toshiba Drops Price, Adds Nero to DVD-R/RW Bundle

Toshiba has announced that its SD-R5112 DVD-R/RW drive is now available for $99 and shipping with Ahead's Nero software suite. The internal ATAPI drive records DVD-R at 4X, DVD-RW at 2X, CD-R at 16X, and CD-RW at 10X. The Nero software suite, which provides CD and DVD recording and backup capability, includes Nero Express 6, InCD 4, NeroVision Express 2, Nero BackItUp, Nero ShowTime, Nero Recode, Nero Media Player, Nero ToolKit, and Nero Cover Designer.

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Aurora Introduces Diversity Compact Converters and Distribution Amplifiers

Aurora Video Systems has announced the first products in the company's new Diversity family of compact digital video converters and distribution amplifiers (DAs), affordable solutions for high-quality signal conversion and transfer between digital and analog capture, editing, and playback devices. The three products announced include a 10-bit SDI-to-YPrPb converter, a 10-bit YPrPb-to-SDI converter, and a 10-bit SDI DA, all of which are stand-alone, DC-powered cubes measuring approximately 3" x 4". and 1" in height.

These lightweight standalone converters may be placed on a table or in the user's rack, or mounted to the back of decks and monitors. The two converters feature high precision, 12-bit DACs and 12-bit ADCs capable of meeting both NTSC and PAL SMPTE 259M 4:2:2 standards. The SDI-to-YPrPb converter includes an auxiliary reclocked SDI output for connecting downstream digital devices, and the YPrPb to SDI converter offers 16X oversampled inputs and includes two SDI outputs. Aurora's new 10-bit SDI DA provides one SDI input and four equalized SDI outputs. The system's input automatically locks to any of four SMPTE 259M data rates (143, 177, 270, and 360 Mb/s). All SDI inputs can automatically equalize up to 300 m of coaxial cable or up to 120 m of Cat 5 UTP cable.

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Memorex Adds 52X Combo Drive

Memorex enhances its growing optical drive line-up with an all new 52X CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo Drive, featuring the fastest CD recording speeds available with the fastest DVD read speed. With this high performance Combo Drive, consumers get two products -- a CD recorder and DVD-ROM drive -- in one stylish silver and black design, all at a very competitive price. Featuring the ability to read and record CDs at 52X, rewrite CDs at 32X, and read and play DVDs at 16X speeds, this Memorex drive makes it easy to create, archive, duplicate and play a wide variety of CD and DVD discs.

While cutting edge 52X CD recording allows consumers to record a full CD in less than two minutes, the built-in, high speed 16X DVD-ROM feature provides consumers with the ability to play the hottest DVD games and watch the latest DVD movies on their PCs. The Memorex 52X Combo Drive solution comes with a comprehensive software and hardware bundle that includes: 
- Samples of Memorex's CD-R and CD-RW blank media, a complete installation hardware kit, and comprehensive documentation.
- Ahead Software's NeroBurning ROM 5.5, the industry recognized solution for CD recording. It delivers ultimate reliability and ease of use, and provides an extensive set of features not available in Nero Express, the software most commonly offered in competitors' products.
- Ahead Software's InCD 4, an integrated packet writing solution that offers the greatest stability, ease of use, and compatibility available. Exclusively for rewritable media, InCD allows you to simply drag and drop files direct to CD, or edit and save files directly onto disc.
- CyberLink's PowerDVD XP 4 and Medi@Show, enabling interactive viewing of both DVD- Videos and Video CDs. The drive also features innovative Smart-Burn Technology that automatically checks media quality and sets the burning speed for optimal writing.

The Memorex 52X CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo Drive is in retail stores nationwide this month for an estimated street price of $79.99. Memorex optical storage products include toll-free technical support and a limited one-year warranty.

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MPEG LA Sues Apex Digital, Inc. for Breach of MPEG-2 License Agreement

MPEG LA, LLC announced that it has sued Apex Digital, Inc., a manufacturer and supplier of DVD players, for breach of its contractual obligations under the MPEG-2 Patent Portfolio License that Apex Digital entered into with MPEG LA. The lawsuit alleges that Apex Digital has breached the Contract by failing to report fully its use of MPEG-2 patents; failing to pay the royalty payments due for the use of those patents; and failing to provide an auditor with all of the documents required by the Contract for a complete audit to independently determine Apex Digital's compliance with the Contract.

The suit notes that Apex Digital's reports of product sales to MPEG LA are not consistent with public reports of Apex Digital's sales of those products. The lawsuit brought in U.S. District Court in Colorado seeks monetary damages including interest, an accounting of all Apex Digital products on which royalties are payable, an audit of Apex Digital's books and records, and an injunction prohibiting Apex Digital from using MPEG-2 patents in its products until Apex Digital pays all royalties that it owes to MPEG LA.

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Pixel Farm Ships PFBarnVersion 1.0

The Pixel Farm, a new company focused on innovation in the field of high-end digital post-production, announces the release of the new image modeling application, PFBarn 1.0. Available immediately, PFBarn allows the placing of geometry, the reconstruction of meshes and the extraction, mapping and rebuilding of textures from a 2D still or moving source. PFBarn is designed for industries such as architectural visualisation, game development and CG pre-visualisation.

Data generated in PFTrack and PFMatch is exported to PFBarn allowing users to quickly build up 3D environments with a simple set of primitives and modeling tools, using the background plate for reference. The advanced image modeling algorithms calculate camera perspective and movement and match these variables with any placed geometry from a single point of view. Thus a cube placed in an environment will exactly match a cube in a still image or video sequence.

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Sonic LLC Ships DSD.1, Lowers Price

Sonic Studio, manufacturers of the Sonic Studio line of professional audio workstations, announced shipment of the first product in their all new DSD/SACD product line. The Sonic Studio DSD.1 system combines the powerful Sonic Studio editing and mastering environment with the emerging standard for music recording and delivery, Direct Stream Digital and Super Audio CD. Sonic Studio also revealed an all-new discounted pricing structure for their DSD/SACD line with systems starting at $7,995.

Developed in cooperation with Sony and Phillips, the format's creators, DSD.1 is comprised of a full length PCI interface card supporting 8 bidirectional channels of DSD via the SDIF-3 protocol or DSD-raw. Recording and editing is performed entirely within the DSD domain at 64fs using the familiar Sonic Studio editing environment. In addition to its multichannel DSD recording capability, DSD.1 also imports preexisting DSD files as long as they are compliant with the DSD-IFF standard file format. DSD.1 is shipped in two configurations, a base system and a version that includes SACD authoring functionality similar to Sonic Studio's upcoming SACD.1 stand alone authoring tool. Final SACD compliant cutting masters are written to Sony AIT Type 1 tape cartridges for delivery to the manufacturing plant. DSD.1 with Authoring also includes full DST encoding for authoring SACD's in 6 channel surround. 

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