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March 12, 2004

Table of Contents

Kano Introduces Slim-K4Xtreme 4X DVD+RW/-RW
EnXnet, Inc. Announces Marketing Launch of EnXDeck
Optibase Will Unveil Its MPEG-4 Encoder and HD Decoder At NAB
V One Multimedia Licenses DivX Software for Versatile Snazzi* DV.AVIO Video Editing Solution
InterVideo Announces Faster, More Flexible 3-Step DVD Copy 2 Software
Darim Introduces 4 Channel MPEG4 Encoder Board
Plextor Announces 12X DVD+/-R/RW Drive with Serial ATA Interface
Pinnacle Systems CinéWave 4.5 Delivers Maximum Real-Time HD

Kano Introduces Slim-K4Xtreme 4X DVD+RW/-RW

Kano Technologies has introduced its SLIM-K4Xtreme multi-format, dual-interface DVD+/DVD- drive for PCs and Macs. The portable drive is very fast and can burn a 4.7GB DVD disc in less than 15 minutes. Equipped with both FireWire and USB 2.0 connections, the new drive does not need a separate power supply. Bus power support allows it to be powered through a laptop FireWire port, and an included PS2 power cable allows USB 2.0 users to power the unit from a laptop.

The 8-in-1 SLIM-K4Xtreme measures just 5.5-inches x 6-inches x .75-inches, comes in a rugged all-metal silver chassis, and weighs 14 ounces. The drive is compatible with DVD+RW/-RW, DVD+R/-R, CD-RW and CD-R media formats. It writes at 4x to DVD discs and at 16x to CD discs; and, it reads DVDs at 8x and CDs at 24x speeds.

The SLIM-K4Xtreme comes complete with cables, an external power adapter, Roxio Easy DVD Creator software (for PCs) and Roxio Toast 6 Lite (for Macs), and user guide. It is available now from PC Connection and Mac Connection at an MSRP of $329.00.

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EnXnet, Inc. Announces Marketing Launch of EnXDeck

EnXnet, Inc. has announced the first shipment of the EnXDeck to Visuplay Interactive, the marketing and content provider for EnXDeck. EnXDeck is the company's latest product, a standalone DVD/CD player that incorporates the latest in audio, video and interactive Internet technologies with the added feature of EnXnet's ClearVideo decoder embedded in the system. The EnXDeck units have the same functionality as a DVD player, with the additional functionality of CD-i units in that it has a powerful PC, video card, hard drive, Internet capability, and expandable I/O. This product allows a user to perform corporate training, testing, data storage and on-line interactive functions.

Robert Kauffman, President of Visuplay Interactive, had this to say: "We see the EnXDeck bringing the final piece of interactivity to satisfy the existing customer base of CD-Interactive and our current customer base." Visuplay develops interactive sales and marketing content for many industry leaders, including website design, marketing material, interactive training, educational, and kiosk development.

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Optibase Will Unveil Its MPEG-4 Encoder and HD Decoder At NAB

Optibase Inc. will be unveiling its MPEG-4 encoder and HD decoder - MovieMake 400 and VideoPlex HD - at this year's NAB Show. With the new HD decoder, Optibase moves into different broadcasting and digital video market segments including digital advertising, post production, Point of Sale, digital cinema and high-resolution presentations. In addition, other products listed below will be demonstrated live at Optibase's booth.

-MovieMaker 400 is designed to encode MPEG-4 compliant, high-quality, low bit-rate video for applications such as surveillance, archiving, video conferencing, training and Business TV. MPEG MovieMaker 400 compresses two separate audio/visual (A/V) inputs up to Full D1 {4-SIF}, and is a low-profile, small-form-factor PCI board, which can be integrated into any off the shelf PC.

-VideoPlex HD is designed to enable playback of high definition MPEG-2 video streams.

-MPEG Composer 3.8 is Optibase's encoding management application, which is Sony IMX-compliant with MXF interoperability. In addition, the Composer 3.8 enables the encoding of MPEG-2 streams in the Sony-compatible M2P file format which can be played by Sony's NSP-100 Network Storage Player.

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V One Multimedia Licenses DivX Software for Versatile Snazzi* DV.AVIO Video Editing Solution

DivXNetworks, Inc and V One Multimedia, a provider of easy-to-use digital video editing solutions, have announced a partnership to enable consumers to easily create high-quality DivX videos from digital camcorders and other source material.

Under the technology and marketing agreement, V One has licensed DivX video software for use in its Snazzi* DV.AVIO video editing solution, an internal analog video & audio (AV) and digital video (DV) I/O card for the PC. V One plans to work with DivXNetworks to integrate DivX software into its SnaZio* range of TV Tuner products, namely SnaZio* Pocket PVR & SnaZio* TV PVR. The two companies will promote these DivX Licensed products on, the hub of the global DivX community which receives over 8 million visitors per month.

The Snazzi* DV.AVIO video editing solution (available in EVO Edition & Premiere Pro Edition) enables consumers to capture DV content from personal camcorders and use the DivX software encoder to create high-quality, highly compressed DivX files. The resulting DivX videos can then be distributed online or burned to standard data CDs for viewing on a wide variety of DivX-certified consumer electronics devices. The SnaZio* range of TV Tuner products enable users to capture their favorite TV programs and encode them to high-quality DivX files for distribution & viewing.

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InterVideo Announces Faster, More Flexible 3-Step DVD Copy 2 Software

InterVideo, Inc. has announced InterVideo DVD Copy 2 Platinum and Gold editions, the latest releases of its award-winning software for making identical copies of personal DVD and CD videos in just three easy steps. Now up to 25 percent faster, DVD Copy 2 duplicates unencrypted DVDs, VCDs and SVCDs with no loss of quality, content or features. InterVideo's new DVD Copy 2 software includes more robust customization features for creating personalized DVDs. The Platinum version also includes a merging feature that enables users to combine multiple DVD titles on one 4.7GB DVD, complete with automatic menu generation for easy navigation.

The software's performance is enhanced with direct burn capabilities that enables users to copy directly from the source to a blank disc without having to buffer the video to the hard drive first. Unique to InterVideo is the Multiple DVD Merging feature that can be used to group DVD videos of vacations, birthdays, a child's entire soccer season or other special events onto a single DVD. By designing this feature with automatic menu generation, InterVideo makes the entire process fast and easy.

DVD Copy 2 provides a wizard-like interface. Users select the source, destination (CD-R/RW, DVD+/-R/RW/-RAM disc or hard drive) and the video output format (DVD, VCD, SVCD, DivX(R), or M-DVD). When the user clicks on the burn button, the software's Autofit feature automatically determines how much compression is needed to produce the best-looking results for the output selected. With this feature, users can make copies of dual-layer DVD-Videos onto a single blank DVD without any visual quality loss. The Autofit feature can also be used with the software's support for the DivX format to fit a DVD video onto a single DivX CD.

After copying a DVD-Video to their PC's hard drive in the MPEG-1, MPEG-2 or DivX format, users click on the software's Customize Button to add and delete chapters, remove subtitles and audio tracks, or change the aspect ratio. By including InterVideo's UniPass technology, DVD Copy 2 users do not need to re-render videos that have simple editing fixes because the technology integrates DVD creation and editing together. This can save hours of time when making copies.

InterVideo DVD Copy 2 is available today at InterVideo's web site and will be at retail outlets around the world within the next few weeks. Compatible with Windows 2000 and XP systems, the suggested list prices are $49.95 for the Gold version, which does not include the Multiple DVD Merging or DivX CD features; and $79.95 for the full Platinum version.

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Darim Introduces 4 Channel MPEG4 Encoder Board

Darim Vision, a leading provider of integrated MPEG encoding, multimedia streaming, broadcasting, and security solutions, has announced it is shipping an upgrade to their flagship security capture and encoding board for security industry OEMs. The new SP444 multi-channel MPEG 4, offers four full-featured encoders on each board for encoding images from four separate channels into MPEG 4 video in full D1 resolution at 30 frames per second (FPS). Quality video can be achieved with average frame sizes from 4 to 8 KiloBytes per frame. Designed with expansion in mind, the SP444 supports four boards in one system capable of handling up to 16 channels of digital video recording to work with enterprise server applications.

The new SP444 board is an upgrade from Darim's classic SP408 board. It encodes on the board, rather than utilizing the system processor, thus enabling dramatically higher resolution and frame rates. SP444 allows for full D1 resolution for broadcast video quality in both PAL and NTSC formats at 30 FPS on each channel at up to eight mega bits per second (Mbps) data rates. By utilizing MPEG 4 quality files, security users realize significantly smaller file sizes and diminished requirements for bandwidth, storage, and system complexity while achieving high image quality.

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Plextor Announces 12X DVD+/-R/RW Drive with Serial ATA Interface

Plextor Corp. has announced the PX-712SA DVD+/-R/RW drive with support for high-speed 12X DVD+R and 8X DVD-R recording. With the PX-712SA, users can record a full DVD in less than 6 minutes at a burst rate of 16.5MB per second.

The new internal drive is the first Plextor product to feature an integrated Serial ATA connection, enabling OEMs and System Integrators to leverage the benefits of Serial ATA. Serial ATA, which extends bandwidth to 150MB/sec, is an evolutionary replacement for the Parallel ATA (E-IDE) physical storage interface. The interface supports one device per controller connection, eliminating master/slave configuration jumper issues. SATA also provides a substantial pin count reduction from Parallel ATA, while thinner cables help air-flow and improve cable routing.

The PX-712SA with integrated SATA interface supports 12X DVD+R and 8X DVD-R Writing; 4X DVD+RW and 4X DVD-RW Rewriting; and 16X max DVD-Reading. The DVD/CD burner also boasts high-speed 48X CD-R Writing, 24X CD-RW Rewriting, and 48X max CD-Reading. The drive includes a bundle of premium digital media software from Roxio, including Roxio Easy CD & DVD Creator 6--DVD Edition, and Roxio PhotoSuite 5 SE.

For customers who want to evaluate SATA performance, Plextor also offers a SATA Conversion Kit for its PlexWriter PX-5224A, Premium 52/32/52A CD-R/RW drives, and the PX-708A DVD+/-R/RW "dual format" 8X R-DVD drive. Plextor's SATA Conversion Kit includes a SATA cable harness and IDE/Parallel ATA-to-SATA daughter board, enabling OEMs and systems integrators to evaluate SATA prior to availability of the PX-712SA.

Plextor's PX-712SA will be available in May with a suggested MSRP of $229.00 USD. SATA Conversion Kits are available on a limited basis and free-of-charge to qualified original equipment manufacturers, systems integrators, and other developers of PC-based systems. Contact Plextor sales at 800-886-3935 for more information.

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Pinnacle Systems CinéWave 4.5 Delivers Maximum Real-Time HD

Pinnacle Systems, Inc. has announced the immediate availability of CinéWave 4.5, the new version of the only standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) solution fully qualified by Apple for Final Cut Pro 4. CinéWave 4.5 features new real-time HD capabilities, advanced 24-bit multi-track hardware enhanced audio support, desktop mirroring for multiple programs such as Apple Shake, and full support for Apple RT Extreme. Pinnacle has also unleashed the screaming fast 66 MHz bus interface on its PCI-X-compatible TARGA Ciné Engine for stunning transfer speeds.

The TARGA Ciné Engine delivers guaranteed real-time performance for SD and HD to modern Power Macs. In addition, it offers exclusive CinéWave features including mixed formats within a timeline, 16-bit video, guaranteed support for up to five uncompressed real-time streams with multiple effects, real-time native RGBA support, real-time animation codec support, real-time HD (16:9) pan and scan downconvert with keyframeable controls to uncompressed SD (4:3), simultaneous live SD and HD outputs, and more. The enhanced TARGA Ciné Engine also means users can now harness the full horsepower of their dual processing G5 with a 66 MHz bus interface.

Using CinéWave 4.5 on the latest dual processing Macintosh G5 gives editors the capacity to image-correct uncompressed HD images in real-time with simultaneous SD downconvert. CinéWave's new, fully keyframeable real-time HD video controls include: phase for color adjustment, setup for adjusting black range, video levels for adjusting brightness, and chroma level for adjusting saturation. A new DupliCiné application enables users to select all or part of their desktop for viewing on NTSC, PAL and HD monitors. DupliCiné is application independent and provides real-time SD and HD viewing of key tools like Photoshop and Apple Shake.

The CinéWave 4.5 software upgrade and the new powerful 66 MHz TARGA Ciné Engine are available immediately. The CinéWave 4.5 download including DupliCiné is available to current CinéWave 4 owners. Owners of versions prior to CinéWave 4 can purchase a CinéWave 4 software upgrade for $295 from retailers. 33 MHz TARGA Ciné Engines can be upgraded to 66 MHz for $295.

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