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April 06, 2004

Table of Contents

Primera Technology Introduces 8x DVD Recording Speed in its Composer-series Disc Duplicators
Leitch Takes Non-Linear Editing Performance "Higher" With VelocityHD
Memorex Delivers True 8X8 DVD Recording in New External Drive
Isilon Introduces Isilon IQ 1440 and 2250 Clustered Storage Systems
Sima Introduces GoDVD!
ColorVision and Pantone Ship ColorPlus
Optical Disc Corporation Announces New LaserWave II Mastering System For DVD and HD-DVD
SunnComm Ships More than One Million MediaMax CDs in U.S. for March 2004

Primera Technology Introduces 8x DVD Recording Speed in its Composer-series Disc Duplicators

Primera Technology, Inc., the world's leading manufacturer of CD and DVD duplicators and printers, has announced that its Composer-series DVD duplicators now record DVD±R media at up to 8x speeds. These recording speeds are accomplished with the integrated Pioneer DVR-107 drives that are used on all Composer systems. This innovative new DVD/CD recorder burns both DVD-R and DVD+R media at 8x and CD-Rs at 24x. Composer models will now burn 2 full hours of video (4.7GB) in less than 9 minutes.

www.primera.com

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Leitch Takes Non-Linear Editing Performance "Higher" With VelocityHD

Leitch Technology has announced VelocityHD, a format-flexible non-linear editing system that brings the power of Leitch's Velocity non-linear editing line to the realm of high-definition video. Bringing guaranteed, full-quality, real-time editing performance to HD at a reasonable price point, VelocityHD makes HD non-linear editing as efficient and easy as standard-definition editing, and extends Leitch's Integrated Content Environment solutions with a powerful and affordable HD editing solution for any post production environment.

The heart of VelocityHD is the ground-breaking Altitude hardware, featuring full-quality, online playback of two HD video streams, two dynamic HD graphics streams, and true dual-stream, real-time HD transitions and effects. VelocityHD's real-time power also enables interactive full-quality feedback on the HD monitor while keyframing transitions and effects. Altitude supports 1080i, 1080PsF, and 720p frame formats at all common frame rates, with compressed and uncompressed (8-bit and 10-bit) recording and playback, and the flexibility to mix compressed and uncompressed footage within a project. In addition to SMPTE-292 HD-SDI I/O, Altitude also features VGA HD output, enabling HD playback to be viewed on VGA monitors and reducing the need for expensive high-definition displays. HD output is also simultaneously down-converted for monitoring on standard-definition displays. Audio is supported through embedded SDI and discrete AES/EBU I/O, plus unbalanced analog monitoring.

The optional A3DX 3D DVE module adds one channel of real-time high-definition 3D DVE and four channels of real-time standard-definition 3D effects, including perspectives, warps, rotation and more.

VelocityHD will make its public debut at NAB 2004 in Las Vegas, April 19-22, and is slated for release in August. VelocityHD will be offered as a fully integrated turnkey system, or as a hardware/software bundle for installation into qualified Microsoft Windows XP Professional workstations.

www.leitch.com

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Memorex Delivers True 8X8 DVD Recording in New External Drive

Memorex delivers the hottest in DVD recording with its new external DVD drive. The Memorex True 8X External Dual Format DVD Recorder is the most comprehensive drive package available, making it easy to upgrade your laptop or desktop PC with the latest DVD and CD burning hardware and software. Featuring a silver and black design, precision recording, and a complete software bundle, this drive delivers true 8X write speeds on both DVD+R and DVD-R discs.

With the External True 8X External drive, Memorex delivers the fastest available burning speeds. The drive records a full two hours of top quality video on a DVD disc in only 12 minutes. The True 8X External drive also writes to CD-R discs at 32X; rewrites DVD+RW discs at 4X, DVD-RW discs at 4X and CD-RW discs at 24X; and reads DVD-ROM at 12X and CD-ROM at 40X speeds. Featuring both USB 2.0 and IEEE 1394a FireWire interfaces, the drive offers universal connectivity at blazingly fast speeds of 480 Mbps for USB 2.0 and 400 Mbps for FireWire.

The Memorex True 8X External Dual Format DVD recorder will be in stores this month at an estimated street price of $229.99. Memorex optical storage products include toll-free technical support and a limited one-year warranty.

www.memorex.com

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Isilon Introduces Isilon IQ 1440 and 2250 Clustered Storage Systems

On the heels of its Series C financing round and new customer win with LexisNexis, Isilon will unveil two new products based on the award-winning Isilon IQ platform. At Storage Networking World in Phoenix, Isilon will unveil Isilon IQ 1440 and 2250. The new products represent the industry's first fully distributed clustered storage system for digital content and deliver more than 20 Gbps of total throughput from a single volume.

Both the Isilon IQ 1440 and 2250 use the same OneFS distributed file system and intelligent software, yet incorporate powerful building blocks with different densities. The Isilon IQ 1440, with 1.44 TB per node, delivers the highest throughput available, while Isilon IQ 2250 offers 2.25 TB per node and is designed for customers with extreme capacity and scalability needs. Customers such as Paramount, LexisNexis, Corbis, and ResearchChannel are using Isilon IQ, and new customers such as R!OT Santa Monica, an Ascent Media company, use Isilon IQ 1440 for the business benefits achieved through superior performance, cross-platform integration, and management simplicity.

www.isilon.com

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Sima Introduces GoDVD!

Sima Products Corporation, a leading developer of consumer electronics accessories in the photo, digital imaging, and home theater markets, has introduced the GoDVD product line—an innovative digital video enhancer that makes it easy for consumers to protect their home video and DVD libraries. Connected between any playback source (VCR, camcorder or DVD player) and a DVD recorder, the GoDVD! enhancer quickly and easily restores and transfers old videos to the superior and long-lasting DVD format. Additionally, owners of pre-recorded DVD movies will have the ability to create a fair use back-up copy of their original DVD.

Sima Products Corporation, a leading developer of consumer electronics accessories in the photo, digital imaging, and home theater markets, has introduced the GoDVD product line—an innovative digital video enhancer that makes it easy for consumers to protect their home video and DVD libraries. Connected between any playback source (VCR, camcorder or DVD player) and a DVD recorder, the GoDVD! enhancer quickly and easily restores and transfers old videos to the superior and long-lasting DVD format. Additionally, owners of pre-recorded DVD movies will have the ability to create a fair use back-up copy of their original DVD.

Available now at select consumer electronics stores nationwide, including Best Buy, Comp USA, Ultimate Electronics, Lifestyle Fascination and Shop at Home. It has a manufacturer's suggested retail price is $129.95.

www.simacorp.com

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ColorVision and Pantone Ship ColorPlus

ColorVision, Inc., the recognized leader in affordable digital color management, and Pantone, Inc., the global authority on color, on April 5 announced ColorPlus, the newest addition to the PANTONE COLORVISION product line. ColorPlus is an affordable monitor calibration tool for consumers and photo hobbyists that calibrates a monitor to produce stunning photos in a few easy steps.

ColorPlus is a Windows-compatible hardware color sensor that corrects CRT, LCD, and notebook monitors for accurate, reliable and consistent color—day-to-day and image-to-image—so that colors look their best and brightest. It produces a wider range of colors, better flesh tones, more defined shadows and realistic highlights. Users save time, ink and paper by printing their photos right the first time with less trial and error. With ColorPlus, consumers can now use the same tools as the pros to make their images studio quality.

The ColorPlus sensor connects to a computer using USB and is then attached to a CRT/LCD monitor during the calibration process. The device is driven by an intuitive software interface that guides users in balancing the screen colors and setting the gamma, whitepoint, and luminance targets to industry standards in a few simple steps. The results are accurate, consistent display colors that better match the color output capabilities of today's photo printers.

ColorPlus is the next generation of the award-winning PANTONE COLORVISION family of products, which includes Spyder and SpyderPRO. Both Spyder and SpyderPRO include a wide choice of gamma and color temperature targets, curve manipulation, precision and expert control modes that apply color preferences at the operating system level. The software includes unlimited seat licenses for multiple displays. SpyderPRO also includes advanced features for adjusting calibration parameters for a single monitor or calibrating multiple monitors to a common standard, while creating industry-standard ICC display profiles compatible with color-aware applications such as Adobe Photoshop and others.

ColorPlus by PANTONE COLORVISION comes bundled with Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition and is available immediately in the U.S. for an estimated street price of $99. Spyder is available immediately for $149 and SpyderPRO is available for an estimated street price of $229. Both come bundled with Adobe Photoshop Album. ColorPlus, Spyder and SpyderPRO can be purchased at major retail outlets including CompUSA, Fry's, J&R, Micro Center, B&H, Adorama and others.

www.pantone.com
www.colorvision.com

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Optical Disc Corporation Announces New LaserWave II Mastering System For DVD and HD-DVD

Optical Disc Corporation (ODC) has announced the introduction of LaserWave II, the company's new laser beam recording (LBR) system. LaserWave II is the only mastering system available on the market today that is capable of producing the highest quality DVD masters as well as meeting the high-density requirements for formats such as HD-DVD.

LaserWave II supports the following formats: CD, DVD, DVD+/-R, HD-DVD, and other future formats in development now. LaserWave II allows the customer to select a model with a single format configuration or to have multiple formats in a switchable model. With LaserWave II you can purchase the capability for only the format(s) required today and then evolve to upcoming high density formats without having to purchase a whole new laser beam recorder in the future for high-density formats.

LaserWave II combines significant advancements in LaserWave hardware and in ODC's latest breakthrough in recording media, High Resolution Dye Polymer. This combination has allowed ODC to produce a mastering system so advanced and high density capable that they have had to aperture down the optics in order to make pits large enough for the current DVD format.

LaserWave II also incorporates ODC's patented wave shaping technology called TrueYield. TrueYield creates custom waveforms during mastering to precisely control the depth and effective length deviation of recorded pits. This precision mastering results in optimum signal fidelity on finished discs. With LaserWave II you can program and recall over a hundred individual finely tuned optimized settings on a individual job basis. LaserWave II will begin shipping in April 2004, with orders now being taken. To learn more about the LaserWave II contact your nearest ODC Regional Sales Office.

www.optical-disc.com

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SunnComm Ships More than One Million MediaMax CDs in U.S. for March 2004

SunnComm Technologies, Inc., a leader in the development of digital content security and enhancement for optical media, announced today that it has shipped over a million MediaMaxed audio CDs in March and expects to beat those numbers in April.

SunnComm's MediaMax suite of products delivers security for digital audio along with an enhanced consumer experience providing additional bonus content and value-added features available in a user-friendly multi-media session that is mastered on the audio CD and accessible using a personal computer. Bonus features include artist-related promotions, videos, song lyrics, artist bio page, photo gallery, Web links, and music sharing capability through the MusicMail and TuneShare functionality.

SunnComm's legal and licensed music sharing platform allows consumers to share music with friends by providing the recipient with a song that can be downloaded and listened to for a limited number of days, a limited number of plays, or until a specific expiration date arrives. This allows consumers to share music with friends in the spirit of sharing as it was intended while respecting the copyrights of the artists by sending legal and licensed music tracks instead of unauthorized copies.

www.sunncomm.com

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