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November 15, 2002

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MediaFORM Releases Scribe EC Duplication Series
321 Studios Announces Release Of DVD X Copy
Inter Media to Offer 4X DVD-Rs in January
Other World Computing Introduces 200GB External FireWire Drive
MedioStream Introduces Video Recording Support for DVD+RW Drives
Cinema Craft Announces Encoder SP Version 2.66
NewTek and Digimation Announce Integration of Video Toaster [2] and 3ds max
Sonic Foundry Announces Release of CD Architect 5.0

MediaFORM Releases Scribe EC Duplication Series

MediaFORM, a leading manufacturer of CD-R and DVD-R duplication, publishing and printing technology, has released the Scribe EC series of desktop duplication and publishing systems. The new series marks a shift in the company's product development model by offering a wide variety of configuration options from two main base units as opposed to different bases per system.  The "Endless Configurations" (EC) line addresses an increasing need for adaptable duplication and publishing systems in various digital media environments. As a modular system, Scribe EC users can purchase the configuration that meets their current duplication and/or printing needs, while offering scalability to accommodate future upgrades. The PC-based Scribe EC provides several unique features, including an intuitive operation interface and Relay Mode technology to duplicate and print multiple master files without user intervention. The CD-R systems also feature MediaFORM's exclusive SmartDRIVE  technology, which provides copy protection and an electronic watermarking feature that allows users to trace the legitimacy of CDs produced from the system.  The Scribe EC is available with one, two or four 40X CD-R or 2X DVD-R drives and, depending on the configuration selected, provides up to a 600-disc capacity. Additionally, the Scribe EC accommodates most popular inkjet and thermal printers, including the Spectrum 2 thermal printer, and the Signature IV and Signature Pro inkjet printers. The Scribe EC Series is available immediately through MediaFORM's worldwide network of channel partners at a MSRP range of $2,299 -$9,999, depending on the model and configuration.

(http://www.mediaform.com)

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321 Studios Announces Release Of DVD X Copy

321 Studios has announced the release of DVD X Copy, an complete software package that allows users to back-up their DVD collections to DVD-Rs and DVD-RWs without losing any quality from the original DVD. DVD X Copy software insures one's DVD movie collection against scratching, heat damage and other problems destined to reduce favorite movies to unplayable pieces of plastic. Users can make backup copies of their DVD movies with DVD X Copy using nothing more than a DVD burner and blank DVD-R/RW media. Users simply install DVD X Copy, place the DVD movie into their DVD-ROM drive, insert a blank DVD-R/RW in their DVD burner, and click the "Copy Now" button. DVD X Copy copies the entire DVD movie and will play on an any home DVD player equipped to play DVD-R and DVD-RW media as well as on PCs and DVD drives. DVD X Copy is available as a download or on CD from 321 Studios at www.321studios.com or www.dvdxcopy.com or by calling 866-DVD-COPY (866-383-2679). The software is also available at Frys Electronics, Comp USA and Office Depot for a retail price of $99.99 and includes free, unlimited 24x7 technical support by telephone or live chat, an extensive online FAQ and knowledge base, and a 30-day risk-free trial.

(http://www.321studios.com)

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Inter Media to Offer 4X DVD-Rs in January

Inter Media Co., Ltd., of Japan, a member company of Unitech Japan Group, is pleased to be one of the first round of manufacturers to launch the 4x DVD disc for general use to the market in January 2003. Inter Media‚s 4x DVD-R discs are manufactured in its strictly controlled production plant in Ishikawa, Japan.  All discs are made with proprietary production technologies and high-quality organic dye recording layer materials to enhance the recording compatibility and the disc reliability & durability. Inter Media‚s General Use DVD-R disc has a capacity of 4.7GB and strictly conforms to DVD specifications for Recordable Disc (DVD-R).  The discs are packaged in slim cases or in bulk with cake box.

(http://www.unitech.jp/intermedia)

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Other World Computing Introduces 200GB External FireWire Drive

Other World Computing (OWC) has introduced three new Mercury Elite Pro external FireWire storage solutions. The new drives break performance and size barriers with 8MBs of cache and storage capacities of 200, 180 and 120 Gigabytes. The Elite Pro hard drives' high-performance 8MBs of cache offer significant data transfer benefits in both burst data and sustained overall performance when compared to models with only 2MBs of cache. The new models measure 1.5-inches x 9.0-inches x 5.5-inches and weigh less than three pounds. The drives offer convenient plug-and-play capability, which allows for easy transfer and connection to and from office, home or off-site presentation computers. All Mercury Elite Pro drives ship with Intech HD SpeedTools, a FireWire cable, external power adaptor and a two-year OWC warranty. The drives are compatible with Apple OS 8.6 and higher, as well as Windows 98, 2000 and XP.
Pricing for the new Mercury Elite Pro FireWire models is as follows:
o 200GB 7200RPM model w/8MBs of cache: $499.99,
o 180GB 7200RPM model w/8MBs of cache: $449.99, and
o 120GB 7200RPM model w/8MBs of cache: $295.99.

The Mercury Elite Pro FireWire drives are available exclusively through OWC at www.macsales.com. OWC also offers a variety of FireWire interface cards for desktop and notebook computers.

(http://www.macsales.com)

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MedioStream Introduces Video Recording Support for DVD+RW Drives

With its industry-first Video Recording (+VR) support for DVD+RW drives, MedioStream, a leading provider of PC-based software for recording video to DVDs and CDs, offers a software solution that turns DVD+RW drives into a VCR with editing features.  MedioStream's +VR support is the only solution that conforms to currently existing industry standard. This means that users can take advantage of a variety of new advances in DVD technology, regardless of what they are or which manufacturer makes them, and that discs created with neoDVD will work with a variety of consumer devices, such as PCs, TVs, VCRs and set-top DVD recorders.

(http://www.mediostream.com)

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Cinema Craft Announces Encoder SP Version 2.66

Cinema Craft, a leading provider of award-winning MPEG encoders, has announced the release of Cinema Craft Encoder SP Version 2.66.  This new version is particularly noteworthy because of its higher quality, enhanced filters, and Inverse Telecine function. Features include:

o The latest encoding engine
o Still-image sequential files (BMP, JPEG, TARGA, TIFF)
o Low pass filter
o Effect restricted vertical filter
o Dithered quantization
o Start/stop from command prompt
o Inverse 3:2 pulldown

(http://www.cinemacraft.com)

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NewTek and Digimation Announce Integration of Video Toaster [2] and 3ds max

NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading 3D animation and video products, and Digimation, Inc., a leading supplier of plugins for 3ds max, today announced a suite of plugins providing tight integration between NewTek's Video Toaster [2] and Discreet's 3ds max.  The plugins will ship standard with Video Toaster [2]. Video Toaster [2] complements 3ds max's toolset with compositing, video editing, video painting, video in and out, digital disk recording (DDR), and other powerful tools that let 3ds max animators take their work to a new level. NewTek has created custom hooks that give 3ds max direct links into the VT[2] Graphics System.  3ds max animators can use VT [2]'s framebuffer for real time display on a PAL or NTSC broadcast monitor.  This eliminates guesswork about how colors translate from the computer monitor to a TV, or wondering if the image looks good on an interlaced display. NewTek also includes high-quality file saving tools for 3ds max that let the
user save animations in the VT[2]'s own file format. The RTV format is an uncompressed 4:2:2 video format that provides uncompromised quality. NewTek's software does a conversion from 16-bit RBGA space into the RTV format, letting rendered images look as good as they can be on an NTSC or PAL monitor. 3ds max users will find the VT [2] Graphics System bundles, which include eyeon's Digital Fusion compositing products, an affordable alternative among high-end compositing packages.  With Digital Fusion or DFX+, the user gets powerful compositing functions, including keying, tracking, and RLA/RPF support, plus all the video I/O, editing, and broadcast quality video tools that the Video Toaster [2] provides. Video Toaster [2] MSRP is $2995.

(http://www.digimation.com), (http://www.newtek.com)

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Sonic Foundry Announces Release of CD Architect 5.0

Sonic Foundry Inc., a leading digital media software solutions company, today announced the release of its professional CD mastering and burning application, CD Architect. Version 5.0 has been re-engineered as a stand-alone application and provides the most comprehensive audio CD production tools available for creating Red Book CD pre-masters suitable for professional replication. CD Architect utilizes disk-at-once burning technology that lets users create CDs with variable times between tracks and provides the ability to create overlapping crossfades between audio events. Users can arrange projects with an intuitive drag-and-drop Windows interface, select from multiple takes within each audio event, create live style CDs with audio between tracks, and even place hidden tracks on the CD. In compliance with Red Book Audio CD standards, CD Architect allows for up to 99 tracks to be written on each disk. Track list information can be exported out of the program for printing or sending to a replication house. Users can add Industry Standard Recording Codes , Universal Product Codes or Media Catalog Numbers. PQ lists can be edited, including track times, sub-indices and copy-inhibit or pre-emphasis flags. CD Architect provides verification of the project against the Red Book Standard before creating a disk and allows test burns to take place -- eliminating the possibility of producing unusable media. In addition, users can include various processes and effects on a track or at the project level by applying any of the included 20 real-time DirectX audio plug-ins.

(http://www.sonicfoundry.com)

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