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May 14, 2004

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Microsoft Licenses Latest Version of Sonic AuthorScript
Roxio Announces Double Layer DVD Recording Software For Mac
MF Digital Announces 3702EC Scribe SA Autoloading CD/DVD Duplicator
Alera Ships 8X DVD/CD Copy Cruiser Pro
EZQuest Debuts “World’s Smallest” USB Flash Drive
Advanced Media Unveils RIDATA Flash Memory Cards and Ancillary Products
InterVideo Home Theater and WinDVD Creator 2 Shipping with Grantsdale-based Intel Desktop Motherboards
GoVideo Introduces “World's First” Networked DVD Player
muvee Technologies Licenses DivX Video for Use in autoProducer

Microsoft Licenses Latest Version of Sonic AuthorScript

Sonic Solutions has announced that Microsoft has licensed Sonic AuthorScript, the company's leading CD and DVD formatting and burning engine, for incorporation into certain future versions of Microsoft Windows. The new license of Sonic AuthorScript allows Microsoft to build in capabilities for creating and burning photo slideshows, videos, recorded TV programs, music, and data to CDs and DVDs.

Sonic and Microsoft entered into a multi-year licensing deal in January 2002 in which Microsoft licensed Sonic's DVD-Video authoring technology. Under that agreement, Sonic is providing core DVD technology and development expertise to Microsoft. In the new agreement between the two companies, Microsoft has the option to integrate AuthorScript into certain future versions of Windows, making it easier for consumers to create CDs and DVDs.

The Sonic AuthorScript Software Development Kit (SDK) enables third-party developers to add a broad range of CD and DVD technologies into their applications and to support a wide array of CD and DVD recorders. AuthorScript contains modules for converting video and audio data into DVD and VCD-compliant MPEG streams, formatting and burning DVD-Video and Video CD projects, data mastering for CD-ROMs and DVD-ROMs, music CD ripping and burning, PVR recording, and DVD-Video and Video CD playback. AuthorScript also contains MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 video encoding modules from Main Concept.

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Roxio Announces Double Layer DVD Recording Software For Mac

Roxio, Inc. has announced that its Toast 6 line will soon be DVD Double Layer (DL)-compatible, allowing Mac users to take advantage of this DL technology for the first time via a downloadable patch that will be available in June. The new DVD +R Double Layer capabilities of Toast 6 Titanium and Toast with Jam 6 will enable users to burn nearly twice the amount of personal data (from 4.7GB to 8.5GB), or record more than three hours of MPEG-2 (DVD-quality) video content on a single DVD +R DL disc.

Toast 6 Titanium will soon include the following Double Layer capabilities:

• Data format - backup and create data discs with up to 8.5 GB of data on a single DL DVD disc
• Copy format - create one-click copies of non-encrypted dual-layer DVD movies
• Video format - author DVDs with more than three hours of video

Toast with Jam 6 customers will enjoy additional Double Layer benefits due to the inclusion of Dolby Digital with the Jam software:

• Audio format - put more than 70 hours of music on a DVD music album, using Dolby Digital sound
• Video format - author DVDs containing more than 4 hours of video without sacrificing audio quality using Dolby Digital compression  

All registered Toast 6 Titanium and Toast with Jam 6 customers will be able to update their software using a free download available in June from Roxio's Web sites worldwide.

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MF Digital Announces 3702EC Scribe SA Autoloading CD/DVD Duplicator

MF Digital has added the CD/DVD 3702EC to its growing EC Series of fully automatic CD/DVD duplication systems. MF Digital is a leading manufacturer of CD/DVD duplication, publishing, and printing equipment for the professional audio and video, corporate, religious and government markets.

The 3000EC Series of standalone CD/DVD copiers is available in two, four and six drive models and is network-capable with an unlimited seat, enterprise-wide network client, making it a shareable resource on any Windows network. License-free client software facilitates the submission, editing, and status checking of duplication and print jobs from anywhere on a network.

The two and four drive models of the CD/DVD-3702 support either inkjet or thermal direct-to-disc in-line printing. All models employ MF Digital's "Relay Mode," which enables copying from multiple masters and changing print images without user intervention.

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Alera Ships 8X DVD/CD Copy Cruiser Pro

Alera Technologies has announced a new 1:1 standalone DVD/CD duplicator, the DVD/CD Copy Cruiser Pro, which copies DVDs at up to 8X on both DVD-R and DVD+R with no computer required. With its new DVD/CD Cruise Control duplicator controller, the DVD/CD Copy Cruiser Pro is designed to offer enhanced simplicity, flexibility, and control.

The DVD/CD Copy Cruiser Pro records discs in six formats: DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW. The DVD/CD Copy Cruiser Pro (Alera Technologies Part No. 260127, Ingram Micro SKU D69177) works as both a standalone duplicator and as an external recorder using a USB 2.0 interface.

The Cruiser ships with Sonic Solutions MyDVD, RecordNow!, and Simple Backup for DVD authoring, recording, and backup, as well as ArcSoft ShowBiz for basic video editing, MusicMatch Jukebox for digital music management and playback, and Cyberlink PowerDVD for DVD playback. The DVD/CD Copy Cruiser Pro has an estimated street price of $499.

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EZQuest Debuts “World’s Smallest” USB Flash Drive

EZQuest has announced a new USB flash drive for Macs and PCs, the EZ-Disk USB 2.0 drive, that is the length and thickness of two quarters. It measures 1.88-inches by .75-inch by .13-inch, and weighs just four grams. Designed for people who want a fast way to copy, transport, and transfer small files, it enables drag-and-drop for transfers at speeds up to 950KB/sec. The drive is completely bus-powered, is backward compatible with USB 1.1, and is compatible with both Macs and PCs. It comes in three models/capacities: 128MB, 256MB, and 512MB.

EZ-Disk flash drives are compatible with Mac OS 9.0 and Mac OS 10.1 or later, and Windows 98SE, 2000, ME, and P. (A driver is needed only for Win 98SE and is included.) EZ-Disk flash drives are available now and MSRPs are: $49 for 128MB; $79 for 256MB capacity; and $149 for 512MB capacity.

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Advanced Media Unveils RIDATA Flash Memory Cards and Ancillary Products

Advanced Media, Inc., a subsidiary of Ritek Corporation, unveiled its line of RIDATA flash memory products at the recent Retail Vision Spring 2004 show. The line includes CompactFlash, SmartMedia, MultiMedia, and SecureDigital (SD) memory cards as well as a flash memory card adapter, a USB card reader, and a thumb-size USB EZ drive.

RIDATA flash memory cards are available in an array of capacity sizes and are designed for use in a variety of applications, including digital cameras, PDAs, MP3 players, cell phones, and notebook computers. High-speed, read/write RIDATA CompactFlash cards are available in 32MB and 64MB, and the Pro series52X speed are available in 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, 2GB, and 4GB capacities. These cards are designed for D-SLR, digital still cameras, MP3 players, notebook computers, and other handheld applications. Advanced Media's SmartMedia cards come in 32MB, 64MB, 128MB capacities. They work in various devices including digital still cameras and MP3 players. RIDATA SecureDigital memory cards feature 64MB, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, and 1GB capacities with 45X high performance. Featuring a high-speed serial interface with random access, RIDATA MultiMedia cards offer 64MB, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, and 1GB capacities.

RIDATA offers four types of flash memory card adapters: 5-in-1 (SmartMedia, Secure Digital, MultiMedia, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO); CompactFlash; Secure Digital/MultiMedia; and SmartMedia. The RIDATA compact USB 2.0 8-in-1 card reader features high-speed connection, a transfer rate of up to 480Mbps, plug-and-play convenience, and hot-swappable capability. It accesses the following storage cards: CompactFlash; Microdrive; SmartMedia; MultiMedia; Secure Digital; and Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, and Memory Stick MagicGate.

The thumb-size RIDATA EZ Drive (USB Flash Drive) portable storage device is available in capacities of 32MB, 64MB, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, and 1GB with full-speed transfers up to 480Mbps.

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InterVideo Home Theater and WinDVD Creator 2 Shipping with Grantsdale-based Intel Desktop Motherboards

InterVideo, Inc. has announced that Intel is including InterVideo Home Theater Silver and WinDVD Creator 2 Silver with the new Grantsdale-based motherboards that will be available in Q2. InterVideo Home Theater Silver is a solution for watching and recording TV programs, viewing videos, creating personal music libraries, and producing photo slideshows. WinDVD Creator 2 Silver provides means of creating or converting home movies into VCDs or SVCDs.

By bundling the OEM versions of InterVideo's software with its Grantsdale-based boards, Intel enables PC distributors and OEMs to address the growing demand for PC/home entertainment convergence tools.

InterVideo Home Theater is designed to turn a Grantsdale PC into a complete multimedia center for enjoying TV, videos, VCDs, VCR tapes, photo slideshows, and music from an audio CD, MP3 or WMA files. WinDVD Creator 2 Silver provides a single interface for capturing, editing, authoring, and burning videos to CDs. Video can be captured from a DV camcorder, old VHS tapes, or TV programs. Once the video clips are captured on the PC's hard drive, users can remove unwanted scenes and enhance the video with titles, transitions, effects, and background music before burning a disc or hard drive.

Consumers who want additional features can upgrade to WinDVD Creator Platinum 2 and InterVideo Home Theater Platinum direct from InterVideo. A remote control for InterVideo Home Theater is also available from the InterVideo Web site.

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GoVideo Introduces “World's First” Networked DVD Player

GoVideo has introduced the "world's first" networked DVD player streaming the Rhapsody music service—a product of RealNetworks, Inc. subsidiary TVs and stereos in the home. More than 650,000 songs can be played by GoVideo Networked DVD Player users at the touch of a button.

Owners of the D2730 Networked DVD Player, and the D2740 model scheduled for introduction this summer, will now be able to view their personal Rhapsody library on the TV screen and listen to music and Internet radio stations on their stereos and home theater systems. The Networked DVD Player users can browse their personal Rhapsody library by artist, album, and song title, choosing from a growing library of more than 50,000 albums, and can also review the custom radio stations and playlists they have created using Rhapsody.

To download the latest Rhapsody-enabled Version 3 software for the D2730 Networked DVD Player, visit, access the Networked DVD Player page, and click on one of the "Version 3 Software" links.

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muvee Technologies Licenses DivX Video for Use in autoProducer

DivXNetworks, Inc., creator of the patent-pending DivX video compression technology, and muvee Technologies, purveyor of the autoProducer automated video tool, have announced a technology licensing agreement to include the DivX video encoder in autoProducer.

The encoder will enable muvee users to create high-quality, highly compressed DivX videos for Web and email distribution. muvee autoProducer with DivX support will be available in major retail stores, as well as bundled with several major OEM offerings.

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