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May 21, 2004

Table of Contents

Targus introduces Rewriteable DVD +/- RW Slim External Drive
Digigami announces it is now shipping Digigami MPressionist.X
Ulead Partners with Alienware
Replay Music Launches Ultimate Streaming Recorder
AJA Video Systems Expands Range of HD Converters
Univenture Expands its Line of Disc Storage Products
Macrovision Wins Preliminary Injunction Against 321 Studios
InterVideo WinDVD 5 and Audio Pack Today’s New Audio Technologies

Targus introduces Rewriteable DVD +/- RW Slim External Drive

Targus Inc. released the USB 2.0 Rewriteable DVD +/- RW Slim External Drive. Targus' new drive weighs less than a pound and measures less than an inch thick, making it the perfect travel companion for mobile professionals. It is also ideal for corporate IT departments needing to upgrade or extend their company's computing assets at a minimal cost.

The Targus Rewriteable DVD +/- RW Slim External Drive is a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed device compatible with all computing solutions that support USB connectivity. The USB connection also allows the drive to draw power directly from the computer. 

Targus new drive supports all popular media formats, including CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW and DVD-RW. The company bundles the drive with Nero 6.0 software, which enables users to organize, edit, play, view and store data onto a variety of optical media. The drive, which delivers 4X writes speeds for DVDs, is priced at $489.99 and includes a one-year warranty.

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Digigami announces it is now shipping Digigami MPressionist.X

Digigami announces it is now shipping Digigami MPressionist.X for Macintosh. The product is a tool for DVD video picture quality for DVD authors and professional compressionists, and is currently available only for Macintosh.

Digigami Mpressionist.X reveals all aspects of the compressed MPEG-2 video track, including all headers and actual bitstream data at the sequence, GOP, picture, slice and macroblock layers. Key information is available as graphic overlays that can be superimposed over the moving picture, allowing the compression variables to be correlated with the actual moving picture in real-time (real-time requires 2Ghz G5 cpu).

By starting with graphical overlays derived from movie statistics such as bitrate/compression and simply dragging the time/position slider one can easily access regions of the file where bitrate/compression is peaking. Once a selection of interesting frames are located, navigate forward and backwards in time with the arrow keys (or mouse) to examine any picture in greater detail. Overlay picture-specific graphs (including compression amount) over the compressed frame and click on any 16x16 pixel macroblock on the grid for increasing levels of detail. Quickly and easily examine compressed frame sizes (and compression levels) in relation to the average for the movie and group. The product is available now at a retail price of $995.

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Ulead Partners with Alienware

Ulead Systems, Inc. has partnered with Alienware to offer professional videographers StudioQuartet, a complete suite of Ulead professional video production software, available on all of Alienware's high-performance workstations. This North American deal gives Alienware customers the choice of outfitting their workstations with a collection of professional Ulead software for video editing, DVD authoring, 3D animation, as well as photo enhancement and graphic creation. As an additional option, customers can include the Ulead HD plug-in to natively capture, edit, and output HDV content with MediaStudio, Ulead's professional video editing software within StudioQuartet. StudioQuartet and the HD plug-in are available to Alienware customers when they order their workstations via

StudioQuartet is comprised of DVD Workshop 2, MediaStudio Pro 7, 3D animation, and PhotoImpact.

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Replay Music Launches Ultimate Streaming Recorder

Stream Internet music and capture those songs for good-recorded, tagged and ready for playback anywhere, anytime. Replay Music makes it possible. Simply install the software, play any streaming music and Replay Music does the rest: Records music as MP3 files, splits tracks, and automatically labels the songs with name and artist (tagging).

Replay Music is the first and only Internet recorder that automatically splits, identifies and tags streaming music, making it more convenient than ever to listen to your favorite songs while recording those songs forplay-back on your computer, mobile device or audio CD's.

It's automatic: Automatically splits tracks and tags song with artist and name. It's simple: Captures streaming music to high quality MP3 files with one click. It's flexible: Records to MP3 files or burn songs to audio CD's. Replay Music runs on any Windows based PC. The cost of the software is $29.95.

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AJA Video Systems Expands Range of HD Converters

AJA Video Systems Inc. announced further expansion of their Standard Definition and High Definition converters with the recent addition of the HD10C2 dual rate D/A Converter, the RH10UC Upconverter, and the RH10DA dual rate Distribution Amplifier. The HD10C2 10-bit, dual rate HD-SDI and SDI digital to analog miniature converter is AJA's second generation HD D/A. For HD -SDI inputs, the HD10C2 outputs full andwidth HD component or "VGA" style RGBHV video. For SDI inputs, the HD10C2 supports component or composite SD outputs. When connected to a multi-format monitor, this versatile converter will automatically provide an image from almost any HD or SD input format.

The RH10UC 10 bit SDI to HD-SDI upconverter, compatible with AJA's rack frames, provides broadcast-quality HD video from SD sources using motion-adaptive de-interlacing and high quality digital scalers. Output HD video is selectable between 720p and 1080i formats. 4:3 to 16:9 aspect ratio conversion is selectable between 4:3 pillarbox, 14:9 pillarbox zoom, letterbox 16:9 zoom, and anamorphic. The RH10UC also includes a frame synchronizer function with Genlock input and supports embedded audio.

The RH10DA is a dual rate 1x8 HD-SDI/SDI re-clocking Distribution Amplifier that is also compatible with AJA's rack frames. The RH10DA equalizes and re-clocks the input and auto-selects between HD and SD. There are LED indicators of the input rate, and the re-clock function can be bypassed with an on-board jumper.

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Univenture Expands its Line of Disc Storage Products

Univenture, Inc. announced the expansion of its line of durable, archival quality disc storage products. The expanded line of products is now available with Univenture's sleek, black, safety-sleeve enclosures for single and multiple disc storage.

The new polypropylene disc and graphic enclosures are available in a variety of sizes, including a four disc full page with easy-to-find tabs or a two-disc half size page. The disc pages also feature a lift-up window that securely holds the disc in place and both are designed to fit standard three ring binders. Single-disc holders and flexible multi-packs are also available for your custom needs.

The new, affordable line of binder-sized to single-disc products features a variety of configurations to house discs and graphics while incorporating all the hallmark features that have made Univenture such a success: Safety Sleeve construction, durable recyclable polypropylene materials and easy to use design.

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Macrovision Wins Preliminary Injunction Against 321 Studios

Macrovision Corporation announced that it has won a preliminary injunction against the sale of widely-distributed DVD cloning products sold by 321 Studios (321) under the name "DVD X Copy." Judge Richard Owen of the Federal Court for the Southern District of New York issued the injunction on May 11, 2004 prohibiting 321 from selling various versions of its DVD copying software and their functional equivalents.

Unlike other lawsuits that have been brought against 321 Studios by content providers, whose primary weapon in the fight against piracy has been the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 ("DMCA"), Macrovision's suit used two complementary approaches of attack by asserting both the DMCA and claims for patent infringement, which cover content protection technologies that are found on most of DVD players sold worldwide. Macrovision was granted a preliminary injunction barring 321 Studios from selling the various versions of its DVD copying software, including DVD X Copy Platinum, DVD X Copy Gold, DVD X Copy Xpress, and their functional equivalents. The Court issued the preliminary injunction after determining the software had violated federal law.

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InterVideo WinDVD 5 and Audio Pack Today’s New Audio Technologies

InterVideo, Inc. (NASDAQ:IVII) announces that the optional DVD-Audio Pack for WinDVD 5 is the only software solution on the market that provides DVD-Audio support without requiring additional hardware. The DVD-Audio Pack combines with WinDVD 5 to provide a complete feature set that consumers can use as a checklist for the software they need to enhance the audio quality of their PCs today and in the future. InterVideo's DVD-Audio Pack automatically detects the DVD-Audio source so users can quickly and easily navigate the audio content to skip tracks, play music and access special audio disc menus.

In addition to DVD-Audio support, InterVideo's WinDVD 5 Audio Pack also includes support for other new technologies that aren't available with similar software video/audio playback solutions. These include: Intel High Definition (HD) Audio Support, CD/DVD Audio Flip Disc (DualDisc) Support, andWindows Media Audio (WMA) Support.

WinDVD 5 is available at InterVideo's web site at and at retail outlets around the world. Suggested list prices are $49.95 for WinDVD Gold 5 and $69.95 for WinDVD Platinum 5. Available at InterVideo's web site, theDVD-Audio pack is priced at $39.95.

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