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June 02, 2004

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Optical Storage Technology Association Announces Availability of White Paper
Nero Digital Unveils H264/AVC
ADS Tech Announces Instant VideoDVX
Laird Announces Master DV Production Decoder & Distribution Center
LaCie and Roxio Team Up to Deliver First Mac DVD DL Solution
Primera Technology Introduces Signature Z6 CD/DVD Printer
GridIron Software ships X-Factor extension for Adobe After Effects Professional 6.5
Pinnacle Systems Updates ShowCenter Digital Media Receiver with Personal Video Recording Features

Optical Storage Technology Association Announces Availability of White Paper

The Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA) announces the online availability of a comprehensive reference guide, "Understanding Recordable & Rewritable DVD." The 49-page white paper, authored by industry expert Hugh Bennett and available free through OSTA's Web site at http://www.osta.org, answers basic questions about DVD recordable and rewritable technologies using simple language and an easy-to-follow format.

The new guide covers a wide range of both basic and technical information about recordable and rewritable DVD technology encompassing all five writable DVD formats (DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW and DVD-RAM). The white paper also addresses the issues of DVD duplication, replication, and publishing, as well as disc labeling, handling, storage, and disposal. Additional chapters cover disc longevity, testing and verification, and disc construction and manufacturing.

A comprehensive appendix includes suggestions of additional print and online informational resources, as well as links to industry periodicals, trade shows, newsgroups, Web sites, industry associations, and manufacturers by product category.

www.osta.org

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Nero Digital Unveils H264/AVC

Ahead Software will be unveiling an H264/AVC (Advanced Video Coding) implementation of Nero Digital. Jointly developed by the Video Coding Experts Group (VCEG) of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the MPEG committee of ISO/IEC, H264/AVC has huge compression efficiency over MPEG-2, while at the same time integrating effortlessly into existing MPEG-4 architectures such as Nero Digital.

Nero Digital is a complete MPEG-4 A/V solution that also includes HE-AAC (High Efficiency Advanced Audio Coding). Complimenting the new H264/AVC Nero Digital support will be PS (Parametric Stereo) AAC extensions for audio. Parametric Audio Coding contains a tool to code the stereo image enabling Parametric Stereo AAC to be combined in a backwards-compatible fashion with High Efficiency AAC for usage in the low bit-rate range.

www.nero.com

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ADS Tech Announces Instant VideoDVX

ADS Tech announced the release of Instant VideoDVX. The new device can be used with a Windows XP system and the bundled Ulead VideoStudio 8 Basic video editing software for capturing, creating and direct recording of the MPEG-1, Windows Media 9 (WM9) and DivX formats. Instant VideoDVX includes Video Studio 8 Basic, a full-featured video capture and editing application.

The Multi-Trim feature in VideoStudio lets users quickly trim out all of the parts of the movie they don't want in one simple step without complex editing. Then, after inserting the video clips and background music in the Movie Wizard, they can set the style theme (vacation, sports, romance, etc.) and let the Wizard create the complete edited movie.

In addition to its USB 2.0 connection, Instant VideoDVX includes RCA (composite) and S-Video (Y/C) video inputs and is equipped with a high-quality 9-bit video digitizer and 4-line comb filter. Audio input is provided by the RCA stereo (left and right) input. The device also includes support for the NTSC, PAL, and SECAM video formats for multi-national use.

www.ADStech.com

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Laird Announces Master DV Production Decoder & Distribution Center

Laird has announced a solution for shooting, monitoring, switching and capturing a multi-camera DV shoot, the LTM-4DV four-channel DV transcoder, featuring four separate DV media converters and a quad-splitter output in one 2RU rack cabinet (rear of unit pictured).

The Laird 4DV is the company's answer to managing and monitoring four incoming DV feeds by converting the DV signal to high quality analog outputs. The 4DV also features a Quad-Split monitoring output, which allows the user to view all four incoming video streams on one monitor.

The Laird LTM-4DV (110Volt Model) has a suggested list price of $3,295.

www.lairdtelemedia.com

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LaCie and Roxio Team Up to Deliver First Mac DVD DL Solution

Roxio Inc., announced the DL DVD+/-RW drive With Toast 6 Titanium. Effective immediately, Roxio's Toast 6 Titanium will begin shipping with LaCie's new DL DVD+/-RW drive. The LaCie DL DVD+/-RW drive combined with the new DVD+R double-layer capabilities of Toast 6 Titanium will enable Mac users to burn nearly twice the amount of personal data (from 4.7GB to 8.5GB). In addition to double layer recording capabilities, the new drive will support both DVD-RW and DVD+RW formats at 4x speed, as well as CD-R and CD-RW formats.

Toast 6 Titanium includes the following powerful 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.

The LaCie DL DVD+/-RW drive bundled with Toast 6 Titanium will be available in June 2004 through authorized resellers, specialty stores and mail order partners with prices beginning at $249.00.  

www.lacie.com

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Primera Technology Introduces Signature Z6 CD/DVD Printer

Primera Technology Inc., announced its Signature Z6 CD/DVD Printer. The Signature Z6 is Primera's sixth-generation CD/DVD printer. It introduces a host of new features, including: · Six-color printing for true photo-quality output · 4800 dpi print resolution · 20% faster printing than its predecessor · A new low price of just $1495.00.

 By adding light cyan and light magenta to CMYK, printed photos look more natural. The Signature Z6 includes Primera's PrimaColo and exclusive new Z-Color Color Matching Systems for control over the colors you create and print. The Signature Z6 has large, 34 and 41ml ink cartridges filled at 100% for its color and black inks.

The SureThing CD Labeler Primera Edition, a professional labeling software program, is also included for graphic design. Graphic designs from other software programs such as Adobe PhotoShop, CorelDRAW, and Illustrator can be imported into SureThing templates. It also includes a patented early-warning ink level monitoring system.

For fully automated disc production, the Signature Z6 interfaces with Primera's Composer XL, ComposerPro and ComposerMAX Optical Disc Duplicators. Combining a Signature Z6 and Composer-series duplicator enables automatic disc burning and printing for up to 400 discs per job.

The Signature Z6 is priced at $1495.00 . It is currently shipping and can be purchased from Primera Technology's Authorized Resellers and Distributors in more than 85 countries.

www.primera.com

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GridIron Software ships X-Factor extension for Adobe After Effects Professional 6.5

GridIron Software announced the availability of its X-Factor extension for Adobe After Effects Professional 6.5. Adobe After Effects Professional creates motion graphics and effects for film, video, DVD and the Web, and uses the X-Factor extension to allow digital professionals to use grid computing technology to rapidly increase the speed of preview and rendering capabilities in an easy-to-use and non-intrusive manner.

X-Factor by GridIron divides and distributes the work ordinarily performed on a single computer among several computers joined together in a network. Unlike a render farm, which uses multiple computers for the final rendering of frames at the end of a project, X-Factor speeds up processing while After Effects 6.5 is being used. Preview processing and rendering take place in the background, allowing the full computing power of the Adobe After Effects workstation to be used for other tasks at the same time.

www.gridironxfactor.com

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Pinnacle Systems Updates ShowCenter Digital Media Receiver with Personal Video Recording Features

Pinnacle Systems Inc. released ShowCenter1.5, the newest version of its set-top digital media receiver. The new version adds a personal video recorder (PVR), Internet radio and enhanced usability features to its already long list of capabilities. ShowCenter 1.5 is expected to be available in retail channels in June 2004.

Pinnacle ShowCenter is a digital media receiver that connects to wireless and wired home local area networks (LAN) and enables streaming of multimedia files from any PC on the network to a television or home entertainment system connected to ShowCenter. When used in conjunction with a PC equipped with a Pinnacle PCTV tuner card, ShowCenter 1.5 enables users to benefit from PVR features such as Time Shifting, to pause live television, watch instant replays and skip through a recording in progress, as well as easily program their PC to record their favorite programs. Recordings are stored on the PC's hard drive and are accessible from the ShowCenter TV-based interface. The ShowCenter 1.5 PVR features are compatible with the PCTV Stereo, PCTV, PCTV Pro, and PCTV USB2.

ShowCenter 1.5 also includes numerous usability enhancements such as volume control via the ShowCenter remote, photo thumbnail view of albums and slideshows, photo rotation, pan and zoom-in and color correction. Both the ShowCenter Player and the ShowCenter PC application, now support an even wider range of MPEG4 formats.

www.pinnaclesys.com

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