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June 11, 2004

Table of Contents

Samsung Unleashes New Plasma Displays
Sorenson Media Announces the Next Generation of Sorenson Squeeze Video Compression Software
InterVideo Adds Spatializer UltraPC HD Enhanced Audio Suite to WinDVD
TI Introduces Hi-Fi Audio Solution for SACD and DVD Audio Players
Canopus Imaginate 2.0 and MediaEdge2 Now Shipping
Sonic Foundry Unveils New Rich Media Recorders
Primera Announces New Composer CD/DVD Duplicator Bundles
Nero 6 Ultra Edition Reloaded

Samsung Unleashes New Plasma Displays

Samsung announced its latest generation of large-screen, plasma displays targeted for commercial and professional applications. Samsung's new plasma display lineup includes the 42-inch PPM42H3, 42-inch PPM42SQ3, 50-inch PPM50H3Q and 63-inch PPM63H3Q. All new displays will be showcased at InfoComm 2004.

Samsung's 42-inch PPM42H3 offers an exceptionally high 1024 x 768 resolution and delivers true high-definition by matching, pixel-by-pixel, the 720P HDTV format without the need for processing. The display also features a high 3000:1 contrast ratio and 1000cd/m2 brightness level. All displays incorporate Samsung's Digital Natural Image enhancement (DNIe). In addition, all new displays feature advanced Anti-Burn Technologies including Auto Pixel Shift that keeps the images moving imperceptibly and Samsung's Always White technology combines with its Signal Pattern Process to eliminate electrically charged residual images. For an array of display options, the plasmas feature variable aspect ratios with six separate modes including 16:9 and 4:3, and a 10x digital zoom and pan control.

The feature-rich plasmas offer dual analog and digital inputs, Picture-by-Picture functionality that is ideal for videoconferencing and a built-in processor for "tiling" displays in a 2x2, 3x3, 4x4 and 5x5 configuration, perfect for video wall applications. Each display device includes composite video for terrestrial and cable connections, component video that offers 480i/p, 720p and 1080i viewing, S-Video for gaming applications and an RGB input for use with a PC. In addition, all four displays feature a picture-in-picture (PIP) function that allows for viewing of multiple sources at the same time.

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Sorenson Media Announces the Next Generation of Sorenson Squeeze Video Compression Software

Sorenson Media announced Sorenson Squeeze 4 - a new line of video compression applications for digital video professionals and enthusiasts. The Sorenson Squeeze 4 includes the Sorenson Squeeze 4 Compression Suite, Sorenson Squeeze 4 for Macromedia Flash MX, and Sorenson Squeeze 4 for MPEG-4 - all of which are available in Windows and Macintosh versions.

Sorenson Squeeze 4 Compression Suite is the first full-featured compression application to incorporate High Definition (HD) encoding for a variety of video formats including MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, QuickTime, and RealMedia. Additionally, the Windows version of the Suite includes HD encoding options for Windows Media 9. Sorenson Media has added the Sorenson AVC Pro codec (also known as H.264) to the Sorenson Squeeze 4 Compression Suite and Sorenson Squeeze 4 for MPEG-4.

Sorenson Squeeze 4 Compression Suite specializes in compressing digital video for archiving and sharing video on CD, DVD, or over the Internet. As part of the authoring and publication process, users import edited, uncompressed video from popular video editing tools such as Avid Xpress DV, Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere.

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InterVideo Adds Spatializer UltraPC HD Enhanced Audio Suite to WinDVD

Spatializer Audio Laboratories Inc. announced that the OEM editions of WinDVD from InterVideo Inc. now offer the Spatializer UltraPC HD enhanced audio suite from Spatializer Audio Laboratories Inc. The Spatializer UltraPC HD suite includes five enhanced audio technologies that have been optimized to overcome the audio delivery challenges inherent with the small speakers that are typically used when space and costs are an issue.

The Spatializer UltraPC HD suite includes:

- Spatializer N-2-2 ULTRA is designed to enhance Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro-Logic sound tracks and delivers multi-channel surround sound from just two speakers. Spatializer N-2-2 ULTRA is also capable of virtualizing stereo sound from CDs and other two-channel sources to a fuller and richer sound.
- Spatializer N-2-2 ULTRA TV provides virtual surround sound technology for DVD playback through television speakers.
- Spatializer Natural Headphone converts 5.1 channel surround sound into two channels, while providing the listener with a natural sounding personal surround sound experience, optimized for movies.
- Spatializer PCE (Phase Corrected Equalization) polishes and more clearly defines both dialogue and music through any ordinary set of loudspeakers or headphones for sparkling clarity.
- Spatializer VirtuaLFE creates the perception of subwoofer frequencies without going below the minimum frequency response of the loudspeakers or headphones. The result is a more dramatic listening experience even with low cost or "frequency response challenged" speakers or headphones.

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TI Introduces Hi-Fi Audio Solution for SACD and DVD Audio Players

Texas Instruments Incorporated introduced a high-fidelity headphone driver that completes an entire audio signal chain for super-audio compact disc (SACD) and DVD audio players and other systems with similar demanding requirements. The TPA6120A2 delivers performance in terms of dynamic range, signal to noise ratio and slew rate. When matched with the OPA4134 audio operational amplifier (op amp) and the PCM1792 or DSD1792 digital-to-analog converter (DAC) from TI's Burr-Brown product line, the entire audio chipset maintains a dynamic range greater than 120 dB.

Superior sound quality from the OPA4134 is derived from its FET input stage and high drive output stage. The FET inputs respond very quickly and the output signal can swing to nearly 1 V from the supply rails when driving impedances greater than 2 kohms. This exceptional operation delivers an ultra-low 0.00008 percent total harmonic distortion (THD) and 8 nV/square root Hz noise floor.

The PCM1792 and DSD1792 DACs employ TI's advanced-segment sigma-delta architecture; enabling unmatched dynamic range performance of up to 132 dB, with improved tolerance to clock jitter. Balanced current outputs provide increased immunity to noise and allow the user to optimize the analog performance with the output filters. Both the PCM1792 and DSD1792 accept 24- bit PCM and 1-bit DSD audio data formats, and features such as digital attenuation, de-emphasis and soft mute can be controlled with SPI or I2C interfaces.

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Canopus Imaginate 2.0 and MediaEdge2 Now Shipping

Imaginate 2.0 is the latest version of the still-image animation software that gives documentary filmmakers, broadcasters, as well as corporate and event videographers, the freedom and flexibility to bring new dimensions to their productions by transforming their still images and photographs into movies. Imaginate 2.0 features a new Edit Project Mode that provides a complete overview of the project and allows the importing of groups of images directly into the project. The Storyboard interface allows images to be arranged in any order by simply dragging and dropping them. Imaginate 2.0's support for multiple images makes it easy to create photo montages, slide shows and presentations.

For added creativity, Imaginate 2.0 includes a new soundtrack capability that lets users import audio files, including music or narration, to Imaginate projects. For extra versatility, Imaginate 2.0 can render projects in HD resolutions. A host of productivity tools, including new Wizard interfaces and template libraries are used to ease the set up and configuration of projects, such as camera movements, video effects and scene lengths.

Canopus also announced the availability of MediaEdge2, the latest version of its network-based video distribution system. Supporting MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and now MPEG-4, MediaEdge2 provides a multi-channel, multi-location video delivery solution using standard TCP/IP networks. MediaEdge2 offers a cost-effective method of distributing high-quality video content to multiple PC and set-top box clients.

Supporting Windows 2003 Server, the MediaEdge-SVS2 server software facilitates the setup and administration of sophisticated broadcast systems over a client/server-based network, providing video-on-demand, scheduled video and live video-stream playback capabilities. With its HTML-based interface, MediaEdge-SVS2 offers remote administration capabilities using a Web browser and a flexible platform for designing customized operations.

Canopus's new MVRD4000 board supports realtime encoding and decoding of MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 video. When MVRD4000 is combined with MediaEdge2, live external video sources, such as VCRs, DVD players and satellite feeds, can be encoded in MPEG-4 and rebroadcast across a MediaEdge2 network in realtime. MPEG-4 encoding provides video content that retains a high level of quality while using less bandwidth during transmission when compared to MPEG-2. MediaEdge2 servers can use additional MVRD4000 boards to stream multiple external video sources.

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Sonic Foundry Unveils New Rich Media Recorders

Sonic Foundry Inc. introduced a new family of rich media recorders developed as part of the company's Mediasite line. The new rich media recorders announced today easily integrate into meeting and lecture rooms to transparently record everything presented or projected, thereby maximizing existing infrastructure investments. The latest products are:

-Mediasite VL400 - The Mediasite VL400 is a multi-channel recorder for video conferencing applications. Available as a rackmount or tabletop system, the Mediasite VL400 instantly captures and synchronizes audio, video as well as all graphics and visuals - including annotations - presented during two-way video conferences. Conferences also can be recorded and burned to a CD for offline viewing, or streamed via the Web for live and on-demand desktop access.

-Mediasite RL400 - Mediasite RL400's dual-channel, real-time processing eliminates all the complicated and time-consuming authoring or post-production requirements of competing products.

-Mediasite RL400 features a variety of enhancements to improve functionality, AV integration and the end-user experience. Key new features and capabilities include: Control Systems Interoperability, RapidRecord, Server-free Recording Mode, VersaVisual, Real-time Technology, Publish to Flash, Enhanced Security Management, Reporting and Tracking.

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Primera Announces New Composer CD/DVD Duplicator Bundles

New Composer XL and ComposerPro optical disc duplicator bundles include in one box everything required to make up a complete automated CD/DVD burn and print system, the manufacturer describes. All Composer bundles include Primera's Signature Z6 CD/DVD Printer. The Signature Z6 is a direct-to-disc printer, including 4800 dpi print resolution, large ink cartridges for uninterrupted duplication runs, a low cost per disc, and a high-speed USB 1.1/2.0 interface.

Composer XL is a single-drive, automated duplication system that can be configured for either CD-R or DVD R. It duplicates and optionally prints up to 100 discs per job from a Windows-based PC. ComposerPro is a two-drive system that also has 100-disc capacity. Both can be assembled and configured with the included Signature Z6 CD/DVD Printer in just minutes by using a new Quick Start Guide that's included with every bundled system. Each bundled system includes the Composer duplicator, Signature Z6 CD/DVD Printer, printer stand, all cables, a starter supply of media and full instructions.

Prices for complete, bundled systems are up to $840 less than the cost of purchasing the same components separately. Composer XL and ComposerPro Bundles are available immediately from Primera's authorized resellers and distributors.

The new SKUs for Composer bundles (MSRP in the US; actual reseller prices may vary) are as follows:

62851 Composer XL CD-R Bundle, 110 VAC $2995
62852 Composer XL CD-R Bundle, 220 VAC $2995
62853 Composer XL DVD R Bundle, 110 VAC $3295
62854 Composer XL DVD R Bundle, 220 VAC $3295
62251 ComposerPro CD-R Bundle, 110VAC $3495
62252 ComposerPro CD-R Bundle, 220 VAC $3495
62253 ComposerPro DVD R Bundle, 110 VAC $3995
62254 ComposerPro DVD R Bundle, 220 VAC $3995

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Nero 6 Ultra Edition Reloaded

Ahead Software announced several new exciting updates to the Ultimate All-In-One Digital Media Solution, Nero 6 Ultra Edition, including a newly designed package. This reloaded version of Nero 6 Ultra Edition offers all of its applications along with unlimited MP3, unlimited MPEG-4, Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and Dolby 2 channel encoding, Double Layer recording, and the all-new Nero PhotoShow Express.

Nero 6 now brings Double Layer recording to the retail consumer. Nero Recode 2 featuring Nero Digital the world's fastest MPEG-4 encoder enables the user to recode non copy-protected movies (DVD-9 to DVD-5) to a CDR/RW, DVD+/-R or a single DVD+R DL disc in DVD-Video format (DVD-9 to DVD-9).

The reloaded Nero 6 Ultra Edition also includes various feature updates to core Nero applications. NeroVision Express 2 takes video capturing, editing, photo slideshows and animated menu creation to the next level with its support of full DVD-Video authoring on DVD+/-R and DVD+R DL. The industry standard Nero Burning Rom and Nero Express 6 allows users to burn standard data and digital audio discs with up to 8.5 GB in size. The DVD and digital video playback software, Nero ShowTime, offers vibrant picture quality for all DVD formats compatible with Nero Digita (MPEG-4). InCD 4, the standard packet writing application, also provides DVD-RAM support and DVD-RW quick format.

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