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June 25, 2004

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Avid Ships Fully Integrated Production Suite: Avid Xpress Studio
Advanced Media Introduces RIDATA Brand 8.5GB Dual-Layer Recordable DVD+/-R Discs
NTI Rolls Out Dragon Burn 4.0 with Promotion Upgrade Offer for Owners of Any Mac CD/DVD Burning Software
H.264 Advanced Video Codec Adopted for Next Generation DVDs
Philips Starts Shipments of its 16X DVD+R/+RW Writer with Double Layer Functionality
Pinnacle Systems Brings Video-Based Teaching Tools to the Classroom
JVC Selects Maxtor QuickView Hard Drives for New HDD/DVD Recorders
Faraday Introduces High-Resolution MPEG-4 Solution for Multimedia Applications

Avid Ships Fully Integrated Production Suite: Avid Xpress Studio

Avid Technology, Inc. has announced the worldwide availability of its Avid Xpress Studio all-in-one production suite. Designed for DV professionals, the Avid Xpress Studio system combines video editing, audio production, 3D animation, compositing, titling, and DVD authoring capabilities with professional video and audio production hardware - all of which interoperate on a single computer. Customers can purchase Avid Xpress Studio through Avid's global reseller channel and the Avid store.

The Avid Xpress Studio system is available in two versions. Each version includes the Avid Xpress Pro, Avid Pro Tools LE, Avid 3D, Avid FX, and Avid DVD by Sonic software applications, and a different hardware configuration:

  • Avid Xpress Studio Complete: For $6,995, this package includes the Digi 002, which provides professional audio and MIDI I/O connections and eight touch-sensitive, motorized faders for automation control. It is designed to work with both the Avid Xpress Pro and Avid Pro Tools LE applications. Avid Xpress Studio Complete also includes the Avid Mojo Digital Nonlinear Accelerator, which offers simultaneous real-time output of multiple streams of video and 3-D effects to client monitor and tape, the ability to mix uncompressed graphics and animation with DV media in real time, and many more capabilities.
  • Avid Xpress Studio Essentials: For $3,995, this package includes the Digidesign Mbox hardware, a 2-channel USB audio peripheral that integrates audio and MIDI recording, editing, and real-time mixing.

The software and hardware applications included in the Avid Xpress Studio system are also available for individual purchase. Pricing is as follows:

  • Avid Xpress Pro: $1,695 (available for both Mac and Windows)
  • Pro Tools LE, including Digidesign DV Toolkit software and Mbox hardware: $1,490 (Mac and Windows)
  • Digi 002, including Avid Pro Tools LE and Digidesign DV Toolkit software: $3,490 (Mac and Windows)
  • Avid 3D: $1,495 (Windows only)
  • Avid FX: $1,595 (Mac and Windows)
  • Avid DVD by Sonic: $1,995 (Windows only)
  • Avid Mojo: $1,695 (Mac and Windows)

The Avid Xpress Studio is currently qualified for Windows-based systems, including a range of desktop and laptop CPUs from HP - Avid's preferred PC platform provider. Upgrade pricing for current Avid Xpress Pro, Avid Xpress DV and Digi 002 customers starts at $2,295.

www.avid.com/xpressstudio

www.avidstore.com

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Advanced Media Introduces RIDATA Brand 8.5GB Dual-Layer Recordable DVD+/-R Discs

Advanced Media, Inc. announced that it has begun production of its new double-layer DVD+/-R medium. The single-sided disc has 8.5GB of storage capacity, enough for up to four hours of DVD-quality video, 16 hours of VHS-quality video, or over 120 hours of MP3 audio. It is marketed under the company's RIDATA brand. Shipments will begin in mid-July.

The Advanced Media double-layer disc has been certified to be in compliance with the DVD+R Alliance, of which parent company RITEK is a member.

Material can be either read or recorded on one layer without affecting material on the other layer. This allows users to read, write, or view nearly twice the amount of data than with the current single-layer 4.7GB DVD discs without having to flip sides or change discs.

www.ritekusa.com

www.antarra.com

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NTI Rolls Out Dragon Burn 4.0 with Promotion Upgrade Offer for Owners of Any Mac CD/DVD Burning Software

NewTech Infosystems, Inc. (NTI), has announced Version 4.0 of Dragon Burn with new features and a $9.99 promotion upgrade offer. Dragon Burn offers an alternative to the basic CD- and DVD-burning capabilities available with Mac OS X desktop and PowerBook notebook computers.

Dragon Burn 4.0 features an NTI technology called Dynamic Drive Support that provides support to a range of CD and DVD burners (e.g. DVD+R/+RW burners, many external CD/DVD burners, etc.). Other capabilities of NTI Dragon Burn 4.0 include a multi-burning engine, DVD+RW and CD-R/-RW multisession support, multiple copy, UDF file system support and layout filtering.

New features added to Dragon Burn 4.0 include:

  • Video mastering
  • VCDs/SVCDs can be created from standard-compliant MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 files.
  • Movie DVDs can be created from Video_TS (.VOB files, etc.)
  • Picture CD
  • A CD can be burned with JPEG picture files captured by a digital camera. The recorded CD is compatible with newer-generation DVD players that play the JPEG format.
  • DVD+R DL (Double Layer) Support
  • Users can burn to double-layer DVD+R media with a capacity of up to 8.5GB on a single side.
  • Enhanced Dynamic Drive Support ("DDS")

Dragon Burn is an MP3 and audio solution, with support for many audio formats (AAC, AIFF, CDDA, MP3, SD2, and WAV) that enables users to create custom audio CDs with automated volume balancing across all. Users can also make multiple disc copies simultaneously.

For a limited time, owners of any Mac OS X CD/DVD burning software can upgrade to Dragon Burn 4.0 for only $9.99 at the NTI website. Available for immediate delivery, Dragon Burn 4.0 for Mac OS X systems has a suggested retail price of $49.95. The downloadable version can be purchased directly at the website. Dragon Burn retail packages will also be available from leading authorized retailers worldwide as well as major online retailers.

NTI offers Dragon Burn for OEM bundling with external CD and DVD burners. Corporate, educational and government site licenses are also available directly from NTI with discounts based on volume.

www.NTIus.com

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H.264 Advanced Video Codec Adopted for Next Generation DVDs

Apple announced that the DVD Forum has ratified the H.264 Advanced Video Codec (AVC) to be included in the next-generation High Definition (HD) DVD format. The H.264/AVC codec was jointly developed by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and has been ratified into the MPEG-4 specification as the next-generation video codec. H.264/AVC is based on open standards and will ship in Apple's QuickTime software in an upcoming release next year.

As shown in a preview at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in April, video encoded at full high definition resolution (1920x1080 24p) was played back between 6.8 and 8 Mbps on a dual-processor Power Mac G5 delivering full HD quality at up to half the data rate of MPEG-2.

www.apple.com

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Philips Starts Shipments of its 16X DVD+R/+RW Writer with Double Layer Functionality

Philips Electronics announced that it has started shipments of its new 16Xx DVD writer to PC manufacturers who will integrate the drives as standard in their new systems over coming season. Philips plans to have production volume at 600k units/month in anticipation of the expected increase in market demand.

Philips' latest DVD+R/RW writer features 16X write speeds on DVD+R media and up to 8.5GB of storage capacity on DVD+R DL media. It offers the consumer performance and flexibility not only in DVD creation (16X write DVD+R, 2.4X DVD+R DL, 4X rewrite DVD+RW, 16X read DVD-ROM), but also in CD creation (40X write CD-R, 24X rewrite CD, 40X read CD-ROM).

Next to sales to PCOEM, Philips-branded drives DVDR1640K will be sold in the aftermarket as a complete kit in Europe by July 2004.

www.philips.com/newscenter

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Pinnacle Systems Brings Video-Based Teaching Tools to the Classroom

At the National Educational Computing Conference Tradeshow (NECC) in New Orleans, Pinnacle Systems, Inc. introduced the Pinnacle Video and Advanced Video Toolkits, two new products designed to give teachers tools to educate their students through video. The toolkits are based on Pinnacle's video editing software applications, Pinnacle Studio 9 and Liquid Edition 5.5.

Each toolkit comes with product training materials from curricula providers. The Video Toolkit includes a Quick Step Guide from Digital Classroom and the Advanced Toolkit comes with Pinnacle Liquid Edition PowerStart from DV Creators. This gives instructors out-of-the-box teaching tools to use with their video editing software.

Both the entry and advanced video toolkits are immediately available in the U.S. and in Canada. The toolkits are priced for the education market and are available in five and ten license packs, and with volume pricing. Pricing is also available for K-12 schools.

www.pinnaclesys.com

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JVC Selects Maxtor QuickView Hard Drives for New HDD/DVD Recorders

Maxtor Corporation has announced that Victor Company of Japan Ltd (JVC) has selected Maxtor QuickView consumer electronics (CE) hard disk drives for its new DR-MH30 and DR-MH50 HDD & DVD recorders. The JVC DR-MH30 incorporates a Maxtor 160GB QuickView hard disk drive and provides up to 143 hours of standard definition video recording. The JVC DR-MH50 includes a Maxtor 250GB QuickView hard drive and offers up to 225 hours of standard definition video recording.

JVC's DR-MH30 and DR-MH50 HDD & DVD recorders are now available in Japan.

www.jvc-victor.co.jp

www.maxtor.com

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Faraday Introduces High-Resolution MPEG-4 Solution for Multimedia Applications

Faraday Technology Corporation has announced the availability of its MPEG-4 codec IP, which achieves 4CIF (720x576) resolution at low bit rate for multimedia applications such as camcorders, digital video recorders (DVRs), DVD players, video conference equipments, surveillance products, set-top-boxes, and other media-intensive products.

The MPEG-4 engine includes a video and image compression/decompression IP core, a DMA controller, and a video capture functional block. In addition to this new MPEG-4 engine, Faraday's multimedia platform solution employs a 200MHz ARM core or other microcontroller, an AMBA bus, and modularized hardware/software IPs.

Faraday's FTMCP100 is a video and image compression/decompression IP core supporting MPEG-4 (ISO/IEC 14496-2) simple profile L0 ~ L3 standard and JPEG (ISO/IEC 10918-1) base-line standard. Depending on the CPU firmware, it can support MPEG4 or JPEG encoding and decoding. The FTMCP100 supports up to 30fps at 4CIF (720 x 576) resolution; it also supports other standard resolutions (sub QCIF, QCIF, CIF, and VGA) and non-standards on 16-pixel steps.

Faraday's MPEG-4 video codec IP is available for verification and licensing now. The list price for a single use license is $250,000, with 25 cents per chip royalty. A certain amount of the license fee will be included in the NRE fee for ASIC customers.

www.faraday-tech.com

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