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June 29, 2004

Table of Contents

SunnComm Announces Advance in DVD Protection
LSI Logic DiMeNsion Media Processor Shipping in Zenith Combination VCR/DVD Recorder Systems
RealNetworks Announces RealPlayer 10 for Mac OS X
LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling Announces New Licensees
Reelhouse announced Film Makers FX Suite
VBrick Systems Introduces Portable Video Encoder for Full-Motion DVD-Quality Video
Macromedia Delivers Flash Lite 1.1
Memorex Introduces New Double-Layer DVD+R Discs

SunnComm Announces Advance in DVD Protection

SunnComm International Inc. announced that it has completed its "proof of concept" in the development of its anticipated DVD copy inhibiting technology. The SunnComm MediaMaxDVD technology will include features and enhancements on a commercial DVD in addition to the security components designed to inhibit casual copying. The company will announce these additional features following the completion of Phase I of its patent application process intended to secure the intellectual property rights related to these unique additional features. These enhancements have been designed to create greater entertainment value for the consumer while boosting incremental sales and contributing to higher price points on catalog DVD releases.

DVD to DVD piracy has become a major concern for content providers in the movie industry. Now, most commercial technology available prevents users from making illegal copies of DVDs when they attempt to convert the DVD content to the VHS tape format. Demand for content protection to fight DVD to DVD piracy is accelerating as DVD players and DVD burners become increasingly available and affordable.

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LSI Logic DiMeNsion Media Processor Shipping in Zenith Combination VCR/DVD Recorder Systems

LSI Logic Corporation announced that its DiMeNsion 8600 (DMN-8600) DVD recorder processor is shipping in LG Electronics' line of Zenith brand combination VCR/DVD recorder products in the United States, including the Zenith XBR413. The Zenith XBR413 de-interlaces video content from either the VCR or the DVD and displays it in progressive scan 480P format. The Zenith XBR413 includes one-touch dubbing from VHS tape to DVD disc for simplified VHS-DVD conversion. It also includes LSI Logic's Direct Digital Dub(TM) technology, which makes it easy to transfer personal digital content from a digital camcorder to a DVD over FireWire, with a single remote.

Based on the LSI Logic DoMiNo architecture, the DMN-8600 is a highly integrated DVD recorder system processor with a second-generation DV codec. Additional advantages of the DMN-8600 include the LSI Logic DoMiNoFX proprietary pre- and post-processing technologies, TrueView Pro and TrueScan Pro. These motion compensation-based technologies provide advanced progressive scan output and impressive noise reduction on analog inputs.

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RealNetworks Announces RealPlayer 10 for Mac OS X

RealNetworks Inc. will release the beta version of RealPlayer 10 for Mac OS X on June 30. The newest RealPlayer from RealNetworks enables Mac OS X consumers to enjoy hundreds of hours of audio and video content in many of the major Internet media formats, including RealAudio, RealVideo, AA browser window, advanced video controls and graphic equalizer.

Additionally, RealNeworks announced that its Real Export Plug-in for Mac is available in final form as a free download, enabling Mac-based content creators to easily create RealAudio 10 and RealVideo 10 content from their favorite Mac OS X media applications.

The RealPlayer 10 for Mac OS X offers Mac consumers a full featured audio and video player for free. Features include:

* QuickTime playback -- includes full screen playback
* Advanced video controls and premium quality graphic equalizer
* Integrated browser for easy transition between the Web and audio or video
* Support for Rendezvous
* Familiar, Easy and Fun -- behaves just like other Mac applications

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LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling Announces New Licensees

HP LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling has announced several new licensees including leading consumer electronics and software companies. HP is licensing LightScribe to optical disc drive manufacturers, CD and DVD manufacturers, software makers and PC and consumer electronics companies.

The technology enables customers to burn silkscreen-quality labels on their CDs and DVDs with the same drive that was used to burn the data. To date, 12 companies have completed the licensing process and are engaged in various stages of bringing LightScribe into their product portfolios, both to support the initial HP product launch and enable the creation of a market standard labeling solution.

Previously announced licensees include Hitachi-LG Data Storage Inc. and Toshiba; Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation and Moser Baer India Limited; and software company MicroVision Development. The LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling system is a breakthrough in disc labeling technology providing consumers and businesses a customizable, easy-to-use solution for labeling CDs and DVDs without the need for a printer or adhesive paper labels. Using a combination of LightScribe-enabled media, internal or standalone recordable drives and software configurations, customers are able to burn to the data side of the disc, flip the disc over and "burn" a silkscreen-quality label with text and graphics to the label side using the very same laser.

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Reelhouse announced Film Makers FX Suite

Reelhouse announced the release of the Film Makers FX Suite containing over 815 amazing film FX. The Suite is the made up of 5 of the largest film FX libraries in the world and is built for Video / DVD editors. The F Film Makers FX Suite is offered in network quality NTSC and PAL, and this month is almost $1000 off.

The Film Makers FX Suite, for example saves you almost $1000, the Background Suite saves you almost $800, and the Mad Scientist Suite saves you over $2500. Reelhouse also announces today members can instantly save $100 off ANY order (even bundles) simply by registering.

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VBrick Systems Introduces Portable Video Encoder for Full-Motion DVD-Quality Video

VBrick Systems introduced the VBrick Security, Surveillance and Monitoring (VBSSM) appliance, an MPEG-2 encoder designed specifically for surveillance and monitoring applications. Compact and able to withstand temperatures ranging from -20 to 70 degrees, the VBSSM provides reliable DVD-quality video, perfect for critical monitoring and surveillance where full-motion high quality video are required.

The VBSSM can be placed almost anywhere, including on top of telephone poles, in transportation vehicles or mounted in and around office buildings. It contains conformal-coated circuit boards, making it suitable for deployment in harsh environmental conditions. The VBSSM encoder accepts NTSC/PAL video from standard surveillance cameras, compresses it in real-time and transmits it digitally over an IP network. Video can be displayed on TV monitors using numerous MPEG-2 decoders, set top boxes and on PCs through desktop decoder software, such as VBrick's StreamPlayer.

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Macromedia Delivers Flash Lite 1.1

Macromedia announced that Macromedia Flash Lite 1.1, the Flash Player profile for mobile phones, is now available for service providers and handset manufacturers around the world. Flash Lite 1.1 is a significant update to 1.0, first used in the NTT DoCoMo 505i handsets introduced last year. The new version has support for the W3C standard SVG Tiny (SVG-T), network connectivity, improved audio support, and APIs to integrate Flash content with phone functionality.

The update provides OEMs with a single player for playback of animations using SVG-T as well as Flash, the standard for interactive content. New network connectivity enables Flash content to make dynamic server queries, bringing the power of rich Internet applications to mobile phones. New scripting commands enable developers to create Flash content that can access core handset features such as sending multimedia messages, dialing, checking the network status, and battery level. The update also adds improved audio functionality, with support for MP3, PCM, ADPCM, and SMAF audio formats.

Macromedia Flash Lite 1.1 is an updated profile of Flash Player designed specifically for mobile phones. This profile targets mass-market phones that do not have sufficient processing power and memory to support the entire Flash Player 7 feature set available on the desktop. Flash Lite 1.1 will be licensed in different configurations to address the needs of specific market segments such as handset manufacturers and operators. Developers today also have access to the Flash Lite 1.1 content development kit (CDK) covering tips, techniques, and sample code for developing Macromedia Flash content for mobile phones using Macromedia Flash MX Professional 2004.

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Memorex Introduces New Double-Layer DVD+R Discs

Memorex will ship its new Double-Layer DVD+R discs next month, the company has announced, allowing for 80 percent more recording capacity than current single layer discs. Double-layer discs offer DVD-quality picture resolution with four hours of recording time - about two hours more than a single-layer DVD - accommodating most standard length movies all on one disc.

Double-layer DVD+R discs, which record at 2.4x speed, require a double-layer burner for recording, but are playback-compatible with most standard computer and home DVD players on the market because they conform to the DVD9 commercial standard. Each Memorex Double-Layer disc is packaged in a "movie box" case. Memorex Double Layer DVD+R discs will be available in July for a suggested retail price of $12.99 each.

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