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July 13, 2004

Table of Contents

LaCie Introduces 1.6TB Bigger Disk Extreme
MF Digital Introduces CD-5906EC LIVE Event Recorder/Duplicator
The Canopus Premiere Pro 1.5 Plug-in Is Certified and Available Now
CyberLink and Panasonic Deliver DVD Products with PowerDVD CPRM and PowerProducer Gold
Verbatim Launches Inkjet Hub-printable 8x DVD+R and DVD-R Media
Pioneer Introduces Multiple Format DVD Drive Combined With 4X Double-Layer Write Technology
TANDBERG Introduces Codec 6000 MXP
Intergraph Announces New Video Analyst System 420

LaCie Introduces 1.6TB Bigger Disk Extreme

LaCie has expanded its Extreme line of external hard drives with the Bigger Disk Extreme, which offers up to 1.6 terabytes (TB) of storage, available worldwide summer 2004. The Bigger Disk Extreme includes all necessary cables for use with its FireWire 800/400 ports.

The Bigger Disk Extreme has a built-in RAID 0 configuration that allows for instant high-speed data transfers of up to 85MB/sec and large-scale backup without the need for complicated setup. Bigger Disk Extremes are hot-pluggable for file sharing among FireWire 800/400 and iLink/DV workstations. No drivers or software installation is required for those using Windows XP, Windows 2000, or Mac OS X operating systems.

Bigger Disk Extreme drives feature a metallic design crafted from aluminum alloy for portability and protection. A smart fan system, improved heat dissipation, and automatic on/off feature enhance performance and drive reliability. The included drive stand provides stability and allows for upright desktop use to save valuable desk space, while an optional rackmounting kit enables placement in standard 19-inch racks.

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MF Digital Introduces CD-5906EC LIVE Event Recorder/Duplicator

MF Digital has introduced the CD-5906EC LIVE audio digital recorder and CD duplicator. The new 5906EC LIVE combination recorder/duplicator system allows recording from virtually any mixer or other analog or digital source right to the "EC Live" hard disk and then almost instantaneous output to six to 60 disc copies at once. This system is designed for recording of church and school events, seminars, lectures, concerts, legal depositions, or any application where multiple audio recordings are needed instantly.

The 5906EC LIVE can record up to 50 hours of CD quality sound directly to the system's hard drive. The user simply records the event or performance to the hard disk, sets the desired Start IDs or track points, and can even choose where to span discs if the program exceeds the capacity of one CD. Duplication of up to six copies at once can begin within minutes of the event's conclusion.

MF Digital's "disc casting" (free client command module) allows connection to additional CD-5906EC towers and the ability to burn on a virtually unlimited number of drives-whether set remotely around a concert facility or campus, or located in a production facility. The Endless Configuration (EC) feature provides an autoloader option for complete automation of the burn process.

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The Canopus Premiere Pro 1.5 Plug-in Is Certified and Available Now

Canopus announced that the company's Premiere Pro 1.5 plug-in for its DVStorm2 realtime editing solution has been certified by Adobe Systems and is available now. Canopus is offering free upgrade copies of Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5 software to customers who received Adobe Premiere Pro included with their DVStorm2 products.

Since the on-board hardware DV codec handles real-time DV compression for Premiere Pro, more CPU processing power is available for realtime effects processing, providing Premiere Pro 1.5 users with an unmatched realtime multitrack editing experience.

The Premiere Pro 1.5 plug-in is available now at no charge to registered users of DVStorm2 from the Canopus Web site. Customers who purchased DVStorm2 Ultra, DVStorm2 Pro Plus, DVStorm2 Pro Ultra, which included full versions of Adobe Premiere Pro software, can receive free upgrades to their Adobe Premiere Pro software. Canopus customers who purchased ACEDVio Ultra after March 20, 2004 are also eligible for a free Premiere Pro 1.5 upgrade.

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CyberLink and Panasonic Deliver DVD Products with PowerDVD CPRM and PowerProducer Gold

CyberLink Corporation has announced that PowerDVD 5 CPRM and PowerProducer 2 Gold will be bundled with Panasonic's new LF-700 Series DVD Super Multi drives. PowerDVD supports Content Protection for Recordable Media (CPRM) on the PC. PowerProducer 2 Gold enables users to turn movies and photos into stunning DVDs or CDs.

Panasonic's LF-700 Series of Super Multi drives includes 8X DVD±R, 4X DVD±RW, and 5X DVD-RAM support. The LF-700 Series is comprised of two models: LF-M721 JD and LF-M760 JD.

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Verbatim Launches Inkjet Hub-printable 8x DVD+R and DVD-R Media

Verbatim Corporation is now shipping 8x-speed DataLifePlus White Inkjet Hub-printable DVD+R and DVD-R media in 50-disc spindles. Combining ultra-reliable 8x writing with a new advanced inkjet-printable surface, the discs enable photographic-quality text and images to be written across the entire disc with supporting printers. Certified for 1x-8x DVD recording, the high-performance DVD±R media enables users to write 4.7GB of digital content in less than 10 minutes on supporting drives.

Verbatim's new Inkjet Hub-printable DVD+/-R discs feature an inkjet-printable surface that provides superior ink absorption and excellent drying properties. These capabilities make the media ideal for short-run and mass duplication content developers, service bureaus and corporate publishing. The media's high-speed recording will also benefit organizations that want a fast, reliable and cost-effective solution for limited distribution of high-quality training and marketing videos.

To achieve recording speeds of up to 8x without sacrificing reliability, the new media features the proprietary Advanced Azo recording layer developed by Verbatim's parent company, Mitsubishi Kagaku Media.

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Pioneer Introduces Multiple Format DVD Drive Combined With 4X Double-Layer Write Technology

Pioneer Electronics has announced the DVR-A08XL, a multiple-format 16x16 drive with 4X double-layer technology. At 16X, a user can burn a DVD-R or +R on discs that are designed for 16X recording speed, as well as specified 8X media. The double-layer technology extends data storage capacity on DVD recordable discs from 4.7GB to 8.5GB. The new drive is also dual format, with support DVD±R and DVD±RW disc formats.

The DVR-A08XL, which records high-speed DVD-RW and +RW discs at up to 4X speed, and CD-R at up to 32X and CD-RW discs at up to 24X speed, will also feature Pioneer-developed Liquid Crystal Control System for precise recording onto the surface of discs that may be warped or slightly irregular, assuring optimum recording performance. Additionally, the drive features new, quietdrive technology which reduces up to 75% of operating noise and vibration compared to previous models, making the burning process practically silent. The DVR-A08XL will be available in black, silver, and beige to match a wider variety of computer cases.

Pioneer's double-layer drive comes bundled with software by Ulead including the following applications: DVD MovieFactory 3.5 Disc Creator, Video Studio 8.0SE, Photo Explorer 8.5SE, Burn.Now 1.5, DVD Player 1.5, and NovaBACKUP 7.1.

The DVR-A08XL is expected to be available in August at an MSRP of $179.99.

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TANDBERG Introduces Codec 6000 MXP

TANDBERG has announced new codec hardware for systems integrators. The Codec 6000 MXP, based on TANDBERG's MXP technology, provides CD-quality digital audio, digital video input and output, and an industry standard S/PDIF digital interface.

The Codec 6000 MXP is an interoperable rack-mount appliance that allows systems integrators to add new dimensions of sound and video quality to existing multimedia technologies. The codec delivers true CD-quality sound with low delay through TANDBERG's MXP audio technology by incorporating the MPEG-4 AAC-LD standard ratified by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The hardware also provides standardized and secure remote control over IP as well as an improved application program interface (API) and video routing.

The new codec is equipped with Digital Video Interface (DVI) outputs that support high-end LCD, plasma, and projection displays for superior image quality, as well as a DVI input. The DVI eliminates critical digital-to-analog steps when interconnecting equipment. It also provides tighter control of devices being connected, including automatic synchronization of resolutions and monitor control.

Additional Codec 6000 MXP features include fully secure control using XML over HTTP and HTTPS, and a comprehensive command line interface based on the XML engine for integrators who prefer Telnet or RS-232. Integrators can control the system to display images on local monitors. The new codec adheres to technology standards, including those for communication and connectors, which ensures interoperability with other devices.

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Intergraph Announces New Video Analyst System 420

Intergraph Solutions Group announced at the National Technical Investigators Association (NATIA) Conference the availability of the new Video Analyst System 420, a video enhancement workstation offering processing speed and storage space. Video Analyst System is a workstation that delivers tools necessary to capture, analyze, enhance, and edit nearly any type of video, designed for use in forensic and intelligence analysis. The new 420 model features the Video Analyst Separate-RT Viewer, which allows simultaneous, real-time viewing of all cameras recorded on multiplexed video systems for easy event location and identification.

Designed for the frequent or high-end user, Video Analyst System 420 has maximum processing speed and storage space to accommodate the greatest demands. It features a 3.2gHz Intel Pentium 4 processor, 1GB of DDR SDRAM memory, 580GB of storage, Adobe Premiere and Photoshop Elements, and support for DV25, MPEG, and uncompressed ITU R-601 video.

In addition to tools to deinterlace, stabilize, brighten, magnify, demultiplex, and frame-average video, Video Analyst includes NASA-developed Video Image Stabilization and Registration (VISAR(a)) technology.

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