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July 16, 2004

Table of Contents

Canon’s XL2 Three CCD Mini-DV Camcorder Available This Summer
Alienware Introduces Line of Portable Workstations for Video and Post Production Professionals
Digital Voodoo Introduces SD | Flex for Final Cut Pro HD on the Macintosh
Disc Makers Launches MacElite Automated Duplicator for the Mac
MainConcept Releases MainActor 5 for Linux; Video Editing Now Available for Linux
Ulead Introduces InstaMedia Digital Home Theater Software to OEM Partners
Univenture Unikeep Disc 10 Wallet Chosen for Use in Packaging Home Entertainment DVD Disc Sets
AOpen Poised to Ship DL-Capable 16X DVD±RW Burners

Canon’s XL2 Three CCD Mini-DV Camcorder Available This Summer

Canon's new XL2 camcorder offers a choice of 60i, 24p or 30p frame rates, 4:3 or high-resolution 16:9 aspect ratio, 680,000-pixel progressive scan CCDs, and a full line of customizable controls for cinema-like results. Along with its 20x interchangeable lens, this new Mini-DV camcorder includes a customizable broadcast and feature film quality acquisition tool.

The 3CCD progressive scan system utilized by the XL2 camcorder provides 16:9 (962X480 pixels) and 4:3 (720X480 pixels) recording. The camcorder's third-generation signal processing LSI (large scale integrated circuit) improves Signal/Noise ratio to realize higher resolution than XL1s camcorder.

The Canon XL2 camcorder will be available at Canon U.S.A. authorized dealers in August for an estimated selling price of $4,999.

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Alienware Introduces Line of Portable Workstations for Video and Post Production Professionals

Alienware has announced the launch of a new line of mobile Digital Video Workstations for video editing and post-production professionals.

The Alienware Roswell workstation is designed for video capturing, editing, and broadcast post-production in a mobile setting. Each system is built with video and graphics hardware from NVIDIA (Quadro) and Pinnacle (MovieBox DV), and comes with a variety of software options from Adobe, Ulead, Sony, and Pinnacle.

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Digital Voodoo Introduces SD | Flex for Final Cut Pro HD on the Macintosh

Digital Voodoo has introduced and announced the immediate availability of its SD | Flex video card, which is compatible with Panther OSX, Final Cut Pro HD and the G5 series of workstations.

SD | Flex has 10 bit uncompressed single link SD SDI, component (YUV), S-Video and composite input and dual-link SD SDI, component (YUV/RGB), S-Video and composite output. SD | Flex provides 10-bit conversion from either YUV component, S-Video or composite analog inputs to SD SDI video, and 10-bit conversion from SD SDI video to various combinations of YUV component, RGB component, S-Video and composite analog. SD | Flex supports six channels of AES/EBU digital audio input and output with built-in sample rate converters.

The SD | Flex supports Final Cut Pro HD's RT Extreme architecture enables real-time playback of effects such as 3 way color correction, additive dissolves, and cross dissolves, which reduces the need to render. SD | Flex also supports Photo-JPEG capture and playback for offline editing.

The SD | Flex supports desktop preview allowing the SD-SDI monitor to function as a second desktop enabling digital artists to view content on a broadcast monitor.

SD | Flex is immediately available from Digital Voodoo resellers worldwide and retail for $2,495.

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Disc Makers Launches MacElite Automated Duplicator for the Mac

Disc Makers has launched its new line of Macintosh OS X-compatible CD and DVD duplication and printing systems. The Disc Makers MacElite systems are large-capacity, high-throughput, unattended disc duplication and printing systems available for the Mac OS.

The MacElite systems feature a custom Mac interface that allows users to design disc-label artwork, copy CDs and DVDs, and archive images of frequently copied titles to their hard drive. The systems include the 4800dpi Autograph6 inkjet disc printer, and are available with one or two CD-R or DVD-R drives. The one-drive MacElite1 is upgradeable to a MacElite2 two-drive system. Both systems come equipped with a 125-disc input capacity.

MacElite duplicators connect to G4 and G5 Mac systems through FireWire and USB. Prices start at $2,990 for a 52X CD-R model and $3,690 for an 8X DVD-R/48X CD-R duplicator/printer. Disc Makers backs up all MacElite systems with a two-year warranty on the robotics and one year on the drives and other components. MacElite owners also have access to Disc Makers' free lifetime tech support.

Additional features include:

  • Plextor drives - one 52X CD-R drive or one 8X DVD±R/CD-R drive. DVD drive burns CDs at 48X speed.
  • 4800dpi Autograph6 color on-disc printer.
  • Input and output bins hold up to 125 discs.
  • Charismac Discribe software and Discus label design software.
Minimum system requirements: Power Mac G4 or G5 processor running Mac OS X Version 10.3. 512 MB of RAM and at least 3GB free hard drive space for the CD version or 6GB for the DVD version.

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MainConcept Releases MainActor 5 for Linux; Video Editing Now Available for Linux

MainConcept has released its version of MainActor 5 for Linux. MainActor 5 - Linux Video Editing - includes video editing features nearly identical to its Windows counterpart. Users can now work with both versions - Linux and Windows - with only one serial number.

MainActor 5 - Linux Video Editing - includes the following features:

  • Work on several timelines simultaneously
  • Integrated MainConcept DV Codec
  • MainConcept MPEG Encoder for MPEG-1/MPEG-2 import and export
  • Polydiagrams for creating keyframes in all effects
  • Integrated digital capture module
  • Many transitions, sources, filters and special effects
  • Smart rendering and background rendering
  • Slow-motion and time-warp functions

MainActor 5 for Linux is now available for download and purchasing at the website for just $199. A free demo version is available for downloading. It is fully functional except that it adds a watermark to the processed videos (without affecting the source material). MainActor 5 - Linux Video Editing - is also available for OEM bundling.

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Ulead Introduces InstaMedia Digital Home Theater Software to OEM Partners

Ulead Systems, Inc. has announced InstaMedia, the company's upcoming digital media theater software for OEM partners at Intel's Digital Home/Digital Living Event. Using a remote control, InstaMedia lets consumers control their PC to organize and browse photos, arrange and listen to music, watch videos, TV, and commercial DVDs, and burn home video files to DVD. InstaMedia allows OEMs to customize the software interface and menus, while its modular approach lets them swap in and out modules to create a unique product offering for their target market.

InstaMedia can automatically down mix a 5.1-channel source into a 2-channel output to create a surround-sound experience through a 2-channel speaker system. It allows users to view and capture video from multiple sources such as a TV or a DV camcorder with DV device control and includes Ulead's Direct-to-Disc technology for recording video straight to a CD or DVD disc in DVD-Video or VR formats.

InstaMedia will be available to OEM partners in August 2004.

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Univenture Unikeep Disc 10 Wallet Chosen for Use in Packaging Home Entertainment DVD Disc Sets

The UniKeep Disc 10 Wallet, a product of Univenture, Inc., was selected by independent entertainment video and audio supplier BCI for use in a number of its recently released movie and television collections. BCI is the originator of the DVD multi-pack, offering multiple movies or television programs packaged together at one low price.

The single-injection molded two-ring UniKeep Disc 10 Wallet includes 10 patented poly Safety-sleeves; disc pages with lift-up windows to hold discs in place. It contains no environment-harming PVCs.

BCI chose the UniKeep Disc 10 Wallet for use in its following sets:

  • Return of the Warriors (20 movie martial arts set)
  • Nightmares from the Crypt (20 movie set of horror films)
  • Space Quest (20 movie sci-fi set)
  • TV Time Comedy (over 35 hours from 100 episodes of TV comedies)
  • Great Western TV Shows (over 37 hours from 50 episodes of TV Westerns)

The titles are available at most major retailers throughout North America.

Members of the BCI in-house Art Department designed the covers. Printing was done by Dot Graphics in Chatsworth, California.

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AOpen Poised to Ship DL-Capable 16X DVD±RW Burners

AOpen Inc. has announced the upcoming launch and shipment of its new DL-capable 16X DVD±RW burners for late July 2004.

The new burners feature write speeds of 16X for various recordable disc media including DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, CD-R, and CD-RW. The drives also feature a storage capacity of 8.5GB when using DVD+R DL media, written at 4X, which makes them suited for large data backups, movies, music files, and a wide range of multimedia applications.

The new AOpen DUW1608/ARR 16X DVD Burner is projected to be priced with an MSRP of less than $150 and will come with a 1-year limited warranty.

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