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Streaming Media
July 20, 2004

Table of Contents

International Releases New DivX Video Software
Sony Drops Memory Stick Pricing
ExpoDisc Unveils New Color Balance Filter
ProMax Releases Premiere Pro/Bluefish444 SD Video Editing Systems
Maxtor QuickView 3.5" HDD Powers Toshiba's New DVD & HDD Video Recorder
Panasonic Introduces New Three-CCD MiniDV Camcorder
CyberLink's Leading DVD Solutions to Support 16X Burning
Verbatim Announces new 1-16x DVD+R Media

International Releases New DivX Video Software

DivXNetworks, Inc. announced the international release of the next generation of DivX video software technology products--DivX Pro 5.2, DivX 5.2 and Dr. DivX 1.0.5. All DivX software products are fully interoperable with the complete line of DivX Certified consumer electronics devices, enabling users to create video on their PCs and easily transfer and play back that content on the millions of DivX Certified DVD players, portable video players and home entertainment products available at retail outlets worldwide.

DivXNetworks released new versions of their three core software products--DivX Pro 5.2, the premium version of the video codec with advanced encoding tools; DivX 5.2, an updated version of the company's free encoder, decoder, and player; and Dr. DivX 1.0.5, an easy-to-use video encoding software that lets anyone create DivX video in three steps and includes DivX Pro.

The suite of DivX video software products can be downloaded on the company's official Web site, DivX Pro 5.2 is available for a one-time personal use-fee or through a new 6-month free trial version, and DivX 5.2 is offered as a free download. Dr. DivX 1.0.5 is available for a one-time fee or through a 15-day free trial.

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Sony Drops Memory Stick Pricing

Sony Electronics is making it less expensive to capture and store high-quality digital video and high-resolution digital images by lowering the suggested retail price of Memory Stick PRO and Memory Stick PRO Duo flash media.

The 512MB full-size Memory Stick PRO media is now priced around $180. The 256MB Memory Stick PRO card will be available for about $90. Memory Stick PRO media provides high-capacity storage for a variety of digital files. Sony has also reduced the price of its 512MB Memory Stick PRO Duo media to about $250 and the 256MB Memory Stick PRO Duo media has been reduced to about $95.

At one-third the volume and half the weight of a standard-size Memory Stick card, the tiny media can be used in small digital devices, including cellular phones, wearable portable audio players, and pocket-sized digital cameras. The Memory Stick PRO Duo media features all the same benefits of standard-size Memory Stick PRO cards offers.

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ExpoDisc Unveils New Color Balance Filter

ExpoDisc Inc announced the ExpoDisc Digital White Balance Filter, designed for professional photographers and videographers. It is basically a gray card in a lens cap, designed so that users can read and set white balance before shooting, eliminating the need for post-capture color adjustments. The ExpoDisc filter works with film, digital cameras, and digital video, and is available in six standard sizes from 58mm to 82 mm.

The snap-on disc is a neutral diffusion filter that gathers ambient light from 180° and passively transmits 18% of it through to your camera's light meter. The resulting "gray frame" accurately represents the colorcast of the light in which the photograph is being taken. From this gray frame, a custom white balance can be set with a digital camera's menu that results in accurate color in almost all lighting conditions.

It comes with a card recording its exact density and color balance (+/- 3% of absolute neutral) as noted on the color analyzer for near perfect color balance, the manufacturer reports.

List prices range from $79.95 to $159.95.

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ProMax Releases Premiere Pro/Bluefish444 SD Video Editing Systems

Promax Systems has released its first turnkey, standard definition, uncompressed video editing system on the Windows platform. The new Premiere Pro/Bluefish444 SD Studio combines the best of breed in all categories. It includes Bluefish444 hardware and Adobe Premiere Pro software. With this ProMax has come up with a solid SD (standard definition) 10-bit video editing solution for Windows.

The Premiere/Bluefish Xeon 3.06 Ghz DP system (pictured) includes: ProMax Xeon 3.06GHz Dual Processor, 1024MB RAM, 160GB Boot Drive, Two 250GB SATA EIDE Media Drives, Adobe Video Collection STD, Bluefish444 SD Envy 64bit PCI Video Card, ViewSonic E90FB 19" Black CRT Flat Screen Display, and PVM14L2 14" Color Video Monitor.

Turnkey system prices range from $8,500 for a P4/3.2 MHz SP system to $10,665 for the Dual Xeon 3.06mHz system.

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Maxtor QuickView 3.5" HDD Powers Toshiba's New DVD & HDD Video Recorder

Maxtor Corporation has announced that Maxtor QuickView consumer electronics (CE) 3.5" hard drives have been selected for Toshiba's new RD-XS43 DVD-Video recorder. The RD-XS43 features a Maxtor QuickView 250GB hard disk drive that, according to Toshiba, allows users to enjoy up to 445 hours of digital recording. The new recorder also carries the QuickView logo on the front panel of the unit to reflect the level and standard of quality the consumer will experience.

Toshiba's RD-XS43 features a new double tuner/encoder system which enables simultaneous recording of two separate channels. This function also allows users to record the same program at different bit rates for optimum dubbing onto DVDs. The RD-XS43 has a network-enabled remote recording function that allows users to program recordings over the Internet. The RD-XS43 also features an easy-to-use graphical user interface that consolidates all recording and editing functions.

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Panasonic Introduces New Three-CCD MiniDV Camcorder

Panasonic announced the new AG-DVC60, a three-CCD Mini-DV camcorder that employs a wide angle, high-performance 16X optical zoom lens and shoulder-style shooting. The 5.5-pound camcorder delivers images with vivid colors due to its 12-bit A/D and RGB Gamma Processor. Among its features are infrared night-time shooting, movie-like recording mode, and 16:9 recording modes, the company describes. Equipped with three 410,000-pixel CCDs, the AG-DVC60 has a wide-angle 16X zoom lens with Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) and a focal length of 39.5 to 632 mm (35mm still camera equivalent).

The unit provides three user-customizable buttons that can be assigned any of 18 camera functions and three VCR functions. The AG-DVC60 can save four sets of camera settings as "scene files," which permit instant recall of specific shooting conditions including control of detail, chroma level, chroma phase, color temperature, master pedestal, AE shift and skin detail. Shooting support functions also include backlight correction, AE lock, zebra, marker, mode check, zoom position, digital zoom, and wipe and mix effects.

The AG-DVC60 includes permanent digital stamping of date and time into the image. The camcorder's impressive list of standard features also includes synchro-scan shutter, 18 shutter speeds (from 1/4 to 1/8,000/sec.), a built-in SMPTE timecode generator/reader, and SMPTE-compliant recordable color bar display. The AG-DVC60's body is made of carbon fiber alloy, the same ultra-rugged material used by many top-class tennis rackets and golf clubs.

The AG-DVC60 will be available in September at a suggested list price of $2,795. The optional Infrared light (model AG-YRL30G) has a suggested list price of $380.

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CyberLink's Leading DVD Solutions to Support 16X Burning

CyberLink announces the availability of 16X burning support for all types of media files. This feature is incorporated in Power2Go 3, an easy data burning software, and PowerProducer 2 Gold, a DVD creation software. 16X is the ultimate DVD burning speed, completing a 4.7 GB disc burning in about six minutes.

CyberLink Power2Go provides a quick method of ripping, burning, and copying files via a choice of advanced and express modes of operation and delivers convenient functionality via two independent interfaces.

The DVD Forum-verified PowerProducer 2 Gold is a fast way to turn movies and photos into DVDs and CDs. PowerProducer 2 Gold is a program that offers full support for DVD+/-VR video file formats, during importing, producing and burning. It features an intuitive user interface including technologies such as Streaming Rendering to render video on the fly, Accu-Chapter to allow creation of chapter points with exact detail, SVRT (Smart Video Rendering Technology) to speed up the rendering process and keep the original quality, Disc Defragmentation to optimize disk space, and Right-to-Disc Recording to support the conversion of files directly from DV, TV or VCR to DVDs without buffering to a hard disk.

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Verbatim Announces new 1-16x DVD+R Media

Verbatim Corporation has announced plans to release 1-16X speed DVD+R media. With the ability to record at about 21 MB/sec, the discs will store 4.7GB of video, photos, music or data files in about five minutes. Verbatim is working closely with the verification authorities and expects to begin manufacturing certified 1-16X DVD+R media shortly after specifications are released later this month.

The new Verbatim discs use the proprietary Advanced AZO recording layer technology developed by Verbatim's parent company, Mitsubishi Kagaku Media (MKM). With write-once security and 4.7 GB of capacity, the media will also be a storage solution for fast backups and archiving.

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