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November 26, 2002

Table of Contents

Maxell Delivers High Capacity 9.4 GB DVD-R Media
Macromedia Introduces Director MX
Sony Projector Powers-On at the Flick of a Light Switch
NVDVD 2.0 Sports New Interface and Surround Sound Audio
Optibase Announces Streaming Platform Interoperability
In-sync announces Blade 2.0 with Automated Reverse Telecine 24p support (ART)
Test Drive InterVideo's DVD and MPEG Playback on HP Media Center PC
Lite-On IT Selects Sigma DVD Decoder Chip for New DVD Players

Maxell Delivers High Capacity 9.4 GB DVD-R Media

Maxell Corporation of America, a technology and marketing leader in premium recordable media products, has extended the industry's broadest line of recordable DVD media with the introduction of new high-capacity 9.4 GB DVD-R discs for general use. The new double-sided DVD-R discs are ideal for jukebox applications, enabling users to double the storage capacity of most optical jukeboxes without any new hardware investment. Each 9.4 GB disc can store up to 240 minutes of digital video or more than 130 hours of MP3 audio. Maxell's 9.4 GB DVD-R media is write-compatible with DVD-R/RW drives and recorders. Once recorded the media can be read by a wide range of DVD devices, including all recordable DVD drive formats, as well as DVD-ROM, DVD Video and DVD Audio players. Maxell's new 9.4 GB DVD-R discs are available as a single piece in jewel case or in 50 piece spindles. Anticipated end user pricing will be $10.

(http://www.maxell.com)

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Macromedia Introduces Director MX

Macromedia, Inc. has announced Macromedia Director MX, a powerful new multimedia authoring environment for building high-end, rich, interactive content and applications deployed on CD/DVD-ROM, kiosks, and the web via Macromedia Shockwave Player. Macromedia Director has led the industry for more than 14 years and, with this major new version, Macromedia is delivering an authoring tool that incorporates a range of new capabilities to meet the evolving needs of today's multimedia developer while retaining all the power of its core features. Macromedia Director MX is expected to ship in December. Its many new features include seamless, comprehensive integration with the Macromedia Flash MX product family, adoption of the streamlined Macromedia MX user interface, Mac OS X support, major new workflow efficiencies, and the ability to create accessible content so that rich Director presentations can be enjoyed by people with disabilities. Macromedia Director MX enables users to author content once and deliver it anywhere, whether it is online or offline. Director MX supports most major video, audio, bitmap, 3D, and vector formats to give developers the broadest content palette from which to deliver sophisticated, compelling user experiences. Extensivevideo capabilities within Director MX allow developers to stream video files that are minutes or hours in length and natively supported with QuickTime, RealVideo, and AVI. Macromedia Director MX, expected to ship in December, is priced at $1,199 for new users, $399 for users upgrading from versions 8.0 or 8.5, with educational pricing at $499.

(http://www.macromedia.com)

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Sony Projector Powers-On at the Flick of a Light Switch

Sony's new SuperBright installation projector presents a "switched on" solution for projection and room integration. At the flip of a switch, the Sony VPL-PX40 projector can power on and display the desired image source using the "Direct Power" feature.  Architects, building consultants, facilities managers, system integrators, contractors and installers will appreciate the VPL-PX40 unit's installation-friendly features, which allow the projector to integrate with the electrical and third-party control system of a classroom, conference room, place of worship, or television set.  The successor to the VPL-PX32 projector, the Sony XGA projector also features 3500 ANSI lumens* of brightness with 265 watt UHP lamp and improved contrast ratio of 700 to 1. It also incorporates newly developed 0.99-inch LCD panels, which feature a new elliptical-shaped optical engine. This new panel design allows almost the equivalent light energy to pass through as larger 1.3-inch panels and allowed Sony to minimize the size of the projector. The VPL-PX40 system also includes Sony's most comprehensive set of inputs and outputs featured to date in the company's line of portable/installation projectors. The system can accommodate two analog and two digital RGB inputs, an S-video connection, DVI for true digital image processing, as well as five BNC connectors, which allow for synchronized display of all DTV signals and component video from a DVD player. The unit also features monitor-out capability with audio and USB, RS-232C and Control-S functionality. The projector can also handle up to UXGA computer signals.  The unit is also IP addressable and can be linked via the Ethernet for remote desktop management and basic network control. For instance, technicians can view the projector's status such as lamp life and select inputs.

(http://www.sony.com/projectors)

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NVDVD 2.0 Sports New Interface and Surround Sound Audio

NVIDIA Corporation, a leading provider of visual processing solutions, has announced the immediate availability of NVIDIA NVDVD 2.0, the newest version of the company's PC-based software digital media player. With support for an extensive variety of digital media file formats, including DVD movies, music MP3s, AVI, and MPEG-2 video files and
more, NVDVD 2.0 is now available in a free, 14-day trial version, which can be downloaded from NVIDIA's Web site. The full version lists for $39.95. New features include NVIDIA Sceneshare technology, which allows users to bookmark their favorite movie scenes and share them with other NVDVD users; screen and audio capturing; movie clip bookmarking; custom player skin creation; MP3 and slideshow playback; Video on Desktop, which enables users to integrate DVD playback into their Windows wallpaper, while maintaining access to desktop icons and applications; nView multi-display technology, which allows users with multiple monitors to play back DVDs on any screen at full acceleration with NVIDIA GPUs installed; a speaker set-up wizard and audio calibration; and support for Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, Dolby Pro Logic II, and Dolby Headphone technology. NVIDIA NVDVD 2.0 is compatible with desktop and notebook PCs outfitted with Microsoft DirectX-compatible graphics processors, and can be plugged directly into Windows Media Player 9 series for use on Windows XP Media Center Edition multimedia PCs.

(http://www.nvidia.com)

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Optibase Announces Streaming Platform Interoperability

Optibase has announced today that the MGW 5100, its new carrier-grade TV streaming platform, is interoperable with Kasenna Inc.'s MediaBase XMP video server platform.  This combination enables carriers to offer high quality real-time and on-demand video streaming over IP and ATM broadband access networks, such as xDSL, LMDS and FTTx. This interoperability follows Optibase and Kasenna's long-standing relationship and successful installations of other Optibase/Kasenna integrated solutions. Provisioned in a digital TV head end, a single MGW 5100 unit enables real-time encoding, transcoding and streaming as well as real time video server upload for nPVR (network Personal Video Recording). A single platform of Optibase's MGW 5100 supports a mix of up to 36 channels received from various live or pre-recorded sources and performs encoding, high quality transcoding of DVB inputs into low bit-rate content, and streaming over any IP or ATM networks. Video formats supported include MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and Windows Media Technology. MediaBase XMP is a standards-based video server for acquiring, managing, distributing, and delivering audio and video on demand at the industry's lowest cost per stream.  Available for Irix, Linux and Solaris operating systems, MediaBase XMP is the industry's first and only full-featured platform that handles deployment of video from narrowband to broadband to broadcast using open standards (MPEG-4, MPEG-1, MPEG-2).

(http://www.optibase.com)

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In-sync announces Blade 2.0 with Automated Reverse Telecine 24p support (ART)

(http://www.in-sync.com)

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Test Drive InterVideo's DVD and MPEG Playback on HP Media Center PC

InterVideo, Inc. has announced the availability of DVD and MPEG playback technology designed to support Microsoft's new Windows XP Media Center Edition.  Using InterVideo's technology consumers can watch DVDs and recorded TV on HP Media Center PCs with Windows XP Media Center Edition, which are now available for purchase at North American retail outlets. Windows XP Media Center Edition turns a PC into a media center that integrates digital entertainment experiences with the freedom of remote-control access.  Consumers can enjoy live television, personal video recording, music, photos, videos and DVDs from a new remote-controlled PC experience called Media Center. HP Media Center PCs, optimized to take full advantage of the digital media capabilities of Windows XP Media Center Edition, are now available at more than 1,400 retail outlets including Best Buy, Circuit City Stores Inc. and CompUSA in the United States, Future Shop Ltd. and Best Buy in Canada, and direct from HP at http://www.hpshopping.com/. Across the United States and Canada, select retail outlets will make HP Media Center PCs available for consumers to check out. Approximately 100 Best Buy stores nationwide will make HP Media Center PCs available for trial during the holiday season, and approximately 100 CompUSA stores will do the same from Nov. 29--Dec. 1, Dec. 6--8 and Dec. 13--15.

(http://www.intervideo.com), (http://www.hpshopping.com), (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/mediacenter/)

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Lite-On IT Selects Sigma DVD Decoder Chip for New DVD Players

Sigma Designs, a leader in IP video streaming solutions, has announced that its EM8500 DVD decoder chip has been selected for use in the LVD-2001, a new series of advanced DVD players by Lite-On IT Corporation, the world's second largest optical drive manufacturer. This marks a bold entry into the DVD player market by manufacturing giant Lite-On IT, who is planning to market these players on a worldwide basis. Lite-On's model LVD-2001 is a DVD player with several advanced features, including MPEG-4 playback, a photo browser and progressive high definition output. With MPEG-4 content becoming more popular across the Internet, users can now enjoy reduced bandwidth and file size requirements without compromising visual quality. Furthermore, next generation players such as the LVD-2001 are unifying media and formats exchanged between personal computers and consumer appliances. In support of the increasing popularity of digital cameras, the LVD-2001 features a universal memory card interface that accepts cards used in digital cameras, including Compact Flash, Smart Media, Memory Stick, SD card and MultiMedia card. The LVD-2001 lets users view their photo images directly from the memory card interface, viewing them in great clarity on a high definition display. Lite-On's LVD-2001 takes advantage of advanced feature sets supported by the EM8500 DVD Decoder chip from Sigma Designs. Sigma's EM8500 is a premium solution for DVD players, enabling manufacturers to easily incorporate support of MPEG-4, MP3, WMA and Picture CD content, progressive DVD-Video, high definition scaling and audio CD playback. The convergence of these applications into a single, cost-effective appliance represents a substantial benefit to the consumer. Video decoding capabilities include MPEG-4, MPEG-2 and MPEG-1 compressed video formats while audio decoding includes Dolby(R) Digital, Windows Media Audio (WMA) and MPEG-1 Layers 1, 2 and 3 (MP3). MPEG-4 video support is based on the advanced simple profile and supports DVD resolution content. MPEG-2 video support includes full precision DVD decoding and Macrovision protection. Any form of decoded content can be output in either progressive or interlaced format. Beyond the normal decoding of content, the EM8500 offers a sophisticated scaling and scan conversion of standard video to various HDTV resolutions, which recreates many elements of cinema picture quality. Also supported is Kodak's Picture CD (JPEG) format for viewing digital photo content, which provides a substantially enhanced image when utilizing the high definition output. Additionally, the chip offers an 8-bit full-screen on-screen-display capability with alpha blending and flicker filtering, composite and S-video TV outputs, interlaced or progressive analog component video outputs (YPbPr or RGB) scalable up to HDTV resolution and 5.1-channel and S/PDIF digital audio outputs.

(http://www.sdesigns.com)

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