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Streaming Media
August 03, 2004

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SunnComm International Announces Enhancements to its CD Copy Management Technology
Hitachi Unveils Advanced 42-Inch Professional Plasma Monitors
Iomega Now Shipping New REV 35 Gigabyte FireWire Drive
Ulead Unveils DVD Workshop Express
Imation Unveils Double-Layer DVD+R Media
Primera Introduces CD/DVD Printer for the Home or Office
ADS Tech Launches PYRO Professional MPEG Edition
Sigma Designs and Vertex Link Announces First Wireless Networked HD Multimedia Player Launched

SunnComm International Announces Enhancements to its CD Copy Management Technology

SunnComm International, Inc. has developed a new technology that will enhance the security for MediaMax-protected discs without sacrificing playability in consumer CD/ DVD players. Protection components embedded on the optical medium will now make it impossible for the user to play the disc without installing the MediaMax software, according to SunnComm. As with all MediaMax products, once the disc is installed the user will not only be able to play the disc but will have access to numerous features and bonus content not found on conventional audio CDs. The beta release containing the new technology is to be tested by a select group of international record labels by the end of Q3/04.

MediaMax is wrapped in a multimedia session mastered directly on the audio CD, and accessible using a personal computer. Bonus features include artist-related promotions, videos, song lyrics, artist bio page, photo gallery, Web links, on-board press kits, and tune-sharing capability through SunnComm's MusicMail functionality.

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Hitachi Unveils Advanced 42-Inch Professional Plasma Monitors

The Home Electronics Division of Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. has launched its newest professional plasma monitor. The CMP4211 and CMP4212 are 42-inch 16:9 HDTV plasma monitors designed to serve a broad range of commercial uses, from single-point signage and networked multi-site retail display systems to custom AV applications. The CMP4211 and CMP4212 expand Hitachi's line of 16:9 EDTV and HDTV plasma monitors, which already include 55-inch, 50-inch and 42-inch models.

The Hitachi CMP4211 and CMP4212 employ a number of advanced technologies to deliver a bright, sharp picture for extended periods. Hitachi's proprietary ALiS (Alternate Lighting of Surfaces) technology enables a high display resolution of 1024x1024 to create images and combines with Hitachi's industry-leading PC graphics processor to provide significantly smoother, sharper images than conventional plasma technologies.

Since many public areas utilize more than one plasma monitor for display purposes, the CMP4211 and CMP4212 include Monitor ID Bit functionality for easy control of multiple monitors. Additional feature highlights of the CMP4211 and CMP4212 include multiple screen saver options, RS-232C interface and FCC Class B compliance. Optional accessories include table top stands, speakers, and wall-mount brackets. The CMP4211 has a black frame and the CMP4212 has a silver frame and both will begin shipping in Q3 2004 with a suggested retail price of $5,999.

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Iomega Now Shipping New REV 35 Gigabyte FireWire Drive

Iomega Corporation announced that a bus-powered FireWire version of the new Iomega REV drive is now shipping. The new REV 35GB* 1394/FireWire drive gives Mac users an elegant, high-performance device for backup and large-file portable storage, combining the speed and ease of use of a hard drive with the removability of tape or optical products.

The REV drive delivers read-write performance of up to 25 MB/sec (maximum native transfer rate). REV disks are smaller than a deck of playing cards (10 x 77 x 75 mm) and with 35GB of storage capacity on each disk, REV disks have more than seven times the capacity of standard DVD discs. With drag-and-drop random access technology, REV drive users can copy and transport files in seconds.

For Mac users, the new REV FireWire drive is a 6-pin FireWire 400 device that supports Mac OS X v10.1.5 and above. For PC users, supported operating systems include Microsoft Windows XP Home and Professional; Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition; and Windows 2000 Server/Professional/Advanced Server (SP3 and SP4). A power supply is included for use when daisy-chaining FireWire devices or when using 4-pin FireWire connections.

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Ulead Unveils DVD Workshop Express

Ulead Systems introduced DVD Workshop Express, advanced DVD authoring software for corporate users and video hobbyists. DVD Workshop Express gives prosumers the design-centric workflow of DVD Workshop 2.2, without the high-end DVD replication technology that only professionals require, the company reports.

DVD Workshop Express makes it possible to encode any video format to high-quality MPEG. Include alternate music, languages, and commentaries in DVD projects with two subtitle and audio tracks including support for Dolby Digital AC-3. Design intricate menu navigations by creating Playlists to link a sequence of movies, menus, and chapter points to buttons. Mix image and video content to create motion DVD menu compositions and preview in real-time. Create customized DVD menus in PhotoImpact, Ulead's flagship image editing software, and import them directly into DVD Workshop Express. Burn the final production to dual-layer DVDs for longer or higher-quality DVD projects.

DVD Workshop Express is currently available for $299 and will be available soon via North American video resellers.

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Imation Unveils Double-Layer DVD+R Media

Imation Corporation has introduced its new double-layer DVD+R media, nearly doubling the storage capacity of previous Imation DVD recordable discs from 4.7GB to 8.5GB on a single side, without having to turn the disc over during recording.

Imation DVD+R DL media can store up to 8.5GB of data, which equates to four hours of DVD-quality video or 16 hours of VHS-quality video. Imation DVD+R DL media maintains playback compatibility with existing DVD video players and DVD-ROM drives, according to Imation, but requires a dual-layer burner to record. The new media achieves a higher capacity by using a dual-layer DVD+R system with two thin embedded organic dye films for data storage, which are separated by a semi-reflective layer and a spacer layer.

Imation DVD+R DL media will be available through authorized Imation distributors, resellers, and retailers in Q4 2004. Imation will offer its double-layer DVDs in single jewel cases, multi-pack jewel cases, and movie video boxes.

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Primera Introduces CD/DVD Printer for the Home or Office

Primera Technology Inc. has announced its Signature Z1, a compact desktop printer that prints directly onto CD-Rs and DVD±Rs with waterproof thermal transfer ink. Up to four separate areas of the disc can be printed with Signature Z1. The Signature Z1 connects to any PC running Windows® 2000/XP via USB 1.1/2.0. Enter your data, import graphics and logos, and print. The printer's label design software can utilize any font on the PC and over 250 clip art images are included.

Instead of writing on discs with a marking pen or using CD labels, Signature Z1 prints directly onto CD-Rs and DVD±Rs. The thermal transfer ink is highly scratch- and smudge-resistant as well as completely waterproof. Signature Z1 sells for $139.95, including the printer, a black ribbon, USB cable, AC adapter, label design software, operator's manual, and several sample CD-Rs.

Replacement ribbons cost $19.95 and will yield 400 print areas. A full-coverage disc has four print areas, so if only two print areas are selected such as the top and bottom of the disc, printing cost per disc is ten cents. Ribbons are available in four colors: black, red, blue, or green.

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ADS Tech Launches PYRO Professional MPEG Edition

ADS Tech has announced PYRO Professional MPEG Edition, a hardware/software solution for real-time capturing, editing, and exporting of High Definition (HD), analog and digital video. In addition to including PYRO A/V Link, ADS Tech's 1394/Firewire -based universal Digital Video (DV) format converter, PYRO Professional MPEG Edition comes with the full versions of Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Encore DVD, and Adobe Audition. MainConcept's MPEG Pro editing plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro is also included.

The MPEG Pro plug-in included with PYRO Professional MPEG Edition adds native MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and HD video capture, edit, and export capabilities to Adobe Premiere Pro without having to transcode the video to another format. Equipped with Composite, S-Video, and Component connectors, PYRO Professional MPEG Edition can also be used to capture video from analog sources such as an 8mm camcorder, a VCR, or a TV; and from digital devices such as DV camcorders and DV cameras.

PYRO Professional MPEG Edition will be available August 2004 through DV dealers and distributors such as Broadfield, B & H Photo, Micro-Pace, Ingram Micro, D & H Distributing, Video Guys, Safe Harbor, J & R Computer World, and other major retailers and etailers. The expected street price is $799.

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Sigma Designs and Vertex Link Announces First Wireless Networked HD Multimedia Player Launched

Sigma Designs and Vertex Link has announced MediaWiz HD, a wireless networked HD (high-definition) multimedia player that enables TV output of both video and photo content stored on a PC using its wireless network interface. MediaWiz HD operates as an extension of a home entertainment network, as well as a simple wireless set-top box (STB) for low-end video on demand (VOD) systems, replacing current wired systems, according to Sigma and Vertex.

MediaWiz HD is also equipped with the Sigma Designs EM8620L. The EM8620L enables video decoding of Windows Media Video 9, and supports IEEE802.11G (broadband wireless LAN standard).

A wireless network interface, compliant with IEEE 802.11g is included as standard equipment. The IEEE802.11g wireless interface enables streaming (playback) DVD quality moving picture that requires high bit-rate for transfer, via wireless LAN. Consumers are freed from the complexity of connecting LAN cables as virtually all movies and video content can be played-back via wireless LAN.

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