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August 12, 2004

Table of Contents

Globalstor Expands Scalable Capacity of New NAS/iSCSI Servers to 9.6TB
ImagineerSystems Announces monet and mokey for MAC OSX
Media Rights Technologies Debuts Both Music and DVD Content and Customer Rights Management Technologies
Matrox unveils industry’s smallest multi-display graphics card for audio/video professionals on the go
Kano Introduces DISCEDGE 16X DVD±R Duplicator
Apple Ships Motion
Canopus EDIUS HD Now Available
Verbatim Introduces 2.1GB Store 'n' Go USB Hard Disk Drive

Globalstor Expands Scalable Capacity of New NAS/iSCSI Servers to 9.6TB

Globalstor Data has announced the immediate availability of the ExtremeStor-iNAS400, an expanded version of their AS/iSCSI servers. Incorporating as many as twenty-four 400GB, hot-swappable SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) hard drives, ExtremeStor-iNAS400 provides IT managers with up to 9.6TB of scalable fault-tolerant storage and low-cost, high-performance iSCSI file access in a single, consolidated centralized storage management solution. It also supports RAID levels 0, 1, 5, and 0+1.

Integrating Dual Intel Xeon 2.4Ghz processors, the ExtremeStor-iNAS400 ensures maximum computing power over a dual-gigabit network interface for more efficient file retrieval. For even scalability, organizations can add Fibre Channel HBA. Integrating up to twenty-four 400GB, hot-swappable SATA hard drives, ExtremeStor-iNAS400 product offers a transfer rate of 150MB/sec and connects the drive directly to the host.

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ImagineerSystems Announces monet and mokey for MAC OSX

Imagineer Systems Ltd. has announced the availability of money and mokey 3.12, two post-production products for Mac OS X that will begin shipping in September. Monet 1.0 offers a start-to-finish solution for replacing elements in moving images. At SIGGRAPH 2004, Imagineer will be previewing a future version of monet that can share projects with the compositing system in Shake.

mokey offers a toolset for tracking, object removal, matte creation, stabilizing, grain management, lens distortion, and color keying for visual effects artists and editors.

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Media Rights Technologies Debuts Both Music and DVD Content and Customer Rights Management Technologies

Media Rights Technologies has unveiled its first pair of content and customer rights management technologies: the X1 SeCure Recording Control, designed to protect and enhance digital music services, webcasters, and other online entertainment providers; and DVD SeCure, which, according to the company, reliably and effectively controls the copying of DVD content to a PC.

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Matrox unveils industry’s smallest multi-display graphics card for audio/video professionals on the go

Matrox Graphics Inc. has announced the Matrox Millennium P650 Low-profile PCI graphics card, offering DualHead support in a small form factors. At 5.2 inches in length, the Millennium P650 Low-profile PCI fits into both docking stations and small form-factor PCs for audio and video professionals on the go, and who require portability.

The Millennium P650 Low-profile PCI is equipped with 64 MBs of DDR memory and fits both standard ATX and low-profile systems. It offers high-quality digital and analog output with fully symmetric support for dual digital flat-panels, at resolutions of up to 1920x1200, as well as for dual analog displays, at resolutions of up to 1920x1440. Supported multi-monitor modes include: dual-RGB, dual-DVI, single-display plus video output, DualHead Clone, and DualHead Zoom. The Millennium P650 Low-profile PCI is OpenGL and Microsoft DirectX compliant across multiple displays and ships with drivers for Microsoft Windows XP, Windows 2000 and offers support for Linux.

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Kano Introduces DISCEDGE 16X DVD±R Duplicator

Kano Technologies has introduced its DISCEDGE 16X DVD±R/RW duplicators. DISCEDGE duplicators provide bit-by-bit copies to multiple DVD+R and DVD-R at 16X, and to new dual-layer DVD+R media at 4X and CD-R media at 32X speeds. Available in configurations of one, four, seven, and nine drives, DISCEDGE includes an internal 80GB hard drive that stores up to 14 master DVD disc images, eight dual-layer DVD+R, or 44 master CD images.

DISCEDGE systems without dual-layer media support are available now from Kano Technologies and their network of authorized dealers and distributors. DISCEDGE systems purchased after September 1 will include support for DVD+R DL media.

DISCEDGE 16X duplicators feature Pioneer DVR-108 DVD±R/RW multi-format drives and custom-designed, industrial enclosures created for Kano's ATLAS and DISCEDGE 16x systems. The duplicators are designed to minimize vibrations and dust infiltration. Each chassis has low-noise fan ventilation engineered to maintain optimum operating temperature for maximum drive life and dependability. All enclosures are CE-certified and UL-approved.

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Apple Ships Motion

Apple has begun shipping Motion, the new application that delivers high-performance, real-time motion graphics design. Motion offers real-time previews, procedural behavior animation, and integration with both Final Cut Pro HD and DVD Studio Pro 3 for $299.

Motion introduces Behaviors that use procedural animation techniques to create natural simulations, such as gravity and wind, or multi-faceted interaction between multiple objects, such as attraction and repulsion. Behaviors provide users with the ability to generate simple or sophisticated fluid motion effects with minimal effort and make modifications spontaneously, all without the complexity or overhead of dealing with keyframes. Users familiar with keyframes can use Motion's Keyframe Editor to plot precise parameter values at specific frames.

Motion also offers integration with Apple's professional applications, including Final Cut Pro HD, the latest version of Apple's Emmy award-winning editing software; DVD Studio Pro 3, a professional DVD authoring application; Shake 3.5, the latest version of Apple's compositing and visual effects software; the Soundtrack music composition tool; and Logic Pro 6 for computer-based music production.

Apple has also introduced Production Suite, a software suite for film and video that delivers real-time production tools in one integrated package. Production Suite combines Final Cut Pro HD, Motion, and DVD Studio Pro 3. Production Suite provides creative professionals with an integrated round trip production environment where media and project files move seamlessly throughout the creative process. Production Suite is available now for a suggested retail price of $1,299.

Production Suite also includes professional audio scoring capabilities with the Soundtrack music composition application. Soundtrack also includes 30 audio plug-ins that scale so users can migrate their projects to Apple's Logic Pro 6, for continued work in other multi-track environments. Additional audio capabilities built into Final Cut Pro HD include a 99-track on-screen audio mixer, and audio router and multichannel output.

Production Suite also contains LiveType 1.2 for resolution independent animated titling, Compressor 1.2 for HD encoding, Cinema Tools for filmmakers working with 35mm or 16mm film and QuickTime Pro for powering the digital media workflow from capture to delivery. Built on the open architecture of QuickTime, Production Suite applications scale smoothly to fit into virtually any production workflow and output to professional tape formats or encode MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, and QuickTime files for DVD, Web, or delivery on 3G devices.

Production Suite is available now through the Apple Store, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $1,299. Registered users of Final Cut Pro can upgrade for $699. Full system requirements can be found at

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Canopus EDIUS HD Now Available

Canopus Corporation has announced the availability of its EDIUS HD editing workstation. EDIUS HD offers mixed real-time HD/SD editing in a turnkey system for the broadcast and content-creation market. Featuring end-to-end HD production using Canopus HD technology, EDIUS HD includes Canopus EDIUS Pro real-time HD editing software, Canopus HD and HQ software codecs, and the Canopus HDRX-E1 HD-SDI/SDI input and output card.

The Canopus HD software codec supports HD signal recording using the Canopus HDRX-E1 board and playback from the hard disk to HD-D5, HDCAM or DVCProHD VTRs. The Canopus HQ codec is also included. The Canopus HQ codec not only provides luma and chroma sampling of HD video, but also features variable bit-rate support, for increased video quality.

EDIUS HD includes Inscriber TitleMotion HD for Canopus, which provides editors with tools to create high-quality titles and features real-time preview of all titles during composition. TitleMotion also features keyframable animation capabilities within both 2D and 3D spaces.

Canopus has currently chosen the HP Workstation xw8000 as the foundation for EDIUS HD, and a system based on the top-of-the-line 64-bit HP Workstation xw8200 is also being developed. The Canopus HDRX-E1 input/output board includes RS-422 support to provide frame-accurate VTR control and is equipped with standard BNC connectors for both HD-SDI and SDI (two output connectors and a reference input connector).

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Verbatim Introduces 2.1GB Store 'n' Go USB Hard Disk Drive

Verbatim Corporation is now shipping its new Store 'n' Go 2.1GB USB HD Drive. About the size of a business card, the lightweight USB 2.0 micro hard drive provides portable storage for digital camera/camcorder, media player, and notebook PC files. The compact storage device can also be used for quickly and conveniently transporting large digital files between Windows, Mac, and Linux-based computer systems.

With a capacity of 2.1GB, Verbatim's Store 'n' Go USB HD Drive stores more than two hours of MPEG-1 video, about 500 hours of MP3 music, about 1,000 300dpi color photos or volumes of personal and business files. Using the integrated USB 2.0 cable, the 4200RPM Store 'n' Go HD Drive can be quickly connected to a USB-equipped (2.0 or 1.1) computer without having to wait for the computer to reboot. After disconnecting from the PC, the Store 'n' Go HD Drive can be placed in the supplied pouch for safe, reliable transport.

Weighing just 1.8 oz, the Verbatim Store 'n' Go USB HD Drive measures 2.75"x2.125"x0.5". The drive is compatible with Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP and CE 3.0 and higher; Mac OS 9.x and higher; and Linux 2.40 and higher systems.

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