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August 24, 2004

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CyberLink MakeDVD Enables Easy DVD Burning Via Remote Control
FOCUS Enhancements Announces FireStore FS-4 for Hand-Held Camcorders
Sony Introduces 16X With New DVD Burners
Traxdata Ship DVD+R 16X Media To Europe
Aurora Video Systems Introduces PipeStudio
Macromedia Releases Flash Video Kit
Microboards Adds Ten-Recorder DVD Duplicator to Product Line
Targus Announces New Line of Apple-Compatible Mobile Computing Accessories

CyberLink MakeDVD Enables Easy DVD Burning Via Remote Control

CyberLink Corp. has released MakeDVD, a new disc-burning module for PowerCinema. Through a "click-n-burn" process operated with a remote control, users can make a DVD disc of their home videos from the comfort of their couch. MakeDVD can be fully integrated with PowerCinema 3 and is also available as a standalone.

PowerCinema 3 offers TV, radio, DVD, music, video, photo, and Web functions. The video module lets users view, organize, and play video files, sorting them by name or date. The remote control option allows access to video files from multiple sources, including hard disks, memory cards, and other storage media. With the new MakeDVD plug-in feature, users now burn their videos directly onto a disc.

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FOCUS Enhancements Announces FireStore FS-4 for Hand-Held Camcorders

FOCUS Enhancements introduced the latest addition to its FireStore family of Direct To Edit (DTE) Technology digital videodisk recorders, FireStore FS-4. Powered by a removable battery system, the FS-4 interfaces with camcorders via a single FireWire (IEEE-1394, iLink) cable.

Two models of FireStore FS-4 will be available: FS-4 and FS-4 Pro. Both models will feature a 40GB (three-hour) internal disk drive, a 6-pin FireWire connector for interface with camcorders, a 6-pin FireWire connector for interfacing with a computer for editing or file transfer, a backlit status LCD display, and a comprehensive set of control buttons including a navigation pad.

Both models will also feature support for DTE Technology file formats including RawDV, AVI Type 1, AVI Type 2, Matrox AVI, Canopus AVI, and QuickTime including 24p. FS-4 Pro adds support for the Avid OMF and Pinnacle AVI file formats, retro record modes, user-definable time lapse, loop playback, scene marking, and multiple file folder capabilities. The FS-4 PRO also is available with an 80GB (six-hour) internal drive.

FireStore FS-4 is expected to be available in December 2004 through the worldwide FOCUS Enhancements dealer and distributor network for an MSRP of $799. FireStore FS-4 Pro 40GB and 80GB are also expected to be available in December 2004 for $1,195 and $1,695, respectively.

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Sony Introduces 16X With New DVD Burners

Sony Electronics has introduced a new line of DVD+R Double Layer (DL)-capable recorders that support 16X recording to single-layer DVD+R. Burning a full write-once single layer disc in approximately six minutes, according to Sony, the 710 series marks Sony's seventh generation of Dual RW drives, and can also support 16X DVD+R, 8X DVD-R, 4X DVD±RW, 48X CD-R, and 24X CD-RW recording speeds.

With 2.4X DVD+R DL recording, users can burn up to four hours of MPEG-2 video or up to 8.5GB of data, music, and/or images on compatible DVD+R DL media.

In addition, Nero is providing users with a comprehensive suite of tools for burning and authoring home movies, creating digital scrapbooks, and backing up crucial data.

The internal DRU-710A drive comes with an ATAPI interface and includes a black replacement bezel for those with black-colored PC cases. The external DRX-710UL drive offers connectivity with both i.LINK(R) (IEEE 1394) and hi-speed USB (USB 2.0) digital interfaces.

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Traxdata Ship DVD+R 16X Media To Europe

New Traxdata-branded 16X media, called the fastest DVD+R media in Europe, can be recorded at speeds of up to 21MB per second. Traxdata 16x DVD+R is available in jewel cases at a trade price of 2,99 Euros (tax included).

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Aurora Video Systems Introduces PipeStudio

Aurora Video Systems is now shipping its new PipeStudio video capture and editing solution designed for professionals working in an uncompressed video environment. Priced at an affordable $1999, PipeStudio works with the RT Extreme capabilities within Final Cut Pro and provides a wide variety of audio and 10-bit video I/O options through an included break-out box (BOB).

One of PipeStudio's features is the ability to control the BOB from outside of Final Cut Pro through a new software application that is included with the product. Using this program, PipeStudio can act as a standalone real-time converter box.

Like Aurora's PipeHD product, PipeStudio supports two channels of 24-bit, 48-kHz analog audio for monitoring purposes, plus four channels of high-quality 48-kHz SPDIF (AES/EBU compatible) digital audio I/O.

PipeStudio supports the entire line of Pipe cards (Pipe, PipePro, PipeSDI, PipeHD, and PipeStudio), and is a QuickTime solution for the Mac OS. In addition to moving data from Final Cut Pro and putting it on screen, Aurora Pipe cards provide real-time preview compatibility with programs such as Adobe's After Effects and Discreet's combustion.

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Macromedia Releases Flash Video Kit

Macromedia has released a video kit to enable users of Macromedia Studio MX 2004 with Flash Professional users to add video to their Web sites without, according to Macromedia, "any special technical knowledge." The kit is used to add streaming or progressive download video through a Dreamweaver MX 2004 extension. Deployed video can be viewed with Macromedia Flash Player.

The kit includes four components: a Flash Video extension for Dreamweaver; a special version of Sorenson Squeeze that converts common video file formats into Flash Video format (FLV); a free 15-day trial of VitalStream Flash Video Streaming Service so customers can use streaming Flash Video without the need to install and maintain their own servers; and an introductory guide to deploying video online.

In addition, for a limited time, the kit will be available for purchase to existing Studio MX 2004 with Flash Professional customers for $49. Other upgrade options to receive the kit are available online.

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Microboards Adds Ten-Recorder DVD Duplicator to Product Line

Microboards Technology has announced the addition of a ten-recorder duplicator to their award-winning tower duplicator line. The CD/DVD copying system is easy-to-use and fully contained, operating without being connected to a computer. The CopyWriter Tower is features up to ten drives in a single tower, and as many as 16 recorders in a twin-tower system.

Advanced features in the CopyWriter Tower series include the ability to store disc images, change recording speeds, keep job counts, and perform audio track extraction. A two-line LCD display and two-button interface make accessing those features easy for even novice users.

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Targus Announces New Line of Apple-Compatible Mobile Computing Accessories

Targus Inc. has announced a suite of products compatible with Apple PowerBook and iBook notebook computers running Mac OS X operating systems. Targus' new products include the Wireless Ultra-Mini Optical Mouse, Mobile 70 Universal AC/DC Adapter, Podium CoolPad, and the Notebook Portable LapDesk.

Targus now offers a mouse specifically for the Apple notebook marketplace. Mimicking the aesthetics of the iBook, the mouse features the familiar white coloring and silver accents. The 800dpi optical resolution provides optimum precision and accuracy while the thumb-sized USB receiver enables precise data transmission. Also included are an on/off switch for effective power management, a three-button scrolling wheel, and a carrying pouch. The mouse is compatible with Macintosh OS X as well as Windows 98, 2000, ME and XP. When used with Macintosh operating systems, the mouse does not require installation of a driver, making it plug-and-play. The Wireless Ultra-Mini Optical Mouse has a suggested retail price of $49.99 and can be purchased at and major retailers, such as Best Buy.

Targus' Mobile 70 Universal AC/DC Adapter powers and charges iBooks and PowerBooks from a standard AC wall outlet, car cigarette lighter or commercial airplane power port. Weighing 8.5 ounces, the compact device offers a three-in-one adapter for Mac users on the road. The Mobile 70 adapter includes two charging tips compatible with most iBooks and PowerBooks, a three-foot AC input cord, a three-foot DC (auto/air) input cord, and a six-foot DC output cord. This accessory can be used in conjunction with the Mobile 70 Adapter to simultaneously charge a cell phone, PDA, or iPod from the same power source while at the same time powering a PowerBook or iBook. Targus' Mobile 70 Universal AC/DC Adapter is available at major retailers, including Best Buy, as well as online with a suggested retail price of the $119.99. Additional charging tips will be available exclusively on the Targus Web site.

The Podium CoolPad increases airflow to improve the cooling efficiency of any notebook computer, including an iBook or PowerBook. While a notebook is on the CoolPad, users can swivel the iBook or PowerBook 360 degrees, and six small rubber pads on the bottom provide a tight grip on most work surfaces. Height on the CoolPad is adjustable for optimal ergonomics, and the unit weighs less than 15 ounces. The Podium CoolPad for Mac is available exclusively at CompUSA or on the Targus Web site with a suggested retail price of $29.99.

The Targus Notebook Portable LapDesk is a folding tray that supports a notebook computer while on a user's lap, plane service tray or other surface that can benefit from added stability and the LapDesk's cooling properties. The suggested retail price of the Notebook Portable LapDesk for Mac is $29.99 and is available exclusively at CompUSA or on the Targus Web site.

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