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August 31, 2004

Table of Contents

NewSoft Unveils Presto! DVD PowerSuite 2.0
Microboards Unveils Ten-Recorder DVD Duplicator
Imagica Takes On 24p HD Film Post-Production With da Vinci 2K Plus
SANYO to Adopt HD-DVD Standard to Develop Next-Generation DVDs
Imation's New 16x DVD+R Media Kicks Recording Time into High Gear
LaCie Offers New DVD±RW Double Layer Drives
TEAC America Introduces 16X DVD+/-R/RW Double-Layer, Dual Format Desktop DVD Recorder
Fostex Debuts New DV824 DVD Multitrack Audio Recorder

NewSoft Unveils Presto! DVD PowerSuite 2.0

NewSoft announce the immediate availability of Presto! DVD PowerSuite v2.0. An enhanced video and data-burning software suite, version 2.0 supports the industry's latest 16x DVD drives in addition to new double layer DVD recording. Presto! DVD PowerSuite 2.0 also integrates the latest Intel IPP 4 technology for a nearly 30% improvement in MPEG-2 decoding speeds, advanced deinterlacing quality, as well as automatic DVD drive detection for optimal recording speeds.

Presto! DVD PowerSuite 2.0 users can now burn up to 8.5GB of data, up to four hours of DVD-quality video, 16 hours of VHS-quality video, or more than 2,000 songs on a single compatible DVD+R DL disc. The value-add functionality afforded through the integration of Intel's new IPP 4 technology expands PowerSuite's support for audio and video codecs including: MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 result in optimized encoding and decoding speeds that are up to 30% faster than previous generation PowerSuite solutions. PowerSuitev2.0 also automatically detects installed DIVX and other MPEG4 codecs that follow Microsoft's DirectShow mechanism. In addition, Presto! DVD PowerSuite 2.0 can automatically detect the DVD drive being used, and adjusts accordingly to the parameters that are most compatible with drives' firmware for optimal recording speeds.

Presto! DVD PowerSuite v2.0 also includes: 16:9 aspect ratio support for DVD-Video, Transition effects for DVD slide show, direct-record support for DVD+VR discs, New 3D text effects, and high-resolution VCD slideshow playback. In addition to DVD, VCD, and Audio CD playback, PowerSuite v2.0 can be used to watch WMV, MPEG, and MPEG-4 video files.

Compatible with Windows 98SE/Me/2000 and XP operating systems, boxed copies of NewSoft's Presto! DVD PowerSuite V2.0 are also available through NewSoft for $69.95.

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Microboards Unveils Ten-Recorder DVD Duplicator

Microboards Technology announced the addition of a ten-recorder duplicator to their award-winning tower duplicator line. In addition, the CopyWriter tower series has configurations of up to 16 recorders in a twin-tower system. Advanced features include the ability to store disc images, change recording speeds, keep job counts, and perform audio track extraction. A two-line LCD display and simple two-button interface make accessing those features easy for even novice users.

The CopyWriter Tower series also comes with a two-year limited warranty and unlimited phone support, easily surpassing the industry standard single year. The towers will begin shipping immediately.

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Imagica Takes On 24p HD Film Post-Production With da Vinci 2K Plus

da Vinci Systems announced that Imagica, one of Japan's leading high-end post-production facilities, is using da Vinci's 2K Plus color enhancement system for commercials, music videos, and 24p HD film projects finished at the Tokyo-based facility.

Imagica currently has nine da Vinci systems including the Classic, Renaissance, DUI, 2K, and 2K Plus, which Takano and others at the facility use in conjunction with Cintel C-Reality, Sony Vialta, Ursa Diamond, and Cintel Turbo 3 telecines and a Thomson Spirit datacine.

The 2K Plus is an extension of Da Vinci's Emmy award-winning 2K products, a real-time color enhancement system with support for multiple standards and resolutions. In addition to improvements in the primary and secondary color correction feature set, the 2K Plus provides increased flexibility through an enhanced key bus, improved gamma curve adjustment, and dedicated Kilovector key outputs.

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SANYO to Adopt HD-DVD Standard to Develop Next-Generation DVDs

SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. has decided to adopt the HD-DVD standard promoted in the DVD Forum, an international association that brings together some 220 consumer electronics, entertainment, software, and other related companies. SANYO will develop next-generation DVD players and recorders using the HD-DVD standard, and aims to first launch in Japan HD-DVD players in 2005 and recorders in 2006, and then expand into the North American market.

SANYO joined with Toshiba and NEC in the autumn of 2003 for technical studies of HD DVD-R, a write-once version of the format, and in May 2004 the companies jointly presented this to the DVD forum. In September 2004 SANYO, Toshiba, and NEC expect this HD DVD-R technology to become Version 0.9.

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Imation's New 16x DVD+R Media Kicks Recording Time into High Gear

Imation Corp announced the addition of 4.7GB 16x DVD+R discs to its portfolio of optical media products. With Imation's new 16x DVD+R media, consumers and business users can record a disc to its full capacity in about five minutes--nearly half the time required to fill a current 8X DVD+R disc.

Users can store large-capacity video and computer files with Imation's new 16x DVD+R media, transferring up to two hours of VHS movies, saving thousands of digital photos, or backing up gigabytes of data, in about five minutes with a 16X DVD burner.

Imation 16x DVD+R discs will ship to authorized retailers and distributors in October 2004, and will be available in jewel case and spindle packs, with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of about $1.50 a disc. Additionally, Imation 16x DVD-R discs are scheduled to be available in early 2005.

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LaCie Offers New DVD±RW Double Layer Drives

LaCie's new double layer-capable DVD burners, equipped with FireWire and USB interface options, are slated for availability in September. The drive's portability makes it easy to securely back up files on the road, share up to 8.5GB data with clients via DVD, and create and view personal DVDs from any location. DVD playback software allows for viewing movies on the road from any laptop. FireWire drives can operate with power from the cable meaning no extra AC adapter to carry when traveling.

LaCie d2 DVD±RW Double Layer supports a full 4.7GB DVD burning in about six minutes, and double-layer burning in only 25 minutes-- half the time of first-generation DL drives.

Shipping begins September 2004 at manufacturer suggested retail prices below. The DVD burners come with comprehensive Mac or PC software suites for creating professional-quality DVDs. All necessary cables ship with the drives. Double layer DVD media is also available in five-packs through LaCie for $69.

LaCie Slim DVD±RW Double Layer, Designed by FA Porsche
SKU 300777 FireWire $199
SKU 300778 USB 2.0 $199
LaCie d2 DVD±RW Double Layer SKU 300923 Internal $129
SKU 300921 FireWire with CaptyDVD 2.0 $229
SKU 300922 FireWire with Toast Titanium $229
SKU 300920 Dual FireWire/USB $199

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TEAC America Introduces 16X DVD+/-R/RW Double-Layer, Dual Format Desktop DVD Recorder

TEAC announces the launch of its new 16X DV-W516G DVD+/-R/RW Double Layer IDE/ATAPI Dual DVD-Recorder. TEAC's new 16X Double-Layer, Dual Format DVD-Recorder writes at 16X speed to DVD+R, at 8X to DVD-R, and at 4X to DVD+R DL media. With the capacity to store 8.5GB on double layer media, TEAC continues its advanced in the DVD burner market.

The DV-W516G also writes to CD-R media at 48X speeds and rewrites to CD-RW at 24X. The DV-W516G, 16X Double Layer, Dual Format drive utilizes an IDE/ATAPI interface for easy integration and is perfect for upgrades. It supports a variety of DVD recording applications. The DVW516G/KIT kit comes with the installation hardware, recording and video editing software, DVD-Video player software, and full backup software and is ready for quick and easy installation on Windows systems.

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Fostex Debuts New DV824 DVD Multitrack Audio Recorder

Builidng on its implementation of DVD-RAM recording technology into the DV40 Master Recorder and PD-6 DVD Location Recorder, Fostex' new D824 features 8-track recording and playback to and from DVD-RAM media, up to 8-track simultaneous recording at 24bit/48kHz; up to 4-track simultaneous recording at 24bit/96kHz, 2 RU slim line chassis, analog-balanced XLR inputs and outputs for eight channels, AES/EBU digital inputs and outputs for connection to analog and digital audio mixers, Flexible AC or DC (for location use) power operation; with AC adapter (AD-15C) as standard, BWF file format and UDF disk format combine for PC/Mac compatibility, playback of disks recorded on both DV40 and PD-6, 132x64 dot-matrix LCD display and large LED time display and 18-bar level meters, High-speed 10/100Base-T Ethernet port, and dedicated front-panel USB keyboard input for easy file naming and editing. Optional futures bring internal/external timecode generation, hard drive and auto backup functionality, as well as IEEE-1394/USB 2.0 card data tranfer capability to/from PC or Mac computers.

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