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September 10, 2004

Table of Contents

Ulead to Support Sony’s HDV 1080i Camcorder with Native HD Video Editing Software
Memorex Introduces 2GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive
Leitch Unleashes VelocityHD NLE
MacroSystem releases new software product CBPaint
Media 100, a Unit of Optibase, Announces 844/X HD
New MegaSTOR 16X DVD±R/RW Drives with DL Capability from Mad Dog Multimedia
Canopus Announces EDIUS SD Workstation and HDSCI Converter
Sonic Launches MyDVD Studio Deluxe 6

Ulead to Support Sony’s HDV 1080i Camcorder with Native HD Video Editing Software

Among the first companies to offer video editing software with native support for the HDV format, Ulead now offers support for Sony's just-announced HDR-FX1 camcorder, the first HDV 1080i camcorder. Ulead will provide native HD video editing support within MediaStudio Pro, the company's professional video editing software suite.

The HDV format was established by Canon Inc., Sharp Corporation, Sony Corporation, and Victor Company of Japan, Limited (JVC) in September 2003. It was designed to give consumers an affordable way to record and play back high-quality, high-definition video to standard DV and MiniDV cassette tapes.

The Ulead HD Plug-in for the Sony HDR-FX1 camcorder will give videographers a way to natively capture, edit, and output high-resolution HDV 1080i content within MediaStudio Pro 7, Ulead's professional post-production video editing suite. With the Ulead HD Plug-in, MediaStudio Pro 7 will handle HD video content without requiring additional tools or interfaces.

The Ulead HD Plug-in for MediaStudio Pro is expected to be available for the Sony HDR-FX1 camcorder by the end of October 2004.

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Memorex Introduces 2GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive

Memorex has introduces the Memorex TravelDrive, a new USB 2.0 compact Flash drive now available with 2GB of portable storage. The newest member of Memorex's TravelDrive family boasts a read speed of up to 25MB/sec and a write speed of up to 20MB/sec. With 2GB of capacity, consumers can store more than 600 songs in MP3 format, 6,000 digital photos, and thousands of text files. A data protection switch prevents accidental deletion of important data.

The Memorex TravelDrive can transfer data, digital photos, MP3 files and video from computer to computer, even from Mac to PC, and back again. The TravelDrive features a slim profile and sports a silver and black design that fits on a keychain. The TravelDrive plugs directly into a computer's USB port.

The Memorex 2GB TravelDrive has a suggested retail price of $299.99. It will be available at consumer electronics retailers nationwide and online beginning this month. The Memorex TravelDrive also is available with 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, and 1GB of capacity, with suggested retail prices from $34.99 to $179.99.

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Leitch Unleashes VelocityHD NLE

Leitch Technology Corporation has announced that its VelocityHD HD/SD non-linear editing system is now shipping. Promising real-time editing performance for HD video, VelocityHD extends Leitch's Integrated Content Environment solutions with a new HD editing solution designed for post production environments. Integrating the innovative new Altitude hardware platform with an enhanced version of the Velocity software interface, VelocityHD features full-quality HD playback of two video streams, two dynamic graphics streams, true dual-stream real-time HD transitions and effects, and optional 3D effects with the A3DX DVE daughtercard. Altitude supports 1080i, 1080PsF and 720p frame formats at common frame rates, with compressed and uncompressed (8-bit and 10-bit) recording and playback, and the flexibility to mix compressed and uncompressed footage within a project.

Altitude also features VGA HD output, enabling HD playback to VGA monitors. HD output is also simultaneously down-converted for monitoring on standard-definition displays. VelocityHD also features SD video editing, full-quality real-time playback, and mixing of multiple SD video and graphics streams.

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MacroSystem releases new software product CBPaint

MacroSystem Digital Video AG has expanded its Casablanca product range with the new creative tool CBPaint. CBPaint offers functionality for graphics, video effects, and design. It interfaces directly with the standard Casablanca SMART EDIT editing software, making for an import and export facility for pictures and video sequences. CBPaint is designed for video professionals looking for new animations and visual effects.

Important features of CBPaint include Real-Time Video Paint, Animation Systems, Layer Manipulation, Color Correction, and Effects. The CBPaint user can select from a number of video-effects like volumetric light, plasma effects, mirror and cloning, mosaic, and warp-effects.

In addition to its drawing functions, filters, style and colortools and the timeline for creating individual sequences, the CBPaint package comes with a WACOM graphics tablet. The complete package will retail for € 999 in Germany.

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Media 100, a Unit of Optibase, Announces 844/X HD

Media 100, a unit of Optibase, and a provider of advanced media systems, has announced that it is actively developing a native-HD implementation of its 844/X real-time editing-compositing system. Based on the 10-bit, real-time architecture of today's 844/X systems, 844/X HD will natively support all HD and SD formats and provide the same real-time, multi-stream performance and functionality with HD projects as today's SD version of 844/X, according to Media 100. 844/X HD is expected to be available in 2005.

844/X HD is the first 844/X system to utilize variable bit-rate compression of both HD and SD data and will include one of the first uncompressed-quality HD compression algorithms available in a digital video system. This will allow 844/X HD users to conserve disk storage space while maintaining images that are mathematically equivalent to 10-bit uncompressed quality.

844/X HD will be a new product incorporating new software and hardware currently in development. Existing 844/X customers will be able to upgrade to 844/X HD for a nominal fee.

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New MegaSTOR 16X DVD±R/RW Drives with DL Capability from Mad Dog Multimedia

Mad Dog Multimedia has announced it is currently shipping its new MegaSTOR 6-in-1 16X Double Layer DVD±R/RW internal drive and will deliver the MegaSTOR 7-in-1 16X Double Layer external USB 2.0 model at the end of September. Users can store up to 8.5GB of data on DVD+R double layer media and write to DVD+R DL media at 4X speeds.

MegaSTOR drives are backed by Mad Dog's two-year warranty, while the MegaSTOR 16X and MegaSTOR 7 in 1 external USB 2.0 have suggested retail prices of $119.99 and $149.99, respectively.

In addition to buffer under run protection found standard with many DVD±RW drives, the Mad Dog Multimedia MegaSTOR 16X drives adjust writing speeds automatically through Active Optimized Power Control (Active OPC), to ensure accuracy when writing data to the media by monitoring both writing power and reflection of the media in use, calculating the optimum laser power and adjusting it in real-time.

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Canopus Announces EDIUS SD Workstation and HDSCI Converter

Canopus Corporation has announced EDIUS SD, a real-time online content creation workstation targeting post production and broadcast studios with a direct upgrade path to EDIUS HD, Canopus's high-definition nonlinear editing platform. The EDIUS SD workstation provides real-time editing and content creation capabilities with connectivity to integrate into existing post-production or broadcast studio environments.

EDIUS SD includes EDIUS Pro editing software for real-time mixed editing of uncompressed SD, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, DVCPRO50, and HDV; an RS-422 connector to provide accurate VTR control; an SDI input connector; two SDI output connectors; and a reference input connector to provide real-time performance and standard connectivity options.

For studios requiring additional connectivity, Canopus is offering the multi-I/O processing unit for EDIUS SD. This 3U rackmountable unit includes video connections such as SD-SDI with embedded audio, eight-channel AES/EBU, RS-422A I/O, SD reference in, sync generator, embedded TC, LTC in/out, four-channel balanced audio, and analog component video out (BNC and D-connector).

Additionally, Canopus has announced HDSC1, an SDI-to-component signal converter that converts HD-SDI signals to HD component output or SD-SDI signals to SD component output. Both component YUV and RGB format signals are supported, making the HDSC1 compatible with all component video devices. HDSC1 provides instant output of HD content to HD component displays such as HDTVs and RGB computer monitors, and SD content to component, S-Video, and composite displays. HDSC1 also incorporates a sync generator for both HD (tri-level sync) and SD (black burst).

HDSC1 also includes embedded audio support, conversion of SD-SDI to S-Video and composite, HD-SDI conversion to RGB for PC monitors that feature BNC inputs, and front-panel displays for video format and audio-level outputs. HDSC1 automatically detects the video format currently being output and also supports SDI signal pass-through.

HDSC1 is an eight-inch, half-rackmount unit with outputs for YPbPr, RGB, S-Video, and composite. The unbalanced RCA stereo output can be configured to output any pair of eight-channel embedded audio via the front control panel. An optional 19-inch rackmount kit is available for standard A/V rack installation.

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Sonic Launches MyDVD Studio Deluxe 6

Sonic Solutions has launched MyDVD Studio Deluxe 6, an upgrade to the company's consumer DVD and CD creation software. MyDVD Studio Deluxe 6 includes many new features and enhancements including freeform button placement, encoding for up to four hours of video on a single-layer DVD, anamorphic widescreen support, up to 1,000 photos per slideshow, enhanced audio control, and a new interface that integrates all DVD and CD creation tasks.

MyDVD Studio Deluxe 6 is an integrated solution designed to enable users to create DVDs with personal photos and videos, burn music CDs, legally copy personal DVDs and CDs, play DVD and Video CDs on PCs and laptops, and create custom disc labels. It also provides video editing, Dolby Digital audio encoding, unlimited MP3 ripping, and automated backup and archiving capabilities.

MyDVD Studio Deluxe 6 is the flagship of the MyDVD product line and includes MyDVD 6 Deluxe, RecordNow technologies, Sonic CinePlayer, and built-in labeling for an estimated street price of $99.99. MyDVD Studio Deluxe 6 is available now from Sonic at and other e-tail stores, and will be available at retail store locations in the coming months.

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