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September 17, 2004

Table of Contents

ProCon Intros Shared Network Video Storage for DV, SD Editing
Advanced Media Ships RIDATA 16X DVD+R Media
Verbatim Launches Silver Inkjet Printable CD-Rs in Retail Market
Go Video PDS /Condre now shipping CMC CD/DVD Recording Media
iDive v1.1 new version release now available
Ulead Releases CD & DVD PictureShow 3 Deluxe
GridIron Extends Use of Grid Computing for Digital Video Production with X-Factor Release
Sonic Ships Product Advances at IBC 2004

ProCon Intros Shared Network Video Storage for DV, SD Editing

ProCon Technology has introduced vStor, which provides shared network video storage for DV and SD video capturing and editing applications like Avid Xpress, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Apple Final Cut Pro. With vStor, multiple editing workstations can share storage and access content through Ethernet and the output can be sent to tape or air directly. Removable hard disk drives, RAID array redundancy capabilities, as well as multi-stream (as many as 26 DV25 streams) editing are among the supported features.

Management software, real-time optimization, fault-tolerance, RAID, and multiple gigabit Ethernet interfaces are included. vStor supports low latency/jitters or high-throughput applications with several models, ranging in capacity from 960GB to six terabytes (6TB) raw storage.

Models are priced from $9,999 to $39,999, depending on capacity, features, and configurations.

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Advanced Media Ships RIDATA 16X DVD+R Media

Advanced Media, Inc., a subsidiary of RITEK Corporation, announced the addition of new 16X DVD+R discs to its RIDATA brand lineup of recordable media. The new discs will be available through selected retailers, RIDATA distributors, and various online outlets in September.

The write-once 16X DVD+R RIDATA disc has a 4.7GB capacity and capability for multimedia recording. In terms of speed, the 16X disc spins at 180 rotations per second in 16X-capable recorders operating at maximum speed. The medium uses premium organic dyes for recording all types of data, and conforms to DVD specifications for recordable disc v2.0 (4.7GB). Additionally, the disc features single formatting for both video and data storage, constant linear data density, long archival and storage life, a low recording error rate, and low jitter, according to Advanced Media. A limited lifetime warranty is also included on all RIDATA media.

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Verbatim Launches Silver Inkjet Printable CD-Rs in Retail Market

Verbatim Corporation has announced the availability of its new 52X, 700MB Silver Inkjet Printable CD-Rs in 50-pack spindles through U.S retail. The discs have a printable surface that is designed to optimize inkjet printing and ink drying times for reproductions of full-color images and text. To take advantage of high-resolution inkjet CD/DVD printers and recently introduced multifunction inkjet printers, Verbatim's printable surface utilizes ink absorption for longer-lasting colors and fast drying properties, the company says.

Backed by a limited lifetime warranty, Verbatim's Silver Inkjet Printable 52X CD-R media is available at retailers, internet resellers, and distributors across the country. The street price for a 50-pack spindle of the Silver Inkjet Printable CDs is $24.99.

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Go Video PDS /Condre now shipping CMC CD/DVD Recording Media

Go Video PDS/Condre has announced the release of Go Video PDS CD / DVD R Media Products, featuring media manufacturing technology from CMC Magnetics. CMC will supply Go Video PDS with a variety of CD/DVD±R media types for distribution through GO Video PDS authorized dealers and resellers.

Media formats available include 52X CD-R and 16X DVD-R and DVD+R. Lacquer-finish and white inkjet-printable versions of the media packaged in both super bulk and cake box containers will be offered.

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iDive v1.1 new version release now available

Aquafadas Software has launched version 1.1 of iDive, its digital video management application. New features offer indexing and visualisation of digital video tapes with annotation and search capabilities.

The new features of iDive v1.1 include the ability to define clip lists, export clip lists to movie editing applications, and extend control over the compression and storage options. The software is available for 59.95 EUR or 69.95 USD from Educational pricing is now available.

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Ulead Releases CD & DVD PictureShow 3 Deluxe

Ulead Systems has introduced Ulead DVD PictureShow 3 Deluxe, the newest version of its digital photo slideshow suite. It also includes Photo Explorer 8.5, the newest version of Ulead's digital media management software, and offers new features such as Calendar View and Albums. The software can organize, enhance, and transform photos into DVD and CD slideshows. The software's new three-step workflow and Instant-Show templates make it possible to turn photos into slideshows within minutes. Additionally, users can now include pan & zoom effects to add dynamic motion to photos and insert props and clipart.

The software automatically creates a Hollywood-style DVD menu with the same theme as the slideshow. A DVD menu includes graphics and customizable text and animated motion. Importing still photos or video for full motion DVD menus can further customize the DVD menu background. A built-in CD label and index creation tool is included to complete the disc.

Ulead DVD PictureShow 3 Deluxe is currently available at for $49.99 for the box version, and $49.99 for the electronic download. The software will be available soon in North American retail stores and catalogs for the same price.

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GridIron Extends Use of Grid Computing for Digital Video Production with X-Factor Release

GridIron Software has announced GridIron X-Factor 1.5 for Adobe After Effects Professional 6.5. In addition to faster preview processing, X-Factor 1.5 enables the use of large, high-resolution digital video files on network drives and Storage Area Networks and supports the enhanced security features of Windows XP SP2.

Launched at IBC 2004, GridIron X-Factor 1.5 is a software extension that uses grid computing technology to increase the speed of the preview and rendering capabilities of Adobe After Effects Professional 6.5 by dividing and distributing the work ordinarily performed on a single computer among several computers joined together in a network. The new capabilities were developed in response to requests from users working in high-resolution formats for film and high-definition broadcast.

A key X-Factor 1.5 enhancement is the ability to process the Adobe After Effects Render Queue. While preview processing speeds the creative process, many broadcast professionals use the After Effects Render Queue and render options to generate final renders of HD projects.

GridIron X-Factor 1.5 will be available in October 2004 for both Windows and Mac OS X. The enhanced support for network drives and Windows XP SP2 is included with X-Factor Basic edition, and Render Queue processing will be included as a feature of X-Factor Unlimited edition. At $1,995, X-Factor Unlimited provides all the features of X-Factor Plus and allows an Adobe After Effects workstation to use X-Factor with an unlimited number of additional computers

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Sonic Ships Product Advances at IBC 2004

At IBC 2004, Sonic Solutions announced the availability of new versions of its DVD creation systems: the SD-series Encoder 3.1, Sonic eDVD 3, and DVD Producer 4.5. The company also introduced the all-new DVD Producer HD Workstation. All of the Sonic systems use dual-layer burning technologies, aiming to increase the interactive capabilities of DVD and move DVD creation into the world of high definition, the company says.

eDVD and DVD Producer HD offering HD content holders a way to publish their projects on DVD. The SD-series Encoder 3.1 features the ability to encode from video and audio sources that cannot or need not be controlled via machine control; extend limits for VBR-style bit rate parameters; and enhance preset data displays. Currently, the SD-1000 encoder is available at a suggested retail price of $11,000 and the SD-2000 encoder is available at a suggested list price of $25,000. eDVD 3 is available now at a list price of $899, while DVD Producer 4.5 is available for a starting retail price of $1,999.

The DVD Producer HD Workstation integrates Sonic's HD-series real-time hardware encoder with DVD Producer's authoring to allow authors to build interactive titles with HD video content. WMV HD-DVD titles are playable using the Windows Media 10 Series player on Microsoft Windows XP computers. The new system is expected to ship in Q4 2004.

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