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Streaming Media
October 01, 2004

Table of Contents

Pacific Digital Intros 16X Dual-Format, Dual-Layer DVD±RW Drives
Sonic Introduces AuthorScript Photo Slideshow SDK for Digital Photo Applications and Devices
MKM/Verbatim Announces LightScribe CDs/DVDs and Ink
Advanced Media Adds 11-in-1 Reader/Writer to its RIDATA Brand of Products
Wildform Releases New Custom FX Collection
MCE Ships SuperDrive Upgrade
United Media's Multicam Now Supports Premiere Pro / 1.5
DVD+RW 8X Disc Specification Ready for Distribution to Licensees

Pacific Digital Intros 16X Dual-Format, Dual-Layer DVD±RW Drives

Pacific Digital Corporation has introduced its 16X dual-format, dual-layer DVD±RW drives for PCs. The Mach 16 internal drive and the Xtreme 16 USB external drive are compatible with 8.5GB double-layer DVD discs, and all popular DVD and CD recording media, according to Pacific Digital. Applications range from sharing videos and music to archiving 4.7GB of content on a single-layer DVD, or 8.5GB on double-layer media.

The drives feature SMART-BURN, SMART-X, the VAS system, DVD+R9 2.4x (double-layer) support, and a 2MB buffer. They are compatible with Microsoft Windows 98, Me, 2000,, and XP. All configurations include recording and playback software, documentation, cables, and mounting hardware. The external Xtreme 16 USB drive carries an MSRP of $149.99. The internal Mach 16 has an ATAPI/E-IDE interface and an MSRP of $99.99.

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Sonic Introduces AuthorScript Photo Slideshow SDK for Digital Photo Applications and Devices

Sonic Solutions has announced the release of its AuthorScript Photo Slideshow software development kit (SDK) for the digital photo application and devices industry. The newest version of Sonic's engine for the Windows and Linux platforms has been designed to make it easy for developers of products such as photo kiosks, minilabs, photo software, and online photo services to add DVD photo slideshow creation to their products. Users can include a variety of menu templates for vacations, weddings, babies, family gatherings, and more, in addition to customizing a soundtrack.

The AuthorScript Photo Slideshow SDK is OpenDVD-compliant, allowing end-users to make photo slideshows that can be continually updated over time. AuthorScript supports BMP, TIF, TGA, PNG, PICT, and JPEG graphics files. Audio support is included for WAV (PCM), Dolby Digital, MPEG-1 Layer II, WMA, and MP3 audio import.

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MKM/Verbatim Announces LightScribe CDs/DVDs and Ink

Mitsubishi Kagaku Media Co., Ltd. (MKM) has announced an agreement with Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) to produce and market LightScribe ink, CD, and DVD discs developed in collaboration with HP. With a LightScribe-enabled drive, consumers can use the same laser that burned the data to the disc to make a distinctive-looking label for the other side of the disc. MKM will market LightScribe discs, stampers, and ink.

The first-generation LightScribe discs produced and sold by MKM/Verbatim in 2005 will be monochrome. Second-generation LightScribe discs, which will be able to accept multi-color printing, are under development. Although LightScribe features have been added, the discs are also compatible with all current CD and DVD standards.

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Advanced Media Adds 11-in-1 Reader/Writer to its RIDATA Brand of Products

Advanced Media, Inc., a subsidiary of RITEK Corporation, has added an 11-in-1 memory card reader/writer to its line of RIDATA-brand products. The unit, with USB 2.0 connectivity, supports an array of storage cards, including many newer formats. USB 2.0 compliant, the unit offers plug-and-play capability as well as a transfer rate of up to 480Mbps. A driver CD is included in the package.

The RIDATA 11-in-1 memory card reader is compatible with the following formats: CompactFlash Types I and II, Microdrive, SmartMedia, MultiMedia Card, reduced-size MultiMedia Card, Secure Digital, Mini SD, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, and Memory Stick Duo. Additionally, it supportsWindows98/98SE/ME/2000/XP, Mac operating systems, and Linux Kernel.

The RIDATA 11-in-1 memory card reader/writer is available for an MSRP of $29.99.

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Wildform Releases New Custom FX Collection

Wildform has announced the release of the Custom FX Collection for Wildform's video titling and text animation software, Wild FX Pro and Wild FX. The Custom FX collection contains customizable versions of all the effects that come standard with the programs. Each Custom Effect contains between five and 35 variables, including a speed-control option.

Both Wild FX Pro and Wild FX come with 417 effects that work with a customer's installed fonts and function like animation templates that can be applied to any text. The Custom FX Collection lets users adjust numerous effect variables to create an infinite variety of new, distinctive, and elaborate animations. Each custom effect has multiple variables that affect a variety of settings including position, timing, scaling, alpha, skew, color, speed, and rotation. The Custom FX can also be used as templates to create new effects, which can then be saved and added to the effects library.

The Custom FX collection is $49, Wild FX is $39, and Wild FX Pro is $99. All are available for Windows and Mac.

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MCE Ships SuperDrive Upgrade

MCE Technologies began shipping their 16X DVD-/+R/RW internal SuperDrive upgrade for the Apple Power Mac. The MCE 16X drive is compatible with iDVD, iTunes and Finder-level burning under Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X.

The MCE 16X SuperDrive upgrade for Power Mac writes at up to 16X speed to 4.7GB DVD±R media and to 4.7GB DVD±RW media at up to 4X speed. In addition, it writes to standard 650MB (74-minute) and 700MB (80-minute) CD-R media at up to up to 32X speed, writes to standard CD-RW media at up to 24X speed, reads DVD-RAM at up to 2X speeds, reads DVD-ROM at up to up to 16X speed, and reads standard CD-ROM at up to 40X speed.

The MCE 16X DVD±R/RW internal drive requires a Power Mac G3 or G4 running Mac OS 9 or Mac OS. It also comes bundled with Roxio's Toast Lite software and has a suggested retail price of $119.

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United Media's Multicam Now Supports Premiere Pro / 1.5

United Media, Inc. announced that Multicam now supports Adobe Premiere Pro and 1.5. Multicam is a plug-in to Adobe Premiere Pro/1.5 and allows multiple camera sources to be edited in realtime.

Multicam for Premiere Pro/ 1.5 supports Matrox RT.X100 Xtreme, Canopus DVStorm2 and Standard Firewire OHCI video cards. Multicam is available in two and four camera software packages. Existing Multicam users can update Multicam for Premiere Pro/1.5 support.

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DVD+RW 8X Disc Specification Ready for Distribution to Licensees

The DVD+RW Alliance has announced the release of final draft specifications for 8X rewriting on DVD+RW media by HP, MKM, Philips, Ricoh, Sony, and Yamaha.

DVD+RW media and writers designed to this specification will able to rewrite a full 4.7GB DVD+RW in less than eight minutes, according to the DVD+RW Alliance. The new 8X DVD+RW discs will be based on phase-change materials, which can be rewritten at high speed. The laser of the drive must be able to deliver short high-power write-pulses to achieve the right thermal balance between the erase and write steps. New DVD+RW writers and recorders that are designed to write according to the 8X rewrite specification are expected to become available from various manufacturers in the following months.

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