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October 05, 2004

Table of Contents

Asaca Debuts Blue Laser Optical Storage Library Utilizing Cartridge-Free Media
Schneider Introduces New Color Filters
Disc Makers Announces Dramatic Price Drop for Elite Series Duplicators
FOCUS Enhancements Releases Version 1.3 Software for FireStore FS-3 and DR-DV5000
ADS Tech Lays Cornerstone for Media Entertainment Evolution with New me² Compatibility Logo
3GPP Selects MPEG-4 aacPlus from Coding Technologies for Mobile Audio and Multimedia Services
GenArts Special Pricing on Sapphire Plug-ins for Shake
InterVideo Demonstrates Multimedia Codecs on Texas Instruments' Digital Media Processor Platform at Photokina

Asaca Debuts Blue Laser Optical Storage Library Utilizing Cartridge-Free Media

Asaca Corporation introduced the "world's first" blue laser optical storage library incorporating bare media. This latest addition to Asaca's family of TeraCart optical libraries, the TeraCart PD is based on a new Professional Disc for DATA technology from Sony Electronics utilizing cartridge-free media for capacities ranging from 2TB to over 33TB in a single library and still requiring no more than a four foot square of floor space.

Combined with blue laser technology, these libraries offer more than four times the capacity of red-laser optical libraries and provide up to 11MB/sec read and 9MB/sec write transfer speeds, TeraCart PD allows for high-performance applications including document and medical imaging, email archiving, enterprise content management, multimedia projects, graphic design, and audio/video editing and authoring. A flexible, standards-based solution, these new libraries can be integrated into an organization's overall solution to gain compliance with government regulations including Sarbanes-Oxley, SEC and HIPAA.

Available with SAN and NAS support, the modular library offers the flexibility to start with a single cabinet and expand to as many as eight libraries for capacities reaching Petabytes. Using pass-through and infrared communications, the libraries can be easily managed as a single physical unit.

An alternative to tape libraries, a single Professional Disc for DATA disk can hold up to 23.3GB of data and the libraries can be equipped with one to six Sony ProDATA drives. ASACA's expanded line of TeraCart libraries integrating Sony's professional-grade blue laser technology drives and ProDATA media are now available in three scaleable models; the AM250PD, the AM750PD and the AM1450PD offering up to 5.8TB, 17.5 and 33.8TB storage respectively. ASACA's TeraCart AM Series with Sony blue laser and ProDATA technologies are expected to have a starting price of $30,000. Sony's 120mm rewritable and write-once Professional Disc for DATA media stores up to 23.3GB on a single side.

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Schneider Introduces New Color Filters

Schneider Optics has expanded its line of professional motion picture filters with two new colors, Sahara Gold and Maui Brown. The Sahara Gold filter was devised for use on the feature "Sahara." Sahara Gold is useful in creating a rich warm scene, for an old Technicolor look. This new solid color effects filter approximates 3/4 the color correction value of an 85 filter. It can also replace an 81EF for producing a cool look, and is more effective for holding skintones. The Schneider Sahara Gold filter is available in 4"x5.650"and 6.6"x6.6"sizes.

Maui Brown enhances brown and gold tones, making it excellent for adding depth to foliage. The filter is available in 1, 2, and 3 densities. At the lightest density (1), it enriches dark skin tones. The Schneider Maui Brown filter is available in 4"x4", 4"x5.650", and 6.6"x6.6" sizes.

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Disc Makers Announces Dramatic Price Drop for Elite Series Duplicators

Disc Makers has announced another round of dramatic price reductions on their Elite Series automated duplication systems. The price reductions (ranging from $300 to $1,000 per system) further open the doors to many corporations, agencies, smaller recording studios, production houses, churches, small businesses, and even home recording musicians to duplicate and print their own CD and DVD projects.

Elite Series duplicators are available as units that attach to a customer's PC or Mac, or as an ElitePro version that includes a built-in PC, and comes with monitor, keyboard, and mouse. Two- and four-drive versions are available. Each unit comes with a two-year warranty on automation, free lifetime tech support, and 100 free CD-Rs.

The Elite Series uses Plextor drives that are media compatible and offer fast disc production and the low reject rates. The Elite duplication system offers you a choice of the 52X CD-R drives or 8X DVD±R/48x CD-R drives.

The MacElite can connect directly to a Mac, and the standalone ElitePro is available with a built-in PC, including a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. The PC is preloaded with Windows XP Pro, Padus DiscJuggler recording software, and Discus label design software, so you can start duplicating right out of the box. Padus DiscJuggler is designed to simplify data, audio, and video CD and DVD duplication. DiscJuggler allows a remote user to send work to the Elite from any computer on your network. The interface is perfect for both duplicator novices and experts. Includes free software updates for one year.

A full breakdown of the new pricing for the DiscMakers duplicators is available on the company's Web site.

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FOCUS Enhancements Releases Version 1.3 Software for FireStore FS-3 and DR-DV5000

FOCUS Enhancements has released its latest edition of FireStore, the FireStore DR-DV5000 and FireStore FS-3 version 1.3 software. In this version FOCUS adds Direct To Edit (DTE) Technology support for the Pinnacle Liquid Edition and other Pinnacle AVI based applications.

Version 1.3 adds: 

  • Direct To Edit (DTE) Technology support for the Pinnacle Liquid Edition and other Pinnacle AVI-based applications.
  • Control support for HDCAM, DVCProHD, Digital Betacam, Betacam SX, MPEG IMX, and DVCPro50 camcorders when combined with Miranda's camera-mounted DVC-100 and DVC-800 series converters. These camcorders are commonly used for broadcast news acquisition, professional sports analysis, television, and feature film production.
  • Direct To Edit (DTE) Technology support for 24p QuickTime and 24p AVI Type 2 Direct To Edit clips (FS-3 only) when used with a camcorder such as a Canon XL2 or Panasonic AG-DVX-100. The addition of the new formats to DTE Technology increases the number of supported native NLE file formats to ten, therefore further extending DTE Technology as the leading and most comprehensive disk recording system. Pinnacle AVI, 24p QuickTime, and 24p AVI Type 2 join RawDV, AVI Type 1, AVI Type 2, Matrox AVI, Canopus AVI, QuickTime, and Avid OMF in the existing DTE Technology file format lineup.

Version 1.3 firmware will be included on all new FireStore FS-3 and DR-DV5000 units shipped, and is also available as a download from FOCUS Enhancements' Web site. FireStore DR-DV5000 (with a single 40GB HDD) is available worldwide through the JVC Professional dealer and distributor network for an MSRP of $1,895. FireStore FS-3 (with a single 40GB HDD) is available through the worldwide FOCUS Enhancements dealer and distributor network for an MSRP of $2,195.

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ADS Tech Lays Cornerstone for Media Entertainment Evolution with New me² Compatibility Logo

ADS Tech has launched its new me² (Media Entertainment Evolution) logo specifically designed to take the guesswork out of identifying home entertainment devices that work together. The new logo will be prominently displayed on packaging that is being developed for more than a dozen qualifying ADS Tech audio/video capture products and TV tuner products. With the me² products, consumers and businesses have the assurance that the devices they use to capture TV shows, photos, music, and movies on their PC will work with other products displaying the me² logo and that the entertainment files they create can be played on any TV or stereo connected to an ADS Tech Media-Link Digital Entertainment Receiver.

Content can be gathered from TV shows, home movies, digital cameras, camcorders, VCR's, radio broadcasts, audiocassettes, and LPs. With Media-Link, all of this content is available on the home entertainment center or home stereo without moving the PC or having to burn discs and carry them from room to room. A remote control included with Media-Link also allows users to view Web pages on the big screen of their TV, and listen to Internet radio on the home stereo system. Newly enhanced with a Wireless G Card, Media-Link can now be used with either a wired Ethernet network or the higher-speed 802.11G wireless network to deliver digital entertainment from a PC and the Internet to any TV or stereo in the home or office.

Video playback is assured with composite S-Video, Component Video, and DVI video outputs, and audio is reproduced in the greatest fidelity with Stereo and SPDIF (Digital Optical and Coaxial) audio outputs. To maximize the benefits of Media-Link, ADS Tech offers a range of me² devices to meet various price points and customer needs for gathering and storing content. ADS Tech USB DVD Video Capture/Editing Products that display the me² logo include DVD Xpress, Instant DVD 2.0, Instant Video MPX, and Instant Video PCI. The hardware/software devices enable users to bring audio and video into a desktop or laptop PC for editing and burning to a CD or DVD that can be shared or archived. All of the products capture video to MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 for VCD, SVCD or DVD video. Video is digitized, and compressed using the same hardware encoder chip found in professional DVD recorders. Audio is synchronized with video in the hardware. Prices range from $99 for DVD Xpress to $179 for Instant DVD 2.0.

Instant Music is Ads Tech's new me² audio capture device. With the device, users can convert old vinyl records, cassette tapes or music from any analog audio source into digital Audio CDs, MP3 CDs or WMA files that can be played on a PC or portable audio player. Users can also create sound track mixes with auto volume leveling, and can use the audio restore feature to remove pops, clicks, and hisses. MSRP is US$59.

Equipped with a wireless "G" card, the ADS Tech Media-Link Digital Entertainment Receiver has an ESP of US$249 and can be used with Windows 98SE, WinME, WinXP and Win2000 systems.

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3GPP Selects MPEG-4 aacPlus from Coding Technologies for Mobile Audio and Multimedia Services

Coding Technologies announced that its aacPlus audio codec has been standardized by 3GPP as its open standard codec of choice for high quality audio services.

Coding Technologies says the standardization establishesaacPlus in all market segments as the common denominator codec, one step in the convergence between digital broadcasting, mobile, and Internet streaming. Already in use for music download services of O2 or Vodafone, aacPlus is widely adopted in digital broadcasting and Internet streaming applications.

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GenArts Special Pricing on Sapphire Plug-ins for Shake

GenArts Inc has announced a special price promotion on their Sapphire Plug-ins for Apple's Shake compositing software. Throughout October 2004, the price tag for a single GUI license of Sapphire Plug-ins for Shake is being reduced $1,000 from $2,995 to just $1,995. The price for render licenses is being discounted by $400 from $995 to $595. To benefit from this promotion, orders have to be placed with GenArts or an authorized Shake reseller by October 31.

Sapphire Plug-ins integrate into a number of editing and compositing systems including Adobe After Effects and Premiere; Apple Final Cut Pro, Shake, and Motion; Avid Media Composer Adrenaline, Media Composer, Xpress Pro, Xpress, Xpress DV, Symphony, DS, Nitris, and Newscutter; Discreet combustion, flint, flame, inferno, fire, smoke, and burn; eyeon Software Digital Fusion; Quantel generationQ; and Media 100 844/X. Sapphire Plug-ins are a suite of tools and effects that can transform any film or video clip. They are resolution-independent, include multi-processor support for faster rendering, and run on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Irix.

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InterVideo Demonstrates Multimedia Codecs on Texas Instruments' Digital Media Processor Platform at Photokina

InterVideo, Inc. has announced that several of its multimedia codec solutions have been ported to the Texas Instruments (TI) digital media processor platform. The incorporation of InterVideo's multimedia codec solutions on TI's DSP-based programmable platform will provide consumers with MPEG-4 and MPEG-2 video capture and playback from digital camera and camera/camcorder products. InterVideo's software-based compression technology allows recording of video clips at several resolutions up to VGA (640x480) at 30fps for MPEG-4 ASP encoding or up to Full-D1 (720x480) at 24fps for MPEG-2 encoding. Another new feature is the option of using various system multiplexers and demultiplexers (MUX/DEMUX) such as AVI, MOV, 3GP, and ASF to better suit customers' needs. In addition, customers will have a choice of audio codecs including voice codecs (such as G.711, G.726, IMA-ADPCM), and advanced audio codecs (such as MP3 and AAC) at user-selectable sampling rates and bitrates.

By integrating InterVideo codec technology on its digital media processors, TI provides digital camera OEMs and system integrators with a cost-effective solution for delivering MPEG-4 or MPEG-2 based video recording and playback. This partnership will increase the value of digital camera and digital camcorder offerings, and will meet customer expectations for image and video recording and playback. TI's digital media processor line of products include a TMS320C54x digital signal processing (DSP) core, an ARM RISC processor, plus video acceleration coprocessors, and video input and output subsystems to improve performance.

Additionally, customers using MPEG-4 and MPEG-2-enabled digital cameras and camcorders with InterVideo technology receive interoperability with InterVideo's PC multimedia software such as WinDVD for video playback and WinDVD Creator for capturing, editing and burning DVDs.

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