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October 08, 2004

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Ulead Teams with DV411 to Offer Complete HDV Workstations
Verbatim Shipping High-Speed DVD+R Dual Layer Media
DTS Software Encoders for DTS 96/24 and DTS-ES Now Available
VtoDVD Systems and VITEC Multimedia Team Up
Formac Refurbishes FireWire Media Converter
NewTek Introduces VT[4] Live Integrated Production Suite
Blu-ray Disc Association Launches With More Than 70 Companies
palmOne introduces 256MB Storage Handheld

Ulead Teams with DV411 to Offer Complete HDV Workstations

Ulead Systems Inc. has partnered with DV411 to offer Ulead's professional video production software with DV411 HDV workstations. The latest DV411/Ulead product bundle includes StudioQuartet--consisting of Ulead's MediaStudio Pro 7 (non-linear video editing), DVD Workshop 2 (DVD authoring), Cool 3D Production Studio (3D animation), and PhotoImpact 10 (graphic creation software)plus DV411's ProEdit HDV Workstation, and JVC's JY-HD10U High Definition HDV Camcorder. MediaStudio Pro 7 allows HDV capture, edit, and output without additional tools or interfaces.

Pricing for the DV411 HDV Workstation with StudioQuartet starts at $6995.

www.dv411.com

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Verbatim Shipping High-Speed DVD+R Dual Layer Media

Verbatim Corporation has announced that it is now shipping Verbatim 8.5GB DVD+R DL-certified discs in 3-packs. Verbatim certified DVD+R DL media has been tested and approved by DL drive manufacturers in drive speeds from 2.4X to 5X. By combining the high-speed DL media with these latest drives, users can record a full 8.5GB disc in less than 30 minutes, claims Verbatim.

Manufactured with two Azo recording layers, Verbatim's DVD+R DL media increases the DVD+R storage capacity from 4.7GB to 8.5GB. Up to four hours of DVD-quality video, to 16 hours of VHS-quality video, or approximately 2,000 songs in the MP3 format can be stored on a single disc.

Verbatim 3-packs of high-speed 8.5GB Double-Layer DVD+R media are available for an estimated street price of $34.99.

www.verbatim.com

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DTS Software Encoders for DTS 96/24 and DTS-ES Now Available

DTS has announced the availability of two new DTS pro audio software encoders. The Pro Series 6.1 Surround Encoder is the standalone solution for the Mac or PC, and the DTS Pro Series Network Encoder is a networked solution for large post-production facilities based on the Apple's Xserve RAID storage system. Both encoders can be used to create multi-channel DTS soundtracks for DVD-Audio, DVD-Video, and 5.1 CD titles.

The DTS Pro Series encoders provide a 96kHz multichannel audio solution for video content on DVD-Audio and DVD-Video discs and allow creation of 96kHz and 6.1-channel discrete DTS-ES soundtracks. Both encoders also feature Digital Surround for 5.1-channel surround sound, DTS-ES 6.1 discrete for enhanced surround precision, DTS 96/24 for highest-resolution DVD-Video with 5.1 discrete channels, and a range of encoding options.

The encoders will be available beginning October.

www.dtsonline.com

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VtoDVD Systems and VITEC Multimedia Team Up

VtoDVD and VITEC have partnered to develop RocketDVD Professional, a fully automated DVD authoring and production system. RocketDV's advanced features include real-time video and audio capture with the VITEC MPEGProfiler encoder, optional pre-encoded files feature, DVD format creation, DVD menu creation, DVD package printing, disc output, and optional job polling. VtoDVD is demonstrating RocketDVD Professional at GVExpo 2004.

The MPEGProfiler from VITEC features Y/U/V, Y/C, and composite video inputs suitable for capturing from professional sources including BetacamSP, Digital-S & Digital Betacam. The unit includes "DVD Toolbox" for basic MPEG editing software.

Two software components are used to interface with the system: RocketDVD and MenuMaker. User-selectable features include encoder settings, type of DVD, disc output, disc printing, DVD case-wrap, and insert printing. MenuMaker enables users to create professional menus for their DVD and save them as menu themes for use with RocketDVD.

After the user completes their job setup, all that's required is to push the play button on the control panel. The system then encodes the video/audio, creates chapter points and associated bitmaps, applies selected menu themes, outputs to selected DVD-R drives, and prints all assets without user intervention.

www.vtodvdsystems.com

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Formac Refurbishes FireWire Media Converter

Formac has announced a new verison of its FireWire Media Converter, which converts analog media to DV in real-time. The converter requires at least Mac OSX, Firewire 400 or 800, G3 processor speed, 500Mhz performance, and QuickTime 4 or higher. Available formats are DV, Digital 8, Video8, Hi 8, VHS, S-VHS, VHS-C, and S-VHS-C. Formac also sells the Devideon DVD authoring drive, based on the Pioneer A05.

The Studio DV FireWire media converter is $169; the Devideon is $99.

www.formac.us

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NewTek Introduces VT[4] Live Integrated Production Suite

NewTek is now shipping its VT[4] Live integrated production suite. VT[4] Live offers computer-based live production capabilities, including switching and titling for network broadcast, serverless Web streaming at the touch of a button, real-time layering and effects for video and graphics for a variety of formats, and image scaling. NewTek's VT[4] Live includes integrated timeline and storyboard editing with animated titling, paint, 3D modeling and animation, and keying.

VT[4] LIVE, with the VT[4], SX-84 and the RS-8, is priced at $5995. VT[4] Card and Software only is $3995. Upgrades for previous owners are $995.

www.newtek.com

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Blu-ray Disc Association Launches With More Than 70 Companies

More than 70 companies from the consumer electronics, information technology, media producers, and software industries held the first official meeting of the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA). The BDA supports the continued development and promotion of the Blu-ray Disc format. Support form Sony and 20th-century Fox has fueled membership growth, which was initiated earlier this year.

The association claims that the BD standard offers a capacity advantage that does not restrict creativity while providing quality image and audio with interactivity.

www.blu-raydisc.com

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palmOne introduces 256MB Storage Handheld

palmOne, Inc. has introduced the Tungsten T5 handheld with 256MB of flash memory. The Tungsten T5 handheld's flash memory protects information even if the device loses its charge, and doubles as a portable flash memory drive. It also includes palmOne's highest-resolution 320x480 color screen and Bluetooth wireless technology.

The Tungsten T5 allows convenient storage and transportation of large amounts of data for an estimated U.S. street price of $399.

www.palmOne.com

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