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October 29, 2004

Table of Contents

Verbatim Releases Digital CD Photo Album Kit
Ahead Software Unveils Nero 6.6
Lynx Studio Technology Introduces Aurora AD/DA
BitJazz Releases Delivers Version 2.0 of SheerVideo
DTS Unveils DTS-HD
Red Giant Announces Support of Avid Systems and Discreet combustion 3
Total Training Introduces New DVDs for Learning Digital Photography and Video
Astonsoft Announces DeepBurner Pro 1

Verbatim Releases Digital CD Photo Album Kit

Verbatim Corporation has announced that it is shipping the new Digital CD Photo Album digital photo kit. Digital CD Photo Album includes Photo Burning Software, CDs, Label Kit, and CDStorage Album. The slideshows can be viewed on virtually any TV equipped with a DVD player that plays VideoCDs, according to Verbatim.

Specific material in the suite is Pinnacle Systems' Instant PhotoAlbum LE software for organizing and burning slideshows, a 10-pack spindle of Verbatim 2-4X Rewritable CD-RW discs, Verbatim's Touchless Label Kit, 20 labels, and a CD Photo Album that stores up to 40 recorded discs. Users have the option of creating their own personal slideshow or selecting one of the ready-to-use templates. The software supports importing digital photos from most devices, including digital cameras, flash memory cards, CDs, or a hard drive. Basic editing tools are also included for photo manipulation. Slideshows can also be customized by adding background music or narration. A real-time preview window is included so users can view their results at any time and try out different enhancements. The same software can be used to burn the slideshow to disc.

Recorded discs can then be further customized with the label kit. The kit utilizes Verbatim's Touch-Less application system to center the label on CDs without touching the label adhesive.

Verbatim's Digital CD Photo Album is available for a suggested list price of $29.99.

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Ahead Software Unveils Nero 6.6

Ahead software has announced the release of Nero 6.6, based on the Nero 6.3 platform. Nero Mediahome is new to the platform, and transforms a home network in to a streaming media center and allows files to be shared on a LAN and played back from the server. Nero Photosnap is also entirely new to Nero suites.

Enhancements in the Nero suite have been made to Nero Burning ROM 6, Nero Express 6, Nero StartSmart 2, NeroVision Express 3, Nero Recode 2, and Nero ShowTime 2. These various improvements offer decreased burning time, better integration in Windows XP autoplay, support for batch encoding, and a host of upgrades designed to increase user-friendliness.

Nero Digital with H.264/AVC encoding will be made available sometime in the second half of November. H.264 has been adopted by the DVD Forum as a codec for next-generation HD-DVD and for the by the BDA for the BluRay specification. H.264/AVC has a compression efficiency over MPEG-2, while at the same time integrating into existing MPEG-4 architectures.

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Lynx Studio Technology Introduces Aurora AD/DA

The new Aurora line of digital audio converters is offered in single-rack space eight and sixteen channel models. The Aurora 8 and Aurora 16 feature 192kHz analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion with front-panel control of all routing and sample-rate options. Extended functions in Aurora are accessible via computer with the Lynx AES16 or by infrared using compatible laptops and handheld Pocket PCs. The rear panel has MIDI In and Out connectors and an LSlot bay, for the use of optional ADAT, FireWire, and other audio interface cards.

All primary functions are controlled from Aurora's ergonomically designed front panel, with extended and remote control available via computer and Pocket PC. The on-board 32-channel digital mixer provides routing and mixing options and acts as its own patch bay-style digital router. Aurora can route signals between analog and digital inputs on a channel-by-channel basis. Mixing capability on each output also provides flexible zero-latency monitoring. In addition, the AES16 allows complete Aurora scenes to be saved and recalled.

The eight-channel Aurora 8 has a U.S. suggested retail price of $2195. $3295 is the US suggested retail price of the sixteen-channel Aurora 16.

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BitJazz Releases Delivers Version 2.0 of SheerVideo

BitJazz Inc. has announced the immediate availability of version 2.0 of SheerVideo. SheerVideo encodes and decodes on the fly, helping to overcome the temporal and spatial obstacles that hinder the use of studio-quality uncompressed film and video. The new version adds many new professional features, including 10-bit channels, an optional alpha channel in all formats, gamma tracking, and interconversion between all standard pixel formats.

Version 2.0 also introduces the Synchromy color converter. Synchromy converts between spectral RGB colors and video Y'CbCr colors with minimal information loss, the company claims. Designed to facilitate the interchangeability of studio-quality video, film and CGI image formats in professional video and film production and post-production, Synchromy permits editors to switch between tools without worrying about error accumulation -arising from repeated conversion between RGB and YUV color spaces.

SheerVideo Pro v2.0 for Mac is available for the introductory price of $149.

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DTS Unveils DTS-HD

DTS has announced DTS-HD, as the new trademarked brand name for its lossless technology. Previously known under working name DTS++, the DTS-HD mark will denote media, source players, and decoders that are compliant with the next-generation high-definition disc formats, Blu-ray Disc and HD-DVD. In addition to debuting the new brand and logo, DTS will support DTS-HD with a branding campaign to roll out in conjunction with the introduction of the new optical disc formats.

DTS announced in September that its core 5.1-channel surround sound was selected as mandatory audio technology for both HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc, and DTS-HD was also chosen as an optional feature in both formats. DTS-HD is a set of extensions to the Coherent Acoustics audio coding system, which also encompasses DTS Digital Surround, DTS-ES, and DTS 96/24. The introduction of DTS-HD will provide manufacturers and content providers with a range of DTS-branded technologies, incorporating near lossless technology for next-generation formats.

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Red Giant Announces Support of Avid Systems and Discreet combustion 3

Red Giant Software has announced that Primatte Keyer now supports Avid non-linear editing systems and Discreet combustion 3 desktop composition software. Previously only available as an After Effects plug-in, Primatte Keyer's enhanced versatility adds increased functionality to the production pipeline of independent filmmakers and visual effects artists.

Primatte Keyer, published under exclusive agreement with Photron USA, enables users to extract keys from any color background. The software overcomes matte extraction challenges including uneven lighting, subtle shadows, and edge light contamination (spill) prior to composition.

Three different versions of Primatte Keyer are available, with two priced at $495 and the third at $995.

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Total Training Introduces New DVDs for Learning Digital Photography and Video

Total Training, Inc. has announced two new consumer products for learning digital photography and video titled Total Training Presents: Digital Photography and Adobe Photoshop Elements 3 and Total Training Presents: Digital Video and Adobe Premiere Elements. These DVD-based series of lessons broaden Total Training's professional line of creative design and digital video products. The DVDs explain comprehensive ways to retouch and restore photos, and create home movies.

Total Training Presents: Digital Photography and Adobe Photoshop Elements begins lessons with the fundamentals of digital photography and offers tips and tricks for optimizing and printing photos. The tutorials clarify the processes of importing pictures to a computer, manipulating and adjusting them in Photoshop Elements.

Total Training Presents: Digital Video and Adobe Premiere Elements helps transform home video memories into web clips and DVDs. A review of the basics covers how to import and edit videos and stills. Other lessons explain ways to add effects and transitions, incorporate music and graphics, and finalize DVDs with menus and features.

Total Training Presents: Digital Photography and Adobe Photoshop Elements 3 and Total Training Presents: Digital Video and Adobe Premiere Elements will be available for $49.99 each.

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Astonsoft Announces DeepBurner Pro 1

Astonsoft has announced the release of the Pro version of the DeepBurner free CD/DVD burning software suite. DeepBurner Pro integrates backup, photo albums creation and disk labeling software with CD/DVD burning package. This allows PC users create multimedia discs complete with interactive Autorun shells, back up important data to a CD or a DVD, prepare and print disc labels, and burn discs.

DeepBurner Pro is intended for a broad range of Windows users who would like to take advantage of the latest CD/DVD authoring and burning technologies. The application allows burning data CDs and DVDs as well as Audio CDs and bootable disks. DeepBurner Pro can also build an ISO image of a disc for further burning.

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