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November 02, 2004

Table of Contents

Canopus Delivers Let's CREATE DVD
Sony Pictures Unveils ACIDE Pro 5 and Other New Audio Production Tools
CyberLink PowerDVD Receives "Designed for Windows XP Media Center Edition'' Logo From Microsoft
ZOOtech Announces DVD-EXTRA Developer Alliance, a Worldwide Network of DVD Development Studios Skilled in DVD-EXTRA STUDIO
Media Publisher's New Software Enables Enterprise Video Communications
DigiOn Launches Digital Media Adapter Platform Based on Sigma's EM8620L Media Processor
UMC Delivers 20 Millionth RADEON 9200 Chip for ATI Technologies
Hitachi, Toshiba, and Matsushita Conclude Agreement for LCD Panel Development

Canopus Delivers Let's CREATE DVD

Let's CREATE DVD, a new application for DVD creation, is now available from Canopus Corporation. The application includes tools to cut, stitch, mix, and assemble MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and HDV 720p video clips while preserving original video quality, the manufacturer says. Let's CREATE DVD also lets users import video clips directly from DVDs, and includes audio controls for adjusting audio levels and audio/video synchronization for effective playback.

Let's CREATE DVD's authoring capabilities let users burn their projects directly to disc or generate the necessary system files for future DVD authoring. Users can manually insert chapter points or create them at scene changes within the video. Let's CREATE DVD also lets users quickly create menus using Let's CREATE DVD's templates and presets, or easily custom buttons and menu styles. DVD titles can be authored to repeat playback indefinitely, which makes it suitable for advertising kiosks, information booths, and presentations, according to Canopus.

The DVD includes Canopus's To MPEG Tool, a utility that provides high-quality MPEG capabilities such as multiplexing and demuxing of MPEG content, upscaling of MPEG-1 video to MPEG-2 video, and DV AVI-to-MPEG encoding.

Let's CREATE DVD supports Storm Encoder, the hardware MPEG encoder found on Canopus's DVStorm2 series of video capture boards, allowing for realtime MPEG encoding directly from the Let's CREATE DVD timeline to a wide range of DVD-Recordable drives.

Canous's Let's CREATE DVD supports Windows 2000 Professional (SP2 or higher), Windows XP Home, and Windows XP Professional and is available as a download from the Canopus Web site for a suggested retail price of $49.95. Registered users of Canopus MPEGcraft DVD and MPEGcraft/HomeEdge can upgrade to Let's CREATE DVD for a special upgrade price of $34.99.

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Sony Pictures Unveils ACIDE Pro 5 and Other New Audio Production Tools

Sony has enhanced and updated its line of audio production and sound creation software, introducing the new version of Acid Pro 5, a new series of Loops & Samples, and a five-volume collection of sound effects.

The new "Sony Sound Series: Loops & Samples" line for Acid includes three new categories of loops and samples with increased depth, flexibility, and variety not only for the music creation and production community, but also for producers who need content for film scoring and audio sweetening, the company reports.

Optimized for use in Sony's ACID music creation programs, these collections of WAV files can be used in any PC or Macintosh program that supports this format. Applications that recognize the ACID file format metadata will benefit from being able to use this information for time-stretching and pitch-shifting purposes as well.

Sony Pictures Entertainment has also opened its audio archives to offer the Sound Effects Series. This comprehensive collection includes a five-CD set of sound effects created by several sound designers. The new series offers a range of sound effects, including muscle cars, fighter jets, home and office ambiance, wild animals, geological and elemental phenomena, heavy machinery, armament, explosions, and a wide selection of vintage comedy effects.

Sony also announced that ACID Pro 5 software, the latest upgrade to its professional loop-based music creation tool, will be available for purchase on November 8, 2004.

Enhancements include two new patent-pending technologies. The Media Manager is a new technology for browsing and tagging media assets that enhances the user's ability to track, label, and store media files including loops, video, and stills. Additionally, the unique Groove Mapping and Groove Cloning technologies provide enhanced ways for users to sonically interact with their loops and samples collection.

New features in ACID Pro 5 software include ACID Media Manager , Groove Quantization, VST Plug-In Hosting, and ReWire Device support.

The Sony Pictures Sound Effects Series has a suggested retail price of $499.95.

The Sony Sound Loop Premium Collection (2-CDs/24-Bit) lists for $99.95 for each title; Standard Collection: $59.95 MSRP for each title; Classics Collection: $2995. ACID Pro 5 software will be available in November with a suggested retail price of $499.95. Users of previous versions of ACID Pro software can purchase an upgrade to version 5 for $149.95. ACID Music Studio users may upgrade to ACID Pro 5 software for $299.95.

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CyberLink PowerDVD Receives "Designed for Windows XP Media Center Edition'' Logo From Microsoft

CyberLink has announced that PowerDVD has passed the "Designed for Windows XP Media Center Edition" testing conducted by Microsoft Corporation and has been listed as a compatible product on the Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.

CyberLink PowerDVD's MPEG-2 decoder lets Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 users view DVD and HDTV content, giving users a home-theater DVD experience on the PC. As a symbol of Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 format compliance, the "Designed for Windows XP Media Center Edition" logo assures users that their decoder has passed the strict requirements set by Microsoft.

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ZOOtech Announces DVD-EXTRA Developer Alliance, a Worldwide Network of DVD Development Studios Skilled in DVD-EXTRA STUDIO

DVD-EXTRA STUDIO is a DVD-Video development system that enables DVD authors and multimedia developers to create complex, interactive DVDs easily and cost effectively, according to ZOOTECH. The 15 original members of the DVD-EXTRA Developer Alliance have all mastered DVD-EXTRA STUDIO and will deliver these development services globally from studios in the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, France, and Benelux. Alliance members have developed a wide range of highly interactive products, from children's educational products to games, from marketing and promotional material to enhanced Hollywood movie bonus features.

DVD-EXTRA STUDIO removes the productivity obstacles previously associated with developing interactive DVD entertainment. As members of the DVD-EXTRA Developer Alliance, DVD authoring studios are introduced to revolutionary technology and methods that permit the development of DVD-Video entertainment. DVD-EXTRA STUDIO allows developers to unleash their creativity to generate CD-ROM-style interactivity in the DVD-Video format. No new consumer hardware is required since this interactive DVD-EXTRA content is designed to play on any set-top DVD player. DVD-EXTRA STUDIO also permits the republishing of existing titles and projects on DVD-Video with the added value of interactivity.

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Media Publisher's New Software Enables Enterprise Video Communications

Media Publisher, Inc (MPI) has announced new software that integrates the capabilities of its platform with the IBM WebSphere Portal. As part of an enterprise video communications solution within the IBM Digital Media Framework, the new software will allow MPI and IBM to offer more comprehensive media communications solutions to enterprise users. MPI's support of an open infrastructure, which incorporates industry standards such as SOAP, XML, J2EE, MPEG-4 and LDAP, meets customer demand for solutions that quickly integrate with IBM digital media solutions.

MPI's software was recently deployed by a large pharmaceuticals corporation that required a solution for incorporating video-based communications, including live broadcasts and on-demand videos, into their WebSphere Portal.

MPI is demonstrating how technology companies can create solutions by being committed to open frameworks via industry standards. The company's other product integrations that also leverage open standards include SOAP-based APIs for integration with WebSphere Portal, J2EE standards for supporting WebSphere Application Server, MPEG-4 streaming format for integration with DB2 Content Manager VideoCharger, and JDBC for supporting DB2.

MPI's software is also integrated with Real Helix Universal Server and Cisco Application and Content Networking System. The new software, which includes the Media Publisher portlet, has passed the WebSphere Portal and Lotus Workplace Catalog technical validation, and is "Ready for WebSphere Portal" qualified.

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DigiOn Launches Digital Media Adapter Platform Based on Sigma's EM8620L Media Processor

Sigma Designs has announced that DigiOn Inc. is offering its DiXiM Media Client software, which is based on a platform using Sigma's EM8620L media processor. This new platform was first demonstrated at the DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) booth at the CEATEC JAPAN 2004 show in September.

To enable multimedia home networks, DigiOn has released a new middleware solution including server and client applications called DiXiM. This solution is designed to implement a home networking environment that can connect various digital consumer devices, such as PCs, PC-based appliances, and network attached storage (NAS).

As home PC-based networking grows rapidly, networks are required to handle an increasing amount of digital multimedia content. To realize an "ideal" home networking environment, DiXiM is designed to operate on multiple platforms, such as Windows, Linux, and iTRON (planned), and to support UPnP/ UPnP AV on Ethernet-connected appliances. DiXiM provides an environment where the content from various digital appliances can be accessed by the user's preferred device, regardless of the different appliances and platforms on the home network. DiXiM is an optimal solution for implementing a multimedia home network, enabling multimedia content to be accessed instantly by multimedia applications and related appliances.

The EM8620L media processor from Sigma Designs provides a single-chip solution for next-generation IP video and connected media players, featuring high-definition Windows Media Video 9 support. The EM8620L offers media-processing functions for video decoding, audio decoding, and graphics processing based on REALmagic HD technology. For single-chip systems, it features an on-chip RISC processor, PCI-bus, IDE controller, and additional peripheral ports for supporting other subsystems.

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UMC Delivers 20 Millionth RADEON 9200 Chip for ATI Technologies

UMC has delivered the 20 millionth RADEON 9200 chip to ATI Technologies Inc. The chips, created with 0.15 micron process technology and manufactured on UMC's 300mm fab 12A in Tainan and 8F 200mm fab in Hsinchu, Taiwan, bring needed graphic capabilities to personal computers.

The RADEON 9200 graphics chip is powered by an advanced quad-pipe rendering architecture and features a full suite of performance and image quality-enhancing technologies including advanced shader support and streaming video de-blocking capabilities. The RADEON 9200 products deliver an enhanced visual experience for personal computers.

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Hitachi, Toshiba, and Matsushita Conclude Agreement for LCD Panel Development

Hitachi, Ltd., Toshiba Corporation, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., and wholly owned Hitachi subsidiary Hitachi Displays, Ltd. have officially concluded a joint venture agreement to establish a company to manufacture and sell LCD panels for flat-panel TVs. This agreement follows a basic agreement signed on August 31 this year.

The joint venture, to be called IPS Alpha Technology, Ltd., is scheduled to commence operations on January 1, 2005. President of Hitachi Displays Fumiaki Yonai, will serve concurrently as president of IPS Alpha.

IPS Alpha will manufacture LCD panels using Hitachi Displays' IPS mode system technology. The manufacturers believe close collaboration with IPS Alpha is expected to achieve synergies in the production of finished products at Hitachi, Toshiba, and Matsushita, allowing them to achieve LCD TVs that are even more competitive in terms of performance and price.

In-Plane-Switching (IPS) mode system is a type of TFT-LCD display technology. IPS offers a wide 170-degree viewing angle, both horizontally and vertically, along with minimal gray-scale inversion and viewing-angle dependency, reproducing lifelike image made possible because the liquid crystal molecules can rotate while remaining parallel to the substrate when a voltage is applied, yielding perfect orientation of the crystals, according to the companies who have developed it. The advanced super (AS)-IPS mode system for use in televisions, large-screen monitors, and other applications is designed to deliver an approximate 30% improvement in the aperture ratio over conventional IPS technology.

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