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November 05, 2004

Table of Contents

InterVideo Announces Instant Movie Maker
Toolfarm Teams Up With Curious Software
KW Media Group Introduces Photoshop Elements 3 for Beginners DVD
NTI Launches CD & DVD-Maker 7 Titanium Consumer Software Suite
Globalstor Announces 9.6TB Hi-Definition Video Server
WGBH Introduces CaptionKeeper
Samsung Electronics Develops LCD for Portable Media Players
DualDisc Arrives in Stores

InterVideo Announces Instant Movie Maker

InterVideo Inc. has announced the new release of Instant Movie Maker. This video editing and production software is designed to create event video.

Instant Movie Maker can take raw video footage and create movies with various movie clips, audio tracks, and scene transitions in three steps, says InterVideo. Step one imports media sources such as video or image files, and allows for insertion of the desired background music. In step two, one of the twelve preset movie styles is selected. In step three, users specify output preferences such as DVD, VCD, or SVCD, as well as output to the hard drive. Additionally, users can use the preview button to view the movie before it is actually output to the source.

Instant Movie Maker contains two modules: Instant Movie and Archive Video to Disc. It is designed to simplify creating home videos from DV camcorders and saving them to a disc or a file. With InterVideo's editing and filter technology, the editing mechanism integrated in the software will automatically go through captured video clips while analyzing and detecting key scenes from video footage. Once the analysis stage is completed, it automatically cuts and synchronizes these highlights to the rhythm of the chosen music. Also integrated with Instant Movie Maker is InterVideo's UniPass technology that skips the rendering until the end and cuts movie-making time.

Compatible with Windows 2000 and XP systems, the suggested price of Instant Movie Maker is $49.95.

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Toolfarm Teams Up With Curious Software

Toolfarm, an After Effects plug-ins and visual effects software supplier, is now offering its customers Curious Software's 16-Bit Paint and Roto tool, Curious gFx Pro+.

Curious gFx Pro+ was specifically designed to meet the needs of the television, post production, and film industries. It includes a paint engine for moving images, a new roto-matte system, and a range of features for wire and rig removal or content restoration. The software also offers other Curious products such as Curious World Maps.

gFX Pro+ is offered at $1,995 and an upgrade version of the product for Pinnacle Commotion is offered at $995.

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KW Media Group Introduces Photoshop Elements 3 for Beginners DVD

KW Media Group has announced the release of their new DVD, Photoshop Elements 3 for Beginners. This DVD features Scott Kelby, author of The Photoshop Elements Book for Digital Photographers, who covers procedures, tools, and key features for Elements 3.

The Photoshop Elements 3 for Beginners DVD covers:

- Getting images into the Elements Organizer, cataloging, and more

- Setting up your interface and improving the overall look of your photos

- Using the Clone Stamp Tool and Healing Brush to fix up your photos, new and old

- Dealing with typical digital camera challenges such as exposure problems

- Creating Contact Sheets, Picture Packages, and Panoramas

- Adding special effects to layers and applying filters to images

-Creating slideshows, calendars, and greeting cards

Suggested retail price is $39.95 U.S./$57.99 CAN.

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NTI Launches CD & DVD-Maker 7 Titanium Consumer Software Suite

NewTech Infosystems has released CD & DVD-Maker 7 Titanium Suite, the latest full upgrade to its CD/DVD creation tool. In addition to CD and DVD burning applications, the suite also includes NTI HomeVideo-Maker, NTI DVD Player, NTI's Backup NOW! software, and JewelCase Maker.

With support for DVD+R 16X, Titanium Suite can store 4.7GB on a DVD in about five minutes with a 16X recorder. With support for DVD+R DL technology, 8.5 GB of data, up to 4 hours of DVD-quality video, or about 120 hours of MP3 audio can be stored on a single disc without having to turn the disc or replace it with a new disc.

New features added to NTI CD & DV-Maker 7 Titanium Suite include:

Cinematic Video and Cinematic Slideshow--Used to automatically add effects and transitions that synchronize with the rhythms of the background music.

Photo Slideshow --Creates photo slideshows, and integrates audio, transitions, and special effects. Users can pan, zoom, rotate, crop, and add text to their photos to create special effects.

DVD Fit--Fits 8.5GB dual-layer DVD movies onto a single 4.7 single-layer disc. Users can compress dual-layer movies down to single-layer size, remove unwanted features, and burn them without having to split a movie onto two discs.

Disc Spanning--For files that require more capacity than a single disc can provide, this disc spanning feature automatically organizes and archives the files to a series of discs while maintaining data integrity.

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Globalstor Announces 9.6TB Hi-Definition Video Server

Globalstor Data has announcced the ExtremeStor-HD, a fault-tolerant hi-definition video storage server. The ExtremeStor-HD incorporates 24,250GB hot-swappable SATA hard drives for up to 6TB of local storage or 24,400GB hot-swappable SATA hard drives for up to 9.6TB. Using RAID 0, the ExtremeStor-HD is capable of achieving up to 900MB/sec sustained raw performance, or in excess of 600MB/sec using RAID 5.

ExtremeStor-HD is packaged in a single 5U rackmounted enclosure, supports RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 10, and 50, and is platform-independent. Featuring RAVE HD for Linux software and an AJA Xena-2 digital card, ExtremeStor-HD allows users to capture, record, and play back uncompressed hi-definition video in real time. ExtremeStor-HD also provides machine control via RS-422 standard 9-pin Sony protocol with playback in HD-SDI and SD-SDI.

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WGBH Introduces CaptionKeeper

WGBH's National Center for Accessible Media has announced the availability of its Caption Keeper software, which enables closed captions created for broadcast and video to migrate to the Web.

CaptionKeeper automatically converts line-21 captions created for television or video into Web-streaming formats. The software uses existing closed-caption data to create caption text suitable for live and/or archived multimedia presentations via Real, Windows Media Video, and QuickTime.

CaptionKeeper can be used to repurpose existing captions of television programs for Web streaming; repurpose captions of videos archived by universities, libraries, and other organizations; meet Federal requirements by transferring training or educational captions; make multimedia content searchable by using captioning text as metadata.

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Samsung Electronics Develops LCD for Portable Media Players

Samsung Electronics has developed a 4-inch screen digital interface LCD with a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio exclusively for portable media players. Additionally, the brightness has been enhanced from 150cd/m2 to 180cd/m2, while visibility is enhanced through Transmissive with Micro Reflective mode, which reduces the reflection of sunlight.

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DualDisc Arrives in Stores

Major and independent record labels have announced the availability of DualDisc, a two-sided disc made up of a CD side and a DVD side. A broad range of titles have begun to hit retail shelves in the first wave of products that will continue throughout the holiday season and into next year with releases from EMI Music, Silverline Records, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group.

DualDisc combines audio and video content on a single disc. In addition to a full album on the CD player side, the DVD player side provides the full album in enhanced sound (such as Surround Sound and/or DVD-Audio or LPCM stereo), and also includes a wide range of special features and exclusive content such as music videos, interviews, photo galleries, Web links, concert footage, and lyrics.

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