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November 09, 2004

Table of Contents

EMedia Changes Name to EventDV, Effective January 2005
CyberLink PowerDVD 6 Delivers DVD Experience on the PC
Cradle Multiprocessor DSP Chip Enables Jaxstream's Standard-Definition Version MPEG4 Encoder
Denon Selects Realta HQV Video Processing Chip for Its Flagship DVD Player
Telex Communications Introduces New PrintWise, Digital Duplication and Printing Systems; Launches Improvements to SpinWise Digital Duplication
Sony Media Software Relaunches
Telestream Unveils WM Series Encoding Support for Mac
ATI Delivers Integrated DirectX 9 Graphics Chipset for AMD Athlon 64

EMedia Changes Name to EventDV, Effective January 2005

Now in its sixteenth year, EMedia, The Digital Studio Magazine will change its name to EventDV and its focus to event videography in January 2005. The magazine's readership will change as well, continuing the trend that began in July 2004 when the EventDV section first appeared.

"This change reflects our intention to serve a unique audience, one that specializes in the business of event video production," said Publisher Adam Pemberton. "This group is rapidly adopting the same technology and equipment that we covered in EMedia, The Digital Studio Magazine. However, they apply their digital video tools to the more specific task of producing videos for wedding, corporate, academic, sports, documentary, and other events." For this readership, EventDV will be essential reading.

"Specialization demands a more focused editorial product, which creates a more focused readership," said Editor Stephen Nathans. "EventDV will serve this high-growth application area by concentrating on how to make great videos of specific kinds of events. From lighting, acoustics, and digital video camera skills to post-production and distribution, EventDV will help videographers meet the unique expectations that their clients bring to each project."

Many new editorial elements will be introduced, including a comprehensive Reader's Choice Awards dubbed the "Evvys." The EventDV web site is now live, at Beginning on December 9th, a related enewsletter will launch, called "EDV Weekly." New subscribers may qualify for a subscription to EventDV at:

Watch for the first issue of EventDV in January!

To contact the Editor, email Stephen Nathans at

To advertise your products in EventDV, email Michael Putnam at

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CyberLink PowerDVD 6 Delivers DVD Experience on the PC

CyberLink Corp released the latest version of its PowerDVD, which incorporates support for high-definition audio and video, true 8-channel home theater audio playback, virtual surround sound, as well as complete controls and extra features for DVD enthusiasts.

PowerDVD 6 features:

  • CyberLink Eagle Vision 2
  • Smart Video Deinterlacing, which uses frame-by-frame analysis and an adaptive de-interlacing technique eliminate the ghosting, feathering, and unwanted image elements found in other playback applications.
  • CyberLink Pano Vision supports both 4:3 and 16:9 DVD content and PC monitors.
  • DVD-Audio support delivers 192 KHz, 24-bit audio. PowerDVD supports the core coding technology of DVD-Audio, MLP Losless.
  • High-Definition Video support which allows playback of MPEG-2 HD and WMV-HD files, letting users make the most of their HD TV and the growing amount of HD video content available online and via DVD.
  • CyberLink Multi-channel Environment Impression 2 (CLMEI-2), CyberLink's second-generation audio-expansion technology, optimizes 2-channel audio played over 8-channel home theater systems.
  • Dolby Pro Logic IIx offers PowerDVD 6 users a second choice for 8-channel audio expansion.

PowerDVD 6 supports a range of video and audio standards, including DVD±VR, WMV-HD, MLP Lossless, MPEG-4 AVC (H.264), DivX Pro, DTS, Dolby Digital EX, MP3, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Headphones, Dolby Virtual Speakers.

With PowerDVD 6, users have new mouse and keyboard controls for enjoying DVDs. Two new features provide different ways to enjoy audio: Audio Equalizer Presets adds atmospheric effects to movie or music playback, and Audio Pitch Scaling enhances music while playing Karaoke discs. Other features include: Parental Controls, Dual Subtitles, closed captioning support, angle switching, and Video Bookmarks, among many others.

Expandability options include a Mobility Pack allowing road warriors to save battery power while watching DVDs via a notebook, and MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) Pack for playing video files compressed using this next-generation DVD standard.

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Cradle Multiprocessor DSP Chip Enables Jaxstream's Standard-Definition Version MPEG4 Encoder

Jaxstream and Cradle Technologies announced Jaxstream's standard definition encoder has been ported to the Cradle CT3400 Multiprocessor DSP (MDSP). The Jaxstream MPEG4 encoder incorporates an integrated multi-level motion detection algorithm and reportedly uses less than 80% of the available MDSP processing power. This leaves room for additional customer defined functionality, such as audio codecs, an IDE hard disk interface, image enhancement, object tracking, encryption, or other proprietary tasks, that might normally require an additional chip.

The MPEG4 encoder implements the MPEG-4 Part 2 Advanced Simple Profile at Level 5. The encoder creates MPEG4-compliant digital video streams and supports one D1 (720 x 480) channel or four SIF (352 x 240) channels resolution at real-time frame rates.

The Jaxstream Standard-Definition Version MPEG4 Encoder is available now.

Cradle's CT3400 is a C-programmable multiprocessor DSP (MDSP) comprising eight 32-bit DSP cores, six 32-bit RISC cores, and a flexible 128-pin programmable I/O subsystem. The platform provides a flexible and integrated multi-media processor that can support the newest H.264 and MPEG4 codecs. The CT3400's programmable I/O and RISC subsystem provides single-chip integration and support for many I/O interfaces and protocols including Ethernet, PCI, Hard Disk, Wireless, Video/Audio Ports, Image Sensor Interfaces, and other general purpose I/O. The loosely coupled MDSP gives the customer reduced system cost, faster time-to-market, and higher product differentiation. Applications for the CT3400 include IP cameras and video streamers, digital video recorders, video gateways, advanced set-top boxes, multifunction color printers, and high-end scanners.

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Denon Selects Realta HQV Video Processing Chip for Its Flagship DVD Player

Silicon Optix's Realta chip with Hollywood Quality Video technology has been selected by Denon for its new DVD-5910 DVD player.

The Realta chip originates from Teranex's $60,000 broadcast and post-production platforms. Teranex's software algorithms run on Realta's fully-programmable, trillion operations per second video processing engine.

HQV represents de-interlacing, pixel-based noise reduction, automatic per pixel film/video cadence detection and detail enhancement, according to Denon.

The Denon-A1XV DVD player will be available in the UK in the first quarter of 2005 and has an RRP of GBP 2499.99 (TBC) US availability of the DVD-5910 should be in the same timeframe.

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Telex Communications Introduces New PrintWise, Digital Duplication and Printing Systems; Launches Improvements to SpinWise Digital Duplication

Telex Communications introduces the PrintWise 2000i combination CD/DVD printer and duplicator, and the standalone printer the PrintWise 480i for desktop applications. Both provide precision ink application for fast drying and smudge-proof graphics according to Telex.

The PrintWise 2000i combines a duplication drive with the 480i printer to create a desktop publishing solution for CD or DVD formats. The 480i printer utilizes a small ink-droplet size, which Telex says will eliminate common printing problems such as pooling ink, smudging, and over-saturation. Printwise also features chrome and black molding ink combined with practical technology such as the clear LED screen for project monitoring.

The PrintWise 2000i is fully contained and requires no configuration. Simply plug in three cables and load the Office-Net software to begin duplicating and printing. Within 15 minutes the unit should be set to go.

For those needing a stand-alone printer for CDs and DVDs, Telex is introducing the PrintWise 480i. The PrintWise 480i unleashes the power of small-droplet, thermal inkjet technology in a small footprint perfect for home offices, small design firms, or marketing departments that need to provide quality CDs and DVDs on a customized basis.

Telex Communications' popular line of SpinWise CD and DVD digital duplicators have been upgraded with high-speed connectivity and drive speeds, which Telex believes places them among the fastest digital media duplicators on the market.

Telex SpinWise CD and DVD duplicators now offer USB II technology, allowing for direct, high-speed connectivity with a PC. Now projects, files, graphics, movies and data can be burned directly to a master disc within the tower.

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Sony Media Software Relaunches

To coincide with the recent release of ACID Pro 5 software and the Sony Sound Series Loops & Samples collection, Sony Media Software has launched the revamped ACIDplanet Web site ( With an increased focus on video, and the introduction of the paid-for "ProZone" area with its enhanced user features, continues to provide its community of over 200,000 individual digital musicians a place on the Web to create music, collaborate, listen, chat, and publish their own music for the world to hear. To celebrate the launch, is offering visitors the opportunity to download "10 Free Loops a Day for 30 Days".

The new ProZone area brings an additional level to the ACIDplanet experience for professionals and power users by offering photo galleries, discographies, bios, and professional information—as well as the capability to upload larger files. An annual membership of $49.95 also includes the choice of one loop library from the Sound Series Loops & Samples Classics Collection upon purchase at no additional cost.

The new site also supports the uploading of video, and offers a set of video charts along with new multimedia promotions such as: scoring contests, black and white short films, and more. The first video contest to launch on the new ACIDplanet site is the "Extreme Motorcycle Action Footage Contest" in which users will be provided with the audio and video components to remix and produce.

The new site also features an expanded Tools section with helpful "How To" editorial-style copy regarding software and loops for creating your own music and videos.

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Telestream Unveils WM Series Encoding Support for Mac

Telestream recently released its Flip4Mac Codec, whose additional components will be released continually over the next few months.

The Flip4Mac wmv Export Component lets users export Windows Media files from within any QuickTime-based application running on the Mac OS X platform. It supports QuickTime Player, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, and more.

Telestream's new support capabilities for Windows Media on the Mac enable users to create files in standard and high definition using Windows Media in either stereo or 5.1, directly on their Macs. The Telestream solution for Windows Media supports any QuickTime-based application, including Final Cut Pro, iMovie, and QuickTime Player.

Telestream believes the Apple QuickTime-based applications have become an industry standard for content creation and editing while Microsoft Windows Media 9 Series is becoming an industry-standard for efficient media transport. Telestream's new support capability for Windows Media on the Mac bridges this important gap for professional users.

The Flip4Mac wmv Export Component for QuickTime will be available for commercial release in early December 2004. The Flip4Mac wmv Import Component for QuickTime will be available Q1-2005. The Flip4Mac mxf Import Component for QuickTime will be available Q1-2005.

Telestream's new support capabilities for Windows Media on the Mac component enables users to select Windows Media 7, 8, or 9 Series from the list of available formats in the Export function of any QuickTime-based application. Users can either set the desired format parameters, or choose a Windows Media format profile that was previously saved.

Telestream's new support capabilities also allow Mac users to import Windows Media files for editing or simply playing in their QuickTime Players. As the Windows Media 9 Series format continues to be utilized as an efficient format for media transport over IP networks, the ability to import and edit or play those files in QuickTime-based applications becomes more appealing.

A standard version supports standard-definition resolutions, and a pro HD version adds support for high definition, two-pass encoding and 5.1 channel audio, the company adds. Both versions will be available online for commercial release in Q4-2004.

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ATI Delivers Integrated DirectX 9 Graphics Chipset for AMD Athlon 64

ATI Technologies Inc. announced the availability of a new chipset family for AMD desktop platforms - the Radeon Xpress 200 series. Radeon Xpress 200 provides AMD customers with a platform for enthusiast gaming, high definition home entertainment, and enterprise computing. The chipset series supports Socket 754 and 939 AMD desktop processors and is comprised of the Radeon Xpress 200 with integrated graphics and the pin-compatible Radeon Xpress 200P, which allows for high performance add-in graphics. With the introduction of the Radeon Xpress 200 series, ATI is delivering its fourth generation chipset and providing systems integrators and OEMs with choice, flexibility, and performance in the design of next-generation AMD-based desktop PCs.

Radeon Xpress will be available from leading platform technology manufacturers and OEMs such as: HP, Medion AG, Falcon Northwest, Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, Acorp, Shuttle Computer, Jetway, Soyo, ECS, Tul, FIC, and PC Partner.

Based on Radeon X300 core technology, users will be able to use features including Vertex Shader 2.0, Pixel Shader 2.0, and improved anti-aliasing capabilities. The graphics power of the Radeon X200 is backed up by Catalyst, a WHQL-certified graphics driver. In addition, through ATI's HyperMemory technology, Radeon Xpress onboard graphics are further accelerated with up to 128 MB of system memory.

Radeon Xpress 200 also delivers a new level of platform connectivity and performance with such features as: - Connectivity through four SATA ports with RAID 0 and 1 support, eight USB ports, one PCIe 16X graphics slot and four PCIe 1X slots - Rich multimedia with support for high definition audio, onboard DVI and VGA outputs for multi-monitor support, and ATI's LCD Enhancement Engine for improved LCD response time - PCI Express-based Gigabit Ethernet, VPU recover, TPM 1.1 and 1.2 authentication, and support for AMD virus protection - Support for up to 1Ghz HyperTransport with additional overclocking flexibility

Through supporting end-to-end PCI Express connectivity Radeon Xpress can integrate third party southbridges for specialized solutions.

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