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November 23, 2004

Table of Contents

Alera Technologies Releases New DVD Recorder for Macintosh and Windows
Verity Systems Launches OptiPrinter Pro
Sanyo Announces Price Reduction on FVD-C1 CameraCorder
Research and Markets: Navigate The Digital Copyright Landscape Now
DMTS Inside Motion Training Now Shipping
Verbatim Offers Range of Printable CD and DVD Media for Latest Home, Office, and Professional CD/DVD Printers
Alienware Selects ATI's FireGL Visualization Series for Every PCI Express Workstation Releases “Editing Essentials”

Alera Technologies Releases New DVD Recorder for Macintosh and Windows

Alera Technologies has announced a new generation of its DVD recording solutions. The DVD Cruiser 16 is an external DVD recorder that records DVDs at a 16X speed. The new DVD Cruiser 16 incorporates the Alera Technologies A-Connect I/O strategy to provide flexible connectivity options for both desktop and mobile users.

The Alera DVD Cruiser 16 DVD Recorder comes complete with software tools including NTI DragonBurn for Macintosh, the Nero DVD/CD Suite for Windows with Nero Express, Nero Vision Express, Nero Backit Up, and Nero InCD. CyberLink PowerDVD and MusicMatch Jukebox are also included.

The DVD Cruiser 16 records DVD+R at 16X, DVD-R at 8X, and DVD+R Double Layer at 2.4X when using appropriately certified blank media. This new external recorder also records CD-R at 48X and CD-RW at 24X. The unit can read DVDs at 16X and CDs at 48X.

The DVD Cruiser 16 has an estimated street price of $199 and can be connected to multiple systems with different interfaces by merely changing cables with the Alera Technologies A-Connect strategy. The DVD Cruiser 16 external solution is offered with an A-Connect USB 2.0 Connection Kit. A-Connect kits extend portability between systems with different connection ports and buses.

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Verity Systems Launches OptiPrinter Pro

Verity Systems has launched its new CD/DVD printer, the OptiPrinter Pro. Building on its predecessor, the OptiPrinter, the OptiPrinter Pro has additional features, enhanced quality, more efficient performance, and improved styling.

OptiPrinter Pro is designed to focus on the most important aspects of disc printing: price, speed, quality, and versatility. Verity says running costs for the OptiPrinter Pro are 50% less expensive than all of its direct competitors.

One set of cartridges will produce between 400-750 full color discs, according to Verity, making the average cost per disc $0.07-$0.13. The OptiPrinter Pro itself is priced as $1,449 (MSRP).

Developed in conjunction with Hewlett-Packard, the OptiPrinter Pro includes a host of new features:

· Six-color printing
· HP's latest inkjet technology which means smaller droplet size so that ink dries faster
· Printing speeds of up to 30% faster than its predecessor
· Combines with many existing autoloaders for automated printing

The OptiPrinter Pro is currently shipping and can be purchased from Verity Systems' authorized distributors around the world.

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Sanyo Announces Price Reduction on FVD-C1 CameraCorder

In anticipation of brisk holiday sales, SANYO Fisher Company has announced a $100 price reduction for its Fisher FVD-C1 Pocket CameraCorder.

Now the combination MPEG-4 camcorder and 3.2 megapixel digital camera is, has a suggested retail price of $699.99. Sanyo says the FVD-C1 is a pocket-sized digital solution that gives users the ability to shoot and share video and photos without the hassle or bulk of separate devices. It also records directly to an included 512MB SD flash memory card, which gives users immediate access to pictures and video without having to rewind tape. The C1 is currently available at retailers nationwide.

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Research and Markets: Navigate The Digital Copyright Landscape Now

Research and Markets has announced the addition of The Business of Digital Copyright: Content Protection and Management in the Consumer Digital Era 2nd Edition to their market forecast report offerings.

Updated with 2004-2008 forecasts, The Business of Digital Copyright is described by Research and Markets as a "guide to navigating the digital copyright landscape." Its analysis includes global forecasts of products and services using copy protection and DRM technologies, technical primers for a range of digital content protection technologies, company profiles of the major players, and legal and policy analysis designed to shed light on digital content and management on a global scale.

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DMTS Inside Motion Training Now Shipping

Inside Motion, the newest DVD-based training from Digital Media Training Series (DMTS), is designed to show users the basics necessary to use Apple's Motion graphics tool. The DVD, according to DMTS, helps users create "mind-blowing" graphics using real-time design tools. DMTS is offering a free video sample for those who want to learn more about Inside Motion.

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Verbatim Offers Range of Printable CD and DVD Media for Latest Home, Office, and Professional CD/DVD Printers

With a product line that spans from inkjet-printable to thermal-printable media, white and silver, standard printable, and hub-printable, Verbatim Corporation now offers a broad range of printable media that is compatible with low-cost single-disc home printers as well as high-volume production systems.

Designed to meet the needs of the growing number of individuals and organizations that want to give their digital content a professional look for sharing and distribution, Verbatim uses printable media with what it describes as innovative, technically advanced printable surfaces which combine with the quality and reliability of the Verbatim brand.

Home users and small businesses can now choose solutions such as the Epson R200 inkjet printer or Primera Signature Z1 thermal printer for less than $150. Businesses and content developers can select thermal and inkjet solutions based on their throughput and budget requirements from Rimage, Primera, and Microboards that range in price from $300-$1,500.

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Alienware Selects ATI's FireGL Visualization Series for Every PCI Express Workstation

ATI Technologies Inc. has integrated the FireGL Visualization series of workstation graphics accelerators in 100% of its new PCI Express-based professional systems. Professional users who rely on the stability and reliability of their systems day in and day out have a native PCI Express graphics solution with the FireGL V3100 and FireGL V5100.

The Alienware workstations target the full range of professional users from digital content creation (DCC) to digital audio and digital video and provides for them ATI's specialized support and full certification of leading professional applications, such as 3ds max, Catia, Maya, Softimage|XSI, and CAD and AEC applications. The FireGL V3100 features 128MB of memory, four pixel pipelines and two vertex processors, with dual display support via VGA and DVI outputs. The FireGL V5100 features 256MB of memory, 12 pixel pipelines and 6 vertex processors with dual DVI output and stereo 3D capabilities.

ATI's FireGL products are supported by a unified driver, which is tested and certified by professional 3D ISV partners. All FireGL products come with a three year warranty and unlimited direct access to a workstation-specific technical support team.

Back to Contents... Releases “Editing Essentials”'s new line of "Editing Essentials" video animations is now available. This set of 282 video animations includes motion backgrounds, lower thirds, overlays, pyro, and particle effects.

The 44 looping motion backgrounds, many with specific areas ideal for text or image overlays, are supplied in DV encoded avi format. The 175 lower third and overlay animations, with a variety of shapes, colors, and patterns, are supplied in QuickTime PNG movie format complete with alpha channel (transparency) information, allowing them to be cleanly overlaid over any video, says The 63 pyro and particle effect animations also come in QuickTime PNG movie format with alpha channel (transparency) information. Included are fire, lighting, explosion, and colorful particle effects along with numerous animations that can be used as transition overlays.

The animations are compatible with most popular NLEs including Premiere, Premiere Pro Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, Avid XpressDV, Media Studio Pro, EDIUS, Vegas, and real-time DV systems from Canopus, Pinnacle, and Matrox that use Premiere or Premiere Pro for editing.

The full collection of 282 Editing Essentials animations, on two data DVDs, is available for a limited-time introductory price of $249.95. The motion backgrounds, lower thirds and overlays, pyro, and particle effect animations are also available separately. The "Editing Essentials" products also include an interactive viewer system making it easy to preview the animations and use the Web-style tutorials.

Previews of the "Editing Essentials" animations, demo videos and tutorials, as well as previews of all the contents of all ShowStoppersFX offerings, along with demo videos, example stills and the tips videos, can be viewed online.

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