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December 17, 2004

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Serious Magic Releases Visual Communicator 2
Microboards Launches Second-Generation CD/DVD Printer
ViewCast Introduces Osprey Ease Combined with Adobe Premiere Elements
Digital Solution from Globalstor Delivers Stored Video at 700MB/sec
Media 100 Releases Media 100 HD Editing System for the Mac
Video Advatage PCI Unveiled
New Christie Widescreen Projectors offer Native 16:9, 1280x720 Resolution with Xenon Illumination HD Format
KWorld Introduces Video Magician

Serious Magic Releases Visual Communicator 2
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Microboards Launches Second-Generation CD/DVD Printer

Microboards Technology LLC, a provider of disc duplication and printing solutions, has announced the launch of PF-2, a high-volume disc printer that helps organizations create discs at a high speed and with a low cost-per-disc without outsourcing production.

Print Factory delivers the ability to add a full-color, professional label to discs for organizations such as churches, pro-audio and pro-video content producers, sales organizations, and marketing departments that need many copies of their finished product quickly, according to Microboards.

The new PF-2 boasts a doubling of capacity from 50 to 100 discs along with a spindled-output for improved stacking and handling, while still continuing with the ability to print 16.7 million colors at up to 4800dpi resolution. The PF-2 will also have a reduced list price, dropping to $2,495.

The PF-2 comes standard with a one-year limited warranty and unlimited phone support. The PF-2 will begin shipping immediately.

www.microboards.com

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ViewCast Introduces Osprey Ease Combined with Adobe Premiere Elements

ViewCast Corporation has announced the release of Osprey Ease. Osprey Ease combines the Osprey-300 video capture card with Adobe Premiere Elements. The resulting product provides a video capture, editing, streaming, and DVD authoring tool for corporate communications departments, business video specialists, and multimedia producers.

Osprey Ease includes the Osprey-300, an analog video capture and streaming card that includes an OHCI compliant DV (FireWire) port. Using Adobe Premiere Elements and digital video (DV) devices, such as DV cameras and DV decks, users can capture, control, edit, and stream videos. OHCI provides the user control features of their DV device from their desktop: stop, rewind, and record. The Osprey-300 also provides simultaneous capture and real-time video streaming through the analog port and direct capture from DV devices into Adobe Premiere Elements for DVD authoring. The Osprey-300's PCI-X bus compatibility delivers high-bandwidth data transfer needed to capture full-resolution DVD-quality video.

Manufacturer suggested retail price is $499.

www.viewcast.com.

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Digital Solution from Globalstor Delivers Stored Video at 700MB/sec

Globalstor Data has introduced the new FibreStor-DI. Designed specifically for digital video storage and playback requirements of HD, Digital Intermediate, Color Correction, and other eCinema and video applications, this new Fibre to Fibre Channel RAID storage solution provides sustained raw performance levels well above 700MB/sec under RAID 5, making the FibreStor-DI suited for Spirit 2K, DaVinci 2K, and other applications requiring real-time 2K Playback/Record.

FibreStor-DI includes a dual RAID controller on a separate 1U rack, two 16-bay chassis, 32 Fibre channel drives (73, 147 and 300GB) and supports RAID levels 0, 1, (0+1), 3, 5, 10, 30, 50, NRAID, and JBOD. To minimize downtime, FibreStor-DI consists of several interchangable components including dual power supplies, dual RAID controller canisters, and dual cooling modules, IO node modules, battery units and management interface modules.

FibreStor-DI prices start at $40,000 for 2.1TB using (30) 73GB 15K hdd's, $44,000 for 4.41TB using (30) 146GB 10K HDDs, or $62,000 for 9.0 TB using (30) 300GB 10 HDDs.

www.globalstor.com

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Media 100 Releases Media 100 HD Editing System for the Mac

Media 100 has released the highly anticipated Media 100 HD for the Mac. The 10-bit uncompressed SD and HD editing system allows editors to work in both SD and HD and even mix SD and HD content in the same programs.

It enables:

-Mixing SD and HD media in the same timeline

-Mixing 4:3 and 16:9 aspect-ratio media in the same timeline

-Mixing uncompressed and compressed media in the same timeline

-Mixing M-JPEG, DV, Animation, and other QuickTime codecs in the same timeline

-Mixing analog and digital video in the same timeline

-Viewing SD and HD output simultaneously regardless of source material

www.media100.com

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Video Advatage PCI Unveiled

Video Advantage PCI is an all-in-one video capture system. Video Advantage PCI supports both digital and analog video capture in a wide variety of standards and formats, enabling users to capture, edit, and deliver video with professional results.

Video Advantage PCI features include:

-End-to-end video production solution

-Frame-accurate DV format video capture

-Convert VHS to DVD

-Music and sound effects library with editor

-Convenient front- or rear-panel access

-10-bit uncompressed video capture for stunning color accuracy

-High-speed PCI bus for perfect high-resolution video capture

www.turtlebeach.com

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New Christie Widescreen Projectors offer Native 16:9, 1280x720 Resolution with Xenon Illumination HD Format

Christie has introduced two new projectors to the widescreen projection market: the Christie DW3K and the Christie DW6K. Both feature the new Darkchip2 DMD technology and Xenon illumination. The Christie DW3K delivers 3,000 ANSI lumens and the Christie DW6K delivers 6,000 ANSI lumens. They feature true 16:9 display, 1280x720 resolution, 1500-2000:1 contrast ratio and 10-bit image processing for crisp images and perfect color saturation. Built-in edge blending and optional image warping allow images to be wrapped around objects of almost any shape and to be used in a wide range of applications.

A graphic interface, auto set-up, on-screen help and direct key access offer control, power and performance in an easy-to-use package. The projectors include a full suite of lenses and optional ceiling mounts for installations virtually anywhere. The CERMAX Xenon lamp module (typical 1,000 hours lamplife) in conjunction with the Christie Light Output Control (LiteLOC) extends bulb life. Xenon lamps provide a superior color spectrum that more closely replicates natural light, which is particularly important in immersive displays.

www.christiedigital.com

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KWorld Introduces Video Magician

KWorld Computer Co. Ltd. Has announced the Video Magician, a hardware/software conversion system that turns any PC (from a Pentium III 800 up) into a video editing station, according to KWorld.

The Video Magician includes an internal PCI card, a breakout box for easy access audio/video connection, and a full complement of software that provides the system with TIVO type capture and viewing plus full featured video editing. It has the ability to capture video from a variety of sources, including broadcast television signals, composite video, S-video, camcorder, VCRs, DVDs, USB, and Fire Wire.

Bundled with Cyberlink's Power Director 3 and Power VCRII software, the system offers video editing capabilities such as store, edit, enhance, titling, sound effects, music, narration, special effects, transitions, and the ability to generate distribution products in all popular formats including CD, VCD, DVD, and the Web.

Minimum system requirements for the Video Magician include a Pentium III 800MHz PC with Windows 98SE or higher, 128MB RAM, a free PCI 2.2 slot, a graphics card that supports Microsoft DirectX 8.1 or higher, a SoundBlaster 16-compatible sound card, and 1GB free hard drive space and a CD-ROM drive for installation.

www.kworldcomputer.com

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