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Streaming Media
January 04, 2005

Table of Contents

Microboards Introduces CD/DVD Publisher
Bravo II Now Ships with Mac and PC Software in Every Box
Advanced Media Introduces "QuattroDrive" Four-in-One Media Drive
Plextor Introduces Cost-Reduced Version Of 52X CR-R/RW Drive
NewTek Ships VT[4] SP1
Aleratec Introduces CD Digital Photo Copy Station
Granite Digital Announces SATA Hot-Swap
All Pro Solutions Introduces AU9 Autoloader

Microboards Introduces CD/DVD Publisher

Microboards has introduced the DX-2 Publisher, a new desktop CD/DVD publishing solution. The system allows consumers to produce larger quantities of discs with finished, professional labels at a lower cost per disc. The DX-2 utilizes HP-based inkjet technology with Microboards' patented automation.

The DX-2, available immediately through authorized Microboards resellers, ships with a software suite including SureThing label editing software and PrassiTech Zulu 2 recording and automation software. Key features, according to Microboards, include full-coverage, 4800dpi printing; "virtually unlimited" batch queueing for setting up multiple unattended print and record jobs and storing the jobs for future repetition; reliable performance using robotics based on Microboards' patented autoloading technology, with minimal moving parts and advanced error-handling; an end-to-end warranty covering a full year of everything included: robotics, printer, recorders, and software.

The DX-2 Publisher contains two recording drives and is available as a DVD/CD or CD-only publisher. It features 100-disc input/output capacity and supports the latest recording speeds. The DX-2 comes standard with a one-year limited warranty and unlimited phone support. The DX-2 will begin shipping immediately.

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Bravo II Now Ships with Mac and PC Software in Every Box

Primera Technology, Inc., a leading manufacturer of CD and DVD duplicators and printers, is now shipping the Bravo II Disc Publisher with both Mac and PC software. Bravo II now includes Sonic's PrimoDVD 2.1 duplication software, SureThing CD Labeler Primera Edition design software, CharisMac Engineering's Discribe 5.2 Mastering Software, and graphic design templates for Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator in every box. With Bravo II's included software programs, users can now produce discs with a Mac and PC.

The Bravo II Disc Publisher is designed for hands-free, automated production of up to 100 CDs or DVDs per job. A robotic mechanism is used to transport discs into the built-in 52x CD-R recorder or optional Pioneer combo DVD±R/CD-R recorder. After recording, discs are transported to the integrated printer and printed in full-color at up to 4800dpi print resolution.

Two Bravo II models are available: the Bravo II CD Publisher with a 52X CD-R recorder, priced at US$2195; and the Bravo II DVD Publisher with a Pioneer DVD±R/CD-R recorder, priced at US$2695 (MSRP). The DVD unit records DVD±Rs at 16X and CDs at 32X.

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Advanced Media Introduces "QuattroDrive" Four-in-One Media Drive

Advanced Media, Inc., manufacturer and marketer of RIDATA recordable CD and DVD media, electronic storage products, and digital media accessories, has introduced QuattroDrive, a four-in-one media drive that may be used as a Flash memory-to-CD burner, digital media player, multi-card reader/writer, and external CD-R/RW writer. Using the QuattroDrive as a flash memory-to-CD burner, users can save photos and movies that are stored on a Flash memory card directly to a CD for permanent storage or backup The digital media-player mode allows users to enjoy audio CDs, MP3s, VCDs, JPGs, and more through direct connection to virtually any TV or PC. With the multi-card reader/writer function, users can read/write photos, video, audio, or data from/to many Flash memory-card formats CF I & II, SmartMedia, MicroDrive, MMC, SD, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, and MS PRO Duo). As an external CD-R/RW writer, the unit connects to a PC to burn CD-R/RW discs via hi-speed USB 2.0 connectivity.

The unit supports Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP with USB 2.0 support for DVD combo drive and card reader, as well as Mac operating system 10.2.6 with USB 2.0 support for DVD combo and card reader access. Packaging includes a fold-over cover with detailed picture graphics on how each mode operates. The unit is shipped with a free 10-pack of RIDATA CD-R discs; S/W driver CD; all-in-one remote control device; video, audio, and USB cables; and a DC adapter. It measures 6" (l) x 6" (w) x 1.3" (h), and weighs 1 pound, 3 ounces. The RIDATA "QuattroDrive" four-in-one digital media drive is available for immediate shipping.

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Plextor Introduces Cost-Reduced Version Of 52X CR-R/RW Drive

Plextor Corporation has announced the PX-230A CD-R/RW drive. The new burner offers CD-R and 32X CD-RW with an MSRP of just $65 designed to attract high-volume systems integrators, major enterprises, and OEMs seeking a moderately priced CD drive with high-performance specs. The PX-230A includes Roxio Easy Media Creator 7.1 Basic VCD Edition and BURN-Proof technology to prevent buffer underrun errors, so users can multi-task during a recording session. It also boasts 52X Max digital audio extraction (DAE).

The "3-in-1" PX-230A drive features 52X Max CD writing, 32X CD rewriting, and 52X Max CD reading. Available as a 5.25-inch half-height internal drive with an ATA/ATAPI-5 interface, the drive is designed for flexible PC installation, with support for horizontal or vertical drive bay orientation and Plug & Play compatibility with Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP operating systems.

The unit features a 2 MB data buffer and burst data transfer rates of 33.3MB/sec (UltraDMA Mode 2) or 16.6MB/sec (PIO Mode 4/DMA Mode 2). PlexWriter drives support a wide variety of CD writing modes, including Track-at-Once, Disc-at-Once, Session-at-Once, Multisession, and variable/fixed packet writing. The Plextor PX-230A drive is scheduled for shipment at the end of January to distributors and resellers in North and South America with an MSRP of $65. All retail packages include one-year full warranty.

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NewTek Ships VT[4] SP1

NewTek, Inc., a manufacturer of 3D animation and video products, is now offering VT[4] Service Pack 1, an integrated production suite that provides a toolset for professional video production needs from network broadcast to Web streaming. VT[4] provides real-time layering and effects for live video and graphics in most PC file formats and operates internally in uncompressed D1 component video, with composite, Y/C, component, DV, or optional SDI output. NewTek's VT[4] includes integrated timeline and storyboard editing, paint, 3D modeling and animation, titling, keying, live switching and more.

New features include Color Match, the ability to playback audio clips before completing conforming, the ability to write separate audio files from VT-Edit for each audio channel, italics support for image layers in VT-Edit and a separate shadow layer, PRC (WMV profile) support in VT-Stream, and .DV format support. Enhancements include optimized native reading of compressed DV audio from files, improved performance when displaying icons on large numbers of stills, better error checking for DV, improved legacy SX-8 support, many new TScript commands, improved PAL composite Proc-amp commands, and improvements to DV camera detection.

VT[4] SP1 is free to registered VT[4] owners.

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Aleratec Introduces CD Digital Photo Copy Station

Alera Technologies, developer and manufacturer of Aleratec Advanced DVD and CD Recording Solutions, has announced its advanced new CD Digital Photo Copy Station that copies digital photos directly to CD from camera memory cards, without a computer, and does much more. The new CD Digital Photo Copy Station is also a standalone 1:1 CD duplicator as well as a USB 2.0 external CD recorder that records CDs from Windows or Macintosh and an external memory card reader for use with your computer.

The CD Digital Photo Copy Station (Aleratec Part # 310105, Ingram Micro SKU# E93962) has has an estimated street price of $299. The Digital Photo Copy Cruiser supports the following Digital Memory Card formats: CF Type I and II, SD, MMC, SM, MS, MS Pro, and Micro Drive. It also has a function that tells you the total capacity of your card and the capacity used.

The CD Digital Photo Copy Station's integrated CD Duplicator includes professional copy control features normally available only on much more expensive systems. The Copy function lets you select the copy speeds in increments up to 52X. Test Copy Disc tests the copy process before copying starts without burning a CD. Edit Track lets you select Audio Tracks from several source CDs to make custom discs. In addition, its Memory Card Reader can be connected via USB 2.0 to your computer and you can view and manage your photos.

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Granite Digital Announces SATA Hot-Swap

Granite Digital, a leading manufacturer of storage solutions and cables, has announced that it is shipping an Internal Hot-Swap SATA Backup System that can be installed in Windows or Linux computers. The Hot-Swap system includes a running aluminum drive tray design, cables, and PCI host adapter. Granite has designed this new backup system to include hot-swappable trays which monitor the drive's temperature, guaranteeing cool operation and reliability, according to Granite Digital. Additional trays allow for unlimited storage capabilities; simply add trays and drives as storage needs increase.

Granite models include Hot-Swap Backup System with 1 Tray, PCI Host (no drives), $99.95; 120GB Hot-Swap Backup System with 1 Tray & PCI Host, $240; 200GB Hot-Swap Backup System with 1 Tray & PCI Host, $330; 250GB Hot-Swap Backup System with 1 Tray & PCI Host, $430; 400GB Hot-Swap Backup System with 1 Tray & PCI Host, $630; additional Hot-Swap Trays (hold any 3.5" SATA hard drive), $29.95.

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All Pro Solutions Introduces AU9 Autoloader

All Pro Solutions Inc., a leading manufacturer of CD/DVD duplication equipment, has introduced the AU9 autoloader, a new integrated, automated CD/DVD duplication and printing system.

The AU9 is available with nine drives and 900-disc capacity or seven drives and an inline printer; runs standalone or PC-connected; is fully networkable; and includes removable input/output hopper. The AU9 autoloader can also be added to existing manual towers.

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