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January 25, 2005

Table of Contents

Boris Continuum Complete Now Available for Apple Motion
CyberLink Releases PowerDirector 4
BOXX Introduces New 3200 Series of High-Performance Workstations Based on AMD Athlon 64 FX Processors
BridgeCo Debuts Two New Media Processors For Audio Content Creation
Nero Digital Now Fully Integrated into Vision Express 3
Double Layer Technology now available in Alera 16X DVD/CD 1:3 and 1:7 Duplicator Towers
Oberthur Card Systems Unveils GIGAntIC — Empowered by M-Systems' MegaSIM Technology
Macrovision to Showcase Latest Music Protection and Anti-Piracy Solutions at Midem 2005

Boris Continuum Complete Now Available for Apple Motion

Boris FX has announced that the Continuum Complete 3.02 now supports Apple Motion version 1.01, Apple's real-time motion graphics design solution. This release is now available as a free download for existing users of Continuum Complete Version 3. Continuum Complete 3.03 is a comprehensive suite of native plug-in filters and transitions designed for Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Motion, Boris Red, and Discreet combustion systems.

Not just a filter suite, Continuum Complete 3 extends the capabilities of NLEs and compositing workstations with over 150 high-quality filters. Streamlined workflow lets users access apply modes, precise keying, layer blending, and hundreds of presets. With an intuitive native host interface and support for multi-processor and OpenGL acceleration, users can create multi-layer composites with robust tools.

Continuum Complete adds features that are not found in Apple Motion, including integrated Motion Tracking. While Motion is strictly a 2D application, Continuum 3 offers a three-dimensional compositing environment, including 3D tumble, spin and rotate, animated lights and perspective camera. Objects can intersect, interact with common light and cast shadows on each other.

Continuum 3's more than 20+ keying filters work in conjunction with Motion's real-time keying filters. A Wire Remover with built-in motion tracking removes wires and unwanted objects by cloning or blending pixels from surrounding areas. Light Wrap reflects a background around the edges of a foreground to create the illusion that light from the background is reflected onto the foreground. This makes it appear as if the images were shot in the same environment. The Dust and Scratches filter removes unwanted dust and scratches from an image.

Continuum Complete 3.02 is available immediately through the BorisFX worldwide reseller channel and direct through BorisFX for $795. Version 3.03 is a free download for existing Version 3 customers. Continuum Complete customers can upgrade from previous versions for $249.

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CyberLink Releases PowerDirector 4

CyberLink Corp. has announced the release of PowerDirector 4, featuring four Magic Tools for fast editing and movie creation. Magic Tools in PowerDirector 4 include:

  • Magic Clean, featuring CyberLink Eagle Vision 2 and CyberLink Noise Reduction, enhances video by cleaning both the audio and video tracks. CyberLink Eagle Vision 2 (CLEV-2) technology enhances the colors and brightness of the video, while unwanted noise is removed with CyberLink Noise Reduction (CLNR) technology. Magic Clean also lets users enhance the colors and brightness of their slideshow photos and automatically remove unsightly red-eyes.
  • Magic Cut automates the steps for editing long videos into one short clip by analyzing for valued elements.
  • Magic Music offers a quick way to create soundtracks that fit the length of a video clip or photo slideshow. Featuring a royalty-free soundtrack library arranged by genre, Magic Music recomposes music to match the soundtrack to any given length. More music is available for purchase online by linking from PowerDirector 4.
  • Magic Motion makes still images more enjoyable by adding panning and zooming during playback. PowerDirector analyzes each image for its main subject or subjects and then applies motion based on this key focus.

New features in PowerDirector 4 include CyberLink Rich Video technology, designed to save production time by reusing video file information created by Magic Cut or Scene Detection functions. PowerDirector stores the information within the files to ensure that the next time these features are used on the same files, production speed is improved. Multi Trim offers a simple means of manually editing a long clip by inserting multiple in and out points along a timeline. Once the points have been set, users can delete unwanted video with one click.

Inserting Chapters on the timeline provides a quick way for users to create video chapters in their movies. Users have the option of setting chapters evenly according to the full length of their video, at the beginning of each clip, or according to a set duration. The information created during Edit mode is transferred into Produce mode for faster DVD authoring. Align to Clip Edge delivers a convenient and accurate way of aligning effects and audio clips with the video clips instead of manually dragging them into position. Users can select whether they want to align to the left or right edge of a video clip.

Locking timeline tracks protects an entire track from accidental changes by preventing the deletion or changing of elements. Manual Batch Capturing offers an easy way to select, capture and merge a series of clips. Manual batch capturing provides precise control over the capturing process and is especially useful for dubbing VCR tapes, which do not include a timecode.

Smart Video Rendering Technology (SVRT) Info window gives users information for better predicting the rendering process performed by PowerDirector's second-generation SVRT-2 technology. PowerDirector analyzes a project's audio and video tracks to estimate how much rendering will be required. A color code and percentage score offers a quick visual guide to understanding the results.

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BOXX Introduces New 3200 Series of High-Performance Workstations Based on AMD Athlon 64 FX Processors

BOXX Technologies has introduces the BOXX 3200 workstation based on the AMD Athlon™ 64 and AMD Athlon 64 FX-55 processors, the NVIDIA nForce 4 chipset, dual PCIe x16 SLI capable slots, 3Gb/s SATA and expandable internal storage to 4TB. The BOXX 3200 is first in a series of workstations emphasizing performance, price, and investment protection.

BOXX workstations are optimized for media creation applications and features a compact, custom-designed chassis. BOXX workstations support popular software from companies such as Adobe, Alias, Autodesk, Discreet, Newtek, and Softimage. The BOXX 3200 series of workstations are currently shipping and available directly from BOXX.

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BridgeCo Debuts Two New Media Processors For Audio Content Creation

BridgeCo, a provider of digital entertainment networking solutions, announced two new media processors at the NAMM show. The DM1500 is the first media processor IC that can record and mix 128 independent audio channels at a 48KHz sample rate, offering professional and amateur musicians flexibility in capturing and creating audio content.

The DM1500 employs a dual-core CPU architecture, optimized for DSP and control applications, which provide up to 300MIPS of DSP power. In addition to 1394/FireWire and SP/DIF interfaces that offer users digital connections to a wide array of computers, instruments, and playback systems, the DM1500 also incorporates native ADAT/SMUX support and USB 2.0 interfaces. BridgeCo also announced the DM1200, a solution for entry-level systems that do not require 1394 capability.

The DM1200 and DM1500 processor ICs come bundled with BridgeCo's BeBoB software stack, which offers system designers a vertically integrated platform to build breakout boxes and other audio interface products. Audio interface systems enable musicians to combine audio inputs from multiple instruments, microphones, sample clips, and other audio sources. Users can then transfer them to a computer using a single 1394/Firewire or USB serial interface. Once audio tracks are recorded and stored on a computer, they can be edited, arranged, and played-back to complete a total musical or audio experience.

The second-generation DM1200 and DM1500 processors have an internal low-jitter digital PLL, native ADAT/SMUX support, and on-chip support for external SDRAM memory, reducing the bill-of-materials required in first-generation audio interface systems. The integrated PLL's permit multiple clock domains, which enhance system performance by enabling multiple sample rates to be flexibly matched to multiple audio inputs.

The DM1200 and DM1500 are engineered for audio interface applications by combining an ARM processor and BridgeCo's proprietary Real Time Media Processor in a single device. By incorporating DSP capabilities, the BridgeCo processors provide low-latency mixing, allowing users to record new tracks while simultaneously playing back previously recorded ones. The DM1200 and DM1500 eliminate the need for multiple processors or general-purpose DSP devices.

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Nero Digital Now Fully Integrated into Vision Express 3

At the International CES 2005 Show, Nero, providers of digital media technology, introduced AVC/H.264 content creation with VCPS copy protection for HD and Nero Digital enabled consumer devices.

Nero Digital, co-developed by Nero and Ateme, is a complete MPEG-4 audio and video solution for home entertainment and CE devices. Now featuring AVC/H.264 video encoding and HE-AAC audio, future Nero applications will be able to record HD video content with surround sound on DVD. The addition of VCPS to Nero Digital provides security against unauthorized re-distribution.

Nero Digital's complete integration into Nero 6.6 Ultra Edition's video authoring program, Nero Vision Express 3, makes available a complete audio and video solution. Users can create, edit, import, and export video files to and from Nero Digital. Furthermore, customers can export any video content to the Nero Digital file format (.mp4) and capture to Nero Digital file format (Captures into a file to be written on the HDD).

Exhibitors at CES showcased this Nero Digital technology, as all the HD content shown on the HD-DVD player prototype at the HD-DVD pavilion was encoded with Recode, a Nero product that includes Nero Digital technology. Nero is the first to introduce AVC/H.264 content creation with Video Content Protection System (VCPS) for HD video. Nero Digital with VCPS is expected to be introduced in devices beginning Q3/2005.

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Double Layer Technology now available in Alera 16X DVD/CD 1:3 and 1:7 Duplicator Towers

Alera Technologies has announced a new generation of its DVD/CD duplicator solutions. The 1:3 DVD/CD Copy Tower Pro 16 and 1:7 DVD/CD Copy Tower Pro 16 are standalone DVD/CD duplicators that copy DVDs at up to 16X. The new Alera copy towers include a 80GB hard disk drive to store frequently used source material. The new Pro 16s also support 8.5GB DVD+R DL recording technology.

The duplicator controller provides copy control flexibility as well. Users can select multiple speeds for both read and write processes, prescan source discs for optimum copy speeds, and select duplication sources; moreover, customers can analyze discs showing the size, number of tracks, and sessions. The backlit LCD display reports the % complete and other status elements of each duplicator function. The display indicates when a process will be completed, which is useful when copying discs that cannot be copied at full speed.

The 1:3 and 1:7 copy towers are priced at $1,199 and $2,299, respectively.

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Oberthur Card Systems Unveils GIGAntIC — Empowered by M-Systems' MegaSIM Technology

Oberthur Card Systems, a provider of smart card technology, and M-Systems, a developer of flash data storage solutions for digital consumer electronics markets, jointly created Oberthur Card Systems' new GIGAntIC card, a 128Mbyte USIM card empowered by M-Systems' MegaSIM technology.

GIGAntIC's new generation USIM cards offer security and programmability, combined with a new level of USIM card performance. Oberthur's GIGAntIC increases typical card memory capacity and communication speed. The new card provides a standardized memory resource, alleviating the need to bundle memory cards and design additional card slots in handsets.

GIGAntIC cards empowered by MegaSIM's flash memory offers advanced crypto-functionality for digital content protection, allowing storage and secure access to MP3 files, Java Games, video clips, pictures, and personal settings.

Key Features:
· Smart card security applications, including DRM, encryption, random number generator, PKI and RSA
· High speed data protocols including USB and MMC
· Backwards compatibility to industry standards for end-user convenience
· Cost and size economies compared to other memory offerings
· Scalability, programmability, transferability, interoperability

GIGAntIC cards will be available from Oberthur Card Systems the second half of 2005.

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Macrovision to Showcase Latest Music Protection and Anti-Piracy Solutions at Midem 2005

Macrovision Corporation, a provider in content protection and digital rights management (DRM) technologies, announced that it will demonstrate its latest complete music content protection solutions, designed to reduce unauthorized CD ripping and illegal peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing at Midem 2005.

Macrovision features CD rip protection yet enables consumers one click capability for music portability (DRM copies) and backup flexibility (Controlled Burn CD copies). Additionally, this technology is compatible with Microsoft Windows Media DRM solutions. Macrovision will also preview its Hawkeye P2P anti-piracy service that reduces the number of unauthorized music downloads on the P2P networks.

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