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February 01, 2005

Table of Contents

SmartSound Technology Powers Soundtrack Creation in New CyberLink PowerDirector 4 Home Video Editing Software
Digital Video Computing Introduces ClipRecorder-Light and ClipRecorderXTreme
CyberLink PowerDVD 6 Enhances DVD Experience on the PC
LSI Logic Now Offering MPEG-4 aacPlus on ZSP DSP Cores
Syncsort Enhances Data Protection with Network Appliance SnapVault Backup and Recovery Technology
McDATA Intrepid i10K Backbone Director Available First Through Hitachi Data Systems
InterVideo Unveils MediaOne
Disc Makers Offers Online Sales and Distribution for Independent Filmmakers

SmartSound Technology Powers Soundtrack Creation in New CyberLink PowerDirector 4 Home Video Editing Software

SmartSound Software, Inc., a leading provider of soundtrack creation technology for visual content creators, has announced that CyberLink is embedding its Quicktracks technology in its new PowerDirector 4 video editing software.

SmartSound's Quicktracks technology is the driving force behind the MagicMusic feature inside CyberLink PowerDirector 4. This patented technology allows users to create soundtracks for their projects through SmartSound's "block" method. Users select a song from SmartSound's royalty-free music library and bring it into the timeline. The song is automatically rearranged into a complete soundtrack piece with a musical beginning and ending, that matches up with the on-screen visuals.

These songs can fit any length needed, from a few seconds to several minutes, according to SmartSound.

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Digital Video Computing Introduces ClipRecorder-Light and ClipRecorderXTreme

Digital Video Computing (DVC) has introduced two new HD and SD hard disk recorders to its ScreenDisk family of products, which provide open platform for the uncompressed recording and playback of SD, HD, 2k, and film data. Within this range the ClipRecorder series of uncompressed HD and SD disk recorders has been extended with new multistandard, multi-channel models.

The ClipRecorder-Light now can store and record both HD and SD SDI video with six-channel AES /embedded audio. The internal SCSI disk array can be enlarged up to 2 or 4TB. The entry-level model with 66 min HD 1080p25 or 330 min SD 625i50 lists for Euro 15,000--and is available immediately.

DVC has also announced ClipRecorderXTreme, its new top model. ClipRecorderXTreme will feature the new XENA2 (former KONA2 uncompressed multistandard I/O boards. As a result all models of ClipRecorderXTreme have Dual-Link HD, HD, and SD input and outputs with 8- or 10-bit, and the option to operate in 4:2:2 or 4:4:4 modes. In addition an analog component output with 12 bit D/A conversion is available. With the XENA2 I/O channel hardware up- and down conversion from HD to SD and vice versa will be supported. The new server platform used for ClipRecorderXTreme allows the use of multiple XENA I/O boards and thereby provides a true multistandard multi-channel device.

Further highlights of ClipRecorderXTreme are Dual XEON processors up to 3.6GHz, up to 16GB RAM, and PCI-Express high-end graphics. The disk array is based on approved and reliable SCSI technology and can be expanded up to 6TB. Additionally a Quad-Fibre-Controller for SAN-connection will be an option. Furthermore ClipRecorderXTreme comes with the Drastic MediaReactor file converter, transcoder and encoder and the IRIDAS FrameCycler Player software.

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CyberLink PowerDVD 6 Enhances DVD Experience on the PC

CyberLink Corp., a provider of integrated solutions for the digital home, has announced PowerDVD 6. PowerDVD 6 includes second-generation sound expansion technology via CyberLink Multi-channel Environment Impression 2, CyberLink Virtual Speaker, and CyberLink Headphone. All three CyberLink technologies support a complete range of audio sources, including MP3, Audio CD, VCD, DVD-Video, and DVD-Audio.

PowerDVD 6 also features home theater audio playback using Dolby Digital EX, support for the latest high-definition audio features on DVD-Audio and DVD-Video discs, and is the first DVD playback software to feature DolbyPro Logic IIx.

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LSI Logic Now Offering MPEG-4 aacPlus on ZSP DSP Cores

The LSI Logic ZSP division and Coding Technologies, in collaboration with ESPICO, have announced their MPEG-4 aacPlus decoding for use on all ZSP digital signal processor (DSP) cores.

The MPEG-4 aacPlus v2 is AAC coupled with Coding Technologies' SBR (Spectral Band Replication) and Parametric Stereo technologies. Both SBR and Parametric Stereo are backward- and forward-compatible methods. As a result, aacPlus delivers streaming and downloadable 5.1 multichannel audio at 128 Kbps, and CD-quality stereo at 32Kbps.

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Syncsort Enhances Data Protection with Network Appliance SnapVault Backup and Recovery Technology

Syncsort Inc. has announced that the newest release of its data protection software, Backup Express 2.3, incorporates NetApp SnapVault technology for Windows, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft Exchange Server. Syncsort Backup Express 2.3 employs SnapVault to deliver disk backup and recovery.

With SnapVault technology in Backup Express 2.3, users can consolidate data for disaster recovery on centralized storage, eliminate tape at remote sites, and increase scalability. Backup Express 2.3 users who store their Windows based primary data on NetApp NearStore storage platforms can perform live SnapVault backups of Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Exchange.

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McDATA Intrepid i10K Backbone Director Available First Through Hitachi Data Systems

McDATA Corporation, a provider of storage networking solutions, announced that Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd., is the first to sell and ship the Intrepid i10K Backbone Director.

The Intrepid i10K Backbone Director enables customers to implement tiered storage configurations and secure on-demand consolidation solutions. The Intrepid i10K Backbone Director supports dynamic network partitioning with its patent-pending FlexPar technology. This enables customers to implement a secure, on-demand partitioning solution from application to array. Further features include secure SAN island consolidation and 10Gbps disaster recovery services.

Used in conjunction with McDATA's Intrepid 6000-series and Sphereon products, the Intrepid i10K enables customers to deploy a Global Enterprise Data Center.

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InterVideo Unveils MediaOne

InterVideo, Inc., a provider of CD/DVD software, has announced the release of MediaOne, a new digital media software suite that delivers nine multimedia solutions in one package.

MediaOne guides consumers through the media task selected while providing experienced users with convenient customization features. This application allows to access data, music, photos, or videos and can access all of these utilities from a single application.

MediaOne integrates InterVideo's WinDVD software, WinDVD Creator, and DVD Copy in a single application. Also incorporated in the suite are InterVideo DiscMaster, Smart Backup, PhotoAlbum, and Disc Label. Compatible with Windows 2000 and XP systems, MediaOne has a suggested list price is $99.95.

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Disc Makers Offers Online Sales and Distribution for Independent Filmmakers

Disc Makers, an independent media manufacturer, has entered into an exclusive partnership with Film Baby to give indie filmmakers an online outlet to market and sell their DVD titles. Film Baby introduces an online film sales model for indie filmmakers.

Film Baby created an indie-only sales Web site where filmmakers and independent film fans can congregate to learn about little-known films. Film Baby creates individual customized Web pages to showcase and sell their customers' DVDs, including a full two-minute streaming video clips encoded by Film Baby. Each filmmaker sets his or her own selling price, and Film Baby retains a $4 fee for each sale. In addition, Film Baby customers also get the complete contact information of everyone who buys their DVDs. This allows them to communicate directly with their customers and build a database of potential future clients. With this partnership, all new DiscMakers DVD replication customers are eligible to receive a free Film Baby membership.

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