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February 18, 2005

Table of Contents

Dell Adds New Flat-Panel Display to Portfolio
Rimage and YesVideo Announce Interoperability Partnership for Automated Digital Transfers to DVD
Blu-ray Disc Association Surpasses 100th Member Milestone
Macrovision Introduces RipGuard DVD to Reduce Digital DVD Piracy
Sonic Releases DVD Burning Plug-in for Windows Photo Story 3
Alias Announces Release of Maya 6.5
Samsung Introduces New 16X DVD Rewritable Drive with 5X DVD+R DL Recording
Advanced Media Adds Printable, Double-Layer DVD+R Disc to RIDATA Line

Dell Adds New Flat-Panel Display to Portfolio

Dell, a provider of LCD monitors, has introduced its largest flat panel display, the 24-inch UltraSharp 2405FPW. The widescreen monitor is designed for graphics professionals and computing enthusiasts.

The 2405FPW includes a 9-in-1 memory card reader on the side of the panel for a convenient way to download files and photos. Four USB 2.0 ports enable users to attach devices such as keyboards, secondary hard drives, and printers. With S-Video, composite, and component inputs, the 2405FPW can be hooked up to a video camera, gaming console, DVD player. or cable box. Picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture modes, and allow users to watch video input and PC content simultaneously.

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Rimage and YesVideo Announce Interoperability Partnership for Automated Digital Transfers to DVD

Rimage Corporation, a provider of CD-R/DVD-R publishing systems for business applications, and YesVideo, Inc., a developer of automated digital media authoring, announced an interoperability partnership for the automated transfer of digital camera photo and video content to DVD. The companies will demonstrate their integrated solution for photo retailers at Rimage Booth #3163 and YesVideo Booth #2071/2073 at the PMA 2005 show from February 20-23 in Orlando, Florida.

Under this partnership, the companies have integrated YesVideo's proprietary YesDVD software application into Rimage's hardware platform. The resulting automated application converts digital photo and video content from flash memory cards directly to DVD.

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Blu-ray Disc Association Surpasses 100th Member Milestone

The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) membership has now grown beyond 100 companies. Established in October of last year, the BDA has gained the support of companies in the computer, consumer electronics, video gaming, optical media, disc replication, authoring, and content industries.

Among the most recent companies to join the BDA are Toho Co., Ltd. and Toei Video Company, Ltd., which are the two movie studios in Japan. Toho Co., Ltd. is a production house and distributor of movies in Japan, while Toei Video is involved with production of movies, sales of DVDs, and other packaged media.

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Macrovision Introduces RipGuard DVD to Reduce Digital DVD Piracy

Macrovision Corporation, a supplier of content and software value management solutions, announced the worldwide availability of RipGuard DVD, a digital rip-control solution for DVD-Video.

RipGuard DVD is a unilateral content protection system that is applied to DVD discs and requires no additional software or hardware to be incorporated into PCs, DVD players, or DVD recorders. The combination of Macrovision's analog copy protection technology and RipGuard DVD, provides comprehensive DVD protection from analog and digital piracy threats.

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Sonic Releases DVD Burning Plug-in for Windows Photo Story 3

Sonic Solutions, a developer of digital media software, announced that it is providing Windows Photo Story 3 users with a new burning solution. Sonic DVD for Photo Story 3 is the program's first DVD burning plug-in that enables users to record their photo stories to DVD.

Users can easily retouch their images, add dramatic pans and zooms, create a soundtrack, and even add narration. In addition to sharing projects on DVD using the Sonic plug-in, completed photo stories can be shared via email or the Web.

Pricing and Availability
Sonic DVD for Photo Story 3 is available from Sonic and will be available from Microsoft on February 20th for a limited, introductory price of $19.99 exclusively for users of Photo Story 3.

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Alias Announces Release of Maya 6.5

Alias announced that worldwide shipping of Maya 6.5 is now underway. Maya 6.5 addresses the needs of next-generation productions in gaming, film, broadcasting, and digital publishing industries. Maya now delivers improved interactivity, calculations of deformations and simulations, I/O, and redrawing.

Large datasets are more manageable in Maya 6.5 software due to improvements in scene segmentation including reference file editing, nesting, and locking. Additionally, a new STEP translator makes the importing of CAD data files faster.

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Samsung Introduces New 16X DVD Rewritable Drive with 5X DVD+R DL Recording

Samsung Electronics Ltd., a provider of digital consumer electronics and information technology, has launched a new 16X DVD rewritable disc drive technology with the Writemaster TS-H552U. Designed for the consumer market, the TS-H552U offers a 5X DL recording.

Some of the technologies featured in the TS-H552U include Speed Adjustment Technology, which automatically optimizes the speed according to the disc quality; Tilt Actuator Compensation (TAC), which gives the disc a tilt with the objective lens for the most reliable writing condition; and Double Optimum Power Control (OPC), which strengthens the writing performance by controlling the laser power in the inner and outer sides of the disc. The drive also includes a power save function and technology to prevent Buffer Underrun Error.

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Advanced Media Adds Printable, Double-Layer DVD+R Disc to RIDATA Line

Advanced Media, Inc., manufacturer of the RIDATA brand of recordable CD and DVD media, electronic storage products, and digital media accessories, has added an inkjet-printable, double-layer DVD+R disc to its line of products. The single-sided disc has 8.5GB of storage capacity, enough for up to four hours of DVD-quality video, 16 hours of VHS-quality video, or over 120 hours of MP3 audio. It records at speeds of 1-2.4X and uses a premium organic-dye recording material, Advanced Media says.

The new RIDATA printable, double-layer disc is compatible with current DVD-Video players, DVD game consoles, DVD-ROM drives, and DVD+R DL drives, according to Advanced Media. It may be used with most disc printers, such as Primera Technology's Bravo Disc Publisher.

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