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February 22, 2005

Table of Contents

Silhouette FX Ships Silhouette Roto
SanDisk Announces 1GB miniSD Card
Elpida Memory Announces 16 Megabit Digital Consumer SDRAM Devices
Infortrend Qualifies Western Digital Hard Drives for Its RAID Storage Subsystems
Primera and Dexxon Digital Storage Announce Worldwide Distribution Agreement
Canon Introduces New Mini-DV Camcorders
Olympus Releases S-DVD-100 DVD/CD R/W
ARCHOS Introduces 100GB Portable Video Recorder and Player
Adtec Digital Joins MPEG Industry Forum

Silhouette FX Ships Silhouette Roto

Silhouette FX, LLC has announced the availability of Silhouette Roto, a rotoscoping engine designed as a plug-in for Adobe After Effects on Windows and Mac OS. The plug-in is also compatible with Apple's Final Cut Pro. A standalone version for Linux, Mac, and Windows will be available shortly, according to Silhouette FX.

Rotoscoping (roto) is the process of manually extracting or isolating a portion of an image. Silhouette Roto features a user interface and workflow designed exclusively around the rotoscoping task. Beziers and b-splines are provided along with tools for drawing, reshaping, and transforming shapes. Shapes can be rotated, scaled, skewed/sheared, moved, and corner-pinned in a single mouse click. Silhouette Roto offers a multi-frame editing mode that ripples changes across a user-definable range of keyframes.

Silhouette Roto provides flexible, high-quality motion blur and shape feathering (variable edge blur) that doesn't require an entire second curve to be edited. Motion trackers can automatically guide, shape, or point movement. Final composites can be previewed live as you work. Rendering is assisted by OpenGL hardware acceleration.

Shapes can be imported from Elastic Reality and Commotion. Shapes can be exported to GMASK files compatible with combustion, flint, flame, inferno, smoke, and fire systems. When running as a plug-in, After Effects masks can be imported directly into Silhouette Roto if desired, and shapes created by Silhouette Roto can be fed directly back into After Effects as masks.

The plug-in version supports 8- and 16-bit depths. The standalone version offers float point processing along with 8- and 16-bit support. Color image files including alpha channels or alpha channel only files can be written to a variety of formats including OpenEXR. The standalone version also allows multiple sessions to be included in a single project. The company notes that the standalone version for Linux is built for making economical dedicated roto stations.

Silhouette Roto, as a plug-in for Mac OS and Windows systems, retails for $395. As a standalone application for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux systems, Silhouette Roto retails for $495. Both the stand-alone and the plug-in can be purchased together for $595.

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SanDisk Announces 1GB miniSD Card

SanDisk Corporation has announced that it is doubling the current capacity of its SanDisk miniSD card to 1GB. The miniSD card is used in mobile phones with multimedia capabilities such as digital photography, video recording and playback, and music playback. The SanDisk miniSD card also includes an adapter which allows it to be used in any of the existing SD card devices.

The new 1GB SanDisk miniSD card has a suggested retail price of $99.99.

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Elpida Memory Announces 16 Megabit Digital Consumer SDRAM Devices

Elpida Memory, Inc., a Japan-based supplier of Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM), has announced the sampling of new 16 Megabit Digital Consumer Synchronous DRAM (SDRAM) devices. The devices utilize Elpida's 0.11-micron process technology and are targeted for use in digital consumer electronics applications such as portable CD players, DVD drives, hard disk drives, printers, digital TVs, and set-top boxes.

Elpida's 16 Megabit Digital Consumer SDRAM device samples (Part numbers: EDS1616AGTA, EDS1616CGTA) are currently available to customers.

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Infortrend Qualifies Western Digital Hard Drives for Its RAID Storage Subsystems

Infortrend, a RAID storage company, has announced that Western Digital's WD Caviar RE Serial ATA (SATA) hard disk drives have successfully completed qualification testing for compatibility with Infortrend's line of EonStor SATA RAID subsystems. WD Caviar RE hard drives are specifically designed for environments in always-on, high-duty cycle RAID systems.

Both WD and Infortrend have tested and verified compatibility between the WD Caviar RE and the EonStor SATA RAID subsystems. Systems integrators and storage providers use these products to develop SATA RAID servers and storage systems running configurations such as RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5, 10, and 50.

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Primera and Dexxon Digital Storage Announce Worldwide Distribution Agreement

Primera Technology, Inc. has announced the appointment of Dexxon Digital Storage, Inc. as an Authorized Primera Distributor. The agreement covers worldwide, wholesale distribution of Primera's complete range of DVD and CD duplication and printing solutions.

Primera's Bravo II and BravoPro Disc Publishers are used by offices, churches, schools, government agencies, recording studios, video production houses, and more. In addition, Primera offers CD/DVD burning and printing solutions for home and SOHO users as well as large, high-volume production systems for service bureaus and CD/DVD replication plants.

Dexxon Digital Storage is a value-added distributor of computer media, hardware, duplication equipment, storage furniture, and supplies for the office and IT marketplace. Founded in 1986, the company is located in Columbus, Ohio.

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Canon Introduces New Mini-DV Camcorders

Canon has introduced three new megapixel MiniDV camcorders that offer a variety of video and photo features. All three new models including the 2.2-megapixel (MP) Optura 50, 2.2-megapixel Optura 60, and 1.33MP ZR400 camcorders will be on display at PMA 2005, February 20 - 23 (Canon Booth #3503) in Orlando, Florida.

Each of the three new camcorders will allow users to capture and share high-quality video and photos using the high-resolution 16:9 widescreen video recording mode. Each new camcorder features Canon's exclusive DV Photo Plus system, which allows users to achieve high quality video and high resolution photos in a single product.

The new Optura 50 and Optura 60 MiniDV camcorders include a 2.2MP CCD with an RGB primary color filter for color reproduction. The Optura 50 camcorder is equipped with a 10x Optical Zoom Lens, while the Optura 60 model provides a 14x Optical Zoom Lens.

The new Canon ZR400 MiniDV camcorder includes a 1.33MP CCD. The new ZR model demonstrates Genuine Canon Optics with a 14x Optical Zoom Lens and image stabilization. Included with the camcorder is a Canon 0.6x wide attachment that increases the field of view by approximately 40 percent.

The Optura 50 and Optura 60 MiniDV camcorders will arrive in retail stores in March, with an estimated selling price of $799 and $899, respectively. The ZR400 will be available in mid April at an estimated selling price of $549.

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Olympus Releases S-DVD-100 DVD/CD R/W

Olympus has announced that the new S-DVD-100 DVD/CD R/W has been added to its Total Imaging Solution family of products.

The new recording devices enable users to store digital photos directly on DVD or CD media without using a PC. Users simply connect a Canon IR series digital camera to the S-DVD-100 DVD R/W to record their images to disc.

S-DVD-100 will be available in May 2005 at an estimated price of $399.99.

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ARCHOS Introduces 100GB Portable Video Recorder and Player

ARCHOS, a developer of small audio and video digital media solutions, has announced the Pocket Video Recorder AV4100, a 100GB portable video player (PVP) and recorder. The AV4100 incorporates recording and scheduling capabilities, audio recording and playback, photo viewing, and data storage.

The AV4100 allows users to record television shows and movies directly from a TV, VCR, cable set-top box, or satellite receiver with a TV Cradle. The PVP also includes a built-in Compact Flash reader for transferring photos directly from digital cameras.

The AV4100 model will be available at the end of February with a suggested retail price of $799.95.

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Adtec Digital Joins MPEG Industry Forum

Adtec Digital recently became a member of the MPEG Industry Forum (MPEGIF), an organization aiming to further the adoption of MPEG standards. MPEGIF focuses on the widespread adoption of - AVC and ASC.

MPEGIF offers various services including the testing of products, promotion for potential users of MPEG technology and certification programs to ensure that tools are MPEG-4-conformant.

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