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March 11, 2005

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Blu-ray Disc Association Welcomes Apple to Its Board of Directors
Acacia Technologies Licenses Digital Video Production Patents to Leitch Technology
Source-Elements Announces Source-Connect Pro Tools Plug-in
wondertouch Releases Particle Emitters for Apple Motion
Pinnacle Deko 1000HD Now Available
Ulead Announces DVD MovieFactory 4 Disc Creator
Rimage Corporation 360i Desktop CD/DVD Publishing System
Roxio Unveils Easy Media Creator 7.5

Blu-ray Disc Association Welcomes Apple to Its Board of Directors

The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) announced that Apple will become a member of the consortium's Board of Directors. The next release of Apple's QuickTime software, QuickTime 7, will feature the MPEG developed H.264 Advanced Video Codec (AVC) which has been adopted for high definition DVDs. Apple will release QuickTime 7 in conjunction with the release of Mac OS X version 10.4 "Tiger," the fifth version of Mac OS X that will ship in the first half of 2005.

The BDA was created to broaden support for Blu-ray Disc—the next-generation optical disc for storing high definition movies, photos and other digital content. Blu-ray Discs will have five times larger capacity than today's DVDs, with a single-layer Blu-ray Disc holding up to 25 gigabytes of data and a double-layer Blu-ray Disc holding up to 50 gigabytes of data.

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Acacia Technologies Licenses Digital Video Production Patents to Leitch Technology

Acacia Research Corporation has announced TechSearch LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary that is part of the Acacia Technologies group, has entered into a non-exclusive license covering a portfolio of patents that apply to digital video production with Leitch Technology Corporation, which designs and distributes video systems for the professional television industry.

The patents relate to features that can be found in production video processing equipment and cover, among other things, improved methods of equipment interconnection, aspects of graphical user interface displays, and automation of video processing. These features allow ease of equipment interconnection, clearer information display, and automation of video production tasks previously performed manually. Other aspects of the technologies generally relate to automatic color correction, commonly used when transferring film to video, and certain 3D effects, commonly used in video scene transitions.

For more on Acacia and its patent claim strategies, see and 

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Source-Elements Announces Source-Connect Pro Tools Plug-in

Source Elements has announced the release of Source-Connect, a new Pro Tools plug-in capable of streaming audio directly from one Pro Tools system to another. Source-Connect enables audio connections between Pro Tools systems anywhere in the world, allowing direct-to-timeline recording with real-time, broadcast-quality audio using only T1, Cable, or DSL internet connections.

Source-Connect eliminates the need for ISDN lines, additional hardware, subscription, fees and minute-by-minute line charges, according to Source Elements, enabling \high-quality connections between studios, voiceover talent, and musicians. Incorporating a high-quality AAC codec, Source-Connect requires a minimum upload and download bandwidth of 300Kbps and allows for communications at bit rates up to 160Kbps.

Unlike ISDN, which requires complex set-up and often, assistance from the machine room, Source-Connect appears right in the Pro Tools session. A selection from the user-defined contact list initiates a connection. Michael Coyle of Chicago Recording Company, after testing Source-Connect in his home and studio, remarked, "One surprising benefit of Source-Connect versus ISDN dialups is how fast you can connect and disconnect. It's nearly instantaneous."

Source-Connect is available for immediate download from and is priced at $1,495.00. Source Elements was founded by John Binder and Robert Marshall, two audio engineers who develop alternative solutions to the problematic complexities of everyday post-production.

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wondertouch Releases Particle Emitters for Apple Motion

wondertouch, a developer of particle effects creation software, has announced the release of wondertouch Particle Emitters for Motion, a particle emitter package designed for customers using Motion, the motion graphic design and production application from Apple.

The emitter package features a selection of more than 300 preset particle effects, based on the company's standalone particleIllusion software technology, that have been converted to operate in Motion. Available in multiple versions to suit specific needs and budget, the preset collection delivers the Motion community of creative professionals an expanded range of particle content to create complex particle effects.

The wondertouch Particle Emitters for Motion are now available in three versions (the lower-priced versions are subsets of the "Large" version):

  • Small: 65 particle emitters, $39
  • Medium: 200 particle emitters, $99
  • Large: 330 particle emitters, $149

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Pinnacle Deko 1000HD Now Available

Pinnacle Systems, Inc., a leader in digital video solutions, has announced the availability of Pinnacle Deko 1000HD a new solution for high definition (HD) real-time graphics creation and playback. Deko 1000HD is designed for a wide range of broadcast applications ranging from sports events to MOS-enabled newscasts.

Deko 1000HD targets video professionals who need to add HD production capabilities but do not require the advanced features of Pinnacle's flagship Deko 3000HD system. Deko 1000HD delivers in native 720p and 1080i HD resolutions the same set of capabilities, internal clip playback, real-time motions and effects found in the standard definition Deko 1000 model.

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Ulead Announces DVD MovieFactory 4 Disc Creator

Ulead Systems, Inc. has announced Ulead DVD MovieFactory 4 Disc Creator, the latest version of its all-in-one, consumer-level DVD creation software for the PC. DVD MovieFactory 4 Disc Creator offers useful digital media tools such as the ability to burn audio DVDs, fit dual-layer DVDs to a single-layer disc, and quickly sync music to an MP3 player. At the same time, it enables consumers to turn videos and photos into DVD movies and slideshows to watch on TV with a professional-looking DVD menu.

DVD MovieFactory 4 Disc Creator offers new quick-drop desktop icons to let consumers burn and sync digital media by simply dragging and dropping media to task icons located on the desktop without having to fully launch the software. A fine-tuned interface, which incorporates Flash animation, makes it easy to navigate and locate DVD burning and creation tools. Enhanced DVD menu-design technology enables consumers to fully customize DVD menus by simply resizing chapter points, objects and text, and dragging and dropping them anywhere on the menu. Ulead also offers a standard version of DVD MovieFactory 4, which provides the core DVD authoring and creation tools that are included in the Disc Creator version. 

New Features in DVD MovieFactory 4 Disc Creator: 
• Full 16:9 Video Authoring & Menus - Preview, edit, add menus, and author 16:9 movies and slideshows to DVD.
• Make audio-only DVD discs - Use Dolby Digital to pack 45 hours of music onto a single disc to play on a DVD player.
• Burn DVD Audio discs - Burn 6 hours of high-quality uncompressed music on a DVD Audio disc.
• Auto video enhancements -Lighten dark video clips to improve final production.
• Pan & zoom effects -Highlight details in photos with pan & zoom motion.
• Multiple background music - Add multiple audio files to video with audio fade-in/fade-out.
• Format DVDs/CDs to act like a hard drive - Conveniently drag and drop files on and off of discs.
• Fit to Disc - Import a DVD, select the content, language and subtitles, and convert to DVD-video or fit double-layer to single-layer DVDs.
• Burned disc verification - Compares burned data to sourced data to ensure proper burn.

Both DVD MovieFactory 4 Disc Creator and DVD MovieFactory 4 are currently available for $99.99 and $49.99. Previous users of DVD MovieFactory Disc Creator and DVD MovieFactory can upgrade at for $64.99 and $34.99 respectively.

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Rimage Corporation 360i Desktop CD/DVD Publishing System

Rimage Corporation has announced that it will launch a new addition to its Desktop product line, the Rimage 360i CD/DVD publishing system, at the CeBIT trade show in Hannover, Germany beginning on March 10, 2005.

Priced in the mid-$2,000 range, the Rimage 360i is positioned as a low-volume, high-quality publishing solution. Key features include the following:

  • low cost of ownership based on a printed cost per disc
  • wizard-based software for intuitive operation--creating a disc with customized content and labeling on an on-demand basis requires only four clicks on the customer's keyboard
  • 16X DVD recording and 48X CD recording
  • HP's most advanced thermal inkjet printer engine, promising vivid color, sharply-defined text and photo-realistic images
  • plug-and-play installation
  • small physical footprint (H: 19", W: 15 1/4", D: 20"), designed for desktop use or any location where space is limited

Initial shipments are expected to start in May 2005.

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Roxio Unveils Easy Media Creator 7.5

Roxio, a division of Sonic Solutions, has unveiled Easy Media Creator 7.5. The latest version of Roxio's digital media software combines technologies from both Roxio and Sonic into one of the most comprehensive suites of CD and DVD authoring and burning, photo, video, and music applications on the market. Available in retail channels in April, Easy Media Creator 7.5 targets consumers who want to create, manage, share, and preserve their personal digital content.

In addition to Roxio's PhotoSuite 7 Platinum, VideoWave 7 Professional, DVD Builder, Disc Copier, and Creator Classic, Easy Media Creator 7.5 also includes three of Sonic's applications: Backup MyPC Deluxe 6 for comprehensive data protection and disaster recovery; MyDVD Slideshow for fast and efficient creation of DVD slideshows from still photos; and CinePlayer 2 for high-quality playback of DVD-video content. In response to strong consumer appetite for music downloads, Internet radio, and portable music players, Easy Media Creator introduces new audio features such as an LP and Tape Assistant that streamlines the conversion of analog recordings to digital; an Easy Audio Capture utility that provides a quick and effective way to record audio such as Internet radio broadcasts; and an enhanced Sound Editor that now provides features for the precise manipulation of audio files and the creation of mixes.

Other new features in Easy Media Creator 7.5 include a Disc Image Loader that enables users to mount disc image files in a virtual drive as if they were discs in a physical drive; a DivX-to-DVD Creator that makes it easy to convert DivX content to DVD for playback in the living room; DVDInfo Pro for testing the performance of drives and media; support for LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling Technology in Label Creator, the suite's disc and label artwork creation component; and support for Media Center PC PVR files.

Easy Media Creator 7.5 will be widely available in early April 2005 throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. The suggested retail price in the US is $99.95. Owners of previous versions of Roxio products and competitive applications are eligible for a $30 mail-in rebate.

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