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March 15, 2005

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Advanced Media's 8x DVD+RW RIDATA Disc Achieves Philips Certification
MF Digital Announces Video Capture with Seamless Duplication
FOCUS Enhancements to Unveil FS-4 HD and FS-4 Pro HD Direct Disk Recorders at NAB
Leitch Announces Version 9.1 of VelocityQ NLE
Alias Announces Free FBX Software Development Kit (SDK)
Ulead Debuts VideoStudio 9
Nero Digital Now Supported On Xoro DVD Players
Visioneer Announces the OneTouch 9420 USB
TMPG Releases New Tsunami MPEG DVD EasyPack Suite

Advanced Media's 8x DVD+RW RIDATA Disc Achieves Philips Certification

Advanced Media, Inc. has announced that a recent addition to its optical disc lineup, the RIDATA 8x DVD+RW, has won certification by the Philips Intellectual Property and Standards division in The Netherlands. The certification means the product is in accordance with all of the latest specifications for DVD+RW products and may carry the DVD+RW logo.

The RIDATA 8x DVD+RW optical disc allows users to rewrite up to 1000 times on the same disc. Moreover, it store digital photographs, or up to two hours of digital video in SP Mode or four hours in EP Mode.

In the Philips disc verification process, products are tested to be in conformance with relevant standards. Regarding DVD+RW discs, this includes measuring selected mechanical and optical parameters, a readout of ADIP data, assorted measurements for both blank and recorded discs in a reference writer, and testing the playability of recorded discs in a reference reader at various speeds and radii. Certificates are issued for products proving to be in conformance with the specification.

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MF Digital Announces Video Capture with Seamless Duplication

MF Digital has announced a new technology partnership with Pioneer that enables MF Digital duplicators, when used in conjunction with Pioneer's PRV-LX1 or LX10 pro DVD recorders, to complete a live DVD authoring/duplication solution.

The Pioneer PRV-LX1,or LX10 is designed to record video from all professional video sources onto DVD-R or DVD-RW media without the need for a PC or authoring system. MF Digital is an official Pioneer third-party add-on product. The MF Digital Copiers 5906EC copier module (, and the Scribe EC 3000 Automated Stand-alone (www, can be connected directly to the Pioneer PRV-LX1, LX10 via Ethernet. Once connected, a DVD authored on the PRV-LX1, LX10 may be downloaded to 5906 EC high-speed Copier Modules to produce multiple copies, freeing up the PRV-LX1, LX10 to author the next project. Multiple MF Digital Copier Modules or Standalone copiers may exist on a network and duplication jobs can be launched on multiple units concurrently. Network scalability allows you burn your PRV-LX1, LX10 authored image on 1 to 60 drives at the same time. The 5906 EC Copier Module can be automated later with a simple autoloader upgrade option. Also available with Gigabit Ethernet.

If a fully automatic copier, capable of direct-to-disc inkjet or thermal CD printing, is desired, the MF Digital 3000 Series Standalone copiers too can be be used in tandem to produce copies from the PRV-LX1, LX10 internal hard drive without the need of a physical master DVD.

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FOCUS Enhancements to Unveil FS-4 HD and FS-4 Pro HD Direct Disk Recorders at NAB

FOCUS Enhancements Inc. has announced it will demonstrate its new FireStore FS-4 HD and FS-4Pro HD High Definition (HD) Portable Direct To Edit (DTE) recorders at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention in Las Vegas from April 18th to 21st (Booth SL505, SL4255E). The DV FireStore FS-4 is available now, and the FireStore FS-4Pro is expected to ship later this month. As the current FireStore models are upgradeable to HD, customers who purchase FS-4 and FS-4Pro on or before April 30, 2005 will be offered a special $99 (normally $299) software upgrade coupon to capitalize upon full HD functionality.

In addition to the current feature set and DV25 capabilities of the existing portable DTE recorders, FireStore will now record HD streams via FireWire from leading video products including Sony's HDV and JVC's HD camcorders and decks. FireStore then connects directly to a Mac/PC notebook or desktop, allowing video professionals to edit content directly from the FS-4--maintaining an HD format throughout the entire production process from capture and editing to distribution. 

FS-4 HD and FS-4Pro HD enable users to switch between standard definition DV25 mode and HD mode. DV25 mode allows recordings in any one of eight or ten DTE technology supported file formats while HD mode allows 480p/576p, 720p or 1080i MPEG-2 transport streams to be recorded and used immediately with supporting NLE applications. The portable FS-4 HD features a removable Li-Ion battery pack, 16 front-panel buttons, a back-lit status LCD display, multiple control modes, a six-second retro-cache, user-definable function keys, extensive playback features and support for DV25-based DTE. In addition to HD formats, FireStore supports RawDV, AVI Type 1, AVI Type 2, Matrox AVI, Canopus AVI, QuickTime, 24p QuickTime, and 24p AVI Type 2. The FS-4Pro HD has the same feature set as FS-4, but also includes up to ten seconds of retro-cache, retro disk, loop record, user-definable folders for scene marking, and support for additional DV25 DTE technology file formats including Avid DV-OMF and Pinnacle AVI.  

Prices for the FS-4 HD, FS-4 HD Pro will be announced in April 2005. FireStore HD upgrades, FS-4 HD, and FS-4Pro HD are expected to be available in summer 2005 through the worldwide FOCUS Enhancements dealer and distributor network.

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Leitch Announces Version 9.1 of VelocityQ NLE

Leitch Technology Corporation has announced a new software update for VelocityQ, the company's standard-definition post production non-linear editing system.V ersion 9.1 of VelocityQ features new tools for color correction, collaborative workflows, and audio processing, plus broadened media format support and a variety of user interface enhancements.

VelocityQ 9.1 features new CPU-based color correction tools, including three-way color-wheel control, curves, color matching, and automatic white and black re-balance. The new Interactive Editing paradigm enables edits--including adding, deleting, moving and trimming clips--and real-time effects to be applied without stopping full-quality playback, providing in-context feedback while editing and refining effects. The new "Detect 'n' Collect" feature facilitates interchange between networked editors in a collaborative environment, with automatic detection and collection of new media files in user-specified directories such as on shared storage.

VelocityQ's format support has been broadened with the ability to use native DV25 media directly in the timeline, in addition to the existing support for uncompressed and compressed formats. Complementing this format support is new compatibility with tapeless DV recording devices such as Focus Enhancements' FireStore series. Also directly supported is DV25 and DVCPRO content from Panasonic's P2 media-less memory-based products.

VelocityQ's new audio capabilities include advanced audio node and fade management, with new audio SuperNodes for applying user-defined audio curves and fades non-destructively. In addition to the existing support for clip-based DirectShow filters, real-time .VST audio plug-ins can now be applied to entire tracks with automation.

VelocityQ's user interface also boasts new features. The newly enhanced Advanced Keyframer features Bezier spline-based adjustments for each individual effect parameter. The Advanced Trim Window now offers a choice of trimming styles. In addition to the three-window (in/out/preview) trimmer of VelocityQ 8.2, VelocityQ now also offers a two-window (source/record) style trimmer, familiar to users migrating from other editing systems. The EyeCon View timeline interface tool now also includes Audio EyeCons, displaying a close-up view of the audio waveform at the playhead's current frame for more precise alignment of clips relative to audio events. Enhanced timeline flexibility allows transitions to be applied between clips on any video track.

VelocityQ combines the Velocity software with the Quattrus multi-stream, real-time non-linear editing hardware. VelocityQ features real-time, full-quality playback of four streams of compressed or uncompressed video, up to six graphics streams, and optionally two or four channels of 3D DVE. VelocityQ is available as fully integrated, "ready to run" turnkey solutions, or as boardset-and-software bundles for installation into a Windows XP workstation.

VelocityQ version 9.1 is scheduled for release in May. Registered users who purchased VelocityQ 8.2 systems after February 1, 2005, are eligible to receive version 9.1 upgrades at no charge. Specially priced upgrades to version 9.1 will be available for existing VelocityQ users through authorized Leitch post production resellers. U.S. customers can preorder VelocityQ 9.1 software upgrades immediately, directly from the Leitch e-Store.

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Alias Announces Free FBX Software Development Kit (SDK)

Alias announced that its software developers kit (SDK) for FBX is now available for free on the Alias website. The FBX SDK was previously priced at $3,500. Alias FBX is a platform-independent 3D authoring and interchange format that provides access to 3D content from most 3D vendors and platforms. The FBX file format supports all major 3D data elements, as well as 2D, audio, and video media elements.

The FBX SDK is a C++ software development toolkit that allows developers to add FBX support in their applications. This SDK can be used in both commercial software development and in-house software applications.

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Ulead Debuts VideoStudio 9

Ulead Systems, Inc., a developer of digital media software, announced VideoStudio 9, the newest version of its video editing software. Ulead designed VideoStudio 9 with three different video editing modes to meet users varying skill levels and project demands.

For both automation and control, the Movie Wizard lets users choose a stylish movie template like Sports, Holiday, Vacation, and Drive-in Movie Theatre, and edits the video with text, music, transitions and a DVD menu -- all of which can be customized. The Video Editor editing tools include ChromaKeying, Flash Animation overlays, Pan & Zoom on video, and a variety of filters.

VideoStudio 9 will be available for electronic download in April and in North American retail stores in May. It will be priced at $99.99. Previous owners of VideoStudio can upgrade for $49.99.

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Nero Digital Now Supported On Xoro DVD Players

Nero, providers of digital media technology, announced the introduction of two new Nero Digital certified DVD players. The new line of Nero Digital certified Xoro DVD players include the Xoro HSD 415 and HSD 310. Users can convert home video into Nero Digital to be played back on Xoro DVD players at a fraction of the size of a normal DVD allowing much more video content on each DVD.

By offering industry compliance with the MPEG-4 standard including AAC, Xoro's line of DVD players will support the Nero Digital Standard Decoding Profile. The Xoro HSD 415 and HSD 310 DVD players are now available at participating retailers.

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Visioneer Announces the OneTouch 9420 USB

Visioneer, a provider of imaging solutions, announced the newest addition to their Slimline scanner series, the Visioneer OneTouch 9420 USB color flatbed scanner. The new OneTouch 9420 USB is a color flatbed scanner with the ability to scan up to 4800 x 9600 dpi in 48-bit color; moreover, it includes a built-in transparency adapter and film holder for scanning negatives and slides. The scanner's bundled software includes ArcSoft's DVD SlideShow, which allows users to produce DVDs.

ArcSoft DVD SlideShow includes drag-n-drop storyboard, background music, photo enhancement, slide transitions, pan & zoom effects, titling, voice narration, menu thumbnail selection and slide interval. The Visioneer OneTouch 9420 USB also comes with ScanSoft's PaperPort 9.0 SE with built-in OCR and ArcSoft's ScrapbookSuite.

The suggested retail price is $179.99.

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TMPG Releases New Tsunami MPEG DVD EasyPack Suite

TMPG Inc. introduced the launch of its newest application to the retail market - Tsunami MPEG DVD EasyPack Suite. The Tsunami MPEG DVD EasyPack Suite provides users with DVD creation abilities by offering tools for video conversion, filtering, and editing.

Tsunami MPEG EasyPack Suite combines Tsunami MPEG Video Encoder XPress Easy Edition, Tsunami MPEG Media Editor Easy Edition, and Tsunami MPEG DVD Author Easy Edition, which allow customers to create and edit DVDs. The application's advanced features include Video Mastering Engine and Advanced Acoustic Engine, smart rendering function, and AC-3 Dolby Digital (2ch) encode/decode support.

The suggested retail price is $79.95.

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