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March 18, 2005

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Media 100 Announces Media 100 HD 10.1
Sony Electronics Releases FWD-42PV1 Flat Panel Display
Pinnacle Systems Unveils Pinnacle Liquid Version 6.1 for Broadcast
Sonic Debuts Blu-ray Disc Burning and Playback Software at CeBIT 2005
Other World Computing Releases SuperDrive Burner for Mac Users
Nexsan SATABlade Certified by Matrox for Axio HD
Canopus Launches HDV Education Site
BenQ Ships New DVD Re-Writer with LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling Technology

Media 100 Announces Media 100 HD 10.1

Media 100, a unit of Optibase and a provider of advanced media systems, has announced the release of Media 100 HD 10.1. Version 10.1 expands the Version 10 release to include a new Media 100 software codec that makes the 10-bit-uncompressed Macintosh-based system for users who use HD, SD, or need real-time mixing of different codecs in the same timeline.

New Features of Media 100 HD 10.1:

-New Media 100 Software Codec
Provides a way for customers using Adobe After Effects and other third-party packages to render out QuickTime movies to drop into a Media 100 HD project and begin editing.

-QuickTime V Out Support
Makes quick previews possible using Media 100 hardware to play back any QuickTime movie on an NTSC, PAL, or HD monitor while still working inside After Effects or other related applications.

-HD Playback
Enables real-time HD playback for flip, flop, and color effects using a draft mode for capturing or viewing HD.

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Sony Electronics Releases FWD-42PV1 Flat Panel Display

The FWD-42PV1 plasma flat panel display features include a 10,000:1 contrast ratio, W-VGA resolution (852x480), and the ability to display images and video from a wide assortment of inputs and formats.

It also features two slots to accommodate a television tuner and the BKM-FW32 network card, enabling users to monitor the display's status and troubleshoot multiple networked displays from one central location.

The FWD-42PVI display will be available next month for about $2,400.

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Pinnacle Systems Unveils Pinnacle Liquid Version 6.1 for Broadcast

Pinnacle Systems, Inc., a provider of digital video solutions, has announced the availability of version 6.1 of its Pinnacle Liquid real-time SD and HD video editing systems for broadcast environments. Liquid version 6.1 marks the first release of the Liquid version 6 software in broadcast editing configurations. New capabilities include true multi-stream native high-definition editing, format-independent real-time effects, integrated DVD authoring, advanced audio tools, multi-cam support, and redesigned user interfaces. With its unique integrated design, Liquid 6.1 delivers a broadcast workflow that allows video to flow unhindered by format conversion or rendering steps.

A variety of analog and digital SD and HD I/O options are available including the new chrome HD option with support for uncompressed SD and HD through its SD/HD-SDI breakout box, as well as the blue option with multi-speed SDTI capture, background capture, and DVCPRO50 support.

Liquid's SmartEDIT technology supports multiple video formats, frame rates, and resolutions simultaneously within a single timeline. Liquid includes full support for Panasonic P2 and Sony XDCAM, as well as comprehensive control for all shipping Sony HDV cameras, decks, and devices. Liquid's real-time preview allows users to see all formats, including HDV, directly on their computer monitor.

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Sonic Debuts Blu-ray Disc Burning and Playback Software at CeBIT 2005

Sonic Solutions, a provider of digital media software, and Philips & BenQ Digital Storage Corporation (PBDS), a Blu-ray (BD) technology company, debuted Blu-ray Disc recording/playback solutions that will allow consumers to burn and play back discs in the new high-capacity BD digital media format. In a joint demonstration with PBDS, Sonic unveiled its AuthorScript Blu-ray Data Recording Software Development Kit (SDK) as well as Blu-ray support in its Roxio, RecordNow, and CinePlayer HD consumer software applications.

Sonic plans to make its AuthorScript Blu-ray Data Recording SDK available for licensing in the summer of 2005.

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Other World Computing Releases SuperDrive Burner for Mac Users

Other World Computing (OWC) offers internal SuperDrive DVD and CD burners for the PowerMac G3, G4, and G5; eMac G4; iMac G4 and G5; Mac mini, G4 Cube; and PowerBook G4. Both bare drives and complete solutions featuring software and media are available.

Internal drives start at $75 and feature burn speeds up to 16X for single-layer DVD, up to 6X for dual-layer DVD, and up to 40X for CD.

External solutions also are available starting from $129.99 for Macs or PCs that operate on FireWire or USB2 ports.

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Nexsan SATABlade Certified by Matrox for Axio HD

Nexsan Technologies, a developer of storage solutions, has announced that the company's SATABlade RAID storage system has been certified by Matrox Video Products Group, a developer of digital video hardware and software for real-time editing. The system has been certified for use with Matrox Axio HD to create an HD solution capable of multiple streams of uncompressed 10 bit 1080i HD.

The solution brings together Nexsan's SATABlade disk-based storage hardware and Matrox's Axio HD, a realtime engine for HD and SD editing.

The solution will be available through Nexsan and Matrox authorized global channels. Moreover, the Matrox/Nexsan solution will be on display in the Nexsan booth, number SL3672 at NAB 2005, April 18-21, in Las Vegas.

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Canopus Launches HDV Education Site

Canopus Corporation, a provider of digital video technology, has launched the Canopus Education Site for HDV to help video professionals who are considering the move from standard definition to the new HDV format.

The Canopus Education Site for HDV includes a Guide to HDV designed to help visitors understand the basics of the format, including a background on digital imaging, how HDV compression works, defining progressive versus interlaced, and how HDV works in a practical editing environment.

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BenQ Ships New DVD Re-Writer with LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling Technology

BenQ announced it has begun shipping the new BenQ DW1625, a DVD+RW double-layer compatible drive with LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling Technology, as part of a new line of LightScribe-enabled DVD drives.

Utilizing Hewlett-Packard's patented technology, BenQ's LightScribe-enabled DVD drives enable consumers to burn customized, silkscreen-quality labels directly onto the surface of CDs and DVDs.

The BenQ DW1625 features 2.4X DVD+R double-layer write, 16X DVD+R write, 4X DVD+RW write, 8X DVD-R write, 4X DVD-RW write, 16X DVD read, 40X CD-R write, 24X CD-RW write, and 40X CD read speeds.

Available now, the BenQ DW1625 has an estimated price of $119.

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