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March 29, 2005

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Free Nero Digital Version Available in April
Digigami ships MegaPEG.X Pro DVD Render Farm Bundle
Apace Systems' Real-time Network Storage Systems Certified by Canopus Corporation
Medéa Announces Compatibility of RAID Arrays with Kona 2 Capture Card
Acterna to Offer Interra Systems H.264 Analyzer
DiskFaktory Offers Videographers New Business Card
Terayon Digital Ad Insertion Capabilities Help Digital Video Service Providers
asknet Launches New eCommerce Platform for Digital Video Technology Leader DivXNetworks

Free Nero Digital Version Available in April

Free Nero Digital will be available as a free download beginning of April 2005 at Users will be able to download and try out all the features of Nero Digital, an MPEG-4 solution that enables users to fit the entire audio and video contents of a DVD on a regular data CD with no perceivable loss of quality, accorting to Nero.

Free Nero Digital consists of three separate applications: Nero Recode 2 CE as a 30-day trial, which allows users to create Nero Digital content; Nero ShowTime 2 CE, which allows users to play back Nero Digital content; and Nero MediaHome CE, which allows users to share Nero Digital or other content to UPnP devices or across their home networks. In addition, Nero Recode 2 CE supports chapter and subtitle encoding directly from DVD titles; up to two subtitles and two multi-channel audio tracks; and has profiles for CE device compatibility, including Mobile, Portable, Standard, Cinema, and HDTV.

Other features include support for recording to CD/DVD with file splitting and Fit-to-disc options. Another application included in Free Nero Digital is the Nero Showtime 2 CE media player, which allows the user to play back AVI, WMV, ASF, MOV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, AVC/H.264, MP3, WMA, and WAV. Also included are chapter, subtitle, and multi-channel audio support for Nero Digital video files; image adjustment, including brightness and contrast; interlaced and progressive sources; customizable on-screen display; changeable skins and chapter jump slider.

Users can share Nero Digital content with Nero MediaHome CE, which transforms an ordinary home network into a fully functional streaming media center. It allows most audio, video, and image files to be shared over a LAN (Local Area Network) and enables playback wired or wirelessly in Nero ShowTime 2 CE on networked systems, including laptops and on other UPnP-certified devices such as a TV, DVD players, DVRs, AV receivers, portable video devices, and speakers. Nero MediaHome CE also supports DVD playback from the PC, which means the program can send a DVD video playing on a PC's DVD player using ShowTime 2 CE to other UPnP-certified devices.

Users will additionally have the option to upgrade to Nero Digital Pro for unlimited use of Nero Recode, Nero Showtime, Nero MediaHome, and the integrated video editor Nero Vision Express, including the DVD-Video plug-in for MPEG-2 encoding/decoding; Dolby Digital 2 channel decoding; and AVC/H.264 encoding/decoding support, which will be available for purchase shortly.

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Digigami ships MegaPEG.X Pro DVD Render Farm Bundle

Digigami has announced it is now shipping MegaPEG.X Pro DV Render Farm Bundle, which combines multiple versions of Digigami's MegaPEG.X Pro DV encoder into one functional suite.

With the MegaPEG.X Pro DV Render Farm Bundle users can turn all OS X workstations into functional parts of their production pipeline. Moreover, the MegaPEG.X Pro DVD compression environment includes picture-quality analysis and bitrate/compression analysis tools.

The Digigami MegaPEG.X Pro DVD Render Farm Bundle is available in a variety of license packages for the three (G3/G4/G5) processors that run OS X.

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Apace Systems' Real-time Network Storage Systems Certified by Canopus Corporation

Apace Systems Corporation, a storage solutions provider for video, announced that vStor has been certified by Canopus for use with EDIUS Pro 3 nonlinear editing software. Video editing workgroups based on Canopus's Edius Pro software for DV, HDV, SD, and HD editing, can now use Apace Systems' vStor network storage systems for multi-stream, real-time editing over gigabit ethernet LAN.

Editors can use vStor storage ranging in capacity from 1 to 6 TB just as they would use local drives in EDIUS for directly capturing, rendering, and retrieving clips. Also, non-editing users on the network can conveniently review video content from their desktop machines.

Both companies will demonstrate their products at NAB 2005 in the Las Vegas Convention Center, April 18-21, 2005, at Canopus booth #SL325 and Apace Systems booth #SL4037.

Apace Systems now offers its solution through its OEM and Video/Audio Reseller channel partners. vStor product pricing begins at $9,995 MSRP.

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Medéa Announces Compatibility of RAID Arrays with Kona 2 Capture Card

Medéa Corporation, a manufacturer of ATA-based RAID storage solutions for content creation and delivery applications, has announced the compatibility of its VideoRaid FCR2 and FCR2X Fibre Channel RAID storage arrays with the Kona 2 dual-rate HD/SD capture card from AJA Video Systems, Inc. Testing of the VideoRaid FCR2 and FCR2X arrays was conducted by AJA Video Systems.

Kona 2 is a capture card that supports uncompressed 8 and 10-bit SDI, HD-SDI, and dual-link 4:4:4 HD at both 10 and 12 bits. Kona 2 also features 8-channel AES audio, HD/SD component analog video output and Broadcast Quality HD/SD hardware up/down conversion.

The Medéa VideoRaid FCR2 and FCR2X are fibre-channel arrays optimized for a variety of high-bandwidth applications, including HD video editing with the FCR2X. The VideoRaid FCR2 is equipped with a single channel 2-Gbit Fibre Channel interface and provides a sustained data transfer rate of 180MB/sec, while the VideoRaid FCR2X comes with dual 2-Gbit Fibre Channel interfaces that can deliver a sustained data transfer rate of 320MB/sec-sufficient to meet the demands of all formats of HD.

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Acterna to Offer Interra Systems H.264 Analyzer

Acterna, a developer of test and management solutions for consumer and business broadband communications, has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Interra Systems, a provider of customizable technology components and services, to offer Interra's new H.264 Analyzer.

Interra's H.264 Analyzer is used in an offline environment to study audio/video elementary streams, complementing Acterna's realtime transport stream analysis. The H.264 Analyzer also studies a range of audio/video streams and verifies them for compliance using several digital media standards including H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10 AVC), MPEG-2 Transport, MPEG-4 Video, MP4, 3GPP, AAC Audio, and AMR.

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DiskFaktory Offers Videographers New Business Card

DiskFaktory, a CD/DVD duplication and replication company, has announced the Digital Business Card CD. The solution is the size of an actual paper business card and allows clients to view a company's presentation, product brochure, movie clips, sound samples, and other content on their own computer or standard home CD/DVD players.

The Digital Business Card, features newly developed disc printing technology, enabling DiskFaktory to print a client's art work in 600dpi quality four-color on the surface of this specially designed business card sized 33MB, recordable CD. The product offers the option of recording a client's data on the other side or simply leaving it blank to be recorded by the client, using any CD-R or DVD-R device available in their computer.

The Digital Business Card is being offered at a bulk-rate price ranging from $1.10 to $1.35 per CD, depending on the quantity.

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Terayon Digital Ad Insertion Capabilities Help Digital Video Service Providers

Communication Systems, Inc., a provider of digital networking applications and home access solutions, has announced new digital advertising insertion capabilities for its DM 6400 Network CherryPicker platform. These updates enable digital video service providers to streamline their ad insertion systems and ease the analog-to-digital transition by enabling local ad insertion into any digital programming, regardless of the source or transport network.

Through extensions to its IP video capabilities, the DM 6400 now enables the insertion of local, targeted ads directly into MPEG-2 video streams carried over standards-based IP networks.

Complementing its support for local ad insertion over IP-based networks, the DM 6400 now also enables operators to implement digital ad insertion services in digital channels that do not include industry standard SCTE (Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers) digital cue tones. Many of the digital channels delivered to headends still include legacy analog cue tones, which are not recognized or supported by digital ad insertion systems. To overcome this, the DM 6400 converts these legacy tones into industry standard digital cue tones, priming the content for national, regional, zoned, or local digital ad insertion.

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asknet Launches New eCommerce Platform for Digital Video Technology Leader DivXNetworks

asknet, a provider of outsourced electronic software sales and distribution services, has launched a new worldwide eCommerce platform for DivXNetworks, Inc., the creator of the patent-pending DivX video compression technology.

asknet built and now hosts DivXNetworks' eCommerce store, featuring official DivX-licensed software and hardware products. To support site operations and online business, asknet is also providing order and transaction management, fraud prevention, 24x7 customer service and support, and access to joint promotional opportunities.

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