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January 14, 2003

Table of Contents

HP Debuts 4X DVD Writers
CustomFlix Introduces DVD Publishing
Trident Microsystems Debuts DPTV 3DPRO Video Processor
Discreet Ships combustion 2.1 at New Price
Norcent Debuts New Plasmas at CES
Harman Multimedia Introduces JBL Invader 4.1 Multimedia Speaker System
Apple Unveils Keynote Novice Presentation Software
Avid Announces Free DV Entry-level Editing Software
Alera Debuts 4X DVD Recorder

HP Debuts 4X DVD Writers

Hewlett-Packard has introduced two new DVD writers capable of writing an entire DVD in as little as 15 minutes. Using a DVD write-speed of up to 4X, the HP DVD 300i internal DVD writer and the HP DVD 300e external DVD writer are built on the +R/+RW format. The drives provide consumers with video-editing flexibility with simplified writing and editing methods such as saving direct to disc and editing on disc. Both the internal and external drives enable users to back up and archive data, store digital photos on DVD, and create a personal video archive 4.7GB DVD+R discs. Both drives support direct-to-DVD recording from a digital camcorder with a few clicks of a mouse. The HP DVD 300e drive also offers the flexibility of working through either an IEEE1394 (fire-wire) or USB 2.0 connection, both of which are included. Software bundled with the drives includes ArcSoft ShowBiz DVD, which allows users to create DVD-Video discs by dragging and dropping video clips, digital photos, and MP3 music in either storyboard or simple timeline editing formats; HP Memories Disc Creator, which helps users create a digital photo slideshow or album on CD that can be viewed on both PCs and televisions; and Cyberlink PowerDVD for PC-DVD playback. Also included with both drives is the Veritas software suite, which includes RecordNow for all-purpose recording, DLA (Drive Letter Access) for packet writing, and SimpleBackup with disaster recovery. The HP DVD 300i internal DVD writer is expected to be available at major retail outlets in the United States later this month at an estimated U.S. street price of $299, while the HP DVD 300e external DVD writer is expected to be available at major retail outlets in the United States in February at an estimated U.S. street price of $399.

(http://www.hp.com)

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CustomFlix Introduces DVD Publishing

CustomFlix Labs, Inc., an innovator in on-demand video and DVD publishing, has announced the CustomFlix DVD Publishing Kit, a special package that lets DVD producers set their content up with CustomFlix in a few steps. Available from www.CustomFlix.com and from value-added resellers nationwide, the $59.95 kit makes the front-end of title setup easier by providing independent videographers and filmmakers with blank DVD-R media, a prepaid mailer, and complete instructions on how to customize text and a streaming trailer for their project's CustomFlix-powered e-store.  Once the content is sent in, CustomFlix continues to make a producer's life easier by customizing the title's e-store to the producer's specifications and by handling all duplication, e-commerce, packaging, and fulfillment as each VHS or DVD copy is ordered.

(http://www.customflix.com)

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Trident Microsystems Debuts DPTV 3DPRO Video Processor

The Digital Media Business Unit of Trident Microsystems, Inc., a leader in developing digital video processing technology for the consumer digital video marketplace, has announced its third-generation single-chip video processor solution, the DPTV 3DPRO. According to Trident, the DPTV 3DPRO video processor delivers "cinema-realistic," digital video, matching the image quality of motion pictures. DPTV 3DPRO integrates an enhanced multi-standard 3D digital comb video decoder, edge-smoothing circuitry, and object-based digital noise reduction among other enhanced digital procession techniques. DPTV 3DPRO is designed for use with digital progressive, plasma, LCD, and rear-projection television applications, where high-precision video processing and image enhancements are required. DPTV 3DPRO is currently available to TV OEMs for sampling. Trident's third-generation DPTV family comes in two packages: DPTV 3DPRO in 208-pin PQFP is priced at $27 and PanelTV 3DPRO in 320-ball BGA package is priced at $29.  The pricing is based on 10,000-unit quantities.

(http://www.tridentmicro.com)

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Discreet Ships combustion 2.1 at New Price

Discreet, a division of Autodesk Inc., has announced it is shipping the update to version 2.1 of combustion, its unified paint, animation, and 3D compositing software. With 2.1, Discreet is re-pricing combustion to $995 MSRP in North America for both Macintosh and Windows. Version 2.1 is also offered as a free update for combustion 2 customers.

(http://www.discreet.com)

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Norcent Debuts New Plasmas at CES

Norcent Technology, Inc., a marketer of high-quality home entertainment, computer, and memory products, introduced its new line of plasma monitors at the 2003 International Consumer Electronics Show. The units are equipped with a built-in digital visual interface allowing direct digital-to-digital video connectivity with PCs equipped with a DVI video display adaptor. The four new models are part of 15 new product introductions Norcent made at this year's show. The selection includes a 32"XGA, 42" WVGA, and two 46" models, one WVGA, the other XGA. Each unit is less than 4" in depth; selected units have built-in 3:2 pull-down processing, which automatically detects and converts a film's 24 frames per second into the NTSC television standard of 30 frames per second. The result is properly displayed content with minimal motion artifacts. Norcent 46" plasma monitors also feature SRS Labs, Inc. WOW Technology, a sound enhancement feature that improves the width, height, and depth of any stereo image, producing an enriched audio experience. Other features found in selected Norcent plasma monitors include contrast ratios of from 850:1 in WVGA models to 1800:1 in XGA units, picture-in-picture, >160° viewing angle,and proprietary color rendering technology.

(http://www.norcent.net)

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Harman Multimedia Introduces JBL Invader 4.1 Multimedia Speaker System

Harman Multimedia, a leading provider of audio products for the desktop, has announced the JBL Invader audio system, the company's first 4.1 speaker system. The 80-watt, 4.1 multichannel audio system includes four 12-watt satellites and a subwoofer to produce a high-performance sound experience for gaming, DVD playback, and music. JBL Invader can also function as a 2.1 system to create stereo imaging for CDs and MP3s. The JBL Invader audio system utilizes simple interconnects which provide effortless control of volume, treble, and subwoofer levels with minimal desktop wiring. The 32-watt subwoofer incorporates a new, proprietary port design and a Magnum transducer. JBL Invader is compatible with all analog stereo and multichannel sound cards in desktop and laptop computers, according to Harman, as well as MP3 players and personal CD players, and lists for $179.99.

(http://www.jblinvader.com)

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Apple Unveils Keynote Novice Presentation Software

At MacWorld 2003, Apple unveiled Keynote, a new presentation tool designed to bring professional-quality presentation creation to novice users. Keynote includes professionally designed themes, typography, pro-quality image resizing, animated charts and tables that Apple sayscan be created in seconds, and cinematic-quality transitions.
Available immediately for $99 , Keynote imports and exports PowerPoint,
QuickTime and PDF files to make creating and sharing presentations easier than ever. Keynote takes advantage of the Mac OS X-only technology Quartz as well as OpenGL to create presentations with pro-quality graphic elements such as fully anti-aliased text, transparency, dynamic drop shadows  and cinematic-quality transitions between slides. Users can easily drag- and-drop graphics, digital photos, QuickTime movies, and audio into their slides. Keynote features alignment guides and rulers designed to ensure that all text and
graphic elements are placed precisely where users want them. For chart and table creation, Keynote users can choose from eight flexible chart types, progressively  disclose chart and table information, and create unique animations, shadows and labels on any chart or table. Chart and table data can be imported from applications such as Excel and AppleWorks or organized directly in Keynote's Chart Data Editor. Keynote is also designed to simplify large slide show management.   Keynote's slide Navigator gives users a quick visual overview of the whole slideshow at all times. Slide thumbnails can be grouped into sections that can be collapsed or expanded, making it easy to see and organize the big picture. For text-oriented presentations, Keynote provides a text outline view and speaker's notes. Keynote, available immediately, lists for $99. Minimum system requirements
include Mac OS X version 10.2 "Jaguar" (Mac OS X v. 10.2.3 recommended), PowerPC G3 processor, 256MB RAM and 8MB video RAM.

(http://www.apple.com)

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Avid Announces Free DV Entry-level Editing Software

Also at Macworld 2003, Avid Technology, Inc. announced Avid Free DV, a free, DV-only version of its award-winning video editing software. Planned for both Mac OS X and Windows XP, this streamlined video editing software enables anyone to step into the Avid product family, according to Avid, and learn the interface found in highly visible professional Avid tools like XpressDV and MediaComposer. Avid Free DV is a streamlined version of Avid's award-winning video editing software with capabilities that include two video tracks, four audio tracks, basic trimming and editing functionality, and up to two streams of real-time effects. When Avid Free DV users are ready for horsepower, they can step up to Avid's professional line of products, including Avid Xpress DV software and Media Composer systems, and take advantage of the full Avid editing interface and toolset. Avid Free DV is scheduled to be available in Q2 2003.

(http://www.avid.com/avidfreedv)

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Alera Debuts 4X DVD Recorder

Alera Technologies has introduced the DVD-R Quad Cruiser, an
external 4X DVD Recorder with USB 2.0 A-Connect supporting optional IEEE 1394 FireWire or Cardbus/PCMCIA connections. Based on Pioneer's fifth-generation A05 mechanism, the Quad Cruiser also ships with a software suite including Ulead's DVD Movie Factory DVD-Video creation software, Ahead's Nero Express and Nero Vision Express for all-purpose recording, and a DVD movie  player, and Charismac Discribe for the Mac. The Quad Cruiser writes DVD-R at 4X (5.54MB/sec), DVD-RW at 2X (2.77MB/sec), CD-R at 16X (2.4MB/sec), and CD-RW at 8X (1.2MB/sed). It also reads DVD-ROM and DVD-Video, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-R, CD-RW, CD-DA (Audio CD), CD-ROM (Mode 1 & 2), CD-ROM XA, Video CD, PhotoCD (single or multi-session), CD-Extra, CD Plus, CD-Text, and Hybrid CD. The estimated street price of the DVD-R Quad Cruiser is a $399.

(http://www.aleratec.com)

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