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May 03, 2005

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FastForward Video Issues InfoComm Preview, Including Three New DVRs
Alera Announces 1:3 DVD/CD Auto Loading Duplicator
SOYO Group Launches Dymond LCD Monitors
Adobe Video Collection Professional 2.5 Now Shipping with Photoshop CS 2
TDK Launches Professional Disc (PD-RE23CN
Axion Announces New Widescreen Portable DVD Players
RIAA Announces International Licensing Program For DualDisc Logo

FastForward Video Issues InfoComm Preview, Including Three New DVRs

FastForward Video has issued an InfoComm preview replete with information on three forthcoming digital video recorders (DVRs).

First is FFV's new FieldPro DVR with IDE hard drive, a portable DVR designed for a wide range of uses including security, surveillance, military, law enforcement, broadcast, and industrial users. The FieldPro DVR measures 5.0 in by 1.35 in by 3.21 in with an internal 2.5 in. hard drive and a USB 2.0 download port. This DVR is powered by an external 12-VDC power adapter and features video capture and playback at 60 frames per second, resolution greater than 550 lines at 4:1 compression, user-selectable compression ratios ranging from 4:1 to 20:1, and recording times averaging from four to 20 minutes per gigabyte. The recorder offers scalable MJPEG compression and 720 x 486 pixel image resolution. The control panel's features include record, seek or scan forward/backward, single-frame forward/reverse, delete clips, and play/pause.

The Mini DVR Pro On-Body DVR (Compact Flash Media) is a standalone, handheld, pocket-sized DVR with exceptional image quality. Like the new FieldPro DVR, it features scalable MJPEG compression and an outstanding 720 x 486 pixel image resolution and is ideal for remote and on-body applications. Measuring 5.2 in. by 0.8 in. by 3.7 in., this DVR is small enough to fit in the palm of a hand, slip into a pocket, or hang on a belt, according to FFV. It can record up to two hours at 20:1 compression with Compact Flash cards. The Mini DVR Pro On-Body DVR is powered by four AA batteries or a low-voltage DC power input.

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Alera Announces 1:3 DVD/CD Auto Loading Duplicator

Alera Technologies has introduced its new 1:3 DVD/CD Auto Copy Tower standalone DVD/CD Auto Loading Duplicators that copy up to 180 DVDs at up to 16X, unattended, with no computer required. The new Aleratec Auto Copy Tower includes a fast and reliable robotic loading mechanism, a 120GB Hard Disk Drive to store frequently used source material, and three of the latest technology 16 x 16 DVD/CD Recorders to assure the fastest possible copies. The new Auto Copy Tower also supports DVD Double Layer recording technology so users can copy 8.5GB DVDs using Double Layer media.

The 1:3 DVD/CD Auto Copy Tower has an advanced robotic loading mechanism and controller designed specifically for reliable, unattended loading and unloading of DVDs and CDs into the Auto Copy Tower's DVD/CD recorders. The 1:3 DVD/CD Auto Copy Tower incorporates a fast, built in 120GB hard disk drive to store up to 24 frequently used 4.7GB DVD images. The hard disk also maximizes copying stability especially in high speed copying operations. The advanced DVD/CD recording technology in the Auto Copy Tower is the highest speed available. The 1:3 DVD/CD Auto Copy Tower will copy at up to 16x on both DVD+R and DVD-R media. The rewrite speeds are up to 8x with DVD+RW and 4x with DVD-RW media. The DVD read speed is 16x. The CD speeds are CD-R 48x, CD-RW 24x, and CD read is 48x. The 1:3 DVD/CD Auto Copy Tower also supports Double Layer technology that can copy 8.5GB Double Layer DVDs at up to 4x.

The 1:3 DVD/CD Auto Copy Tower (Aleratec Part # 280103, Ingram Micro SKU # F93957) carries an estimated street price of $3,499.

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SOYO Group Launches Dymond LCD Monitors

SOYO Group, Inc. has announced its Dymond LCD Monitor series, a family of flat-panel 17- and 19-inch LCD monitors, which incorporate TFT (Thin Film Transistor) display technology to deliver brilliant colors, fast display times and TV watching capabilities for consumers, corporate users and gamers. The SOYO Dymond Series LCD monitors mark the company's first venture into display technology, which compliment a long and successful history as a developer of motherboards and graphics-related peripherals.

Both the Dymond 17- and 19-inch models are available in stylish black and silver enclosures and feature 1280 x 1024 native resolution, 16.8 million colors and 250 nit of brightness and 450/500:1 contrast ratios for detailed images. Both models also deliver fast response time of 16ms, eliminating trails for fast-moving images for game playing, as well as providing an ideal solution for graphics intensive applications such as preparing presentations, watching movies, or surfing the Internet. SOYO's Dymond series monitors are also the perfect upgrade from older and bulkier CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) monitors. The picture doesn't flicker on LCD monitors because every individual point of the image is depicted through its own pixel element. The pixels on the Dymond series are rear-illuminated, with each pixel further divided into red, blue and green sub pixels. An individual transistor for every single sub pixel determines how much light is allowed through. The advantage over CRT displays is higher brightness, sharper contrast and more vivid colors for hours of comfortable viewing. Both models feature built-in stereo speakers and a front panel with auto adjustment, menu and volume controls. The Dymond 19-inch models support TV input and include a DVI cable, which allows users to watch broadcast TV stations on the monitor. All models include a VGA signal cable, AC power cord, audio cable and user manual, and come with a two-year limited warranty.

The Dymond 17-inch monitors have an MSRP of $269.99, and list price for the 19-inch models is $399.99. Both models will ship to SOYO authorized dealers and distributors in mid-May.

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Adobe Video Collection Professional 2.5 Now Shipping with Photoshop CS 2

Adobe Systems Incorporated has announced the Adobe Video Collection 2.5 Professional edition will now include Adobe Photoshop CS 2 software, a major upgrade to the professional industry standard for digital image editing and creation. Adobe Video Collection 2.5 Professional edition includes Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5, Adobe After Effects 6.5, Adobe Audition 1.5, Adobe Encore DVD 1.5, and now Adobe Photoshop CS 2 software.

Adobe Photoshop CS 2 adds powerful new features to the Adobe Video Collection Professional edition to minimize tedious graphic and photo retouching time. The new Vanishing Point tool enables users to clone, paint and transform image objects while retaining visual perspective, dramatically reducing the number of steps needed to create realistic effects. Users can take advantage of 32-bit HDR color, YUV processing, and support for 16-bit Photoshop color images to achieve the highest color fidelity possible when working on HD or film projects.

FireWire Preview makes it possible to view projects on a television monitor through a new direct export feature during the creation process. With Smart Objects, users can scale and transform images and vector illustrations without losing image quality — as well as create linked duplicates of embedded graphics — so that a single edit updates across multiple iterations. In addition, the new Adobe Bridge, included with Photoshop CS2, makes it easy to organize, find and preview a wide range of media formats, including video. 

Adobe Video Collection Professional edition for Microsoft Windows XP is immediately available to customers in the United States and Canada through Adobe Authorized Resellers and the Adobe Store at International versions are expected to begin shipping in late May and early June. Adobe Video Collection Professional edition is available at an estimated street price of US$1499. Customers who own the previous version of Adobe Video Collection Professional edition will be eligible to upgrade for an estimated street price of US$399. Adobe Video Collection Standard customers can upgrade to Adobe Video Collection Professional for an estimated street price of US$799.

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TDK Launches Professional Disc (PD-RE23CN

TDK Corporation has announced that it has reached a licensing agreement with Sony for TDK to begin manufacturing and distributing TDK Professional Disc (PD-RE23CN) media, rewritable optical discs that provide compatibility with Sony's Professional Disc System (XDCAM).

The TDK Professional Disc, which uses a blue-violet laser with a short wavelength for recording and playback, boasts a capacity of 23.3GB - approximately five times that of DVD media - as well as a rapid transfer rate of 72Mbps.

Main Features of Professional Disc PD-RE23CN include:
1. 23.3GB capacity provided by blue-violet laser recording, with high-speed 72Mbps transfer rate.

2. Durabis Pro technology achieves a durable recording surface with resistance to dust and scratching.

3. Spin coating yields a smooth cover layer, for stabilized recording and playback.

4. Stable characteristics even after 10,000 overwrites.

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Axion Announces New Widescreen Portable DVD Players

Axion has announced two new widescreen additions to its complete line of portable DVD players, the AXN-6090 and AXN-6053.

Axion DVD players allow users to watch TV or DVDs, listen to CDs and MP3s, or view pictures from a CD or DVD. Axion's TFT LCD widescreens display the full image of DVDs, and its rechargeable batteries ensure mobility. Both new Axion portable DVD players also feature Axi-Port - an innovative connection for Axion's TV/Cable tuner and display for GPS systems.

AXN-1101 and AXN-1002 will be available in the second quarter of 2005 and priced at $39.99 and $49.99, respectively.

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RIAA Announces International Licensing Program For DualDisc Logo

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has announced a newly-created program through which any record label can obtain a license for use of the logo for DualDisc, a new product whichcombines music, film and video on a single, two-sided disc.

The CD side of every DualDisc contains a full-length audio album while the DVD side offers a wide range of exclusive content incorporating such features as the same album in enhanced sound (such as 5.1 Surround Sound or enhanced LPCM stereo), music videos, interviews, photo galleries, web links, concert footage, lyrics and more. DualDiscs are intended for use on CD and DVD hardware devices such as DVD players, car stereos, PCs, and CD players.

Use of the DualDisc logo is available to any record label, independent or major, U.S. or international-based, for a nominal fee. Trial licenses are available for those labels that desire to explore market interest in DualDiscs for their artists.

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