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January 17, 2003

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Condre Unveils Power Disc 4800 One-to-One CD Duplicator
Discreet Ships character studio 4 Animation Tool
Sonic Desktop Releases New Music Library of Percussive Soundscapes
Zoran Announces Activa 100 DVD Recording Solution at CES 2003
InterVideo Unveils New MP3 Creation Pack for Microsoft Windows Media Player 9 Series and Plus! Digital Media Edition for Windows XP
SmartDisk New FirePower Drive Applies FireWire 800Mb Technology
SecureMedia Providing Encryptonite to Oak Technology for the Oak MaestroLink Home Gateway Solution
Ulead Releases DVD PictureShow 2 Digital Camera Suite for Photo-Sharing and Slideshow Creation

Condre Unveils Power Disc 4800 One-to-One CD Duplicator

Condre Inc. has released the Power Disc 4800, a one-to-one CD duplicator boasting 48X CD copying with one-step operation. Users simply insert a master disc in the read drive and a blank CD-R in the write drive and click Copy. The 4800 features a small footprint for desktop use, a 4X slow-copy function for safer recording from questionable source discs, an erase mode for CD-RW media, and support for a wide range of CD-R media types and brands. The Power Disc 4800 lists for $349.

(http://www.condre.com)

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Discreet Ships character studio 4 Animation Tool

Discreet, a division of Autodesk, Inc. has announced the worldwide shipment of character studio 4, character animation software designed for creating complex, realistic animated characters. character studio 4 features such enhancements as Dynamics-based Mixing, Constraint-based Mixdowns, and intuitive Quaternion Function Curves. With Dynamics-based Mixing, character studio 4 provides propagation of dynamic balancing from the upper body to the lower body, critical for making body part mixes look natural and coherent. Constraint-based Mixdowns allows animators to mix down non-linear sequences into a single clip while satisfying feet IK and knee joint motion constraints. According to Discreet, this provides for the smooth blending of multiple files as well as the blending of motion capture with key-framed data. Quaternion Function Curves will give animators a more exact method of fluidly controlling character joint rotation. Used as a companion software extension to Discreet's modeling, animation, and rendering solution 3ds max version 4 and version 5, character studio software has a suggested retail price (SRP) in North America of $995.

(http://www.discreet.com)

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Sonic Desktop Releases New Music Library of Percussive Soundscapes

Continuing with its commitment to provide its customers with hig- quality, original royalty-free music that cannot be sourced from stock libraries, Sonic Desktop Software today announced the release of Edge Volume 5: Drums/Rhythms/Pulse. This latest installment to the company's exclusive, self-published Edge Series represents a unique and versatile compilation of percussive soundscapes for creating distinctive, professionally produced backdrops for a wide range of cinematic themes. Edge Volume 5 is a diverse collection of 20 rhythmic tracks spanning numerous musical genres, including Industrial, Jazz, Electronica, New Age, Rap, Tribal and many more. Unlike synthesized loop-based music found in stock libraries, Edge 5 features live drum performances from real musicians, processed and layered with hand percussion, Korg® Wave and studio effects to create complete rhythmic arrangements. These unique arrangements add propulsive energy to any scene and could work with almost any video theme, including Travel/Adventure, Suspense/Action, Corporate/Industrial, Sci-Fi, Military/Government, to name just a few. It's available for $99 now through February 9th.

(http://www.sonicdesktop.com)

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Zoran Announces Activa 100 DVD Recording Solution at CES 2003

Zoran Corporation announced at CES that the new Activa 100 DVD recording chip is shipping in sample quantities to major DVD recorder manufacturers. Activa 100 is the first in a line of encoding products to feature an optional hard disk drive. Coupled with the Vaddis 5R DVD multimedia processor, tailored for recording applications, consumer electronics manufacturers will now be able to introduce DVD recording and playback products with HDD storage for under $500. The Activa 100 and Vaddis 5R chipset enables "watch and record" applications, where the user watches a DVD title while recording another program. It also supports timeshifting using either a hard disk drive or a DVD recordable disc. High quality two, four, or six-hour recording on a single DVD disc is reminiscent of the SP/LP/ELP modes on VCRs. Activa 100 has a 32-bit RISC CPU, MPEG encoder, motion estimation unit, DV25 decoder, analog video decoder, and I/Os. Activa 100 embeds a DV25 decoder, which accepts digital content from a IEEE1394/DV camcorder, decodes it, and allows a preview to the TV, as well as transcode to MPEG-2 onto HDD or DVD disc in real-time. The recorder can create DVD-Video or DVD-VR. Memories stored in DVD-Video format can be played back on most DVD players on the market. Since the complete path from camcorder to DVD disc is digital, the pristine quality of the original is preserved. The Activa 100 has an audio DSP to support certified Dolby Digital Consumer Encoder (DDCE) and MPEG audio encoded formats. With a full-featured DVD recorder system software, the Activa 100 and Vaddis 5R are designed to improve the consumer's DVD recorder experience by enabling simplified DVD authoring, menu creation, and editing capabilities navigated via rich graphics. The Activa 100 reference design supports authoring to popular media such as DVD-R/-RW/-RAM/+R/+RW, CD-R/-RW, hard disk drive, as well as logical formats such as DVD-Video and DVD-VR. Activa 100 is available immediately in sample quantities to qualified OEMs. Pricing is $15 in high volume quantities.

(http://www.zoran.com)

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InterVideo Unveils New MP3 Creation Pack for Microsoft Windows Media Player 9 Series and Plus! Digital Media Edition for Windows XP

InterVideo, Inc. has announced the immediate availability of MP3 Creation Pack, its new plug-in that extends the capabilities of both Microsoft Windows Media Player 9 Series and Microsoft Plus! Digital Media Edition for Windows XP by adding the ability to record CDs into high bit-rate MP3 files and convert audio files into the MP3 format. InterVideo's MP3 Creation Pack is being distributed online by License Technology Group (LTG), an authorized distributor of Plus! Digital Media Edition for Windows XP. Plus! Digital Media Edition, a photo, music, and movie enhancement pack for Windows XP, is the first complete Microsoft product to be offered as a download via online retailers. Plus! Digital Media Edition for Windows XP is available for download for an estimated retail price of $19.95 at www.microsoft.com/plus. The MP3 Creation Pack is available for purchase at www.intervideo.com and will be distributed online by License Technologies Group Inc. (LTG) later this month for $7.(

(http://www.intervideo.com)

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SmartDisk New FirePower Drive Applies FireWire 800Mb Technology

SmartDisk Corporation has introduced a new line of high performance desktop hard drives that connect to Apple's computers using the new, higher-speed, 800Mbps FireWire standard. With a 3.5" mechanism and a capacity of 200GB, FirePower operates with FireWire 800 or standard FireWire 400-equipped Macintosh computers as well as Windows-based USB2.0 personal computers. FirePower features a 7200rpm mechanism with an 8MB cache and the new Oxford 922 bridge chip. FirePower will be available in March through retailers and distributors, as well as through the company's Web site.

(http://www.smartdisk.com)

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SecureMedia Providing Encryptonite to Oak Technology for the Oak MaestroLink Home Gateway Solution

SecureMedia, Inc., a leading provider of encryption and digital rights management (DRM) solutions, has announced that it is supplying its Encryptonite technology to Oak Technology, Inc. as part of Oak MaestroLink, a new gateway solution for low-cost home media networks. The Oak MaestroLink solution bridges the home DVD player and the PC using a wired or wireless connection to enable the viewing of streamed video, music, photos, games, or Web content on the TV. The solution includes a low-cost ASIC which can be easily designed into any conventional DVD player and media processing software for the PC. SecureMedia is supplying its Encryptonite core encryption technology as an embedded element of the Oak MaestroLink home gateway solution to secure content transmitted across the wired or wireless home network. Encryptonite is a digital content security solution that can be applied to any media type and format. While providing content security, Encryptonite offers CE manufacturers and component suppliers a lightweight, low overhead encryption engine that can operate on low cost, resource-constrained consumer products and devices. SecureMedia provides the Encryptonite technology in an easy-to-use Software Development Kit package. The integration of Encryptonite with the Oak MaestroLink solution protects the privacy of consumers in transmitting their personal content throughout their homes, especially when considering a wireless connection between the PC and DVD player. The combined Encryptonite-Oak MaestroLink solution also enables new electronic distribution models for the entertainment industry involving the secure download and storage of content on PCs with subsequent protected playback on TVs located throughout the home.

(http://www.securemedia.com), (http://www.oaktech.com)

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Ulead Releases DVD PictureShow 2 Digital Camera Suite for Photo-Sharing and Slideshow Creation

Ulead Systems, Inc., a leading developer of image editing, video editing and DVD authoring software, has introduced Ulead DVD PictureShow 2 Digital Camera Suite, a software package for managing digital media and creating multimedia slideshows. This suite includes DVD PictureShow 2, the newest version of Ulead's digital image slideshow creation software, and Photo Explorer 8, the latest version of Ulead's popular digital media management software. The software suite targets digital camera owners, giving them the tools they need to capture, organize, enhance, and share digital media. Users can create up to 99 multimedia slideshows on one disc complete with transitions, titles, music, and narration. Once a slideshow project is complete, users can burn their creation onto a CD or DVD to watch on TV using a DVD player. Ulead DVD PictureShow 2 -- Digital Camera Suite is available in North American retail stores and catalogs for $49.95, with the electronic version available at www.ulead.com for $44.95. Registered users of previous versions of DVD PictureShow and Photo Explorer can purchase the box upgrade for $34.95 and the downloadable upgrade for $29.95 at www.ulead.com. Photo Explorer 8.0 is also available as a stand-alone application for electronic download at www.ulead.com for $29.95.

(http://www.ulead.com)

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