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May 13, 2005

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Singulus Technologies Announces the Blu-Line
InterVideo Releases Platinum Version of WinDVD 6
ADS Tech Releases New USB 2.0 Mini Drive Kit
Disc Makers Introduces Retail-Ready Replicated DVD Packages
Serious Magic Releases Visual Communicator 2 Essentials Training DVD
NewTek Announces Free Feature Update to LightWave [8]
Toshiba Offers New Mobile Projector
Toshiba Unveils 45GB HD DVD-ROM Disc and Double-Sided Hybrid Disc

Singulus Technologies Announces the Blu-Line

Kahl am Main, has announced the successful qualification of "Blu-Line"-its forthcoming replication system for third-generation Blu-ray discs.

Jointly with Sony Corporation the prototypes of Blu-Line have been disclosed to top-tier customers as well as to major Hollywood studios.

Singulus has developed prototypes for two different methods of applying the 100 micron cover layer on Blu-ray. One machine design uses the film bonding technology while the other system is dedicated to liquid resin technology. During several live demonstrations the playability of Blu-ray discs has been demonstrated for both manufacturing technologies. The discs directly taken out of the replication process have been played back on Sony's latest Blu-ray player and HDTV screen.

The Blu-line concept also allows for future expansion to Blu-ray Dual-Layer technology as well as for the integration of a multi-cathode metallizer Modulus for Blu-ray R/RW formats.

For more information, please visit us at booth #9022.

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InterVideo Releases Platinum Version of WinDVD 6

InterVideo, Inc. has announced its Platinum version of WinDVD 6, delivering clear video with the smooth motion playback and full-fidelity audio.

In addition to delivering the highest-quality DVD, VCD, and Audio CD playback, WinDVD 6 Platinum can be used to watch Real, QuickTime, DivX, and MPEG-4 video files as well as InterActual-enhanced DVDs. It also supports all of the next-generation high-definition audio and video formats, including DVD-Audio, Intel High Definition Audio, and WMV-HD (Windows Media Video High Definition). To further enhance the audio experience, InterVideo now includes the Audio Booster Pack with advanced features including Dolby Digital, Dolby Headphone, Dolby Virtual Speaker, DTS Digital Surround Sound, and SRS TruSurroundXT.

Features such as Quick Clip, Reverse Playback, and expanded MyPlayback capabilities are also included to aid users in watching videos on a PC or a laptop. With Quick Clips, users can capture a favorite movie scene as an animated picture file that can be shared with friends via email or a mobile phone. MyPlayback can be used to create playlists with audio tracks or video files from DVDs, VCDs, SVCDs, and CDs. WinDVD6 users can also bookmark favorite parts of DVDs and save them as a file (.bmk) for later viewing or emailing to a friend.

WinDVD also includes time-stretching capabilities. Time-stretching allows users to watch a 1-hour and 20-minute movie on a 1-hour flight by speeding up the playback without loss of audio or video quality.

WinDVD 6 Gold, the standard consumer edition, and WinDVD 6 Platinum, InterVideo's high-end version, have suggested list prices of $49.95 and $69.95 respectively.

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ADS Tech Releases New USB 2.0 Mini Drive Kit

ADS Tech has announced a new Mini Drive Kit, the latest addition to its line of USB products. The Mini Drive Kit is a plug-and-play device that enables Mac and Windows PC users to increase their storage capacity by turning the hard drive that best meets their needs into a portable USB 2.0 drive. Gigabytes of removable storage can be added by plugging an IDE Ultra DMA 33/66 or ATA-100/133 hard disk drive into the ADS Tech Native Bridge Board inside the drive kit's enclosure.

Designed with the same look and feel of the new Mac mini, the stackable ADS Tech's Mini Drive Kit is just 6.5 inches square and less than 2 inches high.

ADS Tech's versatile USB 2.0 Mini Drive Kit is externally powered with a power supply that provides both 5 and 12 volts to the drive. A lighted rear power toggle switch and a hard drive activity light are included to help users determine drive access. For security, the Mini Drive Kit offers advanced micro-slot protection (to keep the drive from "walking away") and compatibility with both Anchor Pad and Kensington Locks.

The Mini Drive Kit will be available through ADS Tech's network of online and retail channels with an estimated price of $59. It includes the USB 2.0 Drive Enclosure, a 9-inch USB white cable and a 5-inch USB white cable, a 5-Volt/12-volt Power Supply and a CD with Intech's Utilities for PC and Mac systems.

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Disc Makers Introduces Retail-Ready Replicated DVD Packages

Disc Makers, a provider of CD and DVD replicators for independent artists and filmmakers, has announced an exclusive offer for indie filmmakers - retail-ready DVD replication packages in quantities as small as 300 for just $990. Specifically designed for independent filmmakers, the package includes replicated DVDs, full color covers, three-color on-disc printing, DVD cases, and poly wrap.

In addition to offering professional DVDs, Disc Makers helps filmmakers sell their own DVDs directly to fans of independent film through its partnership with Film Baby. Every Disc Makers customer gets free worldwide online DVD sales through Film Baby, as well as a free UPC bar code, a free countertop display (for festivals and retail locations), and a free copy of Disc Makers' Ultimate Guide to Releasing Your Film on DVD.

For further promotion, the company offers filmmakers 300 full-color 11"x17" posters for just $99 with their DVD order.

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Serious Magic Releases Visual Communicator 2 Essentials Training DVD

Serious Magic, Inc., creator of the Visual Communicator software, has announced the availability of the Visual Communicator 2 Essentials training DVD. Produced in a comprehensive, step-by-step format, the training DVD covers the basics of using Visual Communicator. The DVD includes suggestions on how to set up the best environment for video as well as how to get a great green-screen effect using any type of video camera.

Advanced topics on Visual Communicator 2 Essentials include: customizing video effects, using music and titles to create presentations, importing and delivering PowerPoint presentations effectively via email or in person, building online presentations, and selecting the best possible streaming options for online viewers.

The training DVD is designed to run alongside Visual Communicator 2 on a Windows PC using Windows Media Player and includes sample projects and clips so viewers can follow along as particular functions are explained.

Visual Communicator 2 Essentials Training DVD is available for $49.95 from Serious Magic's online store or from Tiger Direct and CDW.

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NewTek Announces Free Feature Update to LightWave [8]

NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of 3D animation and video products, has announced the release of the free 8.3 update to LightWave 3D, and a new LightWave [8] upgrade price for registered owners of previous LightWave versions, available through June 30, 2005.

Version 8.3 offers full support of the new generation multi-core processor systems, enhanced vector blur routines, and improved integration with other production tools via updated PSD support. Also included are a new gradient option for HyperVoxels (LightWave's volumetric rendering system), improved text tools for Modeler, and new features and functions in the Scene Editor and Dope Track. The release is available now to registered owners of LightWave [8] as a free download.

Pricing and Availability
The LightWave version 8.3 update is available for free download to registered LightWave [8] owners. LightWave 3D Electronic Full is available for $1595. From May 11 through June 30, 2005, registered owners of LightWave [7.5] or earlier are eligible to purchase an upgrade to LightWave [8] for $250.

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Toshiba Offers New Mobile Projector

Toshiba's Digital Products Division, a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. and provider of portable computers, projectors, and other mobile-related products, has introduced the TDP-T40U projector, a high-performance, portable presentation tool for mobile professionals, educators, corporate customers and small-to-medium-sized businesses.

The TDP-T40U's DLP technology offers high-quality images and consistency on the screen. Combined with 1,800 ANSI lumens, a razor-sharp contrast ratio of 2000:1 and XGA 1024x768 resolution, the TDP-T40U provides enhanced clarity, brightness, and color fidelity.

The TDP-T40U includes a wide range of multimedia capabilities and connectivity options such as composite, component and S-video inputs, and audio in/out capabilities.

Other special features built into the projector include integrated data capabilities, a 1-watt speaker for enhanced multimedia effects, and a fan that runs at approximately 33dBA in low mode.

The Toshiba TDP-T40U is available immediately through Toshiba's enterprise sales team and authorized distributors, dealers, VARs, retailers or mail-order outlets. It is priced at $1,399.

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Toshiba Unveils 45GB HD DVD-ROM Disc and Double-Sided Hybrid Disc

Toshiba Corporation has announced development of a triple-layer HD DVD-ROM disc with a data capacity of 45 gigabytes, 50% more than the 30-gigabyte dual-layer HD DVD-ROM disc. The new disc has enough capacity to record twelve hours of high-definition movies on a single disc.

Toshiba also announced a double-sided, dual-layer hybrid ROM disc comprised of dual-layer HD DVD-ROM side and dual-layer DVD-ROM side. The hybrid disc can store 30GB of high-definition content on the HD DVD-ROM side and 8.5GB of standard-definition content on the DVD-ROM dual layer side.

The standard definition content of the new hybrid discs can be replayed on these platforms, while their owners will also be able to enjoy high-definition content from the same source when they purchase HD DVD players in the future. The new disc further prepares the way for a smooth transition from DVD to HD DVD.

Details of these new discs will be presented at the May 11 HD DVD workshop at Media-Tech Expo 2005 in Las Vegas, U.S., an annual trade show for the optical disc manufacturing industry.

All these new versions of HD DVD-ROM discs share the same disc structure as previously announced HD DVD formats, and today's DVD format: two 0.6-mm thick discs bonded back-to-back.

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