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July 08, 2005

Table of Contents

DV Expo East Offering Apple Pro Certification
Maxell Announces Double-Layer DVD+R Media
Westinghouse Digital Adds to Monitor Line
Ulead Digital Media Software Supports Pioneer DVR-509’s New DVD-R Dual-Layer Burning Capabilities
Alienware MJ-12 7550a Workstation Now Features Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
Digimarc and Activated Content Renew and Extend Licensing Agreement to Further Address Piracy of Music and Video Games
Formac Introduces New LCD Line and Lowers Prices
Dual-Core AMD Opteron Processor Powers Acer Altos Server
ATI Brings High-End Multimedia Entertainment To The Latest PCs

DV Expo East Offering Apple Pro Certification

CMP's DV Expo East is now offering the opportunity to become an Apple Certified Pro at this year's show (July 17-21 at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC) and learn about the latest in digital video technology. Those registered for the Apple Certification Courses will also be eligible to attend all conferences and have access to the exhibition floor-- normally valued between $299 and $599--at no additional cost. The conferences offered include Audio Post Workshop, Introduction to Motion Graphics, and Legal Landmines for Video Producers & Digital Filmmakers.

Apple courses available include DVD Studio Pro 4 Certification (2 days, $1,099); Final Cut Pro 5 Certification (3 days, $1,099); and Final Cut Pro 5 & DVD Studio Pro 4 (5 days, $2,198).

The following discounts are offered to registrants signing up via the link below:

  • $100 off Apple Certification
  • $50 off VIP conference package
  • $25 off 1- or 2-day conference package

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Maxell Announces Double-Layer DVD+R Media

Maxell is now shipping double-layer DVD+R media, delivering an 80% capacity boost for a broad range of data storage, multimedia, and video applications. This latest Maxell recordable media offering increases per-disc capacity on a single side to 8.5GB, supporting high-capacity backup applications. One double-layer DVD+R will hold up to four hours of DVD-quality video, 16 hours of VHS-quality video, approximately one hour of high-definition video, or more than four million pages of text, according to Maxell.

Double-layer recording technology--designated DVD+R 9--is based on double-layer technology that has been used for many years in DVD video applications. The media uses the same dye-based optical-recording technology as single-layer media but incorporates new design improvements to facilitate recording and playback from two layers.

The additional capacity provided by double-layer DVD is attractive for compliance with federal regulations, such as HIPAA and Sarbanes-Oxley, which require company records to be stored in a write-once, read many (WORM) format. Once recorded, a DVD+R cannot be altered or changed.

The new double-layer DVD+R media is supported by double-layer drives from several leading hardware vendors. Many of the new drives are multi-format models that can record not only on double-layer media, but also with single-layer DVD write-once and rewritable media. After a disc has been recorded, it can be played back on any DVD double-layer drive, DVD-ROM, or DVD video player, according to Maxell.

Maxell's double-layer DVD+R media will be followed by a double-layer DVD-R product scheduled for availability in the third quarter of 2005. Rewritable double-layer media products--both DVD+RW and DVD-RW--are expected to be available during the second half of 2005.

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Westinghouse Digital Adds to Monitor Line

Westinghouse Digital Electronics has announced the availability of its 15" LCD monitor. The addition of the new monitor increases Westinghouse Digital's line to four monitors ranging from 15 to 37 inches. The new 15" LCD monitor is a good first step for users who are upgrading from a standard computer monitor to a space-saving HD-Grade LCD monitor.

The new 15" LCD monitor offers HD-Grade flat-panel technology providing users with vibrant images while working on spreadsheets, drafting emails, watching movies, playing games, and more. The monitor has faster response times, better brightness, wider viewing angles, and higher contrast ratios than older LCD panel technology, according to Westinghouse Digital.

The 15" monitor is available for an estimated $189. Product specifications are as follows:

  • Screen size: 15" color TFT Active Matrix LCD
  • Native resolution: 1024x788
  • Aspect ratio: 4:3
  • Brightness: 370 cd/m2
  • Contrast ratio: 450:1
  • Viewing angle: 120-degree horizontal, 110-degree vertical 
  • Response time: 16ms
  • Display color: 16.2 million true color

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Ulead Digital Media Software Supports Pioneer DVR-509’s New DVD-R Dual-Layer Burning Capabilities

Ulead Systems has announced that its digital media software suite, which is included with the Pioneer DVR-509, fully supports the drive's new DVD-R dual-layer and 8X +RW burning functionality. Ulead has now equipped its digital media software to support the recently-introduced DVD-R dual-layer media. Both DVD-R dual-layer and DVD+R double-layer media give consumers twice the storage capacity (8.5 GB of storage instead of the 4.7 GB offered on single-layer discs). With DVD-R dual-layer discs, consumers can now burn two hours of video at the highest quality for playback on set-top DVD players, according to Ulead.

Ulead's support for new DVD-R dual-layer media burning includes multi-session and layer-jump recording. Unlike the "Disc-at-Once" recording process, multi-session burning cuts the burning process into different sessions. Layer-jump recording alternates burning between both layers of the disc, which evenly distributes the data between layers. The advantage to layer-jump recording is that it minimizes the finalization time when burning the DVD.

The Ulead software suite bundled with the Pioneer DVR-509 comprises a set of applications within one interface:

  • VideoStudio 8 SE DVD makes it easy to capture and edit video and supports transitions, titles, music, narration, and special effects. The Movie Wizard lets novices create movies in three steps, while the full-featured video editor offers more advanced video editing tools such as pan and zoom as well as four independent audio tracks.
  • Customers can use DVD MovieFactory 3.5 SE to edit and burn videos to DVD with a scene selection menu just like in Hollywood DVDs.
  • DVD PictureShow 3 SE turns photos into DVD slideshows with transitions, text, and music.
  • The suite also comes with Photo Explorer 8.5 SE to transfer, manage, enhance, and share digital photos as well as audio and video files.
  • The Ulead Burn.Now application burns data and music discs to DVD-R and DVD+R dual layer discs, single-layer DVDs, or CDs.

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Alienware MJ-12 7550a Workstation Now Features Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition

Alienware has announced the availability of the new Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 operating system on its Alienware MJ-12 7550a workstation. Powered by Windows x64, MJ-12 7550a workstations offer faster performance and greater reliability while delivering a migration to 64-bit applications. In addition, Windows x64 will soon be available on Alienware's other desktop workstations.

With support for up to 128GB RAM, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition allows the Alienware MJ-12 7550a to provide increased performance for memory-intensive applications by speeding up the manipulation and rendering of large digital files. Memory bottlenecks are reduced when working with large files thanks to improved communication between RAM and hard drives, according to Alienware.

Optimized for 64-bit processors, the Windows x64-based MJ-12 7550a workstation gives users the power and versatility to run both 32-bit applications and 64-bit applications on the same system. By offering the most reliable and secure Microsoft operating system available, the MJ-12 7550a delivers the stability of a server in a desktop.

With Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, the MJ-12 7550a now features the enhancements of Windows XP Professional and Windows XP Service Pack 2, such as advanced wireless support, increased manageability and control, and stronger security settings.

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Digimarc and Activated Content Renew and Extend Licensing Agreement to Further Address Piracy of Music and Video Games

Digimarc Corporation and Activated Content today announced they have renewed and extended their multi-year licensing agreement to help the music and video game industries fight digital piracy across existing and emerging content distribution markets.

The multi-year, non-exclusive agreement, which licenses Digimarc's audio watermarking patents to Activated Content, renews Activated Content's previous license agreement with Digimarc for forensic tracking of pre-release music. The agreement expands the licensed fields of use to include tracking of commercially downloaded digital music and video game downloads as a means to identify and deter unauthorized use in the consumer space and also to allow for the development of video and digital cinema forensic tracking applications.

Activated Content develops and commercializes audio watermarking-based products designed to help the music industry enhance the security of digitally distributing music - whether in pre-release form to music critics, radio stations, and distributors, or in released form to consumers or channel partners.

Currently, Activated Content's products are incorporated in more than 2 million audio tracks from the major record labels to identify and track leaks of promotional, pre-release music onto the Internet. By embedding a digital watermark into music to help identify the authorized recipient, content owners can identify where pre-release music left the path of authorized distribution. The watermark content ID can also enable promotional applications such as linking the copy of the music to the most up-to-date promotional material for the authorized recipient.

Activated Content's customers include major record labels--such as SonyBMG and Universal Music Group--mastering studios, disk duplicators, and online business-to-business music distributors.

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Formac Introduces New LCD Line and Lowers Prices

Formac Electronic has announced its new Gallery Platinum LCD with 19" or 20.1" viewable screen. Taking advantage of the latest advancements in TFT technology, the new Gallery 1900 delivers high performance in pixel response time (8ms gray-to-gray), contrast ratio (800:1), and brightness (300 cd/m2). The improved specifications are reflected in the Gallery's visual performance, validated by multiple press awards in Europe where the display was announced last week. For a limited time Formac is offering a direct pre-order discount of $40, lowering the price of the 19" LCD to $459 and the 20.1" LCD to $659.

Featuring a SXGA resolution (1280x1024) the Gallery 1900 displays the identical digital information of a 17" LCD, but on a screen real estate that is comparable to a 20" wide-screen LCD. The 25% bigger picture benefits text-intensive applications such as web-browsing, spreadsheets, and word processing, but also helps users when working with highly detailed graphics. The pixel response time of 8ms (gray-to-gray) allows smooth full-motion digital video and high-speed gaming.

Formac reports that its proprietary ColorProof VA TFT with AllRound conical viewing technology improves color purity and color information at off-axis angles, a requirement for accurate color calibration. Like its predecessors, the new Gallery line remains a reliable member in the color-managed process of many of the world's leading prepress, desktop publishing, and digital imaging businesses.

The new Gallery line comes in a platinum color, matching the metallic look of Apple's Mac mini and G5 series. The display includes 2 USB ports on the backside for connection of mouse and keyboard. Formac's Gallery line is Mac and PC compatible and can be connected via DVI connector.

Formac's Gallery Platinum line is available for preorder at The 19" display has an estimated retail price of $499, the 20.1" version $699. Customers who pre-order before the delivery date of July 15 will receive a $40 direct rebate. Both displays come with a standard one-year limited warranty. Formac offers a warranty upgrade to three years and a zero-dead-pixel guarantee for $99 each.

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Dual-Core AMD Opteron Processor Powers Acer Altos Server

AMD has announced the introduction of the Acer Altos G5350, a Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor-based pedestal server. This server is expected to bring improved performance to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) looking for a solution capable of running separate or consolidated server workloads.

Designed for multi-core computing, Dual-Core AMD Opteron processors deliver additional performance within the same power envelope as single-core processors, according to AMD. The Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor-based server enhances computing capacity without increasing power or physical space requirements, thereby lowering operational costs.

The new Acer Altos G5350 will be available in single- and dual-core configurations starting in July 2005 in Europe.

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ATI Brings High-End Multimedia Entertainment To The Latest PCs

Computer users can experience high multimedia performance with the new All-In-Wonder X800 XL for PCI Express from ATI Technologies. This newest addition to the All-In-Wonder family supports both European and North American users. All-In-Wonder X800 XL supports the PCI Express standard, which is offered in almost all new PCs. ATI is now enabling full support for Microsoft Windows Media Center Edition with the current All-In-Wonder family. All-In-Wonder X800 XL for PCI Express will be available in both North America and Europe later this summer.

For European customers, All-In-Wonder X800 XL PCI Express will enable analog TV reception along with reception of Digital Video Broadcasting for Terrestial (DVB-T) television transmissions. DVB-T is becoming the major form of TV broadcast transmissions in Europe. It offers more channels and delivers better picture and sound quality through a conventional antenna instead of a cable or satellite dish connection.

ATI is also enabling support for Microsoft Windows XP Media Center with the All-In-Wonder family (Radeon 9600 and higher). Now computer users can take advantage of a single-slot solution that delivers video graphics support while enabling high-quality TV tuning functionality.

All-In-Wonder X800 XL for PCI Express will be available later this summer with an MSRP of $399.

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