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February 07, 2003

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Sonic Introduces Scenarist Studio
Toshiba Accelerates CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo to 32X CD-R, 12X DVD-ROM
ATI's RADEON 9700 PRO Graphics Board now Power Mac G4 Option
Matrox Chooses Sonic ReelDVD for RT.X100 Professional DVD Bundles
Kano Technologies Launches Retail DVD+RW/R USB 2.0 Packages
Verbatim External USB 2.0 52X CD-RW Drive Now Shipping
Fujitsu Among First to Unveil Multimedia Notebook Featuring DVD-RW Drive
InterVideo Announces Bundling of WinDVD Playback and Authoring Tools with New Sotec PCs

Sonic Introduces Scenarist Studio

Sonic Solutions, a leader in DVD production systems, recently introduced Scenarist Studio, the latest release of its most comprehensive authoring system designed for filmmakers and multimedia designers seeking advanced access to the DVD specification at an affordable price.

The new software's feature set includes multi-angle video, full audio/subtitle stream support, and advanced navigation programming. Scenarist Studio also features Scenarist Professional's familiar project and layout engine, used by professional DVD authors since the format's inception.

Scenarist Studio is available immediately through Sonic's worldwide network of resellers (http://www.sonic.com/resellers) at a suggested list price of $7999.

(http://www.sonic.com)

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Toshiba Accelerates CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo to 32X CD-R, 12X DVD-ROM

Toshiba's new CD-RW/DVD-R combo, the SD-R1312, now combines 32X CD-R with 10X CD-RW, 40X CD reading, and 12X DVD playback. The SD-R1312 desktop combination drive is also sold as an upgrade kit on www.shoptoshiba.com, providing users with a way to add CD recording and DVD viewing functionality to existing desktop computers. The add-on kit comes with all the software and peripheral hardware needed for immediate use and sells for $130.

(http://www.sdd.toshiba.com)

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ATI's RADEON 9700 PRO Graphics Board now Power Mac G4 Option

ATI Technologies Inc. has announced that its RADEON 9700 PRO is now available as an add-on option for Macintosh customers purchasing Apple's new Power Mac G4 systems. The RADEON 9700 PRO consumer graphics card enables users to create and play advanced real-time cinematic-quality visual effects on their Power Mac systems, ATI says.

The RADEON 9700 PRO delivers eight parallel rendering pipelines to process over 2.5 billion pixels per second, four parallel geometry engines to process more than 300 million transformed and lit polygons per second, and HYPER Z III technologies to reduce memory bandwidth consumption by over 50 percent, according to ATI. In addition, the RADEON 9700 PRO includes a 256-bit DDR memory interface, providing over 20Gbps of graphics memory bandwidth.  SMARTSHADER 2.0 and SMOOTHVISION 2.0 have also been incorporated into the new board.

(http://www.ati.com), (http://www.apple.com)

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Matrox Chooses Sonic ReelDVD for RT.X100 Professional DVD Bundles

Sonic Solutions, a world leader in DVD authoring applications, announced at the New York DV Show that Matrox Video Products Group has chosen Sonic's ReelDVD LE DVD authoring application to bundle with the Matrox RT.X100, a real-time non-linear editing and DVD production solution.

The Matrox RT.X100 is part of the new line of Matrox products incorporating the "Power of X," a new architecture that leverages the scalable power of a user's CPU with the performance of dedicated hardware for real-time video editing. The RT.X100 non-linear video editing system accelerates DVD production workflow by combining real-time video editing and real-time MPEG encoding for output to DVD.

Matrox RT.X100 Professional DVD bundles, including the ReelDVD LE software, are available from authorized resellers worldwide, starting at $1099.

(http://www.matrox.com), (http://www.sonic.com)

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Kano Technologies Launches Retail DVD+RW/R USB 2.0 Packages

Kano Technologies, a new DVD+RW/R storage solutions company, has introduced its first retail products. The K2XTREME DVD+RW/R 2.4X internal and external drive packages tout "on-the-fly" video recording, enabling conversion of personal videos into DVDs in the shortest possible recording time. Based on Ricoh's second-generation DVD+R/RW mechanism, the K2XTREME DVD+VR support allows the user to edit parts of a recorded DVD+RW disc without re-recording the complete disk, while maintaining the renowned DVD+RW playback compatibility. Also featured is Roxio's Easy CD Creator 5.3 DVD Edition for all-purpose CD and DVD recording. Additionally, award-winning NTI Backup NOW! Combo software provides complete desktop backup and restore.

The K2XTREME's internal drive package ships with ATAPI cable, audio cable, drive mounting screws, DVD+R and DVD+RW media, and an instruction manual. Suggested retail price is $399.99.

The external drive comes in a fan-cooled enclosure with a built-in universal power supply and standard AC power cord. The package also includes the media and manual and is available in USB 2.0 or FireWire 1394 interface versions. Suggested retail price is $499.99.

(http://www.kanotechnologies.com)

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Verbatim External USB 2.0 52X CD-RW Drive Now Shipping

Verbatim recently announced the release of its high-speed external USB 2.0 52X24X52 CD-RW drive. Available now at major retail outlets in North America for just $129, the 52X external CD-RW drive is designed for users creating custom music CDs, storing and sharing digital images and music files, and backing-up critical data.

This new drive is Verbatim's first external 52X unit. Through the use of ahead's Nero CD recording software and InCD drag-and-drop packet writing software, the new drive enables users to burn a full 700MB of data or digital music files to a CD in less than three minutes. Wrapped in a sleek black casing, the 52X external CD burner complements the latest PC color schemes. The USB 2.0 interface ensures the drive can be moved between PCs, such as in a home office or small office environment. With integrated support for the Mt. Rainer standard, the Verbatim 52X drive offers easy drag-and-drop CD rewriting and on-the-fly formatting of the disc.

(http://www.verbatim.com)

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Fujitsu Among First to Unveil Multimedia Notebook Featuring DVD-RW Drive

Fujitsu PC Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited, has released the next generation of the LifeBook C Series notebook, the company's popular, all-in-one multimedia desktop replacement. The LifeBook C Series notebook is designed for students, business professionals, and aspiring movie directors with a starting price point of $1,399 and features several multimedia enhancements, including an optional DVD-RW drive.

Fujitsu is one of the first manufacturers to offer a notebook with an integrated DVD-RW drive enabling users to write or rewrite on 4.7GB DVD-R and DVD-RW media as well as traditional CD-Rs and CD-RWs. The new LifeBook C Series notebook features a Mobile Intel Pentium 4 Processor running at 2.0gHz and the ATI Mobility RADEON IGP340M graphics chip with up to 64MB of selectable shared UMA graphics memory. A large and bright 15-inch display adds to the experience by bringing multimedia to life. Increasing its multimedia functionality and versatility, the LifeBook C Series notebook is equipped with a MemoryStick/SecureDigital slot, four USB 2.0 ports, and an IEEE 1394 port. The notebook also includes an S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface) optical port, which allows users to connect the LifeBook C Series to a home theater system and listen to MP3 files with high-fidelity sound quality.

Web and network access is available via the LifeBook C Series notebook's built-in modem, Ethernet port, and optional wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11b). Four programmable one-touch buttons get users up on the Web, checking email and opening other applications quickly and easily. These same buttons can also be used to control the CD player whether the notebook screen is up or down. The system comes preinstalled with Microsoft Windows XP Home, Windows XP Professional, or Windows 2000 Professional.

(http://www.fujitsu.com)

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InterVideo Announces Bundling of WinDVD Playback and Authoring Tools with New Sotec PCs

InterVideo, Inc. has announced that three of its products, WinDVD Creator, WinDVR, and WinDVD, are bundled with several new Sotec PCs.  WinDVD Creator is an entry-level DVD authoring tool; WinDVD, a popular DVD player; and WinDVR is software designed for recording TV with a PC.

Sotec and InterVideo are working closely to integrate the tools into both desktop and laptop PCs. On the desktop, the Sotec PC Station V6130C/L5P (JPY 99,800) includes InterVideo's WinDVD 4. Sotec's PC Station V7170AV/L5P (JPY 129,800) and PC Station V7200AVR (JPY 119,800) both come bundled with WinDVR 3, WinDVD 4, and WinDVD Creator. The WinBook WV2150C (JPY 129,800), a new notebook from Sotec, comes bundled with InterVideo's WinDVD 4 and WinDVD Creator.

Sotec is seeking global expansion for its PC line with value-adds like the InterVideo tools. Sotec's PC Station V6130C/L5P (JPY 99,800), PC Station V7170AV/L5P (JPY 129,800), PC Station V7200AVR (JPY 119,800) and WinBook WV2150C (JPY 129,800) are available now.

(http://www.intervideo.com), (http://www.sotec.co.jp)

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