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September 23, 2005

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Ulead Ships Updated MediaStudio Pro 8 Video Editing Software
Verbatim Announces 1GB Store ‘n’ Go U3 Smart Drive
Toshiba Develops Dual-Layer HD DVD-R Discs
Verity Systems Announces New Mechanical Disc Picker
New AccuColor Filter System from Schneider
Litepanels Work With DV Camera Batteries
Total Training Tutorials to Be Produced in High Definition
Disc Makers Joins With Indie Musicians on Katrina Relief CD

Ulead Ships Updated MediaStudio Pro 8 Video Editing Software

Ulead Systems, Inc. has announced it has started shipping Ulead MediaStudio Pro 8, the latest version of Ulead's professional video editing software. The new release offers a professional, yet easy-to-use, approach to video editing designed for video enthusiasts, newly-professional video editors, documentary filmmakers, wedding/event videographers ,and media producers in corporate and education.

The new release incorporates a wide range of enhancements. Smart Compositor is a unique, all-new tool for quickly creating professional composited opening sequences or segues. Other new features include a new single-track editing interface, Smart Proxy mode for efficient HDV editing, advanced color correction, and 5.1 Surround audio editing.

Many of the new features in MediaStudio Pro 8 have their roots in user feedback and "wish lists" from user forum participants, according to Ulead. A preview beta version of MediaStudio Pro 8 was released to the public three weeks before shipping. Pricing, Availabili

ty The box and electronic download versions of MediaStudio Pro 8 are available at $399.99 through retail channels and Ulead Web sites. Current MediaStudio Pro users can upgrade for $249.99, and users of VideoStudio and DVD Workshop can upgrade for $299.99, also from Ulead Web sites.

www.ulead.com

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Verbatim Announces 1GB Store ‘n’ Go U3 Smart Drive

Verbatim Corporation announced today its 1GB Store 'n' Go U3 Smart Drive, the newest member of its family of Store 'n' Go USB drives. About the size of a pack of gum, Verbatim's revolutionary smart drive provides users with a new mobile computing platform that allows them to carry smart software applications, PC settings, files and personal preferences wherever they go and to access them on any Windows XP or 2000 PC.

The new device is based on the U3 smart drive computing platform which transforms USB flash drives from simple storage devices into USB smart drives. Products will be available mid-October. Simple to use, Verbatim's new Store 'n' Go U3 Smart Drive plugs into a USB port on a PC so users can work on any computer as if it were their own. With the U3 platform, users can launch portable applications from the smart drive without requiring the applications to be installed on the computers. As a result, users can work in familiar environments and don't have to worry about leaving any personal information or traces of their visit behind. Everything remains stored on the USB smart drive.

www.verbatim.com

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Toshiba Develops Dual-Layer HD DVD-R Discs

Toshiba Corporation today reconfirmed the flexibility and expandability of the HD DVD format with the announcement of a 30GB dual-layer HD-R (recordable) disc that extends the capacity for a write-once next generation DVD disc. The new disc was approved as Version 1.9 at the September 14 meeting of the DVD Forum's Steering Committee, and its technical information will be made available as the Version 1.9 specifications.

Toshiba targets completion of Version 2.0 of the specifications book by the DVD Forum within this year, and aims to bring to market next spring an HD DVD recorder that supports the new disc. The DVD Forum approved a 15GB single-layer HD DVD-R discs as Version 1.0 of a write-once HD DVD disc in February 2005. Toshiba continued development toward the newly announced 30GB dual-layer HD DVD-R disc, which uses a new organic dye jointly developed with a dye manufacturer. The dual-layer HD DVD-R disc is based on the same disc structure as current DVD discs, HD DVD-ROM discs (read-only), and HD DVD-RW discs (rewritable): back-to-back bonding of two 0.6 millimeter-thick substrates. The new disc also shares key manufacturing processes with DVD-R: use of an organic dye as the data storage medium; and a spin-coating process for depositing the dye. As a result, disc manufacturers can minimize their investment in disc production equipment for dual-layer HD DVD-R by using already installed DVD-R manufacturing lines for mass production.

Toshiba and disc manufacturers will verify compatibility of dual-layer HD DVD-R discs in round robin testing at the DVD Forum, starting on October 17. Toshiba targets finalization of the specification book by the DVD Forum within the year. 

www.toshiba.com 

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Verity Systems Announces New Mechanical Disc Picker

Verity Systems has announced a new disc picker designed to work with its range of CopyDisc duplicators. Designed to lift discs by the hub, the new picker ensures a fim, positive grip whilst avoiding any damage to the actual disc surface. The key benefit of the picker is that users can now print to the center of full-face, inkjet printable discs. The new picker builds on Verity Systems reputation for creating fast, reliable robotics.

Fitted as standard on all CopyDisc units with inkjet printers, the mechanical picker is also compatible with duplicate only CopyDiscs. Some existing CopyDisc users may also swap to the new picker.

www.veritysystems.com

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New AccuColor Filter System from Schneider

Schneider Optics has introduced the AccuColor Filter System, a new set of color temperature calibration filters for projection systems. The increasing use of digital post production for film releases, as well as dual digital cinema/film releases, has led to the need to precisely match the color output of digital and film projectors in the post production community. While it is relatively easy to conform digital projectors and displays to a standard value, film projection systems have traditionally been difficult to precisely adjust.

Working with the leading digital post production facilities, Schneider has developed a system of color correction filters for use with projection lenses on film projectors. Now AccuColor filters can be used to match the color temperature of flat and anamorphic formats to a standard value. Since the various elements of the film projection system are subject to aging, AccuColor is designed as a series of filters that can be changed by the projectionist to compensate for variations over time.

The system is offered as a set containing 10 filters and one filter holder each for the flat and scope formats. AccuColor filter holders fit to the front of a standard 70.6mm diameter cinema lens and hold the selected filter at a three-degree angle to prevent ricochet reflections between the filter and front lens element. Schneider offers an additional kit with a larger diameter filter holder to accommodate greater diameter anamorphic lenses. 

www.schneideroptics.com

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Litepanels Work With DV Camera Batteries

Now operators can use their spare DV camera batteries to get the bright, projected soft output of a Litepanels LED lighting system. The new DV Battery Adapter Plate attaches easily to the Litepanels Mini head, making it a self-contained lighting source capable of running off of 2 standard Panasonic, Canon, or Sony DV camera batteries. The Litepanels DV Adapter Plate simply snaps on to the back of the Mini Flood or Spot head. Once the plate is secure, 2 batteries fit easily in place to power the fixture for up to 8 hours.

Litepanels' self-contained DV battery option allows users to use lightweight Lithium-ion DV batteries (along with their existing DV battery chargers), instead of carrying heavy battery belts or bulky shoulder-worn battery packs. Litepanels portable daylight balanced lighting systems--winner of the 2005 Emmy Award Plaque for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development--employ light-emitting diode technology to produce a soft and projected light ideal for interviews, car interiors, or ultra-portable location lighting. The lightweight DV Battery Adapter Plate is available in three versions: the DV-CP-P (Panasonic), DV-CP-S (Sony), and DV-CP-C (Canon). Litepanels DV Battery Adapter is also compatible with their Infrared lighting system.

www.litepanels.com

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Total Training Tutorials to Be Produced in High Definition

Total Training, Inc. has announced three new DVD-ROM series for mastering Macromedia Dreamweaver 8, Apple Final Cut Pro 5, and Macromedia Flash 8 Professional. This announcement extends Total Training's portfolio of video tutorials to include all leading web, print, and video software applications. Each of the three new video series, as well as all future products, will be produced in state of the art high definition (HD).

Total Training is the first training provider to offer training in HD and demonstrates the company's dedication and innovation to offering superior lessons on leading software applications. Viewers will benefit from a 165% larger screen size for viewing on a computer monitor, crystal-clear image capture to easily read text and fine details, and higher frame rate support for smoother playback when viewing the DVD-ROM Tutorials.

The ten-hour video series led by Dreamweaver expert Janine Warner showcases how to efficiently design, develop, and maintain standards-based websites with the industry-leading tool. The tutorials are peppered with tips and tricks that will help viewers create better overall designs and streamline their workflow. 

The Final Cut Pro 5 series will get viewers up to speed on the leading Mac-based video editing application with visual effects guru, Brian Maffitt. With over 20 hours of comprehensive videos, users have access to the same video clips used by the instructor to help sharpen their skills as they experiment with new techniques.

With more than 20 hours of indexed tutorials on the industry's most advanced authoring environment for creating interactive websites, viewers will expand their knowledge of Flash and its digital experiences and mobile content with tips from the Flash guru, John Ulliman. They'll also learn how to design and author interactive content rich with video, graphics, and animation for truly unique web sites, presentations, or mobile content.

www.totaltraining.com

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Disc Makers Joins With Indie Musicians on Katrina Relief CD

Disc Makers, the country's leading independent media manufacturer, is proud to announce a unique collaboration of artists and industry-leading companies to help raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Disc Makers has joined forces with Sonicbids, CDBaby, Taxi, and Just Plain Folks to produce a compilation CD entitled Gulf Coast Healing with a goal of raising $100,000 for the American Red Cross.

The CD, sold on CDBaby (www.cdbaby.com/gulfcoast) and marketed through all five companies, will include tracks from independent artists from around the country, representing a wide range of music from rock and hip-hop to world beat and reggae. All manufacturing and mastering services, talent, recordings, materials, and promotional services were donated in their entirety by the participating artists and companies.

 The CD includes 19 tracks, including a track by reggae legend Burning Spear, and one from indie favorites Deadman who contributed their track New Orleans, a tribute they recorded after the disaster struck. The Gulf Coast Healing CD is current on sale and available online only at www.CDBaby.com/gulfcoast. 100% of the price of each CD sold will go towards the disaster relief.

www.discmakers.com

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