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October 07, 2005

Table of Contents

Roxio MyDVD Powers New Canon DVD Camcorders
Anchor Bay Technologies Unveils the DVDO iScan VP30 Video Processor Featuring HDMI I/O to 1080p
Abcron Introduces The PlayO Brand Inkjet White, Hub-Printable DVD±R and 52X CD-R Series
Singulus Technologies Delivers its First Production Machines for Blu-ray Disc
Ultrasone & DPA Microphones Team up to Create “Ultimate Broadcaster’s Headset”
Anchor Bay Technologies Unveils the DVDO iScan VP30 Video Processor Featuring HDMI I/O to 1080p
Diversified Video Vault Delivers Movies to Sony PSP
Hantro Incorporates Microsoft’s VC-1 Format into New Hardware Decoder
Alienware Offers Liquid Cooling for Desktop Workstations

Roxio MyDVD Powers New Canon DVD Camcorders

Sonic has announced that Roxio MyDVD for Canon, developed on Roxio MyDVD 6 software, has been chosen by Canon for bundling with their new Canon DVD camcorders, the 2.2 Megapixel DC20 and the 1.33 Megapixel DC10.

The camcorders are small enough to fit in a jacket pocket and record video directly to 3-inch (8cm) diameter DVD-R/RW discs, and include the ability to locate scenes without having to rewind or fast forward, to create playlists of favorite scenes, and to do some quick editing. Once finalized (closed to further recording), the recorded discs are compatible with most DVD players, both old and new, according to Sonic.

With the included MyDVD software, users will be able to take advantage of two ways to transfer recorded footage from a PC-connected DC20 or DC10 to a settop or desktop-playable DVD. Using the exclusive One-Touch Dubbing feature, MyDVD will make a straight dub of the recorded footage with a single press of the camcorder's Print and Share button. Alternatively, the recorded footage may be imported into MyDVD for quick-and-easy creation of Hollywood-style menu-driven DVDs using features such as integrated video editing, motion-video menus, animated buttons, and slideshows with transitions and soundtracks.

MyDVD is also OpenDVD-compliant, enabling previously burned DVDs to be opened, re-edited, updated with new content, and re-burned to DVD and CD recordable/re-writable media. The Canon DC20 and DC10 DVD camcorders with bundled Roxio MyDVD for Canon software are currently available worldwide.

www.sonic.com

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Anchor Bay Technologies Unveils the DVDO iScan VP30 Video Processor Featuring HDMI I/O to 1080p

DVDO, powered by Anchor Bay Technologies, has announced the release of their next generation high-definition video scaling processor, the DVDO iScan VP30. This third-generation, 1080p-capable video processor builds on the iScan HD and iScan HD+ and is the first standalone high-definition video processor offered by DVDO with four HDMI inputs.

ABT's Precision Video Scaling II technology, which incorporates 10-bit scaling, enhanced sharpness controls and non-linear scaling, appears for the first time in the iScan VP30. Analog transcoding and analog HD processing allow connections to be "anything in, anything out," thereby reducing the amount of cables needed to connect all video sources, current and legacy, to a high-definition display. This affords the maximum connectivity options for consumers who wish to incorporate their legacy analog sources into a theater setup with new digital based receivers and displays.

The iScan VP30 offers the greatest flexibility of any processor currently available by allowing the user to precisely match their display's native resolution to any resolution between 480p and 1080p, including 720p or 1080i, and has many preset output resolutions for plasmas, LCD, DLP, LCOS and CRT-based displays.

The iScan VP30 features 11 video inputs: four HDMI, two Component, two S-Video, two Composite, and an RGBHV input along with an optional SD-SDI input. Each input has separate picture controls allowing the user to set their own parameters for each input to achieve the best picture from every source. Standard and custom aspect ratios can also be setup and then "one button selected" giving users many options for fitting and viewing an image on their display. It also provides complete pan and zoom capability to position and/or stretch your image on the screen with overscan, underscan, and border controls to eliminate "black-bars" and fill the entire screen.

The iScan VP30 also functions as an audio switcher and router, featuring four digital audio inputs and one analog that can be assigned to any of the video inputs to allow one button switching of both audio and video together. Each one of the audio inputs on the iScan VP30 employs ABT's Precision A/V Lipsync, which eliminates the annoying audio/video delay common on many displays. The four HDMI inputs accept both audio and video, allowing one simple connection for sources like a DVD player, high-definition set-top box, D-VHS, or next-generation game consoles.

The iScan VP30 provides simultaneous audio/video switching with "any rez in/any rez out" video up-conversion and one simple wire to the display. An elegant front panel designed to complement the most sophisticated home theater systems will allow the iScan VP30 to blend seamlessly with other components, according to Anchor Bay. For home theater systems that utilize an equipment rack, an optional rackmount kit is available.

The iScan VP30 will be available for volume shipment to authorized DVDO Resellers in fall 2005 and will have a price of $1,999 USD MSRP.

www.dvdo.com

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Abcron Introduces The PlayO Brand Inkjet White, Hub-Printable DVD±R and 52X CD-R Series

Abcron Corporation has announced a series of its White Inkjet Hub Printable DVD±R and CD-R products. These PlayO 8X DVD+/-R and 52X CD-R discs allow users to quickly record and then print directly onto the full surface of the discs.

PlayO discs are compatible with a wide range of leading inkjet printers. Currently available in 8X speeds, the PlayO inkjet printable DVD±R disc features a 4.7GB storage capacity.

The discs feature a high-quality white printable surface right down to the hub. Each PlayO disc is rigorously tested to ensure reliability in a variety of recording situations. In addition to having a very low error and jitter rate, the discs are UV and heat resistant and conform to industry standards. The discs are also tested for superior colorfastness and fast ink drying times, according to Abcron.

www.abcron.com

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Singulus Technologies Delivers its First Production Machines for Blu-ray Disc

Singulus Technologies is currently delivering its first Blu-ray production systems to major international customers. This makes Singulus to be the first European line manufacturer to place Blu-ray replication lines in test production, according to the company

An alliance was formed with Sony in Nov. 2004 for the development of these inline systems for the Blu-ray single layer format. The Singulus Blu-Line was presented to the Hollywood majors by Singulus and Sony since April 2005, after successful testing in Kahl.

www.singulus.de/english/

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Ultrasone & DPA Microphones Team up to Create “Ultimate Broadcaster’s Headset”

Ultrasone of America, the United States distributor for German headphone manufacturer Ultrasone AG, has announced the development of the HFI-700 HSD, touted as the ultimate broadcaster's headset. The HFI-700 HSD combines the Ultrasone's patented S-Logic technology with a high-quality sounding head-worn directional microphone, DPA's 4088.

Ultrasone's driver positioning allows professionals to listen at lower sound pressure levels, significantly reducing fatigue and protecting your ears, according to Ultrasone. The microphone portion of the headset utilizes a DPA miniature head-worn microphone. The DPA 4088 (cardioid) or DPA 4066 (omni) microphone is joined to the headphone with an articulating mount and disconnect that allows for stable positioning and quick field changes.

The six-foot cable terminates to a fan out with a ¼" stereo plug for monitoring and a 3-pin female XLR for the microphone. 5V - 50V phantom power is required for the microphone. Custom cable length and connector termination is available. ULTRASONE's headphones are also designed to significantly reduce sound pressure on the human ear by up to 40%. Moreover, ULTRASONE's patented PROline technology blocks up to 98% of harmful EMF (electro-magnetic frequencies) radiation, Ultrasone reports.

The HFI-700 HSD will be available for $750 USD MSRP.

www.ULTRASONEusa.com

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Anchor Bay Technologies Unveils the DVDO iScan VP30 Video Processor Featuring HDMI I/O to 1080p

DVDO, powered by Anchor Bay Technologies, has announced the release of their next generation high-definition video scaling processor, the DVDO iScan VP30. This third-generation, 1080p-capable video processor builds on the iScan HD and iScan HD+ and is the first standalone high-definition video processor offered by DVDO with four HDMI inputs.

ABT's Precision Video Scaling II technology, which incorporates 10-bit scaling, enhanced sharpness controls and non-linear scaling, appears for the first time in the iScan VP30. Analog transcoding and analog HD processing allow connections to be "anything in, anything out," thereby reducing the amount of cables needed to connect all video sources, current and legacy, to a high-definition display. This affords the maximum connectivity options for consumers who wish to incorporate their legacy analog sources into a theater setup with new digital based receivers and displays.

The iScan VP30 offers the greatest flexibility of any processor currently available by allowing the user to precisely match their display's native resolution to any resolution between 480p and 1080p, including 720p or 1080i, and has many preset output resolutions for plasmas, LCD, DLP, LCOS and CRT-based displays.

The iScan VP30 features 11 video inputs: four HDMI, two Component, two S-Video, two Composite, and an RGBHV input along with an optional SD-SDI input. Each input has separate picture controls allowing the user to set their own parameters for each input to achieve the best picture from every source. Standard and custom aspect ratios can also be setup and then "one button selected" giving users many options for fitting and viewing an image on their display. It also provides complete pan and zoom capability to position and/or stretch your image on the screen with overscan, underscan, and border controls to eliminate "black-bars" and fill the entire screen.

The iScan VP30 also functions as an audio switcher and router, featuring four digital audio inputs and one analog that can be assigned to any of the video inputs to allow one button switching of both audio and video together. Each one of the audio inputs on the iScan VP30 employs ABT's Precision A/V Lipsync, which eliminates the annoying audio/video delay common on many displays. The four HDMI inputs accept both audio and video, allowing one simple connection for sources like a DVD player, high-definition set-top box, D-VHS, or next-generation game consoles.

The iScan VP30 provides simultaneous audio/video switching with "any rez in/any rez out" video up-conversion and one simple wire to the display. An elegant front panel designed to complement the most sophisticated home theater systems will allow the iScan VP30 to blend seamlessly with other components, according to Anchor Bay. For home theater systems that utilize an equipment rack, an optional rackmount kit is available.

The iScan VP30 will be available for volume shipment to authorized DVDO Resellers in fall 2005 and will have a price of $1,999 USD MSRP.

www.dvdo.com

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Diversified Video Vault Delivers Movies to Sony PSP

A new software product that allows mobile entertainment enthusiasts to easily transfer and view their home videos, DVDs and tapes on their Sony PSP has been introduced by Diversified Multimedia. Video Vault for the Sony PSP offers PSP owners a way to enhance their mobile lifestyle and enjoy their videos and movies on the go or at home.

Features of Video Vault for the Sony PSP include the following:

  • Allows transfer of DVDs, VCDs, SVCDs, analog/digital camcorder tapes
  • Imports AVI, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, ASF, WMV, DVR-MS, TIVO, and more
  • Auto-fit Card technology that fits 2-3 hour movies to 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, 2GB, and larger Memory Stick Pro cards
  • Complete organization option for a user's collection, filtered, and sorted by genre
  • Custom thumbnail creation
  • Lets users overlay subtitles right on top of the video
  • Complete Audio and Subtitle Language Selection
  • Ability to manage the PSP Memory Stick directly within Video Vault when connected
  • Supports 320x240 and 480x160 Sony PSP Resolutions

Video Vault for the Sony PSP will be available at mass-market retailers such as Best Buy, Target, CompUSA, Fry's, and Microcenter, as well as online at www.divmm.com at a price of $39.99 USD MSRP.

www.divmm.com

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Hantro Incorporates Microsoft’s VC-1 Format into New Hardware Decoder

Designed for wireless ICs and enabling a suite of applications such as digital still camera, video messaging, personal video player, video telephony, and mobile TV, Hantro's 7170 decoder is a hardware solution that combines all of the key formats for enabling mobile multimedia in one design.

The new 7170 Multi-Format Decoder supports video resolutions up to 720x576 and JPEG still images up to 16 million pixels. The decoder incorporates a host of post-processing features to improve visual performance, simplify device integration, and facilitate application development.

Color conversion changes the output video to RGB format, meeting display input requirements. Brightness, contrast ,and saturation provide complete control over the visual aspects of the image. Alpha blending and masking simplify user interface design. Cropping and scaling enable higher resolution video/still images to be easily displayed on the handset, and picture-in-picture facilitates applications such as video telephony and channel preview for mobile TV.

www.hantro.com

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Alienware Offers Liquid Cooling for Desktop Workstations

Alienware, a leading manufacturer of high-performance desktop, notebook, media center, and professional systems, has launched its new Alienware Liquid Cooling technology across its complete line of desktop workstations for creative professionals.

Alienware Liquid Cooling technology is an exclusive new innovation designed to substantially reduce overall system noise levels. By reducing the need for internal fans, Alienware Liquid Cooling allows systems to operate at less than 35 dB, and also features a maintenance-free design that ensures reliable and long-lasting operation without any hassles (such as checking or refilling the fluid level), according to Alienware. 

The Alienware Liquid Cooling system also help to keep system components cool and running at optimum performance at all times, Alienware reports, delivering up to a 30% improvement in thermal performance (15-20 degrees). This performance benefit is critical for creative professionals that use highly complex and power-intensive applications.

www.alienware.com

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