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November 11, 2005

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TEAC Announces New Single-Color Thermal Disc Printer
NCI Introduces Rimage Everest Printable CD-R/DVD-R Discs
Condre Technology Releases New Value Line DVD Tower Duplication Series
Lanterna Magica's Reality Cuts Production Time, Expense of Reality TV Creation
ATI Ships Radeon X1800 XT GPU
McFunSoft Releases McFunSoft Video Solution v. 3.6 for Home Movie Conversion
Packard Bell Picks Nero Digital for New DVD Player
Digital Anarchy Releases Updates to Primatte Chromakey and Backdrop Designer

TEAC Announces New Single-Color Thermal Disc Printer

TEAC has announced the P11, a new single-color thermal disc printer. Designed to deliver thermal disc-surface printing in a compact design with low consumables costs, the P11 features 200dpi print resolution and connects to a PC via USB 1.1.

The P11 uses ink cartridges that come in four colors: black, red, blue, and green. The unit's dimensions are 70mm (H) x 230mm (W) x 190mm (D), and its weight is 1KG without a print cartridge. The unit prints to four separate areas on a disc and ships with label design software that offers printing templates to simplify the disc label printing process.

The P11 ships with a software drivers CD, AC power adapter, one black print cartridge, label design software for Windows, and an installation guide. TEAC promises low print costs with 200 prints per cartridge.

www.teac.com/DSPD

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NCI Introduces Rimage Everest Printable CD-R/DVD-R Discs

North Coast Interactive (NCI) has introduced its Everest printable media, which according to the company is the first low-cost media specifically designed for optimal edge-to-edge print performance using Rimage Everest I and II printers. This breakthrough design is based on a dual-coating process which provides both a smooth, glossy bright white top coat as well as a thermal protective base coat which is guaranteed to hold the outside edge of any printed image.

This coating system is applied at NCI's Cleveland, Ohio facility to exacting specifications and is guaranteed by NCI to outperform any disc currently on the market for overall print quality.

The discs are currently available in 50-disc trial packs and 600-disc cases. Current pricing on CD-R and DVD-R versions can be found in NCI's online store. Free samples and special pricing on bulk orders are also available for qualified business end users or distributors. To obtain a free sample or bulk pricing quote, contact NCI by email via the online store page. Provide your business name, address, reason for testing, and approximate monthly/yearly usage.

www.ncimedia.com

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Condre Technology Releases New Value Line DVD Tower Duplication Series

Condre Technology, Inc., a manufacturer of CD/DVD R duplication, printing, and destruction solutions, has announced the release of its DVD Value Line. Designed for a broad range of applications, the Condre DVD Value Line features 16X DVD and 48X CD record speeds and with pricing intended to meet the budget requirements of SMBs, SOHOs, small corporate departmental entities, and institutions.

In addition, the Condre DVD Value Line is designed with the same cooling and ventilation that Condre's Professional Line provides, without the large internal hard drive and USB 2.0 connectivity. Base systems include four to eleven drive configurations with optional hard drive upgrades and additional USB/FireWire kit.

www.condre.com

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Lanterna Magica's Reality Cuts Production Time, Expense of Reality TV Creation

Lanterna Magica, a video indexing and logging specialist, has announced the launch of Reality, a new system designed to streamline the production of non-scripted television shows, allowing directors to create compelling storylines -- on the fly, in real time.

Reality makes it easy to assess hours of raw video material from multiple cameras quickly and make shot selection decisions in just minutes. Directors can encode, log, view, browse, and search video and metadata while shooting is in progress, saving valuable post-production time and money. Building reality TV storylines on set and on the fly becomes an essential part of the multicamera production process with Reality.

A Web-based video content description system, Reality works from any number of locations with no special software to install. It supports an unlimited number of camera feeds, so producers can feel at ease using as many cameras as necessary to capture all the action. Staff can access footage at any time, from any location--well before shooting is finished--and create shortcuts to access their content quickly and simply. Camera feeds can be distributed to a variety of devices, including tape decks, high-capacity disks, as well as to the Logger, Reality's own storage medium. The Logger ingests audio, video, and timecode signals and produces compressed digital video for browsing that is synchronized with the timecodes and content descriptions entered by operators.

Reality's searchable video library functions as the repository for stored digital video and metadata. The entire production, starting from day one, is always available to search, play, and browse, even as more content is being ingested. Users can search Reality's library by (participant) name, date, time, interest rating, location, and keyword for specific actions and emotions. Search results appear as thumbnails with descriptions and can be played out immediately. In and out points are easily marked and compiled into a rough-draft EDL (edit decision list) that can be used with any nonlinear editing system, including Avid and Final Cut Pro. Reality is a turnkey combination of hardware and software.

Lanterna Magica staff installs the hardware in its clients' production sets, trains their staff, and provides on-site or remote support as needed. Lanterna Magica will be demonstrating Reality in New York at NAB Post+, booth 333, Nov. 15-17. Learn more about Lanterna Magica's turnkey solutions for live video capture, indexing, search, and playback at www.lanternamagica.com.

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ATI Ships Radeon X1800 XT GPU

ATI Technologies Inc. has announced that the Radeon X1800 XT, which it calls "the fastest graphics processor on the planet," is now available for gamers and enthusiasts seeking an high-level 3D performance and image quality.

The new Radeon X1800 XT, which began shipping on November 3, features a new ultra-threaded 3D architecture and ATI's Avivo video and display technology platform. The Radeon X1800 XT architecture gives competitive gamers and enthusiasts blistering performance in the most demanding, shader-intensive environments, according to ATI, as well as an efficient new memory design and Avivo technologies for visual perfection and advanced video playback. "The demand for the Radeon X1800 XT has been fantastic!" said Howard Tong, VP of Marketing, Newegg.com "We have received several shipments from ATI and we are selling out as soon as we place them online."

Radeon X1800 and Radeon X1300 cards are currently available from retailers and e-tailers including CDW, CompUSA, Fry's, Monarch Computers, NewEgg, Tiger Direct and Radeon® X1600 is expected to ship later in the fall. For more information on these or other ATI products, please visit www.ati.com.

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McFunSoft Releases McFunSoft Video Solution v. 3.6 for Home Movie Conversion

McFunSoft has released McFunSoft Video Solution v. 3.6, an easy-to-use Windows application that makes it simple to capture and transfer movies, enhance them, convert between video formats, and burn DVD, VCD, or SVCD discs that can be shown on your home DVD player. Without learning complicated technical information about multimedia programming, you can turn your VCR tapes and camera images into stunning home movies.

McFunSoft Video Solution lets you capture movies from any standard video source, including DV and analog cameras, VCRs, TV tuners, and WEB cams. You can even capture audio tracks and still-images from movies, and save them as sound files and image files.

You can turn an ordinary home movie into a memorable work of art by adding special effects. Add titles to the beginning of your movie, and add credits to the end. McFunSoft Video Solution makes it easy to rotate movie frames. There are more than 40 special effects that you can apply to your movies, transforming them from simple home movies to professional video productions. It's simple to split long movies into smaller parts, or merge smaller movies into a longer video experience.

McFunSoft Video Solution's converter lets you transform your movie into your favorite format. The program works with AVI, DivX, XviD, MPEG 1, 2, and 4, WMV and Quick Time files. It can convert these files into AVI, DivX, XviD, MPEG 1, 2, and 4, WMV, and RM formats. Once you have captured, enhanced, and converted your movie, simply burn it to disc. McFunSoft Video Solution can create DVD, VCD or SVCD discs that you can enjoy on your computer, on your home DVD player, or share with family and friends. If you have a number of movies to process, you can run them as a group, in batch mode. Merge and split files, delete unwanted scenes from your movies, and create a DVD that you'll be proud to show to your family.

McFunSoft Video Solution v. 3.6 runs under Windows 98/Me/NT4/2000/XP/2003 Server, costs $39.95(US) for a single-user license, and may be purchased securely online at http://www.mcfunsoft.com/. Multi-user licenses are available. You can download a free 30-day trial version from the same web site. Between now and the end of 2005, McFunSoft Video Solution is available for $29.95. McFunSoft Video Solution - Christmas Edition is available for the holidays. For more information, visit McFunSoft's Web site on http://www.mcfunsoft.com/.

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Packard Bell Picks Nero Digital for New DVD Player

Nero and Packard Bell have announced the launch of the DVD-DivX 450 pro, a DVD player offering playback support for videos compressed with Nero Digital technology.

The Nero Digital audio and video compression system, co-developed with multimedia algorithm developer ATEME, is a non-proprietary extension of MPEG-4. Nero's solution adds many DVD-like features that consumers expect in a home theater experience such as multiple AAC audio tracks, surround sound, chapters, and subtitles.

To demonstrate the what Nero brings to the PC-to-home theater experience, Packard Bell's DVD player includes a CD with 30-day trial version of three must-have Nero applications to Create, Play and Share Nero Digital format: Nero Recode, Nero ShowTime, and Nero MediaHome. Nero Recode is the world's fastest, most flexible application for converting non-protected movies into Nero Digital MPEG-4. Nero ShowTime plays all types of video regardless of the source.

Whether digital camera, DVDs or high-definition MPEG-4 AVC content, Nero ShowTime guarantees excellent picture and sound quality, according to Nero. Nero MediaHome optimizes a user's audio and video files and streams them across the home network to any compatible device, including another PC or notebook running Nero ShowTime.

The Packard Bell DVD-DivX 450 pro player with Nero Digital is now shipping and available through many consumer electronics retailers and online stores. The manufacturer's suggested retail price is €79. For more information on Nero Digital, visit www.nerodigital.com. To learn more about Packard Bell, visit www.packardbell.com.

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Digital Anarchy Releases Updates to Primatte Chromakey and Backdrop Designer

Digital Anarchy, a provider of cost-effective special effects software for Adobe, Apple, and Discreet/Autodesk products, has announced the availability of Primatte Chromakey 2.1 and Backdrop Designer 1.1. These new plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements allow photographers to easily create hundreds of different backgrounds for use in studio portraiture, product shots, wedding photos, school pictures, and other commercial work.

Primatte Chromakey digitally removes a blue/green background from a photograph, leaving the subject against a transparent background with any color cast removed. Primatte excels in preserving important details like wisps of hair and sheer material. Any image can be substituted behind the subject, including photograph-quality backgrounds created with Backdrop Designer. Use over 900 pre-made backdrops to create colorful textures and then add in shadows to simulate 3D drapery. All Backdrop Designer graphics are resolution-independent and combinations of textures and shadows can be saved for later use.

Primatte Chromakey updates include:

* Multi-layer 16-bit support: 16-bit files now support multiple layers just like 8-bit files always have. This allows users to preview a replacement background while working in Primatte.
* Improved 16-bit performance: The speed of handling 16-bit files has been improved. In some cases 16-bit files will render faster than 8-bit files. * User interface improvements: Primatte's interface has been modified to make it behave more like Photoshop, making it easier for users to transition between Photoshop and the plug-in.
* Bug fixes: A number of major and minor issues have been addressed to make Primatte more stable and faster. Backdrop Designer updates include:
* 350 New Backgrounds: The number of shipped presets has increased by over 30%. These new presets are complete texture and shadow combinations that create realistic backgrounds for use with photography or design.
* New Preset Categories: There are new texture/shadow categories for silk, velvet, lighted muslin, stained glass and much more.

Regularly priced at USD $299, Primatte Chromakey is available now for USD $279. Regularly priced at USD $179, Backdrop Designer is available now for USD $169. Regularly priced at USD $449, a bundle of the two products called the Professional Photography Suite is available for USD $429. This special pricing is available until Nov. 30, 2005.

The Primatte Chromakey and Backdrop Designer updates are free for existing customers; users should contact Digital Anarchy for details. Demos, tutorials and samples are available at www.digitalanarchy.com.

Both products are compatible with Photoshop 5.5 and higher and Photoshop Elements 2.0 and higher. They are available for Mac OS X (not OS 9) and Windows 98ME and higher.

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