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November 18, 2005

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Leitch Ships VelocityHD Version 9.1 with HDV, VariCam, and More
Disc Makers’ Pico Brings Automated CD and DVD Duplication to the Masses
Autodesk Announces Updates for its Cleaner Desktop Encoding Software
Avid Alienbrain Studio 7.5 Now Available
Globalstor’s Newest DVD and Digital Dailies Solution Demonstrates Up To 99 Chapters Per Title at NAB Post +
AJA Debuts New XENA Video Capture and Playback Workflows for Windows XP
Alienware’s First Ever Headphone--the OZMA 7--Hits the Market
PQDVD.com Releases PQ DVD to iPod Video Converter

Leitch Ships VelocityHD Version 9.1 with HDV, VariCam, and More

Harris Corporation has announced that version 9.1 of Leitch's VelocityHD non-linear editing (NLE) system is now shipping. This new release enhances the HD/SD NLE solution with support for the HDV high-definition format, variable frame rate processing for content from Panasonic's VariCam, broadened standard-definition format support, and more.

VelocityHD 9.1 supports direct IEEE-1394 ingest of both 1080i and 720p material from HDV devices. HDV content can be mixed seamlessly with other HD formats on the timeline. New processing for variable frame rate content from the AJ-HDC27 VariCam HD Cinema camcorder allows the removal of the material's non-active frames while recording the HD-SDI input stream, enabling support for 24fps VariCam content plus VariCam's "overcranking" and "undercranking" for in-camera off-speed effects.

VelocityHD editing enhancements include doubling the number of real-time, full-quality camera angles supported in HD multi-camera editing from two to four. VelocityHD 9.1's broadened, standard-definition format flexibility includes direct timeline support for DV25 material from many tapeless recording devices, and DVCPRO25 and DVCPRO50 content from Panasonic's P2 media-less memory-based products. VelocityHD 9.1 also supports project and media files from Leitch's standard-definition Velocity(tm) and VelocityQ(tm) editing systems. "

The VelocityHD non-linear editing system combines the innovative Altitude hardware platform with the acclaimed Velocity software interface, delivering exceptional high-performance, real-time postproduction editing flexibility. VelocityHD features full-quality, real-time HD playback of multiple video and dynamic graphics streams with true dual-stream, real-time HD transitions and effects. VelocityHD supports 1080i, 1080PsF and 720p frame formats at all common frame rates, with mixable compressed and uncompressed video. All VelocityHD(tm) systems also offer outstanding multi-stream, standard-definition editing performance.

VelocityHD version 9.1 is now available as a free download from the Leitch Web site, www.leitch.com, for all registered VelocityHD users.

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Disc Makers’ Pico Brings Automated CD and DVD Duplication to the Masses

Disc Makers has released the Pico, a single-drive automated CD/DVD duplicator at a low price of $699. With this release, Disc Makers intends to bring affordable DIY duplication to musicians, filmmakers, teachers, digital photographers, and small business owners.

The Pico joins the MicroUltra in Disc Makers' line--a large form-factor automated DVD to hit the market for under $1,000. The Pico delivers easy automated 16X DVD and 48X CD duplication in a small footprint. Measuring 7.1" x 15.75" and weighing only 6.6 lbs, the Pico features 25-disc capacity, a built in 3" and CardDisc adapter, and DiscForge software with audio, CD data, and DVD data editing software. The Pico allows users to back up audio and home-movie DVD collections, archive personal data, or create and duplicate CDs and DVDs for home, business, educational, or ministry projects.

The Pico includes the following:

  • A top-of-the-line 16x r DVD±R/48x CD-R drive with state-of-the-art throughput spee
  • Up to 6 full (4.7 GB) DVD±Rs per hour
  • Up to 12 full (700 MB) CD-Rs per hour
  • Built-in 3-inch disc and CardDisc adapter for creating trade-show giveaways or meeting leave-behinds.
  • Relay Mode - allows you to queue up multiple sets of masters at once.
  • Durability - the Pico can run unattended for hours
  • Easy-to-use Disc Forge software
  • Free lifetime technical support
  • Perfect fit guarantee--if you discover within thirty days that this product does not work for your needs, Disc Makers will give you full credit towards one that does.
  • 100 FREE Disc Makers Ultra 52x CDs or 50 16x DVDs with purchase, and discounted blank media pricing for life!

To learn more about Disc Makers' complete line of duplication hardware, visit www.discmakers.com/duplicators.

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Autodesk Announces Updates for its Cleaner Desktop Encoding Software

Autodesk, Inc. has announced Autodesk Cleaner 6.5 for Macintosh and Autodesk Cleaner XL 1.5 for Windows, the newest updates to its professional desktop media mastering and encoding software. Autodesk Cleaner is an industry standard application for encoding and optimizing video content for delivery formats ranging from the Internet and DVD to handheld mobile devices.

New to Autodesk Cleaner software is encoding support for DivX version 5.2 player for Cleaner XL 1.5 and DivX 6.0 player for Cleaner 6.5 for Macintosh. Also added is the Flix exporter from On2 Technologies‹that allows compressionists to publish video in .FLV and .SWF formats‹the internet video formats supported by Macromedia Flash, the most widely distributed content player over the Internet .

Cleaner XL 1.5 Windows is available now; Cleaner 6.5 for Macintosh is expected to begin shipping this winter. Suggested retail price for both products is US $599.00 for an individual license. Suggested retail upgrade pricing from Cleaner 6 Macintosh or Cleaner XL Windows to the current versions is US $125.00; Suggested retail upgrade pricing from Cleaner 4 or 5 to Cleaner 6.5 Macintosh or to Cleaner 1.5 XL Windows is US $179.00.

www.autodesk.com

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Avid Alienbrain Studio 7.5 Now Available

Avid Technology, Inc., has announced the worldwide availability of Avid Alienbrain Studio 7.5, an asset management system for digital content production. Designed to meet the needs of art teams working on next-generation game development and industrial design projects, Alienbrain Studio 7.5 comes in two new configurations with new pricing: Alienbrain Essentials (starting at $495 USMSRP) and Alienbrain Advanced ($1495 USMSRP).

Alienbrain Studio 7.5 also boosts team productivity with new features to improve system reliability and increase software interoperability. These include: the Server Health Monitor, a live database monitoring and diagnostic tool; full compliance with Microsoft .NET framework with native Alienbrain functionality, and updates to the plug-ins for the leading 3D modeling and animation packages. In addition, a free Alienbrain Reader is now available that allows casual users to access specific asset revisions and perform non-modifying operations. "

Alienbrain Essentials offers two specifically optimized editions for mid-size productions. Essentials for Artists ($695 USMSRP) features a highly visual user interface with fast previews and thumbnails and unrivaled third-party integration support into the latest releases of leading 2D and 3D design packages. At $495 USMSRP, Essentials for Programmers includes software configuration management with intuitive branching features and change sets, integration into Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 and the award-winning Araxis Merge Professional (a $269 value). Alienbrain Advanced, targeted at mixed or complex productions and priced at $1,495 USMSRP, offers full project control with extensive reporting and communication tools designed for team leads and project managers. In addition to the feature set of Essentials, the Advanced package includes powerful reporting and workflow capabilities, cross-platform support for Mac OS X and Linux users, and additional plug-ins for high-end design and animation applications like Alias StudioTools.

Other feature highlights of Alienbrain Studio 7.5 include: Server Health Monitor. The Server Health Monitor is a modular server-side watchdog process for operational conditions of the Alienbrain server processes that tracks available disk space, memory consumption, transactions and database journal operations. System status is reported to the administrator's desktop and uses visual alerts to reduce the risks of unscheduled downtime and improve overall system availability.

Alienbrain Studio 7.5 allows 3D tool developers to easily integrate asset management procedures into custom pipeline tools through native 3D scripting languages such as MEL and maxscript. In addition, Alienbrain Studio 7.5 supports the latest releases of major 3D applications, including SOFTMAGE®|XSI® 5.0, Alias Maya 7 and Autodesk Media and Entertainment 3ds Max software. Support for Microsoft .NET. Alienbrain Studio 7.5 is compliant with Microsoft's .NET framework and programming languages such as C#, offering an easy-to-use interface integrated with the Visual Studio development environment, offering programmers a native interaction with Alienbrain Studio.

Alienbrain Studio is available in the following configurations from the Alienbrain website (www.alienbrain.com/purchase) and from authorized resellers:

  • Alienbrain 7.5 Advanced for $1,495 USMSRP
  • Alienbrain 7.5 Essentials for Artists for $695 USMSRP
  • Alienbrain 7.5 Essentials for Programmers for $495 USMSRP

Customers with current maintenance or subscription contracts will be able to upgrade from Alienbrain Manager Client to Alienbrain Advanced, from Designer Client to Essentials for Artists, and from Developer Client to Essentials for Programmers. In addition, a new maintenance program now replaces the current maintenance and subscription programs with a flat rate model:

  • Alienbrain 7.5 Advanced for $400 USMRSP 1
  • Alienbrain 7.5 Essentials for $250 USMRSP

Additional details on upgrades for existing customers and the new maintenance program are available on the Alienbrain Web site at www.alienbrain.com.

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Globalstor’s Newest DVD and Digital Dailies Solution Demonstrates Up To 99 Chapters Per Title at NAB Post +

During the NAB Post + tradeshow and exhibition being held at the Javits Convention Center in New York, November 15-17, Globalstor Data introduced the new DVD TransPro. Supporting a broad selection of high-quality image file formats, DVD TransPro offers film professionals a powerful means of electronic dailies distribution for convenient, view-anywhere, random access to the day's shoot.

Featuring a real-time capture and encoder, source preview/confidence check window, DVD Authoring, as well as streaming media format output, the new DVD TransPro also enables professionals to create up to 99 titles and store 99 Chapters per disc. Ideal for the rigorous demands of the professional video production industry, the DVD TransPro includes many key features including: graphic overlay capability during capture, create custom DVD templates, a separate template editor, thumbnail chapter images, as well as the ability to output to both Windows Media and QuickTime formats. The DVD TransPro is also built for video streaming production and long-term video archival.

The DVD TransPro is configured with Dual Xeon CPUs and 2048MB RAM running Windows XP Pro. A SATA-based 250GB hard drive and a high performance 16X DVD+/-R drive ensures, quick project turnaround as well as the ease-of-use and application flexibility. The DVD TransPro. The DVD TransPro imports time code, chapter points and chapter names with scene and take information from any ASCII standard EDL (Edit Decision List) from the associated dailies video and creates a DVD+/-R disc with complete, DVD menu control to as many as 99 chapters per title with up to 99 titles per DVD Disk. For added flexibility, chapters can be re-arranged or deleted prior to output to the DVD with the push of a button. DVD TransPro will also prompt the user to change reels or tapes when more than one EDL is being used. The DVD TransPro can also be used to store a copy of the DVD image or on the hard drive or network drive that can be recalled at anytime to burn additional DVD copies, or for archival purposes.

Available for direct sale through Globalstor Data or to OEMs for development into specific applications, the DVD TransPro is now shipping with a two-year factory warranty. DVD TransPro has an MSRP of $14,151 and includes SDI, Component and composite video inputs as well as Balanced, un-balanced and digital audio inputs. DVD TransPro is also available in an optional 5U rack mount solution incorporating 6TB or 9TB of fault tolerant storage ideal for an all in one centralized capture, archival or streaming media sever.

www.globalstor.com

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AJA Debuts New XENA Video Capture and Playback Workflows for Windows XP

AJA Video has announced the XENA LS and XENA LH video and audio I/O cards for Windows XP. The new XENA lineup marks AJA's entree into integrated video capture and playback solutions designed to fit a variety of creative workflows based on the Windows XP platform. XENA LH (PCI/PCI-X compatible) and LHe (PCIe compatible) support combined HD/SD workflows; XENA LS supports SD capture and playback. Both products will ship with AJA's own standalone deck-control, playback, and capture application, Machina, and a host of powerful plug-ins for seamless integration with leading graphics and effects applications. XENA LH, LHe, and LS will be available worldwide on November 30th, 2005.

XENA LH, LHe and LS cards are designed for deadline-driven, graphics and layer-intensive motion graphics workflows. The software interface for deck-control, playback and recording via AJA Machina, coupled with custom-coded plug-ins linking video input and output seamlessly into the interfaces of Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, Autodesk Combustion, and Eyeon Fusion provide significant workflow efficiencies to digital artists. Optimal file format support is offered in QuickTime and AVI, as well as in file-per-frame formats such as DPX, Cineon (LH/LHe), TIFF, TGA and BMP. "

XENA LH, LHe and LS will ship November 30th, 2005 to AJA dealers and system integrators worldwide. XENA LH and LHe will be available for a list price of $1790 (US) and XENA LS will be available for a list price of $995 (US). The optional KL-BOX is available for a list price of $299 (US).

www.aja.com

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Alienware’s First Ever Headphone--the OZMA 7--Hits the Market

Alienware has launched the company's first-ever branded headphone, the Ozma 7. The Ozma 7 comes out of a partnership with leading German headphone manufacturer Ultrasone AG, and will be available for purchase with any of Alienware's high-performance desktop and notebook systems.

The Ozma 7's use Ultrasone's patented S-Logic natural surround sound technology and electro-magnetic field emission shielding to produce accurate-sounding and safe headphones to computer enthusiasts, gamers, and creative professionals. In addition, the Ozma 7's have a sleek, silver design and the Alienware Alien Head logo in the center of the ear cups.

The Alienware Ozma 7 features:

  • Advanced S-Logic Natural Surround Sound Technology--S-Logic prevents sound from becoming locked in and makes it seem broad and detached. Directions and distances can be heard and perceived - just like being in a live concert.
  • Safer Hearing--The Ozma 7 headphones are easy on the ears, as the S-Logic technology produces up to a 40% lower dB output (3-4 dB) for the same loudness sensation, thereby reducing the risk of hearing loss.
  • Reduced Magnetic Field Emissions--The Ozma 7 Headphones have strongly reduced radiation. With Ultrasone's patented ULE (Ultra-Low Emission) technology, these headphones offer a 60% reduction in electronic magnetic field radiation compared to ordinary headphones.
  • Character--These headphones are developed from the studio sector and are distinguished by a frequency response especially tuned for DVD. Movie and music enthusiasts will be overwhelmed by their extraordinary sound that makes it seem as though you are listening to speakers that are meters away from your head. Demanding PC gamers will also appreciate the Ozma 7 Headphones because of their impressive three-dimensional sound effects.

Technical Specifications:

  • S-Logic™ Natural Surround Sound · 3.5, 6.3 mm screw-on gold-plated plug/adapter
  • Convenient Carry Case Included
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz - 25kHz
  • Impedance: 75 ohms · Sound Pressure Level: 94 dB
  • Nominal Headband Pressure: 5.2 N · Weight (Without Cord): 265 grams
  • Cord Length: 3m

For additional information about the Ozma 7 headphones and S-Logic technology go to : http://www.alienware.com/intro_pages/ozma7.aspx.

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PQDVD.com Releases PQ DVD to iPod Video Converter

PQDVD.com has released PQ DVD to iPod Video Converter, a simple-to-use Windows application that lets you turn DVDs into files that you can play on Apple's new iPod with video. PQ DVD to iPod Video Converter provides an all-in-one conversion solution. You don't need to use multiple programs, or create interim files. Simply identify the movie that you wish to convert, and with one click, turn it into an iPod file.

You no longer have to pay twice for the same video, once for showing it on TV and another for enjoying it on iPod. With PQ DVD to iPod Video Converter, you can record favorite TV shows in Tivo, and convert and watch them later on your iPod. And you can virtually convert all kinds of other video formats to iPod as well, with one simple click.

PQ DVD to iPod Video Converter is fast, 300% faster than other solutions, according to PQDVD.com. You don't need to have a super-fast PC to do the conversion. There's no need for huge amounts of free disk space, because the program doesn't need to create interim files. The program converts your files directly. The software also provides great video quality, and many cool features perfectly designed for iPod. And you never have to worry about audio/video synchronization after conversion. PQ DVD to iPod Video Converter solves all of these problems, and is worry-proof.

For more info, visit http://www.pqdvd.com/dvd-to-ipod-video-converter.html.

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