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April 08, 2003

Table of Contents

Cinea Selects SafeNet's SafeXcel 241-PCI Card to Secure Digital Video Content
Toshiba Introduces New TLP-T720/T721 Series Wireless Projectors
Other World Computing Launches 80GB Portable Storage Solutions
Ciprico Storage and System Solutions Featured at NAB 2003
Leitch Debuts Version 8.2 of dpsVelocityQ and dpsVelocity NLEs
Digital Rapids Introduces StreamZ 2500XSR
Sony's Rough Cut Bundle Serves as Backup Solution for Video Editors
Avvida Introduces Processor for 10 SD Video Streams

Cinea Selects SafeNet's SafeXcel 241-PCI Card to Secure Digital Video Content

SafeNet, a leading provider of private and public network security, earlier announced that Cinea, Inc., a leading provider of security solutions for digital video content, has selected SafeNet's SafeXcel 241-PCI card to integrate into their security products and services to secure high value video content for the Digital Cinema industry and other high-value entertainment content.

Cinea's service offering is built on a hardware-based, closed loop security system. Cinea chose SafeXcel 241-PCI card for its embedded encryption solution based on its high performance and high level of flexibility that allowed them to tailor the security system to meet specific security needs.

Based on the SafeXcel-2141 chip, the SafeXcel 241-PCI card offers strong Triple-DES IPSec transform at OC-3 (155 Mbps) rates. It enables customers to design and develop equipment for VPNs or other applications with high throughput of encrypted and authenticated data and set up security association required to establish an exchange of encrypted data.

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Toshiba Introduces New TLP-T720/T721 Series Wireless Projectors

Toshiba's new TLP-T720/T721 Series projectors provide mobile professionals with a powerful tool to deliver high impact presentations. With its integrated Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b) functionality and networking capabilities, the TLP-T720/T721 Series offers users the freedom of "cable-free" presentations, as well as the flexibility for multiple presenters to connect to the projector wirelessly. The T720/T721 Series also offers an on-the-go professional the option to deliver a "PC-free" presentation by simply adding a flash memory card. Toshiba's T720/T721 Series projectors shell out 2,400 ANSI lumens at a very competitive price.

Other features of the TLP-T720/T721 Series include the following:

? Integrated document camera (TLP-T721 model only)
? Resolution: XGA 1024 x 768
? Device technology: LCD 0.9" XGA panel x 3
? Contrast Ratio: 400:1
? Input Signals: NTSC, PAL, SECAM, HDTV/DTV/DVD, VGA, SVGA, XGA, SXGA and UXGA (both compressed)
? External Monitor Loop-Through
? Automatic Keystone Correction
? Digital Zoom: Computer video (RGB) up to 10x Component video up to 3x.
? Noise Level: 32dBA
? Speaker: 1.0 Watt Monaural
? Size: 11.7" x 9.8" x 3.8"
? Weight: 7.5 lbs. (TLP-T720) and 9.1 lbs. (TLP-T721)

Toshiba's new projectors are available April 2003 at or through Toshiba enterprise sales team and authorized Toshiba distributors, dealers, retailers or mail-order partners. The Estimated Street price for the TLP-T720 is $3,199. ESP for the TLP-T721 is $3,999.


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Other World Computing Launches 80GB Portable Storage Solutions

Other World Computing (OWC), a leading provider of products and services for the Macintosh marketplace, recently introduced two 80 Gigabyte Mercury On-The-Go portable storage solutions priced at $399.97 and $419.99, respectively.

The 80GB Mercury On-The-Go portable storage solutions from OWC feature 8MB caches and are available with either a FireWire only interface or with both FireWire and USB interfaces. The IEEE1394/iLink-compliant FireWire interface on the 80GB On-The-Go solutions supports both a powered (6-pin) and an unpowered (4-pin) port. The USB interface on the combination FireWire/USB 80GB On-The-Go external hard drive supports both USB v2.0 and v1.1.

Weighing 11 ounces and measuring only 3.5-inches x 5.5-inches x 1.0-inches, the new Mercury On-The-Go drives provide convenient and portable solutions for transferring files from one computer to another or transporting large files in secure hard drives for quick access.

The On-The-Go plug-and-play drives are compatible with any operating system with USB (2.0/1.x) or FireWire support, including Apple OS 8.6-9.2.2, OS X, and Windows 98SE/2000/XP. The drives have been built for portability with a shock absorption casing and feature a cool blue activity indicator light; near silent drive operation; a 2MB, 8MB or 16MB data buffer; two FireWire ports; one USB port; and can operate without an external power source. All cables and Macintosh formatting software is also included.

Pricing for OWC's On-The-Go FireWire/USB combo drives start as low as $179.99, while prices for the On-The-Go FireWire drives start as low as $165.97.


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Ciprico Storage and System Solutions Featured at NAB 2003

Ciprico Inc., a leading provider of storage and system solutions to the broadcast industry, have announced and showcased its newest solutions at NAB 2003. The next generation DiMeda 3600 Digital Media Appliance and its leading-edge FibreSTORE 2210 (pictured) were demonstrated as part of a broadcast and post-production digital media workflow in Ciprico's technology suite at the Las Vegas Hilton. One of the world's first Digital Media Appliances, the DiMeda 2400, was also on display, integrated into many high-profile partner exhibits.

Combining SAN performance with NAS ease of use, the DiMeda allows multiple clients in a typical newsroom set-up to conduct real-time file sharing and playback of high quality digital video, even in multi-platform, multi-application environments.  Achieving performance levels exceeding 600 MB/s aggregate bandwidth, the DiMeda has completely integrated RAID storage architecture and a patented software layer.

The DiMeda 3600 offers high Quality of Service in the form of Bandwidth Management. This feature provides a means of delivering differentiated network storage services on a per client basis, allowing the customer to provision client bandwidth policies on the storage device according to the needs of a particular application or client. Ciprico will be demonstrating how the DiMeda's bandwidth management capabilities can enhance the digital media workflow in both broadcast and post-production environments in its technology suite during NAB 2003.

Also featured was Ciprico's FibreSTORE 2210, its 2GB Fibre Channel storage solution that is being effectively used by three of the leading broadcast manufacturers for use with their video server systems.  Ideal for mission-critical data-intensive playback applications, the FibreSTORE 2210 demonstration showcased the product's unmatched isochronous performance—guaranteed delivery of uncompressed high-definition video files at nearly 200 MB/s without ever dropping a frame.

At NAB 2003, Ciprico storage accounted for more than 50TB of centralized storage, powering demonstrations that showcased their partners' innovative new solutions.  Leading broadcast organizations such as Grass Valley Group/Thomson, Pinnacle Systems, Leitch Technology Corporation, Cintel, and Snell and Wilcox incorporated Ciprico solutions as part of their exhibits.


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Leitch Debuts Version 8.2 of dpsVelocityQ and dpsVelocity NLEs

Leitch Technology Corporation has unveiled its new version 8.2 software for the award-winning dpsVelocityQ multi-stream non-linear editing system and dpsVelocity dual-stream NLE.

DpsVelocityQ 8.2 and dpsVelocity 8.2 sport a new interface style featuring a new color scheme, new flexible interface customization options, timeline picons and the uniquely powerful EyeCon View. EyeCon View continuously displays the picons and clip timecode of all visible layers based on the current playhead position, providing constant visual reference for all layers on the timeline while scrubbing and aligning clips and making it easy to precisely align specific frames across layers.

Additional new features common to both dpsVelocityQ 8.2 and dpsVelocity 8.2 include native file export to Leitch VR servers, support for Windows Media format version 9, and support for Direct-X audio plug-ins in the timeline. Advanced Authoring Format (AAF) and OMF import and export will also be offered through a new specially priced Interoperability option. OMF functionality was developed in conjunction with Trakker Technologies, developers of conversion tools such as Slingshot.

DpsVelocityQ combines flexible and intuitive software with the dpsQuattrus multi-stream real-time hardware, forming an integrated, advanced multi-layer NLE solution that delivers a combination of real-time power, quality, and affordability. DpsVelocityQ features real-time, full-quality playback of four streams of video, up to six graphics streams, and four channels of 3D DVE. DpsVelocity features the same software interface running on dual-stream real-time hardware, featuring real-time performance of two video streams, two graphics streams, and an optional single-channel 3D DVE. DpsVelocityQ and dpsVelocity are available as fully integrated, "ready to run" turnkey solutions, or as boardset-and-software bundles for installation into a Windows 2000 or Windows XP workstation.

DpsVelocityQ 8.2 and dpsVelocity 8.2 are expected to be released in Q2 2003. DpsVelocityQ 8.2 will be available as a free download for all existing registered dpsVelocityQ users. Similarly, registered users of dpsVelocity version 8.0 or 8.1 will be able to download the 8.2 upgrade free from the Leitch Web site. Specially priced upgrades to dpsVelocity 8.2 will be available for existing users of dpsVelocity version 7.6 or earlier.


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Digital Rapids Introduces StreamZ 2500XSR

Adding to the already robust StreamZ product line, Digital Rapids introduces the StreamZ 2500XSR.  StreamZ 2500XSR brings enterprise level quality and scalability to the StreamZ family of encoding servers.  The StreamZ 2500XSR is a dual 3.06GHz Xeon based rack mount platform with built in RAID (0, 1, 5), redundant power supply, dual channel gigabit networking, and up to 1TB of integrated storage in a standard 2RU chassis.

All StreamZ platforms support the following codec formats as both inputs and outputs:

• Lossless Compression
• Uncompressed
• MPEG 1, 2, 4
• Windows Media 9 (including embedded timecode, and 2 pass)
• Sorenson (Pro, Broadcaster, ACE)
• Real Helix (1 and 2 pass)
• Quicktime (file and Quicktime reference)
• DivX  (1 and 2 pass)

StreamZ 2500XSR includes all industry standard audio and video inputs (SDI, Component, Composite, Y/C, AES, Balanced, unbalanced, and DV) as standard features, as well as having two live video capture engines which can run concurrently, allowing two separate jobs to be processed at the same time.  All StreamZ XS platforms include integrated frame accurate deck control and our Stream Remote application which allows live video monitoring and configuration over any network.


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Sony's Rough Cut Bundle Serves as Backup Solution for Video Editors

Sony Electronics is simplifying the workflow process for Mac computer-based video editors with its new Rough Cut advanced video editing storage kit, a complete solution built around the Advanced Intelligent Tape (AIT) data storage format.

The Rough Cut kit lets editors collect, backup, and archive their work throughout the editing process by storing all their project elements together as data files.  If an editing project is interrupted or requires revisions - even several years later - the project can be restored onto the editing station with all the source elements, time coding, and work intact, eliminating the need to collect, load, or re-digitize any material. Because the materials are stored in data formats, there is no loss in quality; the project is literally just as the editor left it.

The kit includes an AIT-2 drive with a FireWire interface, Mezzo ES Generation 4 backup software for Macintosh computers, ten AIT media cartridges with a total capacity of up to 333GB, and all necessary cabling for installation.  The initial shipments will also include two writable Sony DVD discs.

The first releases of the Rough Cut video editing storage kits are designed specifically for the post-production process using Apple Macintosh computer-based systems.  It is ideal for independent videographers, corporate A/V departments, and video production service firms.  The kit is compatible not only with Apple's Final Cut Pro editing software, but also with selected video and audio editing software from AVID, Adobe, Media 100, and DigiDesign, among others. The solution has minimum requirements of Mac G3 computers or higher, as well as Mac OS X version 10.2, or earlier to Mac OS 9.1 operating systems.

The Rough Cut video editing storage kit relies on advanced AIT technology to enable fast, reliable storage and retrievals.  The AIT-2 format featured in the original release has a maximum storage capacity of 50GB native per compact 8mm tape cartridge and a native data transfer rate of 6MB/s. The AIT-2 drive can also use lower capacity AIT-1 tapes (25 or 35GB native) and AIT-2 tapes (36GB native) for smaller projects.

Sony's initial AIT-2-based Rough Cut video editing storage solution, identified by the model number RCUT210MAC1, will be available in May for a suggested retail price of $1,999.


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Avvida Introduces Processor for 10 SD Video Streams

Design engineers implementing solutions for video broadcast servers, VOD (video on demand), video over IP, or any high performance video application can now reduce cost, improve product design cycles, and speed time-to-market with the Avvida Systems Tsunami Video Processor.  The Tsunami platform combines the flexibility and scalability of PC-based platform with the power and programmability of Altera Stratix FPGAs to deliver one of the highest performance video processors on the market today.

The programmability of Avvida's system allows a high degree of optimization for specific applications.  Reprogramming the FPGA devices to handle different applications allows users to modify the system for many product profiles. A standard PC and Tsunami board can be used as a platform technology for many different video products, minimizing hardware specific drivers and product turnover.

The Avvida PCI product launch leverages the growth in PC-based multi-media standards, such as Microsoft's Media 9 and others. This new platform provides an economical video processing system that is opening new market opportunities in video creation and distribution over broadcast and IP networks.

The challenge for video creation and distribution on PC-based systems is high bandwidth processing of multiple SD or HD video on PC architecture. Avvida has solved this challenge by leveraging high bandwidth FPGA co-processors into a PCI-based architecture. The PC host is tightly coupled to the processing power of Tsunami to accelerate video applications while leveraging the high connectivity and standards build around PC standard protocols.


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