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May 02, 2003

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3D Labs Announces Wildcat VP880 Pro Graphics Accelerator
Dazzle Real-Time Video Producer Now Shipping
Audio I Introduces Complete Audio Converter Pro 3.0
Verbatim Expands Digital Vinyl CD-R Line with Inkjet-Printable 50-disc Spindles
CinemaNow to Deliver MGM Movies Via Internet VOD
321 Studios Announces Release of DVD X Copy XPRESS
Panasonic Introduces Recordable DVD Media Line
Panasonic Expands DVD Recorder Line With Two Fourth-Generation Models

3D Labs Announces Wildcat VP880 Pro Graphics Accelerator

3Dlabs Inc., Ltd., a leading producer of professional visual processing products, announced the immediate availability of the new Wildcat VP880 Pro workstation-class graphics accelerator through leading distributors and systems integrators. Packed with 256 MB of onboard memory and designed to fit into just one standard AGP slot, the Wildcat VP880 Pro boosts high-end graphics performance for $499. The Wildcat VP880 Pro, powered by 3Dlabs' Visual Processing Unit (VPU), utilizes Wildcat VP technology and features full programmability to provide increased realism for texture-rich and geometry-intensive CAD and DCC projects.

(http://www.3dlabs.com)

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Dazzle Real-Time Video Producer Now Shipping

SCM Microsystems, Inc. has announced that its Real-Time Video Producer is now shipping. Combining an simple interface with software based real-time rendering capabilities, Real-Time Video Producer is a useful solution for video professionals demanding real-time performance and quality. Real-Time Video Producer features Dazzle's scalable Native Video Pipeline Technology and leverages Adobe Premiere 6.5 editing software.  Native Video Pipeline technology allows Adobe Premiere to work with multiple channels of broadcast-resolution video in real time and with perfectly preserved color.   This is achieved because Native Video Pipeline's playback and effects engines are designed from the ground up to process video in its native YUV format rather than converting the video to the PC's standard RGB format. Real-Time Video Producer's DV Analog I/O breakout box connects to the PC via a 1394 port.  In real time it captures either native DV, or analog video at full resolution in 4:2:2 YUV format.  Its full-resolution output enables productions to be viewed on a TV monitor or recorded to a VCR in real time. Dazzle Real-Time Video Producer includes the DV Analog I/O breakout box, and comes complete with Adobe Premiere 6.5, Dazzle DVD Complete Deluxe DVD authoring software and Boris FX integrated effects and composition application. Real-Time Video Producer is available immediately at the suggested retail price of $599.

(http://www.dazzle.com)

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Audio I Introduces Complete Audio Converter Pro 3.0

Complete Audio Converter Lite/Pro is a utility to convert or fast-batch convert audio files from/to MP3 (including VBR), WMA, WAV, ADPCM, GSM, DSP, MP2, PCM (uncompressed Wave), OGG Vorbis, G721, G723, G726, A-LAW, U-LAW and RAW; you can even make  your own formats. All of the format parameters like frequency, bitrate, channels, etc. can be configured. Furthermore it contains an audio player which supports all of the formats mentioned above. With Complete Audio Converter Lite/Pro you can also edit audio file tags (audio header information like title, album, artist, etc.). Included in the Pro version is a CD grabber to save CD tracks to hard disk. This software runs on all versions of Windows and designed to be an all-in-one audio conversion utility. Available for $34 at www.audioi.com

(http://www.audioi.com)

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Verbatim Expands Digital Vinyl CD-R Line with Inkjet-Printable 50-disc Spindles

Verbatim Corporation, manufacturer of the Digital Vinyl CD-Rs, announced a new inkjet-printable version in convenient, 50-disc spindles. Like the original discs, these 80min/700MB CDs offer the look and feel of a 45-rpm record -- complete with vinyl-like grooves. In addition, the Inkjet Printable Digital Vinyl CD-Rs have a coated label area compatible for printing using Inkjet CD printers.  The new Printable Digital Vinyl CD-Rs feature Verbatim's patented blue azo recording dye technology, which provides recording stability and resistance to UV irradiation. To protect against scratches that can damage or destroy data, the disc's reflective layer is safeguarded with Verbatim's dual-protective layer. Verbatim's complete family of DataLifePlus CD-R media, including the new Inkjet Printable Digital Vinyl CD-R discs, includes this double protective layer as standard for enhanced protection against sunlight, high temperatures, humidity and handling. The expected street price for the 50-pack spindles is $49.99. Verbatim also offers a complete range of printable CD and DVD media.

(http://www.verbatim.com)

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CinemaNow to Deliver MGM Movies Via Internet VOD

CinemaNow, Inc. has announced an agreement with MGM Home Entertainment to feature MGM titles on its Web site, www.cinemanow.com, in both streaming and downloadable formats. In February 2002, MGM became one of the first major studios to explore digital distribution of its films via the Internet when it conducted a limited trial with CinemaNow. As part of the agreement, CinemaNow will offer MGM's new release films the same day they become available in their traditional pay-per-view window along with previously released movies from MGM's film library. Some of the new release titles to be made available include the hit movie "Barbershop," starring Ice Cube and Cedric The Entertainer, which is currently available on CinemaNow, and the action-comedy "Bulletproof Monk," which is scheduled for October. PatchBay, CinemaNow's proprietary video-on-demand technology solution, already employed for online content distribution throughout the world, will facilitate all aspects of the films' distribution. This includes digital and territorial rights protection, comprehensive pay-per-view services, and detailed report generation. In addition, all MGM titles will be made available in Microsoft's Windows Media 9 Series format to ensure the best possible user experience.

(http://www.cinemanow.com)

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321 Studios Announces Release of DVD X Copy XPRESS

321 Studios, a leader in DVD backup software, announced today the release of its latest product: DVD X Copy XPRESS. DVD X Copy XPRESS allows users to back-up their private collections with copies of their favorite DVDs. DVD X Copy XPRESS includes the ability to back-up most DVDs within about 60 minutes or less and boasts a user-friendly interface - only two clicks from start to finish. In addition, DVD X Copy XPRESS can compress a DVD-9 to a DVD-5, fitting each backup copy onto one single DVDR or DVDRW. Users can make back-up copies of their DVD movies with DVD X Copy XPRESS using nothing more than a DVD burner and blank DVD R(W) media, which can be played back on portable and home DVD players as well as PCs with DVD drives. Users simply install DVD X Copy XPRESS, place the DVD movie into their DVD-ROM drive, insert a blank DVD R(W) in their DVD burner, and click the "Start" button. DVD X Copy XPRESS has been tested extensively and is compatible with Windows XP/2000/98/ME. DVD X Copy XPRESS sells for $69.99, with a $20 mail-in rebate, for a final cost of $49.99.\

(http://www.321studios.com)

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Panasonic Introduces Recordable DVD Media Line

Panasonic has announced an extensive line of recordable DVD media to address consumers' recording needs and preferences.  Whether users are in the market for a cartridge DVD-RAM or a spindle of write-once DVD-R media, Panasonic has every capacity of media available for 2003.  Highlights of new media options this year include a three-pack of DVD-RAM double-sided 9.4GB discs for $11.66 per disc and a ten-pack of 4.7GB single-sided DVD-RAM for only $4.99 per disc. As demand for recordable DVD products continues to surge, Panasonic is answering the call for multiple media options to support the market. Recordable DVD media available from Panasonic in 2003 includes: 4.7GB single sided and 9.4GB double-sided DVD-RAM discs in cartridge and non-cartridge forms ranging from $4.99 to $14.99; 4.7GB DVD-R discs from $2.79 to $3.99; and DVD Camcorder cartridge discs at 1.4GB single-sided and 2.8GB double-sided for $7.99 and $19.99, respectively.

(http://www.panasonic.com)

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Panasonic Expands DVD Recorder Line With Two Fourth-Generation Models

Panasonic has introduced two DVD recorders as part of a new "DIGA" DVD recorder line. Model DMR-E60, which features an SD Memory Card slot, a PCMCIA slot and a DV input terminal, is a unit designed for interaction with digital still cameras and digital camcorders.  The DMR-E60 has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $599.95 and will be available at retail in May.  The new DMR-E80 DVD/hard disk recorder features 80GB of built-in memory.  It provides up to 104 hours of recording time on its hard drive and up to 6 hours on a removable 4.7 GB DVD-RAM disc (both in Extended Play mode.) The DMR-E80 has an MSRP of $699.95 and will be available at retail in July. Panasonic's latest DVD recorders join continuing models DMR-E50 and DMR-HS2, to comprise the most extensive line of DVD recorders currently available.  All support DVD-RAM and DVD-R, and will also play back DVD Video, music CDs, video CDs, and CD-R/CD-RW(2) MP3 formatted discs.

(http://www.panasonic.com)

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