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May 06, 2003

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TechSmith Announces Camtasia Studio 1.1
Sony Pictures to by Sonic Foundry's Software Assets
MacroSystem Introduces Avio DVD
Contour Design Adds Enhanced Support for dpsVelocity and ProTools to ShuttlePRO Multimedia Controller
Sony Disc Manufacturing Celebrates 20 Years, Announces SACD Hybrid Production
TDK Selects Roxio's Easy CD & DVD Creator 6 for Indi DVD Multiformat Burner
Sharp Introduces New Notevision A10S-SL SVGA Projector
DVD+RW Alliance to Demonstrate Mt. Rainier Capabilities of DVD+RW Format at WinHEC 2003

TechSmith Announces Camtasia Studio 1.1

TechSmith Corp., a leading provider of screen capture and recording solutions for consumers and business professionals, introduced Camtasia Studio 1.1 with advanced editing and playback capabilities for Macromedia Flash presentations that users create by recording screen activity from any Windows desktop. Other key enhancements in Camtasia Studio 1.1 include Theater for Camtasia Studio and Converter for Camtasia Studio. Unlike applications that simply animate by slideshow, Camtasia Studio records screen activity in real-time, making it possible to record complex and subtle activity, such as Flash-based Web sites and intricate software maneuvers. This approach enables users to create naturally flowing demonstrations, tutorials and training material.

New playback controls embedded in the Flash movies provide viewers with the DVD-like ability to watch selected parts of a movie. In addition, Theater for Camtasia allows viewers to select from among multiple movies using an integrated menu. The combination of these two capabilities enables simple navigation to the most relevant content in the movie of the viewer's choice.

Theater for Camtasia Studio displays a Web-based menu of the Flash (SWF) movies that can be viewed online or on CD. Theater is able to sequence individual movies so viewers can watch the complete series from start to finish or move between the movies.

Converter for Camtasia Studio is a video conversion tool that allows users to turn personal video footage of a trainer, expert or educator into standard AVI files that can be spliced with Camtasia Studio videos for more dynamic presentations.

Camtasia Studio 1.1 supports Microsoft Windows XP, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows NT, and Windows 98. Camtasia Studio 1.1 with Converter and Theater for Camtasia Studio is available immediately with a suggested retail price of $349.00.

(http://www.techsmith.com)

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Sony Pictures to by Sonic Foundry's Software Assets

Sony Pictures Digital and Sonic Foundry, Inc announced that Sony Pictures Digital has struck an agreement to purchase all of Sonic Foundry's desktop software products and related assets for $18 million cash and assumption of certain trade payables, accrued liabilities and capital leases associated with the desktop software business.  The acquisition of Sonic Foundry's desktop
software follows the recent retail release of Sony Pictures Digital's
Screenblast Movie StudioT and Screenblast Music StudioT video and music-mixing applications created in conjunction with Sonic Foundry's software team.

Sale of the desktop software assets includes Sonic Foundry's popular, industry-leading ACID, Sound Forge and Vegas series of software products, as well as other related assets. Sony anticipates maintaining the group's Madison, Wis. base.  The Board of Directors of Sonic Foundry has approved the transaction and certain shareholders have agreed to vote their shares in favor of the sale. Approval of the agreement may be subject to Sonic Foundry shareholder approval and other various conditions.

(http://www.sonypictures.com), (http://www.sonicfoundry.com)

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MacroSystem Introduces Avio DVD

MacroSystems has introduced the Casablanca Avio DVD with DVD port, a DV recorder that includes DVD-writing capability. The included DVD-Arabesk software writes to DVD-R and DVD-RW and offers menu and chapter creation functions for up to 6 titles on one disc. A base model without the DVD port is also available, as are two base models without the DVD-Arabesk software.

(http://www.draco.com)

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Contour Design Adds Enhanced Support for dpsVelocity and ProTools to ShuttlePRO Multimedia Controller

Contour Design, Inc., a leading provider of ergonomic input devices for the audio/video market, added Leitch's dpsVelocity and Digidesign's ProTools to the growing list of applications with pre-programmed settings for the Contour ShuttlePRO multimedia controller. The new application settings are available for free download on Contour Design's web site: www.contourdesign.com. ProTools settings for Contour's new ShuttleXpress multimedia controller are also available now, with dpsVelocity settings to follow later this month.

Application features made easier and faster with the ShuttlePRO include:

Leitch dpsVelocity Support
- Frame-by-frame accurate clip editing
- VTR control
- Fingertip access to your most common commands such as mark in, mark out, etc.
- Programmable to any keyboard command supported by dpsVelocity
- Support for dpsVelocity 8.1 and the forthcoming dpsVelocity/Q 8.2

Digidesign ProTools Support
- 7 speeds of shuttle forward and reverse with sound
- Jog dial accurate down to beats, ticks, or measures
- Cycle through edit tools and edit modes
- Transport controls such as record, play, stop, fast-forward, and rewind
- Programmable to any keyboard command supported by ProTools
- Support for ProTools versions 5.X and 6.X for Windows based systems, 6.X
for Mac OS X based systems

Contour's ShuttlePRO and ShuttleXpress are available through Contour's extensive network of distributors and resellers. The recommended retail price of the ShuttlePRO and ShuttleXpress are $109.99 and $59.99, respectively.

(http://www.contourdesign.com)

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Sony Disc Manufacturing Celebrates 20 Years, Announces SACD Hybrid Production

On May 2, Digital Audio Disc Corporation (DADC)/Sony Disc Manufacturing (SDM) marked its 20th anniversary of duplicating optical media including CD, DVD and PlayStation discs. Since its opening in April 1983, the plant in Terre Haute, IN has consistently expanded its production of CDs. In March 1994, the facility was expanded to meet manufacturing needs. In the mid and late nineties, production began on PlayStation(TM) and DVDs. At the celebration, SDM highlighted the installation of a new line to manufacture the hybrid Super Audio CD. Currently, SDM produces approximately 850,000 CDs and 1.1 million DVDs every day.

This week, the plant will begin producing Super Audio CD Hybrid discs, which play in both standard and SACD players. Hybrid SACD discs feature a high-density layer which can provide high-resolution, multichannel surround sound, as well as a two-channel stereo SACD version in addition to a layer with a CD version of the recording. The first SACD hybrid discs produced in Terre Haute will include 15 remasters of classic Bob Dylan albums.

(http://www.sdm.sony.com)

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TDK Selects Roxio's Easy CD & DVD Creator 6 for Indi DVD Multiformat Burner

Roxio provider of the best selling digital media software in the world, announced today that TDK has chosen Roxio Easy CD & DVD Creator 6 Basic, Roxio PhotoSuite and Roxio DVDMax Player to be included with its first Indi DVD Multiformat burner (model 440) capable of recording DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RW and CD-R/RW media. Roxio's Easy CD & DVD Creator 6 integrated software suite offers feature-rich digital media applications desired by today's "digital consumer" to capture, edit, manage and burn music, data, photos and video onto CD or DVD.  Among the applications in Easy CD & DVD Creator 6 is DVD Builder, which empowers consumers to easily capture and edit videos to create Hollywood-style DVDs of home movies.

Roxio's PhotoSuite allows users to import, edit, organize and share digital images, making photo editing simple and fun. It provides consumers with powerful professional-level editing tools in a consumer friendly interface.

Consumers who want additional capabilities can upgrade to Roxio's full-featured software Easy CD & DVD Creator 6 Platinum, available direct from Roxio at www.roxio.com or at local retailers.

(http://www.tdk.com), (http://www.roxio.com)

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Sharp Introduces New Notevision A10S-SL SVGA Projector

Sharp Electronics has introduced its new Notevision PG-A10S-SL LCD projector to the U.S. market, offering 1500 ANSI Lumens brightness and native SVGA resolution.  The Notevision A10S-SL joins the XGA-resolution PG-A10X as the first two entries in Sharp's Value Series, and both products are now shipping.

In addition to classroom and government settings, the Notevision A10S-SL and A10X are aimed at first-time buyers, sales/marketing professionals, small business owners and corporate trainers -- any end user or setting where low cost of ownership and reliability are paramount concerns.

The Notevision A10S-SL is available at a list price of $1,995 through Sharp's authorized distribution channels and is supported by an integrated marketing program.  The Notevision A10X is available through those same channels at a list price of $3,395.  Both projectors are backed by a three-year parts and labor limited warranty, including two years of Sharp's "ER" Service, a 24-hour turnaround express repair program.

(http://www.sharpsec.com)

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DVD+RW Alliance to Demonstrate Mt. Rainier Capabilities of DVD+RW Format at WinHEC 2003

The DVD+RW Alliance, one of the sponsors of WinHEC 2003 this week in New Orleans, will demonstrate the Mt. Rainier capabilities of the DVD+RW format's writing and editing capabilities at its WinHEC booth. Mt. Rainier is the DVD writing specification to be included in the next version of Windows. The DVD+RW Alliance also will provide a 20-minute presentation on the superior benefits of the DVD+R/+RW format at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the WinHEC Theater.

(http://www.dvdrw.com)

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