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May 16, 2003

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Audible Magic Announces RepliCheck 2.1
WAM!NET and DCA Announce Release of OptiSend for WAM!NET
Dual Format Verbatim DVD Recorders Deliver Twice the Compatibility
InterVideo Launches WinDVD Creator Plus AVDV
Sorenson Media Adds MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 Encoding to Video Compression Software
InterVideo's WinDVD Creator Offered on New ThinkPads
Macrovision Announces SafeDisc DVD-ROM Copy Protection
Adaptec Combines FireWire/1394 and USB 2.0 Ports Into Single Card for Laptops

Audible Magic Announces RepliCheck 2.1

Audible Magic Corporation, a leading provider of content management and identification services, announced RepliCheck 2.1, an enhanced version of its anti-piracy verification service for copyrighted music and software. RepliCheck 2.1 offers dramatically improved performance, completing identification of a master audio CD in less than 5 minutes, a process that typically took almost 15 minutes with the previous version. The latest release also features active reports that allow one-click launching of applications to review document, image, and video files. In addition, the reports are now organized by file type, allowing users to more easily comply with IRMA recommended processes. For example all ReadMe files are grouped together. RepliCheck has become a de facto standard in U.S. replication facilities, used by companies such as Sanyo, JVC, Q-Media and Eva-Tone among others. RepliCheck 2.1 allows verification of master CDs against a reference database of songs and software titles. This database is updated weekly with new song titles - averaging 5,000-10,000 songs a week—while new software titles are added on an ongoing basis.

Replicheck 2.1 is available immediately. Pricing is based on volume. The service requires a  Windows 2000 or Windows XP computer and an Internet connection.  

(http://www.audiblemagic.com)

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WAM!NET and DCA Announce Release of OptiSend for WAM!NET

WAM!NET, a global provider of shared content management and distribution services and Doug Carson & Associates, Inc. (DCA), a leader in signal processing technology for the optical disc industry, today announced the release of OptiSend for WAM!NET, a new application from DCA for the secure electronic transfer of CD and DVD content that has been integrated for use with the WAM!NET Direct! digital delivery service.

OptiSend for WAM!NET is a software application designed to simplify the distribution of CD and DVD content while providing tools to automate optical media quality control processes. Because OptiSend has been integrated with WAM!NET, customers realize the benefits of using WAM!NET for complete management and distribution of digital media content with an application built specifically for optical media manufacturing workflows.

OptiSend for WAM!NET has been tightly integrated with the WAM!NET service so that WAM!NET capabilities including email notifications, package tracking, address book management and full administrative and reporting functions for the service are available through the OptiSend user interface. The solution also ensures enhanced security once files have been downloaded from the Direct! service onto the recipient's local area network. The Full version of OptiSend for WAM!NET includes both "send" functionality which packages, encrypts and sends the content, and "receive" functionality which downloads the content, and unpacks and decrypts it. OptiSend for WAM!NET can also be configured and distributed in a limited Send Only version.

DCA utilized the WAM!NET Application Programming Interface (API), which is based on SOAP and XML standards, to integrate the OptiSend application with the WAM!NET Direct! service.

(http://www.dcainc.com), (http://www.wamnet.com)

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Dual Format Verbatim DVD Recorders Deliver Twice the Compatibility

Verbatim Corporation and Peripherals Group, Inc., the exclusive licensee of the Verbatim brand for optical hardware products and subsidiary ofCenDyne, Inc., is now offering its first Dual-Format DVD Recorders that support the four most popular DVD formats—DVD+RW, DVD+R, DVD-RW and DVD-R—as well as CD-R and CD-RW. The new Verbatim 4X Producer 44 Dual-Format DVD Recorders come with user-friendly tutorial software and DVD burning software, enabling computer users to preserve priceless home movies, archive critical data and create custom music compilations in whichever format works best for them.

Both the external and internal dual-format drives burn at 4X for the DVD+R and DVD-R formats. Plus, the new drives also support up to 2.4X DVD+RW, 2X DVD-RW, 16X CD-R and 10X CD-RW. The Verbatim 4X Producer 44 Dual-Format Internal DVD Recorder has an IDE interface and was designed to be installed into a PC, while the external version of the drive, the Verbatim 4X Producer 44E can be easily connected via its USB 2.0/FireWire port to any PC with a USB (2.0 or earlier) port or FireWire connection. Both are an excellent replacement for CD-RW drives that don't support the 4.7GB per disc capacity of DVD.

The drives come bundled with Sonic MyDVD 4, Intervideo WinDVD, MusicMatch, and Nero Express software. The Verbatim Internal Dual-Format DVD Recorder (model # VBTDVDL4A) and Verbatim External Dual-Format USB 2.0/Firewire DVD Recorder (model # VBTDVDL4X) priced at $299 and $399 respectively. The Verbatim DVD Recorders are covered by a one year warranty.

(http://www.verbatim.com), (http://www.cendyne.com)

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InterVideo Launches WinDVD Creator Plus AVDV

InterVideo, Inc. has announced WinDVD Creator Plus AVDV, a analog/digital video editing solution. WinDVD Creator Plus AVDV combines the flexibility of the ADVE-9011H Analog/Digital Video Capture Combo Board with the features of WinDVD Creator Plus video editing software. The new hardware/software solution enables users to capture video from both analog and digital sources and includes InterVideo's proprietary one-step video editing and creation technology. For minimal wait time, consumers can also use InterVideo's Direct Recording technology to burn the captured video directly to a VCD or DVD that can be played back by most of the CE players in use today.

Equipped with a 1394/FireWire input/output interface, the plug-and-play capture board acts as a bridge for transferring video from analog devices such as DV/D8 camcorders and VCRs to a PC at speeds of up to 400Mb/sec.  By combining the board with video editing software that delivers very fast content creation time and support for all DVD formats, InterVideo has developed a compelling solution for both analog camcorder users and digital camcorder users. .


WinDVD Creator Plus AVDV is compatible with MicrosoftÒ WindowsÒ 2000 and XP. The complete package includes the InterVideo WinDVD Creator Plus software CD, an ADVE-9011H Analog and Digital Video Capture Combo board with 4 cables (1394, S-Video, RCA and Audio), the associated drivers and a user manual. WinDVD Creator Plus AVDV has an MSRP of $129.

(http://www.intervideo.com)

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Sorenson Media Adds MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 Encoding to Video Compression Software

Sorenson Media announced the immediate availability of Sorenson Squeeze 3.1 for Macintosh and Sorenson Squeeze 3.5 for Windows, the latest versions of the video encoding software. Sorenson Squeeze 3.1 and 3.5 now enables video producers to save and reuse their own video and audio filter settings to quickly batch process video files through the use of Watch Folders.

Additionally, the Windows version of the Sorenson Squeeze 3.5 Compression Suite includes support for MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 (including Visual Simple Profile and Visual Advanced Simple Profile), Apple QuickTime, Macromedia
Flash, RealNetworks RealMedia 9, and Microsoft Windows Media 7, 8, and 9 formats.  As a result, video producers can quickly compress and produce high-quality video into a wide variety of popular formats for streaming, progressive download, and portable media including DVD, VCD, and SVCD delivery.

Sorenson Squeeze 3.1 (Macintosh) and 3.5 (Windows) are available immediately by purchasing an electronic copy or by downloading the free upgrade after a boxed copy of Squeeze 3 has been installed.  Free Squeeze 3.1 and 3.5 upgrades are available for current users of Sorenson Squeeze 3 products.

(http://www.sorenson.com)

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InterVideo's WinDVD Creator Offered on New ThinkPads

InterVideo, Inc. has announced that WinDVD Creator, the company's DVD-making software, is included as an option on new IBM ThinkPads. WinDVD Creator is offered as an option with 10 different models across four different ThinkPad series - the ThinkPad T Series, ThinkPad A Series, ThinkPad R Series and ThinkPad X Series.

InterVideo's WinDVD Creator is a storyboard-based video-editing product that is designed to turn raw video footage into professional-looking DVDs. WinDVD Creator walks users through 4 separate movie-making steps to complete personal DVD and VCD movies:
·"Capture" guides a user through the steps involved with bringing video, pictures and music into a movie.
·"Edit" lets users edit and arrange video and add transitions, effects and titles.
·"Author" walks a user through the DVD/VCD creation process using templates for themes, previews, menus and chapters.
·"Output" offers users a variety of options for saving their finished movie: saving it as a file, sending it back to tape, or burning it to disk as a VCD or DVD.

(http://www.intervideo.com), (http://www.ibm.com)

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Macrovision Announces SafeDisc DVD-ROM Copy Protection

Macrovision Corporation, a leading provider of copy protection and digital rights management technologies, unveiled its new DVD version of SafeDisc during the Electronic Entertainment Exposition at the Los Angeles Convention Center. SafeDisc-DVD protects DVD-ROMs from unauthorized copying.

Macrovision has extended the patented SafeDisc technologies for the growing DVD-ROM market to provide developers and publishers with a high level of copy protection for this higher capacity format. The number of DVD-ROM games available is growing rapidly due to the popularity of DVD-enabled consoles such as the Xbox and PlayStation2, and due to the increasing use of DVD media for PC games. While the current version of SafeDisc-DVD is optimized for PC DVD-ROM drives, the same technologies can be used as a second-level copy protection enhancement to the proprietary copy protection and security features that are used by console games manufacturers.

(http://www.macrovision.com)

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Adaptec Combines FireWire/1394 and USB 2.0 Ports Into Single Card for Laptops

Adaptec, Inc., a leading supplier of desktop-PC solutions for connectivity, storage and multimedia, has announced the availability of DuoConnect for Notebooks, a combination FireWire/1394 and USB 2.0 card for laptop computers.  

DuoConnect for Notebooks lets consumers plug in one card, which includes one FireWire/1394 and two USB 2.0 ports, to attach multiple peripherals and consumer-electronic devices to their notebook computers.  The complete solution includes digital-editing/disk-burning software, which enables users to manage and enjoy digital content the way they want.

DuoConnect for Notebooks is a combination FireWire/1394 and USB 2.0 card for PC laptops. The card has one FireWire/1394 port and two USB 2.0 ports with USB 1.1 backward compatibility.  Digital video-editing/disk-burning software and Adaptec USB 2.0 drivers for Microsoft Windows 98SE, Me and 2000 are also included.  The DuoConnect for Notebooks FireWire/1394 port is OHCI-compliant.  MSRP is $129.99.

(http://www.adaptec.com)

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