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June 10, 2003

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Apple Releases Final Cut Pro 4
Memorex DVD Storage Case Inserts Let You Create Cases Like the Pros
SiPix Introduces Compact Pocket Digital Video, Still Camera and Audio Recorder for $129
Voyetra Introduces Record Producer and Record Producer Deluxe
NewTek and Eyeon Software Announce Free Upgrade for LightWave 30 Users
Iomega Corporation Selects Sonic Software for DVD-Recordable Drives
Spacial Audio Solutions and Thomson Deliver Industry's First Live Streaming Audio Encoding Software with mp3PRO
ADS Includes Ulead VideoStudio 7 with DVD Video Capture Device

Apple Releases Final Cut Pro 4

Final Cut Pro 4, the next generation of Apple's editing software for film, HD, SD and DV, will go on sale at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, at participating Apple Authorized Resellers and Apple retail stores. Selected stores will host a "4@4" kick-off event with theater demos and industry-leading editors sharing how their latest projects were made with Final Cut Pro.

Final Cut Pro 4 introduces more than 300 new features, including RT Extreme for real-time compositing and effects, powerful new interface customization tools, new high-quality 8- and 10-bit uncompressed formats, full 32-bit floating point per channel video processing, advanced trimming and timeline tools such as support for dynamic and asymmetrical trimming, and enhanced audio editing capabilities with multi-track audio mixing and multi-channel audio output. Final Cut Pro 4 also includes three completely new complimentary applications—LiveType for advanced titling, Soundtrack for music creation and Compressor for full-featured batch transcoding.

With its open architecture, Final Cut Pro 4 is leading the emergence of a new ecosystem of professional video solutions based on open formats and industry standards. Final Cut Pro 4 fits into virtually any production pipeline and provides incredible developer extensibility through a new XML interchange format and FireWire-based I/O framework. Partners such as Panasonic, AJA, Automatic Duck, Quantel, Pinnacle, Omneon and Curious Graphics have already announced tools that integrate Final Cut Pro 4 into a wide range of production workflows.

Final Cut Pro 4 will be available starting at 4:00 p.m. on June 14 through Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $999. Registered Final Cut Pro users can upgrade to Final Cut Pro 4 for $399.

(http://www.apple.com)

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Memorex DVD Storage Case Inserts Let You Create Cases Like the Pros

Memorex has introduced DVD storage case inserts for creating cases that look like they belong on display at your local video store. Memorex DVD Storage Case Inserts are available now at retail outlets, and each package includes Memorex exPressit SE design software featuring more than 600 images for designing the ultimate storage case insert.  Images include photo backgrounds, clip art and block colors.  Consumers also may import their own images directly into the software.  A package of 25 premium quality matte inserts has a suggested retail price of $12.99.

Memorex Storage Case Inserts feature specialty VHF or Very High Filler paper for added brightness and opacity for smooth, optimum quality printing. Each paper insert also is laser cut for easy detachment.

(http://www.memorex.com )

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SiPix Introduces Compact Pocket Digital Video, Still Camera and Audio Recorder for $129

SiPix  announced the StyleCam DV100, a small, affordable digital video and still camera and audio recorder for the consumer market. At only $129, the StyleCam DV100 is targeted at imaging enthusiasts, young adults and families, providing a compact, portable digital video camera for making movies, snapping digital pictures and recording audio at home, work, events or on the road.  The StyleCam DV100 will be available in July online and via electronics and computer retail stores nationwide.

The pocket-sized StyleCam DV100 combines a full-featured digital video camera with still capture capability providing crisp AVI video with sizes up to 640x480 at eight frames per second (fps) and vivid still pictures at up to 1.3 Mega Pixels. The video can also be captured at a resolution of 320x240 and 160x120 at 15 fps.  Users can preview the video on the 1.6-inch color LCD screen or connect via the included A/V cable to a TV to view and share videos, pictures, and audio files. The camera features 2X digital zoom, USB connectivity, 8MB of flash memory, and mass storage. For even greater recording lengths or image capacity, the StyleCam DV100 includes a secure digital slot for memory expansion up to 256MB.

The StyleCam DV100 offers seamless mass storage connectivity, which allows users to easily drag and drop files without installing a TWAIN driver or using a third party application.

To help users get the most rewarding experience right out of the box, the StyleCam DV100 includes software from ArcSoft.  PhotoImpression is ideal for editing, retouching and adding special effects to photos. VideoImpression creates video clips from still photos and edits AVI video so users can share creations with friends and family.

(http://www.sipixdigital.com )

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Voyetra Introduces Record Producer and Record Producer Deluxe

Voyetra, a leading manufacturer of PC-based software for the consumer and professional music markets, announced that it has released Record Producer and Record Producer Deluxe, followups to its Digital Orchestrator series of music creation software.

Record Producer ($49.95) turns a MIDI-equipped PC into a desktop music production studio, allowing composers to record songs using MIDI and digital audio tracks, then play them back for others.

Record Producer Deluxe ($99.95) expands on all of the features of Record Producer, plus adds powerful digital audio editing with its Advanced Digital Audio Editor and CD creator, as well as including over 5,500 samples to help get music creators 'jump started'.

(http://www.voyetra.com)

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NewTek and Eyeon Software Announce Free Upgrade for LightWave 30 Users

NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading 3D animation and video products, and eyeon Software  announced that through June 30th, purchasers of NewTek's LightWave 3D [7.5] full seats will receive eyeon's DFX+ and two add-on modules at no additional cost. In addition, this offer also includes a free upgrade to LightWave [8] by download when it ships later this year.  Registered  owners of LightWave [7.5] and earlier versions who pre-purchase a LightWave [8] upgrade for $495 during this period will receive DFX+ immediately, at no additional charge, and will receive the LightWave [8] upgrade in  electronic form when it ships later this year.  Purchasers who are upgrading from LightWave [6.5] or earlier versions will also receive an electronic upgrade to [7.5] at the time of their purchase.

Combining a state-of-the-art photo-real renderer with intuitive and powerful modeling and animation tools, LightWave is used worldwide for broadcast graphics, games, print,
web, and visual effects for film and television. LightWave also  includes a powerful scripting language and advanced integration with other popular production tools.

DFX+ is the 8-bit expandable version of eyeon's image processing software, Digital Fusion. DFX+ offers flexible flow, superior character generation, PSD import into separate layers for animation, and more.  Live footage, animations and graphic elements can be layered with complete control and flexibility, and effects such as Glow and Motion Blur can be applied.  The DFX+ core can be enhanced by purchasing a variety of  add-on modules, including Visual Effects, Keying, Integrated Vector Paint,  Particle Suite and more.  The special offer will include Module 1 - Visual  Effects, which offers tracking, stabilization, rotoscoping tools and more.  Also included is Module 4 - 3D Tools, which offers Z-depth blur, grid  warping,  fog, and other tools for processing 3D rendered elements such as those produced in LightWave 3D.

LightWave 3D [7.5] is available at authorized NewTek resellers  worldwide for a suggested retail price of $1595. Registered owners of LightWave 3D [7.5] or earlier are eligible to  purchase an upgrade to LightWave [8] for $495. Through June 30th, 2003, both  full seats and upgrades will include DFX+, a $995 value , Module 1 - Visual Effects, a $495 value, and Module 4 - 3D Tools, a $295 value.

(http://www.newtek.com)

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Iomega Corporation Selects Sonic Software for DVD-Recordable Drives

Sonic Solutions announced  that the Iomega Corporation has chosen Sonic MyDVD and Sonic CinePlayer 1.5 as the DVD creation and playback applications to be bundled with its DVD-recordable drives. With MyDVD and CinePlayer, Iomega DVD drive users are provided with a DVD creation and playback solution that is both powerful and easy to use.

Based on Sonic technology that has become the standard for Hollywood title production, MyDVD enables Iomega DVD drive users to create DVDs with motion-video menus, animated buttons and high-quality DVD slideshows with transitions and soundtracks while maintaining the highest compatibility across set-top and PC DVD players. MyDVD supports DVD+VR and is OpenDVD-compliant, enabling previously burned DVDs to be opened, re-edited, updated with new video and photo content and re-burned to recordable DVD media. With Sonic CinePlayer, users of Iomega drives are assured the highest-quality PC playback of their DVD and Video CD titles as well.

With Iomega DVD-Recordable drives, users can easily save and share video memories onto DVD or CD. Users can record up to 4.7GB of data files on a DVD disc or up to two hours of high quality DVD video (three hours of regular video) to a DVD, and one hour of video on a VCD. In addition, the drive allows users to record up to 700MB of video, music, photos or data files on a CD disc. The drives allow anyone to create and share music on CDs to play on home, portable or car stereos. With Sonic MyDVD, users can make great-looking home videos and business presentations that they can view on most set-top and PC-based DVD players. And with Sonic CinePlayer, users have access to the absolute highest quality video playback available for PCs.


(http://www.iomega.com)

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Spacial Audio Solutions and Thomson Deliver Industry's First Live Streaming Audio Encoding Software with mp3PRO

Spacial Audio Solutions announced the addition of Thomson's mp3PRO codec to its Internet broadcast software suite including: SAM2 (Streaming Audio Manager), SOS (Stream Overlay System), SimpleCast, and plug-ins for DRS 2006 and Winamp. Utilizing Spectral Band Replication (SBR) technology created by Coding Technologies, mp3PRO enables broadcasters to deliver CD-quality audio using half the bandwidth of standard mp3 files. For example, an mp3 audio file requiring 128 kbps (kilobits per second) can now be streamed at 64 kbps while maintaining full audio quality.

Spacial Audio Solutions has chosen mp3PRO for its initial release for mp3PRO's consumer appeal and backward-compatibility with standard mp3 files. The majority of large collections currently held by broadcasters and consumers are in mp3 format and this choice eliminates the need for file conversion by either broadcasters or consumers.

Media players and plug-ins currently supported by Spacial Audio Solutions include Windows Media 9, DRS 2006, and Winamp. Germany-based RadioMelodie (www.radiomelodie.de) was the first Internet broadcaster to adopt the new live streaming encoder technology.


(http://www.spacialaudio.com)

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ADS Includes Ulead VideoStudio 7 with DVD Video Capture Device

Ulead Systems, Inc.,  and ADS Tech completed a worldwide agreement to include a special edition of VideoStudio 7 with its recently announced DVD Xpress. DVD Xpress, a compact, USB 2.0 external MPEG-2 capture device bundled with VideoStudio 7 SE DVD, enables consumers to easily capture, edit and transform video into DVD movies in minutes.
This deal complements additional agreements to bundle two new ADS real-time DVD video capture devices with Ulead video and DVD authoring software. VideoStudio 7 SE DVD and DVD MovieFactory 2 SE, DVD authoring software with "Disc-Direct" technology for capturing video on the fly and burning directly to DVD, are included with ADS Tech's recently-announced Instant DVD 2.0 and Instant DVD+DV. This series of agreements underlines ADS Tech and Ulead's commitment to offering consumers an integrated software and hardware solution that lets them quickly and easily capture, edit and turn videos into professional-looking DVDs and CDs, complete with text, music and a multi-layer DVD menu navigation.
DVD Xpress will be available through ADS Tech's worldwide retail and distribution channels July 1st with an estimated street price of $129. Instant DVD 2.0 and Instant DVD+DV are shipping now with an ESP of $179 and $269, respectively.

(http://www.adstech.com), (http://www.ulead.com )

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