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July 08, 2003

Table of Contents

Adobe Introduces After Effects 6, Audition, Premiere Pro at DV Expo 2003
Sonic Ships PrimeTime for Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition
Digital Video Recording, Blue Laser and Content Capture and Playback on Tap for Optical Storage Symposium - 2003
Proview Selected To Provide A Full Line Of Sylvania-Brand Computer Monitors For The Consumer Market
Memorex Releases Ink Jet Printable CD-Rs To Retail Stores, and a CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive
Intersil Introduces New Family of Dual Laser Drivers Optimized for Low-Power Slim CD and DVD Recordable Drives
GenArts releases Sapphire Plug-ins for Avid's New Product Line
Alera Technologies Introduces DVD Copy Tower Dual family with Multi-Format Support

Adobe Introduces After Effects 6, Audition, Premiere Pro at DV Expo 2003

Adobe After Effects 6.0

Adobe Systems Inc. will make several major announcements at this week's DV Expo in New York City, including After Effects 6.0, an extensive upgrade of its motion graphics and visual effects software. After Effects 6.0 integrates a new text engine for creating unique and compelling typographic animations. Available for Windows and Mac OS X, Adobe After Effects 6.0 helps professionals meet tough production challenges by increasing productivity with features such as OpenGL support, and other major performance improvements. Additional advances include integrated vector paint, a new motion tracker, keying tools and scripting support.

The new text capabilities in After Effects 6.0 allow users to type, edit, and format text directly in the Composition window, providing immediate results. After Effects users can edit and format text from imported Photoshop files and can animate characters, ranges of characters, words or lines, independently within a single text layer. The advanced text engine allows designers to control the animation of text in new ways, resulting in even more audience-grabbing title sequences.

Performance optimizations including support for OpenGL, a cross-platform standard for accelerating rendering of 2D and 3D graphics, dramatically improve the speed and interactivity of on-screen rendering in After Effects 6.0. In addition to improved multiprocessor support and rendering optimizations, After Effects 6.0 Professional edition provides an extremely fast and accurate motion tracker. New vector paint tools, based on Adobe Photoshop technology, allow professionals to enhance projects by painting on any layer, retouching footage and creating mattes. The Clone Stamp tool allows After Effects users to clone across a sequence of frames over time. After Effects 6.0 Professional edition also includes Keylight, a keying technology from The Foundry.

Adobe After Effects 6.0 comes in two editions, Professional and Standard. After Effects Professional edition is designed for demanding production environments. It combines 2D and 3D compositing, animation and effects tools from the Standard edition with advanced features including: motion tracking and stabilization controls; additional keying tools; over 30 additional effects; and render automation using scripting and 16-bit per channel color support. The After Effects Professional edition also includes several third party plug-ins, including 3D Assistants Lite from Digital Anarchy and Zaxwerks Invigorator Classic. For businesses that don't require these additional features, a Standard edition with the core set of motion graphics and visual effects tools is also available.

Adobe After Effects 6.0 includes tighter integration with Adobe Premiere Pro and Photoshop and is offered as a standalone application or as part of the new Adobe Video Collection announced recently.

Adobe After Effects for Mac OS X 10.2.6, Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows XP is expected to ship in the U.S. and Canada by the end of August 2003. After Effects 6.0 will be available for a price of $699 for the Standard edition and a price of $999 for the Professional Edition.

Adobe Audition

Adobe will also unveil its Audition software, a complete multi-track recording studio for Windows-based PCs. Previously named Cool Edit Pro 2.1, this product was acquired from Syntrillium Software in May 2003 to address the demanding needs of audio and video professionals in studios, broadcast facilities and post-production houses. Delivering advanced audio mixing, editing, mastering and effects processing capabilities, Adobe Audition is a professional-level audio tool that allows users to edit individual audio files, create loops, import more than 45 DSP effects, and mix up to 128 tracks.Adobe Audition provides a fully-integrated audio editing and mixing solution for music, video, radio, and sound design professionals with integrated multitrack and edit views, real-time effects, looping support, analysis tools, restoration features, and video support. Users benefit from real-time audio effects that allow them to hear changes and track EQ instantaneously. Flexible looping tools and thousands of high-quality royalty-free music loops are included to assist in soundtrack and music creation. The newest addition to Adobe's cast of Digital Video products; Adobe Audition is available as a standalone product or in the new Adobe Video Collection.

The intuitive, customizable interface allows users to dock and resize windows to create an efficient audio workspace. An organizer window uses tabs to track open files, effects and favorites. Batch processing tools streamline everyday tasks, such as matching the overall loudness of multiple files or converting them to a standard file format.

Adobe Audition provides quality audio for video projects by allowing users to edit, mix and add effects to AVI soundtracks while watching movie playback. Providing extensive support for industry-standard audio file formats including WAV, AIFF, MP3, MP3PRO and WMA, Adobe Audition can also handle files with bit depths of up to 32-bit and sample rates in excess of 192kHz. This enables export to tape, CD, DVD or DVD-audio, with the highest-quality sound.

Adobe Audition for Windows 98, 2000 and XP is expected to ship in the U.S. and Canada by the end of August 2003. Adobe Audition will be available for a price of $299.

Premiere Pro

Adobe is also introducing a new version of its Premiere professional video editing tool. Adobe Premiere Pro has been redesigned with powerful, productivity-enhancing features and advanced professional tools including sophisticated color correction, powerful new audio controls and multiple, nested timelines. Optimized for multiple processors and hyper-threading, Adobe Premiere Pro also takes advantage of the speed delivered by the latest generation of Intel Pentium-based systems running Windows XP to provide a render-free editing experience.

With advancements in virtually every area of the product workflow, Adobe Premiere Pro allows professionals to render less and edit more. Premiere editors can customize keyboard shortcuts and workspaces, creating a familiar work environment. Professional features, such as 3-point color correction, YUV video processing, and a powerful audio mixer with 5.1 surround sound mixing and AC3 export, round out the enhancements.

Integrating extensive hardware support and resolution independence, Adobe Premiere Pro supports high-definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) footage. Users can import and export a wide variety of video and audio formats including MPEG2, AVI, WAV and AIFF files. In addition, Adobe Premiere Pro files can be exported in AAF (Advanced Authoring Format), an industry open interchange format, for finishing work in other professional products.

As part of Adobe's Digital Video product family, Adobe Premiere Pro provides integration with the products featured in the Adobe Video Collection, including Adobe Audition, Adobe Encore DVD, Adobe Photoshop and After Effects software. Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects 6.0 work together to share data, making it easier than ever to work between the two applications. Users can export Adobe Premiere Pro projects as MPEG2 or AVI files with chapter markers, which will be converted into chapter points by Adobe Encore DVD. Photoshop users can also benefit by importing layered PSD files into Adobe Premiere Pro as flattened clips, or as timelines with each layer on a separate track. These integrated features help to create a flexible workflow, saving production time and increasing efficiency.

Adobe Premiere Pro for Windows XP is expected to ship in the U.S. and Canada by the end of August 2003. Adobe Premiere Pro will be available for a price of $699.


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Sonic Ships PrimeTime for Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition

Sonic Solutions has announced that it is now shipping Sonic PrimeTime, a DVD recording application designed exclusively for Windows XP Media Center Edition. Available for purchase on the Sonic e-store for $79.99, Sonic PrimeTime builds upon Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition, enabling users to archive recorded TV shows onto DVD discs that can be played on hundreds of millions of DVD players worldwide.

Designed to complement Windows XP Media Center Edition, Sonic PrimeTime uses a "10-foot" user interface, which means consumers can operate it in the living room via the Media Center remote control. Employing the same program information and sorting functionality as Media Center, PrimeTime makes it fast and easy to browse, select, and burn favorite recorded shows to DVD or Video CD. The recorded shows can then be played back on standard set-top DVD players and DVD-equipped PCs. Sonic PrimeTime features include:

- TV Show Browser -- Sonic PrimeTime uses the same sorting options as Media Center itself. Users can sort through TV shows by date, genre, or alphabetically, simplifying the selection of programs for burning to DVD.
- One-Click DVD Burning -- Once you have selected your TV shows in the PrimeTime browser, burning them to DVD is a one-click operation. Sonic PrimeTime automatically creates Hollywood-style DVD menus, inserts chapter points for easy navigation, and burns the final content to DVD or Video CD.
- Dolby Digital encoding -- Sonic PrimeTime encodes theatre-quality Dolby Digital audio, creating the finest in stereo sound. In addition, Dolby's state-of-the-art audio
compression allows even more shows to be added to your DVD by maximizing the available disc space.


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Digital Video Recording, Blue Laser and Content Capture and Playback on Tap for Optical Storage Symposium - 2003

The Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA) announced that it is hosting Optical Storage Symposium - 2003, to be held October 13 and 14, 2003, at the La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, Calif. The event is co-located with the Consumer Electronics Association's Industry Forum to enable attendees from both conferences to attend selected joint activities, including a joint CEA/OSTA Session on Monday, October 13 entitled, "What's Fueling the Digital Video Recording Fire?" A joint Keynote Lunch on Tuesday, Oct. 14 features leading business speaker Sam Hill discussing important business trends and the opportunities they are likely to create. OSS 2003 attendees will also have full access to the joint CEA/OSS Marketplace exhibit area.

OSTA's second annual Optical Storage Symposium provides a venue at which business and technology leaders from a diverse range of industry segments including consumer electronics, digital photography, entertainment, music, personal computers, and optical storage can exchange ideas and address issues. Through a day and a half of presentations and roundtable forums, discussions will focus on perspectives and prospects for optical storage technology. "This event is an extraordinary opportunity for attendees from different industry segments to exchange ideas and the information needed to keep pace with the latest trends in the industry as CD and DVD recording continue to gain in popularity," said David Bunzel, president of OSTA. "OSTA is hosting this symposium as part of our effort to encourage an open exchange of information among various industry segments, promote widespread compatibility and to address issues that affect users, manufacturers, and developers of digital content."

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Proview Selected To Provide A Full Line Of Sylvania-Brand Computer Monitors For The Consumer Market

Proview Technology, Inc has been selected by Osram Sylvania as a licensee to develop and market a full line of monitors under the Sylvania brand name. The selection includes 14", 15", 17", 18", and 19" LCD units; and 17" and 19" pure flat CRT models. All are PC, Mac compatible.

The highly contemporary-looking LCD monitors, available in a popular silver/black combination or classic black, feature an active matrix thin film transistor display, Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) standard wall-mount interface, and horizontal viewing angles ranging from 90 degrees on 14" models to nearly 170 degrees from the side on 19" models. The 14" and 15" units have a maximum resolution of 1024x768 at 75mHz, while other sizes are 1280x1024 at 75mHz. The 15" through 19" models have built-in stereo three-watt speakers.

The pure flat CRT displays feature four-key, onscreen display control, flicker-free image for each of the four recommended resolutions, anti-reflection and anti-glare screen, and plug-and-play convenience. Maximum resolution for each unit is 1600x1200 at 65mHz. The new Sylvania-brand monitors are now available at many retail locations across the country as well as online sources.


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Memorex Releases Ink Jet Printable CD-Rs To Retail Stores, and a CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive

Memorex has announced that its inkjet printable CD-R media is now available in U.S. retail stores. Unlike an ordinary blank disc, a printable disc comes with a porous surface that absorbs printer ink. Using direct-printing inkjet printers, consumers can achieve a professional style disc print on the surface of CD-R discs in minutes while ensuring full compatibility with all CD and DVD drives or players. Memorex offers CD-R discs that are rated at 48X, and offer 80 minutes of audio record time and 700 MB of data storage.

A 30-pack spindle of Memorex Ink Jet Printable CD-Rs is available at various retail outlets and for a suggested retail price of $14.99. In addition, Memorex has an exclusive partnership with Epson whereby consumers who purchase the Epson Stylus Photo 900 ink jet printer and 30-pack of Memorex Ink Jet Printable CD-Rs through September 1, 2003, are eligible for a $30 mail-in rebate from Epson.

New Combo Drive Combines High Performance CD Recording With DVD-ROM Playback

Memorex continues its leadership in optical storage with the introduction of its latest CD and DVD combo drive. The Memorex internal CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive features the ability to read and record CDs at 48X, rewrite CDs at 24X, and read and play DVDs at 16X speeds. Users can create their own music CDs or digital photo albums, back-up critical data, and watch the latest movies with this one attractive device.

The Memorex Combo Drive solution comes with a comprehensive software and hardware bundle that includes:

-- Samples of Memorex's CD-R and CD-RW blank media, a complete installation hardware kit, and comprehensive documentation.
-- Ahead Software's NeroBurning ROM 5.5. It provides an extensive set of features not available in Nero Express.
-- Ahead Software's InCD, an integrated packet writing solution. Exclusively for rewritable media, InCD allows you to simply drag and drop files direct to CD, or edit and save files directly onto disc.
-- CyberLink's PowerDVD XP 4, enabling interactive viewing of both DVD-Videos and VideoCDs.

The Memorex CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo Drive is now available at various retail stores for a suggested retail price of $129.99.

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Intersil Introduces New Family of Dual Laser Drivers Optimized for Low-Power Slim CD and DVD Recordable Drives

Intersil Corporation has introduced a new family of dual laser diode drivers (LDDs) optimized for low-power slim CD and DVD recordable drives used in laptop PCs. Intersil's new Elantec EL683X family is comprised of dual output four-channel LDDs that offer the performance, flexibility and power efficiency needed in portable drives supporting all popular disk drive formats, including DVD+R/W, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM, CD-R/W, CD-R and CD-ROM.

Each device in the EL683X family features dual output stages, one read and four write channels, and two on-chip 600mHz high frequency modulator (HFM) oscillators that allow frequency and amplitude control by use of external resistors to ground. The external resistors allow customers to accurately and independently set each amplifier transconductance by applying a voltage to the resistor without restriction on the voltage range, thus ensuring broad voltage DAC compatibility. All devices in the EL683X family include a disable feature for power-up protection and power savings, and all but the EL6836 and 6838 incorporate low-voltage differential signal (LVDS) inputs on the fast switching lines. EL683X Key Features:

- One read and four write channels with two integrated high-frequency modulators (HFMs)
- On-chip 600mHz HFM oscillators allow dual-output current modulation in any mode
- Oscillator amplitude to 100 milliamps peak to peak
- Switching speed of 0.8 nanosecond typical rise/fall time
- Single +5V supply (+/-10%)
- Disable feature for power-up protection and power savings
- 32-pin leadless plastic package

Intersil's Elantec EL6833, EL6834, EL6835 and EL6839 are available now in a 32-pin leadless plastic package (LPP) for $1.50 each in 10,000-unit quantities. The EL6836 and EL6838 do not include LVDS signal inputs and are available in a 32-pin LPP and 24-pin LPP, respectively, for $1.50 each in 10,000-unit quantities.


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GenArts releases Sapphire Plug-ins for Avid's New Product Line

GenArts Inc., a provider of digital visual effects plug-ins for the film, broadcast, and video industry, announced the immediate availability of its Sapphire Plug-ins for Avid products that use Avid DNA.

Version 1.3 brings the power of Sapphire Plug-ins to Avid's range of new digital nonlinear editing, compositing and finishing systems: Avid Xpress Pro with Avid Mojo, Media Composer Adrenaline and Avid DS Nitris. The new release also supports Avid Symphony v4.8 and Media Composer v11.8 and is available for both the Mac and Windows platforms.

Sapphire Plug-ins provide Avid editors with a collection of over 200 state-of-the-art image processing and synthesis effects that can transform any film or video clip. They fully integrate into Avid editing systems, are resolution-independent, and include multi-processor support for faster rendering. Effects in the package range from everyday tools such as Glows, EdgeRays, LensFlare, Glint, Blurs and RackDefocus, to more exotic effects like Lightning Zaps, FlysEye, JpegDamage, HalfTone, and Textures.

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Alera Technologies Introduces DVD Copy Tower Dual family with Multi-Format Support

Alera Technologies, has unveiled its new DVD Copy Tower Dual family of duplicators. Now customers will be able to use DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW and CD-ROM discs all with one product.Based on Dual Standard 8-in-1 DVD±R/RW Technology.the DVD Copy Tower Dual Family of multi-drive, multi-format 4X DVD duplicators offers standalone DVD/CD duplication in 3 recorder and 7 recorder tower configurations. The DVD Copy Tower Dual family can write on the fly simultaneously to either three or seven high speed 4X DVD Dual Technology Recorders without needing a Hard Disk Drive and features a professional duplicator controller that boasts 36 professional functions and diagnostics.

The 1:3 DVD Copy Tower Dual and 1:7 DVD Copy Tower Dual can make up to 3 copies or 7 copies, simultaneously, of a 4.7GB DVD in as few as 15 minutes at 4X DVD recording speed. The DVD Copy Tower Dual Duplicator controller has a back lighted display and intuitive menu selection system to satisfy the needs of even the most discerning professional user. Yet an untrained user can make quick, simple, one touch, copies by just turning the duplicator on, inserting the source and blank DVDs or CDs and selecting "Copy". No set up is required. You can Prescan your source discs for optimum copy speeds. You can analyze source DVDs and CDs showing disc size and other information that make planning the duplication process easier. You have the power of a special feature, "Edit Track", a unique function that allows you to select audio tracks from several source audio CDs, and copy them to as many CDs as you want to make multiple uncluttered custom compilation discs giving you power beyond just duplicating. Please note, the DVD Copy Towers will not duplicate copy protected materials such as commercial DVD movies.

The back lighted LCD display reports the % complete and other status elements of each duplicator function. It is important to be able to see this information as the process is taking place. For example, the display indicates when a process will be completed which is particularly useful in duplicating large numbers of discs.

A very key feature of the Alera Technologies DVD/CD duplicator offering is that products are extensively and broadly available.  Not only are the Alera Technologies duplicators thousands of dollars less than competitive offerings, the products are easy to find. The 1:3 DVD Copy Tower Dual has a price of $1,699 and the 1:7 Copy Tower Dual has price of $3,299 and are on retail shelves now as well as available through distribution.


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