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July 11, 2003

Table of Contents

Discreet Releases cleaner XL Service Pack 1-Software
Verbatim Delivers 4X-speed DVD+RW Media
CyberLink Receives U.S. Patent for its Intelligent Digital Video Rendering Technology, SVRT
Development of Joint Patent License for H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Makes Progress; Meeting of Essential Patent Holders Convened by MPEG LA Puts License on Fast Track
ArcSoft Delivers DVD Authoring and Video Editing Application to the Home PC
KANO Introduces SLIM-K2Xtreme Dual-Interface DVD+RW Portable Drive for the Mac and PC
Memorex Dual DVD Drive Reels in Ultimate Movie-Making Experience
Pacific Digital's Internal Dual-Format 4X DVD Burner for PCs is Available Now

Discreet Releases cleaner XL Service Pack 1-Software

Discreet, a division of Autodesk Inc., announced the release of cleaner XL Service Pack (SP) 1 available for download on the Discreet Web site.  The recently released new version of the media mastering, encoding, and streaming software now provides additional control over encoding and workflow.

Incorporating several improvements to its predecessor including an new user interface and enhanced workflow capabilities, the update features refined parameter control, high-definition MPEG Windows Media 9 presets, and support for MPEG sizes and rates.

The cleaner XL product is designed to allow video professionals to master and encode content efficiently for output to all major digital media formats; from Web streaming and DVD to wireless, PDA, and mobile distribution.   Discreet cleaner XL is available in North America at an MSRP of $599.


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Verbatim Delivers 4X-speed DVD+RW Media

Verbatim Corporation has announced that it will begin shipping its new DataLifePlus 4X DVD+RW media in August.  Certified to write and rewrite at 1X to 4X speeds, the 4.7GB media incorporates a new proprietary recording layer technology that provides accurate recording at high speeds and noise-free playback.  At 4X speed, users can record 120 minutes of video or 4.7GB of data in approximately 15 minutes. Verbatim DataLifePlus 4x DVD+RW media is compatible with the Sony DRU-510A 4X  DVD+RW drive as well as announced drives from BenQ, Philips, Ricoh, and others that support 4X +RW write/rewrite speeds.
Since DVD+RW media can be recorded both sequentially and randomly, it can be used for video and audio recording, multimedia development, digital photo albums and data storage. In addition, support for multi-session writing technology and lossless linking technology gives users the freedom to quickly add documents, data and video segments without having to open and close write sessions. With a capacity of 4.7GB, 1,000 rewrites, a write speed of 4X and the ability to easily append data, Verbatim 4X DVD+RW media is also ideal for PC backups in home and business environments.

Verbatim ReWritable DVD discs are manufactured with a proprietary process based on the Advanced Super Eutectic Recording Layer (Advanced-SERL) technology developed by Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, Verbatim's parent company. Fine-tuned to enable reliable, noise-free recording and rewriting at up to 4X speed, SERL technology extends the capabilities of proven phase-change optical recording. By combining these technologies with precision stamper and precision molding technologies during the manufacturing process, Verbatim 4x DVD+RW media provides a high level of stability during storage and playback.


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CyberLink Receives U.S. Patent for its Intelligent Digital Video Rendering Technology, SVRT

CyberLink Corp., a developer of digital video software and e-learning solutions, announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark office has granted CyberLink U.S. patent #6559780 for its Smart Video Rendering Technology (SVRT) that speeds the digital video rendering process.

Video rendering is the most time-consuming process in digital video applications. SVRT reduces the time need for this process by rendering the portions of the video that are edited instead of the whole video length. "With SVRT, the rendering time is 10 times faster," stated Brian Lin, Product Manager of CyberLink. "Because the remaining parts of the video are left untouched, SVRT not only speeds up rendering time but also preserves the original video quality."

SVRT is incorporated in CyberLink's PowerProducer and PowerDirector Pro and will be fully utilized in the full line of video processing products soon.

PowerProducer is easy-to-use software used to produce home movies and photos onto DVDs and CDs. Designed with a self-guided interface and on-site instructions. Ideal for DV camcorder and digital still camera users, PowerProducer comes with a rich variety of features for making DVDs that can be shared with friends and family.

PowerDirector Pro is a video production software that allows users to capture, edit, author and burn their movie creations onto DVDs, VCDs, SVCDs, or MiniDVDs. It includes an advanced video editing engine for capturing video from numerous sources, and video effects to enhance video creation. It also features a Disc Making Wizard to quickly and easily author and burn videos onto DVDs or CDs.

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Development of Joint Patent License for H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Makes Progress; Meeting of Essential Patent Holders Convened by MPEG LA Puts License on Fast Track

MPEG LA convened a meeting of essential H.264/MPEG-4 AVC patent and patent application holders in Washington, DC, on June 23 and June 24 to begin the process of determining joint licensing terms. Parties with patents or patent applications determined by MPEG LA's patent experts to be essential to the H.264/AVC standard were invited to participate.

The essential patent and patent application holders are keenly aware of the intense marketplace interest in knowing the terms of a joint license for this important new technology as soon as possible, and the very positive and cooperative consensus-building atmosphere of their first meeting suggests that this goal is achievable. The meeting included discussion on an overall framework for a license, and a second meeting will be held July 31 to discuss proposed licensing terms in an effort to achieve their goal of reaching agreement on joint license terms during the fourth quarter 2003.

Parties with patents or patent applications determined by MPEG LA's patent experts to be essential to the H.264/AVC standard so far include Columbia University, Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute of Korea (ETRI), France Telecom, Fujitsu, Matsushita, Mitsubishi, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, Philips, Polycom, Robert Bosch GmbH, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Thomson, Toshiba, and Victor Company of Japan (JVC).

MPEG LA continues to welcome the submission of patents and patent applications for an evaluation of their essentiality to the standard in order to include as much essential intellectual property as possible under one license for the benefit of the marketplace and also to assure that the joint license development process may benefit from the views of parties who potentially may obtain essential patent rights in the future as well as those who currently have them.

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ArcSoft Delivers DVD Authoring and Video Editing Application to the Home PC

ArcSoft, Inc., a provider of digital imaging software, announced the availability of ArcSoft ShowBiz DVD, a complete DVD authoring and video creation application, providing users with everything they need to create amazing DVD movies.

ShowBiz DVD is a step-based program with video editing functionality, numerous video capture options and advanced DVD authoring features presented in an easy-to-use way. The application has thorough video capture and image acquisition options, along with features that allow users to fully customize their DVD menus.

ArcSoft's ShowBiz editor is integrated within the application, allowing the user to create and edit new video clips by combining still images, existing video clips, audio, scene transitions, text, and special effects. Additionally, ShowBiz DVD has a new "QuickDVD" option, an automatic DVD creation tool that runs unattended.  ShowBiz DVD Features:
--  Fun, step-based user interface
--  DVD and VCD creation
--  PAL and NTSC support
--  Customizable menus, submenus, and chapter thumbnails
--  Automatic scene detection for separating long video clips into individual chapters
--  Manual chapter separation
--  "QuickDVD" option

ArcSoft ShowBiz DVD will be generally available July 15, 2003 and can be purchased online for $99.95.


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KANO Introduces SLIM-K2Xtreme Dual-Interface DVD+RW Portable Drive for the Mac and PC

Kano Technologies is giving portability a new look with the introduction of its SLIM-K2Xtreme portable DVD+RW drive.  The FireWire/USB 2.0 combo drive allows users to easily add fast, external DVD burning capability to a laptop or desktop.  This small drive measures 5.5" x 6" x .75" and weighs only 10 ounces.  It features on-the-fly video, audio and data recording - and it burns up to 4.7GB of data on a DVD, over six times the storage capacity of a CD.  Its write speeds are 2.4X/2.X/8X for DVDs (write/rewrite/read)  and 16X/8X/24X for CD-RWs.

The SLIM-K2Xtreme comes in two versions:  one for Mac users, the other for PC users.  The PC version is bundled with Roxio's Easy CD Creator DVD Edition (for creating CDs and DVDs) and NTI Back Up Now! Combo for DVD (for backing up and restoring data).  Easy CD Creator has one easy-to-use interface that can be used to "drag and drop" a video from a hard drive onto a DVD - and add menu backgrounds, video transitions and titles.  NTI Back Up Now! can schedule a full-image backup and/or specific-file backups from a PC's local or mapped drives.  Its file-compression and file-exclusion features save time and disc space while backing up critical data.

The Mac version includes Roxio's Toast Lite (for burning CDs and DVDs) and Dantz Retrospect Express (for data backup and restore).  Toast Lite provides the ability to burn audio CDs, data CDs and DVDs, and copy unprotected CDs or DVDs.  Retrospect Express lets Mac users take full advantage of the 4.7GB of storage Slim-K2Xtreme has to offer.  Users can schedule data backups, and create a bootable recovery disc to use in case of host-drive failure.

The Slim-K2Xtreme is now available from PC Connection and MacConnection at an MSRP of $399.

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Memorex Dual DVD Drive Reels in Ultimate Movie-Making Experience

Memorex offers consumers a total solution with the Memorex Dual Format DVD Recorder.  It includes the new drive, software suite, an illustrated installation map, blank DVD discs, an IDE ribbon cable, and a hardware set with audio cable and fastening screws.

The Dual-X drive is designed to complement the new trend of sharper looking and more stylish PC designs by offering a black and silver color scheme.  This new color scheme is designed to blend with today's PC towers and desktops, no matter which make or model a consumer uses.

it's the Dual-X DVD Recorder offers support for both DVD+R/RW and DVD-R/RW recording formats. Consumers can create DVDs that are playable in most DVD-ROM or DVD player, and take advantage of full CD recording, rewriting, and reading functions.  The drive delivers a total of eight recording and playback formats, and features a stylish new silver and black design, as well as new packaging, new documentation, a software bundle from Roxio, and toll-free technical support.

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Pacific Digital's Internal Dual-Format 4X DVD Burner for PCs is Available Now

Pacific Digital Corporation has introduced an internal dual-format 4X DVD burner for PCs. The new drive supports DVD+RW, DVD+R, DVD-RW, and DVD-R formats -- and enables PC users to create DVD discs that can be played on most DVD-Video player or drives. IThe dual-format DVD burner can record an hour of video onto a DVD-R or DVD+R disc in just 15 minutes. It writes to DVD+R and DVD-R discs at 4X; to DVD+RW at 2.4X; to DVD-R at 2X; to CD-R at 16X; and to CD-RW at 10X speeds. It reads DVD-ROM at 12X and CD-ROM at 40X speeds.

The Pacific Digital dual-format drive comes with Roxio EZ CD and DVD Creator Basic 6.1 and Intervideo WinDVD 4.0 playback software. The internal drive is available now at an MSRP of $219. An external model  will be available at the end of July.


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