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October 18, 2002

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Memorex Introduces Industry's First 52X CD Recorder
New InFocus X1 Targets SOHO Multi-Use Market
Sonic Ships World's First OpenDVD-compliant Software DVD Player
Microtech Announces Xpress CD/DVDR Publishing System
InterVideo's WinDVD Ships with New NEC PCs
Canopus Ships DVStorm2
Roxio Announces GoBack3
NEC-Mitsubishi Drops Pricing on Flat-Panel Monitors

Memorex Introduces Industry's First 52X CD Recorder

Memorex Products, Inc. will be first to market with LiteOn's fastest-ever 52X CD recorder, the company announced in mid-October. The internal ATAPI Memorex 52X CD-R/RW drive also writes and rewrites CD-RW at 24X, and ships with a software bundle that includes Ahead's Nero Burning ROM and InCD, plus an IDE cable, an audio cable, mounting screws, and a quick-installation guide. Also included are one Memorex CD-RW and one 52X Memorex CD-R. The Memorex 52X CD-RW drive is available now, at a suggested retail price of $99.99.

(http://www.memorex.com)

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New InFocus X1 Targets SOHO Multi-Use Market

InFocus Corporation has launched InFocus X1, a new "multi-use" projector targeting small businesses and SOHO and educational markets. IDC recently reported that 35 percent of business IT professionals would also use a business projector at home, if it were available and technically capable, most likely in a home entertainment environment. The capabilities of the X1 allow customers to use the projector for more than just traditional Microsoft PowerPoint presentations. During business hours, the video capabilities of the X1 enasble it to integrate MPEG, QuickTime or Flash files into a presentation; show an advertising campaign on DVD; demonstrate a new Web site; or show a movie during lunch, InFocus says. After work, customers can take the 6.8-pound X1 projector and use it for home entertainment such as video games, DVDs, televised broadcasts, or or sharing vacation photos. The X1 carries a street price of $1,699, features a 2000:1 contrast ration, and 3000-hour lamp life, according to InFocus. It also offers uses Faroudja DCDi(TM) video processing and a 0.55 DMD chip from Texas Instruments for sharp, colorful images. The projector's 6.8-pound (3.1-kilogram), compact form factor also makes the X1 easy to transport between meeting rooms or classrooms, or between home and workplace.

(http://www.infocus.com)

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Sonic Ships World's First OpenDVD-compliant Software DVD Player

Sonic Solutions today announced the release of Sonic CinePlayer 1.5, the first software DVD player to offer compliance with the OpenDVD format. Sonic CinePlayer 1.5 enablex OpenDVD-compliant DVDs to be opened, edited, and re-burned using OpenDVD applications. CinePlayer automatically recognizes all OpenDVD-compliant discs, and with the click of an on-screen button, OpenDVD titles are opened and readied for further editing using an OpenDVD-compliant authoring application.

(http://www.sonic.com), (http://www.cineplayer.com)

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Microtech Announces Xpress CD/DVDR Publishing System

Microtech Systems has announced volume shipments of their new Xpress 600-disc capacity automated disc publishing system. Released in June 2002, Xpress allows unattended publishing of even the most intricate jobs in "lights-out" mode, according to Microtech. The Xpress benchmark configuration boasts four Plextor PlexWriter 40X CD recorders or four Pioneer 2X A04 DVD recorders, an inkjet or high-speed thermal disc printer, along with Microtech's ImageMaker Software Suite. Xpress systems ship with a fully integrated PC featuring a 1.5gHZ Pentium 4 Processor, 40GB SCSI hard drive, 15" flat-panel LCD monitor, and an Ethernet interface for network connection. The small footprint and contemporary design of Xpress, Microtech contends, makes it the ideal system for anything from a small recording studio or medical imaging lab all the way to the more industrial setting and needs of a service bureau.

(http://www.microtech.com)

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InterVideo's WinDVD Ships with New NEC PCs

InterVideo, Inc. has announced a partnership with NEC that means its WinDVD software player is now shipping with computers from 9 of the top 10 PC makers in the world. Previously, WinDVD was bundled by 8 of the top 10 PC OEMs, however NEC recently decided to bundle WinDVD, making that ratio 9 out of 10. Apple is the only top-10 personal computer maker that does not ship computers bundled with InterVideo's WinDVD software. WinDVD 4 includes over 30 new features designed to make watching DVDs on a computer more vivid and theater-like. WinDVD 4 includes improvements in video quality and enhanced audio with new technologies from SRS and Dolby and also adds Video Desktop, which enables users to play movies as desktop wallpaper, behind the desktop's icons and windows; Time-Stretching, which allows a user to play a movie faster or slower without distorting the audio and with full multi-channel audio support; TV Out Support, which makes it easier to use your computer as a living-room DVD player; the ability to play DVD content from a hard drive directory; and a Screen Capture Utility is an integrated browser for easily capturing, saving, and sorting images from DVDs.

(http://www.intervideo.com)

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Canopus Ships DVStorm2

Canopus Corporation has begun shipping DVStorm2, the latest version of its popular real-time, non-linear editing solution. New features include additional real-time 3D transitions and effects, expanded color-correction capabilities, improved capture features, and MPEG encoding and editing tools. The new version combines several proprietary technologies, such as the Canopus DV codec and Scalable Technology Architecture, to deliver real-time performance and multi-track editing in a professional, stable environment, according to Canopus. DVStorm2 is priced at $1088—same as its predecessor—but expands its feature set to include Picture-in-Picture transition and 15 Xplode 3D transitions. New video filters, such as white balance and black balance, bring additional color-correction capabilities to DVStorm2. DVStorm2 also allows for simultaneous capture from multiple DV inputs if additional OHCI cards are installed on the system. DVStorm2 also features StormEncoder, Canopus's real-time MPEG hardware-encoding module, as well as the company's family of MPEG tools. StormEncoder lets DVStorm2 users encode MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 files in real-time directly from DV and analog sources using Canopus's MediaCruise control software. Canopus is including MpegCutter, a handy MPEG-editing tool for basic editing tasks, MpegExplorer for advanced desktop search and preview of MPEG files, and MpegRe-encoder for high-speed conversions of high-bitrate MPEG files to lower-bitrate files when needed. Also included is the SE version of Ulead's Editor's Choice-winning DVD Workshop, which brings a rich palette of DVD-authoring tools to DVStorm2 users. StormEncoder, which uses the MN85560 MPEG encoder chip from Panasonic in conjunction with Canopus's MPEG audio encoding technology, delivers the high-quality video and audio output required for DVD authoring and video streaming. StormEncoder encodes footage in real-time--and near-real-time speeds when encoding from Adobe Premiere--using Main Profile at Main Level MPEG-2 (MP@ML), according to Canopus. On the audio front, StormEncoder supports PCM and MPEG Layer II formats up to 48kHz at 16 bits. In addition to the $1088 bundle, Canopus also offers a DVStorm2 Plus version priced at $1299 (MSRP) that also includes Adobe Premiere 6.5 and a Storm Bay breakout box.

(http://www.canopus.com)

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Roxio Announces GoBack3

Roxio has announced the availability of GoBack 3 Enterprise Edition, the company's system recovery tool for IT professionals. GoBack enables PC users to instantly recover from system crashes, virus attacks, data loss and user error, now has enhanced capabilities, including remote administration and network installation, built for the medium to large business environment. Roxio's GoBack 3 Enterprise Edition allows help-desk professionals and IT managers to repair networked PCs without leaving their desks. Using a network browser, IT support professionals can instantly recover and restore files or entire systems to virtually any point in the recent past. The network installation feature allows GoBack to be installed via the network to multiple PCs at once, allowing for easy implementation. GoBack 3 Enterprise Edition is available for a suggested retail price of $69.95. A minimum of 25 seats is required for multi-user licenses. Existing GoBack volume license customers are eligible to a 50% discount off the suggested retail price- valid until December 31, 2002--when upgrading to the
Enterprise Edition of GoBack.

(http://www.roxio.com)

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NEC-Mitsubishi Drops Pricing on Flat-Panel Monitors

NEC-Mitsubishi Electronics Display of America, Inc., a leading manufacturer of flat-panel monitors brand, has announced across-the-boatd price drops for its 15-21" NEC MultiSync LCD monitor
Line. The 15" NEC MultiSync LCD1550V and LCD1550M have dropped $90 to $359.99 and $409.99, respectively; the 17" LCD1700V and LCD1720M, $120 and $100, respectively, to $579.99 and $629.99. In the 18" category, the LCD1855NX and LCD1880SX have both dropped $150 to $849.99 and $1,149.99, respectively. The 19", formerly priced at $1,299, is now available for $949.99, and the top-of-the line, 21" LCD2100, has dropped $850 to $2,799.99.

(http://www.nec-mitsubishi.com)

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