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August 08, 2003

Table of Contents

Apple Releases DVD Studio Pro 2
Addonics Announces New DVD 4X DVD+/-R/RW Duplicator and External Burner
Host Interface International's Double Image 5 Adds Backup and Restore to DVD-RAM Support for Panasonic's OEM DVD Multi Drive
NEC Drops Prices of Projectors and Plasmas
Cineric Launches Digital-To-Film Conversion Services
Discreet Ships burn 1 Background Processing Software
Profound Effects Releases Useful Assistants
MAGIX Announces Movie Edit Pro 2004 NLE and DVD Authoring Tool
Memorex Action X CD-R Discs Feature Surfing, Skateboarding, Motocross, Snowboarding and BMX Biking

Apple Releases DVD Studio Pro 2

Apple has announced that DVD Studio Pro 2, a from-scratch re-design of the professional DVD authoring tool, will be available through Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers beginning August 18. Starting August 6, customers can place their orders at www.apple.com/dvdstudiopro. Key new features of the software include Apple-designed customizable templates, a menu editor, timeline-based track editing, and a new MPEG-2 encoder.??DVD Studio Pro 2 offers heightened integration with Final Cut Pro 4, Apple's professional video editing tool, and completes Apple's professional suite of software which includes the Shake 3 compositing and visual effects software; Soundtrack, a professional music production tool; and the Logic Platinum computer-based music production software.??DVD Studio Pro 2 features a new user interface designed to be easy enough to navigate that both Final Cut Pro editors and users of consumer DVD authoring applications, such as Apple's iDVD, can get started right away. New Apple-designed, customizable templates in DVD Studio Pro 2 include a variety of styles, buttons, and backgrounds so users can start creating elegant DVDs in a few steps.
?The new menu editor in DVD Studio Pro 2 integrates with popular graphics applications such as Adobe Photoshop. Context-sensitive drop palettes allow users to make one-step connections. ??Based on the popular timeline in Final Cut Pro 4, a new timeline-based track editing feature in DVD Studio Pro 2 enables users to work faster and more efficiently with a linear view of clips, audio, and other assets. In addition to arranging up to nine video angles, eight audio streams, and 32 subtitle streams, DVD Studio Pro 2 users can do basic trimming, merge clips, and manage chapter markers in one location. ??DVD Studio Pro 2 also offers an integrated MPEG-2 encoder. Compressor, a batch transcoding tool that comes bundled with both DVD Studio Pro 2 and Final Cut Pro 4, lets users export directly to multiple formats including MPEG-2 for DVD and MPEG-4 for streaming media. A.Pack (also acquired from Astarte with the original Studio Pro code) encodes uncompressed audio into highly compressed Dolby Digital AC-3 streams, which can then be used in DVD Studio Pro 2 for full 5.1-channel surround sound or simply as a compressed 2.0 stereo track.??Users can order the English-language version of DVD Studio Pro 2 can be ordered through the Apple Store (www.apple.com) at a suggested retail price of $499. DVD Studio Pro 2 will be available for purchase through Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers beginning August 18. Localized versions in German, French, and Japanese will be available in September. Full system requirements and more information on DVD Studio Pro 2 can be found at www.apple.com/dvdstudiopro

(http://www.apple.com)

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Addonics Announces New DVD 4X DVD+/-R/RW Duplicator and External Burner

Addonics Technologies has announced a new generation of DVD DigiCopiers, which feature a 4X DVD+/-R/RW duplicator, external DVD+/-R/RW burner for PCs and networks, and multiple drive interface support for USB 2.0, FireWire, CardBus, or Serial ATA-based systems. The new line of Addonics DVD+/-R/RW DigiCopiers supports read/write to DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, Double-sided DVD, CD-R, and CD-RW media.??No operating system or PC is needed to use the new Addonics DVD DigiCopier as a duplicating station.  To copy DVDs or CDs users simply place the master DVD/CD into the source drive, load blank media in the destination drive, and wait for the disc to copy. There are no buttons to push, no software programs required, and no attention is needed while the copy is being made.  Using standard 4.7GB or 9.4GB doubled-sided DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD+RW, or DVD-RW media, users can copy their own corporate or personal videos for playback on computer DVD or regular DVD players.  The Addonics DVD DigiCopier is also a cost-effective means to duplicate training materials and large databases for information distribution or for data archiving.??The new Addonics drive is also an external DVD+/-R/RW burner.  The DVD+/-R/RW DigiCopier can be used to master DVD titles, music CDs, photo CDs, or data CDs.  Users connect the drive to any desktop or notebook PC with the Addonics interface cable (USB 2.0, FireWire, CardBus or Serial ATA) and install the DVD/CD mastering software that comes bundled with the unit. Typical duplication time for a full disc is 12 minutes for CD-R to 40 minutes for DVD-R or DVD+R. When used with a computer, the bundled disc mastering software supports Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, NT, and XP. Note: the DVD+/-R/RW DigiCopier may not able to duplicate a copy-protected DVD or CD.??The source drive of the DVD DigiCopier operates at 16X Maximum DVD-ROM. The destination drive is a DVD+/-R/RW device with 4X on DVD+/-R, 2X on DVD+/-RW, and a 16x8x32 CDRW.  Other features include automatic format detection, which detects DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, CD-R, and CD-RW media to make the drive perform at the maximum speed of the media. ??In addition, the DVD DigiCopier can be connected to either a USB, FireWire port, PCMCIA (CardBus) slot, or Serial ATA port. Interface cables are all interchangeable with every unit and different interface cables can be ordered separately. Data transfer rate varies depends on the type of interface. The drive can achieve a data transfer rate of up to 21,600KB/sec (16X DVD-ROM) with a FireWire, USB 2.0, or Serial ATA interface.  The small footprint duplicator weighs just 10.03 lbs and measures 7.5 wide x 10.63 deep x 6.75 inches high??The new line of DVD+/-R/RW DigiCopiers are offered in two models. The USB 2.0 version (Model # AEDVDCOPPM4U) includes the Addonics 4X DVD+/-R/RW and 16X CDRW Duplicator; USB 2.0 interface cable; Sonic MyDVD, DVD/CD mastering software and MPEG-2 decoding software for Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, and XP, and a user guide. It has an MSRP of $659. Users can choose from four optional interface/upgrade kits (list priced from $55-75) for making USB 2.0, FireWire or CardBus or Serial ATA connections. The base model has a list price of $599.?

(http://www.addonics.com)

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Host Interface International's Double Image 5 Adds Backup and Restore to DVD-RAM Support for Panasonic's OEM DVD Multi Drive

Host Interface International has launched its Double Image 5.0 backup/restore software with support for Panasonic's OEM DVD Multi drive. When combined with the functionality of the SW-9571-CYY DVD Multi drive, Double Image 5.0 users will have a fast, reliable and easy to use solution for all their current and future DVD storage needs, according to Panasonic.

Host Interface International's new backup and restore software tool can be used across
entire local or remote networks with unlimited Windows machines and is interoperable with multiple types of storage media. Panasonic's DVD-RAM technology is advantageous to Double Image 5.0 customers because it can handle large volumes of data on one 9.4GB double-sided DVD with rewriteability up to 100,000 times. DVD-RAM discs also act as a removable hard drive and provide advanced defect management, according to Panasonic.  With the ability to read/write to DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-R, and CD-RW media, the OEM DVD MULTI drive is a cost-effective storage solution that provides users the flexibility to switch between removable storage media without having to purchase new hardware or software.

With Host Interface International, DVD-RAM discs can be formatted with standard Windows NTFS file formatting. Double Image 5.0 then treats the DVD-RAM disc exactly like a hard drive--with the benefits of removability. In addition, Host International's software reads and writes standard Windows data compression to DVD-RAM discs--giving the user more storage options for the high-capacity DVD disc.

Double Image 5.0 was benchmarked and certified on Panasonic's OEM DVD Multi drive--model SW-9571-CYY--and supports various data formats. By writing and reading using non-proprietary I-O, Double Image 5.0 is abiding by the same file I-O that is used by Windows Explorer, permitting other programs to easily access the files copied by Double Image.

Double Image 5.0 is now available with an MSRP of $59.95.

(http://www.hostinterface.com)

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NEC Drops Prices of Projectors and Plasmas

NEC Solutions (America), Inc. has announced a $1500 manufacturer's suggested retail price drop on its PlasmaSync 42VP4 and 42VP4D plasma display models and a $6000 MSRP reduction on its 84-inch plasma solution, the PlasmaSync 84VP4. NEC has also announced reduced pricing on its projectors, with a $2000 MSRP decrease for its MT860T installation projector and a $500 MSRP drop for the HD-capable ShowCase SeriesT HT1000T projector. ??NEC's PlasmaSync 42VP4 and 42VP4D offer users built-in stereo audio as well as the choice between an anti-reflective screen (the 42VP4) or an anti-glare screen for high ambient lighting conditions (the 42VP4D).  The displays also feature wide VGA resolution, a built-in programmable timer, 3x3 matrixing capabilities, and a phosphor protection system. The PlasmaSync 84VP4 is a bundled 84-inch plasma display solution consisting of four matrixed 42VP4 displays plus an included wall mount. ??With 2800 ANSI lumens of brightness and extensive input options, the SVGA resolution MT860 is an installation projector with optional wired or wireless networking and a suite of security features to prevent theft. ??Purchasers of the HT1000 buying the product through September 30, 2003 can also take advantage of either a $500 rebate or a free anamorphic lens that enables display of 16:9 content using the projector's full XGA panel resolution. ??The PlasmaSync 42VP4 and 42VP4D are now available through NEC resellers at a suggested retail price of $4495, with the 84VP4 available at an MSRP of $18,975.  The MT860 is available at a retail price of $3295, while the HT1000's MSRP is $4995.

(http://www.necsolutions-am.com)

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Cineric Launches Digital-To-Film Conversion Services

Cineric, Inc., is offering digital-to-film conversion services for filmmakers requiring high-quality prints for festivals, trade shows and other purposes. The facility has installed a Lasergraphics Producer Digital Cine Film Recorder that converts digital images to film at the economical speed of four seconds per frame. As part of an introductory special, the facility is offering free testing and discount rates up to 25 percent to qualified filmmakers and students through the end of this year.
Since its installation, the recorder has been used for special titles and sequences on Maid in Manhattan, Changing Lanes, and Two Weeks Notice. Additionally, Cineric has provided conversion services for the critically acclaimed independent production Bomb the System, and the Brazilian documentary Militancy, directed by Carlos Adriano.
Lasergraphics, Inc., is headquartered in Irvine, California. The company designs, manufactures, sells, and supports 2K, 4K, 8K, and 16K film recorders and high-resolution display products. The company has sold more than 25,000 film recorders worldwide since it was founded in 1981.
In addition to providing digital-to-film recording, Cineric is offering such image manipulation services as up-rezzing and color tweaking. Cineric, Inc. was founded in New York in1983. The company provides optical printing and digital imaging, titles, special effects and restoration and preservation services. The facility has worked on many independent features as well as such studio films as The Sixth Sense, Bringing Out The Dead, Goodfellas, Matewan, Philadelphia, Raging Bull, The Big Lebowski, and The Silence Of The Lambs.
Cineric was the first postproduction facility in New York to establish a digital motion picture film service bureau, offering scanning, recording, video-to-film, and specialized image processing services. Blowups and format conversions are a specialty. The facility has also restored more than 200 films including Jason and the Argonauts, The Birds, American Graffiti, A Man for All Seasons, The Man from Laramie and The Caine Mutiny.

(http://www.cineric.com)

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Discreet Ships burn 1 Background Processing Software

Discreet, a division of Autodesk, Inc., has announced the availability of burn 1, a Linux-based network solution for its visual effects systems inferno, flame, and flint.  With the inaugural release of burn, part of a multi-phase infrastructure strategy, Discreet intends to enhance client profitability by delivering scalable, cost-effective processing for post-production and broadcast workflows. burn delivers double the offline rendering performance of complex visual effects. burn ships with backburner, Discreet's network rendering management software. Working with the inferno, flame, and flint systems, backburner prioritizes and allocates requests for more efficient workload sharing across multiple render nodes. With as few as two render nodes, burn can reduce the rendering time of a single flame system in half-doubling productivity. ? ?burn software is available immediately and requires Linux Red Hat version 8.0. The burn software ships with licenses that can be installed on a variety of supported hardware configurations.

(http://www.discreet.com), (http://www.autodesk.com)

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Profound Effects Releases Useful Assistants

Profound Effects, Inc. has announced the immediate availability of Useful Assistants (UA), a new automation tool for Adobe After Effects 5.5 and 6.0.  UA is designed to streamline workflow within After Effects by automating various tasks and adding convenience features that are absent in After Effects itself. With more than 35 assistants included and more available online at no additional charge, UA makes many tasks as simple as a mouse click.  For example, UA includes assistants that do the following:?
- Make a Web page contact sheet of frames from throughout a composition, automatically.?- Automatically detect cuts in footage and place markers at these locations.?- Save your work to an incrementing file name automatically (After Effects 6.0 and later).?- Copy and paste whole groups of expressions at a time.?? Clicking an assistant will tell users if the assistant is ready to run and if not, tells you why. For example, if an assistant requires a layer to be selected, it will tell you if one isn't. Double-clicking an assistant executes it. Useful Assistants also has a built-in ability to make preset assistants and sequences of assistants. Online demonstrations of some of the assistants included in UA can be found at .??UA's streamlining of workflow extends to masks and 3D capabilities.  For example, a trip to Adobe Illustrator is saved with the Create Rounded Mask assistant. The Copy Mask assistant lets you pick from many mask properties and copy these to one or more other masks. The Arrange In Z assistant assigns depth to multiple layers instantly.??Leveraging Profound's uPlug Technology originally presented in Useful Things,  Profound will continue to add new UA assistants. New assistants are made available, usually at no charge, on the Profound eXchange, an online repository of free assistants, effects, and software updates. 

Useful Assistants carries a list price of $295 and is available for both Windows and Mac OS X systems compatible running After Effects 5.5 or 6.0. 

(http://www.profoundeffects.com)

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MAGIX Announces Movie Edit Pro 2004 NLE and DVD Authoring Tool

MAGIX has announced MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 2004, a new home video editing software tool that provides 1,400 special effects and templates, personalized soundtrack creation, multi-track editing, and the ability to burn movies onto DVDs and CDs.
 
Developed with the first-time user in mind, MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 2004 offers easy to use drag-and-drop functionality plus batch capturing of digital video, automatic scene detection; simplified storyboard, multi-scene overview, 16-track stereo timeline edit modes; and real-time video and transition effects. Image restoration, motion stabilizing, compositing, and a variety of preset effects and transitions may be applied and immediately viewed onscreen or removed without affecting the original file.
 
Consumers can record content using the programmable timer, make precise cuts, select from a wide variety of transition effects and even create a custom soundtrack. The special effect templates and inventive 3D transitions give professional polish to home movies. In addition to split-screen and virtual camera-panning effects, users can get more creative with the Hollywood-style "blue screen" effect that creates a composite movie from two separate movies. Movie soundtracks can be editing and enhanced with voiceovers, songs, and audio effects that add atmosphere to any scene. The title editor creates rolling credits to finish any home movie project with style.
 
The integrated CD and DVD authoring utility in MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 2004 creates multimedia disc selection menus with intro movies and custom backgrounds that can be played on a home DVD player. VideoCD, Super VideoCD, DVD, and mini-DVD disc formats can all be burned with MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 2004, along with re-editable project backups and autoplay CD-ROMs, simplifying project archiving and sharing. The disc-spanning feature enables longer projects to be burned across several discs.
 
MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 2004 imports and exports a variety of formats, including DV-AVI (Type 1 and 2), MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 compressed video, and streaming formats including Windows Media 9. It supports MPEG-4 and DivX if codecs have been installed.
 
MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 2004 for Windows will be available in early September for $99.99 and includes a special rebate offer for users of competitive products.

(http://www.magix.com)

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Memorex Action X CD-R Discs Feature Surfing, Skateboarding, Motocross, Snowboarding and BMX Biking

Memorex has jumped headlong into the action sports culture, announcing the first CD-R media geared toward this active lifestyle. Thrill-seeking fans and athletes now can burn their favorite songs, photos, even extreme sports stats to Memorex Action X CD-R media. Memorex brings adventure to the front of each disc with surfing, skateboarding, motocross, snowboarding, and BMX biking disc prints.

Each Action X CD-R package includes a custom Adrenaline Hunters Video CD (VCD) featuring action sports video footage such as skateboarding, BMX biking, rock climbing and base jumping.  The VCD is developed by Salomon Sports and Hooked on the Outdoors magazine. The 10-pack of Action X CD-R discs also includes Memorex's unique and equally extreme kick-out slim disc cases. These new CD cases are see-through and feature a colorful mechanism that automatically ejects the CD. Action X discs are rated at 48X write speed, and offer 80 minutes of audio record time and 700MB of data storage.

Memorex Action X CD-R discs are available at various retail outlets for a suggested retail price of $9.99 for a package of 10 discs and $14.99 for a spindle of 25 discs.

(http://www.memorex.com)

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