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August 19, 2003

Table of Contents

Sony Expands Memory Stick Media Family
muvee Technologies' autoProducer to be Included on HP Notebook PCs
ZTekWare Introduces New Version of OCDE Burner/Emulator
Storigen DSN and Artesia TEAMS Combine to Drive DAM Adoption Enterprise-wide
ADS Tech USB Instant DVD+DV Empowered with Divio NW721 DV Codec
Input Solutions, Inc, adds HexaLock CD Copy Protection Technology to their Product Offerings
NTI Introduces Dragon Burn 3.0 for Mac
Macrovision to Announce Results of 2003 Consumer Surveys on Video Piract and Demo DVD Copy Protection Solutions

Sony Expands Memory Stick Media Family

Sony announced several advancements in the Memory Stick media family, broadening the line-up and enhancing Memory Stick media-capable applications ranging from high-quality video content and high-resolution digital images to CD-quality audio.

At only one-third the size and half the weight of full-size Memory Stick media, Memory Stick PRO Duo media offers the same technologies and features of Memory Stick PRO media, including MagicGate copyright protection technology, high capacities and a theoretical maximum data transfer capability of up to 160Mbps (20 megabytes per second (MB/s).)

The tiny media is ideal for use in small digital devices, including cellular phones, wearable portable audio players and pocket-sized digital imaging devices. Memory Stick PRO Duo media will be available in October in capacities of 256MB and 512MB for about $125 and $300, respectively.

Meanwhile, original Memory Stick Duo media, announced earlier this year, has hit the fast track with a theoretical maximum transfer speed of up to 160Mbps (20 MB/s). The transfer speed differs depending on the Memory Stick-compliant device that is used.

In addition, the newly introduced Memory Stick Duo media will come equipped with MagicGate copyright protection technology for the secure transfer of digital music with MagicGate-enabled devices.

For added versatility, all Memory Stick Duo media ship with an adapter that is compatible with all devices with a full-size Memory Stick media slot.

Memory Stick Duo media will be available in capacities of 32MB and 64MB and 128MB for about $34.99 and $45 and $75, respectively.

(http://www.memorystick.com)

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muvee Technologies' autoProducer to be Included on HP Notebook PCs

muvee Technologies, a creator of automatic video editing technology, announced that Hewlett-Packard (HP) has selected its muvee autoProducer DVD SE video editing software to be bundled with the new HP Pavilion Widescreen Notebook PC zd7000, which will be launched on August 22.

muvee autoProducer's patent-pending technology simplifies the video editing process by automating it, thereby eliminating the tedium and learning curve normally associated with other non-linear editing (NLE) software. Users simply add in their video, choose some music, and select an editing style from the program's built-in list. The software then analyzes these elements, picks out key scenes and discards low quality video, before automatically editing the raw footage, complete with effects and transitions timed to the length, rhythm and mood of the chosen music. In minutes, a professional-looking edited video, or muvee, is ready to be saved and shared with family and friends.

muvee autoProducer supports a variety of input and output file formats including DV, AVI, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2. Finished muvees can also be saved as WMV files for sharing via e-mail or the Web, or as high quality SVCD- or DVD-ready files.

(http://www.muvee.com)

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ZTekWare Introduces New Version of OCDE Burner/Emulator

ZTekWare Computing Inc has released Version 2.10 of OCDE -- an application that Create Virtual CD-ROM on your computer to emulate Audio CD, Data CD, Game CD from hardisk/network Virtual CD image.

The Original CD Emulator will help you rip your own CDs to a hard disk or to network images, and to create a virtual CD-ROM on your computer to access those images. It works like a real CD-ROM: You can run programs, play games, or listen to music from your virtual CD-ROM. Because it is launched from your hard disk, it's fast! So forget your CDs, it's all on your hard disk. Just click once and the CD will appear.

The Original CD Emulator is also an ISO image extractor. It can directly access your ISO image, allowing you to see what is in the ISO image before you burn it. If don't need to burn it, simply run the program you want from the virtual CD-ROM, or just extract what you need. It's fast and easy.

You can convert CD images created by other CD-RW programs to standard ISO images. The Original CD Emulator can recognize most images created by other CD-RW programs. Select the Virtual CD and ISO image, then rip it.

OCDE 2.10 for Windows costs $39.95 for a single-user license. Original CD Emulator Network Edition and Terminal Server Edition are available.

(http://www.ztekware.com)

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Storigen DSN and Artesia TEAMS Combine to Drive DAM Adoption Enterprise-wide

Artesia Technologies, a leading provider of enterprise digital asset management (DAM) solutions, and Storigen Systems, a provider of Distributed Storage Networks that eliminate geographic barriers to enterprise productivity, announced a partnership that unites Artesia TEAMS distributed repository capabilities with Storigen's Distributed Storage Network (DSN), delivering a distributed DAM solution that enables access to digital content and facilitates collaboration, regardless of data and user location. The two companies have integrated their respective products and are jointly marketing the combined solution to existing and prospective customers.

To capture the greatest benefits from their digital asset management implementations, media-intensive enterprises need to drive adoption of the platform as deep in their enterprises as possible, as well as to partners and suppliers.  However, practical realities of remote communication and data management make this nearly impossible.  The combination of Artesia TEAMS with Storigen's DSN offers a powerful solution that seamlessly enhances the performance and security of enterprise-wide DAM implementations.

Integrating Artesia TEAMS with Storigen's DSN virtually eliminates geographic barriers to online collaboration.  TEAMS works seamlessly in conjunction with Storigen's DSN to get the right data to the right place at the right time, all without a change in end-user behavior or software.  The combined solution improves the speed and efficiency of media production and brand marketing activities by transparently enabling high-performance online access to digital assets at remote locations.

(http://www.artesia.com), (http://www.storigen.com)

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ADS Tech USB Instant DVD+DV Empowered with Divio NW721 DV Codec

Divio Inc., a pioneer in integrated digital  video chip designs, announced that its single-chip NW721 DV Codec delivers  MiniDV digital camcorder connectivity over IEEE-1394 for ADS' new USB Instant DVD+DV. By including the Divio Codec in the ADS Tech plug-and-play device, users  can capture audio and video from MiniDV camcorders and other DV devices for direct burning to a CD/DVD disc or editing on a PC.  The ADS Tech USB Instant DVD+DV is available now through Circuit City, Fry's, Costco Canada and other major retailers and e-tailers nationwide, including www.tigerdirect.com.

MiniDV digital camcorders have rapidly emerged as the standard in consumer video  recording and with the proliferation of multimedia PCs in consumer households, home movie editing has become a leading application. MiniDV camcorders record content digitally in high-quality DV format and can transfer pure digital signals over IEEE-1394 connections. The Divio NW721 DV Codec leverages this capability and enables the ADS Tech USB Instant DVD+DV to directly connect to MiniDV camcorders over IEEE-1394 (i.LINK, FireWire). The result is a pure, digital-to-digital path with no loss of picture quality.

Designed with the highest-quality hardware components and the latest software tools, ADS Tech USB Instant DVD+DV is the first USB-based capture device that connects directly to the DV output of a digital camcorder and converts raw DV footage into DVD video for direct-to-disc burning. This capability provides users with the fastest way to create DVDs or CDs for sharing and archiving. The easy-to-use plug-and-play device can also be used to transfer analog or DV format video to a desktop or notebook PC for editing. In this instance, raw video footage is converted to MPEG-2 and sent to the PC via high-speed USB 2.0 in real time.

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

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Input Solutions, Inc, adds HexaLock CD Copy Protection Technology to their Product Offerings

Hexalock, Ltd., a leader in CD-ROM copy protection technology and digital rights management solutions announced today that, Input Solutions, Inc, a leading provider of document conversion and associated services, has become an Authorized Reseller of HexaLock CD-ROM Copy Protection technology.

Founded in 1988, Input Solutions, Inc. is a leading provider of scanning and imaging systems for both text and graphics. Input Solutions also maintains an award winning scanning service bureau for the conversion of paper files into a digital (text and/or graphic) format.  Input Solutions, has the unique ability to implement Document Imaging, Text Retrieval Scanning and OCR systems capable of converting any amount of information into your computer system.
HexaLock develops and markets copy protection and digital rights management solutions worldwide.  Headquartered in Shefayim, Israel, HexaLock opened its US offices and began developing its solutions for the US and Canadian markets in April 2001.  HexaLock CD Copy Protection, Version 2.6, newly released in May 2003, offers protection for both CD-ROMs and HexaLock CD-RX, a special copy protectable CD-R.  Both products are available, worldwide.

(http://www.hexalock.com)

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NTI Introduces Dragon Burn 3.0 for Mac

NTI's new Dragon Burn V3.0 gives Mac users (Including Jaguar) performance, stability and flexibility they've been looking for to produce audio, data, MP3 and
Enhanced (audio + data) CDs and DVDs according to their personal preferences.

The new Dragon Burn has a host of new features, including:
- Volume Balancing -- Automated volume balancing across all tracks of an audio CD
- Support for Importing iTunes Playlists -- Quickly burn audio CDs from a saved  iTunes playlist
- Live Audio -- Users can record from a microphone and turn any analog music source into a digital CD
- UDF 1.5 Support -- Allows users to share information with the broad range of computer platforms that support UDF 1.5
- Layout Filtering -- Create and use custom filters to easily archive files of specific types using layout filtering
- Multisession Support (HFS, ISO & UDF) Add data to CDs & DVDs incrementally
- Support for Gracenote CDDB -- Download artist and title information in seconds using the Gracenote CDDB Music Recognition Service
- Writing support for the new +/-R/RW burners and 52x CD-R writers

(http://www.ntius.com)

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Macrovision to Announce Results of 2003 Consumer Surveys on Video Piract and Demo DVD Copy Protection Solutions

Macrovision's Carol Flaherty, senior vice president of worldwide sales for the company's entertainment technologies group, will discuss the results of Macrovision's 2003 U.S. Consumers Surveys on video piracy on Wednesday, August 20 at the DVD Entertainment Conference in the Universal City Hilton Hotel and Towers in Universal City, CA. The meeting, to be held from 3-4:30 p.m., will also feature a demo of Macrovision's DVD copy protection solutions for DVD recorders, hard drive recorders, home media centers, and personal computers.

(http://www.macrovision.com)

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