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September 09, 2003

Table of Contents

Pioneer Unveils External DVD/CD Writer
Alera Technologies Products Now Available ThroughBroadfield Distributing Inc.
DVD Lawsuit Reaches UK Courts; MPA Initiates a High Court Action Against 321 Studios
Blackmagic Design Introduces Blackmagic DeckLink HD
Panasonic Premieres Cable-Ready HDTV, DVD Recorders at CEDIA Expo 2003
Pioneer Upgrades Projection Televisions and PureVision Plasma Displays With HDMI
GenArts Reduces Prices on Sapphire Plug-Ins for Avid and Apple Products
CyberLink Launches Media Carnival

Pioneer Unveils External DVD/CD Writer

Pioneer Electronics  Inc., a leader in recordable DVD technology, announced that a new multiple format external DVD/CD writer will be available in mid-September at a suggested retail price of $299.  With the DVR-S606, Pioneer delivers its first external drive in a sleek industrial design that is quick and easy to install. The drive can sit vertically or horizontally, supports multiple DVD media formats, and plugs into standard IEEE 1394 (Firewire) and USB 2.0 ports.

The DVR-S606 is a high capacity optical storage system based on the Pioneer DVR-A06, the company's sixth-generation internal recordable drive.  It enables users to write a wide variety of files to DVD for storage or playback in other DVD devices.  In common with the DVR-A06, the DVR-S606 is compatible with the DVD Forum's recording formats, DVD-R/DVD-RW as well as +R/+RW discs — a move that directly responds to consumers' requests that DVD writers should handle various formats in order to reduce confusion in the marketplace.


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Alera Technologies Products Now Available ThroughBroadfield Distributing Inc.

Alera Technologies, developer and manufacturer of Advanced DVD and CD Recording Solutions, announces that  they have signed an agreement with Broadfield Distributing, Inc., the wholesale distributor of Video Editing & Production Equipment, for the
distribution of Alera Technologies' full line of advanced technology
DVD andCD Publishing Systems, Duplicators, Recorders, and Accessories.

Broadfield will feature the new Alera Technologies line of DVD
Duplicators that give customers the freedom to use any of the popular DVD formats.

The new DVD Copy Cruiser Dual 1:1 DVD Duplicator  is the beginning of a family of products that solve the DVD format dilemma.  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.   This new product is both a standalone DVD/CD Duplicator and an External USB 2.0 DVD/CD Recorder, all in one unit.

Alera Technologies has introduced the new 1:3 DVD Copy Tower and the 1:7 DVD Copy Tower.  Both 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 feature a professional duplicator controller with powerful functions and diagnostics.

To accompany a line of DVD and CD duplication products, Alera Technologies has developed a unique DVD/CD Shredder  that destroys the data layer on DVDs and CDs.  Consequently, users no longer have to worry about DVDs and CDs getting into the wrong hands.

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DVD Lawsuit Reaches UK Courts; MPA Initiates a High Court Action Against 321 Studios

On August 29th, 2003, the Motion Picture Association (MPA) filed a lawsuit in the UK High Court against 321 Studios, the manufacturers of DVD backup software.

In the United States, 321 Studios continues to await the decision of Judge Susan Illston, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, San Francisco Division, regarding the Hollywood studios' motion for a partial summary judgment in the suit brought by 321 Studios. In April of 2002, 321 Studios filed a Declaratory Relief Action (DRA) seeking the court's assurance that it was not in violation of copyright law and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA.)

In their motion for partial summary judgment, the Hollywood studios requested a ruling that 321 Studios' products DVD Copy Plus and DVD X Copy are illegal under the DMCA and should be enjoined. This anticipated ruling could also address 321 Studios' adherence to the DMCA, the constitutionality of the DMCA, and the Court's interpretation of "fair use" rights.


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Blackmagic Design Introduces Blackmagic DeckLink HD

Blackmagic DeckLink HD is the first uncompressed 10-bit video PCI card priced under $2,000 that can do both standard definition SDI video as well as full HDTV video formats.  DeckLink HD can instantly be switched between SDTV SMPTE-259M SDI video and HDTV SMPTE-292M SDI video for 1080i/1080p/720p video editing and design.

DeckLink HD features HD/SD-SDI video & audio input and output, as well as aSony compatible RS422 serial deck control port. Also included is a second independent HD/SD-SDI output for video monitoring, and consumer digital audio SPDIF output for audio monitoring.

10-bit uncompressed HDTV video is  suitable for film online work, and now full-quality feature films can be edited and finished on a $1,995 video card plugged into a Apple Macintosh G5 computer.
Blackmagic DeckLink HD also includes the Blackmagic codec. Supporting 64 bit rendering inapplications such as Adobe After Effects, DeckLink HD is one of the onlyproducts that allows full 10-bit capture and rendering.


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Panasonic Premieres Cable-Ready HDTV, DVD Recorders at CEDIA Expo 2003

At CEDIA Expo 2003, Panasonic introduced nation's first cable-ready digital TV set, the widescreen (16:9) 53-inch PT-53WXD63 (diagonal screen measurement), high definition projection TV. The PT-53WXD63 is the first to be certified by CableLabs. This TV can connect directly to a digital cable and terrestrial broadcast system. With the use of an authorized CableCARD (which may be available from some cable operators, at a fee)(1), this TV can receive digital cable services, including premium channels, without requiring a cable set-top box. Home theater designers can also enjoy their first look at Panasonic's new series of flat panel screens: two plasma displays and two LCDs. All are HDTV models and incorporate a full range of features and appealing style details.

Panasonic introduced four DVD recorders are at CEDIA Expo 2003, with the DMR-E50, DMR-E60, DMR-E80H and DMR-E100H all stating a clear case for the unique features available with DVD-RAM technology. And the E80H and E100H each add an 80 GB and 100 GB hard drive, respectively, making these among the most versatile and capable home theater devices on the market.
Panasonic also introduced several home theater systems. The SC-HT1000 is the first HTiB to feature a built-in DVD recorder. The SC-MT1, SC-ST1 and SC-HT900 include a set of acoustically matched home theater speakers plus subwoofer, and these three HTiBs all feature a high-quality, progressive scan DVD player. The SC-HT800V, SC-HT810V, SC-HT425D and SC-HT405D also feature HighMAT, which was co-developed by Panasonic and Microsoft. HighMAT sets a new standard for sharing digital media between PCs and a variety of consumer electronics devices making it easier to play back personal music, photos and video collections. All of the HTiB systems support DVD-Audio.


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Pioneer Upgrades Projection Televisions and PureVision Plasma Displays With HDMI

Pioneer Electronics  Inc. announced the addition of High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) connections on four Pioneer Elite high definition plasma and projection displays which include the PRO-1000HDI, PRO-800HDI, PRO-730HDI, and PRO-530HDI.  These four Elite displays round out a total of eight Pioneer high definition displays currently offering HDMI connectivity.

Incorporating HDMI provides significant advantages to consumers, especially with the elimination of multiple analog connections for both video and audio.  The new connection will allow an uncompressed high definition video signal and a multi-channel audio signal to be passed through a single cable.  HDMI assures that the best video signal is always sent from source to display.


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GenArts Reduces Prices on Sapphire Plug-Ins for Avid and Apple Products

GenArts, Inc., a provider of digital visual effects plug-ins for the film, broadcast and video industry, announced price cuts for its  Sapphire Plug-ins on Avid Xpress Pro, Avid Xpress DV, Avid DS and Avid DS Nitris, reducing the price on some products by as much as 35%. GenArts also announced new promotional pricing for Sapphire Plug-ins on Shake throughout the month of September.

In a move to make Sapphire Plug-ins more affordable to a growing number of Xpress Pro and Xpress DV users, GenArts has cut $1,000 off the Sapphire price tag for these products. The new price is $1,800.

GenArts has permanently reduced the price of its Sapphire Plug-ins for Avid DS and DS Nitris by 20%. The new price for the full package of effects on both products is US $4,800.

During the month of September, the price of Sapphire Plug-ins for Shake is being lowered 33% to US $1,995 — a savings of $1,000. Orders placed by 30th September 2003 can benefit from this promotion.


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CyberLink Launches Media Carnival

CyberLink Corp., a leading developer of digital video software and e-learning solutions, announced that it will release its OEM-targeted all-in-one media creation suite, Media Carnival at Computex 2003.

CyberLink Media Carnival is a collection of CyberLink's well-known products:
- PowerDVD - to playback DVD
- PowerVCR - to record TV
- PowerDirector Pro - to edit videos
- PowerProducer - to create movies and photos on CDs or DVDs
- Medi@Show - to create multimedia slideshows

Plus two new applications:
- Power2Go - to burn data and music; and
- InstantBurn - for packet writing.

The applications are integrated together in a Media Launcher bar that resides on the desktop for easy access.


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