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September 19, 2003

Table of Contents

Sonic Unveils MyDVD Studio Deluxe 5
Optibase Unveils New MPEG-4 Encoder: MPEG MovieMaker 400 Providing High Quality Video at Low Bit Rates
Joint Patent License for H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Continues to Advance; MPEG LA and Essential Intellectual Property Owners to Meet Twice in September
Canopus Unveils ProCoder 2.0 and Expands Digital Media Converters with ADVC100
Discreet and Kodak Announce Collaboration in Digital Film Production
Silicon Color Inc. Introduces FinalTouch, a Real-Time 4K and 2K Resolution Color Correction System for Digital Intermediate
Harmonic Unveils Three New DiviCom MV Products
New Aurora Pipe From Aurora Video Systems Provides Cost-Effective Solution Designed for Apple's RT Extreme Engine
Sunland Expands as DVD Burner Product Line and Market Grow
KMWorld Magazine's White Papers Offer Records Management Tips

Sonic Unveils MyDVD Studio Deluxe 5

Sonic Solutions announced the launch of MyDVD Studio Deluxe 5, a major upgrade to the industry's leading software for DVD creation. MyDVD Studio Deluxe 5 includes powerful new features such as fully-integrated video editing, Dolby Digital audio encoding, unlimited MP3 ripping, automated backup and archiving, exact CD and DVD disc copy, and other product enhancements. Published by Adaptec, Inc. at retail and available from Sonic at, MyDVD Studio Deluxe 5 is the flagship of the MyDVD version 5 product line. MyDVD products are available at a range of price points to meet the varying needs of consumers looking to burn content to CD and DVD.

The new Sonic MyDVD 5 product line includes:

o MyDVD Studio Deluxe5 -The flagship of Sonic's new product line, MyDVD Studio Deluxe features everything users need to burn high-quality, fully-compatible CDs and DVDs. It includes integrated video editing and special effects, Dolby Digital encoding for 50% more video per disc, Hollywood-style menus and buttons, and OpenDVD technology to re-edit previously burned discs. Unlimited MP3 ripping and automatic noise leveling provide broad flexibility in music CD creation. Automated back-up functions deliver easy archiving of important data, and powerful disc copy tools create exact disc copies of CDs and DVDs. MyDVD Studio Deluxe 5 also includes a premium DVD movie player and integrated disc labeling. Estimated street price: $99.99

o MyDVD Studio Video Edition5- This product offers the same complete DVD and CD video authoring features as MyDVD Studio Deluxe 5 including integrated video editing, special effects, Dolby Digital audio encoding, and more. MyDVD Studio Video Edition also includes a premium DVD movie player. Estimated street price: $79.99

o MyDVD Deluxe5 offers complete CD and DVD video authoring with integrated video editing. Estimated street price: $69.99

o MyDVD 5offerscomplete CD and DVD video authoring.

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Optibase Unveils New MPEG-4 Encoder: MPEG MovieMaker 400 Providing High Quality Video at Low Bit Rates

Optibase, Ltd. a company in digital video encoding and streaming solutions, unveiled its new MPEG-4 hardware video encoder, MPEG MovieMaker 400. Their encoder is tailored for use in organizations that want to implement surveillance, training, video conferencing and business TV solutions.

The newest addition to the company's family of PCI based video encoding platforms, MPEG MovieMaker 400, operates in different modes: dual and single channel, and MPEG-4 ISO full D1 encoding, all of which fold into the standard Optibase Software Development Kit (SDK). Its small form factor (low profile PCI, half height, half length) enables easy integration into any off-the-shelf standard PC. System integrators can utilize high video quality at low bandwidth to develop their own applications such as surveillance of traffic, buildings, or machine operations, corporate training, or conferencing, and live TV channels to the desktop.

One MPEG MovieMaker 400 board has the ability to simultaneously encode two MPEG-4 ISMA channels. Each channel can be streamed in three different encoding bitrates. Up to six MPEG MovieMaker 400 boards can be plugged in the same PC providing a total output of 36 encoded streams from12 different sources. As a member of the Internet Streaming Media Alliance (ISMA), Optibase is working together with other industry leaders to achieve compatibility. Currently, the MPEG MovieMaker 400 has the ability to stream to generic players such as QuickTime, RealOne and Windows Media using plug-ins. MPEG MovieMaker will be available for shipment in Q4 of 2003.

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Joint Patent License for H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Continues to Advance; MPEG LA and Essential Intellectual Property Owners to Meet Twice in September

MPEG LA and essential H.264/MPEG-4 AVC patent and patent application holders met again on July 31-August 1 in New York City. Progress continues to be made on the framework of a joint patent license, as the group remains committed to reaching agreement on joint license terms during the fourth quarter 2003. The group will meet via telephone in mid-September and in Tokyo on September 30 to October 1.

The essential intellectual property owners are working to both address and resolve concerns expressed by the marketplace. Among other issues, they have taken special note of the need for clarity and simplicity in the provision of fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory access to the essential intellectual property. For example, the group wants to provide licensing terms that are simple, reasonable, and easy to administer in aligning the licensing model with the technology, its implementations, and the real world flow of commerce.

The following owners of patents or patent applications were determined by MPEG LA's patent experts to be essential to the H.264/AVC standard: Columbia University, Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute of Korea (ETRI), France Telecom, Fujitsu, IBM, 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. For the benefit of the marketplace, they want to include as much essential intellectual property as possible under one license. The joint license development process should also benefit from the views of parties who potentially may obtain essential patent rights in future as well as those who currently hold themSee For each patent or patent application submitted, an evaluation fee of $8,500.00 to cover the outside cost of the patent expert's evaluation is paid to MPEG LA. Additional fees may be required to cover additional outside costs in the event of reevaluation by patent experts. Submitting parties must confirm their agreement with the terms and procedures governing the patent submission process.

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Canopus Unveils ProCoder 2.0 and Expands Digital Media Converters with ADVC100

Canopus Corporation unveils the ProCoder 2.0, an update to the company's professional video transcoding software tool. New features in ProCoder 2.0 increase format compatibility and boost productivity by streamlining the transcoding process. They include Flash export capabilities that allow users to convert video formats to Flash graphics for use on the Internet and support MPEG-4 through DivX Pro.  DivXPro is a new wizard that simplifies the transcoding process while retaining the highest possible image quality.  This is a new job-queuing feature that streamlines the production workflow by scheduling transcoding jobs to run in succession. A "watch folders" feature provides automatic conversion when files are placed in specific folders.

ProCoder is a stand-alone transcoding software tool for Windows-based computers that supports all popular video formats. It features Canopus's DV codec and MPEG technologies. ProCoder is targeted at video, DVD production, and Internet content-creation professionals. Designed for speed and flexibility, ProCoder is a transcoding software tool for video professionals who encounter multiple video formats on a regular basis. Supporting all popular video formats, including MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Windows Media, RealVideo, QuickTime, Macromedia Flash, Microsoft DirectShow, Microsoft Video for Windows, Microsoft DV and Canopus DV, ProCoder makes it easy to quickly convert video between formats.  It also employs video and audio filters to enhance the quality of converted output.

ProCoder 2.0 will be available fall 2003 through Canopus and authorized dealers for a suggested retail price of $499. Special upgrade pricing for registered users of ProCoder will be announced closer to ship date. ProCoder supports Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP Home, and Windows XP Professional operating systems. Fully optimized for Intel Pentium 4 processor, ProCoder also supports Intel Pentium II, as well as the AMD K6, AMD Duron and AMD Athlon processors.

Canopus Corporation also announced the release of ADVC1000, a bi-directional DV/SDI (Serial Digital Interface) video converter.  It is designed for the high-end professional market, including broadcast and postproduction facilities. ADVC1000 comes in a rack-mountable breakout box configuration, featuring convenient digital video and audio connections, as well as RS-422 deck control via FireWire.  Supporting Windows and Mac OS, ADVC1000 can also operate as a standalone converter.

ADVC1000 features Canopus' proven DV codec technology, found in the full line of Canopus DV capture cards and Advanced Digital Video Converters. In addition, the ADVC1000 includes genlock support for superior image stability. On the audio front, ADVC1000 supports locked audio during conversion, assuring audio and video synchronization, as well as AES/EBU audio for professional applications. ADVC1000 also boasts VITC and LTC time-code support and preservation during conversions.

The ADVC1000 will be available November 2003 from Canopus authorized dealers for a suggested retail price of $1999.


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Discreet and Kodak Announce Collaboration in Digital Film Production

Discreet, a division of Autodesk, Inc., announced its collaboration with Eastman Kodak Company to bring Kodak's experience in film color science and color management to emerging digital intermediate and film workflow solutions.  The partnership boasts improvements in the area of color fidelity, accuracy of digitally processing and viewing scanned film stocks. Discreet provided technology demonstrations of Kodak's advanced monitor calibration and film look preview system running on its lustre digital color grading system at the International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

One of the challenges facing film laboratories and post-production companies today is the accurate manipulation of film scans when using digital systems, especially in tasks such as conforming, color grading, retouching and restoration, compositing or visual effects. Kodak's advanced monitor calibration and film look preview system solves this problem by providing a calibrated digital environment that accurately simulates a projected theatrical print.

With an increasing amount of digital effects being used in movies today, and the growing number of films being produced as digital intermediates, meaning the entire films are scanned and processed digitally at high 2K (2048x1556) or 4K (4096x 3112) resolutions, the ability to easily and accurately visualize digital images is of increasing importance.

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Silicon Color Inc. Introduces FinalTouch, a Real-Time 4K and 2K Resolution Color Correction System for Digital Intermediate

Silicon Color Inc. announced the introduction of real-time 4K and 2K resolution color effects systems to the media industry at the 2003 International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam. The systems feature Silicon Color's FinalTouch color correction software built from patented RACE technology.

High-end post-production companies will be able to process infinite color effects in real-time at a resolution of 4K (4096 x 3112) or 2K (2048 x 1556).  When running Silicon Color's FinalTouch color effects software on a Silicon Graphics Onyx4 UltimateVision visualization system it will run 4K and 2K (2048 x 1556) on a Macintosh G5 system. The FinalTouch system provides more than 30 color nodes to be applied simultaneously to original film scans creating real-time color corrections, effects and grades.

Designed for SGI InfiniteStorage SAN solutions, the Onyx4 UltimateVision system delivers a powerful visualization solution with the combination of the power of SGI high-bandwith, scalable, shared memory architecture and the industry standard graphics components. Tailored for Apple xServe and xRaid solutions, the G5 delivers powerful processing power and throughput by combining the strength of the G5 dual processor system with the 8X AGP bus. Both systems provide a platform on which to run Silicon Color's advanced RACE technology, delivering powerful workflow architecture for today's digital intermediate post-production facilities.


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Harmonic Unveils Three New DiviCom MV Products

Harmonic Inc. announced the release of three new standard definition (SD) real-time digital video encoding systems: the DiviCom MV 30, 100, and 450. The DiviCom MV 100 encoding platform delivers compression efficiencies and video quality that redefines the meaning of ultra-low bit rate encoding for MPEG-2 and next generation video compression.  For the first time, Harmonic is planning to add Windows Media Video 9 codec support to the new open architecture DiviCom real-time encoding platforms.  With its innovative software architecture and massive processing capacity, the MV 100 is capable of supporting Windows Media 9 in addition to MPEG compression. The superior compression and noise reduction capabilities inherent in Harmonic's digital video solutions, coupled with the compression efficiencies of Windows Media 9 Series will enable operators to deliver more high-quality video services within their available bandwidth.  It features a dynamic architecture that allows capabilities to be added over time via software upgrades, obviating the need for hardware upgrade. Furthermore, the multiple output options for the DiviCom platform simplify the integration of new services into legacy and IP-based environments to provide a "future-proof" solution.

Harmonic is also introducing the DiviCom MV 30, a low bit-rate video encoder that offers high-end features and capabilities in a cost-effective package. With bit rates under 3 Mbps, the MV 30 brings a new level of performance and flexibility in constant bit rate (CBR) applications. The MV 30, which incorporates features typically found on only the most advanced encoders, is particularly well suited for cable, broadband wireless (e.g., MMDS and LMDS) and other applications that require a cost-effective CBR encoding solution without compromising video quality.As with the MV 100, the MV 30 includes advanced MCTF, 4:2:2 and 4:2:0 color sampling, and optional IP output. Furthermore, both encoding systems incorporate standards-based digital program insertion (DPI), allowing advertisements to be dynamically inserted into an already compressed digital video stream. DPI not only increases operators' revenue, it also permits programming to be regionalized for a more locally-relevant viewing experience.

The DiviCom MV 450 has a software-based architecture, superior compression capabilities and more output transport options. This real-time high-definition encoder provides the power and flexibility for delivering value-added high-definition broadcast and on-demand services.  The MV 450 incorporates a series of technologies pioneered by Harmonic that enable operators to address the trade-off between bit rate and picture quality.  With a flexible software-based architecture the MV 450 allows features to be added to the system as need.  These include, digital program insertion (DPI), which allows advertisements to be inserted into a n already compressed digital video stream, as well as Harmonic's LookAhead feature, all which increase encoding efficiency.  The encoder also features Dolby-E and VANC closed-captioning data extraction as well as 4:2:0 color sampling.  The MV 450 supports 1080i, 720p and 480p formats to meet the requirements of various transmission systems and markets.


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New Aurora Pipe From Aurora Video Systems Provides Cost-Effective Solution Designed for Apple's RT Extreme Engine

Aurora Video Systems announced the release of the new Aurora Pipe video capture and editing card.  It is designed specifically to take advantage of Apple's RT Extreme capabilities while utilizing all of Final Cut Pro's real-time effects. Integrating with Final Cut Pro and After Effects, Aurora Pipe provides a low-cost, easy-to-use solution for offline editors.  It is suited for those working with uncompressed applications that do not require the power of hardware-accelerated real-time effects. Aurora Pipe, priced at $799 and immediately available, is the first in a family of products that Aurora is developing to take advantage of new technologies such as RT Extreme.

Because Aurora Pipe is a true QuickTime solution designed for the Mac OS, no third-party software is necessary for previewing video in applications other than Final Cut Pro. In addition to moving data from Final Cut Pro and putting it on-screen, Aurora Pipe provides real-time preview compatibility with both After Effects and Discreet's Combustion.

Aurora's newest card offers composite and S-video I/O and 16 bit, 48 kHz, dual-channel RCA unbalanced audio. The synchronization between the Macintosh desktop and NTSC/PAL video display provided by True Color Filtering enhances colorspace conversion. Both upper- and lower-field PAL are supported without any rendering required to operate in an upper-field-first PAL timeline. Single and dual-field playback control provides an image for color correcting or graphics editing. A genlock signal can be used to ensure quality synchronization with external
equipment. Aurora's Open Video Technology permits simple and regular driver updates ultimately enabling quick access to the newest features and functions.


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Sunland Expands as DVD Burner Product Line and Market Grow

With a growing customer base and the addition of four new 4x DVD+/-R/RW drives, Sunland International LLC a storage solutions supplier, announced that it has tripled its facilities to accommodate its rapidly growing engineering, warehousing and support requirements.  The company is one of the first in the industry to begin shipping ultra-slim DVD drives with combination USB 2.0/FireWire connectivity for desktop and mobile applications.

The aggressively priced Digistor product line includes a complete family of internal 4x multi (DVD-R/RW/RAM), 4x dual (DVD+/-R/RW) and internal ultra-slim 2x DVD-R/RW/RAM drives.  SLI also offers similar external DVD burners with combination USB 2.0/FireWire connectivity. All of the Digistor burners include a complete suite of DVD authoring, editing, recording and playback software.  Available with a variety of speeds, formats and software bundles, Digistor DVD Burners provide complete solutions for video, audio, data backup and digital content archiving. Digistor DVD burners can be purchased from authorized Digistor resellers across the country. While pricing depends upon the configuration selected, Digistor DVD burners are all priced under $400 MSRP. The Digistor MAC version will be released in Q4 of 2003.


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