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April 10, 2006

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Run Windows on a Mac--Apple Introduces Boot Camp
Applied Magic Debuts Fully Automated DVD Creation and Production with DVD Shop
Apple Ships Final Cut Studio 5.1
16:9 Introduces New Focus/Iris Control for HVX-200 and AG-DVX100B
VASST Announces Absolute Training for Sony Vegas Software
Advanced Media Introduces Ridata Hard Coated, Double-Sided, 4X Mini DVD-R Optical Discs
Condre Technology Releases New Alpha Burn-and-Print DVD/CD Publishing System

Run Windows on a Mac--Apple Introduces Boot Camp

Apple today introduced Boot Camp, public beta software that enables Intel-based Macs to run Windows XP. Available as a download beginning today, Boot Camp allows users with a Microsoft Windows XP installation disc to install Windows XP on an Intel-based Mac, and once installation is complete, users can restart their computer to run either Mac OS X or Windows XP.

Boot Camp will be a feature in "Leopard," Apple's next major release of Mac OS X, that will be previewed at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in August. "Apple has no desire or plan to sell or support Windows, but many customers have expressed their interest to run Windows ... now that we use Intel processors," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing. "We think Boot Camp makes the Mac even more appealing to Windows users considering making the switch."

Boot Camp simplifies Windows installation on an Intel-based Mac by providing a simple graphical step-by-step assistant application to dynamically create a second partition on the hard drive for Windows, to burn a CD with all the necessary Windows drivers, and to install Windows from a Windows XP installation CD. After installation is complete, users can choose to run either Mac OS X or Windows when they restart their computer.

The public beta of Boot Camp is available immediately as a download at www.apple.com/macosx/bootcamp, and is preview software licensed for use on a trial basis for a limited time. The final version of Boot Camp will be available as a feature in the upcoming Mac OS X version 10.5 "Leopard." Apple does not provide support for installing or running Boot Camp and does not sell or support Microsoft Windows software.

Apple welcomes user feedback on Boot Camp at bootcamp@apple.com. System Requirements Boot Camp requires an Intel-based Mac with a USB keyboard and mouse, or a built-in keyboard and TrackPad; Mac OS X version 10.4.6 or later; the latest firmware update; at least 10GB of free space on the startup disk; a blank recordable CD or DVD; and single-disc version of Windows XP Home Edition or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later.


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Applied Magic Debuts Fully Automated DVD Creation and Production with DVD Shop

Applied Magic has introduced DVD Shop, a complete hardware and software solution for creating and authoring DVDs billed as "Your One-Stop DVD Shop." The automated process allows users to create DVDs with professional menus, backgrounds and thumbnails, all with a few clicks of a mouse.

DVD Shop is a professional DVD authoring system that incorporates high-level DVD authoring functions in a fully automated solution for DVD creation and duplication. The user is quickly and easily guided through real time video and audio capture, DVD format creation, DVD menu creation, DVD package printing and disc output (single or multiple copies).

Applied Magic's DVD Shop includes templates requiring minimal user input to author DVDs and also allow for customized images, text and layout. Compatible with any printer or USB duplicator, DVD Shop also functions as a DVD recorder. DVD Shop comes with a keyboard and mouse and is priced at $1,895 (MSRP).


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Apple Ships Final Cut Studio 5.1

Apple is now shipping the first Universal version of its Final Cut Studio video production suite that delivers up to 2.5x the performance when running on a MacBook Pro notebook computer. Final Cut Studio features state-of-the-art tools that complement Final Cut Pro 5 including Soundtrack Pro, a revolutionary audio editing and sound design application that makes video projects sound as good as they look; Motion 2, the world's first real-time motion graphics application with GPU accelerated 32-bit float rendering; and DVD Studio Pro 4 for professional DVD authoring.

In February, Apple released Logic Pro 7.2 music creation and audio production software, the first of the company's pro applications to ship Universal versions which run on both Intel- and PowerPC-based Macs. Logic Pro 7.2 supports up to 4.5x the effect plug-ins and up to 2x the software instruments per session on the MacBook Pro along with integrated support for the Apogee Ensemble FireWire interface and compatibility with Pro Tools HD 7 DAE. Aperture 1.1, the first Universal version of the revolutionary all-in-one post production tool for photographers featuring greatly improved RAW quality and impressive performance gains on both Intel- and PowerPC-based Macs, will ship in April.

The Universal version of Final Cut Studio is available now through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $1,299 (US). Registered Final Cut Studio customers can crossgrade to the Universal version for $49 (US). Existing customers of the standalone versions of Final Cut Pro, Soundtrack Pro, Motion, or DVD Studio Pro can upgrade to the Universal version of Final Cut Studio starting at just $99 (US).

Full details and further information is available at http://www.apple.com/universal/crossgrade/.

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16:9 Introduces New Focus/Iris Control for HVX-200 and AG-DVX100B

16x9 Inc. has introduced Foxi by Bebob Engineering, the new professional remote focus and iris control for Panasonic HVX-200 and AG-DVX100B camcorders. This compact unit puts smooth and accurate adjustment of these lens functions directly at the operator's fingertips. Plus, Foxi switches easily between auto and manual control.

Set up is fast and easy, according to 16:9. Featuring an improved quick-release clamp, Foxi can be mounted to tripod panhandles up to 34mm in diameter for studio work, or (using the supplied spacer bracket) to 15mm mattebox lightweight support rods for cinema configurations. The unit's coiled cable extends up to 4' (122cm). A sturdy 3mm elbow plug connects to the FOCUS/IRIS socket of the Cam Remote at the back of the camera. Constructed of rugged, lightweight polycarbonate, Foxi is designed for maximal operator comfort and ease of use.

The oversized Focus control knob is similar in style to a standard follow focus. With a diameter of 60mm, the knob is capable of rotating a full 270 degrees. An integrated fluid friction allows for slow, accurate, and repeatable focus control movements. The camera's iris is managed via a strategically placed sliding paddle indicator. Using this responsive "throttle design" control, adjusting the iris takes only a single seconds-swift thumb movement.

Focus and iris controls are both equipped with extra-wide scales for easy marking. Dual sliding switches set in the bottom of the unit allow for fast and effortless toggling from Auto to Manual Focus or Iris control, and vice versa. The new Foxi remote focus/iris control is designed to work in conjunction with Bebob Engineering's Zoe DVX-PZB remote zoom control.

16x9 Inc. is offering the Foxi at an introductory price of $465 (Suggested U.S. list price is $525). For more information on the Foxi or other Bebob products, including the Zoe line of remote zoom controls, Lux on-board camera light, and Coco-DVL power converter, visit www.16x9inc.com.

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VASST Announces Absolute Training for Sony Vegas Software

VASST, a provider of training resources and software for multimedia professionals and hobbyists, today announced their newest series of training products, Absolute Training for Sony Vegas

The Absolute Training Series from VASST is a dynamic library of Vegas information, focusing in on specific workflows and functions in a multi-disc set. The first three discs are packaged as a set in both English and Spanish. The first three volumes are packaged as a set, providing over six hours of training in one package, and includes several free plug in tools for Vegas, media clips, and trial versions of popular software for Sony Vegas.

The Absolute Training for Vegas series may be purchased as an entire library or as individual discs. Library titles include the following:

  • Getting Started with Sony Vegas Software--Douglas Spotted Eagle
  • Going Deeper into Sony Vegas Software--Douglas Spotted Eagle
  • Getting Started with Sony DVD Architect--Douglas Spotted Eagle & John Rofrano
  • Color Correction in Sony Vegas Software--Glenn Chan & Douglas Spotted Eagle
  • Noise Reduction in Sony Vegas Software--Jeffrey P. Fisher
  • Going Deeper into DVD Architect--Keith Kolbo
  • Media Manager DeMystified--John Rofrano

The Absolute Training for Vegas Series of DVDs is shipping now. Volumes 1-3 packaged as a complete set priced at $129. Volumes 4-12 are priced at $69.00 each.


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Advanced Media Introduces Ridata Hard Coated, Double-Sided, 4X Mini DVD-R Optical Discs

Advanced Media, Inc., manufacturer and marketer of the RIDATA brand of recordable CD and DVD media, electronic storage products, and digital media accessories has introduced RIDATA Hard Coated, Double Sided, Mini DVD-Rs. Advanced Media will be showcasing the new Mini DVD-Rs at Retail Vision that will be held in San Antonio Texas on April 4-7, 2006.

The compact 8cm size, hard coating and universal read-compatibility make Ridata Mini DVD discs an ideal medium for a broad range of mobile storage applications, including storage of multimedia content--digital audio, video and still images, graphics, business presentations, Internet downloads--and data sharing. The discs will have a street price of under $20 per 10-pack.

Ridata Hard Coated, Double Sided, Mini DVD-R features a 4X recording speed and each side can record up to 1.46GB.This creates storage for up to 60 minutes of Audio & Video recording time virtually eliminating the need to carry numerous discs. For security, the information on the DVD-R is permanently recorded (write-once) and cannot be altered or erased with an archival life span of over 100 years. The small discs are also compatible with DVD-ROM drives and DVD-Video players.

The special hard coating technology protects media against scratches that can occur when the discs are transferred between cases, camcorders, and DVD players. RIDATA Hard Coated, Double Sided, Mini DVD-R 4X media are up to 100 times more scratch resistant than standard optical discs and will easily wipe clean fingerprints, ink smudges, and accidental food or beverage spills. Hard Coating features rapid static discharge to aid in preventing dust from adhering to the disc. By reducing the amount of dust that contacts a camcorder's sensitive internal optics, Hard Coating helps maintain hardware performance and will aid in the longevity of a camcorder.

Furthermore, RIDATA Hard Coating Double Sided DVD media provides three times greater resistance to damaging UV light, more than any other DVD media available. Another key advantage of the double-sided discs' configuration is convenience. It allows users to read, write, or view nearly twice the amount of data than do single-sided DVD discs without having to change discs. It offers a widely compatible DVD backup and data archiving format for a variety of applications.


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Condre Technology Releases New Alpha Burn-and-Print DVD/CD Publishing System

Condre Technology, Inc., a manufacturer of DVD and CD duplication, printing, destruction, and autoloader systems, is now shipping the Alpha, a new burn-and-print DVD/CD publishing system. Utilizing a unique independently mounted disc transport robotic system, the Alpha offers users a low-cost publishing platform that uses non-proprietary consumables.

Fast burn speeds of 16X for DVD and 48X for CD provide high-volume throughput capability. The customized software GUI included with the system is designed for any novice or professional. Alpha is available with a Suggested List Price of $ 2495, and can be purchased through an authorized Condre Reseller or Dealer.


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