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June 12, 2006

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Review: Cinekinetic CineSaddle
NewTek Ships TriCaster PRO Portable Live Production Suite
Stock20 Releases First 7-Disc Library Collection (Royalty Free Music)
EMedialive Launches Authoritative Blu-ray Disc (BD) FAQ
TMPG, Inc. Introduces TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress, Latest Version of Advanced Video-Encoding Software
Verbatim/MKM Shipping 2x Blu-ray Recordable and Rewritable Media
TruLab Productions Introduces Home Movie Essentials Vol 1
ASUS Selects Nero 7 Essentials for Demonstration of New LightScribe DVDRW Drive at Computex 2006

Review: Cinekinetic CineSaddle

I can't say enough about it the Cinekenetic CineSaddle ($350, www.cinekinetic.com), so I'll try to keep this short. It's simply amazing. In a nutshell, it is a super heavy-duty bean bag made for video/film cameras. It's as simple as that, and yet not.
     I can get shots unavailable with any other support system. It is very durable, strong, and well-made. The securing hardware that comes with it is top quality and perfect for mounting on a car or motorcycle or just about anywhere. I've used it on tree stumps, balcony rails, chair backs, a niche in a stand of bamboo, and more.
     There are pockets to store batteries, tape, even a Coke, and my beef jerky! The fill in the bag is easy to work with, you can mold the bag to just about anything. Don't throw your other gear away just yet, but I will tell you that I haven't used my tripod in almost a month.
     Add this little puppy to your arsenal and you'll be blown away with some of the creative shots it will allow you to get.

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NewTek Ships TriCaster PRO Portable Live Production Suite

NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading 3D animation and video products, today announced the shipment of TriCaster PRO, a new enhanced version of TriCaster, a turnkey, portable, live production system with a user-friendly interface designed for corporate presenters, educators, local access, sports broadcasters, and media ministries.

TriCaster PRO allows users to mix multiple live component cameras with pre-edited video, overlay titles, images, external computer displays and even live web pages with simultaneous output to video, projector, and the Internet. "

TriCaster features include the following:

  • Switching and preview of 3 Cameras; connect up to 6
  • iVGA(TM) network import of external computer displays (both PC and Mac)
  • XGA Projector output
  • Virtual VCR and picture player (digital disk recorder)
  • Live web streaming and recording
  • Audio mixer
  • Titler
  • Hundreds of 2D and 3D transitions
  • Video editing
  • Optional TriCaster VM switching surface

TriCaster PRO adds several high-end features:

  • Component video in and out
  • Auto camera calibration
  • BNC and XLR connections
  • Waveform and vectorscope
  • Balanced audio in and out with phantom power
  • High-resolution projector outputs - WXGA, SXGA, WSXGA, QSXGA

TriCaster was an EventDV Best 0f 2005 Editors' Pick, Streaming Media Magazine Producer's Pick, and winner of a 4EVER Group Product Innovation Award.

www.newtek.com

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Stock20 Releases First 7-Disc Library Collection (Royalty Free Music)

Stock20.com has announced the upcoming release of their first Library Collection. This seven-disc set includes over 300 tracks in 37 song sets with a wide range of styles.

"Our main focus will continue to be fresh releases every month, available instantly, for $7 a selection," said founder and creative director Daniel Rudd. "This new option will satisfy the demand for an instant royalty free library at a very affordable price."

The new library collection includes the entirety of Stock20's six monthly releases since the company launched in December 2005. It will be available at the Stock20.com website for $189 (a $70 savings over purchasing the tracks individually).

Pre-order Savings: The Library Collection will be in stock and shipping on Monday, June 12th. Until then, customers can take advantage of an even greater discount by pre-ordering for just $119 (savings of $140).

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EMedialive Launches Authoritative Blu-ray Disc (BD) FAQ

Information Today, Inc. announced today the launch of EMedialive's Authoritative Blu-ray Disc (BD) FAQ, authored by longtime EMedia magazine contributing editor and industry expert Hugh Bennett. The FAQ, available directly from the EMedialive homepage (www.emedialive.com), covers all aspects of Blu-ray Disc, from technical specifications for the emerging next-generation optical disc format to the cost and capacity of BD media.

The FAQ begins with the question "What is Blu-ray Disc?" and from there delves deeper into BD technology than any other resource. It spans 10 sections addressing such topics as Recording and Reading Speed, Disc Construction and Manufacturing, Compatibility, Disc Longevity, and Device Connections.

"There's never more confusion in our industry than when new optical disc formats emerge," said EMedialive Editor-in-Chief Stephen F. Nathans. "At EMedia we saw this in the early days of DVD, and we're seeing it again with the arrival of DVD's higher-capacity successors. Whether you're a manufacturer who needs to know physical specifications for developing Blu-ray Disc products, a content developer looking to make the jump from DVD to BD authoring, or a distributor, reseller, or retailer trying to become versant in next-generation formats, you need reliable, up-to-date information that's not always readily available on the web. With the Authoritative BD FAQ, our goal is to make sure that this kind of information is available to our readers, all in one place, and in accessible form."

"Hugh Bennett has always been one of this industry's leading authorities on optical disc technology," said Andy Parsons, Senior Vice President of Product Development, Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. "To have him providing this kind of information on EMedialive will be a tremendous asset as we move forward with the new format."

"The industry needs an authoritative guide as well as ongoing and up-to-the minute resources for Blu-ray Disc information," said Mark D. Strobel, Vice President, Sales and Marketing of Primera Technology, which has already announced BD support in their Bravo XR-Series of high-end disc publishing systems. "There's no doubt in my mind that Hugh Bennett and EMedialive are the right people to provide both."

"My intent is to offer a clear, objective, comprehensive and trustworthy resource for anyone who wants to understand the ins and outs of Blu-ray Disc and stay up to date on its latest developments," Bennett said. Bennett will update and expand the FAQ frequently as new and pertinent information becomes available. Updates will be announced in EMedialive's free email newsletter EMedia Xtra, which reaches more than 40,000 subscribers each week.

The unveiling of the Authoritative Blu-ray Disc (BD) FAQ coincides with the relaunch of EMedialive as "The HD Media Hub." The focus of the reconfigured site is optical disc storage and production in general and emerging HD formats in particular, with attention to still-viable SD media formats as well. "As next-generation optical media formats begin to come to market, it's an ideal time for EMedialive to renew its commitment to optical disc technology," said Nathans. "As the HD Media Hub, we'll keep tabs on all things optical and most things HD. We'll provide in-depth coverage and analysis of optical media standards and emerging formats, disc duplication and production technologies and solutions, and the tools and myriad challenges of authoring discs in the HD formats."

Hugh Bennett, best known to EMedia magazine readers as columnist for The CD Writer and subsequently The DVD Writer, is an internationally respected industry analyst, researcher, author, and educator. A past contributing editor to CD-ROM Professional, EMedia Professional, and TapeDisc Business magazines, Bennett has authored widely read white papers, including Understanding CD-R & CD-RW and Understanding Recordable & Rewritable DVD, published by the Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA).

To visit EMedialive's Authoritative Blu-ray Disc (BD) FAQ, please go to www.emedialive.com and click the Authoritative BD FAQ logo, or go directly to the page by clicking here.

Contact: Stephen F. Nathans, stephen.nathans@infotoday.com

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TMPG, Inc. Introduces TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress, Latest Version of Advanced Video-Encoding Software

TMPG, Inc. (www.tmpg-inc.com) is introducing the latest version of its advanced video encoding software, TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress. The new version is twice as powerful than previous versions, according to TMPG, and includes a host of new functions and advancements. The release date for the English and German languages are scheduled for Tuesday, June 13, the French release is scheduled for late July .

The software upgrade includes an array of features from frame-level cut-editing tools to advanced multiple video filters and effects. 4.0 XPress encoding also provides mobile support for PSP, iPod, and PDAs for on-the-go video viewing. Popular file formats supported by TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress include the following: DivX 6, AVI, HDV camcorder, QuickTime (MOV), MPEG-1/2 and 4 (ISO & AVC), H.264, DVD-Video, XDVD, DVD-VR, and Windows Media (WMV/WMV-HD/WMA). It also has input/output compatibility with Dolby Digital sound, Windows Media, MP3, and a wide variety of other audio programs as well as 19 powerful audio and video filters.

Among its new features is the ability to automatically import multiple files instantaneously. Another new feature offered is a video generator allows you to include text in your video. The editor provides numerous options and settings for your text. Additionally, TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress comes with a histogram with narrow and full-range display options, and a simple vectorscope for detailed color control. Also the color correction filter easily corrects color shifting of YUV components.

TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress' special frame-capture function allows users to create a slideshow by either using on-file pictures or utilizing separate individual video frames. An audio track, along with a wide variety of transitions, may be added to the slideshow. High-speed thumbnail viewing and scrolling allows users to quickly search video footage looking for specific scenes to be edited. Other new features include a split-clip function, undo/redo capability, key frames for clip editing, and drag-and-drop capabilities, as well as a batch encode tool and MPEG tools.

TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress encoding software will be available for downloading at www.tmpg-inc.com beginning June 13 at a cost of $99.95 per download.

www.tmpg-inc.com

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Verbatim/MKM Shipping 2x Blu-ray Recordable and Rewritable Media

Verbatim Corporation joined its parent company, Mitsubishi Kagaku Media (Verbatim/MKM) today in announcing that it will begin shipping 2X speed Blu-ray write-once (BD-R) and rewritable (BD-RE) media in July. Verbatim's new BD media products are produced in the same familiar bare disc form as a standard DVD disc.

With capacity of 25GB on a single layer, the next-generation BD media provides five times the capacity of a standard single layer DVD. Verbatim BD media is produced at MKM's optical disc manufacturing facility in Mizushima, Japan. The Mizushima factory is known for its expertise in producing 30GB Ultra Density Optical (UDO) discs. The UDO media, which is also based on blue laser technology, is widely used in mission-critical optical libraries for legal, financial, healthcare and government applications.

To optimize the performance and reliability of its BD-R media, Verbatim needed a recording layer that would be highly sensitive to the blue laser but resistant to sunlight, heat and humidity. MKM responded by developing a new metal nitride recording layer with an exceptionally wide power margin. This ensures quality recording on the entire disc surface, regardless of drive power fluctuations or smudges on the disc surface. The breakthroughs achieved with the new recording layer technology will also be an advantage as Verbatim prepares for the launch of higher speed and Dual Layer (DL) 50GB Blu-ray media in the near future.

Like its BD-R media, Verbatim's BD-RE media has an exceptionally wide power margin to achieve stable noise-free recording. To deliver high-speed rewritable performance, Verbatim BD-RE media is produced with a technology based on Super Eutectic Recording Layer (SERL) technology, the proprietary phase-change recording layer technology developed by MKM and proven in Verbatim's earlier DVD+RW and DVD-RW media. Fine-tuned for next-generation Blu-ray media, the new recording layer enhances the media's read/write performance and longevity, ensuring that repeated recording and playback will not cause any deterioration in picture or sound quality.

By combining the SERL-based recording technology with MKM's precision stamper and precision molding technologies during the manufacturing process, Verbatim BD-RE media provides a high level of stability during recording and playback. Proprietary Hard Coat Protection To protect the cartridge-free BD media from scratches, fingerprints and dust particles which can cause recording and playback errors, Verbatim BD discs have the added protection of a proprietary hard-coat finish. Similar to the surface-coating technology found in touch-panel displays and scratch-resistant eyeglass lenses, the hybrid organic/inorganic coating technology developed by MKM protects the recording layer without warping the disc. This new hard-coat layer has demonstrated superior anti-static and anti-scratch properties versus competitors' products.

Verbatim/MKM is a contributing member of the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA).

www.verbatim.com

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TruLab Productions Introduces Home Movie Essentials Vol 1

TriLab Productions has announced the release of Home Movie Essentials Volume 1, the first volume in a series designed for the home movie editor. This volume covers travel and theater themes. With a total of 40 clips, Home Movie Essentials includes intros, outros, video backgrounds for titles and wipes and transitions.

Adding a touch of pizzazz, sound effects are embedded in specified clips. Topping off the collection as a bonus are 10 theme sets of DVD menu templates, DVD cover art, and DVD label art.

TriLab Productions delivers animations in both standard (4:3) and widescreen (16:9) formats in the same package.

Home Movie Essentials Volume 1 is available now at the introductory price of $97. They can be purchased directly from Digital Hotcakes. For more information, visit our www.digitalhotcakes.com.

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ASUS Selects Nero 7 Essentials for Demonstration of New LightScribe DVDRW Drive at Computex 2006

Nero has announced that its Nero 7 Essentials digital media software suite has been selected by ASUSTek Computer Inc. (ASUS) as the digital media software to power demonstrations of its new DRW-1612BL LightScribe DVDRW drive at Computex 2006. The demonstrations will allow users to experience with the formidable hardware and software solutions working together to burn audio, video and data discs.

The ASUS DRW-1612BL LightScribe DVDRW drive saves time and money by burning CDs and DVDs rapidly while reducing operational noise and offering excellent disc readability with Precision Recording Technology. The drive increases the number of times discs can be rewritten tenfold. Buffer underrun errors prevention and FlextraSpeed optimal writing speed adjustment technologies add extra reliability and control to disc burning projects.

ASUS DRW-1612BL disc burning speeds are as follows:

  • 16X DVD+R
  • 8X DVD±R Double Layer (DL)
  • 6X DVD-RW
  • 8X DVD+RW
  • 16X DVD-ROM
  • 48X CD-R
  • 32X CD-RW
  • 40X CD-ROM
  • 12X DVD RAM

www.nero.com
www.asus.com

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