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August 21, 2006

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Digital Juice Announces the Launch of Digital Juice Television
Avid to Expand Delivery of Content Creation Tools for Apple's Intel-based Macs
Diamond Multimedia Ships New Line Of Video Graphics Cards For Enhanced Business Productivity
Speed Up Video Encoding Time with Intel Core2 Duo Processor and TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress
Sonic Enables New High Definition-Capable Computers
Memorex Now Shipping 15GB Recordable HD DVD Media
TrekStor of Germany Introduces USB Stick With 8GB Storage
Small Tree Announces High Performance Networking Support For Apple's New Intel-Based Mac Pro

Digital Juice Announces the Launch of Digital Juice Television

Digital Juice has announced the immediate launch of DJTV, Digital Juice Television. DJTV is Digital Juice's Web-based Television Network dedicated to tips, tricks, tools, techniques, and technology for video editors and graphic designers.

The DJTV "launch line-up" consists of three programs, hosted by industry experts who are just chomping at the bit to share their secrets. Have you ever wanted to know the ins-and-outs of focal length and how to apply that knowledge to your next shoot? Check out Production Notes, hosted by industry veteran Perry Jenkins. What about audio? Often overlooked as an afterthought for a lot of us, Tech Know, hosted by technical author Eric Franks, breaks down the bits and bytes so that your next audio-settings decision can be one based on an understanding, and not just guesswork. In Take 5 Chuck Peters will inspire you with five exciting and creative ways to use Jump Backs in your edits.

DJTV will be streamed directly into your living room, edit suite, or even your iPod. Every week you'll be treated to new concise focused topics, explained and demonstrated in terms that anyone can understand. You'll find topics ranging all levels of complexity and experience. DJTV costs the viewer nothing. There is no sign up, subscription or dues to pay, just high-quality productions to help everyone in the field of video production and graphic design, according to Digital Juice.

www.digitaljuice.com/djtv/now_playing.asp

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Avid to Expand Delivery of Content Creation Tools for Apple's Intel-based Macs

Avid Technology, Inc. has announced its plans to expand the wide range of video and audio content creation solutions that will be available for Intel-based Mac systems, including the new Mac Pro workstation introduced last week at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WDCC). The Avid Video division expects to deliver new versions of its Avid Xpress Pro and Media Composer systems for all Intel-based Macs by December.

Following the arrival of the new Mac Pro workstation, Avid's Audio Division, Digidesign, expects to release a compatible update to its acclaimed Pro ToolsHD 7.2 software in September. Full qualification for the existing Intel-based Mac versions of Pro Tools LE and Pro Tools M-Powered on the new Mac Pro workstation is also expected in December, although preliminary testing indicates that both applications will run without problems. In addition, Digidesign's business unit, M-Audio, expects to qualify various hardware interfaces for the Mac Pro workstation by December. A wide range of Digidesign(R) and M-Audio(R) systems are already compatible with the Intel-based computers that Apple released earlier this year. 

In addition to continuing development on Intel-based Mac systems, Avid's video and audio businesses plan to maintain backward compatibility with PowerPC-based Mac systems. Avid and its businesses also expect to support future versions of the Mac OS, including the forthcoming Leopard OS announced this week at the Apple WWDC. Specific timing for Leopard OS support will be announced after Apple begins shipping the new OS some time in 2007.

www.avid.com

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Diamond Multimedia Ships New Line Of Video Graphics Cards For Enhanced Business Productivity

Diamond Multimedia, a manufacturer of PC graphics cards, sound cards, and communications products, has shipped the first two models in its new line of business video cards called BizView, offering crisp image quality on video and graphics, low-heat output, and support for multiple digital LCD monitors, making users 25% more productive.

The BizView BV200 and BV300 video cards each support two digital LCD monitors and are half the size of regular video cards, fitting into both standard and low profile cases. Both models have low-heat output and dual DVI and TV-Out support. The BV200 features 128 MB DDR memory for PCI connection. The BV300 features 256MB GDDR2 memory for PCI Express connection as well as HDTV support. Diamond is also planning the launch of the dual link BV400 quad monitor solution as part of BizView line in the next 60 days. All BizView products will feature Lifetime Warranty.

Minimum system requirements for the BV200 are an Intel Pentium III, AMD Athlon or higher CPU running at a minimum of 450 MHz or higher, one available PCI slot, 64MB system RAM, 90MB available hard disk space, a CD-ROM drive (DVD-ROM drive for DVD Playback), and a Super VGA or DVI-I compatible monitor. Minimum system requirements for the BV300 are an Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 64 FX running at a minimum of 420 MHz or higher, one PCI Express X16 compliant slot, 512MB system RAM, 90MB available hard disk space and a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive. Both the BV200 and BV300 will run under Windows 2000 or XP environments and support Windows Vista and Linux.

Each product includes a DVI to VGA converter, S-Video cable and a DMS-59 adapter. All Diamond video cards also carry the Diamond guarantee of quality assurance. The BV200 and BV300 will retail at $129 and $149, respectively. Products are currently available at Amazon.com as Diamond's Launch Partner for BizView line. They will be available through most North American distributors, such as Ingram Micro, Tech Data and D&H along with most leading computer retailers and e-commerce sites.

www.diamondmm.com

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Speed Up Video Encoding Time with Intel Core2 Duo Processor and TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress

TMPG Inc. has announced that its flagship product, TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress (Ver. 4.2.1.188), officially supports the latest Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo processor. Based on the Core micro-architecture developed by Intel and the extended instruction set within, the Intel Core2 processors allows more efficient processing when compared to the streaming SIMD extended instruction set.

TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress recognizes the Intel Core2 Duo processor's two cores and uses the new extended instruction set in order to increase operational speeds. The software includes an array of features from frame-level cut-editing tools to advanced multiple video filtering and effects. TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress encoding also provides options for mobile support for PSPs, iPods, and PDAs for on-the-go video viewing.

By using the new extended instruction set, TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress achieves a 5 to18% increase in processing speed when compared to the Intel Core2 Duo E6600 processor and the Intel Pentium D 950. When encoding high-definition video the speed gain can increase up to 38%. To take advantage of the performance boost offered by the Intel Core2 processor during the MPEG-1/2 encoding, TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress algorithms were rewritten and optimized.

Calculation-intensive processes such as quantization or motion detection have been set to use the new extended instruction set. The memory access numbers have been reduced when enabling the new extended instruction set. This result in processing speed increases up to 18% in the motion detection's "high precision" mode.

TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress has also added the following:

  • Code optimization of motion detection processes, an important step of the MPEG encoding process.
  • The codebase is optimized, due to the single unit performance comparison with the original Intel streaming SIMD extended instruction set.

Already optimized for multi-processor encoding, TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress has pushed the limits of the Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo's multithreading capabilities, giving the user superior software performance. TMPG Inc. is continually updating its software products to take advantage of the latest hardware environment.

Visit www.tmpg-inc.com for more details and a longer version of the press release with graphs and charts included.

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Sonic Enables New High Definition-Capable Computers

Sonic Solutions has announced that its Roxio digital media software for Blu-ray Disc (BD) has been selected by Sony to power BD data-burning capabilities for two new VAIO computers - the AR notebook and RC desktop. The Roxio BD software will allow users to archive of up to 50GB of data, including rich media on a double layer BD-R (recordable) or BD-RE (rewritable) disc.

Roxio's BD software will be installed on both of Sony's first Blu-ray equipped VAIO PCs. The VAIO AR Digital Studio features a 17-inch widescreen display and is built to deliver the power and performance of a desktop with the convenience of a notebook. Sony's VAIO RC Digital Studio, meanwhile, is a multimedia-optimized desktop computer designed to excel at the creation, management, editing, and archiving of video, music, and photos.

www.sonic.com/HD/

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Memorex Now Shipping 15GB Recordable HD DVD Media

Memorex, a portfolio brand of Imation Corp. has announced it is shipping its HD DVD recordable media. Memorex HD DVD-R write-once discs support high-definition (HD) television and video recording with crystal-clear broadcast quality. Also ideal for consumers seeking to capture, save and share photos, music and data, the recordable Memorex HD DVD discs deliver up to three times the capacity of standard recordable DVD media and faster digital transfer speeds.

Compatible with HD DVD capable recorders and set-top players, Memorex HD DVD-R discs can record up to 15GB of digital content, up to 75 minutes of HD-quality video, or about 7 hours of standard DVD-quality video, depending upon method of encoding used. The HD DVD format uses new state-of-the-art, blue-violet laser technology to support HD broadcasts and video recording and also serves as a high capacity back-up medium for data and photo storage from PCs and servers. Memorex HD DVD-R media can record and preserve the digital quality of HD broadcasts, including enhanced 7.1 channel surround sound, brilliant widescreen aspect ratio, high resolution 1080i picture, and content-rich interactive features.

Memorex will also bring rewritable HD DVD-RW media to the retail market in the fourth quarter of 2006. Memorex is a portfolio brand of Imation Corp, which boasts the world's only modular manufacturing facility for the production of both HD DVD and rival format Blu-ray discs. Memorex is a contributing member of the DVD Forum, which supports the HD DVD format, as well as the Blu-ray Disc Association, which supports the Blu-ray format.

In June, Memorex announced retail availability of its Blu-ray recordable (BD-R) and rewritable (BD-RE) media. Availability and Pricing Individually packaged Memorex HD DVD-R media is now shipping to select retail locations, with a suggested retail price of $19.99.

www.memorex.com

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TrekStor of Germany Introduces USB Stick With 8GB Storage

Among the world's highest capacity stick storage devices now shipping to U.S. retailers in 8GB and 8GB models. TrekStor GmbH, Germany's largest maker of USB storage products, has introduced a USB stick with up to eight gigabytes of storage. Measuring about twice the width of current USB sticks, though thinner and shorter, the new TrekStor Model CS-D stick is now shipping.

Setting astonishing new standards for storage capacity in USB memory, TrekStor GmbH, Germany's largest maker of USB storage products, has introduced a USB stick with up to eight gigabytes of storage. Measuring about twice the width of current USB sticks, though thinner and shorter, the new TrekStor Model CS-D stick is available and shipping in six and eight gigabyte models.

The TrekStor CS-D USB stick features an aluminum casing and connector cover with a brushed metal finish. Power is supplied through the USB connection; a red LED is illuminated when the stick is in use. A neck strap and USB extension cable are included. The CS-D can be plugged directly into a USB port or be connected to a USB port using the supplied cable.

Rather than using flash memory, the CS-D employs a miniature one-inch hard drive that is shock-mounted using an original, proprietary design. The CS-D is intended for same daily use as flash-technology memory products. Available now at Amazon.com, J&R Music World, and RCS Experience, the CS-D comes in capacities of 6GB and 8GB. The MSRP is $139.99 and $179.99 respectively, and each is backed by a one-year warranty.

www.trekstor.de

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Small Tree Announces High Performance Networking Support For Apple's New Intel-Based Mac Pro

Small Tree Communications, designers and manufacturers of high-performance networking and storage solutions for Mac OS X, announced today that it is ready to ship and support its multi-port copper Gigabit Ethernet and optical Gigabit Ethernet cards on the newly announced Apple Mac Pro. Ideal for small workgroup, data center, and enterprise installations, Small Tree's Ethernet cards and drivers provide the I/O performance required by the Intel Xeon 5100 based systems.

Small Tree offers PCI-Express Gigabit Ethernet cards today with one or two ports and either copper or optical connections. Four port cards are in development. Additionally, all of Small Tree's products for the new Mac Pro are RoHS-compliant.

http://www.small-tree.com

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