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  • InterVideo Announces WinDVD Creator

    Reprinted from an InterVideo press release:

    FREMONT, Calif., July 10 /PRNewswire/ -- InterVideo, Inc. today introduced WinDVD Creator, it's easy-to-use DVD and VCD creation software that offers a storyboard approach to making movies that can play in consumer DVD players.

    WinDVD Creator is designed to be the easiest way to make your own DVDs and VCDs, even to the point of offering direct recording capabilities to make DVD creation simple for those who do not want to edit their video content. Using WinDVD Creator's direct recording functions users can plug a DV camera in the FireWire (1394, iLink) port of their PC and burn a DVD directly from the DV tape -- no editing involved. Likewise, WinDVD Creator enables users to burn a DVD disk directly from a TV, with the proper hardware set-up. The software is compatible with a variety of formats and standards for maximum compatibility including support for all recordable DVD formats, like the popular DVD+RW format, and support for the emerging VR format.

    "WinDVD Creator builds on InterVideo's DVD expertise gained by developing WinDVD, the world's most popular DVD player, and takes it a step farther," said Steve Ro, CEO and co-founder of InterVideo. "With WinDVD Creator, consumers can use a PC to easily create and burn their own DVDs that they can play in their living room DVD player."

    InterVideo's WinDVD Creator is a storyboard-based video-editing product that is designed to turn raw video footage into professional-looking DVDs in the easiest possible way. WinDVD Creator walks users through 4 separate movie-making steps: "Capture," "Edit," "Author" and "Output" to complete personal DVD and VCD movies.

  • MedioStream to Demonstrate DVD+RW Video Recording Support at Asian Seminar

    Reprinted from a MedioStream press release:

    SAN JOSE, Calif., July 10 /PRNewswire/ -- MedioStream, a leading provider of PC-based software for recording video to DVDs and CDs, will demonstrate its DVD+RW Video Recording (DVD+VR) support for DVD+RW recordable drives at the DVD+RW Alliance Asia Pacific Seminar, to be held in Tokyo, Japan on July 10, 2002. Along with its patent-pending "Direct-to-Disc Recording" and "Smart Buffering" features, DVD+VR support catapults MedioStream into the lead among DVD authoring solutions for the DVD+RW format.

    Sponsors of the DVD+RW Alliance seminar in Asia Pacific include Dell Computer, Hewlett-Packard, Mitsubishi Chemical/Verbatim, Ricoh, Royal Philips Electronics, Sony, THOMSON Multimedia, and Yamaha. A key theme of the seminar is to showcase the progress that the DVD+RW/+R format has made in the convergence of PC and consumer electronics. With MedioStream's neoDVD software, consumers can create a DVD, add or delete clips and re-burn the video onto the same disc, without having to recreate or burn another disc. Users no longer have to buy multiple DVDs to save their favorite TV shows, movies or home video footage.

    "With all the excitement surrounding DVDs, MedioStream is committed to bridging the gap between the PC and consumer electronics devices," said Gordon Doran, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at MedioStream. "With neoDVD, consumers can be assured of greater interoperability, whether it be burning their own DVDs on their PC, adding video clips using DVD set-top recorders, or showing the finished disc on TV."

  • Pinnacle Announces Liquid Silver 4 Editing System

    Reprinted from a Pinnacle press release:

    MOUNTAIN, VIEW, Calif., July 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pinnacle Systems, Inc. today announced the immediate availability of Pinnacle Liquid Silver Version 4, the company's flagship editing system for postproduction with MPEG2 and uncompressed video. The Version 4 software delivers numerous new creative tools and distribution solutions, including many delivered through integration of leading Pinnacle software applications such as TitleDeko, Commotion and Impression.

    Pinnacle Systems General Manager Reiner Bielmeier said, "We began with two major development goals in mind for Pinnacle Liquid Silver: maximize editing productivity and expand networking support to meet the needs of a wide range of applications. Pinnacle Liquid's modular design, coupled with powerful software products such as Commotion, TitleDeko and Impression, have enabled us to make Liquid Silver a uniquely complete postproduction solution. The new Liquid Silver enables you to work faster and more creatively, and then delivers your project to any media your clients want; a remarkable achievement for a system that costs thousands less than the supposed competition."

  • Gateway Offers Free Digital Music Training

    Reprinted from a Gateway press release:

    SAN DIEGO, July 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Gateway, Inc. today announced plans to provide comprehensive training on digital music technology to thousands of Americans, with the aim of helping them harness its power while respecting the interests of artists and other copyright holders.

    Starting today, anyone can register for a free, three-hour Gateway Learning course on digital music technology by going to and registering in advance. The site includes information on the course in addition to where and when classes are being held. This Gateway Learning class is being offered free of charge through August 31 in Gateway stores, subject to availability as classes are expected to fill quickly. The class includes a free instruction booklet covering each course component.

    The course covers all the key points on getting the most out of music on a PC, including:
    -- Downloading music from the Internet, and burning CDs at home -- in ways that respect copyrights;
    -- Overview of analog and digital music formats, and how they work;
    -- Exploring subscription services, jukebox software and Internet radio;
    -- Overview of hardware and software options and requirements.

    "Consumer interest in digital music is exploding, so we're mobilizing the training resources of the Gateway Learning team to help people understand the technology and make it work for them," said Luc Lambert, vice president, Gateway Services. "Our all-new Survive & Thrive curriculum, combined with hands-on learning with Gateway's expert instructors, is a fun, engaging way to learn all about digital music technology and become part of an exciting revolution."

  • InterVideo Ships WinProducer 3 DVD and WinProducer 3 CD

    Reprinted from an InterVideo press release:

    FREMONT, Calif., July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- InterVideo, Inc. announced the immediate availability of WinProducer 3 DVD and WinProducer 3 CD, the latest versions of InterVideo's movie-making software, which features the ability to create and burn personalized DVD, VCD, SVCD, mini-DVD, MPEG-4 and DivX movies.

    "Millions of users around the world already rely on InterVideo's DVD software to watch movies on their computers," said Steve Ro, CEO and co- founder of InterVideo. "WinProducer takes the DVD experience one step further by letting consumers create and burn their own DVDs or VCDs, or even MPEG-4 and DivX movies. With WinProducer you can take that old box of videotapes in your basement and transform it into long-lasting VCDs or DVDs that you can play in your living room or mail to friends and family."

    InterVideo's WinProducer is an all-in-one application designed to take a first-time moviemaker from the camera to the couch in a snap. It features a drag-and-drop interface to easily edit raw footage and add titles, transitions, effects and music to make a home movie. WinProducer then walks the user through the DVD/VCD creation process using templates for themes, previews, menus, chapters and more. Finally, it lets users burn the finished movies onto DVD disks, if a DVD burner is available. Or, for PCs with CD burners, WinProducer can burn a VCD (Video Compact Disk) or mini-DVD (DVD content burned on a CD) movie onto a CD-R disk. Both DVDs and VCDs can be played in commercial and software DVD players.

    The difference between the 2 versions is the burning capabilities. WinProducer 3 CD enables burning to CD disks via a CD burner only, while WinProducer 3 DVD supports burning to both CD and DVD burners and disks.

  • Apple Acquires Emagic

    Reprinted from an Apple press release:

    CUPERTINO, Calif. and HAMBURG, Germany, July 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Apple today announced it has acquired Emagic, a leading provider of professional software solutions for computer based music production. Emagic's most popular product, Logic, is actively used by over 200,000 musicians around the world. Emagic will operate as a wholly owned division of Apple.

    "Emagic has set the industry standard for professional music creation and production," said Sina Tamaddon, Apple's senior vice president of Applications. "We're very excited to have the Emagic team join Apple and create more amazing products for musicians."

    Macintosh-based products account for over 65 percent of Emagic's current revenues. Emagic's Windows-based product offerings will be discontinued on September 30, 2002.

  • Boris FX 6.1 Now Shipping for OS X, XP

    Reprinted from a Boris press release:

    Boston -- Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated graphics and effects technology for the television, broadcast, post production, and multi-media markets, today announced that Boris FX 6.1 is now shipping. FX includes support for the latest operating systems on both Macintosh and Windows platform computers, as well as a variety of new features.

    Boris FX is the industry standard for integrated effects creation in nonlinear editingAdvanced compositing features include animated apply modes, motion blur, particles, lighting effects and displacement mapping. . Composite unlimited layers of timeline video or imported media in three dimensions. Easily create self-animating nature effects such as snow, rain, fire, clouds, and stars. FX also supports third-party After Effects filters.

    "The release of Boris FX 6.1 reflects our continued commitment to updating all of our software to meet the changing needs of the marketplace ," says Boris FX founder and president Boris Yamnitsky. "We recognize the need for constantly updating performance and features to meet the creative demands of video editors, as well as the need to keep up with changes in their editing applications and operating systems."

    New Feature Highlights in Boris FX 6.1
    In addition to new operating system support, feature highlights in Boris FX 6.1 include:

    Free filters from DigiEffects Delirium. Boris FX was the first to offer support for third-party Adobe After Effects filters inside nonlinear editing applications. To celebrate the release of Boris FX 6.1, we've included four free filters from DigiEffects, one of the first developers of AE plug-ins. Previous plug-in packages from DigiEffects include Aurorix, Berserk, and Cinelook, -- the four filters included with FX 6.1 are from the award-winning Delirium package: DE Day for Night, DE Electrical Arcs, DE FireWorks and DE Fog Factory.

  • HP Introduces New PC Lineup, Many Include DVD Authoring

    Reprinted from a Hewlett-Packard press release:

    PALO ALTO, Calif., June 26, 2002 -- Hewlett-Packard Company unveiled a variety of new desktop PCs from its Compaq Evo, Compaq Presario and HP Pavilion lines today at TechXNY 2002.

    The products unveiled today represent the wide array of solutions the New HP is delivering to both commercial and consumer desktop customers, said Mike Larson, senior vice president and general manager at HP. From the industry's first DVD+R optical drives to space-saving business PCs, these new products continue to provide customers with the high level of performance and innovation expected from HP.

    HP Pavilion Home Desktop PC Summer Lineup Power to the consumer
    HP continues to lead the charge with DVD recordable technology with the introduction of the HP Pavilion 772N home desktop PC. HP's newest DVD recordable drive the HP dvd200i DVD+RW/+R drive with write-once functionality, will be available in the new PC, priced at $1,449 and which hits retail shelves in July.

    Below includes detailed features for three of the PCs included with HP's new summer 2002 line:
    The HP Pavilion 792N is powered by an Intel PentiumTM 4 2.4GHz processor and includes 512MB DDR RAM, a 120GB hard-disk drive, HP DVD+RW/+R drive, DVD-ROM drive, 64MB SDRAM GeForce4 MX420LC graphics card, USB 2.0, IEEE 1394 and 10/100 Base-T network interface. The estimated U.S. street price is $1,799. Available in July.

    The HP Pavilion 772N is powered by an Intel Pentium 4 2.26GHz processor and includes 512MB DDR RAM, an 80GB hard-disk drive, HP DVD+RW/+R drive, CD-ROM drive, 32MB DDR GeForce4 MX420LC graphics card, USB 2.0, IEEE 1394 and 10/100 Base-T network interface. The estimated U.S. street price is $1,449. Available in July.

  • Discreet Announces 3ds max 5 Animation and Modeling Software

    Reprinted from a Discreet press release:

    San Francisco, California-June 26, 2002-Discreet, a division of Autodesk, Inc. today announced 3ds max 5-a significant feature release of its professional 3D animation and modeling software used by the largest community of animators worldwide to create compelling 3D animations. With its rich mix of new features, 3ds max 5 will enable animators in film, television, games and design visualization markets to work within-and build-realistic environments and animate expressive characters with greater efficiency. With this latest release, Discreet remains unwavering in its commitment to provide its customers with consistent development and support of the industry's best 3D tools. Discreet 3ds max 5 software will be unveiled at Siggraph 2002-(San Antonio, TX-July 23-25,) and is scheduled for release in summer 2002.

    "With 3ds max 5, Discreet answers and precipitates the continually evolving needs of the 3D industry," said Phillip Miller, vice president of Discreet animation products. "3ds max 5 is tailored for traditionally trained animators and designers-and delivers a solution of continued innovation and productivity that more 3D professionals choose to rely upon than any other."

    Discreet introduces key new features in 3ds max 5 software that will advance the realism, character animation and productivity requirements necessary for animators to create lifelike 3D animations. Discreet 3ds max was used in recent films like "Minority Report" and "Panic Room", PC and console games like "Spider-Man", "Warcraft III" and "Never Winter Nights", as well as commercials, music videos and television episodics.

  • NVIDIA Personal Cinema with GeForce4 Now Available

    Reprinted from an NVIDIA press release:

    SANTA CLARA, Calif, June 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NVIDIA Corporation , the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today announced that NVIDIA Personal Cinema, the industry's most complete digital entertainment solution, is now shipping with the GeForce4 family of Graphics Processing Units (GPUs). The award-winning NVIDIA Personal Cinema, recently named "best PC PVR" by Smart TV and Sound Magazine, transforms desktop PCs into remote-controlled digital entertainment centers by delivering a powerful combination of personal video recording (PVR) capabilities, industry-leading 3D graphics, and an integrated software suite enabling DVD playback and video editing-in one complete, affordable package.