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  • Konica Photo Imaging and YesVideo Service Converts Home Videos Onto CD/DVD


    Reprinted from a Konica press release:

    MAHWAH, N.J., July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Konica Photo Imaging of Mahwah, N.J., and YesVideo of San Jose, Calif., have teamed up to offer a new service to help more camcorder users easily and affordably share and preserve the 400 million-plus home videos piled up around their homes. The convenient new service will transfer home videos onto CD and DVD, making those precious memories easier to view and share, and safe from deterioration.

    According to Robert Striano, President and Chief Executive Officer of Konica, "With the technological expertise, capabilities and innovation from YesVideo, we can now offer this new, innovative digital imaging service to our customers."

    Konica said that videotape can begin to deteriorate in as little as ten years. "Don't let your treasured memories disappear," said Striano. "Preserve them for generations to come by taking them to your participating Konica retailer and converting them to DVD or CD."

    Konica said that if you want the highest possible quality, and the convenience of watching your home movies on TV, then convert them to DVD. However, if you are interested in editing and sharing your video, CD gives you the power to customize your scenes, take still-frame snapshots and share your video over the Internet.

    "We are excited to partner with Konica to help the 43 million camcorder owners in the U.S. share and preserve their videos," said Sai-Wai Fu, founder and CEO of YesVideo. "Now Konica can provide a service to its retailers to deliver digital imaging from videotape."

  • RealNetworks Announces Helix - Open Standard for Digital Media Delivery


    Reprinted from a RealNetworks press release:

    SAN FRANCISCO, July 22, 2002 RealNetworks, Inc. (Nasdaq: RNWK), the global leader in Internet media delivery, today announced Helix, the first open, comprehensive platform and community to enable creation of digital media products and applications for any format, operating system or device.

    The Helix Platform is based on the industry's most powerful and widely used digital media software technology, with over 1,000 application interfaces. The Helix Community will enable companies, institutions and individual developers to access the Helix Platform source code in order to both enhance the Helix Platform and to build Helix-powered encoder, server and client products. In tandem, the Helix Platform and the Helix Community will provide the standard infrastructure to empower developers, IT companies and CE companies to drive the Internet media industry forward into the future.

    "Today is a watershed day for Internet Media Delivery. Since we introduced RealAudio, the world's first Internet streaming system 7 years ago, the industry has been asking for a comprehensive and open platform that it could standardize and build on. Today, we are fulfilling that longstanding wish with the announcement of the Helix Platform and the formation of the Helix Community," said Rob Glaser, founder and CEO, RealNetworks.

    Twenty-nine companies and organizations are supporting the Helix Community: BSquare, CollabNet, Cisco, Hitachi, HP, Intel, Lindows, nCUBE, NEC, Network Appliance, Nokia, Openwave, Opera, Oracle, PalmSource, Phoenix Technologies, Pinnacle Systems, Red Hat, Sony Corporation, Speedera, Sprint, ST Microsystems, Sun Microsystems, Symbian, Tao Group, Texas Instruments, TiVO, Volera and Xiph.org Foundation.

  • ATI Calls its New Visual Processors 'The Most Powerful Graphics Chip on the Market'


    Reprinted from an ATI press release:

    MACWORLD, NEW YORK - ATI Technologies Inc. today announced that its groundbreaking new RADEON 9000 PRO and RADEON 9700 visual processors will be coming to Macintosh in the late summer and early fall. The revolutionary RADEON chips will astound Mac users with twice the graphics power and performance than any other chip on the market.

    "As with all RADEON products, the RADEON 9000 PRO and RADEON 9700 were developed with the Mac in mind," said Rick Bergman, Senior Vice President, Marketing and General Manager, Desktop, ATI Technologies Inc. "When combined with the latest versions of Mac OS X and Power Mac hardware, these graphics boards will be a strong draw for Apple users looking to increase their 3D performance, extend their creative potential and enhance their overall visual experience in virtually all applications."

    A RADEON 9000 PRO Mac Edition board, featuring 64MB of DDR memory and dual-digital display capabilities, will be available through Apple resellers and other distribution channels. With its combination of ADC (Apple Display Connector) and DVI-I (Digital Visual Interface) ports, the RADEON 9000 PRO Mac Edition will allow users to attach one or two traditional flat panels, Apple flat panels or CRT monitors with ultimate convenience.

    The RADEON 9000 PRO is packed with impressive features including a quad-pipeline 3D architecture capable of handling the most demanding applications with amazing speed. The chip also harnesses SMARTSHADER technology to deliver complex, movie-quality effects and SMOOTHVISION technology that enhances image quality without compromising performance.

  • MedioStream's neoDVDstandard Version 4.0 to be Bundled with OEM Drives


    Reprinted from a MedioStream press release:

    SAN JOSE, Calif., July 18 /PRNewswire/ -- MedioStream, a leading provider of PC-based software for recording video to DVDs and CDs, today announced the release of neoDVDstandard 4.0 for bundling with original equipment manufacturers (OEM). This latest version of neoDVDstandard provides enhanced ease of use, with the introduction of the NEO TaskBar, while offering the first industry-standard Video Recording (VR) support for DVD+RW drives, which allows users to update finished DVDs directly on DVD+RW discs created on the PC using a +RW DVD burner or recorded from a +RW digital video recorder (DVR).

    Designed specifically for consumers, neoDVDstandard provides a simple and straightforward way to create DVDs or VCDs. While previous versions offer one interface to access all the functions, in neoDVDstandard 4.0, users will be able to access each function (capture video, create/edit video, and copy video) via the distinctive NEO TaskBar, which rests on the desktop once the application is launched. With this unique approach, the first in PC-based DVD authoring software, users are assured that they access the specific module for a particular task, and all the options specific to the task are presented on one easy-to-understand interface, thereby allowing them to complete the task as quickly and easily as possible.

    "We work closely with our OEM partners to deliver features that their customers want without compromising ease of use," says Gordon Doran, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for MedioStream. "To that end, we feel that using one interface to be all things to all people will ultimately create more confusion for the end-user, especially as more features and functionalities are introduced. We already offer the fastest PC software to create DVDs, and now with the NEO TaskBar, we're living up to our commitment and setting a new standard for ease of use."

  • Discreet Unveils cleaner 6 for Apple Macintosh


    Reprinted from a Discreet press release:

    Macworld Conference & Expo-New York-July 17, 2002-Discreet, a division of Autodesk Inc., today announced that cleaner(tm) 6 for Mac will be available this fall. Discreet's cleaner software continues to be an industry standard for creating streaming video and audio for multimedia and the web through high quality content mastering for all major digital media formats.

    cleaner 6 for Mac demonstrates Discreet's unwavering commitment to provide market-leading content mastering solutions with support for Apple's QuickTime 6 and MPEG-4, the next standard for multimedia delivery across networks, platforms and wireless-based devices. Discreet will showcase cleaner 6 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York this week at Macworld Expo.

    "Discreet continues to show its strong commitment to the Mac community with cleaner 6 for Mac, a reliable and comprehensive Content Mastering application, optimized and enhanced for Apple's ultramodern operating system," said Paul Lypaczewski, general manager, Discreet and executive vice president of Autodesk, Inc. "Discreet's goal is to provide its customers the tools they need to satisfy the increasing market demand for compelling visual content for web delivery, DVDs and CDs."

    "Mac OS X and QuickTime deliver the power, stability and high-performance features that content creators demand from an efficient media authoring environment," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. "We're delighted with Discreet's commitment to Mac OS X and cleaner 6 should be a tremendous solution for media artists who want to create the highest quality streaming content in QuickTime."

  • Contour Announces SpaceShuttle A/V Controller


    Reprinted from a Contour press release:

    Windham, NH -July 16, 2002- Contour A/V Solutions, Inc., a leader in the audio/video marketplace, announced today a sleek, affordable, and easy to use audio and video controller. The product, aptly named the SpaceShuttle, was modeled after the award-winning ShuttlePRO, and is a marriage of form and functionality. It will be offered to the OEM Educational and Manufacturing channels for bundling in August 2002.

    "The SpaceShuttle was developed out of the need to produce an easy to use product at a affordable price, without sacrificing performance, states Rick Muldoon, president and CEO of Contour A/V Solutions. With the SpaceShuttle we are able to offer our product as a value-added incentive to attract and educate the consumer market.

    The SpaceShuttle is a five button jog and shuttle controller with assignable functionality. It can be assigned to do tasks such as play, stop, rewind, fast forward, volume control and much more. In addition, the SpaceShuttle, utilizing the same core technology as the ShuttlePRO, can also be used as a universal device for scrolling and gaming providing accuracy that far exceeds a computer mouse and keyboard.

    The SpaceShuttle connects to computers via the USB port and is compatible with Apple Macintosh OS 8.6 through 9.2.2, OS 10.1 or later, Windows 98, 98SE, Me, 2000 and XP operating systems.

    Availability and Pricing
    The SpaceShuttle will be made available to its respective channels in August 2002.

  • NVIDIA Unveils the nForce2 Family of Platform Processors


    Reprinted from a NVIDIA press release:

    PLATFORM CONFERENCE, SAN JOSE, Calif., July 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NVIDIA Corporation , the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today unveiled the NVIDIA nForce2-the Company's newest family of highly integrated platform processors. With features and performance optimized for both the corporate and consumer desktop PC environments, NVIDIA's nForce2 Platform Processors will transition the traditional desktop PC into a digital media platform suitable for new non- traditional PC markets and price segments. Demonstrations of NVIDIA's nForce2 Platform Processors will take place in the NVIDIA booth (#4) at the Platform Conference, being held at the Silicon Valley Conference Center this week in San Jose, CA.

    "With the proliferation of high-speed broadband connections, DVDs, digital cameras, and graphics-intensive applications, PCs are faced with the challenge of keeping up," stated Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO at NVIDIA. "But, with its staggering array of innovative and integrated system, memory, graphics, networking, and audio technologies, our second-generation nForce2 Platform Processors provides digital media platforms with a substantial digital boost, driving integration to new heights, while delivering an unparalleled PC experience."

    Designed for PCs and motherboards using AMD Athlon XP and Duron processors, NVIDIA nForce2 Platform Processors utilize HyperTransport, a high-speed data bus, for internal platform communications, and deliver the highest level of PC performance due to special NVIDIA-engineered memory optimizations and other system level innovations traditionally found only at the CPU level.

  • MedioStream's neoDVDstandard Bundled with New Hitachi PCs


    Reprinted from a MedioStream press release:

    SAN JOSE, Calif., July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- MedioStream, a leading provider of PC-based software for recording video to DVDs and CDs, today announced that Hitachi PC is bundling MedioStream's neoDVDstandard authoring software with its new line of Prius Deck PCs, which feature both DVD-RAM/R and CD-R/RW drives. The Prius Deck PCs are currently available in Japan only.

    "We're very pleased that Hitachi PC has selected MedioStream's software for its new line of personal computers," said Gordon Doran, MedioStream's Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "With the PC market getting more and more competitive, bundling these kinds of recordable drives and consumer-friendly authoring software makes tremendous sense."

    Hitachi PC is the latest successful partnership for MedioStream, and its first bundling agreement with a PC manufacturer. The company announced earlier that it had formed bundling arrangements with Ricoh Europe, Ricoh Japan, and Sony Electronics for their latest generation of DVD+RW drive.

    "Hitachi has always been on the forefront of the DVD revolution with an impressive suite of DVD products for consumers, including camcorders, players, and storage devices," said Takuya Matsumoto, Hitachi PC's Senior Engineer of Personal System Development. "By bundling the new line of Prius Deck PCs with neoDVDstandard, our customers can take video, burn it to a disc, and watch it on a set-top box, all using Hitachi equipment."

  • Microsoft's Code-Named 'Corona' Becomes 'Windows Media 9 Series'


    Reprinted from a Microsoft press release:

    REDMOND, Wash. - July 15, 2002 - Microsoft Corp. today announced the official name for its next-generation digital media platform, Windows Media 9 Series, formerly code-named Windows Media "Corona." Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates will launch the public beta release of the entire Windows Media 9 Series platform in Los Angeles at the Hollywood and Highlands Complex on Wednesday, Sept. 4. Showcasing new versions of Windows Media Player, a new streaming server, new audio and video compression, a new encoder and a new software development kit, Windows Media 9 Series will offer a dramatically improved playback experience, unmatched audio and video quality, and the most complete platform for enabling a whole new range of digital media solutions.

    Microsoft also announced today the Windows Media 9 Series Technical Summit, a two-day development and deployment conference, will be held Sept. 5-6 at the same location following the beta launch event.

    "Digital media has the potential to redefine the possibilities for new experiences and services over the Internet, in the living room and in companies around the world," said Will Poole, vice president of the Windows(r) Digital Media Division at Microsoft. "Windows Media 9 Series is designed to deliver the major step forward in functionality and performance the industry needs to realize this potential."

  • Peer to Peer Sharing: Technology Collides with Copyright


    by Alan Sheckter, Videomaker news editor

    Video-sharing services such as Scour, Swaptor and Grokster allow video files to be sent directly, peer-to-peer (P2P) style, from one computer user to another, anywhere around the world. As broadband connections become more prevalent, and compressed video technology continues to get better, this file-sharing ability promises to become a more viable, reliable way to share video projects. Unfortunately, the same technology that allows you to share your own Grand Canyon footage or a movie you created from your daughter's ballet recital footage, also allows individuals to steal copyrighted Hollywood movies and TV clips.

    While most video-sharing sites have policies against trading copyrighted material, they cannot look over the shoulder of each user. In late June, Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., previewed legislation he plans to introduce to address copyright infringement on P2P networks.

    I'm a strong believer in the beneficial potential of P2P networks, Berman said in a speech to the Computer and Communications Industry Association in Washington, D.C. But most people currently use them for unbridled copyright piracy. Billions of P2P downloads every month constitute copyright infringements for which creators and owners receive no compensation.

    To help combat the problem, Berman, whose district includes Hollywood, backs widespread, online availability of copyrighted works through lawful, consumer-friendly services, strong digital rights management, lawsuits by copyright owners and prosecutions against the most egregious infringers.

    Resigning himself to the same reality that copyright owners encountered when people first copied vinyl LPs onto audio-cassette tapes a generation ago, Berman concluded, No legislation can eradicate the problem of peer-to-peer piracy.

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