Iomega Announces DVD-R/+R Burning Super DVD Drive

Reprinted from a Iomega press release:

Iomega Corporation (NYSE:IOM) , a global leader in data storage, today announced one of the first DVD drives to support all major DVD and CD formats, including DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RW, and DVD-RAM. The new Iomega Super DVD All Format 4X Internal Drive, on display this week at the CeBit America tradeshow in New York City, comes with a suite of software solutions including the award-winning Iomega Automatic Backup software for real-time protection of critical files.

Until now, consumers looking to buy a DVD recorder have been confused by multiple standards and forced to choose sides as two large industry groups promoted competing DVD technologies. With the Iomega Super DVD Drive, Iomega is eliminating the confusion by supporting all major DVD technologies.

“The Iomega Super DVD Drive is what DVD users are asking for — a single optical drive that supports all the major disc formats in use today,” said Sean Burke, vice president, mobile and desktops products, Iomega Corporation. “The true value of the Iomega Super DVD Drive goes beyond fast burn speeds and universal DVD format compatibility — buyers of the new Super DVD Drive also get easy-to-use software applications like HotBurn Pro and Iomega Automatic Backup software, giving them everything they need to capture, share and protect their valuable digital content.”

Multiple Recording and Rewrite Capabilities
The Iomega Super DVD Drive can read and record DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM, CD-R, and CD-RW formats, with buffer under-run protection for more reliable recording. In addition, digital audio enthusiasts will appreciate the drive’s 24x DAE (digital audio extraction) speed for ripping audio files.

With an Iomega Super DVD Drive, a user can record up to two hours of high quality DVD video or other data on a 4.7 GB DVD disc, and up to 700 MB of video, music, or image data on a CD disc. Add a flatbed scanner, a slide scanner, or an analog video capture card, and users can transfer their old videos and print photographs to optical DVD or CD formats for safekeeping and archiving.

Bundled Software for Complete Solution
The Iomega Super DVD Drive comes with multiple software titles to give users a complete and easy-to-use DVD solution. Bundled software includes Iomega’s DVD Solutions Wizard, Iomega Automatic Backup, Iomega HotBurn Pro, Sonic MyDVD video-editing software, Sonic Cineplayer software for the highest quality video playback, MusicMatch Jukebox music management software and Adobe ActiveShare photo management software.

Iomega’s DVD Solutions Wizard launches directly from the desktop and takes the guesswork out of writing DVDs by helping users select the appropriate software and type of disc for different tasks.

Iomega Automatic Backup software, a PC Magazine Editor’s Choice for real-time backup software (June 17, 2003, edition), provides users continuous real-time backup to any drive letter, the ability to save multiple revisions and keep multiple backup sets on different destination drives, the ability to exclude files by file type, to schedule backups, and to cache backups temporarily. Iomega Automatic Backup is also available separately at for $39.95.

Iomega’s HotBurn Pro software, complements Windows XP by adding true drag-and-drop file recording, an integrated console interface, integrated CD copying and CD imaging, compilation creation, and a jewel case editor. Added features include a graphical audio layout editor; pop, click and hiss removal filters; and bootable CD creation.

Pricing and Availability
The Iomega Super DVD Internal Drive is expected to ship in the U.S. for availability in August and in Canada, Latin America, Europe, and Asia for availability in September. Suggested retail pricing is $329.95 (U.S. pricing) at select retail stores and at . An external version of the Iomega Super DVD Drive is expected to ship in the U.S. in September.

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