Western Digital today announced WD Photos™, the newest release of its photo viewer app, which is now optimized for iPad and iPhone 4. Available as a free download from iTunes®, the WD Photos app provides remote access to photos stored on a WD network hard drive including My Book® World Edition™, My Book Live™ and WD ShareSpace™. The images are displayed in native iPad and iPhone resolution, and users can access up to 285,000 of their favorite photos anywhere they can access the Internet by simply copying their pictures into the "Shared Pictures" folder on their WD network hard drive. The WD Photos photo viewer app offers a variety of new features that allow users to stay connected to more of their digital photos, including:
- Pinch and zoom functionality so consumers can digitally zoom in on the displayed photo;
- Horizontal split view for iPad;
- Option to instantly post photos from the WD Photos app to users' Facebook® wall;
- New slideshow transitions including pan and zoom, page curl, and cube;
- Increased 5 GB capacity to support iPad's larger memory and higher resolution;
- iPad full screen support at 1024x768; and,
- iPhone HD/OS 3 & 4 support.
WD Photos photo viewer app, optimized for iPad and other leading Apple® mobile devices, fulfills the growing demand to view, store, and consolidate photos on the go. With over 2 million iPads sold as of May 31, 2010 (Apple), the iPad has been embraced enthusiastically by consumers to access and share their digital content.
CyberLink Corp. is pleased to announce the release of the world’s first stereoscopic 3D photo slideshow creator – Media3D. Media3D lets users create 3D photo slideshow with their existing photos instantly. With support for a wide variety of 3D hardware, users can view their 3D photo slideshows on the PC’s 3D monitor or 3D-ready HDTV.
“Media3D is an exciting product as it lets users enjoy photo slideshows in a 3D environment that were never experienced before,” said Alice H. Chang, CEO of CyberLink. “Being the world’s first stereoscopic 3D photo slideshow generator, Media3D allows users to create 3D photo slideshows from the abundant photos stored in their computers. We have combined user’s love for photography with the advancement of 3D technology.”
Through 3D technology, Media3D brings the photo viewing experience to the next level as users can now view, with stunning realism, their own photos leaping out of the screen. With a variety of 3D slideshow templates, users can instantly transform their vacation photos into a 3D photo slideshow that will amazes friends and relatives.
Fengtao Software, a professional multimedia software provider, promotes its new products to the market -- DVDFab HD Decrypter, which enables users to backup encrypted DVD/Blu-ray to hard drive for free.
We all know that most publishers of music and films in digital form have turned to encryption to make copying more difficult, which is really frustrating for DVD/Blu-ray lovers to backup their favorite and protected disc content to hard drives on their computers.
CSS, which is used on DVDs, is a famous example of this. It is a form of copy protection that uses 40-bit encryption. Copies will not be playable without a key which is not writable on DVD-R or DVD-RW discs. With this technique, the work is encrypted using a key only included in the firmware of "authorized" players, which allows only "legitimate" uses of the work. Later, more DVDs attempted to augment CSS with additional protection schemes like ARccOS Protection, which was made by Sony and deliberately creates corrupted sectors on the DVD so as to cause copying software to produce errors. There are lots of other copy protections for DVDs. Of course, many protections are also used on Blu-ray, and we won't talk about them one by one.
Nero today introduced two new high definition solutions: Nero Multimedia Suite 10 Platinum HD and Nero Video Premium HD. The Platinum HD suite and Video Premium HD bring enhanced Blu-ray capabilities to the table, unlocking a complete HD experience for creative enthusiasts and home hobbyists.
Nero Multimedia Suite 10 Platinum HD builds upon the robust, 3-in-1 multimedia management tools introduced earlier this year in Nero Multimedia Suite 10, which focused on video editing, burning and backup. Nero Video Premium HD offers the ultimate HD video diting experience on the market. Both cost-effective premium software packages are offered at an aggressively affordable price to consumers.
With Nero Multimedia Suite 10 Platinum HD, Nero completes the High Definition experience with the introduction of Blu-ray playback capabilities and new tools to help create, edit, burn, backup and share HD content anytime and anywhere. It incorporates BD-Live 2.0 Blu-ray disc playback, the Move It plug-in for easy media transfer and conversion between mobile devices and PC, as well as the Nero Creative Collection Pack 1 with new Picture-in-Picture (PiP) effects, as well as additional transition effects and Movie Themes.
Nero Video Premium HD blends the powerful video editing capabilities of Nero Vision Xtra with myriad creative effects and Blu-ray playback to simplify the task of advanced video editing, enabling any user to develop professional-grade HD movies on their own.
Fengtao Software, a powerful and professional multimedia software provider in this line of business for more than 8 years, introduces DVDFab Blu-ray Ripper, a powerful Blu-ray converter and decrypter, specially designed for all Blu-ray movies and mobile device owners.
DVDFab Blu-ray Ripper is a flexible and multi-featured Blu-ray converter that can rip and convert Blu-ray to various video and audio files playable on next generation consoles like PS3 and Xbox 360, HD players like WD TV Live, or mobile devices like iPod, iPhone, iPad, etc. Users can freely customize the output as they like with its powerful editing tools. Besides the lightning speed (batch conversion + multi-core CPUs + the newest NVIDIA CUDA supported) and exceptional effects, it's very easy and friendly to use.
CyberLink Corp. is pleased to announce the availability of a free update for PowerDVD 10, adding significant new home theater capabilities in the latest NVIDIA® GeForce™ graphics cards. With NVIDIA’s new graphics driver (v260) and the updated version of PowerDVD, full high definition 3D video can be enjoyed on a 3D HDTV through an HDMI 1.4 compatible connection. This is the first ever combination of hardware and software capable of playing Blu-ray 3D on a PC, connecting in full 1080p stereoscopic 3D to a 3D HDTV.
PowerDVD allows home theater enthusiasts to stream the full, uncompressed multi-channel Blu-ray audio through the same HDMI connection, letting movie lovers enjoy the ultimate surround sound experience on their AV Receiver. Blu-ray disc movies support lossless audio with up to 24 bits per sample for extended dynamic range and ultra-low noise levels. Sampling frequencies of up to 192 KHz deliver an extended frequency response, for the highest fidelity home theater experience. On supported hardware platforms including the latest NVIDIA graphics boards, full-quality Blu-ray disc audio can be enjoyed through an HDMI connection to a compatible Audio/Video receiver.
CyberLink Corp. today announced support for the latest Blu-ray™ Disc technology BDXL™. Released by the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) in June 2010, BDXL is a multi-layer recordable Blu-ray format with up to 128GB of capacity. CyberLink Power2Go 7, launched last month, is the first BDXL-compatible software application in the market with further CyberLink product lines to follow shortly.
Support for BDXL means users of CyberLink’s media burning software, Power2Go 7, are now able to burn up to 4 layers of data totaling 128GB on a single Blu-ray Disc, opening up exciting new content storage and archiving possibilities. CyberLink’s long-term focus on providing support for Blu-ray Disc technology developments will see products including PowerDVD, PowerDirector, PowerProducer, and MediaShow introduce BDXL format compatibility in the near future.
Sonic Solutions today announced a new version of its high-end Blu-ray Disc production toolset, the Scenarist® BD Workgroup, featuring options for encoding, authoring, debugging, and formatting premium entertainment for commercial release on Blu-ray 3D. Based on its 3DAccess initiative and feedback from a collective of Sonic's professional users who elected to work closely with Sonic to solve the complex 3D production workflow issues, Sonic's new Scenarist-based Blu-ray 3D workgroup offers a host of new capabilities, including:
- Sonic Scenarist BD 5.5 – comprehensive support for Blu-ray 3D Profile 5 authoring. Includes support for 3D MVC video streams, 3D pop-up menu graphics, 3D subtitles, and 3D Java content.
- Sonic CineVision® 3.5 – extensive Multi-view Video Coding (MVC) codec support with deep, segment-based parameter controls to deliver mastering quality 3D video streams. CineVision 3.5 also features a new, more efficient timeline that maintains its industry-defining segment controls while adding new instant preview capabilities for completed 3D encodes.
- Scenarist QC 1.5 – provides real-time Blu-ray 3D emulation and title debugging for Blu-ray 3D authors and QC specialists.
"With 3D capable TVs coming to the market in force this year, we knew we needed to be ready to deliver the high-impact productions we're known for in 3D for our studio clients; and Sonic has been there for us every step of the way," said Thomas Schmithausen, Manager Multi Media Services at Infomedia GmbH, Dortmund, Germany. "We chose Scenarist years ago because of Sonic's on-going development and commitment to enterprise-level production businesses like ours. The Scenarist 3D Workgroup has everything we need to delight our clients, and now in three dimensions!"
Matrox Video Products Group will demonstrate direct capture from HDMI, SDI, and analog HD or SD video sources to H.264 files with the Matrox MXO2 devices and Matrox MAX technology for PC at IBC 2010 on the Matrox stand 7.B29.
"This new direct H.264 capture utility enables smooth workflows for faster delivery of video content and dailies," said Dan Maloney, Matrox technical marketing manager. "Now it's easy to capture material from any source for use on the web, iPad, iPod, iPhone, YouTube and more! In addition, dailies can be immediately available as low bit rate, manageable-sized files for delivery to a client."
"We're continuing to add value to the Matrox MXO2 product line," said Alberto Cieri, Matrox senior director of sales and marketing. "With this we have started to implement our vision of expanding the capabilities of Matrox MAX technology beyond H.264 export acceleration."