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Sonic Streamlines Blu-ray 3D Production With Scenarist BD Workgroup

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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!"

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Matrox Introduces H.264 Direct Capture Utility For MXO2 Devices

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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."

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Roxio Releases Creator 2011

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roxio creator 2011.jpgRoxio today ushered in a new era in personal media with the release of Creator 2011, the world's first digital media suite to offer a comprehensive feature set for capturing, editing, creating, and sharing personal 3D photos, videos, and projects. Making it easy for enthusiasts and beginners to immediately add a dynamic new dimension to family memories, Roxio Creator 2011 allows users to convert standard 2D digital photos and home videos into amazing 3D content, so they may generate immersive, personalized 3D multimedia productions from their existing digital media libraries.

Roxio Creator 2011 also supports emerging 3D formats, including those used in popular 3D theatrical film releases, as well as 3D-enabled capture devices, computers, HDTVs, and accessories. Consumers may import stereoscopic content directly from 3D cameras and other capture devices and then create personalized 3D productions complete with transitions, titles, effects, and a sound track that can be viewed on the PC, enjoyed on a 3D-enabled HDTV, or posted and shared via YouTube™.

"We believe strongly that 3D will not only change forever how we experience Hollywood movies, but also reshape and redefine how we capture and enjoy our personal digital media," said Matt DiMaria, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Roxio. "Creator 2011 is a truly ground-breaking application that offers consumers a gateway to personal 3D and the opportunity to bring a new level of realism to their cherished family memories."

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NTI Corporation Introduces NTI Shadow 5

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NTI Corporation is proud to introduce NTI Shadow 5, the latest version of the award-winning Continuous Data Protection (CDP) software series designed for Mac users. NTI Shadow goes beyond Time Machine with features like bootable clone backups, folder synchronization, and continuous backups,

"As a Mac user myself, I want to keep my data backed up but also be able to recover from a disaster instantly," said Bill Yao, CEO of NTI Corporation. "Shadow 5 offers that capability with its new clone feature. I can now boot up from my backup and use it as-is without having to spend hours restoring from a Time Machine backup."

Volume Cloning - The new Volume Cloning feature allows Mac users to make an exact copy of their hard disk partition. You can make a one time clone or schedule incremental updates to make sure your clone backup is always up to date. And with a cloned boot partition, there is no need to restore anything before getting your Mac back up and running. Simply boot up from your clone and pick up where you left off.

Folder Merge - Keeping your files at home and work synchronized is now easier than ever with Shadow 5's new Folder Merge feature. If you shuttle files back and forth between home and work on a portable storage device, you need to make sure you're always working on the latest version of a file. Simply merge the contents on your portable storage device with your Mac at home and at work and Shadow 5 will make sure the latest version is where you expect it to be.

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CyberLink Announces Power2Go 7 With BDXL Disc Support

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CyberLink Corp. is pleased to announce Power2Go 7, the next version of its best-selling disc burning software. Power2Go is more than just disc burning software. Its ability to burn any media onto any disc makes it one of the most powerful disc burners in the market. It’s easy-to-use interface and desktop gadgets make it a fan favorite. And the new version just got better with the following new and enhanced features:

  • Supports for BDXL disc format lets user burn up to 128GB of data on a single disc
  • Improved industrial grade data encryption
  • Desktop gadget for all variants of Windows operating system
  • Interactive HD photo gallery creator
  • Pro-like DVD menu authoring
  • Easy to use audio editor

“Our goal is to make Power2Go the disc burning software for everyone - for both home users and enterprises. With Power2Go 7, we are taking a big step toward that goal,” said Alice H. Chang, CEO of CyberLink. “Power2Go 7’s strength lies in its ability to provide users with versatility, security and multimedia enhancement tools to burn discs for all purposes.”

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Creative Announces Sound Blaster X-Fi MB2 Software Suite

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Creative Technology Ltd. today announced the Sound Blaster® X-Fi® MB2 software suite - a powerful audio platform equipped with cutting-edge audio technologies designed to enhance ordinary PC systems limited by only basic onboard audio. The Sound Blaster X-Fi MB2 software suite builds on the success of the original Sound Blaster X-Fi MB, bringing enhancement of onboard PC audio to even greater echelons. Through THX TruStudio Pro™ audio technology and the latest Creative EAX Advanced HD™ 5.0, users get to enjoy premium audio quality, effects and features on their PC systems.

Gamers can anticipate being blown away by the amazing realism from the unrivalled headphone surround and gaming sound enhancement technologies delivered by the Sound Blaster X-Fi MB2. Creative EAX Advanced HD 5.0 features state-of-the-art multi-environment rendering and reverb modelling, delivering an ultra-realistic and incredibly immersive 3D gaming experience for powering the next generation of cutting-edge PC games. The additional audio cues provided by EAX can also give gamers a competitive advantage in early detection of enemies.

"We are extremely excited to see the Sound Blaster X-Fi MB2 software going into ASUS Republic of Gamers motherboards, with ASUS being the top manufacturer of motherboards in the world and constantly committed to delivering the most innovative and best performing PC solutions to enhance the gaming experience of power users. Our partnership will continue to push the boundaries of PC gaming audio, providing the much-needed realism and immersion in game-play that modern PC games demand," said Steve Erickson, Vice President and General Manager for Audio and Video at Creative.

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CyberLink Announces MediaEspresso 6 Media Converter Software

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CyberLink Corp. is pleased to announce its next generation of ultra fast media converter - MediaEspresso 6. Renamed from MediaShow Espresso, the latest version converts any video, photo and music files to a broad range of devices including smart phones such as Apple iPhones and Google Android phones; media players such as iPods and iPads; and game consoles such as Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. MediaEspresso 6 also features TrueTheater Technology that enhances video quality as it converts.

“Today’s media devices require different formats and resolutions for multimedia playback,” said Alice H. Chang, CEO of CyberLink. “MediaEspresso 6 not only converts the media files to various formats at ultra fast speed, its Smart Detect Technology auto-detects your devices, making sure that you will always have the correct format.  And better yet, it enhances your video quality with our unique TrueTheater Technology.”

MediaEspresso 6 offers a hassle-free way to convert and sync videos, photos and music files to a broad choice of media players, without needing to understand complicated file formats and settings. Consumers simply import their media content then select a preferred playback device, and MediaEspresso 6  handles the rest.

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ZOTAC Bundles Nero Vision Xtra With GeForce Series Graphics Cards

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Nero, creator of liquid media technology, today announced a partnership with ZOTAC®, NVIDIA® the world’s largest channel manufacturer of graphics cards, motherboards and mini-PCs, to bundle Nero Vision Xtra software with ZOTAC® GeForce® series graphics cards globally. This marks Nero’s first relationship with a graphics card manufacturer, delivering a powerful video playback and editing experience to video enthusiasts.

ZOTAC® GeForce® series graphics cards will now include a free 30-day trial version of Nero Vision Xtra, which features two robust integrated applications – Nero MediaHub and Nero Vision. Nero MediaHub and Nero Vision work together seamlessly to bridge between basic and advanced video editing, allowing users to easily transform home video projects into cinema-quality, high definition movies.

Upgrading from the free trial to the complete version of Nero Multimedia Suite 10 unlocks additional benefits for Nero Vision Xtra users, including full NVIDIA® CUDA support for high-performance hardware acceleration, the ability to create high definition Blu-ray movies and access to the full templates and effects palette. In addition, the upgrade provides users with the Nero Burning ROM and Nero BackItUp & Burn products as part of the larger suite.

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CyberLink Releases Updated BD & 3D Advisor Tool

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CyberLink today announced the release of CyberLink BD & 3D Advisor for free download, helping users verify whether their computer is capable of enjoying the amazing Blu-ray Disc 3D experience. The newly-upgraded BD & 3D Advisor is designed for diagnosis of computers in terms of capability to play Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray 3D Discs and 3D video contents.

“CyberLink is committed to developing the best media experience on PCs,” said Alice H. Chang, CEO of CyberLink. “High-definition and 3D are exciting development in video format, but they also require some learning curve for consumers to build HD & 3D capable systems. The BD & BD 3D advisor is designed to help consumers in the most intuitive way.”

As the leading innovative solution provider, CyberLink has been devoted to making “connected digital lifestyle” more accessible and friendly to everyone. The 3D Zone, which has recently been announced, provides a clear and concise guide to consumers about 3D Videos, Blu-ray 3D and how to setup 3D entertainment on PCs; the newly-announced CyberLink BD & 3D Advisor, upgraded from CyberLink BD Advisor, is another advancement for users to check for Blu-ray 3D playback capability of their system and TrueTheater 3D playback support, and it provides suggestions as to how and what components in their system to upgrade. “As the corporate commitment goes, CyberLink will continue to innovate video and audio technology as well as developing more useful tools to facilitate 3D PC enjoyment for consumers,” Chang concluded.

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CyberLink Releases PowerDVD 10 ULTRA 3D Mark II

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CyberLink Corp. is pleased to announce PowerDVD 10 ULTRA 3D Mark II release to the retail and online market that enables Blu-ray 3D movie playback on desktop, notebook and All-in-One PCs.

“CyberLink PowerDVD 10 Mark II adds a new dimension to Blu-ray,” said Alice H. Chang, CEO of CyberLink. “PowerDVD 10 Mark II presents movies in amazing realism and depth and delivers an incredible experience that the consumers are not just in front of the screen, but virtually in the movies.”

PowerDVD is the first software player to receive Blu-ray 3D certification from the Blu-ray Disc Association. Optimized with CPU and GPU hardware acceleration, PowerDVD delivers two 1080p frames to create a flawless and smooth high definition 3D video effect to the display.

Now PowerDVD 10 Mark II comes with Enhanced TrueTheater 3D for converting existing 2D DVD titles and 2D videos into a 3D movie experience.  Enhanced TrueTheater 3D gives users a significant increase in sharpness, picture clarity and 3D depth while reducing artifact and motion-blurriness, allowing consumers to upgrade all media experience to 3D immediately that is great on effects but easy on the eyes.

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