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CyberLink PowerDVD 10 Now Supports HDMI 1.4 3D Output And Audio Bitstreaming On NVIDIA Graphics Cards

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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.

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CyberLink Releases Power2Go 7 With BDXL Burning Support

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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.

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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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