InterVideo has announced that their H.264 codec now supports NVIDIA PureVideo technology. Thanks to PureVideo, their codec can provide a smoother frame rate and better image quality than with a CPU alone.
InterVideo(R), Inc. (NASDAQ:IVII), an industry leader in DVD, MPEG and high-definition (HD) multimedia software technology, announced today that its H.264 Codec now supports the new NVIDIA PureVideo(TM) H.264 decode acceleration available on GeForce(TM) 6 and 7 Series graphics processors from NVIDIA(R) Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA).

H.264 is the digital video codec specified for the Blu-ray (BD) and High-definition DVD (HD DVD) formats. The H.264 specification, which is also known as the Advanced Video Codec (AVC) specification or MPEG 4-Part 10, delivers two to three times the compression efficiency of solutions such as the MPEG-2 standard, which is used in DVD video. H.264 also delivers high-definition video with six times the resolution of standard definition DVDs.

InterVideo's H.264 codec technology leverages highly advanced algorithms to deliver superior quality and performance on today's personal computers. One of the key new features is the ability to divide the decoding tasks among several hardware cores and hardware threads on both the CPU and the GPU. Using traditional single thread decoding techniques, H.264 with high definition would not be feasible on today's personal computers because much of the overall processing power is unused. InterVideo's H.264 codec partitions the decoding tasks through algorithm and data decomposition into multiple threads to use all the processing power of the dual core and hyper threading technologies from Intel(R) and AMD(R) CPUs, as well as the GPU acceleration from NVIDIA graphics hardware.
NVIDIA's PureVideo enabled drivers will be available in Q1'06. More information on PureVideo and InterVideo's H.264 codec can be found here. Add a comment
Roxio has announced that they will be showcasing some of Toast 7's digital entertainment capabilities at the Macworld Expo. Here's part of their press release:
Roxio, a division of Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ: SNIC), the leader in digital media software, is celebrating a successful year with in-depth demonstrations and special show pricing on its biggest ever line of software for Mac OS X at Macworld Expo, January 10th to the 13th. Among the demonstrations available to attendees will be how to use Toast 7 to easily transfer favorite audio and video entertainment to mobile devices such as the iPod video, Sony PSP, and mobile phones. In addition, Roxio will be showcasing its must-have suite of iPod software accessories, The Boom Box and its award-winning DVD backup application, Popcorn. Roxio also will be introducing standalone versions of its CD Spin Doctor and Motion Pictures HD software.
If you'd like to read more, Roxio's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
If you're heading out to Vegas for CES this week, make sure you stop by Nero's booth as they will be demonstrating their new technologies and software.
Nero, leaders in digital media technology, will take the stage in Vegas to expose their hottest products and technologies for 2006: Nero 7, Nero SIPPS(TM) Connect, Nero PhotoShow Deluxe 4, and Nero Digital(TM), along with HD delivery supporting Blu-ray and HD DVD...

...And finally, Nero will demonstrate their MPEG-4 standards-compliant Nero Digital(TM), harnessing the highest standards available in audio and video compression while delivering tomorrow's high-definition multimedia, including the Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD formats. All HD technologies are definitely not created equal, and Nero will show why its implementation of these technologies will lead the pack of HD solutions.
If you'd like to read more about Nero's new technologies and software, their entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
Droppix let us know that their Droppix Label Maker Pro software has received LightScribe certification from HP. This software is also the first with the ability to print to multiple LightScribe-enabled drives at once.
2006—Droppix, the new gold standard in digital media technology, today announced its new LightScribe-compliant Droppix Label Maker Pro software (multi-drive version) for creating and printing multiple professional quality CD and DVD labels simultaneously.

Droppix Label Maker Pro with LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling technology provides a complete and intuitive solution for creating customized labels for CDs and DVDs and printing them directly on the surface of multiple discs simultaneously via LightScribe-enabled optical drives.
If you'd like to read more, Droppix's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment