Nero released a new version of Nero 7 this morning. There is no change log yet. However, this new update brings the version count up to 7.2.3.2b. If you'd like to check it out, the update can be downloaded here or via BitTorrent. As usual, feel free to share your experiences in our forum. Add a comment
InterVideo and Ulead have announced that they've passed the Blu-ray Disc certification testing. Here's part of their press release:
InterVideo, Inc. (NASDAQ:IVII - News) and its partner Ulead Systems, Inc. (TSE:2487 - News), industry leaders in video, image and DVD software and members of the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA), announced today that InterVideo Ulead has met and passed all of the requirements from Blu-ray Disc License Entity. InterVideo Ulead is the first to announce certification of its Blu-ray Disc applications.

InterVideo Ulead BD technologies include support for BD-R, BD-RE, BD-ROM and BD-J playback, authoring and burning which will be available in WinDVD BD(TM) and BD DiscRecorder(TM), and will later be incorporated into the DVD MovieFactory suite for video editing and DVD & Blu-ray Disc authoring.
It's good to see that DVD MovieFactory will be getting BD support back after Ulead yanked it back in March. If you'd like to read more, the entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
Sonic Solutions has announced that their Roxio Roxio BD software is being bundled with Fujitsu's new Blu-ray equipped desktop computer, writer, the DESKPOWER TX95S/D. Here's part of their press release:
Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ: SNIC), the leader in digital media software, announced today that its Roxio Blu-ray Disc (BD) software has been selected by Fujitsu Limited to power its DESKPOWER TX95S/D. Expected to be the first desktop computer available with an integrated Blu-ray Disc drive when it launches in Japan at the end of June, Fujitsu's DESKPOWER TX95S/D will usher in a new era of high-definition optical recording on the PC.

"Sonic's design win with Fujitsu underscores the performance, quality and know-how Sonic brings to PC Blu-ray editing, recording and playback," said Richard Doherty, Research Director for The Envisioneering Group. "By leading the market in professional tools, Sonic is extremely well prepared to craft authoring and playback solutions for PC makers, CE device manufacturers and consumers now eager to embrace the quality and performance of High Definition."
If you'd like to read more, Sonic's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
Sonic has announced the launch of Roxio Labs. According to their press release, this new website gives consumers early access to new software and technologies as well as a way to provide feedback.
Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ: SNIC), the leader in digital media software, today launched Roxio Labs, a customer and technology-driven initiative to rapidly bring innovative digital media technologies and services to Roxio's digital media-savvy customer base. Through the Roxio Labs Web site (http://labs.roxio.com), consumers will have the opportunity to try a wide variety of emerging technologies - developed both in-house as well as by 3rd parties - and provide valuable feedback that will help shape a new generation of compelling, web-connected, digital media software applications.

"Innovation is innate to the Sonic culture and has been a key component of our long-term strategy and successful track record of industry firsts," said Mark Ely, Sonic's executive vice president of strategy. "With Roxio Labs, we're building on this culture of innovation by enabling our global teams of digital media experts to rapidly develop exciting new products and services and deploy them directly over the web. In addition to providing applications that integrate into and complement our flagship Easy Media Creator and Toast platforms, Roxio Labs will launch a broad range of tools and technologies essential to today's digital media lifestyle."
Sonic already has a number of applications for download. Unfortunately, most of them are not free. More information on Roxio Labs can be found here. Add a comment
CyberLink has announced that their BD Solution software is being bundled with Panasonic's new Blu-ray Disc writer, the LF-MB121JD . Here's part of their press release:
CyberLink Corp. (TSE:5203.TW - News), a world leader in digital home solutions, and a contributing member of the Blu-ray Disc Association, will begin bundling CyberLink BD Solution software with Panasonic's Blu-ray Disc burner, the LF-MB121JD series, from June in Japan.

CyberLink's applications enable the burning of Blu-ray Discs via data burning software Power2Go, packet-writing software InstantBurn, and archiving software PowerBackup. PowerDVD provides playback functionality and PowerProducer enables authoring.
If you'd like to read more, CyberLink's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
TMPG, Inc. sent out a press release, announcing TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress. This new version of their advanced video-encoding software features a number of new functions and advancements, including the ability to import multiple files instantaneously.
TMPG, Inc. (www.tmpg-inc.com), the company that makes digital video easy, is introducing the latest version of its advanced, high-quality video encoding software: TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress. The new version is twice as powerful than previous versions and includes a host of new functions and advancements. The release date for the English and German languages are scheduled for Tuesday, June 13 (PST), the French release is scheduled for late July.

"TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress gives video aficionados the power to take virtually any video file and encode it to any number of today's most popular file formats," stated Kimi Matsuki, TMPG CEO. "The powerful software upgrade also includes an array of features from frame-level cut-editing tools to advanced multiple video filters and effects. 4.0 XPress encoding also provides mobile support for PSP, iPod, and PDA's for on-the-go video viewing."
TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress will be available for purchase through TMPG's website on June 13th for $99.99. More information can be found here. Add a comment
Intervideo has announced that WinDVD HD is the first software HD DVD player to feature support for Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus. Here's part of their press release:
InterVideo, Inc. (Nasdaq:IVII - News), a leading provider of integrated digital and high-definition multimedia and audio/video content solutions in the PC, CE and wireless industries, today announced that its WinDVD HD(TM) is the first software HD DVD disc player to include Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus technologies for high-definition audio.

Both Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus are surround sound audio codecs developed by Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:DLB - News) as the next-generation audio technologies for high-definition programming and media. Dolby TrueHD delivers tantalizing sound and offers an unprecedented home theater experience. Dolby Digital Plus combines the efficiency to meet future broadcast demands with the power and flexibility to realize the full audio potential of HD DVD discs for an amazing high-definition experience.
If you'd like to read more, Intervideo's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
InterVideo has announced that Lenovo has decided to bundle WinDVD Creator 3 with their ThinkPad, ThinkCentre and 3000 family of PCs. Here's part of their press release:
InterVideo, Inc. (NASDAQ: IVII) announced today that it has partnered with Lenovo to bundle WinDVD Creator 3, a full-featured DVD authoring package, with select Lenovo notebook and desktop PCs.

Lenovo, an innovative international technology company formed as a result of the acquisition by the Lenovo Group of the IBM Personal Computing Division, is including InterVideo's WinDVD Creator 3 pre-installed with its ThinkPad T Series, ThinkCentre A and M Series, and Lenovo 3000 family of notebook and desktop PCs.
If you'd like to read more, InterVideo's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
InterVideo and Ulead have announced that their Blu-ray Disc playback and recording software is being bundled with Sony's new BD notebook and desktop PC's.
InterVideo, Inc. (NASDAQ:IVII - News) and its partner Ulead Systems, Inc. (TSE:2487 - News), industry leaders in video, image and next-generation DVD software, today announced that InterVideo Ulead's Blu-ray Disc (BD) playback and recording software are bundled with Sony Corporation's first-to-market BD notebook and desktop PCs, model name VAIO Type A - VGN-AR70B, VAIO Type R - VGN-RC72DPL9 and VGN-RC72DP. InterVideo WinDVD BD for VAIO is one of the earliest BD playback software and has complete support for all BD title formats. Ulead BD DiscRecorder(TM) for VAIO is a video-recording application that allows real-time and off-line recording of standard and high-definition video onto new high-capacity Blu-ray Discs. Ulead DVD DiskRecorder(TM) Move SDK is a built-in application which transfers recorded TV programs to Blu-ray Discs or DVDs and incorporates content protection.
If you'd like to read more, InterVideo's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
InterVideo has reaffirmed their commitment to supporting HD DVD, At WinHEC, the company unveiled its plans for HD DVD playback support. Along with software for Windows Vista, the company plans to include support for HD DVD in all of its PC products.
InterVideo, Inc. (NASDAQ: IVII) an industry leader in next-generation DVD and multimedia software, today announced its commitment to support HD DVD. At WinHEC 2006, InterVideo showcased its plans for HD DVD playback support on PCs in late 2006 and early 2007.

With a growing list of top movies available and favorable reviews of the latest HD DVD players, the community of supporters for HD DVD hardware and software continues to grow. Already this year, innovative PC OEMs such as Toshiba have begun offering HD DVD drives in desktop and notebook PCs. Additionally, a full line of IHV components from leading manufacturers including Intel will help support HD DVD playback on PCs. InterVideo has reaffirmed its commitment to include HD DVD support in all of its PC products and will focus on developing new software that will ensure seamless playback on Windows Vista PCs.
If you'd like to read more, InterVideo's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment