Nero sent out a press release this morning, announcing that they are an early adopter of Microsoft's Windows Vista Logo Quality Program.
Nero, leaders in digital media technology, announces today that it has joined Microsoft as an early adopter independent software vendors (ISVs) of the Windows Vista Certified for Windows Vista Logo Program. As participants in the program with its Nero Burning ROM as the pilot application, Nero will adhere to the specific standards created by Microsoft and offer its customers the seamless integration of Nero software into the Windows Vista operating system.
If you'd like to read more, Nero's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
Sonic Solutions has announced that their Roxio Roxio BD software is being bundled with Pioneer's new Blu-ray Disc writer, the BDR-101A. Here's part of their press release:
Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ: SNIC),the leader in digital media software, broke new ground today shipping its Roxio BD software with the first commercially available Blu-ray Disc drive from Pioneer Electronics. The release ushers in a new era in optical disc recording, making possible for the first time the backup of up to 25GB of data on a single layer BD-R (recordable) or BD-RE (rewritable) disc, as well as image-to-disc recording and the archive and playback of hours of high-definition video content. The software and hardware combination will enable a range of applications including professional pre-mastering, high-definition authoring and high-capacity storage.

"We are pleased to partner with Sonic as we continue our tradition of delivering breakthrough technologies in the optical disc market, from our introduction of LaserDisc products more than 25 years ago to today's introduction of the first Blu-ray Disc Drive," said Andy Parsons, senior vice president at Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. "Sonic's software has helped establish and grow the market for CD and DVD creation and has made them the clear leader in their field. Given the depth and breadth of our joint experience, this effort by our two companies bodes well for the future success of this exciting next-generation optical format."
If you'd like to read more, Sonic's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
Nero has officially announced the release of their free Nero Digital Audio encoding software. This command line utility will take your .WAV files and encode them using the MP4 format.
Nero, the leaders in digital media technology, today announced that the Nero Digital Audio reference quality MPEG-4 audio encoding software is now available free of charge via download from the company's website ( Fully compatible with the latest MPEG-4 audio standard (LC-AAC, HE-AAC and HE-AAC v2), the 3GPP-compatible software enables users to store an entire audio album in a single .mp4 file with the best audio quality available.

A simple text-based command-line interface ensures that Nero Digital Audio is compatible with any existing audio software that consumers may already be using. Every file saved in the Nero Digital Audio codec will have advanced content management built into it, including support for CD-audio index maps, embedded album art and ReplayGain.
If you'd like to check it out, the Nero Digital Audio encoding software can be downloaded here. Otherwise more information is available on Nero's website. Add a comment
BHA has announced that they've released new versions of B's Recorder GOLD8 and B's CLiP6 that support Windows XP x64 Edition. These updates are free to registered users of the software.
B.H.A Corporation (BHA) released today B's Recorder GOLD8 and B's CLiP6 versions that support Windows XP x64 Edition. The updaters that add support to B's Recorder GOLD8 and B's CLiP6 are available online to registered users free of charge. OEM versions are also available to drive vendors for bundling.

The Windows 64-bit Edition has evolved from being a platform for high-performance work stations and servers at the time of its release to one that can be used on home computers too with the release of Windows XP Professional x64 Edition operating system. As the demand for software that support this platform grows, BHA has answered user needs by releasing the 64-bit Editions of its flagship B's Recorder GOLD8 CD/DVD burning software and B's CLiP6 CD/DVD packet-writing software. The latest updaters add Windows XP x64 Edition support for existing users and are available free on the BHA website.
More information, including links to the updates, are available on BHA's website. Add a comment
Thanks to CD Freaks we've learned that Nero has released a FREE AAC encoder. In a nutshell, the Nero Digital Audio Reference MPEG-4 & 3GPP Audio Encoder will take your .WAV files and encode them using the MP4 format.
    Nero Digital Audio Reference Quality MPEG-4 & 3GPP Audio Codec
  • Compression Ratios ranging from ultra high (58 CDs fit on one!) to High-End Audio (2.5:1), for absolutely perfect audiophile encodings
  • Crystal Clear, Award Winning Sound Quality at every compression ratio and bit rate!
  • Support for Embedded Album Art (Covers, Booklets, Lyrics!)
  • Store Entire Audio Album in a Single .mp4 File with all the Features of an Audio CD embedded inside, but at a fraction of the space!
  • Reference Quality MPEG-4 Audio Codec
  • Fully Compatible with the Latest Version of the State-of-the-art MPEG-4 Audio Standard (LC-AAC, HE-AAC and HE-AAC v2)
If you'd like to check it out, the Nero Digital Audio Reference MPEG-4 & 3GPP Audio Encoder can be downloaded here. Add a comment
Nero has announced the release of their new Fast CD-DVD Burning plug-in for Windows Media Player 10. This new plug-in not only gives users the ability to create their own CD's and DVD's, it offers support for MPV technology.
Nero, leaders in digital media technology, announced today the release of the new Fast CD-DVD Burning Plug-in including MPV (MusicPhotoVideo) technology support.

Leading off Nero's MPV push is the new Nero Fast CD-DVD Burning Plug-in for Windows Media Player 10. This Plug-in became immensely popular for Windows Media Player 9 owing to its considerable performance improvement for optical disc recording. Now, Nero takes Windows Media Player 10 a leap further by delivering not only a giant boost to burn speeds but plenty more functionality.

Windows Media Player 10 users leveraging the Nero Fast CD/DVD Burning Plug-in will find they have the ability to create audio CDs, data DVDs under WMP's Burn tab as well as Nero Digital Audio format discs. What's more, the new plug-in delivers MPV support. This function creates a multimedia-rich table of contents on the disc that can be easily and conveniently read by or viewed on a wide range of software applications and consumer electronics devices, such as MPV-compatible DVD players. Music, photo, and video collections burned through the Nero Fast CD-DVD Burning Plug-in for Windows Media Player 10 will be more accessible and enjoyable than they ever could have been before.
Nero's CD/DVD Burning plug-in is available now and is free to owners of Nero 7. More information can be found here. Add a comment
CyberLink sent out a press release today, announcing the release of PowerDVD 7. Along with a new look, version 7 includes support for H.264 playback and a number of advanced features for DVD enthusiasts.
CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW), a world leader in digital home solutions, today launched the latest version of its industry-defining DVD player software, PowerDVD. Featuring new-look controls and advanced features for audio and movie enthusiasts, PowerDVD 7 delivers a fun home theater experience on both desktop and notebook computers.

New features for PowerDVD 7 include:
Integrated support for high-definition H.264 playback
Five interface modes, new skins and colors
Say-it-Again - one-click dialog looping
Read-it-Clearly - moveable subtitles
See-it-All - automatically activated time stretching for when mobile PCs run low on power
Power-saving settings for notebooks and an onscreen battery meter
UPnP media player support and premium content protection
PowerDVD is available online and in retail shops. The standard and deluxe versions are priced at $49.95 and $69.95 respectively. More information on both versions can be found on CyberLinks's website. Add a comment
InterVideo has announced that WinDVD and DVD XPack now support NVIDIA's PureVideo technology. With PureVideo, the decoding tasks are divided between the GPU and CPU, offering ultra-smooth video with minimized CPU usage.
InterVideo, Inc. (NASDAQ:IVII - News) announced today that its new WinDVD and DVD XPack supports the revolutionary NVIDIA PureVideo(TM) technology. Delivering superior clarity and picture quality, XPack enables DVD playback using Windows Media Player on Windows XP.

"With NVIDIA's unrivaled high-definition support, we're delighted to offer the ultimate DVD playback solution," said Steve Ro, CEO and President of InterVideo. "People can now install and enjoy the same DVD decoding engine as used by the over 125 million users of WinDVD -- the world's number one DVD player software."
If you'd like to read more, InterVideo's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
CyberLink has announced the retail release of their new Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD burning application, Power2Go 5.5 Next-Gen Edition. Here's part of their press release:
CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW), a world leader in digital home solutions, today strengthened its credentials in the field of burning of Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD disc media with the online retail release of CyberLink Power2Go 5.5 Next-Gen Edition. The new release delivers an extremely versatile burning solution for data, videos, photos, and music by offering an application that supports all disc formats.

Next-generation disc support provides a major leap in the capacity to store personal data, with 15 GB for single-layer HD DVDs and 25 GB for single-layer Blu-ray Discs. Power2Go 5.5 offers total flexibility for burning discs, with support for today's complete range of disc formats: CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-RAM, double-layer DVD-R and DVD+R, BD-R, BD-RE, HD DVD-RAM, and HD DVD-R.
Power2Go 5.5 Next-Gen Edition is available now for US$39.95 and can be purchased from CyberLink's online store. More information can be found here. Add a comment
TMPG, Inc. sent out a press release this afternoon, announcing MPEG Editor 2.0. This new version of their video editing software includes a number of advanced features as well as a wizard-like interface.
TMPG, Inc. (, the company that makes digital video easy, is about to make it even easier. The newest addition to its TMPGEnc product line, MPEG Editor 2.0, is a video editing software package that offers a variety of advanced features, along with a wizard-like interface, which combine to make digital editing faster and easier than ever before. The product will be available for download on the company's website beginning May 10, 2006, with an MSRP of $59.95.

"Digital and high-definition recording is quickly becoming more and more prevalent in American households," commented TMPG CEO Kimi Matsuki, in announcing the new product's availability. "Our TMPGEnc MPEG Editor 2 software provides users with an array of easy-to-use features that make editing any MPEG-2 or MPEG-1 file unbelievably fast, abundantly easy, and incredibly precise. It is the next logical step in the evolution of our MPEG editing software."

The software allows anyone with a DVD recorder to import footage directly from their DVD recorder into TMPGEnc MPEG Editor 2.0, where annoying commercials and unwanted scenes can be edited out and the file played back on a DVD Recorder, since MPEG Editor 2.0 processes the video with practically no re-encoding. Likewise, the software can edit high-definition content, giving users a product that helps maintain HD's razor-sharp picture from start to finish with no compromise in quality.
MPEG Editor 2.0 will be available for purchase through TMPGEnc's website on May 10th for $59.99. More information can be found here. Add a comment