CyberLink announced this week that Toshiba has chosen to bundle PowerCinema with their new consumer notebook PCs. Here's part of their press release:
CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW), innovative solutions provider for the connected digital lifestyle, announced today that its complete home entertainment solution, PowerCinema, was chosen by Toshiba Corporation to be included in its consumer notebook PCs in the United States. The combination offers the perfect digital media solution, allowing users to play videos and music on their new Toshiba notebooks through CyberLink's software.

CyberLink PowerCinema combines advanced video and music playback features with an intuitive, responsive 3D user interface. Power Cinema's support for a wide range of video formats—including ASF, WMV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2,DVR-MS,AVI,high-definition, MPEG-2-HD and WMV-HD—delivers uncompromised video playback performance. PowerCinema also supports MP3, WMA, and WAV audio file formats, turning notebook PCs into digital music players.
If you'd like to read more, CyberLink's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
Yamaha Japan announced today that it will be distributing its new Labelflash Photo Labeler software to the public on April 25th. This free software comes with 30 templates and will allow users to turn their photos into labels by performing a few simple steps.

Yamaha Corporation (Head Office: 10-1, Nakazawa-cho, Naka-ku, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka; President: Mitsuru Umemura; hereinafter: Yamaha), working together with FUJIFILM Co., Ltd. (Hereinafter: Fujifilm), has developed LabelflashTM Photo Labeler software using Labelflash technology for easily printing display labels containing photographs on specially made DVD disc using templates. Free distribution of this Labelflash Photo Labeler software will begin from Labelflash’s official Web site on April 25, 2008. The site may be accessed at the following URL: http://labelflash.jp/.. The English version is expected to become available in a few months.
With support for Labelflash lagging well behind LightScribe, its good to see Yamaha and Fujifilm making applications like this available for free to their customers. If you'd like to read more, Yamaha's entire announcement can be found here. Add a comment
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 7.11.6.0. If you'd like to check it out, the update can be downloaded here. As usual, feel free to share your experiences in our forum. Add a comment
Sonic has announced that it is working with Sony to enhance the BD-Live creation features found in Scenarist BD. By making it easier for Hollywood to create BD-Live-enabled features, the two companies hope to increase the availability of connected-content.
Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ: SNIC), the leader in digital media software, today announced it is collaborating with Sony to enhance the BD-Live creation features of the Scenarist BD authoring platform. The new capabilities will help streamline the creation of highly interactive Blu-ray Disc titles that harness the full power of the BD-Live feature set to enable Web-connected content.

BD-Live adds an exciting new level of interactivity to the home entertainment experience. By allowing the dynamic inclusion of downloaded online content such as special features, new trailers and games, BD-Live enables content creators to maintain a direct relationship with viewers even after a title has shipped. By making BD-Live-enabled features more efficient to produce, the Sony and Sonic collaboration is expected to help increase the availability of connected-content, which in turn will help speed consumer adoption of next-generation titles and players.
If you'd like to read more, Sonic's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
NAB seems to be the place to be for new Blu-ray authoring software. Sony Creative Software announced today that it will be showcasing updated versions of its DVD Architect and Blu-print applications at the show.
DVD Architect 5 software enables independent producers and videographers to author both a standard definition DVD or a high definition Blu-ray Disc complete with full motion buttons, motion menus, scene selection menus, subtitles and alternate video and audio tracks. The clean, drag-and-drop DVD Architect interface, powerful layout and authoring tools work seamlessly with the Sony Vegas Pro video editing and production software, making it easy to develop dynamic menu-based DVDs, movies, picture slideshows and music compilations. Shipping in mid-June, DVD Architect 5 software will be available as a free downloadable upgrade to all registered Vegas Pro 8 users, as the Vegas Pro software ships bundled with the DVD Architect application...

...Available in May, Blu-print 4.3 enterprise software helps to simplify the complexity of producing fully interactive Blu-ray discs at professional studios or authoring houses. Delivering on the partnership announcement made last month, Blu-print 4.3 now features integration with Ensequence on-Q Create for Blu-ray Java, which enables Blu-ray Disc developers to create and distribute Java based interactive experiences to viewers worldwide. Blu-print 4.3 features an intuitive user interface, as well as automation tools to simplify otherwise daunting tasks, such as creating multi-story Blu-ray discs. Blu-print 4.3 offers a full-featured high level scripting language that saves DVD authors from having to write BD assembly codes, as well as the ability to export all project objects into XML files for easy BD-Java authoring using Ensequence on-Q Create for Blu-ray Java.
More information on DVD Architect 5 and Blu-print 4.3 can be found on Sony Creative Software's website. Add a comment