Rovi Corporation today announced Rovi Digital Copy Solution, a ground-breaking offering that will enable consumers to access their physical DVD and Blu-ray Disc movie collections via the Cloud. Rovi Digital Copy Solution integrates into consumer electronics devices and PC applications, allowing them to recognize a movie on physical disc, authenticate its origin, and then trigger access to a copy from the UltraViolet Digital Library. Digital copies can then be enjoyed by consumers from virtually anywhere on a range of enabled connected devices that may include HDTVs, Blu-ray Disc players, set-top boxes, game consoles, smartphones, tablets, and PCs.

According to Forrester Research, by 2016 the personal cloud services market will hit $12 billion and be used by 196 million consumers; yielding a new computing experience that is focused on seamless access to virtual libraries from across personal devices. This trend to access digital movie, music, book, photo, and other collections, coupled with the growing demand for Internet-connected living room devices which is expected to reach 540M worldwide by 2014 (Source:TDG), is opening new revenue opportunities for content owners and distributors.

"Consumers want to watch movies anywhere, while still getting value from the investment they have made in physical media. The Rovi Digital Copy Solution combined with UltraViolet, unlocks new value for consumers and helps them rediscover some of their favorite entertainment that can be enjoyed on many different devices via the cloud," said Corey Ferengul, executive vice president of products, Rovi. "Rovi Digital Copy Solution can provide CE manufacturers, digital storefronts, and movie studios with an opportunity to acquire new customers, generate new revenue, and introduce more consumers to the flexibility and convenience of digitally delivered entertainment."

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NVELO Inc., a pioneer in innovative computer storage software, today announced that its Dataplex product, the industry’s leading cache software solution, now delivers increased system performance and responsiveness required for the next generation mobile computing devices, such as Notebook and Tablet computing devices. Dataplex has been tested on the very latest notebook platforms, and exceeds aggressive performance requirements with a 5400RPM HDD, and as little as 16GB or 20GB of MLC-based mSATA SSD cache. PC OEM’s can now offer affordable ultra-thin notebooks that deliver new levels of performance in terms of boot times, hibernation, application launch and data transfer times.

“There is clearly a new wave of momentum building for Ultrabook type products, and PC OEM’s are scrambling to achieve the right balance of price and performance for storage subsystem requirements,” said Jiurong Cheng, CEO at NVELO. “After working with key PC OEM partners, and leveraging our own expertise in high-performance caching for workstation and server products, we are very excited to offer this robust caching product that enables PC OEM’s to meet the price, performance, and endurance requirements, while preserving the flexibility to deploy caching on their own choice of chipsets, storage HDD’s, and Cache SSD’s.”

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The Ashampoo burning program has a ten year history of success. The latest version to hit the market, Ashampoo Burning Studio 11, offers a range of new features that make burning even faster, simpler and more compact than ever before. As always, our programmers have taken special care to meet the ever changing needs of users and have taken the growing interest in social networks, cloud and online services into account. This sophisticated software includes modules optimized for working with social networks, cloud services, smartphones and modern multi-core processors in addition to the popular authoring tools that our users are already familiar with.

In line with our philosophy of making complex tasks simple, version 11 of Ashampoo Burning Studio incorporates a wealth of new features without sacrificing the program’s reliability, efficiency or its famous ease of use. Ashampoo Burning Studio 11 unites new, innovative functions and capabilities, a host of enhanced details, and vastly increased speed in a program that is highly intuitive to use.

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cyberlink_video_photo_creative_collection.jpgCyberLink Corp. today launched its new solution for digital videography and photography – Video & Photo Creative Collection. The value-priced collection combines the world’s fastest video editing software PowerDirector 10, and our new professional-quality photo software PhotoDirector 2011, together allowing users to turn digital videos into pro-quality productions and photos into masterpieces.

“Digital photos and videos have become increasingly popular with many families using camcorders, DSLRs or digital cameras to capture the events of their day-to-day lives.” said Alice H. Chang, CEO of CyberLink, “With our new Creative Collection we’ve sought to offer our customers an all-in-one solution that they can use to enhance and preserve those precious moments.”

PowerDirector 10: Award-Winning Video Editing Software
Creating pro-like video has never been so easy. In PowerDirector 10, CyberLink’s unique TrueVelocity 2 video rendering engine has been enhanced to dramatically improve the speed of the editing process. Users will also welcome over 300 new features and enhancements, including a choice of 3 different editing modes, integration of pro-quality plug-ins from third-party partners, free-hand painting tools, time lapse controls, and the most comprehensive set of 3D video editing tools available today.

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cyberlink_power2go_8_box.jpgCyberLink Corp. today launched a new version of its industry leading burning software, Power2Go. Engineered to include several new features that deliver the most complete media burning experience, Power2Go 8 now burns system recovery discs, allowing users to not only burn videos, photos, music and data to any optical disc format but also save data and restore their PC after a hard disk failure.

Power2Go 8 introduces several new features, including the ability to create system recovery discs to backup data and restore a PC, and mount a disc image as a virtual drive.  Power2Go 8 also includes WaveEditor 2, a sample-level precision waveform editor which features a new multi-timeline audio mixer allowing users to compose an audio output from multiple audio tracks.

“Power2Go 8 is the most versatile media burning tool on the market,” said Alice H. Chang, CEO of CyberLink.“Whether it’s burning data, creating a DVD of your home videos, or saving your data with the new system recovery capabilities, Power2Go 8 delivers all the features users need in burning software in industry leading quality and reliability.”

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Fixstars today announced their release of the Accelcoder X, the professional H.264 software encoder compliant to Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D standards. With the ExpessAuthoring feature, Accelcoder X dramatically changes the workflow to create a Blu-ray 3D disc at a much lower price than ever before.

Accelcoder X is a Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D standards compliant H.264 encoding software designed for professional use. It provides a fast and full-featured Blu-ray encoding environment at a low cost. As well as the Express Authoring function that enables seamless Blu-ray/Blu-ray 3D disc creation, the newly built-in High quality encoding engine and Enhanced input format support accelerate the Blu-ray disc creation workflow dramatically.

The large-capacity of the Blu-ray disc is suitable as a packaged media, but it can also be used as a media for previews and promotions during the stages of high-quality 2D/3D video production. However, creating a Blu-ray disc requires 2 distinct procedures, which are encoding of the video, and authoring of the encoded data, requiring specialized knowledge, time, and equipment investment.

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cyberlink_powerdirector_10_box.jpgCyberLink Corp. today launched a new version of its award-winning PowerDirector video editing software. Designed with a variety of new features that enhance the movie making process for prosumers, PowerDirector 10 is the fastest consumer video editing software on the market and includes innovative new editing tools, features and enhancements, in addition to the most comprehensive 3D editing suite, making it easy and fun to create high quality home movies.

Users will welcome several new features, including a choice of 3 different editing modes, enhancements to a flexible 100-track timeline, automated beat detection, integration of pro-quality plug-ins from third-party partners, animated painting tools, time lapse controls, and free-form picture-in-picture video cropping tools.

PowerDirector 10 also includes a rich set of powerful 3D video editing tools that enable consumers to import, edit and produce 3D material. Customers can transform their 2D videos into 3D productions in a few simple steps and gain access to a comprehensive consumer 3D video editing suite.

Additionally, CyberLink’s video rendering engine has been enhanced to provide faster and even more efficient video production, regardless of format and resolution. Its unique TrueVelocity 2 solution dramatically improves the quality of the editing process by harnessing system GPU power, via OpenCL, to deliver a 6-fold speed increase in the rendering of effects. PowerDirector 10 also includes a new H.264 media encoder designed to rapidly process HD video, eliminating the lag time often experienced with most other consumer video editing solutions.

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NTI announced today a new cloud version of their award-winning Backup Now EZ software. New benefits include online backup options plus step-by-step and customizable backup capabilities. Backup options include the ability to backup a complete PC and/or just selected files and folders. Plus, with the added cloud storage users have peace of mind with access to their data anytime, anywhere they are internet connected.

Toshiba's new high capacity Canvio 3.0 USB hard drives are the first-to-market with NTI® Backup Now EZ™ software pre-installed for simple activation by consumers. Backup Now EZ scans your computer and recommends the best backup options. You then decide between backing up your files to the Toshiba Canvio, to online storage at NTI Cloud, or choose both for the most comprehensive coverage. The software also includes Drive Space Alert that monitors local drives and announces when the drive is getting close to full.

NTI Cloud starts online storage with a free 30-day trial and $1/GB per month in 5GB or 10GB increments thereafter. Users are offered the option to dynamically grow the online portion as needed.

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nero_11_boxshot.jpgNero 11, the new multimedia software suite from Nero, is now available for consumers who want to make the most of their photos, videos and music.

Nero 11 was reconstructed to offer improved device support, greater functionality and substantial usability improvements. Its main applications now have consistent user interfaces and a new Nero MediaBrowser provides one-click access to the user’s photo, video and music library from every application. Easy-to-follow start screens offer at-a-glance overviews and video tutorials for each application.

The integrated applications in Nero 11 can be used to:

  • Organise and wirelessly sync iTunes playlists, videos and photos between PCs and Android devices
  • Create impressive-looking videos and photo slide shows for sharing on Facebook, YouTube and Flickr
  • Provide full system back up security with just one click
  • Optimise and convert videos for iPad, Android smart phones and other devices
  • Burn high-quality Blu-ray and DVD discs
  • Design and order professionally printed photo books, calendars and greeting cards

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lite-on_mydisk_suite.jpgLite-On, a global leader of optical storage solutions, announces the new disc burning comes to the iPhone with the launch of Lite-On’s exclusive MyDisk Suite. A survey finding that eighty three percent of users who purchase disc burners do not install the software suites included with the hardware spurred Lite-On to create MyDisk Suite, a smarter, more interesting form of disc burning software. MyDisk Suite’s tools work with Lite-On drives to integrate disc burning, file indexing, cover creation, and the development of disc menus.

A generation of 17-45 year old customers who share their lives and their media have difficulty finding files they have burned and find current burning software difficult to use. MyDisk Suite requires only a few straightforward steps and incorporates a set of applications for the PC, iPad and iPhone. Applications including DiskIndex, DiskCollection, DiskCase, and DiskMobile present a brand-new approach to disc burning, making disc burning easier, smarter and more interesting. It brings together drag-and-drop disc burning, file/disc indexing, customised menus, personalised disc covers and iOS image burning that is intuitive and user-centric.

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