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May 21, 2007

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Color Commentary: Apple, Adobe, and Microsoft
Blackmagic Design Announces Final Cut Studio 2 Support
Apple Updates Popular MacBook
Aleratec's Next Generation Copy Towers: Faster, More Convenient, More Secure
WEVA's "Power of Video" to Debut in Europe June 9
Primera Integrates Dual-Layer, 50GB Panasonic Blu-ray Disc Recordable Drives
XLNT Idea, Inc announces release of Xi Media Kits
Aleratec Adds Color to Duplicator Grade LightScribe Media
SmartSound and Sony Creative Software Reach Patent License Agreement
Avid Selects Class on Demand for Web Based Training Partner

Color Commentary: Apple, Adobe, and Microsoft

Between the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas, an editor's workshop with Adobe in San Jose, and Streaming Media East in New York City, it's been an exciting and interesting time with lots of product announcements and video-related news. While some are clearly focused on film and broadcast developers, others will change the way event videographers work in 2007 and beyond, especially relating to posting video to the web.

I'll start with Apple, who announced Final Cut Studio Pro 2 at NAB. What impressed me first was price; at $1,299, the software is $400 less than the least expensive Adobe suite, which adds up quickly when you're buying multiple seats. Final Cut Server, a server-based workgroup feature designed to compete with Avid Interplay, will have implications in high-end Final Cut Pro facilities, but probably not in three- and four-seat shops.

Beyond this, Color, the new advanced color correction program, feels like overkill at first glance, but comes with a number of templates supplying film looks like Magic Bullet and similar products. I can definitely see this providing a valuable option for highly stylized wedding videos, or even video backgrounds for menus. Apple also introduced an "open format" timeline, significantly enhancing support for multiple formats in the same sequence, though you still can't use the multi-cam tool with different formats unless you convert to a common format (like Apple's new ProRes 422) before editing.

Apple also upgraded most other suite applications, including the addition of Surround Sound support to Soundtrack Pro. The continued enhancement of the multitrack-capable Soundtrack Pro's high-end capabilities comes at an interesting point in the parallel evolution of the audio tools in the Adobe Production Studio/Premium. For me, the big surprise was that Apple didn't upgrade DVD Studio Pro, making it the only major authoring tool without Blu-ray capabilities. Given that Adobe added Blu-ray Disc support to Encore, this changes the economics of the suite purchase for producers who need Blu-ray.

For example, if you own a Mac version of After Effects, Illustrator, or Photoshop, you can upgrade to the entire Production Premium Suite for $1,199. Or, you can upgrade the individual products for $349 (Photoshop), $299 (After Effects) or $199 (Illustrator). If you own any two of those products, you're looking at about $600 to upgrade to the CS3 version. If you need Blu-ray Disc authoring, the cheapest alternative is DVDit, which costs $500 and runs only on Windows, and doesn't support the H.264 codec that's part of the Blu-ray spec (Encore gives you the choice of MPEG-2 or H.264). Now you're up to $1,100, just shy of the Production Premium upgrade price, for which you get Encore running on the Mac, Premiere Pro, and all other suite components.

Not to date myself, but all this brings to mind the tag line used in the old Parliament cigarette commercials, "I'd rather fight than switch." That is, I seriously wonder if a Final Cut user with years invested in learning the program would switch to Premiere Pro simply to save a few hundred dollars. Probably not, but going forward, the economics could certainly sway new users comparing both systems, especially with Photoshop and After Effects so well entrenched.

That said, looking at the Adobe suite, changes to what I consider the flagship product, Premiere Pro, were somewhat modest, and not entirely for the better. Essentially, it feels like Adobe focused most development resources on porting to the Mac, and new features are limited. In an interesting glimpse at how large companies work, Adobe appeared to have recognized this, and at least in part, purchased Serious Magic so that they could offer OnLocation (formerly DV Rack) and Ultra as additional value-adds.

In particular, OnLocation is a paradigm-shifting product, one that will absolutely change the way you shoot video, with real-time scopes and dual zebra stripes that make perfecting exposure a breeze. Mac users beware, however, as Adobe didn't port either Serious Magic product to Mac OS, and includes OnLocation, and not Ultra, in the Mac SKU.

Adobe also removed Audition from the bundle, replacing it with Soundbooth. In truth, Soundbooth has 98% of the functionality I need for most projects, but lacks the multitrack capabilities I use once a year to create radio advertisements for my wife's Nutcracker ballet. For that, I'll need to use Soundtrack Pro, or old favorite Sony Sound Forge, which boasts multitrack capabilities in the newly announced version 9.

Playing with the Premiere Pro beta, I noticed that the program's DVD authoring capabilities were substantially reduced; while you can burn a menu-less DVD, you can't create even the simple menus available in Premiere Pro 2.0 (functionality that appeared first in Premiere Elements 1.5). Though I scoffed at this feature at first, I soon began using it for review and simple projects, like school assemblies and the like. An Adobe contact explained that this feature got lost in the Mac port, though it may reappear in future versions.

However, Adobe now includes Encore with the Premiere Pro bundle (Mac and Windows), and in addition to Blu-ray, Encore can export your DVD (with all the navigation features) as a Flash web presentation you can upload to a website. Whether you use this for client review or as a feature you can charge for, it's a very cool capability.

To complete the circle, I just saw a comprehensive demo of Microsoft Silverlight at Streaming Media East. Let's face it—it's easy to criticize a seemingly me-too Flash-like product from Microsoft, and Microsoft has gotten more than its share of criticism. But recent changes to the Windows Media codec have boosted video quality significantly, and the Expression Encoder for Silverlight lets a nonprogrammer build a web presentation with custom player and chapter points, providing event videographers with yet another opportunity to create compelling web presentations for profit or for review.

Jan Ozer is an EventDV and Streaming Media contributing editor and owner of Doceo Publishing.

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Blackmagic Design Announces Final Cut Studio 2 Support

Blackmagic Design Inc. today announced the immediate availability of a new software update that adds support for the new features in Apple Final Cut Studio 2. The new software version 6.2 for all Blackmagic Design DeckLink and Multibridge series capture and playback video products supports the new features in Final Cut Studio 2 including ProRes 422, open format timelines, new easy setup management and video output from Color.

ProRes 422 support allows real time capture directly into a compressed video format for a dramatic reduction in disk space requirements. When editing long form television programming, compressed video allows all source media to be loaded onto a disk array, while the quality is high enough for final program production.

Now all Blackmagic Design cards support capture and playback natively with the ProRes 422 format, and easy setups are included.

Unlike FireWire based products that require recompression before output to the connected video device, all Blackmagic Design cards use an uncompressed video link direct to the Final Cut Studio real time effects renderer. No FireWire recompression means editors get all their computer's CPU processing dedicated to more video layers and effects, and improved video quality.

This update supports the new Open Format Timeline technology which allows various video format files to be simultaneously played back in the editing timeline. Also supported is the new easy setup management, and video monitoring from Color software so you can see the exact color of your video work as customers perform color correction of their programs.

"This is a big update with wonderful new features our customers will really love," said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design "We have worked closely with Apple for months to make this update available the day Final Cut Studio 2 ships, and we are happy to announce its availability today as a free update to all our customers."

DeckLink v6.2 and Multibridge v6.2 software, with support for Final Cut Studio 2, is available today for download from the Blackmagic Design support web site at no charge.

www.blackmagic-design.com

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Apple Updates Popular MacBook

Apple today updated its MacBook consumer notebooks with faster Intel Core 2 Duo processors, 1GB of memory and larger hard drives in every model.

The MacBook is just one-inch thin and features built-in 802.11n wireless networking for up to five times the performance and twice the range of 802.11g. Every MacBook also includes a built-in iSight video camera for on-the-go video conferencing, Apple's MagSafe Power Adapter that safely disconnects when under strain, and iLife '06, Apple's award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications.

"The MacBook is a huge hit with customers, and is one of the reasons that Mac sales are growing three times faster than PC sales," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "The new MacBook is faster, has even more memory and storage, and is an ideal notebook for customers' growing library of digital music, photos and movies."

Featuring a gorgeous 13-inch glossy widescreen display, the one-inch thin MacBook comes in three models: sleek white 2.0 GHz and 2.16 GHz MacBook models, and a stunning black 2.16 GHz MacBook model. The MacBook includes a built-in iSight video camera for video chatting on-the-go with friends or family using iChat AV, recording a video podcast or iMovie® using iLife ‘06, or taking fun snapshots with Photo Booth. Designed for the mobile lifestyle, the MacBook includes Apple's MagSafe Power Adapter that magnetically connects the power cord to the MacBook and safely disconnects when under strain, and the latest generation of 802.11n wireless networking for up to five times the performance and twice the range of 802.11g.

The MacBook comes with iLife ‘06, the next generation of Apple's award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications featuring iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, GarageBand, and iWeb. The MacBook also comes with the latest release of the world's most advanced operating system, Mac OS X version 10.4.9 Tiger, including Safari, Mail, iCal, iChat AV, Front Row and Photo Booth.

The new MacBook is available immediately through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

The 2.0 GHz, 13-inch white MacBook, for a suggested retail price of $1,099 (US), includes the following:

  • 13.3-inch glossy widescreen 1280 x 800 display;
  • 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor;
  • 667 MHz front-side bus;
  • 1GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 2GB;
  • 80GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
  • a slot-load Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) optical drive;
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950;
  • Mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately);
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • built-in AirPort Extreme® 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
  • two USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire® 400 port;
  • one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
  • Scrolling TrackPad;
  • the infrared Apple Remote; and
  • 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

The 2.16 GHz, 13-inch white MacBook, for a suggested retail price of $1,299 (US), includes the following:

  • 13.3-inch glossy widescreen 1280 x 800 display;
  • 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor;
  • 667 MHz front-side bus;
  • 1GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 2GB;
  • 120GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
  • a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950;
  • Mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately);
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
  • two USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire 400 port;
  • one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
  • Scrolling TrackPad;
  • the infrared Apple Remote; and
  • 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

The 2.16 GHz, 13-inch black MacBook, for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US), includes the following:

  • 13.3-inch glossy widescreen 1280 x 800 display;
  • 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor;
  • 667 MHz front-side bus;
  • 1GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 2GB;
  • 160GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
  • a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950;
  • Mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately);
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
  • two USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire 400 port;
  • one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
  • Scrolling TrackPad;
  • the infrared Apple Remote; and
  • 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

Additional build-to-order options for the MacBook include the ability to upgrade to 120GB or 160GB (5400 rpm) or a 200GB (4200 rpm) hard drive, up to 2GB DDR2 SDRAM, Apple USB Modem, Apple Mini-DVI to DVI adapter, Apple Mini-DVI to VGA adapter, Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter and the AppleCare Protection Plan. Additional build-to-order options also include pre-installed copies of iWork '06, Logic Express 7, Final Cut Express HD 3.5 and Aperture 1.5.

www.apple.com

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Aleratec's Next Generation Copy Towers: Faster, More Convenient, More Secure

Aleratec, Inc., developer and manufacturer of Aleratec Award Winning DVD/CD Duplicating and Publishing Solutions, is announcing its next generation of its Award Winning DVD/CD Duplicator Solutions, the new high speed 1:3 DVD/CD Copy Tower Pro HS(tm) and 1:7 DVD/CD Copy Tower Pro HS(tm), stand alone DVD/CD Duplicators that copy DVDs at up to 20x with no computer required. The new Aleratec Copy Towers feature fast, 160GB, removable Hard Disk Drives for secure storage of frequently used source discs.

"Prosumers seek out the best performance available. Business users need speed and reliability for optimum productivity. Our goal is to exceed the expectations of all users by offering the fastest DVD recording speeds available and making our DVD/CD duplicators more convenient, and more secure to use. We have added some very significant features to this next generation Aleratec Copy Towers," stated Perry Solomon, President and CEO. Our DVD recording speeds are now up to 20x. We have added a 160GB hard disk drive for storing more disc images and made it removable with a key lock for the ultimate in keeping your data secure. With the new 20x speed, we are improving the fastest, most economical way to duplicate very large volumes of DVDs."

The 1:3 and 1:7 DVD/CD Copy Towers HS incorporate a 160GB removable hard disk drive that can store up to 32 images of your frequently used DVDs for making up to 3 or 7 quick copies of any one simultaneously. The hard disk drive is removable and has a key lock for security and safety in operation. The removable HDD provides extra security, in that you can remove the drive containing the images of your discs and put it in a safe place where unauthorized users cannot copy or view your data.

With professional performance at consumer prices, Aleratec's new DVD/CD Copy Towers are ideal for Prosumer, Corporate, Government and Education applications. The 1:3 DVD/CD Copy Tower HS (Aleratec Part # 260152, Ingram Micro SKU 40773) can make up to 3 copies of a typical DVD in less than 5 minutes and has a low Estimated Street Price of $899. The 1:7 DVD/CD Copy Tower HS (Aleratec Part # 260153, Ingram Micro SKU 40772) can make up to 7 copies of a typical DVD in less than 5 minutes and has a low Estimated Street Price of $1399.

This powerful duplicating system also can sense if there is a readable source DVD or CD in any of the DVD Recorders and can use this as a source disc to make copies without loading an image to the hard disk drive.

The full line of Aleratec DVD and CD recording solutions, duplication solutions, and accessories is featured at 4SURE.com, AAFES, Adorama, Amazon.com, B&H Photo Video, Best Buy, Buy.com, CDW, Circuit City, CompUSA, Dell, Gateway, Hewlett Packard, Insight, J & R, Mac Connection, MacMall, Micro Center, Office Depot, PC Connection, PC Mall, PC Nation, ProVantage, Quill, Radio Shack, Ritz Camera, Sears, Target, Tech Depot and Wal-Mart in addition to other leading retailers. Government and Education customers may purchase from Government and Education Specialists including AAFES, Best Buy Gov/Ed, CDW-G, CompuCom, CompUSA, Daly Computer, EnPointe, Fed Tek, GCI, GE IT Solutions, GovConnection, GOVPLACE, Green Pages, GTSI, Horizon, Insight Gov, INTELLI-TECH, PC Mall Gov, Pomeroy, Sarcom, Sayers, Shi.com, Softchoice, Sparco.com, telcobuy, TIG, and Unisys. All products are available to resellers through D&H Distributing, DBL Distributing, Ingram Micro, and Ingram Micro Canada.

Complete information available at http://www.aleratec.com.

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WEVA's "Power of Video" to Debut in Europe June 9

"The Power of Video & How to Get More Business Using It," the new marketing program for videographers and wedding professionals developed by the Public Relations Committee of Wedding & Event Videographers Association International (WEVA), will have its European debut next month in Venice, Italy.

Headlining a special program for wedding professionals hosted by internationally renown consultant Jayne Seddon of Venice Events on June 9th, "The Power of Video's" featured speaker will be EventDV contributing editor and Reel Deal columnist Kris Malandruccolo, chair of the WEVA Public Relations Committee, a WEVA EXPO presenter, and owner of Elegant Videos by Kris (IL).

To attend the program, which will be held at 5:00 p.m. at Venice Events 1827 Frezzeria, San Marco, Venice Italy, please RSVP to Jayne@veniceevents.com to reserve seats. The program is free of charge to all bridal industry professionals.

"Bringing WEVA's 'Power of Video' to Europe in June is an exciting opportunity for WEVA to share cutting-edge concepts in video marketing with wedding professionals on an international level," said Malandruccolo. "It's in-sync with WEVA's expansion of programs for our fellow members worldwide, including the first-ever WEVA conference series for wedding and event videographers at PMA-Australia 2007 earlier this month."

As reported in Wedding & Event Videography Resource Guide, the WEVA Public Relations Committee, which also includes Al Ritondo, Personal Touch Video (NJ); Natalie Neal, Glass Slipper Productions (PA); and EventDV "Main Event" columnist Mike Nelson of Remember When Video Productions (UT), has spent the better part of two years developing Phase I & Phase II outreach programs that either directly benefit the WEVA membership, or are meant to promote the benefits of professional video to the wedding industry at large.

"The Power of Video & How to Get More Business Using It" a Phase II program developed by the PR Committee, includes a new video PowerPoint presentation aimed at wedding industry businesses, including consultants, caterers, florists, DJs, consultants, as well as videographers. Featuring exciting clips from WEVA Creative Excellence Award-winning wedding videography, the PowerPoint program brings industry affiliates up to speed on state-of-the-art wedding video creativity. It also shows how individual vendors within the bridal industry can use professional video to promote their own businesses.

Over the past several months, WEVA PR Committee members have been "on the road" presenting the "Power of Video" to bridal industry organizations and local videographers associations. Al and Kathy Ritondo (whose popular WEVA podcasts cover local association developments) have presented the program to local videographers associations in New York, Connecticut, and Florida. Malandruccolo has presented the program to videographers in Minnesota and Colorado and to bridal organizations such as the Association for Wedding Professionals, International (AFWPI), and others.

WEVA's "Power of Video" presentations are continuing through 2007. For more information, visit www.weva.com.

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Primera Integrates Dual-Layer, 50GB Panasonic Blu-ray Disc Recordable Drives

Primera Technology, Inc., the world's leading developer and manufacturer of CD, DVD and BD duplication and printing equipment, today announced it has integrated Panasonic SW-5582 Blu-ray Recordable Drives in its Bravo SE Blu and Bravo XR-Blu Disc Publishers.

The Panasonic SW-5582 drives record onto the widest range of optical media, including CD-R, DVD+/-R (single and dual layer) and BD-R (single and dual layer). Dual-layer BD-R media, which has only recently become commercially available, has a capacity of up to 50GB per disc.

Instead of manually burning and printing CDs, DVDs and BDs one at a time, the Bravo SE Blu and Bravo XR-Blu automate the entire process. An advanced, sixth-generation robotic mechanism is used to transport discs into the built-in Panasonic recorder. After recording, each disc is individually printed in full-color at up to 4800dpi resolution.

"We're excited to be integrating Panasonic recordable drives into our disc publishers," said Mark D. Strobel, Primera Technology's Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "Dual-layer BD-R, with its 50GB capacity, allows organizations to store massive amounts of data on highly-reliable and cost-effective optical disc media. This ground-breaking technology opens up many new applications and opportunities for our integrators and end-users alike."

"Panasonic and Primera have strong reputations for providing reliable, technologically-advanced products," said Robin Sweeten, Group Manager, Strategic Marketing for Panasonic Industrial Company (USA). "The integration of our high-capacity Blu-ray recorders in Primera's industry-leading disc publishers offers a new standard for value and performance."

Emerging markets for Blu-ray Disc media include broadcast, video and film production, backup and archival, gaming and much more. With Bravo SE Blu's capacity of 20 discs, up to 1TB of native data can be written at one time. With Bravo XR-Blu's capacity of 50 discs, native capacity more than doubles to 2.5TB.

The Bravo SE Blu sells for US$2995 (MSRP) and Bravo XR-Blu sells for US$5295 (MSRP). Both units are available immediately through Primera's resellers and distributors in more than 85 countries.

www.primera.com

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XLNT Idea, Inc announces release of Xi Media Kits

XLNT Idea Inc., a leading US Based Manufacturer of DVD and CD Publishing and Direct to Disc Ink Jet Printing Solutions, is now shipping its Xi Media Kit Line for use in XLNT Idea Nexis Publisher and Xi 440 Direct to Disc Print Systems. Xi Media Kits consist of a combination of Aquashield waterproof and smearproof CD R and DVD R media, and XLNT Idea brand black and color ink jet cartridges. Conveniently bundled to offer XLNT Idea System Users a complete consumable solution, the Xi Media Kits are economically priced to provide users with the best Cost of Ownership of DVD / CD Creation Systems available today. Starting at an MSRP of $ 849.00, the Xi Media Kits are available in multiple SKU's that meet the needs of a variety of user throughput requirements, and are available from an authorized XLNT Idea VAR or Dealer.

Dale K. VP of Engineering, noted, "To maximize system performance and disc output quality, and print resolution, we are offering our customers a reliable solution direct from the manufacturer at an economical price point. Our Xi Media Kits gives our customers assurance of superior system performance."

Chuck Alcon Jr, Director of Sales and Marketing added, "We have focused our product development on supplying the best value for DVD / CD creation systems, the Xi Media Kits further that effort by providing users of our solutions with a convenient and reliable consumable bundle to burn and print DVD and CD R discs. Most importantly, we maintain our Best Cost of Ownership position in the industry."

www.xlntidea.com

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Aleratec Adds Color to Duplicator Grade LightScribe Media

Aleratec, developer and manufacturer of Aleratec Award Winning DVD/CD Duplicating and Publishing Solutions, is now shipping its new Aleratec Color Coded Duplicator Grade LightScribe CD-R Recording Media. The new Aleratec duplicator grade LightScribe media is produced in 5 different colors to aid in segregating and organizing different types of data or multimedia. These color-coded discs are LightScribe-ready and can be direct-to-disc LightScribe labeled in LightScribe DVD-RW drives without a printer. The Aleratec Rainbow 100 Pack(tm) contains 20 each of 5 key colors (red, orange, yellow, green, and blue) for a wide range of disc identification options.

"With the success of our LightScribe DVD/CD publishing systems growing daily, more and more users have emphasized the importance of being able to organize and identify data by subject or classification at a glance, especially in government and corporate applications," stated Perry Solomon, President and CEO. "For example, discs containing government classified information must be color-coded so that the proper handling for a particular level of data contained is obvious. This is just one of the growing needs we have found in our studies and we are excited to offer our Rainbow Pack to take organization and recognition of disc types to the next level."

With LightScribe there is no printer. Direct-to-disc labels are laser burned, crystal clear and professional-looking. No ink or other costly printing supplies are required. Aleratec Direct Disc Publishing Systems utilize LightScribe enabled DVD/CD recorders and specially coated LightScribe media to produce precise, laser-etched, disc labels with superior sharpness and clarity.

LightScribe discs can be pre-labeled, for example, by department or classification level and appended with more detail later. With the added advantage of color coding, disc content can be immediately recognized, organized and properly managed. Now sensitive and classified information does not have to be sent offsite to be recorded or duplicated, which is especially important when that practice is forbidden.

"Customers that require an added level of data recognition and organization will welcome the Aleratec color-coded LightScribe CD-R media," said Kent Henscheid, Marketing Manager for LightScribe. "Color-coding is a natural extension to LightScribe's inherent characteristics of crisp, clear, silkscreen-quality labels."

The Aleratec LightScribe CD-R 52x V1.2 Duplicator Grade Rainbow 100 Pack is packaged in stackable cake boxes for easy storage and access to blank media. The Aleratec LightScribe CD-R 52x V1.2 Duplicator Grade Rainbow 100 Pack (Aleratec Part No. 110117, Ingram Micro SKU M45065) is now available at the low estimated street price (ESP) of $69.99.

The full line of Aleratec DVD and CD recording solutions, duplication solutions, and accessories is featured at 4SURE.com, AAFES, Adorama, Amazon.com, B&H Photo Video, Best Buy, Buy.com, CDW, Circuit City, CompUSA, Dell, Gateway, Hewlett Packard, Insight, J & R, Mac Connection, MacMall, Micro Center, Office Depot, PC Connection, PC Mall, PC Nation, ProVantage, Quill, Ritz Camera, Sears, Target, Tech Depot and Wal-Mart in addition to other leading retailers. Government and Education customers may purchase from Government and Education Specialists including AAFES, Best Buy Gov/Ed, CDW-G, CompuCom, CompUSA, Daly Computer, EnPointe, Fed Tek, GCI, GE IT Solutions, GovConnection, GOVPLACE, Green Pages, GTSI, Horizon, Insight Gov, INTELLI-TECH, PC Mall Gov, Pomeroy, Sarcom, Sayers, Shi.com, Softchoice, Sparco.com, telcobuy, TIG, and Unisys. All products are available to resellers through D&H Distributing, DBL Distributing, Ingram Micro, and Ingram Micro Canada.

http://www.aleratec.com

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SmartSound and Sony Creative Software Reach Patent License Agreement

SmartSound Software, Inc., the leading provider of music and scoring technology for film and video professionals, today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Sony Creative Software to license SmartSound's patented automated music scoring processes for use in Sony Creative Software's Cinescore soundtrack creation product line.

The terms of the agreement give Sony Creative Software a non-exclusive license to SmartSound's patents 5,693,902 and 5,877,445, which allow for the automatic editing of music to fit user-specified lengths. SmartSound's patented technology has been used to develop innovative soundtrack creation solutions such as its award-winning Sonicfire® Pro product line. SmartSound's patent license agreement covers Cinescore, as well as any current or future products, which bundle or integrate Cinescore and its component technology modules.

"We're pleased to finalize a patent license agreement with Sony Creative Software that is mutually beneficial to both parties," said Kevin Klingler, president and CEO of SmartSound Software, Inc. "Sony Creative Software joins a list of top companies in the video creative industry which license SmartSound's technology or its patented processes for their software. This points the way for other companies to benefit from SmartSound's unique approach to music scoring by reaching license agreements with us."

SmartSound Software, Inc. is the world-leading developer and marketer of the SmartSound family of music scoring technology for visual content creators. The company has been at the forefront of technological innovations in the industry, such as the Mood Mapping® feature in SmartSound® Sonicfire® Pro 4. SmartSound technology is available for Windows XP and Macintosh OSX 10.4 or higher, including PowerPCs and Intel Macs. SmartSound products include: the Sonicfire® Pro and Quicktracks® for Adobe Premiere® Pro software and the Strata®, Film Score, Producer, Edge, Audio Palette, Sound Palette, and Movie Music collections of royalty-free music and sound effects.

www.smartsound.com.

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Avid Selects Class on Demand for Web Based Training Partner

Class on Demand, a provider of professional educational products for creative markets, has announced a partnership with Avid Technology, Inc. to deliver Class on Demand training courses via the Avid web-based training portal: Avid Learning Excellerator™ (ALEX®).

The partnership with Class on Demand enables Avid Training Services to offer a broader spectrum of media production training for industry professionals and enthusiasts. Class on Demand training offered via ALEX covers a wide range of topics serving students looking to learn a new operating system such as OS X or Windows Vista to more complex applications such as compositing and effects creation with Boris Red.

"Avid is known for quality delivery on every level; technology and service. We are thrilled to become a partner in their web-based training initiative and are confident that ALEX students will reap the educational benefits they come to expect with Class on Demand web-based training courses," comments Paul Holtz, founder and CEO, Class on Demand. "The Class on Demand training formula for success can be directly linked to the caliber of our instructors. They are not only phenomenal presenters, they are industry experts who bring years of real-world experience to the classroom - elevating the learning experience to the highest level."

"This partnership offers ALEX users access to valuable Class on Demand course material, covering topics and applications that are indispensable to the media production process," says Brian Zapach, Avid Training Services Manager. "We feel that Class on Demand shares our commitment to excellent quality of service and we are confident that Avid customers will benefit from the new ALEX training options we are able to offer."

Class on Demand Training Courses Offered Through ALEX The following Class on Demand web based training titles are available today through ALEX.

Complete Training for Avid Liquid ($129.95 MSRP) Popular Class on Demand instructor Tony Terrana provides in-depth training for the new Avid Liquid™ release. Topics include; video and audio editing, DVD authoring, and effects creation - helping students master all aspects of Avid Liquid.

Complete Training for Boris RED 4 ($129.95 MSRP) Lead by Boris FX power user, Steve Oakley, "Complete Training for Boris Red 4.0" covers the spectrum of the new Boris Red 4.0 features and functionality. Students can learn basics such as navigating the redesigned Boris Red 4.0 user interface to more advanced effects concepts such as working with spline objects.

Complete Training for Sorenson Squeeze 4.5 ($99.95 MSRP) With "Complete Training for Sorenson Squeeze 4.5" students will learn how to compress and deliver high quality QuickTime, MPEG-4, Flash, Real Media, and Windows Media files. They will also learn to create MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 files for CD and DVD delivery as well as tips and tricks for outputting "Squeezed" files for use with severs, authoring programs, audio programs, multimedia presentations and more.

Mac OS X Training ($79.95 MSRP) Mac OS X Training is ideal for students who have made the switch to Mac. Class on Demand instructor and Mac expert Dan Alban provides straight forward guidance for navigating and mastering the new Mac OS X Tiger environment.

Windows Vista Made Easy ($99.95 MSRP) "Windows Vista Made Easy" is presented by Dan Gookin, one of the computer industry's most published authors. Gookin's most notable publication "DOS for Dummies" was the world's fastest selling computer book that set in motion the "Dummies" series for Wiley publishing. This self-paced course is designed so that both beginners and experts can maximize the capabilities of the new Windows Vista OS.

For additional training information, please contact Class on Demand directly at (847) 843-9939 or visit their web site at http://www.classondemand.net.

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