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 MedioStream to demonstrate DVD+RW Video Recording (DVD+VR) support
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Message Text: MedioStream, a leading provider of PC-based software for recording video to DVDs and CDs, will demonstrate its DVD+RW Video Recording (DVD+VR) support for DVD+RW recordable drives at the DVD+RW Alliance Asia Pacific Seminar, to be held in Tokyo, Japan on July 10, 2002. Along with its patent-pending "Direct-to-Disc Recording" and "Smart Buffering" features, DVD+VR support catapults MedioStream into the lead among DVD authoring solutions for the DVD+RW format.

Sponsors of the DVD+RW Alliance seminar in Asia Pacific include Dell Computer, Hewlett-Packard, Mitsubishi Chemical/Verbatim, Ricoh, Royal Philips Electronics, Sony, THOMSON Multimedia, and Yamaha. A key theme of the seminar is to showcase the progress that the DVD+RW/+R format has made in the convergence of PC and consumer electronics. With MedioStream's neoDVD software, consumers can create a DVD, add or delete clips and re-burn the video onto the same disc, without having to recreate or burn another disc. Users no longer have to buy multiple DVDs to save their favorite TV shows, movies or home video footage.

"With all the excitement surrounding DVDs, MedioStream is committed to bridging the gap between the PC and consumer electronics devices," said Gordon Doran, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at MedioStream. "With neoDVD, consumers can be assured of greater interoperability, whether it be burning their own DVDs on their PC, adding video clips using DVD set-top recorders, or showing the finished disc on TV."

"With MedioStream's neoDVD, we will show DVD+VR on the PC platform using the Ricoh DVD+RW/+R burner, then we will add video clips to the same disc using the Yamaha DVD+RW/+R Recorder," said Hiroshi Kondo, IT Marketing Manager, Yamaha Corporation. "The technology is certainly exciting, but we think what consumers will really appreciate is the ease with which all this can be accomplished using neoDVD."

MedioStream's neoDVDstandard is currently bundled with leading DVD+RW/+R drive manufacture's products. The DVD+VR support feature will join MedioStream's "Direct-to-Disc Recording" and "Smart Buffering" as standard features in neoDVD, starting with neoDVDstandard 4.0 (MSRP $29.99 for ESD and $39.99 for CD) and neoDVDplus 4.0 (MSRP $49.99 for ESD and $59.99 for CD), both of which will be commercially available in August.

About DVD+RW Video Recording (DVD+VR), Direct-to-Disc Recording™, Smart Buffering™

MedioStream's DVD+RW Video Recording (DVD+VR) support for DVD+RW provides users with VHS VCR-type capabilities for creating and updating DVDs on the PC. Any disc created that follows the DVD+RW Video Format specifications v 1.1 may be updated by another product (hardware or software) that follows the DVD+RW Video Format specifications v 1.1. So if users create a DVD+RW disc with DVD+VR format using neoDVD or a 3rd party application, they can load the finished disc into neoDVD, add/delete video clips, rearrange the contents of the disc, and then recreate the DVD while maintaining the playback compatibility by existing DVD video players. With DVD+VR, neoDVD allows users to create DVDs that can be re-edited over time, thereby maximizing disc usage through re-write and reuse of space.

"Direct-to-Disc Recording" allows users to turn old home movies and videos into DVDs in a simple, truly one-step process, instead of having to use the PC first as a buffer to create a disc image for burning. This reduces hard disk drive requirements and makes the process of creating a DVD easier than ever. "Direct-to-Disc Recording" is compatible with all commercially available DVD+RW drives.

"Smart Buffering," compatible with all commercially available DVD-R/RW and DVD+RW drives, allows users to reduce the minimum hard disk drive requirements on PCs that are too slow to achieve real time DV to DVD transcoding, or where system resources are being used for different tasks. Typically, when a PC lacks the minimum processing speed required for real-time performance, the software will buffer the incoming DV video onto the hard disk drive while waiting for the CPU to finish its current task. With "Smart Buffering," neoDVD will cause the camcorder to pause instead of buffering the video on the hard disk drive. By automatically controlling the camcorder, neoDVD can perform DV to DVD transcoding on PCs having as little as 400MB of hard disk space when using a DVD+RW recordable drive.
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