6/26/2002 - Adaptec, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADPT), the global leader in data storage access solutions, announced a new line of analog video hardware/software products that provide a simple and easy-to-use solution for converting home movies on VHS tape and analog footage into a digital format consumers can watch on most standard DVD players.
"Our analog video sharing solutions provide consumers with a simple way to create professional-looking DVD home movies from analog sources," said Jeff Loebbaka, vice president and general manager of Adaptec's Desktop Solutions Group. "We are the first to provide consumers with a 'no hassle' way to easily capture, edit, preserve and share their home movies on DVD at affordable prices. Most analog solutions are complicated for the average PC user and require consumers to open up their computers to install equipment and/or use multiple software applications to create digital movies. We bring the power of professional analog to digital conversion for video creation directly into the hands of consumers and allow beginners to make DVD home movies that family and friends can watch right in their living rooms."
Novice users can easily convert home movies on VHS tapes and analog footage into digital video formats using Adaptec's new analog video sharing solutions. Digital video provides an excellent medium for personalizing and sharing home movies with family and friends by sending copies on Video-CD or DVD or by posting movie clips on the Internet.
These new video sharing solutions also bring an installed base of 60 million analog camcorder users the capability to preserve home movies that are currently stored on videotapes which have a life span of only 10 to 15 years in ideal conditions. Priceless memories can be saved for future generations in digital format and viewed using most DVD players. Today there are over 73 million DVD players worldwide and additional sales of 37 million are projected for this year. DVD players have the fastest penetration in history over any other consumer electronic device and sales are anticipated to continue to increase as the unit price drops below $100.
Sonic Solution's MyDVD software is included with all of Adaptec's analog video sharing solutions. Most major Hollywood studios use Sonic's DVD production technology to create the millions of movie titles available today on DVD. Sonic is also the leading consumer DVD burning solution chosen by industry-leading peripheral OEMs like Phillips, Hewlett-Packard and Pioneer. MyDVD is an intuitive, easy-to-use software that provides a simple way to quickly create digital home movies.
Adaptec's three new analog video sharing solutions: VideOh! DVD, VideOh! PCI and VideOh! CD include video capture hardware and Sonic's MyDVD video creation software. These new products allow consumers to easily edit and create DVD and Video-CD movies on DVD recordable or CD-RW drives and quickly share those movies with family and friends for viewing on a TV or PC.
VideOh! DVD is the ultimate solution for sharing analog home movies on DVD or Video-CD. Users can share and preserve analog video memories by converting home movies into a digital format, while discarding unwanted footage and personalizing content with special effects, sounds, titles and interactive DVD menus. Its hardware video encoder compresses video into a fully DVD compliant MPEG-2 or MPEG-1 video stream and may be connected to the computer's USB 2.0 or 1.1 port. VideOh! DVD contains an MPEG-2 external USB 2.0 video capture device, Sonic's MyDVD 3.5 software, 6-foot USB cable and 6-foot RCA to RCA Audio/Video cable for easy connection to analog camcorders, TV and VCRs and sells for an MSRP of US$199.
VideOh! PCI provides a low-cost, high-quality way to convert analog tape archives to DVD. It includes an internal MPEG-2 video capture PCI card, 6-foot RCA to RCA Audio/Video cable and Sonic's MyDVD 3.5 software which allows users to capture, trim and save home movies in a digital format and then burn those movies on Video-CD or DVD. VideOh! PCI is targeted towards the more technically inclined user willing to open up the computer and install the board into an open PCI slot and sells for an MSRP of US$179.
VideOh! CD provides an easy way to transfer analog home movies to Video-CD using a CD-RW drive. Users can quickly connect the external video capture device to any unused USB 1.1 port and then hook up an analog video source such as a camcorder, TV or VCR. It includes an external MPEG-1 USB 1.1 video capture device, 6-inch left/right RCA audio cable and 6-foot USB cable for plug-and-play PC connection. VideOh! CD also includes Sonic's MyDVD 3.5 software for Windows, which allow users to capture, trim and save analog home movies on Video-CD and share those home movies with family and friends using most DVD players at an MRSP of US$69.
Adaptec's VideOh! DVD, VideOh! PCI and VideOh! CD will be available in mid-August through select retailers, resellers, mail order and Adaptec's web site at www.adaptec.com
Desktop Solutions Group
For twenty years Adaptec's Desktop Solutions Group has been a leader in I/O connectivity focusing on delivering reliable and easy-to-use solutions. Building upon this heritage, Adaptec today continues to make complex technology simple for everyday consumers. Having pioneered SCSI and brought CD burning mainstream, Adaptec is now driving the latest wave of desktop connectivity standards with solutions for hot new technologies like USB 2.0 and FireWire/1394 - helping consumers get the best performance out of their computers and peripheral devices.
Adaptec Inc. (NASDAQ:ADPT) provides highly available storage access solutions that reliably move, manage and protect critical data and digital content. Adaptec's storage solutions are found in high-performance networks, servers, workstations and desktops from the world's leading manufacturers, and are sold through OEMs and distribution channels to ISPs, enterprises, medium and small businesses and consumers. Adaptec is an S&P SmallCap 600 Index member.
David A. Young
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