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    Stories in THIS issue..... DateLine April 1, 1994
 1. TouchVision Systems Updates D/Vision, Shows CineWorks at NAB
 2. Radius Revolutionizes QuickTime Video Editing
 3. Apple Launches Digital Camera for Macintosh & Windows PCs
 4. C-Cube's Multimode Video Decoder & Transport Demultiplexer Chips
 5. Media Vision Ships New Multimedia Kits
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        TouchVision Systems Updates D/Vision, Shows CineWorks at NAB
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(__  __)              Las Vegas, NV -- March 20, 1994
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(_/ouchVision Systems, Inc., developers of D/Vision, the #1 selling digital 
video editor for the PC, demonstrated version 2.2 of its highly acclaimed 
D/Vision-Pro at National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) event this week. 
TouchVision also demonstrated true broadcast quality, 60 fields-per-second 
digitial video direct from hard drive, and exhibited CineWorks, the only 
instant non-linear editor available for under $1,000, for producing 
full-screen, full-motion, 30 frames-per-second video.
D/Vision-Pro 2.2
"From its inception, we designed D/Vision-Pro as an easy-to-use, yet extremely
powerful tool for professional film and video editors," said Bruce A. Rady,
TouchVision president and CEO. "Unlike other digital video editors on the
market which require costly proprietary hardware, D/Vision uses only standard,
off-the-shelf IBM PC hardware including the AM2 Video/Audio Accelerator board
for digitizing and compression. So D/Vision users have reduced risk of
obsolescence and save thousands of dollars in initial setup costs, as well as
system expansion, as their storage needs increase."
Version 2.2 offers powerful new features including auto capture with serial VCR

control, film edge number support, importing and editing of AVI files, 
additional online EDL file formats, a digital video effects suite for creating
thousands of effects including slow and fast motion, and greatly enhanced
graphical overlays. With its intuitive graphical user interface, D/Vision-Pro
features six (6) channels of CD-rate digital audio, up to eighty (80) hours of
instantly accessible video, and SupeRTV (TM) video compression quality.
Thousands of digital video effects can be created with D/Vision-Pro 2.2 such as

compositing, keying, flips, stutters, and variable speed motion control. Up to
five overlapping layers of motion video, graphics, or animation can be scaled
and composited with varying transparency and key levels. And slow, fast, or
reverse motion can be created by simply keying in the desired speed.
As an added bonus, and new in Version 2.2, D/Vision-Pro is being distributed on

CD-ROM with CrystalGraphics' Flying Fonts Plus!, a fast and easy-to-use 3-D
titling, modeling, and animation tool. Flying Fonts Plus! is a subset of 
CrystalGraphics' Topas graphics package. Users can now easily create 
texture-mapped titles, logo treatments, and other graphics which can be 
animated in 3-D. Both stills and animation can then be exported to D/Vision and

edited into programs or overlayed onto live video.
D/Vision outputs cleaned SMPTE time-coded EDLs (Edit Decision Lists), SupeRTV
digital video with true videotape quality, Microsoft's Video for Windows, Apple

QuickTime digital video files, Intel Indeo/DVI, and WAV audio-only files.
Rady added, "We are very excited to demonstrate 60 fields-per-second digitial
video direct from hard drive. For the first time, we will offer users the
ability to output true broadcast quality video using IBM PC hardware.
Affordable, non-proprietary hardware and superior image quality are now coupled

with D/Vision's ease-of-use, power, and speed."
Today, coming off a record sales year and with thousands of installations 
worldwide, D/Vision is the #1 selling digital video editor for the PC.
CineWorks: Non-Linear Editor
TouchVision Systems also demonstrated CineWorks at NAB, which includes 
CrystalGraphics Flying Fonts Plus! titling and animation software bundled on 
CD-ROM, and is the price/performance leader amongst digital video editors, 
providing non-linear editing and full-screen, full-motion video direct from 
hard disk. Previously, this technology was only available in dedicated systems
costing $10,000 or more.
CineWorks (suggested retail price: $995) turns a PC into a complete video 
production studio with the speed, power, and ease of non-linear digital 
editing. Designed to meet the needs of desktop video producers and multimedia
creators, the software offers an extremely powerful, yet easy-to-use solution
for creating professional quality videos and editing Video For Windows movies
directly on a personal computer. CineWorks appeals to a wide variety of users
for the creation of corporate or training videos, technical tapes, video
reports and brochures, weddings, home movies, event videos, kiosks, and
interactive CD-ROM programs.
"For the first time, non-linear video production with true videotape picture 
quality is available for under $1,000," said Bruce A. Rady. "Before CineWorks,
true 'non-linear' editing with full-screen, full-motion video required
high-end, propriatary workstations costing $20,000 to $40,000. Because we
designed CineWorks as an extremely easy-to-use package using all off-the-shelf
hardware, we can bring this exciting technology to the rapidly increasing
audience of desktop video users."
One of the key goals in designing this software was to create a product which
makes video production easy and fun. CineWorks is a very user-friendly tool.
Easy to set up, easy to learn and easy to use, it features the same industry-
acclaimed graphical user interface found in D/Vision's other editing packages
-- an intuitive and elegantly simple graphical user interface for editing and
synchronizing video, audio, and graphics. With its simplicity of design and
operation, coupled with the savings of thousands of dollars in complicated
anlog video equipment, CineWorks makes the process of editing video simpler,
easier, and more affordable than ever before.
Cineworks offers true non-linear editing allowing users to "cut and paste" 
material just like text in a word processor. Insert, delete or rearrange video,

audio, and graphics, and then see the edited program INSTANTLY. No waiting for
tape to cue or record, "preview" windows, or building of video files.
CineWorks' SupeRTV digital video compression lets users output full-screen, 
full-motion 30 frames-per-second video displayed at 480 lines of resolution in
16 million colors. And since CineWorks suports the AM2 Video/Audio Accelerator
board, users can "print" video to an NTSC or PAL VCR directly from hard disk
without converter boxes. High quality videotapes can now be created right from
hard disk.
Thousands of exciting special digital video effects can be created with 
CineWorks, such as compositing, keying, flips, stutters, and variable speed 
motion control. Up to five overlapping layers of motion video, graphics, or 
animation can be scaled and composited with varying transparency and key 
levels. Again, creating slow, fast, or reverse motion is as simple as keying in

the desired speed.
As an added bonus, CineWorks comes bundled with Crystal Flying Fonts Plus! a 
fast and easy-to-use tool for generating exciting titles and animation. User 
can now easily create texture mapped titles, logo treatments, and other 
graphics which can be animated in 3-D. Both stills and animation can be 
exported to CineWorks and then edited into programs or overlayed onto live 
video. Titles can be created in twelve supplied typefaces or any PostScript 
(type 1) font and scaled to virually any size. Edited programs, complete with
animation, can be recorded directly to any VCR in real time, eliminating the
need for expensive, time-consuming frame-by-frame rendering.
CineWorks also imports and exports Video for Windows (AVI) and exports to 
QuckTime (MOV) files. These files can be imported into presentation software 
like Powerpoint and Compel to create exciting multimedia slide shows with 
full-motion video. CineWorks also comes with a royalty-free SupeRTV software 
"player" program which enables kiosk creators to obtain near laser disk quality

digital video without loading CineWorks on each kiosk.
At $995, the CineWorks and Crystal Flying Fonts Plus! package includes over 
$800 of free software. Included are two CD-ROMs, one containing hundreds of 
megabytes of exciting texture mapped backgrounds and images, and a second, the
D/Vision Sound Library, featuring over two hours of pre-digitized music and
sound effects.
TouchVision Systems, Inc. has been a pioneer in the non-linear video editing 
technology since 1984. Since 1991, the company has been an industry leader in
providing state-of-the-art digital video solutions to the professional film and

video community with its highly acclaimed D/Vision editing product line. The
company is located at 1800 Winnemac Ave., Chicago, IL 60604l, telephone
               Radius Revolutionizes QuickTime Video Editing
         Rack-mountable VideoVision Telecast delivers professional
         on-line/off-line digital video editing benefits. Radius
         creates first open environment for professional Video Editing.
   / _  )             Las Vegas, NV -- March 21, 1994
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(_/  \_)adius Inc. (NASDAQ: RDUS), the recognized leader in the worldwide 
desktop digital video technology market, today significantly advanced its 
leadership position by announcing VideoVision Telecast (TM), a powerful, 
production-level digital video solution for Macintosh.
VideoVision Telecast features broadcast-quality output, 16-bit audio, and 
Betacam input and output in a rack-mountable system that meets both RS170-A and

CCRT 624-4 specifications for broadcast video. As a result, VideoVision 
Telecast gives video professionals total control with the power, flexibility,
and performance of QuickTime-based video editing.
A broadcast-capable technology born in the Radius engineering labs, VideoVision

Telecast features two NuBus connector cards and a 19-inch rack-mountable
control box that delivers 16-bit stereo audio, 30-frame, 60-field full-motion
video capture and playback, full genlock capability, SMPTE time code for both
audio and video, and professional-level audio and video input/output
connections. In addition, VideoVision Telecast provides NTSC, PAL, and SECAM
support. VideoVision Telecast is designed for the Apple Macintosh Quadra series

of computers, and Radius is presently collaborating with Apple to provide Power

Macintosh compatibility as well.
"Video production professionals and corporate video producers have rapidly 
embraced both the cost and non-linear-editing benefits of desktop digital video

technology," said Chuck Berger, Radius president and chief executive officer.
"However, these producers have been frustrated by the lack of true 
broadcast-quality video output and the absence of professional-level analog I/O

capabilities. With VideoVision Telecast, Radius has innovatively redefined the
capabilities of Macintosh-based digital video production by providing the
features and performance usually associated wtih expensive analog production
tools. And for those customers using VideoVision Studio, Radius will protect
their existing investment with an upgrade path to VideoVision Telecast."
VideoVision Telecast delivers a suite of high-end editing tools, including 
SMPTE time code, A/B/C roll editing, and full genlock capabilities for 16-bit
audio and professional inputs and outputs. The VideoVision Telecast system
retains all of the non-linear editing and cost advantages associated with
digitial video production, and with its industry-standard 19-inch 
rack-mountable control unit, VideoVision Telecast is the most easily integrated

QuickTime-based digital video production suite on the market.
Major VideoVision Telecast features include:
 * Built-in adaptive JPEG video compression/decompression engine that
   maximizes the image quality
 * Full genlock capability (both H-Phase and SC-Phase) for production
   suite integration
 * High-quality 16-bit stereo sound
 * RS422 device control
 * Longitudinal and vertical SMPTE time code for both audio and video
   (LTC, VITC)
 * Comprehensive video I/O, offering Component (YUV and RGB), S-Video,
   and Compostie connectors
 * Broad analog and digital audio input/output capabilities with two
   balanced input channels (XLR, AES/EBU, S/PDIF) and four balanced analog
   output channels (XLR), and digital audio output (AES/EBU, S/PDIF)
 * Front panel LEDs showing current input/output selections
 * RGB monitor and composite monitor connections directly to the VideoVision
   Telecast rackmount unit
 * Proprietary built-in circuitry with 24-bit convolution to provide output
   of 24-bit (16.7 million color) images directly to videotape
 * Support for NTSC, PAL, SECAM international video standards
Professional QuickTime Video Production
Traditionally, QuickTime had served as an excellent off-line editing tool for
video production professionals -- allowing them to produce lower-quality 
demonstration videos easily and inexpensively. Once editing decisions were 
made, producers could export their Edit Decision List (EDL) to a high-end 
analog editing bay and produce the final cut there.
"When the quality of QuickTime-based digital video improved to 60-field, 
full-motion with the release of Radius' VideoVision Studio, producers saw the
opportunity to incorporate this new technology into their editing environment,"

said Aaron Feigin, Radius' marketing manager, digital media. "With the
introduction of VideoVision Telecast, we are now enabling these producers to
integrate Betacam source using component video as well as CD-quality audio --
helping them streamline projects with more power, creativity and control, but
in less time and at a lower cost."
The VideoVision Telecast system is scheduled for shipment during the summer of
1994. Customers in the United States and Canada can call 1-800-227-2795 or
contact Radius or their Radius reseller directly.
Radius Inc. delivers extended computer system performance, faster graphics, the

highest-quality digital video, and enhanced viewing and display products to
leading-edge computer users in the publishing, graphics, video, and education
markets. The company's products are available through a worldwide network of
Radius authorized resellers, system integrators and distributors and are
supported by the Radius "Worry Free" program, which features on-site, overnight

replacement of products in the United States and Canada; and by a Liftime
Warranty on all Radius add-on or add-in boards. Contact Radius Inc.'s Direct
Line at 408/954-6403.
   Apple Launches Digital Camera for Macintosh & Windows Personal Computers
             QuickTake 100 Delivers Price/Performance Breakthrough;
               Offers Fastest Way to Bring Images into Documents
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(_/   \_)pple Computer, Inc., today announced the QuickTake 100, a digital 
color camera that makes it easy for people to bring photographic images into 
their computer without film development or scanning. Priced at just $749 
(U.S.), the QuickTake 100 delivers fast, digital color image capture that was
once available to professionals only.
A lightweight, portable device for use in mainstream business, education, and
design, the QuickTake 100 will work with both desktop and portable models of
Macintosh and Windows computers. The camera features point-and-shoot simplicity

and includes the basic set of functions that users have come to expect from an
automatic camera operation. Within seconds, images can be downloaded from the
camera into any standard software application for use in business documents,
presentations, reports or design projects.
"The QuickTake 100 will be especially attractive to computer users who want to
add color and life to their presentations and everyday communications," said
Don Strickland, vice president of the Imaging and Publishing Division of Apple
Computer, Inc. "With digital technology now available to a wider audience,
we'll start to see some fundamental changes in the way visual images are used
in mainstream computing applications."
"QuickTake 100 is the perfect complement to software applications like 
Paradox," said Philipe Kahn, president, chairman and CEO of Borland 
International. "Building fast, quality multimedia applications is now a real 
option for just about everyone."
"Our customers have been waiting for an electronic camera like the QuickTake 
100 for five years," said Paul Brainerd, president of Aldus Corporation. "It 
allows customers to quickly generate color electronic images for many 
publishing and graphics projects such as presenations, newsletters, and 
marketing comps."
"Digital photography has arrived," added Harry Wilker, vice president of 
Publishing, Broderbund Software. "The QuickTake 100 camera will bring an 
exciting new visual dimension to many different software categories, especially

creativity applications that have been limited by traditional ways to capture
and work with images."
Easy Operation and Connection to Personal Computers
The QuickTake 100 is designed for ease of use and fast, quality capture of 
natural images. To use the camera, users simply complete three easy steps: 
point and shoot a picture, load images into the computer, and manipulate the 
images as desired.
Point and Shoot a Picture
Weighing only a pound with its batteries installed, the QuickTake 100 is 
portable and easy to use. It comes equipped with a built-in automatic flash and

easy-to-read icons that monitor the flash, battery, number of pictures, 
selected resolution and self-timer. The QuickTake 100 captures images in two 
sizes, 320x200 and 640x480 pixels, and stores those images in internal memory
until users are ready to download them. The camera's memory can store up to 32
standard-resolution images or eight high-resolution images. The QuickTake 100,
which runs on standard AA batteries, includes three NICAD batteries and an AC
battery recharger.
Load Image into the Computer
To load images into the computer, users simply plug a serial cable into the 
printer or modem port and run the installed QuickTake 100 software. Images are
transferred within seconds. The camera's software control panel offers 
drag-and-drop copying of images or direct import into any common publishing 
software program.
Manipulate the Image
Once the image is loaded into the computer, users can adjust and manipulate it
in a variety of ways. For example, images can be cropped, rotated or scaled to
different sizes.
QuickTake 100 Availability
Apple, the sole supplier of the QuickTake 100, plans to make the product 
available through Apple authorized resellers and Apple direct sales channels.
The Macintosh version of the QuickTake 100 camera is expected to ship worldwide

in late March of 1994. The Windows version is scheduled for worldwide rlease in

June 1994.
Headquartered in Cupertino, California, Apple Computer, Inc., develops, 
manufacturers and markets personal computer, server and personal interactive 
electronic systems for use in business, education, home, science, engineering
and government. A recognized pioneer and innovator in the personal computer
industry, Apple does business in more than 120 countries around the world.
   C-Cube Announces Multimode Video Decoder & Transport Demultiplexer Chips
         First single-chip video decoder for MPEG II, Digicipher II,
         and MPEG I offers multistandard, multiresolution capability;
                     Demultiplexer chip rounds out set-top
   / ___)               Milpitas, CA -- March 22, 1994
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(_____)-Cube Microsystems today announced the CL9100 multimode video decoder 
chip. The CL9100 is the first RISC-based chip specifically designed to decode
four video compression algorithms: MPEG II main-level, main-profile; MPEG II
main-level, simple-profile; Digicipher II; and MPEG I. With multimode video
capabilities, interoperability issues are eliminated for hardware developers
seeking the widest range of video compression support for broadcast and
convergence products. As a single-chip solution, the CL9100 provides lower
total system costs and a more reliable design for products incorporating the
The CL9100 also supports all main video standards including NTSC, PAL, and 
film, as well as supporting multiple video resolutions. In addition, the CL9100

also provides on-screen display capabilities, efficient memory usage, advanced
error concealment functionality and a high-level command-based host interface.
C-Cube Microsystems has also licensed Digicipher II technology from General 
Instrument, which is implemented with the CL9100 design.
Also announced today was the CL9110 transport demultiplexer chip that 
implements MPEG II transport layer demultiplexing and is also based on a 
programmable RISC architecture. The CL9110 processes the transport and 
packetized elemental stream (PES) layers of MPEG II and outputs elemental 
video, audio and host data streams. The CL9110 supports channel rates of up to
60 Mbits per second, and a customer-specific descramble algorithm through an
external interface. It is designed to interface without glue logic to the 
CL9100 and a MPEG audio decoder.
"The CL9100 offers the first opportunity to design a multimode digital set-top
decoder that provides either MPEG standardization or Digicipher II cost
effectiveness," noted Dr. Alexandre Balkanski, executive vice president for
C-Cube Microsystems. "Using a CL9100 chip design, companies don't have to
choose between compression options, and we hope this will further accelerate
the implementation of digital cable transmission."
Dr. Baldanski also said, "The issue of interoperability is crucial as MPEG 
becomes the market choice for audio/video compression. C-Cube provides a 
complete family of encoders and decoders specifically designed to work together

in a seamless fashion and provide maximum video quality. For example, the
CL9110 demultiplexer complements the CL9100 and enables a glueless programming
and design interface for MPEG-2 hardware developers. As the only company
providing a complete MPEG encoder and decoder solution, we are in a unique
position to maximize the overall algorithmic process for use with our chips."
The CL9100 has received endorsements from industry leaders such as 
Scientific-Atlanta, General Instruments, RCA (DirecTv), NTL, Hewlett Packard,
Tierman Communications, and Vela Research.
CL9100 Benefits
The CL9100 decoder is designed to provide cable set-top manufacturers with a 
single chip that implements the most widely accepted video compression systems.

Designers can now specify a single part that supports decoding of MPEG I, MPEG
II or Digicipher II video (depending on the cost evaluation and market dynamics

for a particular manufacturer). For example, a device incorporating 16 Mbits of

DRAM and the CL9100 can support all algorithmic options, whereas an 8 Mbit
design will suport MPEG I, MPEG II (main-level, simple-profile) and Digicipher
The CL9100 is designed around a 16-bit RISC CPU and supports main level, main
profile MPEG II video streams at up to 15 megabits per second. All MPEG frame
types are supported (I, P and B frames in main-profile mode, I and P only in
simple mode with enhanced prediction).
Additional CL9100 Chip Features
The CL9100 is also a multiresolution part, supporting horizontal resolutions of

352, 480, 544, 704, and 720, as well as vertical resolutions of 240, 288, 480,
and 576.
The chip supports upsampling from all input resolutions to full CCIR 601 
resolution video of the following enhanced features:
 * Advanced error correction and concealment
 * Provides full audio/video synchronization capabilities
 * Supports channel-change with low switching delay
 * Converts film source input to video frame rates using 3/2 pull-down for
   24 to 30 frames-per-second conversion (NTSC) or 1/1 pulldown for 24 to
   25 fps conversion (PAL)
 * Extracts user data fields from the video bitstream headers for:
   o Pan and scan
   o Field display codes
   o Presentation time stamps
   o Onscreen display (OSD)
   o Any user data field that can be passed through the host controller
 * Supports time-base correction
 * Displays video in byte-wide CbYCrY format at 27 Mbytes per second
 * Field or frame-encoded bitstream
 * Pan and scan for 16:9 source material
CL9110 Features
The CL9110 Transport Layer Demultiplexer incorporated a RISC-based architecture

and is designed for glueless interface to a CL9100 multimode video decoder. The

CL9110 also interfaces seamlessly to MPEG audio decoders for a full A/V decoder

solution. Audio decoders are available from a number of suppliers including
Texas Instruments and Crystal Semiconductor.
The 9110 implements a number of broadcast-specific features, including a 
descrambler interface and conditional access functions. Rate buffering is 
provided through external host DRAM, and the chip recovers a 27 MHz video clock

Pricing and Availability
The CL9100 multimode video decoder chip will be available in sample quantities
in 2Q 1994 with set-top volume purchase pricing at $35. The CL9100 is packaged
in a 160-pin quad flat pack (QFP).
The CL9110 transport layer demultiplexer will sample in 3Q 1994 with set-top 
volume purchase pricing at $35. The CL9110 ispackaged in a 208-pin plastic quad

flat pack (QFP) design.
C-Cube Microsystems
C-Cube Microsystems designs and manufacturers integrated circuits that 
implement international standards for the compression of true-color images and
full-motion video, which allow such material to be used in fast-growing 
applications such as multimedia computing, Compact Disc-based consumer 
electronics and direct broadcast of television programming from satellites. The

company was founded in 1988 to develop digital video and still-image 
compression technologies to international standards for computer, communication

and consumer electronics applications. C-Cube Microsystems, a privately held
company, is headquartered at 1778 McCarthy Blvd., Milpitas, California
(408/944-6300), and has offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
                    Media Vision Ships New Multimedia Kit
                    Line Aimed at Growing Consumer Market
                 Line of Five Kits Includes Premium Kit with
                 Media Vision's "Reno" Portable CD-ROM Player
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(_/  \/  \_)edia Vision (MVIS: NASDAQ), a leader in multimedia products for 
personal computers, today started shipping a new multimedia product line, 
including four kits for the IBM PC and one for the Macintosh. The new 
multimedia kits span today's wider and more diversified consumer multimedia 
entertainment market and include an unprecendented number of CD-ROM titles, a
double or triple-speed CD-ROM drive, a 16-bit sound card (for PC kits only) and

everything needed to convert a personal computer into a multimedia 
entertainment system.
"These kits are differentiated from other kits by inclusion of several of Media

Vision's own software titles, superior CD-ROM technology and price/value ratios

that are unequaled," said Media Vision's president and CEO Paul Jain.
At the top, the new line features state-of-the-art CD-ROM technologies. For 
example, the Premium Deluxe Multimedia Kit for PCs includes Media Vision's 
"Reno" portable CD-ROM player with the fastest double-speed drive in the 
industry; its access time is 180 milliseconds. Reno runs on batteries or the 
included AC power cord. It also doubles as an audio CD player. The remaining 
multimedia kits target a range of consumers from the budget-conscious family to

the avid game player to power multimedia users.
Four of the new kits offer 15 CD-ROM software titles, including several of 
Media Vision's own titles. The 15 titles represent a combined value of more 
than $1300 at suggested retail prices. Well known entertainment software and 
current best sellers highlight the collection:
 * Activision's Return to Zork
 * Spectrum Holobyte's Iron Helix
 * American Laser Game's Mad Dog McCree
 * Paramount Interactive's Mega Rock Rap'n Roll
 * Media Vision's Critical Path, Forever Growing Garden, and Quantum Gate
 * Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia
 * Knowledge Adventure's Undersea Adventure
 * Paramount Interactive's Richard Scarry's Busy Town
"When you add a multimedia kit to a personal computer, it becomes a mass- 
market consumer product -- a multimedia entertainment system," said Jain. To 
meet the needs of an increasingly consumer-oriented market, Media Vision has 
included a free, 30-minute installation video with each kit; re-designed its 
product packaging to provide more information for the buyer; and continues to
offer toll-free technical support seven days a week.
Product Line Details
Portable Multimedia Kit: The Premium Deluxe Multimedia Kit for PCs features 
Media Vision's "Reno" portable CD-ROM player, Media Vision's 16-bit sound card,

amplified speakers, headphones, microphone, protective carrying case, and 15
entertainment CD-ROM titles.
Portable Mac Multimedia Kit: The Premium Deluxe Multimedia Kit for Macintosh 
includes the "Reno" portable CD-ROM player, 15 Macintosh CD-ROM titles, 
amplified speakers, headphones, and a carrying case.
Triple Speed Kit: The Pro Deluxe Multimedia Kit includes Media Vision's 16-bit
sound card, an NEC triple-speed CD-ROM drive, amplified speakers, Microphone,
and 15 CD-ROM titles.
Super Deluxe Kit Packs 15 Titles: The Super Deluxe Multimedia Kia includes a 
double-speed CD-ROM drive with 320-millisecond (ms) access time and a 
convenient tray loading mechanism instead of a caddy, Media Vision's award- 
winning 16-bit sound card, microphone, powered stereo speakers, and 15 CD-ROM
Affordable Family Kit: The Family Deluxe Multimedia Kit includes a 32-ms 
double-speed CD-ROM drive with a convenient tray loading mechanism instead of a

caddy, Media Vision's award-winning 16-bit sound card, stereo speakers and 9
CD-ROM titles.
"Reno" Stand Alone: The Premium Portable CD-ROM Player for PCs and Macintosh 
weighs about one pound and doubles as a portable CD player. A protective 
carrying case and stereo headphones are included. With its 180-millisecond 
access time, "Reno" is also the fastest double-speed drive on the market.
Shipping Now   
Shipments have begun for the Super Deluxe Multimedia Kit with a suggested 
retail price (SRP) of $499 and for the Family Multimedia Kit at $399 SRP. 
Scheduled to ship in March are the Pro Deluxe Multimedia Kit at $799 SRP and 
the Premium Deluxe Multimedia Kit at $599 SRP. The latter kit features the 
"Reno" high-performance, portable CD-ROM player. Scheduled to ship in April are

the Premium Deluxe Multimedia Kit for Macintosh at $599 SRP and the stand-alone

Premium Portable CD-ROM Player at $349 SRP.
               Media Vision Multimedia Kit Software Line-up
Pro Deluxe          Premium Deluxe      Super Deluxe        Family Deluxe
----------          --------------      ------------        -------------
$ 799               $ 599               $ 499               $ 399
CD-ROM Access Time:
Triple-speed        Reno Double-speed   Double-speed        Double-speed
CD-ROM Titles:
ComptonInteractive  ComptonInteractive  ComptonInteractive
 Encyclopedia        Encyclopedia        Encyclopedia       Encyclopedia
Quantum Gate        Quantum Gate        America Adventure  America Adventure
Home Survival Tool  Home Survival Tool  Undersea Adventure Undersea
Mayo Clinic         Mayo Clinic         Kid's Zoo          Kid's Zoo
Critical Path       Critical Path       Critical Path      Rock, Rap'n Roll
Forever Growing     Forever Growing     Forever Growing    Lenny's
 Garden              Garden              Garden
Buster's First      Buster's First      Buster's First     Richard Scary's
 Thunderstorm        Thunderstorm        Thunderstorm       Busytown
Who Wants Arthur    Who Wants Arthur    Who Wants Arthur   Iron Helix
Always Arthur       Always Arthur       Always Arthur      Mad Dog McCree
Iron Helix          Iron Helix          Iron Helix
Mad Dog McCree      Mad Dog McCree      Mad Dog McCree
Return to Zork      Return to Zork      Return to Zork
Mega Rock,R'nRoll   Mega Rock,R'nRoll   Mega Rock,R'nRoll
Lenny's MusicToons  Lenny's MusicToons  Lenny's MusicToons
Richard Scary's     Richard Scary's     Richard Scary's
 Busytown            Busytown            Busytown
Sound Software:
Talk-To-Plus        Talk-To-Plus        Pocket CD          Pocket CD
Sound Impressions   Sound Impressions   Pocket Recorder    Pocket Recorder
Midisoft Recording  Midisoft Recording  Pocket Mixer       Pocket Mixer
 Session             Session
                  CD-ROM Software for the Whole Family
Descriptions of all titles included with Media Vision's new multimedia kit 
Iron Helix (Spectrum Holobyte, 800-695-GAME) -- Stalked by a relentless robotic

assassin, you're desperately searching every dark corridor on a deserted
spaceship for DNA keys that reveal how to destroy a mechanical killer in this
fast-paced, futuristic game. It climaxes with a desperate race to destroy the
ship by using the code sequences left in hidden video messages by the dead
Return to Zork (Activision, 800-447-3650) -- The classic Infocom fantasy 
adventure game has been brought up to date with state-of-the art graphics, a 
dozen digitized Hollywood actors, and an hour of spoken dialog.
Critical Path (Media Vision, 800-684-6669) -- Kat's a chopper pilot turned 
survivalist, and she's trying to break out of the deranged, power-mad General
Minh's maximum-security factory of doom. Guide Kat along the escape route --
the Critical Path -- past killers, mutants and high-explosive surprises. Full
motion video brings Kat to life.
Mad Dog McCree (American Laser Games, 505/265-7215) -- Mad Dog McCree's bandits

have taken over a Wild West town, locked the sheriff in his own jail, and are
wreaking havoc in the saloon. It's your job to clean up the town. Flying
bullets make you improve your aim in the first shooting game that uses live
motion footage for all screens.
Mega Rock, Rap & Roll (Paramount Interactive, 415/813-8040) -- Anyone can 
compose music in minutes with Mega Rock, Rap & Roll. Kids and adults alike will

delight in this digital music machine that helps you compose and play original
musical phrases, apply different styles, rhythms, instruments, vocals, and
sound effects to create rock, rap, reggae and mambo tunes.
Quantum Gate (Media Vision, 800/684-6669) -- You are transported to a distant
mining colony in a faraway galaxy that is populated with mammoth hostile
insects. It's your mission to uncover the story behind the scenes in this
interactive film adventure.
Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia (Compton's New Media, 800/929-2500) -- The
best-selling multimedia encyclopedia packs 26 volumes on CD-ROM with 32,000
articles, 90 video sequences and 60 minutes of speech and sound. Plus the
complete Merriam-Webster Intermediate Dictionary online.
Talk-To-Plus (Dragon Systems, 800/825-5897) -- Say a simple command such as 
"Open a file," and your computer responds. Talk-To-Plus brings speech 
recognition capabilities to your word processing, spreadsheet and database 
Sound Impression (Media Vision, 800/684-6669) -- Multimedia sound recording and

production system for Windows 3.1 with an intuitive interface that looks like a

stereo component rack. Editing and composing tools for playing, recording,
mixing and composing music.
Home Survival Toolkit (Books that Work) -- Take the uncertainty and drudge work

out of estimating time and materials. The Home Survival Toolkit delivers
information to help take control of your home and yard.
Mayo Clinic Family Health Book (Sony Electronic Publishing) -- This 
interactive, illustrated home medical reference manual combines text, 
illustration, animation, video and audio to unveil the mysteries of the body.
Richard Scarry's Busy Town (Paramount Interactive, 800/242-7117 ext. 3264) --
Based on Richard Scarry's classic children's books, in Busytown, children 3-7
save a burning house, control the wind, pump gas and more while learning math
and problem solving skills.
Forever Growing Garden (Media Vision, 800/684-6669) -- Create a computerized 
fantasy garden and watch your garden come to life. It continues growing, even
when your computer is turned off.
Lenny's Music Toons (Paramount Interactive, 415/813-8040) -- Direct a video, 
solve a musical jigsaw puzzle or create your own band. Lenny's Musictoons turns

learning about music into awesome fun.
Knowledge Adventure (818/542-4200) -- Three vistual encyclopedias on discs make

looking up information more fun than a trip to the library:
  Kid's Zoo -- Explore the world of baby animals in this adventure for
  prereaders and early readers and young as 3. Learn about the animal kingdom
  and its young with an interactive encyclopedia that lets children explore
  mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates.
  American Adventure -- Discover America's people and places, past and
  present while traveling the United States in this entertaining
  Undersea Adventure -- Animated dinosaurs roar and the sea creatures move
  as if they're in their watery realm. Learn about the lives and habits of
  these monsters of the deep and their environments as this illustrated
  encyclopedia comes to life with video and sound.
I Can Read Series (Media Vision, 800/684-6669) -- Professor Goosebury's I Can
Read Club series, developed by educators for early learning at home:
  Buster's First Thunderstorm -- Buster the puppy is playing in the park
  when the sky begins to grow dark in this multimedia adaptation of Hisako
  Madakoro's illustrated tale.
  Who Wants Arthur? -- Arthur the dog, trapped in a pet shop, just wants a
  home and a pair of old slippers to chew. He tries to get himself adopted
  by pretending to be all sorts of different animals. As children follow the
  narrator, they develop reading skills as this award-winning book comes to
  Always Arthur -- Another adventure with Arthur, "an ordinary brown dog,"
  that children will find irresistible. Based on Amanda Graham's award-
  winning book.
Media Vision's mission is to popularize multimedia by offering solutions at 
affordable prices. Headquartered in Fremont, California, the company is a 
leader in multimedia for personal computers, including hardware products 
ranging from systems and add-in cards to chips based on emerging multimedia 
standards for mainstream personal computers, and software titles developed 
specifically to take advantage of the power of multimedia computers. The 
company sells its products through computer retail and mass merchandising 
channels and to original equipment manufacturers. Media Vision's European 
subsidiary, Media Vision Technology GmbH, is located in Munich, Germany.
                 CD Software Sales Explode in Fourth Quarter
            "Yes, Virginia, It Really was a Multimedia Christmas"
             More than Half of all Sales for Year in 4th Quarter
(__  __)             Washington, D.C. -- March 29, 1994
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(_/he Software Publishers Association (SPA) reported today that sales of 
computer software programs on compact disk (CD) reached $102 million in fourth
quarter of 1993, on unit sales of just over 4 million software CDs. The figures

are from the fourth quarter report of the SPA's CD Software Sales Program, and
represent sales of 62 leading publishers of software on CD. For all of 1993,
software publishers participating in the SPA's CD Software Sales Program
reported total sales of $202 million on 8 million CDs sold.
For the year, fifty-two percent of the CDs reached the user from the original
equipment manufacturer (OEM), while the remainer were distributed through other

channels. However, because of higher unit prices, revenues were split 75% to
25% in favor of non-OEM channels. The study showed an average price of $39.30
per CD for sales through non-OEM channels, and an average of $12.20 for
OEM-direct puchases.
Content-based CDs such as encyclopedias, dictionaries and other reference works

were the largest selling category, accounting for 31% of sales in the fourth
quarter and 40% of sales for the full year. Games and other home software made
up 30% of sales in the year and 33% in the final quarter. Home education
software was the only other type of software to account for more than 10% of
sales. Home education software made up 24% of sales for the full year, and 28%
in the fourth quarter of 1993.
Charts 1 and 2 (below) show quarterly unit sales and revenues for 1993. By all
measures, Q4 '93 was a block-buster. Sales in Q4 '93 equaled total sales for
the priorthree quarters of 1993. Non-OEM channels alone accounted for $80
million sales in the final quarter of the year. For both Q3 and Q4, 1993, unit
sales volume for non-OEM channels exceeded OEM volume, showing the growing
acceptance of CD software.
      Chart 1: CD Software Unit Sales, by Channel, by Quarter (,000)
                            OEM=O     Other=X
                  2,500 ----------------------------
                  2,000 -----------------------X----
                  1,500 ----------------------OX----
                  1,000 ----------------------OX----
                            O     O     OX    OX
                    500 ----OX----OX----OX----OX----
                            Q1    Q2    Q3    Q4
           Source: SPA 1993 CD Software Sales Report, Q4 '93
      Chart 2: CD Software Revenues by Channel, by Quarter ($,000)
                            OEM=O      Other=X
                100,000 ----------------------------
                 80,000 ----------------------------
                 60,000 -----------------------X----
                 40,000 -----------------------X----
                 20,000 -----------------X-----X----
                             X     X     X    OX
                      0 ----OX----OX----OX----OX----
                            Q1    Q2    Q3    Q4
           Source: SPA 1993 CD Software Sales Report, Q4 '93
CDs 'Lift Off' in 3rd Quarter
"The third quarter of 1993 will likely be remembered as the 'lift off' point 
for CD software sales," said David Tremblay, SPA research director. "For the 
first time, non-OEM unit sales exceeded OEM unit sales. In other words, 
consumers started going out and buying individual CD titles, rather than just
acquiring them as part of a package bundled with their new computer or add-on
multimedia kit. That trend continued through the fourth quarter holiday season,

when 52% of units and nearly 4-in-5 dollars were from stand-alone sales."
Information for the fourth quarter report is based on the aggregate sales 
information of 62 participating companies, including Broderbund, Comptons New
Media, Knowledge Adventure, Microsoft, The Software Toolworks, and World 
Library. The companies provide sales information to the Chicago accounting firm

Ernst & Young, which prepares the report for the SPA.
The Software Publishers Association is the principal trade association of the
PC software industry. Its 1,100 members represent the leading publishers in the

business, consumer, and education markets. Since 1988, the SPA's ongoing
reports on the PC computing software markets have provided the most reliable
and authoritative sales, management and trends data in the industry. The SPA
has offices in Washington, D.C., and Paris, France.
             MDI Ships Major League Baseball SportsGuide Software
             Boasts Team Logo Screen Savers, Schedules, and Stats
              Electronic Sports Yearbook and Information Manager
              Includes Personal Scheduler, Phone Book. Designated
                        Official Publication by Baseball
    _  _
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(_/  \/  \_)omentum Development, Inc. (MDI) today shipped its Major League 
Baseball SportsGuide with Screen Savers, an electronic sports yearbook and 
personal information manager with officially licensed team logo screen savers
and wallpaper (MSRP: $49.95). Geared to fans with PCs, this point-and-click
graphical program brings the excitement of professional baseball to the desktop

by enabling users to customize their Windows PCs to reflect the look, logo,
schedule, stadiums, stats, and standings of their favorite team.
Complete with Windows "wallpaper" and screen savers, MDI's SportsGuide, an 
"official publication" of Major League Baseball, also supplies annual team 
schedules, team and player statistics, team standings, full-color stadium maps
with seating and ticket information, as well as a calendar showing major
national television appearances for every team in the league. Major League
Baseball SportsGuide with Screen Savers is available now (MDI: 800-262-3926).
NFL, NBA and collegiate SportsGuides will ship later this year.
Designed to be more than just another screen saver, SportsGuides contain an 
integrated personal information manager (PIM) including an appointment calendar

that also lists scheduled games, a personal phone book and note pad. Since
scheduled games and major national television coverage can be displayed from
the calendar with a click of the mouse, users can schedule appointments, at
home or away, around important games.
Other features include a clipboard with cut-and-paste capabilities, a full 
Windows Help system, and two trivia games with team-specific and/or league-wide

sets of questions. The SportsGuide trivia games with stadium sound effects are
a fun way for users to test their sports knowledge and advance from rookie
status to owner as questions are correctly answered.
"Our research indicates that over 25 percent of all Windows users are sports 
fans," said Fred Thomas, president of MDI. "We believe that's about 13 million
people who would rather customize their PCs with sports than 'sport' airborne
applicances or watch electronic aquariums. With SportsGuides screen savers and
wallpaper, these users can add the look and colors of their favorite team to
their PCs. SportsGuides users can combine team logos to display a variety of
eye-catching, animated screen savers that are officially licensed by
professional sports leagues."
SportsGuides, including the NHL SportsGuide with Screen Savers, which shipped
in January 1994, as well as the compay's new Major League Baseball SportsGuide,

include stats, standings and personnel listings that can be kept up-to-date,
via optional daily modem updates -- with information downloaded directly from
the league's mainframe. Access to SportsGuide Online, MDI's electronic bulletin

board system (BBS) for updating stats and standings, is avilable to SportsGuide

users at an annual fee of $29.95 -- with no individual download fees.
According to Thomas, "Today's sports fans want to receive information in a 
variety of ways. Online services, featuring the latest news, information and 
images, will soon be primary sources of sports information. MDI expects to be a

major player in this emerging market."
Using MDI's SportsGuides, text-based team and league information can be printed

or imported into other programs through the built-in "Clipboard" feature.
Another SportsGuide module features full-color stadium and arena maps with
seating information and ticket order phone numbers, as well as information on
the location, history, ownership, and coaching of every team in the league.
"SportsGuide customers with home, portable or office computers can experience
conflict-free personal and sports event scheduling in a custom Windows
environment. We are enthusiastic about bringing the excitement of sports to
Windows users through our electronic sports yearbooks," Thomas concluded.
The Major League Baseball SportsGuide is available through retail outlets and
distributors such as Software Resource. Interested parties can call MDI for
sales information at 800/262-3926. SportsGuides have a suggested retail price
of $49.95, and a limited 30 day money-back warranty.
MDI is located at 240 E.Hersey St., #11, Ashland, OR 97520. The company can be
reached at 503/488-1227 (voice) or 503/488-1157 (fax).
    U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Rejects Compton's Multimedia Patent
           Interactive Multimedia Association Applauds Action
               as a Victory for Developers and Publishers
(__  __)               Annapolis, MD -- March 25, 1994
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(_/he Interactive Multimedia Association (IMA) announced today that it has been

informed by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that the office has
rejected all 41 claims in the controversial Compoton's NewMedia multimedia
patent during its re-examination process. The UPSTO rejected most of the claims

in the patent based on the submission of The Hypercard Handbook and several
previous patents as examples of prior art that precluded the validity of claims

in the Compton's patent.
"This is a real victory for developers and publishers of multimedia titles," 
said Philip Dodds, Executive Director of the MIA. "Commissioner Bruce Lahman 
and the USPTO are to be commended for taking this action. Their willingness to
re-examine overly broad patents is certainly encouraging."
While the rejection of the Compton's multimedia patent is very good news to the

IMA's membership, Dodds noted that other overly broad computer software patents

will likely move into the spotlight in the months to come. The IMA will
continue to monitor how activities in the USPTO affect those who provide
multimedia products and services. "There is still much to be done to improve
the overall process," Dodds said.
The Interactive Multimedia Association would like to see new procedures 
including better trained examiners in the section of the USPTO reviewing 
software patent applications, an imporved software prior art database available

to patent examiners and the public, and pre-grant publication of patent
applications which would open the patent process to public view.
The Interactive Multimedia Association is an international trade association 
with more than 280 member companies and organizations representing all areas of

the multimedia industry. Its mission is to promote the development of 
interactive multimedia applications and reduce existing barriers to the 
widepsread use of multimedia technology.
For additional comments from the IMA or its members regarding this issue or for

more information about the IMA, please contact Ken Christie at 410/626-1380.
              Recommended Library Files This Week in Cyberspace
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(__  __)            Cyberspace, Earth -- April 1, 1994
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(_/wo files of particular interest uploaded this week to the Multimedia 
RoundTable Library (keyword CYBERSPACE) include one of the BEST (in terms of 
both quality and quantity) collections of Sound Blaster-compatible music files
we've ever heard, and the March Cyberspace Report Weekly compilation.
Also, watch GEnie Announcements as you sign onto the system -- the long- 
awaited Macintosh and Windows GEnie Front End programs are just about here!
Number: 983  Name: 45RPMSW.ZIP
Address: P.HERRINGTON  Date: 940331
Approximate # of bytes: 640640
Number of Accesses: 2  Library: 3
Music Box v1.0 from DareWare Inc. (ASP member) has LOADS of GREAT music for 
Sound Blaster-compatible cards. Music Box is a series of DOS jukebox-style 
programs that allow you to play, examine, check run-time lengths, and hear some

of the best CMF music available anywhere! Includes 87 wonderfully arranged CMF
files like AveMaria, BillyJoel, Brazilia, Drummer, Fairy, Habanera, JoyWorld,
Liebestr, Medley, Ragstomp, Rapsodie, TheSwan, Thunder2, XmasCarl, Zap_Rap.
This collection is fully functional; registration gets you MORE for $14.95.
Requires IBM-compatible, SB-compatible card, DOS. Highly Recommended!
Number: 984  Name: CSR9403.ZIP
Address: CYBERSPACE    Date: 940331
Approximate # of bytes: 70016
Number of Accesses: 1  Library: 1
Why wait for magazines? Get this compilation of Cyberspace Report Weekly for 
March 1994. Features late-breaking industry news about & from: Adobe Systems,
Aldus, Novell, WordPerfect, Borland, Microsoft, Creative Labs Sound Blaster,
Sports Illustrated CD-ROM, PC West SuperShow IV & Text-Show 5.0, VIDEO
EXPO/IMAGE WORLD, PCVR Magazine, Cyberplasm CD-ROM Comic Books, CyberScape 2D,
Interactive Media Festival, Turtle Beach MultiSound Monterey, ASDG AdPro,
Atomic Toaster, Virtus VR, SENSE8 WorldToolKit, EA Studio Reorganization,
Centaur OpalVision, DareWare Shareware, a look at Commercial Virtual Reality
Centers, and more! Freely distributable when kept intact or stories may be
reprinted with credit. This compressed ASCII text file is readable on any PC.
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