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Digitally Archive and Preserve Your Family’s Precious Video Moments — No Fading, Tape Breaking, or “Where’d I Put That Tape” Fuss

Digitally Archive and Preserve Your Family’s Precious Video Moments — No Fading, Tape Breaking, or “Where’d I Put That Tape” Fuss

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CERRITOS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 1, 2002

ADS Technologies Announces USB Instant DVD

with New, More Powerful Software

ADS Technologies, a leader in consumer video editing solutions, today announced that USB Instant DVD, the innovative external USB device that captures analog video in full-resolution DVD format, will now ship with a more robust and easy-to-use series of software applications. With USB Instant DVD, users can quickly and easily record and archive their home movies in full resolution, DVD-quality video, then burn them to DVD or CD discs and share them with family and friends. With the movie stored digitally on the PC, families can easily archive or make duplicates to ensure the longevity of their video memories. USB Instant DVD, bundled with Ulead VideoStudio 6.0, Sonic Solutions MyDVD and Ulead DVD PictureShow, will ship in May with an estimated street price (ESP) of $229.

ADS Technologies’ USB device enables even inexperienced users to easily import videos from any analog source such as VHS tapes, camcorders, DVD players, laser discs, or TVs and then transfer them to computer. The captured video can then be edited on the PC, authored and burned to a CD or DVD recordable disc, which can be played on most PCs and set-top DVD players. USB Instant DVD utilizes hardware-based MPEG-2 compression (the same format used in DVD movies) for smooth video at full 704 X 480 NTSC (704 X 576 PAL) resolution and stereo sound. Because the MPEG-2 encoding is done on the fly, render time is eliminated — saving literally hours — and the process can be completed in a relatively short amount of time.

The complete solution includes a full suite of powerful, yet easy-to-use, software designed to maximize productivity and make video conversion a breeze. Included in this package is the full version of the newly released Ulead VideoStudio 6.0 for video editing, Sonic MyDVD for DVD recording, Ulead DVD PictureShow to create DVD slideshows and Capture Wizard to simplify the process of capturing and exporting your videos.

Ulead VideoStudio 6.0

Ulead VideoStudio 6 is a full-featured video editing solution that lets users grab DVD-ready video straight from an analog source. Trim video, add a soundtrack, create compelling titles and drop in stunning effects using an easy-to-learn interface that makes editing fun. Editing cuts can be seen without having to wait to render first with powerful InstaView previews. The finished product can be shared on tape, e-mail, the Web and even burned to high-quality VCDs, SVCDs and DVDs. Once video is edited, it can be saved in virtually any video format: DVD, MPEG-2, MPEG-1, VCD or SVCD, or sent out back to VHS tape or camcorder.

Sonic MyDVD

Sonic MyDVD is the world’s leading solution for creating DVDs at home. USB Instant DVD and MyDVD allow users to archive their home movies on DVD and CD with speed, quality and ease. Users can record video through USB Instant DVD and burn to disc in one easy step. The result is a professional-looking DVD with interactive graphical menus that can play in any of the millions of set-top and PC-based DVD players installed worldwide. MyDVD also allows users to incorporate video from a variety of other sources including clips downloaded from the Internet, content from other DVDs, or exported clips from virtually any video editing application.

Ulead DVD PictureShow

Ulead DVD PictureShow handles all aspects of DVD slideshow creation. Users can compose entertaining slideshows using guided steps, drag-and-drop photo ordering and ready-to-use menu templates. Excellent results are generated by DVD PictureShow because slideshows are displayed at video resolutions.

Capture Wizard

ADS Technologies includes a wizard that uses easy-to-follow visuals to guide users through the simple steps to video capture and export. The application includes detailed descriptions and explanations for all cabling and connectivity options.

USB Instant DVD Features and Benefits

— USB Instant DVD

— 6′ USB cable

— Audio/Video connection cables

— Power supply

— Instant DVD CD complete with: Ulead VideoStudio 6 (full-version), Sonic

MyDVD, Ulead DVD PictureShow and ADS Technologies’ proprietary Capture Wizard

USB Instant DVD Contents

— USB Instant DVD

— 6′ USB cable

— Audio/Video connection cables

— Power supply

— Instant DVD CD complete with: Ulead VideoStudio 6 (full-version), Sonic

MyDVD, Ulead DVD PictureShow and ADS Technologies’ proprietary Capture Wizard

Pricing and Availability

USB Instant DVD will be available through ADS Technologies’ network of online and retail channels worldwide in May 2002. Pricing for the complete hardware/software kit will sell for an ESP of $229.

ADS Technologies, Inc.

ADS Technologies is a world leader in Universal Serial Bus and IEEE-1394/FireWire solutions. Since 1992, the company has introduced high-quality multimedia, networking and presentation products at consumer-friendly prices. The company’s award-winning USB product line includes eleven complementary peripherals, and its USB Port for Desktops is the world’s best-selling USB PCI host card. PYRO 1394DV, the first consumer-priced digital video editing solution on the PC market, has been widely adopted by owners of digital video camcorders for its ease-of-use for first-time DV editors, its functionality and its low cost.

ADS Technologies’ products are distributed by Ingram Micro in the United States, Canada and Europe. ADS Technologies’ products are available in nearly 3,000 consumer electronic and computer retail stores — including CompUSA, Circuit City, Micro Center, Fry’s Electronics, Electronics Boutique, Data Vision, IBM Home Computing, Radio Shack stores and hundreds of others — and through OEM private label customers around the world who market ADS Technologies products under their own brand name. For more information, please visit our Web site at http://www.ADStech.com or call: 800/888-5244.

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