Issue No.01 - January-March (2006 vol.13)
Published by the IEEE Computer Society
Farshad Fotouhi , Wayne State University
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MMUL.2006.17
Here we discuss some of the latest innovations in multimedia technology.
Noncontact 3D Digitizer
Konica Minolta's Vivid 9i is reportedly the most advanced model in the Vivid series of 3D digitizers. The product features improved measurement accuracy (up to 0.05 mm), improved precision of merged measurement data obtained in two or more axes, and a user calibration system to eliminate loss of precision resulting from lens replacement or changes in the ambient environment. In addition, users can select a variety of measurement modes to accommodate various applications. The Vivid 9i comes with the company's Polygon Editing Tool v. 2.0 for quicker and easier merging and editing of large amounts of measurement data.
For more information visit http://www.minolta3d.com.
From DVD to iPod
PQDVD.com released PQ DVD to iPod Video Converter, a Windows-based application that turns DVDs into files that are playable on Apple's iPod with video with just one mouse click. According to the company, the product is 300 percent faster than other conversion solutions, and it supports video formats such as DVD, DivX/XviD video, .avi, .wmv, .mpg, .mpeg, .dat(VCD), .rm, .rmvb, Tivo2Go, .dvr-.ms, .qt, and .mov(ver 2).
The converter costs $34.95, or it can be downloaded for a free trial at http://www.pqdvd.com/dvd-to-ipod-video-converter.html.
3D Color Printer
Ideal's DesignMate 3D color printer lets users create 3D CAD models in 24-bit color in an office environment. The printer supports 600 × 540 dpi print-head resolution and large build sizes (254 mm × 356 mm × 203 mm). Users can also purchase DesignEdit software for applying color graphic images to 3D models. The product comes with such 3D-enabled software as Autodesk's Architectural Desktop, Revit, and Civil 3D; Bentley's Triforma, AutoDesSys' FormZ, @Last Software's Sketchup; McNeel's Rhino; Graphisoft's Archicad; and Dassault Systemes' Catia.
The DesignMate Mx monochrome 3D printer retails for $25,000. The DesignMate Cx color 3D printer retails for $49,900. For more information visit http://www.ideal.com.
Learn Music Notation
MagicScore School 4.0, from MagicScore Music Software, is specialized music notation software. Notes can be entered manually, copied from another source, or added through a virtual piano, MIDI keyboard, or synthesizer. The program alerts users if a note is incorrect. It can also read notes from MIDI and karaoke files and record from these file types. In addition, MagicScore 4.0 supports the Music XML format.
The product costs $24.95 or is available as a free demo version at http://www.music-notation-software.com.
Develop Multiplatform Games
Game Editor released Game Editor v. 1.3.3, a Windows game creation application that lets developers design games for Windows, Pocket PC, Windows Mobile, Smartphone, and Linux. Game Editor reportedly lets users quickly prototype new games so that they can test the games' design and playability. The Global Code Editor allows the programming of advanced actions. In addition, Game Editor's author lets developers create and distribute games royalty-free.
The software, plus a premium one-year support package, costs $94.95. Without annual updates, the software costs $14.95. A free 30-day trial version is available at http://game-editor.com.
Tivo-Like System on a PC
KWorld Computer announced the ATSC-110 HDTV TV PCI recording system. This single card conversion system lets a PC (minimum Pentium 4, 1.6 GHz) act as a DV/HDTV tuner and recorder with Tivo-style capabilities.
This multimedia processing card supports up to 1,920 × 1,080i HDTV resolution. It comes with an infrared remote control to capture, control, and manipulate audio and video from antenna and cable, including free-to-air analog, digital and HDTV signals.
Its full-digital receiver system allows you to send television, audio, television stereo, and television surround sound stereo to your PC's 2-, 4-, or 6-channel and headphone systems.
For details visit htp://www.KWorldComputer.com.
On-Screen Measurement Tool
Iconico has released version 3.2 of its Screen Calipers on-screen measurement tool. The tool is similar to a screen ruler and resembles real-life vernier calipers in both form and function.
Available for Windows and Mac, the Screen Calipers can be used within programs where measurements are required. Originally created for graphics and Web professionals for onscreen HTML layout, the Screen Calipers are suited for use by engineers with CAD drawings, architects with blueprints, designers with illustrations, and even orthodontists to measure teeth on x-rays.
Features include full 360-degree rotation; six units of measurement and custom user-defined measurements; high-quality, changeable user interface skins; mouse and keyboard control with special keys for power users; straightforward user interface; transparency option that makes the Calipers see-through; and draggable caliper pointers.
For more information visit http://www.iconico.com/caliper.
File Conversion for Portable Video Players
InterVideo announced that its DVD 4 software can be used to convert unencrypted videos for high-quality playback on portable devices such as iPods, memory sticks, and mobile phones. This copy and DVD burning application combines the tools users need for video duplication, conversion, and reproduction in a single solution.
DVD Copy 4 also supports the Sony PSP video format, enabling movie enthusiasts to copy their favorite video clips to Sony memory sticks and play them back in the Sony PSP video console. The product lets users remove unwanted subtitles, languages, titles, and chapters, or even merge titles from several different DVDs onto a single disc.
Compatible with Windows 2000 and XP systems, the suggested list price is $79.95. InterVideo DVD Copy 4 is available at http://www.intervideo.com.