Issue No. 02 - April/June (2005 vol. 12)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MMUL.2005.34
Videoconferencing Desktop Solution
Logitech released its ViewPort AV 100, a USB-based video communications desktop unit that combines a Logitech video camera, an integraged microphone with acoustic echo cancellation, and a Bluetooth wireless headset into a single console.
The ViewPort AV 100 has a 51-degree field of view, which is wider than most Web cams. Automatic face tracking and zooming keeps subjects framed in the picture.
For more information visit http://www.logitech.com.
Apple announced the Mac mini, a compact Mac that comes with OS X and iLife 05, Apple's software suite for digital photos, music, and movies. Mac mini comes with either a 1.25-GHz or 1.42-GHz PowerPC G4 processor and ATI Radeon 9200 graphics with 32 Mbytes of dedicated DDR memory. Both models feature a slot-load combo DVD/CD drive, and up to an 80-Gbyte hard drive.
Other features include a FireWire 400 port and two USB 2.0 ports, a built-in 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet, and a 56K V.92 modem.
The 1.25-GHz Mac mini retails for $499, and the 1.42-GHz version costs $599. For more information visit http://www.apple.com.
Home Movie Workstation
Magix announced its Movie Edit Pro 10 home video editing software. This updated version features video capture and editing, automatic movie functions, and CD and DVD burning. The drag and drop function lets users create movies from home video footage, including surround sound music.
The application comes with 15 themes that users can choose from. Video footage is then optimized and arranged with the themes' effects and corresponding soundtrack.
The software now imports high-definition video and online movies from HDV, HDTV, DVB, WMVHD formats and saves in MPEG-1 and -2, MOV, WMV 9, MPEG-4 and DivX compression (with installed codec).
Movie Edit Pro 10 is available for Windows for $49.99. For more information, visit http://www.magix.com.
Wireless Multimedia System
NewSoft announced Presto! WMS, a wireless multimedia system for enterprise users. According to the company, Presto! WMS implements the latest Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g technology to broadcast screen-captured images and MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 files from any Wi-Fi enabled PC to multiple PCs, notebooks, or VGA/XVGA projectors that have a hardware Wi-Fi receiver adapter. A proprietary algorithm detects the differential regions of the screen, allowing the system to present content at more than 15 frames per second for 11 a/g. Users can wirelessly share video, images, and PowerPoint slides with embedded graphics in real time.
For more information visit http://www.newsoftinc.com.
Multimedia for Mobile Phones
Nvidia's GoForce 3D 4800, a wireless media processor for mobile phones, integrates 3D graphics, multimegapixel still imaging, and video capture and playback. Features include a pixel shader architecture that supports up to six simultaneous textures; an embedded hardware MPEG-4 codec; support for real-time, full-duplex, two-way videoconferencing; and the ability to reportedly consume half the power of other software solutions running on application processors only. Phones based on the GoForce 3D 4800 are expected to be released by the end of 2005.
For more information visit http://www.nvidia.com.