IRVINE, Calif - DV Studio Technologies LLC announced two new
DVD applications that incorporate its new Apollo Expert MPEG-2
hardware encoder and software.
Apollo Expert Author is a complete DVD authoring solution,
and Apollo Expert Archiver can be used for archiving VHS and
other video standards onto DVD disks. Apollo Expert Author includes
Apollo Expert MPEG-2 encoding hardware and software, INTEC's
DVD authoring software, a DVD-RAM drive and a Windows NT driver.
It carries an MSRP of $3,995.
According to Dr. Ash Pahwa, DV Studio's chief executive
officer: "This is truly a complete DVD authoring solution.
With the June release of Pioneer's more affordable DVD Writer
Drive (model DVR-S102) at an approximate MSRP of $5,000, desktop
DVD creation is now at hand. Our products are compatible with
the Pioneer DVD Writer drives, and we expect to see even more
competitively priced units from Pioneer and other manufacturers
available within a year. Competitive authoring solutions could
cost from $20,000 to $250,000."
Apollo Expert Archiver includes Apollo Expert MPEG-2 encoding
hardware and software, and a DVD-RAM drive with Windows NT drivers.
It is priced at $2,495 MSRP.
John Houston, vice president of technology, stated:
"Apollo Expert MPEG-2 encoding and playback features
open a vast array of market opportunities that include DVD authoring,
Super VCD authoring, multimedia companies, production studios,
corporate MIS and marketing professionals, medical and legal
professions, and school multimedia departments, to name a few.
Even home hobbyists can now afford the digital video and audio
quality that was formerly available only to the major studios.
"DVD will replace the VHS videocassette as the dominant
movie format in the same way that CDs replaced the audio cassette
as the dominant music format," Houston added. "With
Apollo Expert, people can make their own DVDs in the same way
they make video tapes."
One of the key features of Apollo Expert is its ease of use.
Apollo Expert is a half-size PCI card that can be easily installed
in any Pentium-based computer. Even a novice can become a pro
in a matter of a few experiments. The video quality is the main
strength of the encoder.
"We can safely say that our `next-generation' solutions
are revolutionary," said Pahwa. "None of DV
Studio's competitors currently offer digital video encoders
with the same features and benefits at comparable prices."
DV Studio has received positive feedback from a variety of
firms indicating that Apollo Expert is a big step toward the
convergence of digital media products for professional and consumer
applications. Pioneer has already confirmed the compatibility
of its upcoming DVD-R/RW with Apollo Expert MPEG-2.
Apollo Expert comes complete with hardware, software and everything
needed to immediately begin to encode and play back. The only
additional equipment that the user needs is a Pentium-based
computer and an audio/video source. The hardware is PCI-based
running under the Windows NT 4.0 environment. The application
programs are included on the CD-ROM, and installation typically
takes only a few minutes. Once installed, running of the program
For those already familiar with video and audio, the entire
Apollo Expert MPEG-2 encoding and decoding processes can be
learned within minutes. For those who are novices, becoming
an expert can be accomplished in a matter of hours.
233 MHz MMX or higher CPU, 64 MB RAM or higher, hard drive with
600 MB free space, 4X Speed CD-ROM or higher, 1 PCI slot free
and Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 operating system.
DV Studio Technologies produces state-of-the-art digital encoders
at affordable prices. The products enable users to produce digital
video content for DVD, Super VCD, DVD-ROM, broadcast, video
conferencing and Internet applications. The main sales channels
are OEMs and resellers.
DV Studio Technologies LLC is located at 15375 Barranca Parkway,
J-103, Irvine, Calif. 92618. Phone: 949/453-1702, Fax: 949/453-1311.
Web Site: http://www.dv-studio.com