Plug & Play Volume 8 Issue Number 19 Circulation over 1,546 Members & Registered Readers. Official newsletter of the Interactive Digital Media Association and the DVD Association DVDA membership has reached 728 and is rising. Contents: >From the Editor Well, the 1999 Summit and Awards are over. Approximately 12% of the membership attended the three day event From the comments slips we received after the event, the attendees were above all very impressed with the value for money they received. This is, of course, only possible thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and the fact that all the speakers registered as attendees and covered their own costs. You will see the list of Trophy sponsors in the results that follow. The main conference sponsor was Panasonic, with Motorola, Visible Light, Rise Int'l and DCI marketing all sponsoring meals and coffee breaks. As promised, those present saw the Nuon Interactive DVD player (which is still under wraps), along with many informative and exciting presentations from our members. Another highlight, on Sunday morning, were the three glimpses into the future provided by speakers from Motorola, Infinite Ventures and Panasonic. Following the Annual Meeting of the Association and the first meeting of the Advisory Council, we are now getting ready to announce the future plans for the structure of the IDMA-DVDA I will be meeting with the Executive Director of DVDA-Europe over the next few days, so by the beginning of the new millennium we will have everything in place to become a very professional, dynamic association. Awards results press release Winners of the 9th Annual IDMA Awards Announced Dallas, Texas, October 24, 1999 -- The winners of the 9th Annual IDMA Awards were announced Saturday evening, October 23, in a gala award ceremony and dinner at the IDMA-DVDA Annual Summit, produced by the Interactive Digital Multimedia Association. Held at the Harvey Hotel near Dallas/Fort Worth airport, the Summit was attended by over 100 conference attendees, press, and invited guests. Twenty-four awards were presented in ten categories during the two-hour awards dinner and ceremony. Sponsored by Spruce Technologies, Polywell Computers, Panasonic, Philips, Astarte and Pioneer New Media, the 1999 IDMA Awards was hosted by Paul Holmes, Chief Executive of the IDMA/DVDA. John Barker, editor at large for Inside Multimedia, was the featured speaker for the awards dinner, providing a European perspective on DVD. This year's awards ceremony was the first for the newly formed DVD Association (DVDA). "Our membership comprises some of the most creative and technically savvy producers in the world. While some think of technical constraints as limitations, others view them as creative opportunities. By the looks of this year's award winners, our membership leans towards the latter," said Richard French, Executive Vice President and Principal of RISE Int'l. "We are grateful to our sponsors for their commitment to excellence in the industry and expanding the use of DVD into new market segments by supporting our membership." Recognizing outstanding achievement in interactive digital media titles, the 1999 competition drew entries in seven categories covering Education, Home Entertainment, Kiosk, Sales, Training, Web Connected and Most Unusual, plus a Best New Products for 1999 category that included Best Overall, Best Player or Peripheral, and Best Software. Category: Education - Trophy Sponsor, Spruce Technologies. Gold: Encarta Reference Suite DVD 99 (Edelman PR for Microsoft) Contact: Rachel Wilkins / 312-297-7508 / rachel_Wilkins@edelman.com Silver: Jesus (Inspirational Films Inc.) Contact: Greg Gregoire / 949-361-4491 / firstname.lastname@example.org Bronze: Mars the red planet (Alpha DVD) Contact: Ralph LaBarge / 410-721-9460 / RLaBarge@alphaDVD.com Category: Home Entertainment - Trophy Sponsor, Polywell Computers. Gold: Sherlock Holmes (Infinite Ventures ) Contact: Eugene Evans / 540-338-7443 / email@example.com Silver: Kingdom Two Shadoan (DVant Digital) Contact: Gabriel Murano / 415-883-9068 / firstname.lastname@example.org Bronze: The Mummy - Universal Home Video (InterActual Technologies Inc.) Contact: Todd Collart / 650- 943-1440 x110 / email@example.com Category: Best title for a Kiosk - Trophy Sponsor, Panasonic Gold: General Motors Interactive Merchandiser (DCI Marketing) Contact: Bob Chich / 414-228-7000 / Robertc@execpc.com Silver: General Biscuits for Pim's (Videotronic Benelux BV) Contact: Jean Relou / 31-73-6488064 / firstname.lastname@example.org Bronze: Cadillac Product Information Kiosk (McGill Multimedia Inc) Contact: David McDowall / 519-974-2363 x111 / email@example.com Category: Best Sales Title - Trophy Sponsor, Philips Gold: Fiberspar Corporate Promo (DVant Digital) Contact: Gabriel Murano / 415-883-9068 / firstname.lastname@example.org Silver: BF Goodrich Tires KDW (VuCom newMedia) Contact: Tracy Maher / 248-362-4212 / email@example.com Bronze: Fire Museum of Memphis Capital Campaign (Rise International) Contact: Richard French / 817-336-0404 / firstname.lastname@example.org Category: Training - Trophy Sponsor, Astarte Gold: Advantage 2000, Welcome CD (CMI WorldWide) Contact: Robert Cross / 206-448-0354 ex 54 / email@example.com Silver: Daimler Chrysler Product Preview 2000 (McGill Multimedia Inc.) Contact: David McDowall / 519-974-2363 x111 / firstname.lastname@example.org Bronze: Linebacker CDROM Training - US ARMY (pmpro) Contact: John Gray / 202-965-5920 / email@example.com Category: Best Web Connected Title - Trophy Sponsor, Philips Gold: Daimler Chrysler Web-Linked Training (McGill Multimedia Inc.) Contact: David McDowall / 519-974-2363 x111 / firstname.lastname@example.org Silver: Mars the red planet (Alpha DVD) Contact: Ralph LaBarge / 410-721-9460 / RLaBarge@alphaDVD.com Bronze: The Matrix - Warner Home Video (InterActual Technologies) Contact: Todd Collart / 650- 943-1440 x110 / email@example.com Category: Most unusual title - Trophy Sponsor, Pioneer New Media Gold: Mars the red planet (Alpha DVD) Contact: Ralph LaBarge / 410-721-9460 / firstname.lastname@example.org Silver: General Biscuits for Pim's (Videotronic Benelux BV) Contact: Jean Relou / 31-73-6488064 / email@example.com Bronze: I'm Your Man (Zuma Digital ) Contact: Jesse Blanco / 212.741.9100 / firstname.lastname@example.org Category: Best new Products for 1999 - Trophy Sponsor, IDMA Best overall product for 1999 Gold: POP Interactive Display (Panasonic) Contact: Jason Gastman / 201-392-4617 / GastmanJ@panasonic.com Best new Player or Peripheral for 1999 Silver: Philips 170 (Philips) Contact: Job Mensink / +31 40 27 36786 / email@example.com Best new Software Product for 1999 Silver: ActiveDVD (Zuma Digital) Contact: Jesse Blanco / 212-741-9100 / firstname.lastname@example.org For more information on the 10th Annual IDMA-DVDA Awards, scheduled for October 2000, or for further information regarding the IDMA-DVDA Summit and the IDMA-DVDA organization, contact Paul Holmes, Chief Executive Officer at email@example.com, or visit the DVDA website at http://www.dvda.org A great site to see the awards results is DVD Creation.com. The actual page is: http://www.dvdcreation.com/HTM/Features/11_99/dvda_idma_award_winners.htm Some comments on the Summit from the survey we carried out * Great DVD topics. Close proximity of events makes conference flow easily. * The move towards standards is extremely valuable (i.e. navigation), as well as new equipment. * More Nuon type stuff. * Keeping a variety of speakers limited to 15 minutes is a good approach for presentation material. * Probably only you know how hard you had to work to provide this conference with the funds available. I received outstanding value in information & inspiration. Thank you! * I was a little disappointed with the support of members (number present) and manufacturers. I don't presently have any suggestions, but I will try to take a more involved role in the future. * Possibly a little more detail on the technical potential of the DVD format & the degree to which various pieces of equipment and authoring systems exploit the format. Also, more input from encoding people and possibly an overall production process lecture to support the 'newcomers' to the organization. Thank you for all your efforts and dedication! CD-i Players available. Videotronic North America have the following CD-I players available. A few hundred Philips CDI370 Portables (used) A hundred Philips CD-i 490 (new) A dozen DVS VE200 (new) And a few hundred LG GDI-1100 Portable without screen (new) All are moving quickly, if interested please contact Andrew Hetzel as soon as possible at (248) 352-8720. AOL + Blockbuster. America Online and Blockbuster have joined forces to become a premier home video provider. As part of the agreement, America Online will make a $30 million equity investment in Blockbuster.com that will be used for, among other things, joint development of broadband content and delivery. Editors comment. Instead of using this money to chase the 'Holy grail' of broadband content delivery by the Internet, why don't these two giants use it to create Web connected DVD content. That would bring profits now. Blockbuster would provide the DVD titles, AOL control the viewers experience via the Internet. They just need a web connected DVD player. (Maybe Circuit City still has some left.) EVOLUTIONARY PRESENTATION TOOL ENABLES SEAMLESS INTEGRATION OF FULL SCREEN, FULL MOTION INTERACTIVE DVD VIDEO WITH MICROSOFT POWERPOINT One product which will have a major impact on presentations using DVD is ZUMA Digital's ActiveDVD™. It is the only software plug-in for Microsoft PowerPoint that allows for the seamless integration of full screen, full motion, interactive DVD video on Macintosh or Windows computers. It was voted by those present at the Summit Best New Software for 1999. "The Best New Software award from IDMA and DVDA is further testament to the impact ActiveDVD will have on business," said Blaine Graboyes, ZUMA Digital COO and Creative Director. ActiveDVD provides a dramatic, new element to business presentations, and is ideal for advertising and sales presentations, corporate meetings, analyst and investor meetings and employee or other internal presentations. "ActiveDVD will change the way business does business," said Graboyes. "Adding the dimension of Hollywood-quality video to PowerPoint presentations creates a powerful new way to position brands, communicate key selling points and close deals. Sales pitches, stockholder and investor presentations, and company meetings will never be the same." Used in conjunction with a DVD-equipped computer and DVD program disc, ActiveDVD is a simple, intuitive plug-in for PowerPoint. Any presenter can easily create, update or change a video-enhanced presentation by using a single interface to change the DVD clip being accessed. This allows presentations to be customized or modified in a matter of seconds. No longer will presenters have to scramble between the PowerPoint screen and a TV monitor, fumble with look-alike hand-held controllers operating different equipment or sit on pins and needles hoping the tape is cue'd up, or that the VCR is tracking properly or will not jam. Also, with ActiveDVD, archiving videotapes will quickly become outdated. Eight hours of high-quality video can be archived on a single DVD disc and accessed for PowerPoint presentations in an instant. No longer will climate controls and large, expensive, dedicated spaces be necessary to store videos while they multiply and degrade at the same time. The ActiveDVD software is powered by InterActual Technology. "Our relationship with InterActual guarantees that we will stay on the cutting edge of development for new, high-end technology products," Graboyes said. "As we continue to develop ActiveDVD, new features designed for specific business needs can be integrated into the software, based upon the feedback from thousands of users in the field giving presentations every day." Contact: www.zumadigital.com. Visible Light Delivers First Sub-$10k Power Mac G4 DVD Authoring System Visible Light today announced that it has begun shipping its new Macarena line of DVD authoring systems, which are based on the new Power Mac G4 series by Apple Computer. These were due to be unveiled at the Summit, but Steve Perlman broke a collar bone a few days before the event and was unable to attend. However, here is the information on their Visible Light Macarena systems which integrate the new DVDirector authoring software by Astarte GmbH, and include a hardware DVD playback device, SCSI interface, software MPEG1/MPEG2 encoder, 2/5.1 channel Dolby Digital encoder, and DVD-Video image pre-mastering software. "We have leveraged our position in the DVD marketplace to provide a very aggressively priced line of DVD authoring systems that work right out of the box," says Steve Perlman, VP Sales and Marketing at Visible Light. "Our customers demand high compatibility and these systems represent over a year of testing." Available directly from Visible Light, the base Visible Light Macarena DVD authoring system is list priced at $9,995. The Macarena "Pro" version is list priced at $14,995, and includes a hardware MPEG1/MPEG2 encoder, hardware- assisted Quicktime transcoder, and tape deck control software and hardware. Optional equipment includes the new Pioneer DVR-S201 4.7 GB DVD-Recordable drive and a wide range of DLT storage products. 'Plug and Play' is published by the Interactive Digital Media Association as a free service to our members and readers The Editor is Paul Holmes. He can be reached at: Paul_Holmes@dvda.org (440) 349-9661 If you know of anyone who would like to receive Plug & Play free, just send an e-mail to Paul_Holmes@dvda.org with "Subscribe" on the Subject line and the person's e-mail address, name and phone number. If for some reason you do not want any more copies of Plug & Play, just send an e-mail to Paul_Holmes@dvda.org with "Unsubscribe" on the Subject line. If you wish to join IDMA-DVDA, just ask for an 'E-mail membership application, or visit our web site at www.dvda.org
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