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DV Studio Offers Panasonic DVD-RAM Drive in Its Apollo Expert Archiver -- Drive Thoroughly Tested, Fully Compatible.

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 24, 1999--

DV Studio Technologies, LLC(TM) ( announced today that the award-winning Panasonic LF-D101 DVD-RAM Drive is now available in the Apollo Expert Archiver(TM), DV Studio's complete solution for archiving VHS and other video standards onto DVD discs.

"We conducted rigorous testing of the Panasonic and a number of other DVD-RAM rewritable drives," stated Dr. Ash Pahwa, chief executive officer of DV Studio. "The Panasonic drive is fully compatible with Apollo Expert Archiver and was chosen for inclusion because of its excellent performance and reliability."

The Apollo Expert Archiver features Apollo Expert(TM), DV Studio's revolutionary single-board MPEG-2 encoding hardware and software. A half-size PCI card that can be installed in any Pentium-based computer, Apollo Expert captures video and audio from any video source, in real time, and converts it into MPEG-2 video and digital audio formats.

The highly compressed MPEG-2 files created by Apollo Expert can be used in any digital domain including DVD, DVD-ROM, Super VCD, the Internet, and broadcasting. Apollo Expert provides excellent video quality and is very easy to install and use.

The Panasonic LF-D101 DVD-RAM Drive can read/write to all current DVD-RAM and PD disc formats, and can read from discs currently accepted by CD-ROM, CD Audio, CD-R, CD-RW and video CD drives, as well as DVD video, DVD-ROM and DVD-R drives. It offers stability, rapid data transfer, high-speed access, and a huge capacity.

"We are pleased to have this strategic relationship with DV Studio," said Jeff Saake, group general manager, Computer Technology Group, Panasonic Industrial Company. "Apollo Expert Archiver opens a wide array of marketing opportunities."

The Apollo Expert Archiver is affordably priced at $2,495. Computer system requirements include 233 MHz MMX, 64MB RAM or higher, 600MB free on hard disk, 4x CD-ROM or higher, 1 PCI slot free, and Microsoft Windows NT 4.0. A FREE Software Development Kit for developing customized Apollo Expert applications is available from DV Studio. This kit can be used with Apollo Expert Archiver when large- capacity storage of MPEG-2 output is required.

DV Studio Technologies, LLC, produces state-of-the-art digital encoders at affordable prices. Its products enable users to produce digital video content for DVD, Super VCD, DVD-ROM, broadcast, video conferencing and Internet applications. DV Studio's main sales channels are OEMs and resellers. The company is located at 15375 Barranca Parkway, J-103, Irvine, CA 92618. Phone: 949/453-1702, Fax: 949/453-1311. Web site:

The Panasonic DVD-RAM OEM drive is manufactured by Matsushita Electric Industrial Company, Ltd. (MEI) (NYSE:MC)(PCX:MC), one of the world's leading producers of CD-ROM and DVD-ROM drives and other digital electronic products. For more information, contact Panasonic Industrial Company, 1600 McCandless Drive, Milpitas, CA 95035; 408/945-5600, FAX 408/262-4214, E-mail Or, visit the company's Web site at .
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