DuckVision 2.2 Software Transforms PCs Into 'Digital VCRs'.NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 17, 1998--
The Duck Corporation Leads PC/TV Convergence Revolution
The Duck Corporation, a major provider of software solutions for the computer entertainment industry, today launched DuckVision(TM) 2.2, its "soft" VCR VCR: see videocassette recorder.
in full videocassette recorder
Electromechanical device that records, stores on a videotape cassette, and plays back on a TV set recorded images and sound. , now with added features for TV viewing and recording on a PC.
Announced today at the Second Annual Digital Television Conference sponsored by Warburg Dillon Read Investment bank created by the 1997 merger of S.G. Warburg & Co. and Dillon, Read & Co. Subsequently renamed UBS Warburg and now part of UBS AG, where the Warburg name was eventually dropped. LLC (Logical Link Control) See "LANs" under data link protocol.
LLC - Logical Link Control , DuckVision 2.2, featuring Duck's award-winning video compression Encoding digital video to take up less storage space and transmission bandwidth. See video codec and data compression.
video compression - Compression of sequences of images. technology, allows consumers to watch, compress and record full-motion television images in real time on a personal computer equipped with a TV tuner card A TV tuner card is a computer component that allows television signals to be received by a computer. Most TV tuners also function as video capture cards, allowing them to record television programs onto a hard disk. -- without additional costly compression hardware.
"DuckVision 2.2 is a new software package with exciting video viewing and playback features that functions for the consumer just like an advanced 'digital VCR,'" said Dan Miller, president of The Duck Corporation. "With DuckVision 2.2, you schedule the recording time of a favorite show if you're home or not, and DuckVision automatically compresses and records it onto your hard drive or favorite removable media In computer storage, removable media refers to storage media which can be removed from its reader device, conferring portability on the data it carries. A removable drive is a reader device for such media. . Then you can watch the show, even skipping commercials at the touch of a button. DuckVision 2.2 also picks up closed captioning if you want it."
DuckVision is the first software product to harness the power of PC television tuner cards, providing sophisticated yet easy-to-use features for consumers seeking performance beyond the basic starter software package bundled with the cards. By making digital video accessible to so many consumers, DuckVision significantly advances the convergence of PCs and TVs. The Future of Multimedia Convergence
Richard Frazita, senior analyst with Access Media International, said:
"Accessing TV content via PC is the next step in the multimedia explosion, and it is definitely moving in a direction consumers want, which is toward giving them more control. In a survey of over 1,000 households we recently conducted, more than 50 percent of PC users found the ability to control TV content 'very appealing.' Any product that allows them to do this easily should be very popular."
DuckVision 2.2 allows consumers to: -- View television programs either on the full monitor screen or
in a window while running other applications -- Compress and record full-motion video Video transmission that changes the image 30 frames per second (30 fps). Motion pictures are run at 24 fps, which is the minimum frequency required to eliminate the perception of moving frames and make the images appear visually fluid to the eye. in real time without
additional costly compression hardware -- Record television programs onto a hard drive or removable
media -- Easily schedule one-time recording or recording at set
intervals (daily, weekly, etc.) -- Automatically schedule recording by selecting a program from
the listings on a popular online TV programming-guide web site -- Capture a single image from any TV program or video source -- View closed-caption information -- Skip commercials during playback -- TrueMotion playback ships with Microsoft Windows(R) 98 so that
any file recorded with DuckVision can be played back on any other
Windows 98 machine Technical Specs and Availability
DuckVision requires an Intel or compatible P100 or higher processor with 16MB of RAM, Windows 95 or higher, a Windows- compatible sound card and a PCI bus video capture card See video capture board. (with a tuner for scheduled recording). DuckVision 2.2 is available directly from Duck's web site, www.duck.com, and from Tiger Direct, 1-800-888-4437. About The Duck Corporation
The Duck Corporation leads the desktop video revolution, using its TrueMotion compression technology to enable TV-to-PC convergence. Duck was founded in 1992 to pursue technological breakthroughs in digital video, and its first major advance was the development of TrueMotion. Among Duck's patent-pending developer products are compression applications and plug-in codecs The following is a list of codecs. Audio codecs
A firm whose shares are held within a relatively small circle of owners and are not traded publicly. has its headquarters New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of City's Tribeca Film Center. More information on the company and its products is available at Duck's web site, www.duck.com.
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