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Kinoma Introduces Kinoma Player and Kinoma Producer; Kinoma Brings Breakthrough Quality Full Screen Video to over 25 Million Palm Powered Handhelds.

Business Editors/High-Tech Writers

MENLO PARK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 17, 2002

Kinoma today introduced Kinoma Player, a digital media player for Palm Powered handhelds, and Kinoma Producer, an easy-to-use tool for encoding audio, video, and still images. Kinoma Player provides full screen, full motion video playback with synchronized sound on nearly all Palm Powered handhelds and phones including those from Palm, Sony, Handspring, HandEra, Kyocera, and Samsung.

Kinoma Player is the first media player for Palm Powered handhelds to support true high-resolution video playback, delivering unprecedented image quality. Driving this quality breakthrough is the new Cinepak Mobile video technology, which Kinoma is the first bring to market. Derived from the patented Cinepak video algorithm that helped launch the digital video era in the 1990's, Cinepak Mobile brings full screen, surprisingly crisp video with smooth motion to even the largest handheld screens. Kinoma Player can store up to an hour of video on a single high capacity Memory Stick or SD Memory card.

"Kinoma's Cinepak Mobile video codec and handheld player are the most efficient we have seen to date," said Richard Doherty, Research Director for the Envisioneering Group. "The video fidelity across both color and gray scale Palm Powered handhelds is unequaled. No other mobile content compression combination today approaches the video and compact color still image delivery leanness of Kinoma. It will likely empower tens of millions of Palm owners to enjoy more and richer still and video imagery even as it expands to enliven future handheld designs."

The Kinoma Producer encoding tool makes it easy for anyone to convert video, audio, and still images into the Kinoma movie format for playback using Kinoma Player. Kinoma Producer encodes content from many popular digital media file formats including QuickTime, MPEG-1, AVI, MP3, AIFF, WAVE, Macromedia Flash, Animated GIF, JPEG, and BMP. Encoding presets are included for over forty different handheld models, ensuring great results for every device. Kinoma Producer is available for Windows and Macintosh computers.

Kinoma Player is the first comprehensive digital media solution for Palm Powered handhelds. Going beyond audio and video, Kinoma Producer also converts PowerPoint slides, digital photos, and computer-generated animation for viewing on Palm Powered handhelds using Kinoma Player. Kinoma Producer also supports custom layouts that combine digital video with full screen background images providing complete control over on-screen display. Using Kinoma Producer, over 2000 high-resolution color images can be stored on a 64 MB Memory Stick or SD Memory Card.

Kinoma strives to bring out the best in every handheld device. To that end, Kinoma Player includes support for a wide variety of handheld vendor specific capabilities including: SD Memory, MemPlug, and Memory Stick external storage; Sony's jog-dial controller and virtual silkscreen; high-resolution video playback; and audio hardware from Hagiwara, Sony, and Yamaha.

Pricing & Availability

Kinoma Player and Kinoma Producer are available immediately at

Kinoma Player is available for download free of charge and is compatible with nearly all Palm Powered handhelds.

A free trial edition of Kinoma Producer is available for download. The full version of Kinoma Producer can be purchased through the Kinoma Web site for $29.99. A special $19.99 competitive upgrade is available during June 2002 for owners of other digital media products for Palm Powered handhelds.

Kinoma Producer requires Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Mac OS 8.6 (with CarbonLib 1.0.4), Mac OS 9, or Mac OS X.

About Kinoma

Kinoma, Inc. is a privately held company dedicated to bringing outstanding digital media capabilities to handheld and mobile devices. Founded in 2002 by Peter Hoddie, former Chief Architect of QuickTime at Apple Computer, together with Elizabeth Dykstra-Erickson, Brian Friedkin, and Michael Kellner, the Kinoma team has over 40 years combined experience designing and building industry leading digital media solutions and standards. For additional information visit Kinoma's Web site at

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