Mireth Technology Adds CPU Usage Control and other Advanced Features to iVCD – Version 2.4 Released

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Mireth Technology Corp. announced today a new release of iVCD, its VCD Burner / MPEG Encoder software for Mac OS X. iVCD version 2.4 is available as a software download or on CD-ROM, starting at $29.95 (US).

Mireth Technology Corp. has released version 2.4 of iVCD, its easy to use VCD Burner / MPEG Encoder software that makes a VCD in just one step. Version 2.4 adds several advanced features including CPU load control, support for both Apple Disc Recording and CDR Disk At Once (cdrdao), support for hybrid video/music VCDs, aspect ratio control, Windows autorun support and iMovie HD support.

"iVCD leverages best of breed video and audio conversion technology, combines it with Apple's ease of use interface to provide the most comprehensive and easy to use VCD & SVCD burning software available for Mac OS X," said Donna Johnson, President of Mireth Technology.

iVCD is an all-in-one MPEG encoder and VCD & SVCD burner which will make a VCD from source files in just one step. This easy to use software can make a VCD, SVCD, XVCD or XSVCD. It accepts most source files - AVI, Divx, Xvid, mpg, .mov. iMovie or Quicktime movie files, converts to MPEG and burns the VCD in just one step. It supports both NTSC and PAL output formats, produces looping VCDs for tradeshow kiosks, and VCDs with menus (playback control).

This version of iVCD adds several advanced features requested by Mireth customers.

CPU Usage Control allows you to manage the amount of CPU used by iVCD during the Convert process. If you're using iVCD during the day and want to work on something else while iVCD converts video in the background, use this feature to reduce the amount of CPU used by iVCD while you use your computer for a foreground task, such as reading your email.

Adding support for CDR Disk At Once (cdrdao) to burn VCDs is additional support iVCD provides for drives not supported by Apple's Disc Recording APIs. Implementing this feature allowed a user who was getting consistent burn failures using Apple Disc Recording APIs under Mac OS X 10.3 to successfully make a VCD by selecting the CDR Disk At Once (cdrdao) option instead.

Hybrid Video / Music CDs allow users to play the music portion of the CD in a CD player, and the Video portion of the CD in a VCD player, such as a standalone DVD player or in any computer.

Windows Autorun support allows users to create VCDs that will Autorun under Windows, so they'll play when inserted in to a Windows CD Drive.

The Pixel Aspect Ratio under Expert Settings allows user to select the pixel aspect ratio. The specified frame size of the output will be adjusted to take the pixel aspect ratio of the output device into account: 1:1 – for computer display, 4:3 – for standard television, 16:9 –for widescreen television.

Support for iMovie HD 5 makes it easy for users to make VCDs from their iMovies, no matter what version of iMovie they use.

"What's really important about software development is implementing the features your customers ask for," said Robert Wiebe, VP of Research and Development. "That's what we've done and what we will continue to do."

The VCD video format uses ordinary recordable CD media to store movies (instead of using a DVD or a VHS tape). VCDs use the MPEG-1 format which delivers VHS quality playback and about 80 minutes of video on a CD. VCD is an ideal format for making home videos and corporate videos because they are easy and inexpensive to produce, inexpensive to distribute and easy to play. A VCD can be produced at home or in the office, requiring only VCD authoring software, such as Mireth’s iVCD, a CD burner and a CD-R. VCDs can be played in almost anything, including most DVD players, both Windows and Macintosh computers (using Mireth's MacVCD Media Player) and in many video game machines.

Pricing and Availability

iVCD is available for immediate download, or on CD-ROM, starting at $29.95. Registered users of previous versions of iVCD can upgrade for free. Educational pricing and volume discounts are available. iVCD runs on Mac OS X. For more information, visit http://www.mireth.com/pub/ivme.html.

iVCD is also available in the Mac SVCD Software Bundle, which bundles MPEG Converter, SVCD Burner and SVCD Player software for one low price. Available as a software download or on CD-ROM, starting at $54.95 (US). For more information, visit http://www.mireth.com/pub/mac-svcd-bdl.html

About Mireth Technology Corp.

Founded in 1991, Mireth Technology Corp. (http://www.mireth.com) produces easy-to-use and cost effective Macintosh software, including ShredIt, NetShred, iVCD, Music Man, and MacVCD, the best selling Macintosh VCD playing software in the world. Mireth is well-known in the industry for providing robust, well-tested products and outstanding customer support. A Vancouver based corporation, Mireth Technology produces “The right software for the job.”(TM)

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