NetBlender Releases Update to DoStudio MX™ with Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator Promotion

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NetBlender teams with Microsoft to offer two free months of DoStudio MX, the leading HD DVD authoring solution, with purchase of Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator.

NetBlender today announced an important update to DoStudio MX, the complete HD DVD authoring solution that combines Corel's PureHD™ Authoring Multiplexer with NetBlender's industry first visual editor for creating Advanced Content.

The updated version (v. 1.2) includes CMF formatting, AACS content protection, streamlined play list generation and engine enhancements for 3rd generation HD DVD players.

These new features, combined with DoStudio's industry-leading visual editor for Advanced Content with Photoshop® integration, create the most robust HD DVD authoring solution on the market. DoStudio's graphical user interface dramatically reduces development and testing time by handling many complex tasks visually and DoStudio's intelligent framework compiles smart code that maximizes compatibility and performance on all HD DVD players.

To introduce the new version NetBlender is offering DoStudio MX for free for two months to purchasers of the Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator. The emulator uses a combination of available hardware (the Xbox 360 entertainment and video game system and the Xbox 360 HD DVD Player) and specialized emulation software to enable playback of near-final assets from a network storage share, portable hard drive or optical disc. This allows focused testing of the layout, the menus and the behavior of the interactivity functionality of a title.

"We are committed to delivering a practical and affordable HD DVD authoring solution to creative developers at all levels of the industry and we think the Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator plays an important role in the product ecosystem," said John Harrington, NetBlender CEO. "We are pleased to make this two month promotional offer with Microsoft Corp. because we can not understate the importance of a testing tool in the HD DVD development process. We recommend the Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator to all of our customers."

DoStudio MX is available for download and purchase at: http://dostudio.netblender.com for a monthly subscription fee of $249 US/month. Details about how to receive the first two months free are available on the website. DoStudio MX is licensed on a monthly subscription basis -- an industry first. NetBlender introduced the subscription model as a means to make HD DVD creation available to creative developers at all levels of the industry by alleviating the high upfront costs traditionally associated with high-end authoring software.

More information on the Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator as well as a downloadable case study of NetBlender's use of the emulator, is available at http://www.thisishddvd.com/emulator.

About NetBlender:
NetBlender (http://www.netblender.com) was founded by a team of veteran producers of interactive media. The company creates platforms for the seamless blending of static and real time content in which each device performs its optimal role, resulting in the most enriching viewer experience. NetBlender strives to provide technical and practical leadership in the emerging new media universe.

About DoStudio:
DoStudio (previously known as DVD One) is the first visual tool for creating Advanced Content (HDi & BD-J) for next generation DVDs. Features of DoStudio include: adding picture-in-picture of streaming video over the primary DVD video stream for live commentary, creating translucent pop-up menus that can be navigated without interruption of video playback, adding network connectivity to DVD, HD DVD, and Blu-ray titles, and more.

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