Naxos Launches Video Library – A new streaming music video subscription service similar to the Naxos Music Library for audio will begin February 1st with more than 250 full-length videos of concerts, operas, ballets and documentaries from many prestigious performing arts labels. Legendary artists such as Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Martha Argerich and others will be streamed at either standard or high quality to Macs or PCs. NVL – to be at www.naxosvideolibrary.com/ – expects to have 500 titles available within three months. Users will have access to pre-defined video chapters and individual arias and scenes, subtitles in up to five languages, an optional scrolling libretto text, and advanced search functionality. Naxos is the industry leader in streaming audio and music education. Cost of the subscriptions was not announced.
XpanD Shutter Glasses for 3D – XpanD unveiled its new X103 active-shutter 3D glasses at CES, designed to work with 3D-ready LCDs, plasma and DLP displays to make 3D more accessible and affordable, with better image quality than polarized glasses. Anything capable of playing 3D-encoded content at 120fps will be compatible with the glasses, which utilize a fast-switching liquid crystal cell as a shutter to alternately block each eye for the clearest, brightest and most flicker-free 3D experience. The X103s are the most aesthetically-pleasing 3D glasses on the market, available in a variety of colors and styles. XpanD possesses a 95% global market share of 3D active-shutter glasses, and is poised to extend its market dominance in North America in 2010. XpanD technology is currently used in over 2000 3D cinemas in over 50 countries.
JVC Introduces 3D Image Processor – JVC Professional Products has introduced the IF-2D3D1 Stereoscopic Image Processor, which works as a 2D-to-3D converter and as a 3D L/R mixer for video content producers – whether they are converting archived 2D material or shooting original content in 3D. Using unique algorithms, the unit converts 2D content to 3D in real time, and offers four 3D mixed formats: line-by-line, side-by-side-half, above-below, and checkerboard. It can also output discrete left and right signals via HDMI or HD-SDI for dual projection or editing, and output can be adjusted for image displacement and 3D intensity.
SESAC Introduces Ruby Digsound Music Delivery System – Performing rights organization SESAC, with a diversified repertory from songwriters and publishers, has allied with Activated Content Corporation (ACC) to launch RubyDS – a web-based delivery system for watermarked audio files delivered via email. Tracks may be downloaded securely, with metadata identifying the sender and downloader attached via a unique watermark. Each watermark is specific to the terms and conditions of the audio file’s digital transfer. This protection was previously only available thru major labels and post production houses. A spokesman observed that RubyDS is a vehicle to take digital music to the next level. It delivers audio files while protecting the content IP and allowing for efficient collection of royalties. It is expected to foster a more efficient marketplace for music creators.