OTTAWA — May 24, 2007– Corel Corporation (NASDAQ:CREL;TSX:CRE), a leading developer of graphics, productivity and digital media software, today announced a retail version of InterVideo WinDVD 8 Platinum that leverages the NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology and GeForce 8 Series graphics processing units (GPUs) to deliver superb Blu-ray and HD DVD playback on desktop and notebook PCs. By combining WinDVD 8 with an NVIDIA GPU, consumers and OEMs have a proven solution for quickly and cost-effectively enhancing their PCs with amazing, theater-like high-definition playback.
Offering all of the benefits of the high-definition experience without the complexity, WinDVD is the world’s most popular video playback and navigation software. In addition to providing crystal-clear playback of interactive content on BD and HD DVD discs and drives, the universal player also supports DVD/video/audio in a wide range of formats, eliminating media compatibility issues.
“NVIDIA’s GeForce 8 and GeForce 8M Series desktop and notebook GPUs are currently the leaders in high-performance graphics and Corel’s WinDVD is the leader in high-definition video playback”, said Rob Enderle, Principal Analyst for the Enderle Group. “With High Definition programming and content development increasing dramatically, it only made sense for the two companies to partner and create the definitive solution for those wanting to enjoy high-quality video on their personal computers.”
WinDVD leverages the power of NVIDIA PureVideo HD hardware acceleration capabilities to deliver highly efficient hardware decoding for playback of H.264, VC-1 and MPEG-2 movies. Graphics cards and notebooks based on the latest GeForce 8600, GeForce 8500, and GeForce 8M Series GPUS offload the complex H.264 decoding process from the CPU. This frees the CPU to perform other tasks and reduces power consumption and extends battery life. And with WinDVD 8’s support for NVIDIA’s new second generation video processing technology, manufacturers can deliver a smooth frame-rate and superior image quality on even the most demanding titles.
To deliver superior quality and performance, the WinDVD H.264 codec technology utilizes highly advanced algorithms. One of the codec’s key benefits is the ability to divide the decoding tasks among several hardware cores and hardware threads on both the CPU and the GPU. WinDVD’s H.264 codec partitions the decoding tasks into multiple threads to maximize all the processing power of the latest dual-core and hyper-threading technologies, as well as the NVIDIA GPU’s hardware acceleration.
“The synergy of our expertise in video and audio technology and NVIDIA’s industry leading digital media processing technology has once again proven to be the ideal solution for OEMs and consumers who want improved performance for demanding applications such as BD/HD playback and backward compatibility with DVD video,” said Blaine Mathieu, Vice President and General Manager, Products and Strategy, Digital Media at Corel.
“Playing HD movies on a PC can be challenging for users to configure and ever more difficult for PCs to play,” said Scott Vouri, NVIDIA General Manager of Multimedia. “The combination of Intervideo WinDVD and NVIDIA GeForce GPUs with PureVideo HD technology makes implementing a HD ready PC a snap, enabling anyone to enjoy HD movies on their PC with superb HD home theater quality even on modestly powered PCs.”
WinDVD HD and H.264 codecs are available through Corel for licensing to OEMs, system integrators and other third parties. Licensing and customer support information can be obtained by calling 1-510-651-0888 or visiting the web site at www.corel.com or www.intervideo.com.
About Corel Corporation
Corel is a leading developer of graphics, productivity and digital media software with more than 100 million users worldwide. The Company’s product portfolio includes some of the world’s most popular and widely recognized software brands including CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, Corel Paint Shop Pro, Corel Painter, Corel DESIGNER, Corel WordPerfect Office, WinZip and iGrafx. In 2006, Corel acquired InterVideo, makers of WinDVD and Ulead, a leading developer of video, imaging and DVD authoring software. Designed to help people become more productive and express their creative potential, Corel’s software strives to set a higher standard for value with full-featured products that are easier to learn and use. The industry has responded with hundreds of awards recognizing Corel’s leadership in software innovation, design and value.
Corel’s products are sold in more than 75 countries through a well-established network of international resellers, retailers, original equipment manufacturers, online providers and Corel’s global websites. The Company’s headquarters are located in Ottawa, Canada with major offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, China and Japan. Corel’s stock is traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol CREL and on the TSX under the symbol CRE.
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