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Tech Firm to Bow Software for Portable Movie Clips

18 Mar, 2008 By: Erik Gruenwedel

A Japanese technology firm said it would introduce software that enables users to transport movie clips from the Internet to portable media devices, including the Apple iPod.

Based in Gardena, Calif., TMPG Inc.'s ambitious MovieStyle software will be available as a free trial download March 27, with a retail edition available thereafter for $39.95 per license.

Established in 2003, TMPG has marketed software for video encoding and authoring purposes.

The user-friendly software is designed for people unfamiliar with video encoding and is adaptable to multiple players and formats, including Apple TV, iPhone, Sony's PlayStation 3, Microsoft's Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and DST, and PDA's equipped with a Windows media player or DivX.

Special features allow users to enhance video quality for PlayStation Portable, eliminate audio for Karaoke use, or increase speed to allow viewing of a 1-hour movie in 40 minutes.

A TMPG spokesperson said if copy protection was present on a DVD or movie file, then MovieStyle won't be able to copy it.

Carol Warren said the company was opposed to any type of copyright infringement but didn't elaborate if TMPG had been in discussions with studios.

"This is more for home movies or video files," Warren said.

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