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Planet Earth: Oceania to Use InterActual Technology for Web Enabled DVD

(July 30, 2001)
InterActual Technologies will be demonstrating Planet Earth: Oceania at TechVideo Expo as part of the DVD Pro 2001 industry conference. This InterActual Player 2.0 title will be one of the first DVDs released using the tools and resources available through InterActual's online developer program, the Inventor Connection.

"Planet Earth: Oceania is a spectacular example of what can be produced with DVD technology and demonstrates the power of utilizing the Internet to enhance the experience through web based content," exclaimed Todd Collart, CEO of InterActual. "We're very honored to have Ralph LaBarge, one of the industry's most highly regarded DVD authors, join our developer program and create content utilizing our tools."

While InterActual's technology has been extensively utilized by Hollywood studios to web enable blockbuster titles such as The Matrix, Gladiator, Mission Impossible 2, Terminator 2 and hundreds of others, this title is an ideal example of a non feature-film DVD that takes advantage of this powerful capability.

Planet Earth: Oceania is the first of seven titles in the Planet Earth series from Alpha DVD. Each of these titles will feature beautiful imagery of Earth taken by NASA. The seven titles in the series will each cover different geographical areas of the Earth, with Oceania covering the Earth's Oceans, Seas, Islands and Coastlines.

The series features digitally mastered 16x9 anamorphic video with three different video display modes: 16x9, 4x3 Letterbox and 4x3 Pan Scan. They include both a Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound music track as well as a DTS 6 channel music track. English subtitles are provided as well as a fully context sensitive menu system.

Every DVD in the series will ship with InterActual Player 2.0 software, providing a fully integrated multimedia experience. A wide screen DVD video window is synchronized with detailed information about each NASA image. Links to associated web sites based on the content being viewed are provided, as well as color corrected NASA images in High Resolution (4000x4000 pixels), medium resolution (800x800 pixels) and low resolution (125x125 pixels) versions.

"I'm really pleased with the way this first disc has come together," stated Ralph LaBarge. "I knew I had great source material in the NASA images, as well as some spectacular bonus content. The InterActual tools and templates allowed me unprecedented control over the presentation of the various media elements, and the ability to create the most compelling end user experience possible. I'm convinced that this disc, and in fact the whole series, will be a welcome addition to any DVD library for years to come."

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