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Zeros & Ones Puts Five Full Length Movies on One DVD

(July 26, 2001)
The digital technology group of Zeros & Ones, Inc. announced the successful completion of it's previously stated goal of putting five full-length feature films on a single DVD.

This milestone demonstrates the power of its revolutionary new high-quality digital video compression engine, "MC-10".

MC-10 currently is achieving ratios between three to ten times compression with the same or superior levels of image quality to MPEG2.

MC-10 will combine over 100 individual processes, ranging from high-definition image quality enhancements at the sub-pixel level during pre-compression stages, to pixel-by-pixel motion tracking and processing in the compression stages.

The Company intentionally selected full-length feature films for the demonstration, each approximately a full two hours in length. The movies digitized onto the disc are "City of Angels," "Back to the Future," "E.T.," "RoboCop," and "Batman & Robin." The final playback engine is now being integrated in preparation for a handful of private copies to be shown to select strategic parties.

"The disc itself is not a commercial product. It is a show-of-force example of what MC-10 can do for a world that needs to move more video data, to more places, in less time, and at lower costs than ever before." Said Robert J. Holtz, Chairman & CEO, "We are getting tremendous interest from top-shelf names in the business. We need to work hard to translate that interest into deal flow and we believe this disc is sure to help move things along."

MC-10 is so radically different in its approach to compression that it can successfully compress scenes, such as backlit hair or fields of tall grass, that inherently don't compress well using conventionally available methods such as MPEG and MPEG2. In addition, MC-10 completely eliminates the possibility of "banding," a common problem associated with compression especially in the high-end digital visual effects industry.

Phase Three of the MC-10 project, now well underway, is to integrate all of the 100-plus pre-compression and compression processes into a single-pass compression tool, with the ultimate result yielding real-time compression at unprecedented image quality levels.

Phase Four will be to commercialize and license MC-10, as well as turn several of its processes into individual products. The market for digital video compression is huge, encompassing DVD's, personal video recorders (such as Microsoft Ultimate TV and TiVO), satellite TV, digital motion picture transmission to theaters, high-quality video conferencing, digital video phones, wireless, and other broadband applications.

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