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GEAR Begins Open Beta Test of New GEAR Video 9 Edit and Author Software

New Software Features Enhanced Usability, DVD Authoring and DivX Ultra

Tequesta, FL (2007-06-06) – GEAR® Software, a leading multimedia software company, today commenced an open public beta test for its new version of GEAR Video 9. GEAR Video 9 beta is designed for capturing, editing, compressing, and authoring video and audio content. It enables home users to burn to DVDs, and to prepare video that can later be posted to web sites using other tools. Based on GEAR's world-famous GEARWorks SDK, "the burning engine" in software products on millions of desktops worldwide, GEAR Video 9 represents the company's first significant consumer software product release in several years.

To Join the BETA, participants are invited to register for a download at: www.gearsoftware.com/support/betatesters/beta-testing-center.cfm

Upon registration, users will be emailed a link to download the GEAR Video 9 beta. Posting comments about GEAR Video 9 beta to the Beta Discussion Forum at GEAR's web site will automatically qualify participants for a prize raffle to win a HELIOS? X3000 Network Media Player, or one of three Helios H4000 Upscaling DVD Players.

See more about Helios products at: www.helios-labs.com/us/products/X3000/x3000_overview.shtml

"We envision GEAR Video 9 as a piece of software for home video makers. It is designed to provide a clear and easy path to great home movies and short presentations on DVD, DivX and for posting video on the internet," said Paul Deckers, Senior Product Manager, GEAR Windows Products. "Feedback from the public beta of GEAR Video 9 will show us how close we are to realizing our goal of making home movie authoring simple and fun."

Highlights of the beta version of GEAR Video 9 include increased format choice and new media editing and authoring features such as:

  • Choice of DVD Video and DivX Ultra format for video compression
  • Custom slide shows comprised of video clips and digital stills with transition effects
  • Menu, title page and thumbnails with user selects backgrounds
  • Easy capture of video from camera to PC
  • Powerful editor for cuts, merge and transitions

"For two decades, GEAR Software has made products to align with market needs," said Deckers. "The public beta program for GEAR Video 9 is part of GEAR Software's continuous effort to involve its customers in order to make products that meet their real needs."

About GEAR

Since 1986, GEAR Software has set the industry standard for DVD & CD recording, ripping and backup for professionals and consumers, alike. GEAR creates robust and reliable multi-platform recording solutions that support UNIX, Windows and Linux operating systems. GEAR's software solutions are compatible with the full range of DVD and CD recorders. GEAR is also the leading provider of development tools (GEARWorks SDK) to enable software development companies to integrate optical recording technology into their own products. "GEAR-powered" CD and DVD recording technology, via the GEARWorks Toolkit developer library, is integrated in a variety of software for data storage, consumer audio, digital imaging, on-line entertainment, publishing, medical imaging, and information security. GEAR Software, Inc. is a privately-held company headquartered in Tequesta, Florida.