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Discreet cleaner 6 Now Shipping

Discreet cleaner 6 for Apple Macintosh Now Shipping

cleaner 6 for Mac(r)-Essential Complement to Non-linear Editing Tools Takes
Video to the Web, DVD, CD, PDAs and Cell Phones

San Francisco, Calif.-October 16, 2002-Discreet, a division of Autodesk
Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK), today announced it is shipping Discreet cleaner(tm) 6
for Apple(r) Macintosh(r) video encoding software. Already recognized as
the industry standard for professional video encoding, cleaner 6 further
develops the power of cleaner software as the indispensable complement to
non-linear editing tools such as Apple Final Cut Pro(r), Adobe(r)
Premiere(r) and Avid(r) Xpress(r) DV. The availability of cleaner 6 comes
at a time of increasing industry adoption, illustrating Discreet’s
unwavering commitment to the desktop market. In fact, according to
AccuStream iMedia Research, in the first six months of 2002, online
audiences accessed video streams across multiple mediums at a growth of 65
percent when compared to the same timeframe in 2001.

“Discreet cleaner 6 has proved to be an invaluable tool that has helped us
produce the highest quality final product, no matter what format we need to
encode to,” said Christopher Blandy, Director of Broadband Applications, “Coupled with Final Cut Pro, cleaner 6 for Mac is an
essential part of our video encoding processes providing an extremely
productive environment for our editors and producers.”

Building upon the benchmark feature sets of Discreet’s cleaner product
line, cleaner 6 software sets the standard for creating high-quality
encoding for new and popular digital formats including Apple’s
QuickTime(r), RealMedia(tm), Windows Media(tm), and Kinoma(tm), the latest
downloadable video format for handheld PDAs. 150 high-quality presets
enable editors to encode video with a single step, and more than 50
professional filters and correction tools provide the power to fine-tune
digital video to the highest possible quality.

“We are committed to helping our desktop customers maintain the quality of
their video productions whether encoded for the Web, DVD or even for a
PDA,” said
Joe Klingler, Senior Director, Software Development, Discreet. “The release
of Discreet cleaner 6 for Apple Macintosh, reaffirms our commitment with
significant improvements in quality, speed and workflow.”

New Features
Recognized as Macworld’s “Best of Show” at its recent unveiling, cleaner 6
software includes the following new and improved features: support for
MPEG-4 and Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) audio compression through Apple’s
QuickTime 6; new 2-pass variable bit rate (VBR) encoding for MPEG-2 lets
users create high-quality video for DVD; new Watch Folders provide editors
the option to encode work directly from their non-linear editing tool from
their desktop or across a network; optimization for the G4 Velocity Engine
and improved dual processor support and drag-and-drop encoding allow
editors to get work done quickly and efficiently.

Pricing and Availability
Discreet cleaner 6 for Apple Macintosh is available in North America for an
SRP of US$599. Upgrade price is US$179. cleaner 6 is now available for
download from the Discreet e-store at For more
information about purchasing Discreet cleaner 6, or to find a reseller,
call 1-866-317-1011 or visit

About Discreet
Discreet empowers moving media professionals to realize the visual
experience, transforming their most evocative and ambitious visions into
reality. Its range of award-winning systems and software is developed for
digital media creation, management and delivery-across all disciplines from
visual effects and editing to animation, game development, web and
interactive. Discreet is based in Montreal, Quebec and is a division of
Autodesk, Inc., the world’s leading design and digital media creation,
management, and distribution company. Product and corporate information is
located on the Internet at

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