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citidisk-r258-high-res.jpgLAS VEGAS (NAB, Booth # C11739), April 20, 2009 – Shining Technology, Inc. (www.shining.com), a global provider of tapeless recording and conversion hardware for the video and broadcast industries, today announced CitiDISK® R258, the world’s first ultra-portable tapeless video recorder using high-capacity removable storage media.

CitiDISK R258 extends Shining’s patented, award-winning family of CitiDISK video recorders. With removable storage cartridges, users will enjoy significantly greater portability and ease-of-use – especially when shooting in the field. Initial cartridge capacity is up to 250GB, which can hold up to 19.0 hours of DV/HDV footage and up to 5.0 hours of HD footage. CitiDISK R258 can also be seen in Maxell Corporation of America’s NAB booth, # C9121.

Light on Weight, Heavy on Durability

A mere 9.6 Oz. (12.8 Oz. with cartridge) with a thin form factor, CitiDISK R258 easily attaches to virtually any FireWire-enabled video camera (e.g., Canon, JVC, Panasonic and Sony). The unit’s tapeless workflow saves videographers and editors countless hours of digitizing videotapes. Instead, they can “recapture” more creative and production time – especially in the field.

With CitiDISK R258, users seamlessly record their footage directly to digital video formats and access it immediately for editing (compatible with widely-used non-linear editing software packages, including Final Cut Pro, Avid, Canopus, Adobe, Matrox, Sony Vegas and Dayang Montage Extreme).

CitiDISK R258 will be offered in both traditional hard drive and solid-state memory configurations. Where traditional hard drives are well-suited for users shooting in stable environments (e.g., corporate, indoor, tripod-based), solid-state, or “flash” memory is rapidly becoming the preferred choice for those shooting in rugged, hostile conditions.

“Shining has always been about empowering its users with ultra portability,” said Chris Wang, director of marketing, Shining Technology. “Now, by incorporating the latest storage technology advances, like removable solid-state, users can leverage ultra flexibility too – no matter where they shoot.”

CitiDISK R258 key features include:

• No moving parts (solid-state version only)

• Eco-friendly – consumes significantly less power than conventional hard drives

• Optimized for extreme, hostile, rugged conditions (solid-state version only)

• Performs well in high altitudes, cold weather (solid-state version only)

• Industry-standard removable cartridge compatible with AV and broadcast editing systems

• Hot-swappable cartridges – shoot on one, edit off another simultaneously

• Built-in LCD screen with scrolling menu – provides convenient status information

• Supports DV, DVPro50, HDV & DVCProHD; QuickTime, AVI, MXF file formats

Applications

CitiDISK R258 is a valuable production tool for nearly any indoor or outdoor field video environment. It is also especially useful where instant playback and/or editing (Same-Day Editing) are required. Examples include:

• News & Sports (e.g., helicopter news shoots, car racing coverage)

• Documentary (e.g., wilderness, cold weather, high-altitude shoots)

• ENG

• High-vibration shooting environments

Pricing & Availability

CitiDISK R258 is expected to ship in Q4 2009. Pricing and additional product details will be announced at a later date. CitiDISK R258’s sister products, CitiDISK HD and CitiDISK FlashMem, along with a complete line of CitiDISK accessories, are available through Shining Technology’s international distribution network, accessible at www.shining.com

About Shining Technology

Founded in 1992, Shining Technology, Inc. (www.shining.com) is a Cypress, Calif.-based provider of cost-effective, high-performance and highly reliable computer peripherals. The company is moving to become a dominant player, with a primary focus on the data storage marketplace and has consistently been one of the leading suppliers of add-on storage products to the broadcast, video editing, portable and desktop computing markets.

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CitiDISK is a registered trademark of Shining Technology, Inc. All other companies, product names and technologies are the trademarks, registered trademarks or other property of their respective owners. Product features, descriptions, specifications and other information are subject to change without notice.

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