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AJA's Io Part of Prime Cut Productions' Naked Cannes Series

Enhances workflow for E! Entertainment's series about the 2005 Cannes Film Festival (May 23, 2005)

AJA Video today announced that three Io's are being used by Prime Cut Productions for editing Naked Cannes, a five-part series featuring hosts Sarah Lelouch and Thierry Colby delivering daily chronicles of the 58th Cannes Film Festival, as well as exclusive talent interviews with celebrities for E! Entertainment TELEVISION, the channel dedicated to the world of Hollywood celebrities.

"We are very excited that Io is part of the most significant film festival of the year, where the world's premier filmmakers showcase their best work," said Ted Schilowitz, AJA Worldwide Product Manager for Desktop Video Engines. "Because AJA's products are known for tremendous dependability under the most challenging conditions, they are chosen for some of the most visible and dynamic projects being produced."

Editorial of Naked Cannes is taking place in the Palais des Festivals by Prime Cut Productions, using five Apple Power Macintosh G5 computers with Final Cut Studio and OSX 10.4 Tiger. Four camera crews using Sony HDV and Betacam SP cameras are capturing the event.

Footage is captured and edited using the AJA Io's, on an Apple Xserve RAID SAN (storage area network). Rough cuts of the final shows are being sent to editors at E! Entertainment in Los Angeles via the Internet. Editors in LA also have face-to-face communication with their Cannes counterparts via Apple's iChat AV software.

"We are so happy to be working with AJA and Apple because of their dependability and affordability," said Janice Kaplan, president and founder, Prime Cut Productions. "In the midst of the world's largest media event, it's important for us to know we can count on the efficiency of our editing systems, allowing us to be more creative."

The series will air from June 6th to 10th internationally in over ten countries. For more Information on the Cannes Film Festival, please visit

About Prime Cut Productions
Prime Cut Productions was created by Edward Flaherty and Janice Kaplan as an international production company specializing in foreign production for American television. Prime Cut utilizes writers, producers, directors and post-production experts to produce live event broadcasting via satellite, 'behind the scenes' electronic press kits plus research and production management. The Company also produces entertainment news for syndication and cable, reality/magazine style shows, corporate communications and documentaries as well as miscellaneous productions for foreign broadcast networks.

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About AJA Video Systems, Inc.
Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of SDI and HD-SDI video interface and conversion solutions, bringing high-quality, cost-effective digital video products to the professional broadcast and post production markets. AJA offers Io (the "ultimate" capture box), SDI and HD-SDI QuickTime PCI capture cards, miniature stand-alone converters, and a complete line of rack mount interface and conversion cards and frames. With headquarters located in Grass Valley, California, AJA Video designs and manufactures all of its products in the USA, with an extensive sales channel of dealers and systems integrators around the world.

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