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Deko Systems Character Generator Goes On Air with CBS

Non-Render CG Software Used for Football and Tennis Coverage By Denise Harrison
CBS Sports went with four FXDeco systems to use for tennis and NFL and college football coverage. Deco's technology, which provides real-time, no-render effects, including rolls, crawls, wipes, pushes and dissolves, is a natural choice for broadcasters, who need capabilities to add last minute information without having to wait for rendering.

The system is used during the NFL Today pre-game show every Sunday and during the recent US Open Tennis Tournament to support both the high definition and standard definition broadcasts. HD Deko500 was selected for the HD broadcast of the men's and ladies' finals, while four FXDeko systems were used throughout the tournament.

"We are very happy with Pinnacle Systems' Deko character generators," said Mike Bird, Graphics Manager at CBS Sports. "The Deko's provide stunning on-air graphics, with last-second information input -- capabilities we need for such critical broadcast events as the NFL coverage."

With FXDeko, broadcasters create text and logos that shatter, ripple, rotate in 3-D space or page turn into position for audience-grabbing effects, without rendering. Deko connects with sports information systems to provide instantaneous display of the latest information. Those up-to-date statistics are automatically formatted in the most sophisticated on-air look, and immediately brought to air with transitional effects.

CBS Sports US Open HD broadcast marked the on-air debut of HD Deko500 in the US. HD Deko500 supports all HD formats in common usage, including interlaced, progressive and segmented frame. HD Deko500 is the world's most popular HD character generator, shipping an average of two systems a week.

About Pinnacle Systems

Pinnacle Systems' streaming, broadcast, and consumer products provide video professionals and consumers cutting-edge digital video tools to create, store, distribute and view web enabled digital video easier and more affordably than ever before. Pinnacle Systems may be reached at 650-526-1600 or on the World Wide Web at www.pinnaclesys.com.

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