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Field Upgrade Announced for VertigoXG Character Generator

New VxScaler module provides high-quality upconversion and downconversion from a single box (August 15, 2005)

VertigoXmedia, a leading provider of broadcast graphics software and hardware, today announced a field upgrade for its VertigoXG character generator that creates the industry's first broadcast  graphics engine with built-in standards conversion. Adding to the company's existing HD-capable product family, the new VxScaler module provides  high-quality upconversion and downconversion, allowing for simultaneous  HD/SD output from a single box.

"The VxScaler module is a boon to existing Vertigo customers who are  preparing to make the transition from SD to HD because it is a  cost-effective, easily integrated solution that doesn't require the  purchase and maintenance of additional external conversion equipment," said  VertigoXmedia President and CEO David Wilkins. "It is also an excellent  solution for new customers who can now purchase a single solution for  character generation with simultaneous HD/SD output. Like much of the  industry, we've seen increasing demand for our HD-capable systems, and  we're proud to answer the call as the first to introduce this unique feature set to the market."

The VertigoXG is VertigoXmedia's full-featured graphics system that  provides unsurpassed graphics rendering and playback performance in HD in a  single- or dual-channel configuration, with or without HD clip playback.  Authoring is performed in Xstudio, an intuitive tool for creating  data-driven, templated broadcast graphics in HD and SD by simply dragging  and dropping from a customizable library of common broadcast elements such  as lower thirds and OTS.

The new VxScaler module uses a three-step process that includes motion  estimation, de-interlacing, and scaling -- all performed at 10-bit YUV  4:2:2 to produce the highest-quality conversion. With VxScaler installed,  the VertigoXG can downconvert an HD source to SD, upconvert SD to HD,  capture an SD source as an HD clip for inclusion in an HD project, and  capture an HD source as a clip in SD or a different standard. VxScaler will  be showcased at IBC2005 and will be available starting Sept.   15.

More information about VertigoXmedia is available at

About VertigoXmedia
VertigoXmedia is an innovator in the field of graphics automation solutions  for broadcast television, cable, and digital signage. The company's  products significantly streamline the graphics production workflow by  offering the ability to automatically capture and control live data, create  corresponding data-driven graphics, and deliver professional, real-time  graphics to multiple output channels. VertigoXmedia also offers creative  design, integration, and consulting services. VertigoXmedia's products and  services have been used by many of the world's leading broadcasters,  including CBS, CNBC, CNN, ESPN, FOX, NBC, Time Warner Cable,  CBC/Radio-Canada, CTV, Global Television, and others around the world. For more information, visit

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