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Leitch to Bundle Ciprico's MediaVault With VelocityHD

U320S and U320RX Storage Arrays bundled with turnkey editing systems (March 31, 2005)

Ciprico, Inc. a leading storage solutions provider for the data intensive and high performance digital media markets, announced today that Leitch Technology Corporation will bundle its Huge Systems MediaVault U320RX and U320S Dual Max storage arrays with North American turnkey configurations of the award-winning VelocityHD non-linear editing system.

The high-performing VelocityHD and MediaVault solution can process two streams of uncompressed 10-bit High Definition video content with effects - at frame sizes and rates up to 1080i/59.94 - or up to eight uncompressed Standard Definition video streams simultaneously. This level of performance, unsurpassed in its price range, allows video editors to add effects and edit content on-line and in real-time without having to wait for rendering - greatly improving workflow efficiency and freeing users to focus more on the production of content rather than the post production process.

The ground breaking announcement of the VelocityHD and MediaVault combination sets a new price performance paradigm for the video industry, once the lofty domain of high-end studios, now enabling a broader audience base to take advantage of the application benefits derived from the advances in digital storage technology.

"Ciprico's long established history of innovation and continuous investment in storage technology development has once again set the standard and raised the performance bar for affordable and highly available High Definition storage in the content creation market," states Jim Hansen, President and CEO of Ciprico. "The fact that such a pioneering innovator like Leitch has chosen to bundle our Huge Systems MediaVault U320RX and U320S Dual Max RAID storage arrays with their award-winning VelocityHD systems further validates our business and technology direction."

"VelocityHD has set a new standard with its exceptional combination of guaranteed real-time performance, quality, versatility and affordability, and is an ideal solution to meet the growing demand for High Definition post production tools in the content creation and broadcast markets," adds Mike Nann, Technical Marketing Manager for Leitch's Post Production product line. "The Ciprico Huge Systems MediaVault U320RX and U320S Dual Max RAID arrays that we have certified deliver scalability, data protection, and the exceptional performance needed to keep up with VelocityHD's real-time power, all at an attractive price. These attributes have led us to choose the MediaVault as the first storage array bundled with our North American VelocityHD turnkey systems."

Leitch's VelocityHD combines the innovative new Altitude hardware platform with a significantly enhanced version of the acclaimed Velocity user interface. VelocityHD offers full-bandwidth High Definition playback of two video streams, two dynamic graphics streams, and optional real-time 3D DVE. VelocityHD also features outstanding Standard Definition editing performance, with full-quality, real-time playback and mixing of multiple SD video and graphics streams. This format flexibility makes VelocityHD ideal for the transition to High Definition, while its exceptional performance provides for instant, full-quality real-time playback, not just scaled-down real-time previews, and not just in basic effect combinations.

The Ciprico Huge Systems MediaVault U320RX and U320S Dual Max storage arrays, using ATA drive technology, offer users an array of features and scalable storage capacities designed to maximize performance and reliability at every level. These features include two Ultra 320 SCSI channels to support 10-bit High Definition video, 200 MB/s data rate throughput (per channel), and a soft failover capability that reconstructs and repairs marginal data automatically. Both units support RAID 0 and 3 while the latter RAID level guarantees protection of High Definition content. The MediaVault U320-S Dual Max is available in capacities ranging from 1.6 TB to 4 TB.

The MediaVault U320RX Dual Max, designed as a 4U rack mounted unit or free standing tower is aimed at users wanting the same performance and features as the U320S but with higher storage capacities. The unit supports up to two Ultra320 SCSI channels with a maximum of ten hot swappable disk drives, giving users the ability to scale up to 4 TB. For higher storage needs, the U320RX can be daisy chained with up to four arrays for a total of 16 TB of storage.

"Ciprico is committed to developing powerful, scalable and fully-featured RAID storage that integrates easily with leading edge product solutions from such visionary companies as Leitch Technology," concludes Hansen. "We look forward to seeing fully integrated and turnkey editing solutions like the VelocityHD and MediaVault combination in becoming the next defacto standard in the evolution of real-time editing platforms as broadcasters and video production professionals' transition to High Definition."

About Leitch Technology
Leitch Technology is a 34-year global leader in the design and distribution of high-performance video systems for the professional television industry. Leitch offers products and systems that enable operations of any size to streamline workflow, achieving a truly Integrated Content Environment for content production, processing, transmission, management and test and measurement. With a sole focus on and commitment to the television industry, Leitch provides premium customer support.

For more information, visit the company's website at

About Ciprico
Founded in 1978, Ciprico (CPCI:NASDAQ) is a leading provider of professional-grade storage solutions for today's data intensive business-essential and high-performance digital media applications. The company's highly reliable, high-performance products are the number one choice for data intensive applications and its solutions translate to lowered total cost of ownership for their customers. Huge Systems, a Ciprico company, designs and manufactures low cost, high performance hard disk based storage systems optimized for the non-linear editing, content creation and delivery markets with specific focus on providing best-of-breed storage solutions for video intensive applications.

To learn more, contact Ciprico at [email protected]; phone: 1-800-727-4669 or visit the company website at


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