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Lightworks Announces First Major Order Under New Ownership

Coach House Studios calls for delivery of ten Lightworks Touch Systems (September 21, 2004)

Lightworks is delivering its first major order since the company's acquisition by Gee Broadcast Systems, Ltd., earlier this year. Coach House Studios, a leading London equipment rental house, has ordered ten new Touch NLE systems, citing confidence in the new ownership, and editor loyalty, as determining factors in their purchase.

"Gee Broadcast's acquisition of Lightworks was pivotal to our decision to order the new Lightworks Touch," states John Walbeoffe, managing director, Coach House Studios, “we're looking to replace our inventory of classic Lightworks units with equivalent numbers of the new Touch system and expect to become the principal Lightworks rental facility in London."

Heir to the classic, Academy Award-winning Lightworks Turbo and Heavyworks systems, Touch is designed to be faster and more responsive, providing immediate, reactive control over picture and sound. Its sleek GUI is clean and intuitive with a powerful tool-set, allowing editors to design their own workflow. Many real-time effects come with the new system, which also supports Adobe compatible plug-ins for complex effects. Touch also supports any application that can exchange AVI files.

Touch handles any frame rate (24, 24p, 25 or 30,) any TV standard (PAL, NTSC) and any telecine mode (pull-down, straight or telecined fast.) Storage configurations, from stand-alone systems to large networks, are managed with internal, as well as any number of external drives through a networked environment with RAID protection. The ever-popular Lightworks console is even faster than before and combined with the new Touch editing system, allows the user to edit as fast as thought. It's swift editing; designed by editors for editors.

In addition to their primary television client base, Coach House Studios services feature films and documentaries. The company installs and supports edit suites anywhere in Europe -- such as in Prague, for "Dr. Zhivago." The Touch systems can be set up in proximity to the production’s location or in ordinary offices. Once shooting is complete, the systems are moved to the production company's offices or to the Coach House itself.

Walbeoffe and many of his Coach House clients were previously with the BBC. As that corporation was a prominent buyer of the original Lightworks, many of the former BBC editors are proficient on the system. "We have six former BBC editors working here at the moment," remarks Walbeoffe, "I think they will be more than pleased to return to Lightworks especially since the Touch system is much better than the competition.”

About Lightworks:
Lightworks has been developing and supplying high end editing solutions for the film and television industry for over a decade. The latest product, Lightworks Touch, has already been used around the world on many projects. Lightworks, headquartered in London, also has offices in Los Angeles and Toronto. Lightworks,UK Ltd., was recently formed after the purchase of the Lightworks business by Gee Broadcast Systems, Ltd.. Gee Broadcast Systems has been supplying products and engineering services to the broadcast industry for 17 years and also manufactures the Geevs Video Server, which provides integrated, networked, production solutions, together with the Lightworks Touch.

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