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NEP Supershooters Takes Leitch's X75HD to Super Bowl

X75HD used in all-HD broadcast truck for coverage of event (February 18, 2005)

Leitch Technology Corporation today announced that its new X75HD Up/Down/Cross Converter and Synchronizer was part of NEP Supershooters all-HD truck that was used to broadcast the FOX Network's coverage of Super Bowl XXXIX, Sunday, Feb. 6, from ALLTEL Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla. The truck broadcast in 720p high-definition format.

"The X75 is a great tool and very handy to have around when you need that extra 'up/down/cross audio delay embedder/de-embedder' in your tool kit," said George Hoover, executive vice president of engineering, NEP Supershooters."I'd love to see one or two in all of our HD trucks."

The X75HD combines up/down/cross conversion, HD frame sync and extensive video and audio processing capabilities all in a space-saving 1RU package, and is equally suited for analog, digital, or high-definition hybrid facilities. Video processing features include simultaneous upconversion and downconversion with aspect ratio conversion for hybrid standard- and high-definition facilities; level/color control; optional 3D adaptive color decoding with time base correction; optional noise reduction; and frame synchronization. The X75HD's 16 channels of internal audio processing include timing with video for lip sync corrections; level control; analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion; and embedding and de-embedding for both SDI and HD-SDI serial digital signals and integrated Dolby decompression for interfacing any audio signal in a professional environment.

"With capabilities that far exceed any digital processing synchronizer, the X75HD allows broadcasters to do much more with less equipment," said Tim Thorsteinson, president and CEO of Leitch Technology. "Our HD portfolio has seen significant enhancements this past year, and being chosen to provide one of our newest HD products for this high-profile event underscores that Leitch is seen as a reliable choice for critical high-definition projects."

About NEP Broadcasting
NEP Broadcasting, LLC, of Pittsburgh, PA, provides a wide range of services to the sports and entertainment industries. NEP Supershooters, LP, is known world-wide as the top provider of remote broadcast facilities, management personnel, and engineering expertise for high-profile television events presented by the sports and entertainment industries. NEP can provide camera, audio, graphics and switching equipment in both digital and high-definition formats within their mobile production facilities.

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.

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