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North Plains Announces New Release of TeleScope Video Manager 3

Includes Support for Telestream FlipFactory(R) v7.0 and Pipeline Video Capture (May 20, 2010)

TORONTO and NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 05/20/10 -- North Plains Systems Inc., the leading provider of digital asset management (DAM), media asset management (MAM) and publishing software solutions, today announced the latest version of its award-winning TeleScope Video Manager. Groundbreaking in its ability to edit and annotate hi-resolution, 16-track audio proxies via a web browser, the release supports network-based capture of high-definition (HD) and standard-definition (SD) video from tape or live-sources, enabling marketing departments, broadcast, media, & entertainment (BM&E) companies to move to tapeless workflows for their video and digital media production and distribution. The release includes full support for both Telestream FlipFactory 7.0 video transcoding software and the award-winning Telestream Pipeline video capture system.

The solution continues to address the unrelenting demand for post production use and distribution of new content. Video Manager 3.1 makes possible video production archive and editing workflows that require secure digital video storage, simplified rights-managed access to the video archive, and seamless distribution capabilities across organizations and third party agencies. It integrates with third party non-linear editing software including Apple's Final Cut Pro (FCP) and Avid editing systems, as well as archive, transcoding, and delivery systems.

Marketing organizations in every industry, including BM&E, manufacturing, retail, pharma, financial services, publishing, government and education, are using video as part of their core communication, training and promotional activities and most importantly to differentiate themselves from their competition. They need a sophisticated but simple-to-use solution for cost-effectively creating, editing, and distributing short and long form video across multiple platforms like YouTube, Facebook, cable, broadcast, etc. This latest version of North Plains' TeleScope Video Manager 3.1 allows marketers, trainers and advertisers to remotely ingest both HD and SD video from tape or live sources, and make it instantly available in an enterprise-class media asset management system for simple, secure access via a browser anywhere in the world. This award-winning solution gives them more control over the costs and processes normally associated with the creation, management, distribution and monetization of their organization's digital assets.

"It's not just the broadcast, media and entertainment companies that need to work efficiently and cost effectively with video," said Hassan Kotob, President and CEO, North Plains Systems. "We're seeing companies from all industries that need to digitize their existing and historical taped video, and be able to easily find and edit, annotate, conform and distribute it along with their new digital video. Video Manager 3.1 addresses that need."


The new integration with Telestream Pipeline enables users of Video Manager 3.1 to take advantage of its ability to pre-populate records in the MAM with information or metadata used to identify and search for the converted digital video in advance of Pipeline's conversion of the tapes into digital files and ingestion into the MAM. It also supports batch ingest from EDLs to encode multiple clips from a single tape, as well as the capture of tape-based metadata allowing companies to more easily transition from tape-based workflows to tapeless workflows with the correct metadata schemas making it easy to then find the digital video by simple and advanced search in the MAM.

"North Plains has had a longstanding partnership with Telestream," said Anna Greco, Director of Product Marketing and Business Development, Telestream. "The integration with both Pipeline and FlipFactory 7.0 continues to deepen that relationship and provide North Plains' TeleScope™ MAM and Video Manager 3.1 users with the fastest and most robust transcoding and network video capture capabilities available today."

North Plains TeleScope DAM and Video Manager use FlipFactory to extract video metadata, transcode and deliver video, and create storyboards. Video Manager 3.1 takes advantage of the unique capability in FlipFactory 7.0 to create high definition H.264 MPEG 4 proxies with 16 channels of compressed audio (AAC) for reduced file size while maintaining high resolution and time-code accuracy.

Available in both fully installed and SaaS format, TeleScope Media Asset Management and Video Manager 3.1 are ideally suited for organizations that create, ingest, distribute and sell video assets as well as all kinds of related files, including images, scripts, artwork, audio files, PDF documents and more. Widely used by creative professionals including video editors, marketing and advertising professionals and photographers, TeleScope Video Manager gives organizations the tools they need to streamline costly video workflows and facilitates the migration from tape to file -- giving organizations the ability to optimize their creative processes and capitalize on new revenue opportunities not previously considered possible with legacy systems.

North Plains' TeleScope™ Media Asset Management (MAM) Platform
TeleScope™ is an award-winning media asset management platform that enables the secure access, management and distribution of all digital and rich media content across an entire organization. With its distributed and modular architecture, TeleScope is designed to meet the diverse range of rich media needs from small and mid-size businesses and design studios, to the complex business challenges of global enterprises. Whether you're a new creative 'shop' just starting out; growing so quickly that your asset inventory is getting out of control; or a globally distributed organization with millions of assets to manage for users around the world, North Plains' TeleScope platform is ready to meet your unique business challenges.

About North Plains Systems Inc.
Founded in 1994, North Plains Systems Inc. is the world's leading provider of digital and media asset management and publishing solutions. With a portfolio of over 475 satisfied customers, North Plains' TeleScope platform streamlines the complexity of managing increasingly challenging digital asset and publishing environments. From centralized workflow optimization, asset creation, production and virtual collaboration, to delivery and distribution, North Plains provides end-to-end solutions that meet the business requirements of companies of all sizes. For further information please visit www.northplains.com. Follow us on Twitter and join us on Facebook.

About Telestream
Telestream provides world-class live and on-demand digital video tools and workflow solutions that allow consumers and businesses to transform video on the desktop and across the enterprise. Many of the world's most demanding media and entertainment companies, as well as a growing number of users in a broad range of business environments, rely on Telestream products to streamline operations, reach broader audiences and generate more revenue from their media. Telestream products span the entire digital media lifecycle, including video capture; live and on-demand encoding and transcoding; playout, delivery, and live streaming; as well as management and automation of the entire workflow. For more information, please visit http://www.telestream.net.

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North Plains Systems Inc.
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