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Pinnacle Deko Delivers HD Graphics at Grammy Awards

Provides on-screen graphics for both SD and HD broadcasts (February 14, 2005)

Pinnacle Systems, Inc., a leading provider of digital video solutions, today announced that its Pinnacle Deko real-time graphics systems produced the live graphics for the 47th annual Grammy awards broadcast Sunday, Feb. 13. Santa Monica-based Cossette Productions selected Deko to deliver on-screen graphics for both the standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) broadcasts.

This was the 35th consecutive Grammy awards show led by executive producer Pierre Cossette. For this event, Cossette Productions installed three Deko 3000HD graphics systems in mobile production trailers on site at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

“The Grammy awards present a significant challenge for live production,” said Allan Wells, Cossette Productions/Fontastics. “Deko delivered a stellar performance, giving us greater creative flexibility before the show and simplifying production when we were on the air.”

During preproduction, Deko allowed changes to graphic design and layout without manually editing all of the individual category, nominee and winner graphics. During the actual broadcast, Deko’s macro support and database integration enabled automation of repetitive tasks. The Deko 3000HD real-time graphics system provides the same interface and workflow already familiar to users of the standard definition Deko 3000, greatly simplifying the transition to HD. All graphics generating and processing is accomplished at full native HD resolution, including 3D DVEs and animatable text resizing and opacity.

“Pinnacle is committed to providing the broadcast market with high-definition solutions that support the most demanding production requirements such as those at the Grammy awards,” said Matt Danilowicz, vice president of broadcast for Pinnacle. “Using Deko 3000HD, Cossette Productions was able to optimize its live graphics workflow and deliver a memorable, rich visual experience for the Grammy awards audience.”

About Pinnacle Systems, Inc.
Pinnacle Systems provides broadcasters and consumers with cutting-edge digital media creation, storage, and play-back solutions for use at Home, at Work and on the Air. Pinnacle Systems’ award winning digital media solutions are in use around the world for broadcast, video editing, DVD and CDR authoring and on the Internet. A recognized industry leader, the company has received nine prestigious Emmy Awards for its technical innovations and carries this commitment throughout all of its product lines.

Pinnacle Systems may be reached at (650) 526-1600 or at


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