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Pinnacle Systems Ships Deko3000 HD Character Generator

For native high definition live production graphics (October 26, 2004)

Pinnacle Systems, Inc., a leader in live production graphics solutions, today announced that it has begun shipping the Deko3000 HD character generator as scheduled. The flagship in Pinnacles high definition (HD) graphics systems lineup, Deko3000 HD delivers across the most popular HD formats and at full native HD resolution the full spectrum of effects and features pioneered for Pinnacles legendary FXDeko II, the mainstay of demanding live production worldwide.

Pinnacle COO Ajay Chopra said, "Viewing audiences have a voracious appetite for HD content. Now broadcasters can easily deliver the complete package -- stunning HD video combined with eye-catching graphics. No more stretching, squeezing or making do with SD graphics upconverted. With Deko3000 HD, broadcasters can deliver a truly complete HD presentation for sports, news and other live productions. As with all Pinnacle live production products, Deko3000 HD is designed to fit seamlessly in todays networked workflow infrastructure."

Superior quality
Many graphics systems upconvert SD graphics to HD and as a result introduce flaws to the graphic. Deko3000 HD offers a significant and readily visible improvement over such systems by producing at full native 720p and 1080i HD resolutions. The result is graphics of stunning quality that are the perfect foil for impressive HD video.

Complete Effects Toolkit
Deko3000 HD delivers unlimited creative flexibility with a real-time effects palette that includes everything world-class productions demand from a top-of-the-line SD character generator. Deko3000 HD lets the operator perform 2D and 3D animation on a page, a row, a layer, a word, a character -- even on details within a character to create on demand shimmers and glows.

Deko Productivity
Deko3000 HD delivers the added functionality that sets Deko apart and has made it the system of choice for broadcasters throughout the world. Content independent effects mean that effects always playback as designed, even as data is updated on the fly. Motions that change properties like size, position, rotation, opacity, or even 3D DVEs are easy to create and automatically adjust to the length of the data. This makes Deko3000 HD and the entire Deko family -- ideal for challenging applications including automated data feeds such as election results and sports feeds.

Internal clip playback with key matte is standard on Deko3000 HD providing full design motion without the expense of a separate video server.

Deko file association significantly reduces the number of graphics that have to be pre-produced for a broadcast. By creating a master file of elements that graphics can reference, locally or on the network, individual elements or entire pages can be changed automatically.

Easy SD to HD transition
Deko3000 HD slips easily into existing workflows to simplify the transition from SD to HD. With the same easy-to-use Deko user interface and workflow functionality to use your 4:3 SD graphics in the 16:9 HD format, the transition to HD is easier, without duplicating effort.

Deko3000 HD is available immediately. Prices start at $52,000 U.S. manufacturers suggested retail price. Upgrade pricing is available to move from standard definition Deko systems to Deko3000 HD. For complete details visit or contact your local Pinnacle dealer.

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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