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Qumu Breaks Down Video Barriers With Launch of Capture Studio

"Studio in a Box" Enables Corporate Users to Create Broadcast-Quality Video to Enhance Communications and Reduce Travel Expenses (September 23, 2008)

EMERYVILLE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 09/23/08 -- Qumu, Inc., the leader in Enterprise Video Communications, today announced the availability of Qumu Capture Studio, a complete appliance solution for recording and broadcasting video and multi-media presentations. The solution simplifies the rich-media content creation process for enterprise customers, enabling the creation of corporate communications, dynamic presentations, lectures and training videos anywhere and without the expense of today's high-end production studios.

Market Significance

IDC estimates that enterprise video use will grow at a compound annual growth rate of nearly 50 percent over the next five years. Key to fueling this growth is Capture Studio's ability to enable anyone in an organization to easily create, manage and distribute video presentations to both internal and external constituents, effectively by passing the large upfront investments and production staffs usually required in today's video productions.

Unlike competitive offerings that do not offer multiple audio/video inputs, have low fps capabilities which limits the presentation to 'static snapshots only,' limit options to the viewing of slides, and are not able to control numerous cameras, Capture Studio delivers a more versatile and complete solution. By providing an industry-best full-motion maximum rate of 30 frames per second in VGA mode -- as well as simultaneous control of three cameras -- Capture Studio is adept at re-creating the presentation experience, enabling presenters to easily re-create every aspect of a presentation -- people and content -- and transform it into a high impact, rich media experience that can be broadcast live and archived for video-on-demand viewing to a number of player formats including the flexible new Microsoft Silverlight player.


Business Benefits

Qumu Capture Studio allows businesses to integrate presentations with video from anywhere -- and create and use video from a department across the enterprise to both enhance and expedite corporate communications. The standalone solution enables businesses to immediately leverage broadcast-quality video to improve communication, enhance comprehension of information, reduce travel expenses and foster collaboration.

"Rising gas prices, environmental concerns and increasingly mobilized workforces are forcing companies to rethink how they communicate," said Ray Hood, president and CEO, Qumu. "Capture Studio lowers the bar for enterprise users to communicate with video by eliminating the need to invest in high-end production teams and enabling companies to quickly and easily improve their operations, while minimizing the impact on their IT infrastructures."

How it Works

Capture Studio offers unmatched flexibility by supporting all major video formats, including Windows Media, MPEG-4 (H.264), Flash and Silverlight. With multiple viewing options, presentations can be streamed live via the Qumu Video Control Center (VCC). Multiple formats are provided for playback on any device -- from desktops to mobile handsets to high definition televisions -- while cross platform playback includes compatibility with Windows, Mac and Linux.

Integration with Qumu Video Control Center offers the ability to:

-- Ingest -- Capture Studio output can automatically be ingested to VCC, including metadata that will populate into the VCC video asset. -- Manage -- VCC can manage the distribution of the Capture Studio generated video output to any number of content distribution points, including iCDN and eCDN networks. -- Control -- Capture Studio can be scheduled and controlled (start/stop) from the VCC console, which is ideal for automated broadcasts setup. This is particularly relevant to University environments, as it enables them to record scheduled classroom lectures.

Pre- and post-production work is also streamlined with Capture Studio. Easy to use presets enable one click production, while audio and video mixing is automatic. Chapters are automatically created and indexed to ensure that all content is searchable.

Other noteworthy features include:

-- A flexible and powerful user interface (UI) that can tailor output format and content based on the audience viewing the video. -- Support of H.264, which enables simultaneous output of encoded video when streaming to the Apple iPhone 3G or a PDA mobile device in H.264 format, while also streaming Windows Media to desktop PCs, for example. -- Established preset controls for input/output allows users to easily switch between presets as the user's devices are switched (i.e. teacher to student to visiting professor). -- Uncompressed video file creation option. -- Overlay of multiple video/VGA windows in the same stream.

Try Before You Buy Program

Qumu Capture Studio is available to qualified businesses at no cost to test and use for 30 days through the Qumu "Try Before You Buy" program. Once qualified business users register with Qumu for the program, they will be contacted to determine use, location and applications and Qumu will schedule an evaluation time for the product. For more information, and to apply for the program, visit: www.qumu.com.

What's in the Box

The Qumu Capture Studio comes with everything a business will need to create and produce business video presentations, live and on-demand videocasts and broadcasts. The product includes:

-- A USB keyboard and optical mouse -- A Phantom powered microphone -- Two optional Sony Pan Tilt Zoom cameras -- MS Windows Storage Server -- A built-in DVD recording drive -- Cables

Pricing and Availability

For added flexibility, Studio Capture is available through Qumu in two versions. The standard package is offered for an MSRP of $22,000, while a deluxe version offers two pan tilt zoom (PTZ) cameras at an MSRP of $25,000. For more information or to purchase Capture Studio, contact Qumu at www.qumu.com or 1-(866) 654-8333.

About Qumu, Inc.

Video plays an increasingly strategic role in the way enterprises communicate internally and externally. Qumu, the leader in Enterprise Video Communications (EVC), enables organizations to easily capture, manage, publish and distribute live and on-demand video content. The company provides a single web services based software solution that seamlessly manages all video applications, and leverages existing video, storage and distribution hardware and software infrastructure. Customers worldwide, including AT&T, Abbott Labs, Citigroup, Dell, eBay and others are experiencing the value of the company's patented solutions. For more information, visit www.qumu.com.

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