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The Weather Channel Chooses Dveous/MXPurchases two Accom Dveous/MX Universal-format digital video effects systems (September 27, 2004)
Accom a leader in broadcast and professional video products, today announced that The Weather Channel purchased two Dveous/MX Universal-format digital video effects systems for use in separate production control rooms. The Weather Channel, based in Atlanta, GA, is a 24-hour weather network seen in over 87 million U.S. households.
"We are long time Dveous users looking for a way to acquire current technology and options we lacked in our older systems as well as secure an upgrade path to high definition," said Michael Smereski, Chief Engineer. "Dveous/MX clearly was the choice for us since it provides the functionality and familiarity our operators are accustomed to. Currently we are continuing to work in standard definition and now with the upgrade path available to us in Dveous/MX, when the time comes for us to switch over to high definition, the migration will be extremely simple and no retraining necessary," continued Smereski.
Smereski's team at the Weather Channel had existing effects which were built on their older Dveous'. "It's amazing. We were able to take our existing effects from our older Dveous systems, dump them onto a floppy disk and plug them into the new Dveous/MX systems without any problem," commented Smereski.
The Weather Channel is planning to enhance the look of their shows with the new standard features available on Dveous/MX. In addition, they are able to stylize the three dimensional map look used on the morning show by implementing Orbital FX, blur, the color corrector and a host of other standard features that were once options on Dveous.
Jim Barclay, Production Products Marketing Manager for Accom, said, "Dveous/MX is the perfect DVE system for The Weather Channel because of its known 24/7 reliability, its easy migration to high definition ¾ when they are ready to go that route, and the fact that there is no learning curve. Also, with the new standard features on Dveous/MX, they now have a plethora of opportunity to create a vast amount of new effects which will provide an enriched look and feel to their various shows."
Unique to Dveous/MX is the ability to route the channels, individually or combined in any way the user deems necessary across the six outputs creating the flexibility and power that makes Dveous/MX the industry standard. Recently introduced ¾ Quad Twin power for Dveous/MX. With double the effects power, Dveous/MX now provides an industry-leading eight channels of DVE in all SD and HD formats.
Dveous/MX the only freestanding DVE to provide eight channels of standard definition and high definition effects capability can be set to work as a Dual Twin or Quad Twin system in standard definition (525 or 625) or, with a simple setting change, be transformed to work in high definition in 720 or 1080 at all frame rates. The Quad Twin capabilities for standard definition can be performed all in one chassis with Quad Twin high definition requiring two Dveous/MX chassis. Existing Dveous/MX systems can easily be upgraded to the Quad Twin capabilities.
Dveous/MX features comprehensive facilities for enhanced workflow and network integration. The combination of new internal disk storage and built-in Ethernet means technical directors (TDs) and effects artists can quickly and easily manage and augment their effects palette by transferring existing effects and jpeg imagery from any source on the network. Software updates can be loaded direct via ftp transfer, and recall of effects and material stored on Dveous is now faster than ever before.
All Dveous/MXs are shipped complete with a rich feature set including UltraWarp, SurfaceFX, SuperShadow, TimeFrame Effects Editor, reTouch color correctors, OrbitalFX, Supermatte, SpiralFX, Target FrameStore, Wide range Defocus, Solid Builder.
Accom is headquartered in Menlo Park, California. Accom designs, manufactures, sells, and supports a complete line of digital video production, disk recording, and editing tools for use in the worldwide professional television marketplace — encompassing the production, post production, broadcasting, and computer video markets.
For more information, visit the Accom web site at: www.accom.com.
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