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Thomson Expands Grass Valley DNP Solutions

New multi-channel Ingest Station among key additions (June 28, 2004)

Thomson, the world leader in integrated solutions (technologies, equipment, and services) to the entertainment and media industries, has made news editing easier and more cost effective and helped streamline the recording and management of audio and video clips with new additions to its Grass Valley brand Digital News Production (DNP) solutions. These new enhancements will be demonstrated for European customers for the first time at the IBC conference in Amsterdam in September.

Grass Valley DNP solutions span the entire news production process, from ingest to edit to playout. The announcements include a new Grass Valley Ingest Station, a multi-channel ingest application; an enhanced version of the Grass Valley NewsEdit system, the fastest nonlinear editor available; and key enhancements to the Grass Valley NewsBrowse Web-based browser/editor.

Thomson also announced newly established technology partnership with Publison, which enables NewsEdit system customers to work in tandem with the Publison audio post-production system and perform dedicated, frame-accurate audio mixing.

?Thomson continues to invest in new products, partnerships, and technologies that enable our customers to produce leverage digital technologies more stories, more quickly, and with greater depth, said Marc Valentin, president of Thomson Broadcast & Media Solutions. ?The addition of new audio and video processing features and a high-quality, multi-channel ingest system are but a few of the new innovations that will be on display at IBC.

New Ingest Station Moves Tape-Based Stories into Digital Workflows Quickly
While broadcasters are moving decidedly to digital news production, todays news stories still arrive on tape from field-based producers, reporters, and photojournalists. Thus newsrooms need a fast, convenient, and efficient way to integrate these analog materials into their digital workflows.

The new Grass Valley Ingest Station 1.0 efficiently manages the automatic recording of tape-based materials to one or more digital channels. Supporting up to six channels, the highly networked Ingest Station system also can send materials to Grass Valley Profile 6G and Profile XP Media Platform servers, Grass Valley M-Series intelligent video digital recorders (iVDRs), and Grass Valley FeedClip interactive feed capture systems.

NewsEdit 5.1 Adds P2, XDCAM Support, Integration with Final Cut Pro and Publison Systems
The new NewsEdit 5.1 nonlinear editor includes a seamless interface with Panasonics P2 and Sonys XDCAM recording systems. Both systems support the Material eXchange Format (MXF) This MXF data is completely recognizable by the NewsEdit system. The XDCam uses a high-speed SBP2 Firewire interface for fast transfer of acquired material into the NewsEdit system. The P2 system will be supported in NewsEdit product line, including the NewsEdit LT laptop-based nonlinear editing system, as well as the M-Series iVDR system.

In fact, Thomson will demonstrate MXF support across a number of other DNP products, including the, Universal Interface Module (UIM) for the recently introduced Profile 6G server line in SAN or standalone configuration.

The NewsEdit 5.1 system also supports transparent integration with Apple Final Cut Pro software and the Publison audio postproduction system, making it ideally suited for a variety of audio and video production applications.

Meanwhile, the NewsBrowse Web-based browser/editor lets journalists browse MPEG-1 versions of high-resolution media from their desktops to quickly assemble shots, clips, and complete sequences?even generate preview sequences and storyboards for editorial review. The latest version of the system, NewsBrowse 3.0, includes enhanced archiving features, interface improvements, a new low-resolution encoder, and support for a variety of architecture based around the Grass Valley Network Attached Storage system.

Pricing and Availability
Pricing for the new Grass Valley Ingest Station starts at 8,000 and is scheduled to be available in July.

About the Products
The Grass Valley Digital News Production line includes the NewsEdit XT nonlinear editor; NewsEdit LT laptop-based nonlinear editor; NewsEdit SC software-based nonlinear editor; NewsEdit SCE editing and high-resolution review station; FeedClip interactive feed capture system; NewsQ manual playback system; NewsQ Pro automated news playback system; NewsBrowse Web-based browser/editor; Grass Valley Network Attached Storage System (NAS); Grass Valley Open SAN System; Profile 6G and Profile XP Media Platform servers; and the Profile Network Archive.

About Thomson
Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: S) is the leading provider of technology and service solutions for integrated media and entertainment companies. By capitalizing on and expanding its leadership positions at the intersection of entertainment, media and technology, Thomson provides end-to-end solutions to content creators, video network operators, manufacturers and retailers through its Technicolor, Grass Valley, THOMSON and RCA brands. For more information:

Thomson's Video Network Solutions division develops video and film technologies, products and services sold to all major Hollywood studios, all major television, satellite, and cable broadcasters under the Technicolor and Grass Valley brand-names for the delivery of analog and digital entertainment. The division also includes Thomson's Broadband Access Products Business, which develops technologies and products for broadband and telecommunication networks to deliver digital entertainment and data to consumers and businesses.

For information about Grass Valley products from Thomson please visit


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