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Thomson Expands Kayak HD Video Switcher Line

KayakDD SD switcher now in 600 installations across multiple applications (January 27, 2005)

Building on the tremendous market enthusiasm across broadcast and professional audio visual markets for its Grass Valley KayakDD switcher line, Thomson today announced the Grass Valley brand Kayak HD 2 M/E switcher for high-definition (HD) production.

A complement to the existing Kayak HD 1 M/E video production switcher, the 2 M/E Kayak HD system is designed for live production, small corporate studios and editing applications. It's sure to build on the popularity of the KayakDD standard-definition switcher, of which more than 600 are installed worldwide?with more than 125 in China alone. Many of these switchers have been installed at universities, public high schools, government agencies, sports arenas, and religious production facilities.

This popularity is emblematic of Thomsons success in making its premium line of Grass Valley-brand digital production equipment for broadcasters accessible to video professionals in adjacent markets which are starting to make a substantial investment in digital production facilities.

?By continuing to expand the Grass Valley Kayak HD switcher line, Thomson recognizes the need for affordable multi-layered HD production tools in both the traditional broadcast as well as the professional and institutional markets, said Marc Valentin, executive vice president of Thomson Broadcast and Media Solutions.

New dMAX initiative targets digital workflows
In addition to the Kayak HD 2 M/E switcher, Thomson today also launched the Grass Valley dMAX (digital Media Asset Maximization) initiative to help media leaders worldwide capitalize on their investment in digital content creation.

Through the initiative, Thomson will offer a single-supplier integration partner for digital workflow success: one that can deliver software and middleware frameworks, critical applications, best-in-class products, and expert system integration and support services to create complete, optimized, end-to-end workflows.

Today, no company touches more points of todays digital production workflows?or has more experience integrating them?than Thomson. Through the dMAX initiative it expects workflow-based design and integration to be a high-growth component of its overall success.

Thomsons Grass Valley multi-format acquisition-to-production workflow features a broad set of its products including its Grass Valley line of production switchers. The biggest names in mobile production rely on Grass Valley products for everything from professional sports and high-profile entertainment programming to presidential campaign coverage and national cultural events.

Kayak HD 2 M/E: native HD production in a robust signal-processing frame
At 4 rack units (RU) high, the Kayak HD 2 M/E switcher is highly portable. Supporting 1080i and 720p HD production with a robust signal-processing frame that offers up to 48 inputs, four high-quality keyers per M/E, and up to 24 outputs, the system is also SD/HD switchable, supporting both SDI 525 (NTSC) and 625 (PAL) SD formats as well. It features an internal six-channel RAM recorder that records and plays out hundreds of uncompressed clips and stills. This field-tested RAM recorder can also be used as a high-quality frame synchronizer.

The Kayak HD 2 M/E switcher also includes the same familiar control panel and interface that Thomson customers routinely rely on for multi-camera productions, making installation and training fast and easy.

Like the 1 M/E version, the Kayak HD 2 M/E switcher includes a number of options such as chromakey, RGB color correction, and four internal Digital Picture Manipulators (iDPMs) per M/E for sophisticated digital video effects. It also supports a large number of popular server, router, and audio control protocols.

The new Kayak HD 2 M/E system also provides complete machine control, full networking capability to allow combined control among multiple panels and frames, and an integrated touch-screen display.

To help maximize productivity, all Grass Valley switchers support the Grass Valley NetCentral application for Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)-based facility and device monitoring.

Pricing and Availability
Pricing for the Grass Valley 2 M/E Kayak HD system starts at 76,000. It is scheduled to be available in the summer of 2005.

About Thomson - Partner to the Media & Entertainment Industries
Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) provides technology, systems and services to help its Media & Entertainment clients content creators, content distributors and users of its technology realize their business goals and optimize their performance in a rapidly changing technology environment. The Group intends to become the preferred partner to the Media & Entertainment Industries through its Technicolor, Grass Valley, RCA and Thomson brands.

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Thomson's Systems and Equipment 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.

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