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VertigoXmedia Brings HD Capabilities of Xmedia Suite To IBC

Centralized asset management system is now HD-ready (July 01, 2005)

VertigoXmedia will showcase the new HD capabilities of the Xmedia asset management suite at the upcoming IBC2005. The company will also highlight their new VertigoXG SD/HD graphics system.

HD Capabilities
Vertigo's entire Xmedia Suite, a MOS-compliant centralized asset management system, is now HD-ready, enabling authoring, editing, and control of graphics in both HD and SD. Existing and new Vertigo customers who are currently broadcasting in SD can seamlessly make the transition to HD, and broadcasters who are launching new channels in HD can enjoy the comprehensive feature set that makes the Xmedia Suite the most capable open-standards graphics automation system on the market.

HD capabilities also have been extended to the VertigoXG graphics system with a new field-upgradeable Scaler Module that provides for conversion and simultaneous output of SD and HD signals. Built by Montreal-based Matrox Graphics, the software module uses a three-step process that includes motion estimation, de-interlacing, and scaling -- all performed at 10-bit YUV 4:2:2 to produce the highest-quality conversion. With the Scaler Module installed, the VertigoXG can output SD and HD simultaneously, downconvert an HD source to SD, upconvert SD to HD, capture an SD source as an HD clip for inclusion in an HD project, and capture an HD source as a clip in SD or another standard, giving broadcasters unprecedented flexibility. The Scaler Module will be available as of September 15, 2005.

The Xmedia Suite's latest release also includes new products and features including:

? The new VertigoNLX plugin for Avid NLEs lets Avid users browse a library of "smart" templates stored in a central Xmedia Server, select a template style, and automatically insert finished graphics and animations directly into the video timeline. Templates can include links to live data sources as well as pre-programmed production logic that automatically updates elements based on user selections. For example, by simply typing in a stock symbol, a user can automatically generate an animated stock chart from real-time data. The resulting video clip can then be stored in the Xmedia Server and automatically published to the appropriate production system for playout. The benefits of Vertigo's templated approach to graphics are now accessible throughout the production process from the newsroom to the edit suites to production control.

? The new Graphics Work Order Management feature enables journalists and production staff to generate work orders for new graphic elements electronically, direct from their desktops. The system automatically distributes the work orders to the graphics department, tracks their status, and ingests the newly created elements so that they become available like any other digital asset for use as part of an on-air graphic.

For years a developer of software-based solutions for production and channel branding graphics, VertigoXmedia is debuting for the first time in Europe its latest video hardware entry, the VertigoXG. A full-featured SD/HD graphics system used in conjunction with other products in the Xmedia Suite, the VertigoXG provides single- or dual-channel graphics and video playout capabilities for a wide range of advanced real-time broadcast applications. Vertigo has combined this new broadcast-quality video hardware with a real-time software rendering system, flexible on-air control interface, and its intuitive authoring tool for creating, managing, and controlling dynamic broadcast graphics. On-air graphics elements can be linked to live data feeds through simple drag-and-drop operations and then controlled from user-definable "soft" control panels. This integrated on-air control capability, coupled with an unlimited number of layers and individually keyed elements, makes the VertigoXG one of the most powerful broadcast graphics systems available today.

Dubai Office
Vertigo is expanding its operations with a new office in Dubai. Designed to provide further support for its customers in the Middle East, the new office will be led by Raed al Tikriti, who joined the company in 2000 and has served as team leader in the Product Development group.

Existing Products on Display:
Xmedia Suite -- A powerful suite of tools for automatically creating, managing, and playing out real-time, dynamic broadcast graphics. It acts as a centralized asset management system, storing and managing all digital assets as well as real-time data feeds from virtually any source. The only open-standard solution, the Xmedia Server is capable of cross-platform publishing and can publish all graphic elements to any standard character generator as well as the company's own VertigoXG system. Solution areas served by the suite include automated newsroom graphics, centralized graphics, channel branding and automated promos, and more.

Xpresenter -- An affordable, stand-alone system that transforms Microsoft PowerPoint presentations into high-end, broadcast-quality productions that feature graphics, animation, and video for digital signage and corporate communications applications.

About VertigoXmedia
VertigoXmedia is an innovator in the field of graphics automation solutions for broadcast television, cable, and digital signage. The company's hardware and software products significantly streamline the graphics production workflow by offering the ability to automatically capture and control live data, create corresponding data-driven graphics, and deliver professional, real-time graphics to multiple output channels. VertigoXmedia also offers creative design, integration, and consulting services. VertigoXmedia's products and services have been used by many of the world's leading broadcasters, including CBS, CNBC, CNN, ESPN, FOX, NBC, Time Warner Cable, CBC/Radio-Canada, CTV, Global Television, and others around the world.

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