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Video Design Software Acquires Chyron's Liberty Product Line

(August 06, 2001)
Video Design Software (VDS) has acquired the assets and operations of the Liberty Software product line from Chyron Corporation. The two companies have entered into a new strategic relationship whereby all sales, marketing, technical development and customer service/support of the Liberty Paint and Animation design software will be transferred to VDS.

Effective August 1, 2001, VDS will manage all aspects of the Liberty product line. In this capacity, VDS will continue the development of Liberty initiated by Chyron and expand development efforts to enable new features and plug-in applications for Liberty, as well as explore the product’s utilization in new markets. VDS will also provide Liberty customers with continued technical and operational support from its Melville and Toronto offices. To continue the line’s growth and sales efforts, VDS will begin working closely with Chyron’s direct sales force and domestic and international dealers, which are the primary sales channels for Liberty and will accelerate development efforts of the Liberty plug in application for the Chyron Lyric product.

As part of the agreement, the complete Liberty engineering team, including Barry Hicks, Engineering Manager for Liberty Paint and Animation, will join VDS. Technical operations will continue to be based out of the current Cupertino, California office.

“We are looking forward to a very exciting future with Liberty as part of VDS,” comments Larry Mincer, President of VDS. “Liberty is a tremendous addition to our range of software and system products, complementing our tools and products for broadcast and cable graphics, operations and automation. Our goal has been to expand the line of software applications we currently offer to the video production and post- production markets and Liberty is a great first step in this direction. In addition, we see a tremendous synergy between our VDS and Liberty’s engineering teams. With Liberty’s new product development at VDS, we are able to provide customers with an enhanced responsiveness and fast turnaround on proposed Liberty features.”

As a full-solution developer, VDS will also provide complete turnkey NT and IRIX based Liberty systems for customers in the broadcast, production and post-production markets.

Video Design Software, with its Graphics and Interactive Divisions and its partner company Video Design Systems are the leading developers of custom software and systems for the automated control of broadcast television systems, with an emphasis on graphics-related operations, content distribution and automation and Internet-to-video and video-to-Internet systems. With offices in New York and Toronto, VDS offers software products and systems for customer specific applications in the broadcast, cable television and Internet markets as well as off-the-shelf products for elections, stock market and financial interfaces, sports and racing statistics and data, cable and broadcast channel database interfaces, graphics localization and various Internet interfaces.

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