SGI Delivers More Compact, Digital Media-Ready System for Film Industry and Broadcasters

Silicon Graphics Prism Visualization Systems Optimized For High-Performance

Film Mastering, Effects and Broadcast Graphics

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., IBC Stand 7.204

Sep 08, 2005, 01:00 ET from SGI

Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Since its award-winning debut at NAB in
 April as an IT platform for media, the Silicon Graphics Prism(TM)
 visualization system has been expanded to include a deskside model starting at
 under $US8,500. Further enhancing the platform for media, Silicon Graphics
 (NYSE:   SGI) today announced the SGI(R) DMediaPro(TM) DM12 digital media
 option-bringing standard-definition (SD), high-definition (HD) and 2K film
 input and output (I/O) to the Silicon Graphics Prism visualization family.
 DMediaPro DM12 enables broadcast, post-production, film industry and
 government customers to optimize Silicon Graphics Prism and Prism Deskside
 systems for broadcast graphics, editing, compositing, film mastering or image
     Supporting the 64-bit Linux(R) operating system, the DMediaPro DM12 video
 board is a professional digital media interface providing up to 2K (8-bit or
 10-bit) input and output, with single and dual link HD-SDI capabilities
 including dual-link output for RGBA (4:4:4:4) or YUVA  (4:2:2:4). DM12
 includes support of eight channels of digital audio, for embedded audio or
 configured with AES/EBU interfaces. The DM12 board integrated with the Prism
 processing speeds, offers application developers of digital video solutions
 significantly more overall performance for their products on the Silicon
 Graphics Prism system.
     "Whether customers are doing video editing, compositing, broadcast
 graphics or visual effects for feature films, Silicon Graphics Prism systems
 enhanced with DMediaPro DM12 will be supported by industry-leading
 applications," said Chris Golson, senior director, Media Industries, SGI. "The
 SGI platform offers unparalleled performance and scalability in the Media
 industry and DM12 makes an advanced 64-bit open standards professional video
 and audio I/O solution accessible to application developers."
     Silicon Graphics Prism and Prism Deskside systems with DMediaPro DM12
     -- Uncompressed SD and HD digital video, 2K input and output
     -- 4:2:2:4 YCrCb and 4:4:4:4 RGBA video sampling with 8 or 10 bits per
     -- Real-time colorspace conversion
     -- All video formats from SD, PAL and NTSC, through HD to full 2K film
     -- 8 channels of both AES/EBU and embedded audio
     -- Dual link SD-/HD-SDI input and output for RGB, 8/10 bit added by
 optional mezzanine card
     -- 128MB of on-board RAM
     -- Break-out-Box for video and balanced digital audio signals
     -- OpenML(TM) Open Source Media Library
     Based on the Linux(R) OS and offering double the memory of HP and IBM
 systems, the Silicon Graphics Prism Deskside packs up to 24GB of memory, two
 Intel(R) Itanium(R) 2 processors and two ATI(R) FireGL graphics processors
 into a compact system that provides the ability to simultaneously serve four
 full bandwidth channels.
     The Pixel Farm recently announced PFPlay for the Silicon Graphics Prism
 platform providing those needing to review image sequences at high resolution
 the ability to playback uncompressed 2K and 4K images from disk in real-time.
 The Prism Deskside is optimized for 2K playback and the Prism Power series
 supports 2K and 4K playback from disk.
     "PFPlay running on the Silicon Graphics Prism Deskside system is an ideal
 and cost-effective tool for the production of digital dailies for review and
 approval in feature film production as well as providing a quality assurance
 tool prior to running out to film," said Richard Spohrer, managing director,
 The Pixel Farm. "With Silicon Graphics Prism visualization systems, directors
 and producers can now screen up to the minute versions of their productions at
 a resolution that allows any problems to be quickly identified using display
 technology such as the new Sony(R) SXRD 4K projector. The unique architecture
 of the Silicon Graphics Prism platform will allow even greater resolutions to
 be achieved when required."
     Availability and Pricing
     DMediaPro DM12 for the Silicon Graphics Prism and Prism Deskside systems
 will be available in September for $US19,500.
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 computing, visualization and storage. SGI's vision is to provide technology
 that enables the most significant scientific and creative breakthroughs of the
 21st century. Whether it's sharing images to aid in brain surgery, finding oil
 more efficiently, studying global climate, providing technologies for homeland
 security and defense or enabling the transition from analog to digital
 broadcasting, SGI is dedicated to addressing the next class of challenges for
 scientific, engineering and creative users. With offices worldwide, the
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