Accom Shows Powerful Integrated Server/Editor Environment at NAB 2001

Apr 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from Accom

    LAS VEGAS, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Accom(R) (OTC Bulletin Board:   ACMM),
 (NAB Booth S4806) a leader in broadcast and professional video products, chose
 NAB 2001 for the first showing of a powerful recording, editing, and playout
 environment based on tight integration between Accom's real-time uncompressed
 AFFINITY(TM) Non-Linear Editor and the Abekas(R) 6000 MultiFlex(TM) DTV
 Server.
     Accom has developed integration capabilities for the AFFINITY editor and
 the Abekas 6000 server to provide AFFINITY editors access to recorded media
 only half a second after recording has started on the server. Likewise, the
 finished material from the AFFINITY editor is available for immediate
 play-to-air on the Abekas 6000 server only half a second after the "publish"
 button is pressed on the AFFINITY.
     With eight digital video channels instantly re-configurable for input or
 output and almost instant ingest and playout, the Abekas 6000/AFFINITY
 coupling is a powerful and versatile environment for live and near-live
 production.
     AFFINITY's new clip management capabilities allow the AFFINITY editor to
 take control of Abekas 6000 channels, create and manipulate clips on the
 server, pull material from and publish to the server -- all without affecting
 other operations the 6000 may be performing at the same time. Unlike many
 NLEs, AFFINITY also saves time by dealing with video, key and audio all in a
 single pass.
     In a live remote broadcast situation, up to six server channels can be
 assigned to live camera feeds, with the AFFINITY operator selecting any of the
 feeds on the fly from a pull-down menu in the AFFINITY user interface. With
 instant access to the feeds as they are being recorded the AFFINITY editor can
 pull up a feed from the 6000, mark an in and out point, and then immediately
 begin work on creating a polished piece using the AFFINITY's powerful
 finishing capabilities. When the piece is ready, instead of printing to tape,
 the AFFINITY publishes the piece to the 6000, and the 6000 can then be
 assigned to simultaneously play it to air just a half second later.
     "The advantages of working like this are very compelling," says Douglas
 Johnson, Senior Product Developer. "In a tape-based environment you have
 digitizing time to ingest, and more digitizing time when you print to tape
 -- and that's without all the hassle of managing the tape loading itself. With
 tape you can't be recording and have access to the material at the same time
 -- something that is completely natural in the AFFINITY/Abekas 6000
 environment -- and of course you can spend a lot of time shuttling tapes for
 the material you want, whereas the AFFINITY has random access to any clip on
 the 6000."
     The AFFINITY/Abekas 6000 combination can be linked to AFFINITY workgroups
 using AFFINITY/san, Accom's cost-effective Storage Area Network. In this
 configuration, multiple AFFINITY operators can have access to material pulled
 from the server, and can publish clips back onto the server via the gateway
 AFFINITY system.
     In a news operation, with the Abekas 6000 working as an on-air server,
 cuts-only news editing can be performed directly on the server with the 6000's
 editing facilities and dedicated hardware control panels, familiar to anyone
 who has ever operated a VTR. At the same time, bumpers, promos, packages and
 higher end productions can be put together on the AFFINITY from material on
 the server, and then published back to a slot in the server's playlist for
 immediate playout as soon as the editing is completed.
     "It's an environment that lets you ingest, manipulate and distribute in a
 real-time, live broadcast situation," added AFFINITY Product Manager Wes
 McKee. "What's so exciting about this system is that it integrates powerful
 multi-layered random access editing with a live multi-user, multi-channel
 record and playout capability."
     AFFINITY's powerful real-time editing capabilities, Abekas-powered DVE and
 unlimited layers make it the perfect NLE for use in demanding live
 broadcasting, while the Abekas 6000 has gained a fine reputation for
 performance flexibility and road-readiness.
     With built-in applications like time delay playout, copy extract and move
 extract, user-selectable MPEG-2 or DVCPRO compression, up to 130 hours of
 online media storage in a single compact 8RU chassis, expandable up to over
 12,000 hours with networked units, the Abekas 6000 is the most powerful and
 flexible digital video server on the market.
 
     About Accom
     Accom is headquartered in Menlo Park, California. Accom designs,
 manufactures, sells, and supports a complete line of digital video production,
 disk recording, and editing tools for use in the worldwide professional
 television marketplace -- encompassing the production, post production,
 broadcasting, and computer video markets.
     For more information, visit the Accom web site at www.accom.com.
 
     Special Note: This press release contains forward-looking statements based
 upon current expectations or beliefs as well as a number of assumptions about
 future events, and that are subject to factors and uncertainties that could
 cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the
 forward-looking statements. The reader is cautioned not to put undue reliance
 on these forward-looking statements, which are not a guarantee of future
 performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors,
 many of which are outside the control of Accom. The forward-looking statements
 in this release address several subjects including, for example, the product
 offerings of the company, the expected success and customer acceptance of the
 Company's products, the expected revenue and profitability of the company, and
 the ability to serve customer needs in the future. The following factors,
 among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those
 described in these forward-looking statements:  increased competition and
 technological changes in the industry in which Accom competes; the risk that
 the Company's new products will not be released on a timely basis or will not
 achieve market acceptance, and the risk that the Company will not return to
 profitable growth. For a detailed discussion of these and other cautionary
 statements, please refer to Accom's filings with the Securities and Exchange
 Commission, on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1999, including the
 section entitled "Additional Factors That May Affect Future Results." The 10-K
 report is available by calling Accom at 650-328-3818 or by accessing Accom's
 EDGAR filings on the SEC home page on the Internet at
 http://www.sec.gov/cgi-bin/srch-edgar?accom.
     NOTE:  All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
 
 

SOURCE Accom
    LAS VEGAS, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Accom(R) (OTC Bulletin Board:   ACMM),
 (NAB Booth S4806) a leader in broadcast and professional video products, chose
 NAB 2001 for the first showing of a powerful recording, editing, and playout
 environment based on tight integration between Accom's real-time uncompressed
 AFFINITY(TM) Non-Linear Editor and the Abekas(R) 6000 MultiFlex(TM) DTV
 Server.
     Accom has developed integration capabilities for the AFFINITY editor and
 the Abekas 6000 server to provide AFFINITY editors access to recorded media
 only half a second after recording has started on the server. Likewise, the
 finished material from the AFFINITY editor is available for immediate
 play-to-air on the Abekas 6000 server only half a second after the "publish"
 button is pressed on the AFFINITY.
     With eight digital video channels instantly re-configurable for input or
 output and almost instant ingest and playout, the Abekas 6000/AFFINITY
 coupling is a powerful and versatile environment for live and near-live
 production.
     AFFINITY's new clip management capabilities allow the AFFINITY editor to
 take control of Abekas 6000 channels, create and manipulate clips on the
 server, pull material from and publish to the server -- all without affecting
 other operations the 6000 may be performing at the same time. Unlike many
 NLEs, AFFINITY also saves time by dealing with video, key and audio all in a
 single pass.
     In a live remote broadcast situation, up to six server channels can be
 assigned to live camera feeds, with the AFFINITY operator selecting any of the
 feeds on the fly from a pull-down menu in the AFFINITY user interface. With
 instant access to the feeds as they are being recorded the AFFINITY editor can
 pull up a feed from the 6000, mark an in and out point, and then immediately
 begin work on creating a polished piece using the AFFINITY's powerful
 finishing capabilities. When the piece is ready, instead of printing to tape,
 the AFFINITY publishes the piece to the 6000, and the 6000 can then be
 assigned to simultaneously play it to air just a half second later.
     "The advantages of working like this are very compelling," says Douglas
 Johnson, Senior Product Developer. "In a tape-based environment you have
 digitizing time to ingest, and more digitizing time when you print to tape
 -- and that's without all the hassle of managing the tape loading itself. With
 tape you can't be recording and have access to the material at the same time
 -- something that is completely natural in the AFFINITY/Abekas 6000
 environment -- and of course you can spend a lot of time shuttling tapes for
 the material you want, whereas the AFFINITY has random access to any clip on
 the 6000."
     The AFFINITY/Abekas 6000 combination can be linked to AFFINITY workgroups
 using AFFINITY/san, Accom's cost-effective Storage Area Network. In this
 configuration, multiple AFFINITY operators can have access to material pulled
 from the server, and can publish clips back onto the server via the gateway
 AFFINITY system.
     In a news operation, with the Abekas 6000 working as an on-air server,
 cuts-only news editing can be performed directly on the server with the 6000's
 editing facilities and dedicated hardware control panels, familiar to anyone
 who has ever operated a VTR. At the same time, bumpers, promos, packages and
 higher end productions can be put together on the AFFINITY from material on
 the server, and then published back to a slot in the server's playlist for
 immediate playout as soon as the editing is completed.
     "It's an environment that lets you ingest, manipulate and distribute in a
 real-time, live broadcast situation," added AFFINITY Product Manager Wes
 McKee. "What's so exciting about this system is that it integrates powerful
 multi-layered random access editing with a live multi-user, multi-channel
 record and playout capability."
     AFFINITY's powerful real-time editing capabilities, Abekas-powered DVE and
 unlimited layers make it the perfect NLE for use in demanding live
 broadcasting, while the Abekas 6000 has gained a fine reputation for
 performance flexibility and road-readiness.
     With built-in applications like time delay playout, copy extract and move
 extract, user-selectable MPEG-2 or DVCPRO compression, up to 130 hours of
 online media storage in a single compact 8RU chassis, expandable up to over
 12,000 hours with networked units, the Abekas 6000 is the most powerful and
 flexible digital video server on the market.
 
     About Accom
     Accom is headquartered in Menlo Park, California. Accom designs,
 manufactures, sells, and supports a complete line of digital video production,
 disk recording, and editing tools for use in the worldwide professional
 television marketplace -- encompassing the production, post production,
 broadcasting, and computer video markets.
     For more information, visit the Accom web site at www.accom.com.
 
     Special Note: This press release contains forward-looking statements based
 upon current expectations or beliefs as well as a number of assumptions about
 future events, and that are subject to factors and uncertainties that could
 cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the
 forward-looking statements. The reader is cautioned not to put undue reliance
 on these forward-looking statements, which are not a guarantee of future
 performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors,
 many of which are outside the control of Accom. The forward-looking statements
 in this release address several subjects including, for example, the product
 offerings of the company, the expected success and customer acceptance of the
 Company's products, the expected revenue and profitability of the company, and
 the ability to serve customer needs in the future. The following factors,
 among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those
 described in these forward-looking statements:  increased competition and
 technological changes in the industry in which Accom competes; the risk that
 the Company's new products will not be released on a timely basis or will not
 achieve market acceptance, and the risk that the Company will not return to
 profitable growth. For a detailed discussion of these and other cautionary
 statements, please refer to Accom's filings with the Securities and Exchange
 Commission, on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1999, including the
 section entitled "Additional Factors That May Affect Future Results." The 10-K
 report is available by calling Accom at 650-328-3818 or by accessing Accom's
 EDGAR filings on the SEC home page on the Internet at
 http://www.sec.gov/cgi-bin/srch-edgar?accom.
     NOTE:  All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
 
 SOURCE  Accom