Convera and Front Porch Digital Partner to Help Video Producers And Broadcasters Increase Value of Their Video Content Libraries

Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Front Porch Digital, Inc. from ,Convera

    LAS VEGAS, NAB 2001, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Convera (Nasdaq: CNVR), a leading provider of advanced technologies, products
 and solutions for unlocking the value in digital content, and Front Porch
 Digital, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board:   FPDI), a leader in the conversion,
 preservation and management of information assets, today announced a strategic
 agreement to assist video and broadcast outlets in increasing the revenue-
 producing potential of their video content libraries.
     Per the agreement, Convera and Front Porch Digital will cooperate on joint
 product development and market development programs designed to provide video
 and broadcast organizations with end-to-end solutions for encoding, indexing,
 transcoding, managing, archiving, converting and distributing video assets.
 The joint solution will enable video and broadcast organizations to save
 considerable time and money in data conversion and content management, and
 enable them to generate additional income by selling the newly converted
 content in a variety of formats.
     "This strategic partnership now provides our clients a complete, end-to-
 end solution for video content capture, management, and distribution,
 especially for those with large archives containing content stored on analog
 film and videotape," noted Jean Reiczyk, chairman and CEO of Front Porch
 Digital.  "Offering Convera's video content management solution with our
 product and services provides significant advantages to clients that need to
 create digital archives and distribute content in any digital format desired,
 on-demand."
     "Front Porch Digital's software-based, real-time encoding and transcoding
 technology, along with our video content management products, provides
 improved video conversion functionality and flexibility to our clients," said
 Pat Condo, president and CEO of Convera.
     Convera Screening Room provides scalable, high-performance access to any
 video asset (analog or digital) from an ordinary Web browser.  With Screening
 Room, users can automatically capture video; browse visual summaries (called
 "storyboards"); catalog content using metadata, annotations, closed caption
 text, and voice sound tracks; search for precise video clips using text and
 image clues; create rough cuts and "Edit Decision Lists" for further
 production; and publish those video assets to the Web for streaming. Screening
 Room turns video assets into useful, profitable resources in a cost-effective
 way.
     Front Porch Digital's software-based technology is notable because it can
 ingest and convert analog or digital video content to a standards-based
 digital format, in just one capture.  Thus, video and broadcast operations can
 convert their video content once, and then simply transcode it into a variety
 of digital formats as desired, without the need to re-capture the source
 content again and again.  (In contrast, hardware-based solutions require a
 different conversion process for each different digital format -- which makes
 it cost-prohibitive for video and broadcast outlets to convert analog content
 for multiple uses and, thus, multiple revenue streams.)
 
     About Convera
     Convera, the new company formed when Excalibur Technologies combined with
 Intel's Interactive Media Services division, is a leading provider of content
 management solutions that unlock the value of digital content.  Convera serves
 nearly 700 customers in 29 countries from its offices throughout the United
 States and Europe.  Convera customers and partners include ABC News, British
 Telecom, Digital Island, Encyclopedia Britannica, FOXSPORTS.com, Microsoft,
 the National Basketball Association and more.  For more information, contact
 Convera at 800-788-7758, via e-mail at info@convera.com or on the Web at
 www.convera.com.
 
     About Front Porch Digital
     Front Porch Digital Inc. (www.fpdigital.com) is an industry leader in the
 emerging market for the offline conversion, migration and distribution of
 information in formats that are accessible via any digital platform.  Front
 Porch Digital will be conducting demonstrations of its products at NAB with
 StorageTek and ManagedStorage International in booth E3227 and Custom
 Technology Corporation in booth E5236.  To join Front Porch Digital's investor
 e-mail list, please complete the form found at
 http://www.fpdigital.com/html/e-mail_notification.html .
 
     Front Porch Digital Forward Looking Statements:  This news release
 contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties.  The
 Company's actual results may differ materially from the results discussed in
 these forward-looking statements.  Factors that might cause such differences
 include, among others, availability, terms and deployment of capital; general
 economic and business conditions; industry trends; changes in demand for the
 Company's products; the timing of orders received from customers;
 announcements or changes in pricing policies by the Company or its competitors
 and availability of management.
 
     The following are worldwide trademarks of Convera Corporation or its
 subsidiary Convera Technologies, Inc.: Convera(TM), RetrievalWare(R),
 ScreeningRoom(R), WebExpress(TM) and their respective logos.
 
     This release contains comments about Convera's future expectations,
 performance, plans and prospects as well as assumptions about future events.
 The reader is cautioned not to put undue reliance on these forward-looking
 statements, as these statements are subject to numerous factors and
 uncertainties, including without limitation, business and economic conditions,
 continued success in technological advances, and the risk that the businesses
 that were merged to create Convera, the Interactive Media Services Division of
 Intel Corporation and Excalibur Technologies, Inc., will not be integrated
 successfully.  Actual results may differ materially from our expectations as
 the result of these and other important factors relating to Convera's business
 and product development efforts, which are further described in Excalibur's
 filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  These filings can be
 obtained from the SEC's website located at www.sec.gov.  Any forward-looking
 statements are based on information available to Convera on the date of this
 release, and Convera assumes no obligation to update such statements.
 
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SOURCE Front Porch Digital, Inc.; Convera
    LAS VEGAS, NAB 2001, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Convera (Nasdaq: CNVR), a leading provider of advanced technologies, products
 and solutions for unlocking the value in digital content, and Front Porch
 Digital, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board:   FPDI), a leader in the conversion,
 preservation and management of information assets, today announced a strategic
 agreement to assist video and broadcast outlets in increasing the revenue-
 producing potential of their video content libraries.
     Per the agreement, Convera and Front Porch Digital will cooperate on joint
 product development and market development programs designed to provide video
 and broadcast organizations with end-to-end solutions for encoding, indexing,
 transcoding, managing, archiving, converting and distributing video assets.
 The joint solution will enable video and broadcast organizations to save
 considerable time and money in data conversion and content management, and
 enable them to generate additional income by selling the newly converted
 content in a variety of formats.
     "This strategic partnership now provides our clients a complete, end-to-
 end solution for video content capture, management, and distribution,
 especially for those with large archives containing content stored on analog
 film and videotape," noted Jean Reiczyk, chairman and CEO of Front Porch
 Digital.  "Offering Convera's video content management solution with our
 product and services provides significant advantages to clients that need to
 create digital archives and distribute content in any digital format desired,
 on-demand."
     "Front Porch Digital's software-based, real-time encoding and transcoding
 technology, along with our video content management products, provides
 improved video conversion functionality and flexibility to our clients," said
 Pat Condo, president and CEO of Convera.
     Convera Screening Room provides scalable, high-performance access to any
 video asset (analog or digital) from an ordinary Web browser.  With Screening
 Room, users can automatically capture video; browse visual summaries (called
 "storyboards"); catalog content using metadata, annotations, closed caption
 text, and voice sound tracks; search for precise video clips using text and
 image clues; create rough cuts and "Edit Decision Lists" for further
 production; and publish those video assets to the Web for streaming. Screening
 Room turns video assets into useful, profitable resources in a cost-effective
 way.
     Front Porch Digital's software-based technology is notable because it can
 ingest and convert analog or digital video content to a standards-based
 digital format, in just one capture.  Thus, video and broadcast operations can
 convert their video content once, and then simply transcode it into a variety
 of digital formats as desired, without the need to re-capture the source
 content again and again.  (In contrast, hardware-based solutions require a
 different conversion process for each different digital format -- which makes
 it cost-prohibitive for video and broadcast outlets to convert analog content
 for multiple uses and, thus, multiple revenue streams.)
 
     About Convera
     Convera, the new company formed when Excalibur Technologies combined with
 Intel's Interactive Media Services division, is a leading provider of content
 management solutions that unlock the value of digital content.  Convera serves
 nearly 700 customers in 29 countries from its offices throughout the United
 States and Europe.  Convera customers and partners include ABC News, British
 Telecom, Digital Island, Encyclopedia Britannica, FOXSPORTS.com, Microsoft,
 the National Basketball Association and more.  For more information, contact
 Convera at 800-788-7758, via e-mail at info@convera.com or on the Web at
 www.convera.com.
 
     About Front Porch Digital
     Front Porch Digital Inc. (www.fpdigital.com) is an industry leader in the
 emerging market for the offline conversion, migration and distribution of
 information in formats that are accessible via any digital platform.  Front
 Porch Digital will be conducting demonstrations of its products at NAB with
 StorageTek and ManagedStorage International in booth E3227 and Custom
 Technology Corporation in booth E5236.  To join Front Porch Digital's investor
 e-mail list, please complete the form found at
 http://www.fpdigital.com/html/e-mail_notification.html .
 
     Front Porch Digital Forward Looking Statements:  This news release
 contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties.  The
 Company's actual results may differ materially from the results discussed in
 these forward-looking statements.  Factors that might cause such differences
 include, among others, availability, terms and deployment of capital; general
 economic and business conditions; industry trends; changes in demand for the
 Company's products; the timing of orders received from customers;
 announcements or changes in pricing policies by the Company or its competitors
 and availability of management.
 
     The following are worldwide trademarks of Convera Corporation or its
 subsidiary Convera Technologies, Inc.: Convera(TM), RetrievalWare(R),
 ScreeningRoom(R), WebExpress(TM) and their respective logos.
 
     This release contains comments about Convera's future expectations,
 performance, plans and prospects as well as assumptions about future events.
 The reader is cautioned not to put undue reliance on these forward-looking
 statements, as these statements are subject to numerous factors and
 uncertainties, including without limitation, business and economic conditions,
 continued success in technological advances, and the risk that the businesses
 that were merged to create Convera, the Interactive Media Services Division of
 Intel Corporation and Excalibur Technologies, Inc., will not be integrated
 successfully.  Actual results may differ materially from our expectations as
 the result of these and other important factors relating to Convera's business
 and product development efforts, which are further described in Excalibur's
 filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  These filings can be
 obtained from the SEC's website located at www.sec.gov.  Any forward-looking
 statements are based on information available to Convera on the date of this
 release, and Convera assumes no obligation to update such statements.
 
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