Crawford Communications Expands Its Use of Accom Products With Addition of WSD/HD

Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from Accom

    MENLO PARK, Calif., April 4 /PRNewswire/ --
 Accom(R) (OTC Bulletin Board:   ACMM), announced today that Crawford
 Post-Production, a service area of Crawford Communications, Inc., purchased
 WSD(R)/HD (Work Station Disk/High Definition) Digital Disk Recorders for their
 new HD (High Definition) Hybrid Suite in Atlanta, Georgia.
     WSD/HD is a high or standard definition, 10-bit uncompressed video,
 digital disk recorder that represents a breakthrough in price performance in
 HD recording technology.
     Crawford, one of the leaders in the electronic media services industry,
 has effectively quadrupled its HD capacity and throughput. The company runs
 several shifts per day in both of its HD suites in order to handle the various
 demands of commercial, corporate and broadcast HD work.
     The HD Hybrid Suite is centered around an Accom Axial(R) 3000 editor
 combined with two WSD/HD Digital Disk Recorders as well as a range of other HD
 equipment.
     According to Ron Heidt, Senior Editor/Technical Director for Crawford
 Post-Production, "The fact that the WSD/HD interfaced nicely with the Accom
 Axial, is QuickTime(TM) native and has good file protection, was a big plus.
 The Axial has some non-linear editing capabilities through its RAVE(TM)
 (Random Access Video Editing) option. We decided to hook it up with the WSD/HD
 disk recorders because it gives us a lot of disk space which we felt we needed
 for HD post-production, and at a very affordable price."
     With more than a decade of experience as the industry leader in digital
 disk recorder (DDR) technology, Accom's new WSD/HD is once again setting the
 standard for use in HD applications. WSD/HD easily transfers video to and from
 high definition or standard video tape recorders as well as graphics or
 animation workstations. It supports full bandwidth, standard definition serial
 digital recording and playback in addition to all of the standard high
 definition production formats including 24P -- all uncompressed.
     "The WSD/HD allows me to get my material loaded onto my disks in the order
 that they are in, on the source tapes. Once that happens, it lets me very
 quickly get them from the tapes to the disks so that while I'm conforming the
 program I have immediate instant access to everything," commented Heidt. "If I
 have 50 tapes in an hour show, I can get all of the material from those
 50 tapes onto my two WSD/HDs. I have it set up in a particular mode, so that I
 can automatically set up for dissolves and stuff like that. So having Scene A
 on one WSD/HD and Scene B on the second WSD/HD really speeds up the whole
 process," continued Heidt. Another neat thing about the WSD/HD in the
 production path is, if I have a client who has an animation that they've
 rendered in a 3D program, After Effects or similar, they can render it using
 the QuickTime(TM) Codec for the WSD/HD. I can then transfer the file over to
 my WSD/HD and they don't have to worry about getting their file to tape," he
 said.
     The multiple-format, QuickTime native WSD/HD, is the ideal DDR for
 graphics or animation workstation support, Telecine transfer and cache
 (storage), multi-standard cache for video editing, High Definition live-to-air
 playout and scientific visualization.
     "With the WSD/HD you never run the risk of inadvertently erasing files of
 different formats that the one you are currently working with. On the WSD/HD,
 I can make a file and that's the only file that's active. If I want to work on
 another file, it could be another 60i file (I could have two 60i files), I
 know I am never going to touch that one file because it's totally different
 3/4 no matter how much I record. I also like the fact that the WSD/HD's
 interface is QuickTime native. After Effects, Commotion and other similar
 software programs like those, can do QuickTime files, so it is easy access
 over the network to get to those files. Overall, the WSD/HD has greatly
 improved the speed of our output in a very cost effective way," concluded
 Heidt.
 
     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
    MENLO PARK, Calif., April 4 /PRNewswire/ --
 Accom(R) (OTC Bulletin Board:   ACMM), announced today that Crawford
 Post-Production, a service area of Crawford Communications, Inc., purchased
 WSD(R)/HD (Work Station Disk/High Definition) Digital Disk Recorders for their
 new HD (High Definition) Hybrid Suite in Atlanta, Georgia.
     WSD/HD is a high or standard definition, 10-bit uncompressed video,
 digital disk recorder that represents a breakthrough in price performance in
 HD recording technology.
     Crawford, one of the leaders in the electronic media services industry,
 has effectively quadrupled its HD capacity and throughput. The company runs
 several shifts per day in both of its HD suites in order to handle the various
 demands of commercial, corporate and broadcast HD work.
     The HD Hybrid Suite is centered around an Accom Axial(R) 3000 editor
 combined with two WSD/HD Digital Disk Recorders as well as a range of other HD
 equipment.
     According to Ron Heidt, Senior Editor/Technical Director for Crawford
 Post-Production, "The fact that the WSD/HD interfaced nicely with the Accom
 Axial, is QuickTime(TM) native and has good file protection, was a big plus.
 The Axial has some non-linear editing capabilities through its RAVE(TM)
 (Random Access Video Editing) option. We decided to hook it up with the WSD/HD
 disk recorders because it gives us a lot of disk space which we felt we needed
 for HD post-production, and at a very affordable price."
     With more than a decade of experience as the industry leader in digital
 disk recorder (DDR) technology, Accom's new WSD/HD is once again setting the
 standard for use in HD applications. WSD/HD easily transfers video to and from
 high definition or standard video tape recorders as well as graphics or
 animation workstations. It supports full bandwidth, standard definition serial
 digital recording and playback in addition to all of the standard high
 definition production formats including 24P -- all uncompressed.
     "The WSD/HD allows me to get my material loaded onto my disks in the order
 that they are in, on the source tapes. Once that happens, it lets me very
 quickly get them from the tapes to the disks so that while I'm conforming the
 program I have immediate instant access to everything," commented Heidt. "If I
 have 50 tapes in an hour show, I can get all of the material from those
 50 tapes onto my two WSD/HDs. I have it set up in a particular mode, so that I
 can automatically set up for dissolves and stuff like that. So having Scene A
 on one WSD/HD and Scene B on the second WSD/HD really speeds up the whole
 process," continued Heidt. Another neat thing about the WSD/HD in the
 production path is, if I have a client who has an animation that they've
 rendered in a 3D program, After Effects or similar, they can render it using
 the QuickTime(TM) Codec for the WSD/HD. I can then transfer the file over to
 my WSD/HD and they don't have to worry about getting their file to tape," he
 said.
     The multiple-format, QuickTime native WSD/HD, is the ideal DDR for
 graphics or animation workstation support, Telecine transfer and cache
 (storage), multi-standard cache for video editing, High Definition live-to-air
 playout and scientific visualization.
     "With the WSD/HD you never run the risk of inadvertently erasing files of
 different formats that the one you are currently working with. On the WSD/HD,
 I can make a file and that's the only file that's active. If I want to work on
 another file, it could be another 60i file (I could have two 60i files), I
 know I am never going to touch that one file because it's totally different
 3/4 no matter how much I record. I also like the fact that the WSD/HD's
 interface is QuickTime native. After Effects, Commotion and other similar
 software programs like those, can do QuickTime files, so it is easy access
 over the network to get to those files. Overall, the WSD/HD has greatly
 improved the speed of our output in a very cost effective way," concluded
 Heidt.
 
     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.
 
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