Crawford Satellite Services Selects Pinnacle Systems Mediastream Servers And DekoCast

Leading Television Network Operations Expands Automation Facilities With

Integrated Network System



Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Pinnacle Systems, Inc.

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 25 /PRNewswire/ --
 Pinnacle Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   PCLE) today announced that Crawford Satellite
 Services, a leading independent television network operator in the
 United States, has placed a $1.2 million (U.S.) order for MediaStream servers.
 The servers will be used to enhance the company's automation capability and
 increase channel capacity. Crawford has also taken delivery of two Pinnacle
 Systems DekoCast master control systems.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001027/PCLELOGO )
     James L. Schuster, senior vice president of Crawford Communications, Inc.
 said, "We evaluated all servers in the broadcast market, and Pinnacle Systems
 MediaStream was clearly the best for reliability, scalability and
 flexibility." Crawford Satellite Services is a service area of Crawford
 Communications Inc.
     Crawford currently provides satellite origination to dozens of cable TV
 networks including Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, The Learning Channel,
 Ocean Communications and Latin America Pay Television. Crawford provides
 television networks with the personnel and equipment to deal with every kind
 of technical, logistical and operational issue for origination and playback as
 well as domestic and international distribution.
     MediaStream Servers will augment several aspects of Crawford's broadcast
 operations, including commercial spots for live broadcasts to air. MediaStream
 will also extend Crawford's ability to deliver network automation services for
 interstitial material and programming.
     In addition to MediaStream Servers, Crawford recently purchased two
 DekoCast systems to support on-air production operations for its Latin America
 Pay Television network. DekoCast is a complete master control solution
 featuring an integrated real-time character generator, two-channel video and
 audio clip player, 24-track audio mixer and router, multi-channel DVE and
 advanced compositing engine within a unified hardware platform that can be
 controlled by a single operator.
     Crawford Communications Inc. is a leader in the electronic media services
 industry with innovative talent and technology in a fully integrated facility.
 Established in 1981, the Atlanta-based, privately owned company provides
 services for domestic and international clients involved in all facets of
 television, film, audio, Internet and satellite communications. Crawford
 Communications has evolved with technology to comprise the best in television
 network origination and playback, satellite transmission, streaming
 media/webcasting, online services, transportable satellite truck services and
 post production services.
 
     About Pinnacle Systems, Inc.
     Pinnacle Systems' broadcast, desktop, and consumer products provide video
 professionals and consumers cutting-edge digital video tools to create, store,
 distribute and view web enabled digital video easier and more affordably than
 ever before. Pinnacle Systems may be reached at 650-526-1600 or at
 www.pinnaclesys.com.
 
     NOTE:  All trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their
 owners and are used for identification or reference purposes only, with no
 intent to infringe on copyrights.
 
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SOURCE Pinnacle Systems, Inc.
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 25 /PRNewswire/ --
 Pinnacle Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   PCLE) today announced that Crawford Satellite
 Services, a leading independent television network operator in the
 United States, has placed a $1.2 million (U.S.) order for MediaStream servers.
 The servers will be used to enhance the company's automation capability and
 increase channel capacity. Crawford has also taken delivery of two Pinnacle
 Systems DekoCast master control systems.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001027/PCLELOGO )
     James L. Schuster, senior vice president of Crawford Communications, Inc.
 said, "We evaluated all servers in the broadcast market, and Pinnacle Systems
 MediaStream was clearly the best for reliability, scalability and
 flexibility." Crawford Satellite Services is a service area of Crawford
 Communications Inc.
     Crawford currently provides satellite origination to dozens of cable TV
 networks including Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, The Learning Channel,
 Ocean Communications and Latin America Pay Television. Crawford provides
 television networks with the personnel and equipment to deal with every kind
 of technical, logistical and operational issue for origination and playback as
 well as domestic and international distribution.
     MediaStream Servers will augment several aspects of Crawford's broadcast
 operations, including commercial spots for live broadcasts to air. MediaStream
 will also extend Crawford's ability to deliver network automation services for
 interstitial material and programming.
     In addition to MediaStream Servers, Crawford recently purchased two
 DekoCast systems to support on-air production operations for its Latin America
 Pay Television network. DekoCast is a complete master control solution
 featuring an integrated real-time character generator, two-channel video and
 audio clip player, 24-track audio mixer and router, multi-channel DVE and
 advanced compositing engine within a unified hardware platform that can be
 controlled by a single operator.
     Crawford Communications Inc. is a leader in the electronic media services
 industry with innovative talent and technology in a fully integrated facility.
 Established in 1981, the Atlanta-based, privately owned company provides
 services for domestic and international clients involved in all facets of
 television, film, audio, Internet and satellite communications. Crawford
 Communications has evolved with technology to comprise the best in television
 network origination and playback, satellite transmission, streaming
 media/webcasting, online services, transportable satellite truck services and
 post production services.
 
     About Pinnacle Systems, Inc.
     Pinnacle Systems' broadcast, desktop, and consumer products provide video
 professionals and consumers cutting-edge digital video tools to create, store,
 distribute and view web enabled digital video easier and more affordably than
 ever before. Pinnacle Systems may be reached at 650-526-1600 or at
 www.pinnaclesys.com.
 
     NOTE:  All trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their
 owners and are used for identification or reference purposes only, with no
 intent to infringe on copyrights.
 
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                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X51011287
 
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