Leitch Announces Cutting-Edge Developments at NAB 2001

NAB BOOTH No. L8620



Apr 27, 2001, 01:00 ET from Leitch Technology Corporation

    TORONTO, April 27 /PRNewswire/ - Leitch Technology Corporation
 (TSE:LTV;NASDAQ:  LVID) -- a leading provider of high-quality digital video and
 audio solutions to the broadcasting, telecommunications, cable and Intenet
 industries -- is pleased to announce cutting-edge developments at the 2001
 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Leitch
 is providing NAB 2001 attendees with the opportunity to witness the debut of
 several new innovations, as they showcase systems that continue to advance
 video technology as media distribution channels converge.
     Leitch's revolutionary CCS Command Control System, a distributed, real-
 time command and control system used to configure, provision and monitor
 Leitch and third-party equipment, along with Pilot(TM), the flagship product
 of CCS, has been well received by NAB attendees. This Windows(R)-based
 software provides a user-friendly approach to detecting and solving many
 operational issues before they can affect an organization's revenue stream.
     NAB visitors are also previewing NEO, a new modular interface series
 offering a wide range of products for broadcast, teleproduction, remote (OB)
 production, cable/telco, satellite, and IP networks. NEO supports analog,
 hybrid, serial digital, high-definition and optical systems and provides the
 tools needed to simplify operations -- now and into the future.
     Leitch's introduction of its latest generation of advanced non-linear
 editing systems for the VR400(TM) series of video servers is drawing crowds to
 the booth's server section. Based upon the original VR375 Leitch
 NEWSFlash(TM), the new VR465 NEWSFlash-II(TM) and VR475 NEWSFlash-II FX(TM)
 provide the foundation for a new generation of completely integrated newsroom
 solutions, allowing for reduced workflow and easy and familiar editing
 operations, while providing DTV readiness and extensibility into the Internet
 age.
     The Leitch display features BrowseCutter's journalist workstations and
 access to archival media using the company's innovative and economical DVD
 Archiving. Complete from news service to scaleable play-out transmission
 server system, this eloquent newsroom integration is being shown at NAB 2001
 as a 44-channel system.
     Visitors to the Leitch booth are also being introduced to the company's
 innovative Blue(3) Dynamic Network Fabric, which provides rock-solid
 reliability, scalability from 32x32 to 512x512, and multi-format flexibility
 for routing applications. The Blue(3) Dynamic Routing Fabric is a self-healing
 router network featuring a built-in mechanism capable of routing around failed
 components and/or frames.
     Many NAB attendees are visiting the Leitch booth to take a glimpse at the
 Integrator(TM) routing systems (from 32x32 to 512x512), which accommodate
 multi-standards and formats, include expanded features and control, and are
 designed to ease an operation's digital system integration. Visitors are also
 being introduced to the latest addition to an already extensive router
 portfolio, Leitch's 12x2 wideband router -- Prophecy(TM). Able to route data
 rates from 30 Mb/s to 1.5 Gb/s, Prophecy can be effectively used as a low-
 cost, HD "on-air" master control switcher.
     Broadening Leitch's already healthy portfolio at NAB 2001 are the many
 new products from DPS, the company's most recent acquisition. DPS product
 introductions include the dpsNetStreamer(TM) expandable, professional multiple
 web stream encoder; dpsRealityHD(TM), a new dual-mode HD/SD post-production
 system featuring a software-upgradeable codec architecture for flexible
 support of multiple HD formats; and the dpsWhiplash2(TM) slow-motion instant
 replay system, a successor to the popular dpsWhiplash.
     In addition, DPS is unveiling dpsVelocity(TM) 7.6, the latest evolution
 of the powerful non-linear editing system, and is providing a preview of some
 of the innovative features planned for an upcoming version, dpsVelocity 8.0.
 Showing as a technology demonstration at NAB 2001, the dpsQuattrus(TM) is the
 latest generation in multi-layer, non-linear editing hardware.
     During NAB 2001, Leitch has announced a collaboration with Kaydara Inc.,
 a leading provider of mixed-media digital content solutions, to develop the
 next-generation image store, MediaFile(TM). The new Leitch MediaFile will
 integrate seamlessly into broadcast environments, providing broadcast
 operators with new capabilities such as ease of use and an improved growth
 path for the future. MediaFile runs in the StillNet(R) network and supports
 the StillFile(R) format, allowing existing customers the ability to add
 channels to an existing network and transfer stills and sequences from
 StillFiles to the MediaFile.
     "NAB 2001 is proving to be another resounding success," says John
 MacDonald, president and CEO of Leitch Technology Corporation. "Our innovative
 product solutions have been specifically designed to meet the needs of the
 changing marketplace, and the positive response we've had from the NAB
 attendees tell us that our business strategies are right on target."
 
     Leitch Technology Corporation provides leading-edge solutions to store,
 switch, distribute, convert, and otherwise process high-quality audio and
 video signals. Applications for Leitch products span the broadcast, telco,
 cable, post-production, Internet, and business-to-business markets. Leitch is
 headquartered in Toronto, ON Canada with other key offices in Virginia,
 California, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Japan, Hong Kong and Australia.
 
 

SOURCE Leitch Technology Corporation
    TORONTO, April 27 /PRNewswire/ - Leitch Technology Corporation
 (TSE:LTV;NASDAQ:  LVID) -- a leading provider of high-quality digital video and
 audio solutions to the broadcasting, telecommunications, cable and Intenet
 industries -- is pleased to announce cutting-edge developments at the 2001
 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Leitch
 is providing NAB 2001 attendees with the opportunity to witness the debut of
 several new innovations, as they showcase systems that continue to advance
 video technology as media distribution channels converge.
     Leitch's revolutionary CCS Command Control System, a distributed, real-
 time command and control system used to configure, provision and monitor
 Leitch and third-party equipment, along with Pilot(TM), the flagship product
 of CCS, has been well received by NAB attendees. This Windows(R)-based
 software provides a user-friendly approach to detecting and solving many
 operational issues before they can affect an organization's revenue stream.
     NAB visitors are also previewing NEO, a new modular interface series
 offering a wide range of products for broadcast, teleproduction, remote (OB)
 production, cable/telco, satellite, and IP networks. NEO supports analog,
 hybrid, serial digital, high-definition and optical systems and provides the
 tools needed to simplify operations -- now and into the future.
     Leitch's introduction of its latest generation of advanced non-linear
 editing systems for the VR400(TM) series of video servers is drawing crowds to
 the booth's server section. Based upon the original VR375 Leitch
 NEWSFlash(TM), the new VR465 NEWSFlash-II(TM) and VR475 NEWSFlash-II FX(TM)
 provide the foundation for a new generation of completely integrated newsroom
 solutions, allowing for reduced workflow and easy and familiar editing
 operations, while providing DTV readiness and extensibility into the Internet
 age.
     The Leitch display features BrowseCutter's journalist workstations and
 access to archival media using the company's innovative and economical DVD
 Archiving. Complete from news service to scaleable play-out transmission
 server system, this eloquent newsroom integration is being shown at NAB 2001
 as a 44-channel system.
     Visitors to the Leitch booth are also being introduced to the company's
 innovative Blue(3) Dynamic Network Fabric, which provides rock-solid
 reliability, scalability from 32x32 to 512x512, and multi-format flexibility
 for routing applications. The Blue(3) Dynamic Routing Fabric is a self-healing
 router network featuring a built-in mechanism capable of routing around failed
 components and/or frames.
     Many NAB attendees are visiting the Leitch booth to take a glimpse at the
 Integrator(TM) routing systems (from 32x32 to 512x512), which accommodate
 multi-standards and formats, include expanded features and control, and are
 designed to ease an operation's digital system integration. Visitors are also
 being introduced to the latest addition to an already extensive router
 portfolio, Leitch's 12x2 wideband router -- Prophecy(TM). Able to route data
 rates from 30 Mb/s to 1.5 Gb/s, Prophecy can be effectively used as a low-
 cost, HD "on-air" master control switcher.
     Broadening Leitch's already healthy portfolio at NAB 2001 are the many
 new products from DPS, the company's most recent acquisition. DPS product
 introductions include the dpsNetStreamer(TM) expandable, professional multiple
 web stream encoder; dpsRealityHD(TM), a new dual-mode HD/SD post-production
 system featuring a software-upgradeable codec architecture for flexible
 support of multiple HD formats; and the dpsWhiplash2(TM) slow-motion instant
 replay system, a successor to the popular dpsWhiplash.
     In addition, DPS is unveiling dpsVelocity(TM) 7.6, the latest evolution
 of the powerful non-linear editing system, and is providing a preview of some
 of the innovative features planned for an upcoming version, dpsVelocity 8.0.
 Showing as a technology demonstration at NAB 2001, the dpsQuattrus(TM) is the
 latest generation in multi-layer, non-linear editing hardware.
     During NAB 2001, Leitch has announced a collaboration with Kaydara Inc.,
 a leading provider of mixed-media digital content solutions, to develop the
 next-generation image store, MediaFile(TM). The new Leitch MediaFile will
 integrate seamlessly into broadcast environments, providing broadcast
 operators with new capabilities such as ease of use and an improved growth
 path for the future. MediaFile runs in the StillNet(R) network and supports
 the StillFile(R) format, allowing existing customers the ability to add
 channels to an existing network and transfer stills and sequences from
 StillFiles to the MediaFile.
     "NAB 2001 is proving to be another resounding success," says John
 MacDonald, president and CEO of Leitch Technology Corporation. "Our innovative
 product solutions have been specifically designed to meet the needs of the
 changing marketplace, and the positive response we've had from the NAB
 attendees tell us that our business strategies are right on target."
 
     Leitch Technology Corporation provides leading-edge solutions to store,
 switch, distribute, convert, and otherwise process high-quality audio and
 video signals. Applications for Leitch products span the broadcast, telco,
 cable, post-production, Internet, and business-to-business markets. Leitch is
 headquartered in Toronto, ON Canada with other key offices in Virginia,
 California, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Japan, Hong Kong and Australia.
 
 SOURCE Leitch Technology Corporation