Picture PipeLine Further Diversifies Its Suite of Broadband Production Tools

Synchronized Playback and Voice and Text Annotation Capabilities

Give Viewers More Options and Greater Control



Initial Tests Successful with Industrial Light & Magic



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Picture PipeLine, LLC

    LAS VEGAS, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Picture
 PipeLine, LLC (NAB Booth #S4064) is announcing today the availability of
 synchronized playback and text and voice annotation within its suite of
 broadband production tools.  The features have been developed in collaboration
 with Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), a division of Lucas Digital Ltd., said
 Picture PipeLine President Tom Gritzmacher from the National Association of
 Broadcasters Conference in Las Vegas.
     "Synchronized playback and annotation are particularly useful because
 filmmaking is very much a collaborative process," said Gritzmacher.  "With
 these new tools the production community can benefit from the speed and
 convenience of broadband and also have an even greater ability to work
 together.  This is enormously helpful because it frees up time to focus on
 other production related issues."
     Picture PipeLine offers the film, television, commercial and music video
 production communities fully integrated solutions over secure broadband
 networks.  With the addition of synchronized playback, numerous people can now
 simultaneously view and control MPEG-1 or 2 compressed video from different
 locations at connection speeds as low as 56k.  Each location has the ability
 to control the play, fast forward, reverse, pause and slider bar and the mouse
 pointer can be seen simultaneously on the video at all sites.  The launch of
 the application, transfer of the video and all video controls can be remotely
 directed from a single site with no interaction from a remote site.
     Additionally, annotation can now be embedded into frames for added
 convenience and versatility.  Voice or text annotations can be associated with
 any frame of footage and then sent to one or more sites where it can be
 reviewed.  If the recipient already has the footage, the annotation can be
 sent separately.
     These new solutions have been beta tested with ILM for the past several
 months and have allowed for real time collaboration of high-resolution images
 without the need for expensive satellite time or high-speed bandwidth.
     "We are always looking for ways to improve the production process,
 particularly in today's rapidly changing environment," said VP of Sales and
 Marketing Charlie Mitchell.  "These two solutions, in particular, were the
 result of listening to customer feedback, then using our knowledge of
 technology infrastructure to give them a useful tool."
 
     About Picture Pipeline:
     With its groundbreaking core technology having been developed by TRW in
 collaboration with one of America's foremost entertainment companies, Warner
 Bros., Picture PipeLine is able to provide a high-speed, digital conduit to
 securely stream video for real-time collaboration among multiple remote
 production locations.  Unlike other systems which require customers to obtain
 elements from multiple providers, Picture PipeLine is a single-source solution
 for its clients, providing a complete service package that includes
 consultancy, expansive software, hardware, connectivity and 24-hour, 7 days a
 week technical support.  The company, which was established as a California
 Limited Liability Company in October 2000, is based in Los Angeles, Calif.
 For more information, please visit www.picturepipeline.com
 
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    LAS VEGAS, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Picture
 PipeLine, LLC (NAB Booth #S4064) is announcing today the availability of
 synchronized playback and text and voice annotation within its suite of
 broadband production tools.  The features have been developed in collaboration
 with Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), a division of Lucas Digital Ltd., said
 Picture PipeLine President Tom Gritzmacher from the National Association of
 Broadcasters Conference in Las Vegas.
     "Synchronized playback and annotation are particularly useful because
 filmmaking is very much a collaborative process," said Gritzmacher.  "With
 these new tools the production community can benefit from the speed and
 convenience of broadband and also have an even greater ability to work
 together.  This is enormously helpful because it frees up time to focus on
 other production related issues."
     Picture PipeLine offers the film, television, commercial and music video
 production communities fully integrated solutions over secure broadband
 networks.  With the addition of synchronized playback, numerous people can now
 simultaneously view and control MPEG-1 or 2 compressed video from different
 locations at connection speeds as low as 56k.  Each location has the ability
 to control the play, fast forward, reverse, pause and slider bar and the mouse
 pointer can be seen simultaneously on the video at all sites.  The launch of
 the application, transfer of the video and all video controls can be remotely
 directed from a single site with no interaction from a remote site.
     Additionally, annotation can now be embedded into frames for added
 convenience and versatility.  Voice or text annotations can be associated with
 any frame of footage and then sent to one or more sites where it can be
 reviewed.  If the recipient already has the footage, the annotation can be
 sent separately.
     These new solutions have been beta tested with ILM for the past several
 months and have allowed for real time collaboration of high-resolution images
 without the need for expensive satellite time or high-speed bandwidth.
     "We are always looking for ways to improve the production process,
 particularly in today's rapidly changing environment," said VP of Sales and
 Marketing Charlie Mitchell.  "These two solutions, in particular, were the
 result of listening to customer feedback, then using our knowledge of
 technology infrastructure to give them a useful tool."
 
     About Picture Pipeline:
     With its groundbreaking core technology having been developed by TRW in
 collaboration with one of America's foremost entertainment companies, Warner
 Bros., Picture PipeLine is able to provide a high-speed, digital conduit to
 securely stream video for real-time collaboration among multiple remote
 production locations.  Unlike other systems which require customers to obtain
 elements from multiple providers, Picture PipeLine is a single-source solution
 for its clients, providing a complete service package that includes
 consultancy, expansive software, hardware, connectivity and 24-hour, 7 days a
 week technical support.  The company, which was established as a California
 Limited Liability Company in October 2000, is based in Los Angeles, Calif.
 For more information, please visit www.picturepipeline.com
 
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