Pinnacle Systems' VorteXNews Powers Network News Service

End-to-End Network News Solution Enables ABC, CBS and Fox to Create

Centralized Resource for News Stories and Footage



Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from Pinnacle Systems, Inc.

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Pinnacle Systems, Inc.
 (Nasdaq: PCLE) has installed a fully integrated VorteXNews networked news
 solution at Network News Service (NNS), a collaborative news organization
 formed by ABC News One, CBS Newspath and Fox News Edge. VorteXNews provides
 NNS with a complete mission-critical news infrastructure that centralizes the
 production and distribution of second-tier news stories and b-roll footage for
 the networks. This cuts costs for all three network news organizations. It
 also enables them and their affiliates to focus on the top-tier news stories
 that differentiate each from the competition, while improving their ability to
 cover breaking news.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001027/PCLELOGO )
     VorteXNews uses the latest broadcast, computer and networking technology
 to streamline the entire news production process by seamlessly integrating
 tools for capturing, editing, browsing, playing to air and archiving. A Vortex
 News Media Management System provides NNS with a searchable, centralized
 storehouse of feed details input by the fifteen regional NNS newsrooms
 responsible for collecting local and breaking news video. VorteXNews
 acquisition workstations then ingest those feeds around the clock. A
 VorteXNews server, connected via high-performance storage area network (SAN),
 provides everybody on the network with shared access to material 5 seconds
 after the start of ingest. This solution eliminates the need for VTRs,
 videotapes and "sneakernet" in favor of completely digital newsroom workflow.
     VorteXNews Editor and VorteXNews Journalists workstations within NNS are
 used to edit news packages that combine stored clips with added text. In
 addition, every PC on the network can view and perform cuts-only editing via
 Pinnacle Systems' Media Archive Retrieval System (MARS) proxy system.
     High-speed WAN connectivity means that completed full-resolution news
 stories can be immediately viewed on VorteXNews workstations at ABC News One,
 CBS Newspath and Fox News Edge to select stories for affiliates. Should
 further editing be required, each network has full access to all centrally
 stored materials. A VorteX Decoder enables each organization to immediately
 stream breaking news to their affiliates.
 
     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.
 
 

SOURCE Pinnacle Systems, Inc.
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Pinnacle Systems, Inc.
 (Nasdaq: PCLE) has installed a fully integrated VorteXNews networked news
 solution at Network News Service (NNS), a collaborative news organization
 formed by ABC News One, CBS Newspath and Fox News Edge. VorteXNews provides
 NNS with a complete mission-critical news infrastructure that centralizes the
 production and distribution of second-tier news stories and b-roll footage for
 the networks. This cuts costs for all three network news organizations. It
 also enables them and their affiliates to focus on the top-tier news stories
 that differentiate each from the competition, while improving their ability to
 cover breaking news.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001027/PCLELOGO )
     VorteXNews uses the latest broadcast, computer and networking technology
 to streamline the entire news production process by seamlessly integrating
 tools for capturing, editing, browsing, playing to air and archiving. A Vortex
 News Media Management System provides NNS with a searchable, centralized
 storehouse of feed details input by the fifteen regional NNS newsrooms
 responsible for collecting local and breaking news video. VorteXNews
 acquisition workstations then ingest those feeds around the clock. A
 VorteXNews server, connected via high-performance storage area network (SAN),
 provides everybody on the network with shared access to material 5 seconds
 after the start of ingest. This solution eliminates the need for VTRs,
 videotapes and "sneakernet" in favor of completely digital newsroom workflow.
     VorteXNews Editor and VorteXNews Journalists workstations within NNS are
 used to edit news packages that combine stored clips with added text. In
 addition, every PC on the network can view and perform cuts-only editing via
 Pinnacle Systems' Media Archive Retrieval System (MARS) proxy system.
     High-speed WAN connectivity means that completed full-resolution news
 stories can be immediately viewed on VorteXNews workstations at ABC News One,
 CBS Newspath and Fox News Edge to select stories for affiliates. Should
 further editing be required, each network has full access to all centrally
 stored materials. A VorteX Decoder enables each organization to immediately
 stream breaking news to their affiliates.
 
     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.
 
 SOURCE  Pinnacle Systems, Inc.

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