SGI Debuts Silicon Graphics Octane2 With DMediaPro DM2, the Most Powerful HD Solution for the Desktop

High-Quality, Versatile Solution for Visual Effects Editing, and Compositing



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from SGI

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive Press Release/ --
 SGI (NYSE:   SGI), the leader in high-performance desktop visualization, today
 announced the next addition to the SGI(TM) family of DMediaPro(TM) enhanced
 products-the Silicon Graphics(R) Octane2(TM) visual workstation with
 DMediaPro(TM) DM2, delivering unrivaled video quality, versatility and
 performance for visual effects, editing and compositing. The new Octane2
 workstation with DMediaPro DM2 is the most powerful, fully integrated,
 single-source high-definition (HD) desktop product for making the transition
 to HD. Silicon Graphics Octane2 with DMediaPro DM2 provides video
 professionals with affordable, real-time, high-quality, uncompressed HD and
 standard-definition (SD) video I/O on the desktop. Configured with SGI
 VPro(TM) V10 or V12 graphics, the new DMediaPro enhanced Octane2 system
 supports all major HD video formats and resolutions-including 1080p, 1080i and
 720p-and SD PAL and NTSC timings. Octane2 with DMediaPro DM2 is also
 compatible with OpenML(TM), enabling content application developers to more
 easily integrate video and graphics capabilities into their application
 suites. Octane2 with DMediaPro DM2 provides digital media professionals a
 world-class video platform with advanced features, including a Video BreakOut
 Box (VBOB), an external device providing SMPTE 292M and SMPTE 259M HD and SD
 serial I/O and genlock. The unprecedented combination of features, graphics
 quality and system bandwidth and the new HD/SD capabilities of Octane2 with
 DMediaPro DM2 firmly positions it as the world's most complete and powerful
 dual-definition HD/SD desktop platform. Octane2 with DMediaPro DM2 makes
 advanced digital media easily accessible to a broader range of digital media
 professionals. SGI will feature the new Octane2 with DMediaPro DM2 system in
 its booth (S4132) at the National Association of Broadcasters show in
 Las Vegas, April 23-26.
     The new system will be available in two cost-effective configurations
 starting at $49,295 (U.S. list). In addition to this highly integrated
 -- hardware solution, SGI also announces the DMediaPro DM2 option for
 customers with existing Octane2 workstations configured with V10 or V12
 graphics. This option will be offered for $21,000 (U.S. list) in summer 2001
 and is another example of the long-term investment protection the SGI product
 line offers customers.
     "Octane2 with DMediaPro DM2 is a breakthrough product for entertainment
 production, post-production and other professional visualization markets,
 providing a powerful, cost-effective dual-definition HD/SD platform," said
 Greg Estes, vice president and general manager, Telecommunications and Media,
 SGI. "Silicon Graphics Octane2 with DMediaPro DM2 and VPro graphics is now the
 affordable choice for creative and technical professionals who need
 uncompressed, resolution-independent video, including HD, in a desktop
 system."
 
     DMediaPro DM2: The Dual-Definition Breakthrough
     Delivering uncompressed, resolution-independent high-definition and
 standard-definition digital video with two independent input and output
 channels, SGI DMediaPro DM2 on Octane2 with VPro V10 or V12 graphics provides
 advanced digital media professionals a powerful, feature-rich workstation.
 Advanced digital media capabilities for Octane2 with DMediaPro DM2 include
 support for:
 
     -- High-definition and standard-definition real-time video input and
        output
     -- All major HD and SD video formats including 1080p, 1080i and 720p
     -- SD PAL and NTSC timings
     -- 4:4:4 RGB video sampling with 8- bits per component
     -- 4:2:2 YCrCb video sampling with 8- bits and 10- bits per component
     -- Industry-standard BNC connections to external video devices through the
        VBOB
     -- SGI patented real-time colorspace conversion
     -- 16x9 or 4x3 aspect ratio
     -- OpenML
 
     What Application Development Providers Are Saying
     Today's leading visual effects application development providers have
 lined up behind the new DMediaPro enhanced systems from SGI. Here is what some
 providers are saying:
 
     "SGI is well-known as a leader in high-performance computing solutions,"
 said Marc Dando, sales and marketing director at 5D. "The speed, quality and
 reliability of SGI platforms are without question in today's film and video
 post-production marketplace. SGI platforms enable 5D to provide customers with
 a useful choice of hardware solutions and operating systems, across the whole
 price/performance spectrum. This approach also lets us deliver proven, turnkey
 solutions to customers, giving them great peace of mind."
 
     "Discreet is proud to announce its support for flame and smoke on the
 Silicon Graphics Octane2 platform. Octane2 with DMediaPro DM2 offers
 uncompressed acquisition for standard- and high-definition resolution on a
 single board. This combination targets the higher end editing, compositing and
 broadcast markets, which need to rely on a field-proven HD provider," said
 Louis Girardin, product manager for advanced editing and effects systems at
 Discreet.
 
     "The Octane2 with DMediaPro DM2 provides our Piranha HD editing and
 compositing customers with unparalleled scalability and cost performance. By
 combining HD serial digital and standard-definition input and output, SGI has
 created the best universal mastering workstation on the planet," said Tom
 Benoist, president of Interactive Effects. "Uncompressed 10-bit HD 1080/30i
 capture and record to disk over dual-stream serial digital is no small
 achievement. To provide it on a workstation that is more affordable than most
 HD video decks is revolutionary."
 
     "The creative possibilities offered by Silicon Graphics Octane2 with
 DMediaPro DM2 are impressive and will offer FiLMBOX customers an entry-level
 desktop solution for high-definition I/O," said Michel Besner, president of
 Kaydara. "The ability to use one card to create uncompressed digital video and
 output to all HD formats in NTSC or PAL will deliver new levels of cost
 efficiency and productivity to FiLMBOX users in both broadcast and
 post-production facilities."
 
     "With the introduction of the DMediaPro digital media products, SGI
 reinforces its position as provider of the premier workstation and server
 platforms for film and video post-production," said Donald McClure, president
 of Mathematical Technologies Inc. (MTI). "MTI embraced the SGI introduction of
 industry-leading HD I/O products in 1999. We are excited now to make MTI
 IntelliDeck software available on Octane2 with DMediaPro DM2 and on SGI Onyx
 3000 series and SGI Origin 3000 series systems with DMediaPro DM3."
 
     "SGI once again leads the way in the field of professional broadcast video
 production with the launch of the revolutionary SD- and HD-capable Octane2
 with DMediaPro DM2 system," said Nicholas Recagno, Jaleo general manager, SGO
 Holding Company, one of the first developers to support the new Octane2
 DMediaPro DM2 system with the latest release of Jaleo 3.5, which will be shown
 at NAB. "Octane2 DMediaPro is the first step to bringing HDTV to mainstream
 broadcast production."
 
     "The new Octane2 with DMediaPro DM2 system from SGI brings the power of
 high-end HDTV production to the desktop," said Stephen Elliott, The electronic
 Farm. "The partnering of this new solution with The electronic Farm's
 software, Mule, gives an integrated modular answer to HD I/O editing and
 effects needs in a production workflow. Mule has been designed for the SGI
 platform and is being previewed as an uncompressed effects editor at NAB2001
 at the SGI booth. Options for advanced color correction, Advanced Batch
 Effects and Paint will follow around Q3 2001."
 
     Pricing and Availability
     The new SGI DMediaPro DM2 includes an XIO(TM) board, VBOB external
 hardware and any associated cabling and software and will be offered in
 two cost-effective Octane2 visual workstation configurations available in
 summer 2001. The Silicon Graphics Octane2 visual workstation configured with
 the new DMediaPro DM2 dual-definition solution, V10 graphics, and
 factory-installed options, including Fibre Channel XIO card, PCI card
 single-channel nonoptical Fibre Channel, and PCI digital audio I/O board, will
 be available for $49,295 (U.S. list). A more advanced configuration with
 Octane2 V12 graphics and DMediaPro DM2 will be available for $71,445 (U.S.
 list). This configuration includes factory-installed options such as a PCI
 Cardcage, a PCI Digital Audio I/O board, a two-port Fibre Channel XIO card,
 and a PCI single-channel nonoptical Fibre Channel adapter, along with 512MB
 memory, an 18GB 10,000K RPM system disk, and a 21-inch monitor. SGI DMediaPro
 DM2 is also available as an upgrade to in-field Octane2 systems with V10 or
 V12 graphics and is priced at $21,000 (U.S. list). For more information, visit
 the company's Web site at www.sgi.com or call 800-800-7441.
 
     About SGI
     SGI provides a broad range of high-performance computing and advanced
 graphics solutions that enable customers to understand and conquer their
 toughest computing problems. SGI DMediaPro represents SGI excellence in
 digital media products by making advanced digital media functionality easy,
 accessible, versatile and powerful regardless of platform operating system.
 Media Commerce(TM) solutions from SGI enable telecommunications, broadband
 Internet, media and entertainment customers to create, manage, deliver and
 transact content over a vast range of networks. Headquartered in Mountain
 View, Calif., with offices worldwide, the company is located on the Web at
 www.sgi.com.
     NOTE:  Silicon Graphics, Octane and Onyx are registered trademarks, and
 SGI, the SGI logo, Origin, Octane2, XIO, DMediaPro, OpenML, Media Commerce and
 VPro are trademarks, of Silicon Graphics, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned
 herein are the property of their respective owners.
 
     CONTACT:  Marla Robinson, 256-864-3426, or marlar@sgi.com, or SGI PR
 Hotline, 650-933-7777, or fax, 650-932-0737, all of SGI.
 
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    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive Press Release/ --
 SGI (NYSE:   SGI), the leader in high-performance desktop visualization, today
 announced the next addition to the SGI(TM) family of DMediaPro(TM) enhanced
 products-the Silicon Graphics(R) Octane2(TM) visual workstation with
 DMediaPro(TM) DM2, delivering unrivaled video quality, versatility and
 performance for visual effects, editing and compositing. The new Octane2
 workstation with DMediaPro DM2 is the most powerful, fully integrated,
 single-source high-definition (HD) desktop product for making the transition
 to HD. Silicon Graphics Octane2 with DMediaPro DM2 provides video
 professionals with affordable, real-time, high-quality, uncompressed HD and
 standard-definition (SD) video I/O on the desktop. Configured with SGI
 VPro(TM) V10 or V12 graphics, the new DMediaPro enhanced Octane2 system
 supports all major HD video formats and resolutions-including 1080p, 1080i and
 720p-and SD PAL and NTSC timings. Octane2 with DMediaPro DM2 is also
 compatible with OpenML(TM), enabling content application developers to more
 easily integrate video and graphics capabilities into their application
 suites. Octane2 with DMediaPro DM2 provides digital media professionals a
 world-class video platform with advanced features, including a Video BreakOut
 Box (VBOB), an external device providing SMPTE 292M and SMPTE 259M HD and SD
 serial I/O and genlock. The unprecedented combination of features, graphics
 quality and system bandwidth and the new HD/SD capabilities of Octane2 with
 DMediaPro DM2 firmly positions it as the world's most complete and powerful
 dual-definition HD/SD desktop platform. Octane2 with DMediaPro DM2 makes
 advanced digital media easily accessible to a broader range of digital media
 professionals. SGI will feature the new Octane2 with DMediaPro DM2 system in
 its booth (S4132) at the National Association of Broadcasters show in
 Las Vegas, April 23-26.
     The new system will be available in two cost-effective configurations
 starting at $49,295 (U.S. list). In addition to this highly integrated
 -- hardware solution, SGI also announces the DMediaPro DM2 option for
 customers with existing Octane2 workstations configured with V10 or V12
 graphics. This option will be offered for $21,000 (U.S. list) in summer 2001
 and is another example of the long-term investment protection the SGI product
 line offers customers.
     "Octane2 with DMediaPro DM2 is a breakthrough product for entertainment
 production, post-production and other professional visualization markets,
 providing a powerful, cost-effective dual-definition HD/SD platform," said
 Greg Estes, vice president and general manager, Telecommunications and Media,
 SGI. "Silicon Graphics Octane2 with DMediaPro DM2 and VPro graphics is now the
 affordable choice for creative and technical professionals who need
 uncompressed, resolution-independent video, including HD, in a desktop
 system."
 
     DMediaPro DM2: The Dual-Definition Breakthrough
     Delivering uncompressed, resolution-independent high-definition and
 standard-definition digital video with two independent input and output
 channels, SGI DMediaPro DM2 on Octane2 with VPro V10 or V12 graphics provides
 advanced digital media professionals a powerful, feature-rich workstation.
 Advanced digital media capabilities for Octane2 with DMediaPro DM2 include
 support for:
 
     -- High-definition and standard-definition real-time video input and
        output
     -- All major HD and SD video formats including 1080p, 1080i and 720p
     -- SD PAL and NTSC timings
     -- 4:4:4 RGB video sampling with 8- bits per component
     -- 4:2:2 YCrCb video sampling with 8- bits and 10- bits per component
     -- Industry-standard BNC connections to external video devices through the
        VBOB
     -- SGI patented real-time colorspace conversion
     -- 16x9 or 4x3 aspect ratio
     -- OpenML
 
     What Application Development Providers Are Saying
     Today's leading visual effects application development providers have
 lined up behind the new DMediaPro enhanced systems from SGI. Here is what some
 providers are saying:
 
     "SGI is well-known as a leader in high-performance computing solutions,"
 said Marc Dando, sales and marketing director at 5D. "The speed, quality and
 reliability of SGI platforms are without question in today's film and video
 post-production marketplace. SGI platforms enable 5D to provide customers with
 a useful choice of hardware solutions and operating systems, across the whole
 price/performance spectrum. This approach also lets us deliver proven, turnkey
 solutions to customers, giving them great peace of mind."
 
     "Discreet is proud to announce its support for flame and smoke on the
 Silicon Graphics Octane2 platform. Octane2 with DMediaPro DM2 offers
 uncompressed acquisition for standard- and high-definition resolution on a
 single board. This combination targets the higher end editing, compositing and
 broadcast markets, which need to rely on a field-proven HD provider," said
 Louis Girardin, product manager for advanced editing and effects systems at
 Discreet.
 
     "The Octane2 with DMediaPro DM2 provides our Piranha HD editing and
 compositing customers with unparalleled scalability and cost performance. By
 combining HD serial digital and standard-definition input and output, SGI has
 created the best universal mastering workstation on the planet," said Tom
 Benoist, president of Interactive Effects. "Uncompressed 10-bit HD 1080/30i
 capture and record to disk over dual-stream serial digital is no small
 achievement. To provide it on a workstation that is more affordable than most
 HD video decks is revolutionary."
 
     "The creative possibilities offered by Silicon Graphics Octane2 with
 DMediaPro DM2 are impressive and will offer FiLMBOX customers an entry-level
 desktop solution for high-definition I/O," said Michel Besner, president of
 Kaydara. "The ability to use one card to create uncompressed digital video and
 output to all HD formats in NTSC or PAL will deliver new levels of cost
 efficiency and productivity to FiLMBOX users in both broadcast and
 post-production facilities."
 
     "With the introduction of the DMediaPro digital media products, SGI
 reinforces its position as provider of the premier workstation and server
 platforms for film and video post-production," said Donald McClure, president
 of Mathematical Technologies Inc. (MTI). "MTI embraced the SGI introduction of
 industry-leading HD I/O products in 1999. We are excited now to make MTI
 IntelliDeck software available on Octane2 with DMediaPro DM2 and on SGI Onyx
 3000 series and SGI Origin 3000 series systems with DMediaPro DM3."
 
     "SGI once again leads the way in the field of professional broadcast video
 production with the launch of the revolutionary SD- and HD-capable Octane2
 with DMediaPro DM2 system," said Nicholas Recagno, Jaleo general manager, SGO
 Holding Company, one of the first developers to support the new Octane2
 DMediaPro DM2 system with the latest release of Jaleo 3.5, which will be shown
 at NAB. "Octane2 DMediaPro is the first step to bringing HDTV to mainstream
 broadcast production."
 
     "The new Octane2 with DMediaPro DM2 system from SGI brings the power of
 high-end HDTV production to the desktop," said Stephen Elliott, The electronic
 Farm. "The partnering of this new solution with The electronic Farm's
 software, Mule, gives an integrated modular answer to HD I/O editing and
 effects needs in a production workflow. Mule has been designed for the SGI
 platform and is being previewed as an uncompressed effects editor at NAB2001
 at the SGI booth. Options for advanced color correction, Advanced Batch
 Effects and Paint will follow around Q3 2001."
 
     Pricing and Availability
     The new SGI DMediaPro DM2 includes an XIO(TM) board, VBOB external
 hardware and any associated cabling and software and will be offered in
 two cost-effective Octane2 visual workstation configurations available in
 summer 2001. The Silicon Graphics Octane2 visual workstation configured with
 the new DMediaPro DM2 dual-definition solution, V10 graphics, and
 factory-installed options, including Fibre Channel XIO card, PCI card
 single-channel nonoptical Fibre Channel, and PCI digital audio I/O board, will
 be available for $49,295 (U.S. list). A more advanced configuration with
 Octane2 V12 graphics and DMediaPro DM2 will be available for $71,445 (U.S.
 list). This configuration includes factory-installed options such as a PCI
 Cardcage, a PCI Digital Audio I/O board, a two-port Fibre Channel XIO card,
 and a PCI single-channel nonoptical Fibre Channel adapter, along with 512MB
 memory, an 18GB 10,000K RPM system disk, and a 21-inch monitor. SGI DMediaPro
 DM2 is also available as an upgrade to in-field Octane2 systems with V10 or
 V12 graphics and is priced at $21,000 (U.S. list). For more information, visit
 the company's Web site at www.sgi.com or call 800-800-7441.
 
     About SGI
     SGI provides a broad range of high-performance computing and advanced
 graphics solutions that enable customers to understand and conquer their
 toughest computing problems. SGI DMediaPro represents SGI excellence in
 digital media products by making advanced digital media functionality easy,
 accessible, versatile and powerful regardless of platform operating system.
 Media Commerce(TM) solutions from SGI enable telecommunications, broadband
 Internet, media and entertainment customers to create, manage, deliver and
 transact content over a vast range of networks. Headquartered in Mountain
 View, Calif., with offices worldwide, the company is located on the Web at
 www.sgi.com.
     NOTE:  Silicon Graphics, Octane and Onyx are registered trademarks, and
 SGI, the SGI logo, Origin, Octane2, XIO, DMediaPro, OpenML, Media Commerce and
 VPro are trademarks, of Silicon Graphics, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned
 herein are the property of their respective owners.
 
     CONTACT:  Marla Robinson, 256-864-3426, or marlar@sgi.com, or SGI PR
 Hotline, 650-933-7777, or fax, 650-932-0737, all of SGI.
 
                      MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here
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