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Leitch NEXIO™ Server Platforms Lead Newsroom Production Installation at Studio “1+1” Kiev


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Servers handle ingest, editing and playout for leading Ukrainian broadcaster

October 12, 2005 - Toronto, Ontario
Leitch Technology Corporation (TSX:LTV), a leading provider of SD/HD solutions for professional digital video, today announced that it is the prime contractor for the design and installation of Studio 1+1’s newsroom production system in Kiev, Ukraine. Supplied in partnership with Autocue, the system includes three Leitch NEXIO™ server platforms with five NEXIO NewsFlash® non-linear editors, as well as an Autocue QSeries™ client server application system, which handles multi-user scripting, integrated multi-channel master control automation and media acquisition, browse, editing and playout. The system also includes a Sony PetaSite® S-Series data tape library and SGL archive management software.

Founded in 1995, 1+1 is the national Ukrainian-speaking TV channel. It is a leading powerhouse for national television production in the region and a favourite channel with Ukrainian viewers. Well respected for its news output, 1+1 is one of several dozens of companies that provide CNN broadcasting centre with high-quality material and first-class reports for CNN’s weekly program World Report. The reports from the Ukraine are watched in Asia, America and Europe via the CNN network.

“Leitch have designed and built a newsroom production system that has revolutionised our news output, said Gregory Zinchenko, production director, 1+1. “The close integration between the Autocue QSeries system and the Leitch products has allowed us to structure a complete workflow across a number of disciplines — allowing operators to handle everything from ingest, through editing, master control and playout.”

At 1+1, the NEXIO servers support both ingest and playout ports, with each unit containing dual bi-directional codecs working at DVCPRO25 compression. Twelve bi-directional ports will be used for ingest, playout, monitoring and also the scavenging of high-resolution media into the Autocue Browse environment. The system is fully redundant with mirror playout capabilities.

The system also includes five NEXIO NewsFlash in-server networked editors designed for news and craft editing. Within seconds of starting to ingest, the NewsFlash editor can begin to edit the story. NewsFlash’s editing tools include timeline editing and trimming, digitisation, voice-over, real-time video/graphics/audio transitions and slow motion. Once the edit is completed, it is automatically processed into high-resolution media available for playout.

Storage is from two chassis of 16x 300GB Fibre Channel drives, which provide nearly 500 hours of media storage at DVCPRO25 compression. This storage is protected using RAIDsoft®, Leitch’s own powerful implementation of RAID, which can survive two simultaneous disk drive failures while the system remains available for ingest, editing and playout.

Material is archived onto a PetaSite S-Series data tape library containing three Sony S-AIT Fibre Channel data drives, providing over 50 Terabytes of storage. Autocue’s automation software controls the movement of material from the NEXIO servers to the PetaSite via SGL’s ‘Flashnet’ Archive Management software.

“Since its launch in 2004, the Leitch NEXIO server platform has become a leading component in the news production environment,” said Tim Thorsteinson, president and CEO of Leitch Technology. “The system’s ability to handle in-server editing with its NewsFlash non-linear editor has been instrumental to its success in such applications — providing news centers with a faster means of processing material throughput required for such fast-paced news environments.,”

NEXIO is a modular, scalable server system for transmission and news environments, which offers integrated application platforms for editing, browsing and media management across a multi-tiered storage hierarchy. NEXIO provides exceptional fault-tolerance and interoperability (including IP), and supports multiple compression formats in both standard and high definition, industry-standard control protocols, third-party file formats and ASI interface, providing broadcasters with the flexibility they need to meet any future requirements. As an operation grows, NEXIO’s modular and scalable design allows users to build systems — up to 24 terabyte in a single domain — in small, low-cost increments.

About Leitch Technology
An industry leader for more than 30 years, Leitch Technology provides high-performance, multi-format solutions for professional digital video. Through its two business segments — Digital Media and Infrastructure — Leitch offers standard-definition/high-definition (SD/HD) products and systems that enable media companies to streamline workflow from production through transmission. Leitch offers a comprehensive, award-winning portfolio of processors, routers, servers, graphics and editing solutions, master control and branding systems, digital signage, network monitoring and control software, and test and measurement instruments, along with premium customer support.

About Autocue
Autocue has been serving the broadcast industry since the introduction of the first teleprompter in 1955 and is known worldwide for its service and dependability. Autocue’s prompting solutions are compatible with all newsroom systems and are used all over the world by broadcasters, production professionals, government facilities and corporate producers. With the QSeries product range, Autocue is the only company to offer a single solution for all newsroom, transmission, media management, scripting, prompting and production workflow requirements. (www.autocue.com)

About 1+1 Kiev
“1+1” is a national Ukrainian-speaking TV channel, the leader of national TV production and one of the most favourite channels of Ukrainian viewers. “1+1” TV channel was founded 1995 and started broadcasting in that same year. Since 1997 it has been broadcasting on the Second national TV channel according to the license of Ukrainian national television and radio council. 1+1 broadcasts 24 hours a day. Technical coverage of the territory of Ukraine is 95%.



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