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Media 100 Extends Feature Set of Media 100 HD (29/7/2004)

Media 100, a unit of Optibase (NASDAQ:OBAS), and a leading provider of advanced media systems, today announced new Version 10 software planned for its initial release of Media 100 HD. Based on direct user feedback from Media 100's extensive installed base, Version 10 is Media 100's biggest Mac-based software release in its history and advances Media 100 HD with many high-value features including:

An extensible timeline featuring up to 99 video tracks;
Accurate, intuitive, real-time RGB colour correction;
Software codec with support for full motion alpha channels;
Advanced RGB, YUV, HSL real-time keyer with softness and offset controls.

Media 100 HD, first previewed at NAB 2003 and formally announced at the end of 2003, features real-time 8- and 10-bit uncompressed and compressed native HD and SD editing. The system also integrates full support for Media 100 i offline formats, allowing the capture of HD content as SD offline-quality media at as little as 5 KB per frame - a first for native HD editing solutions. Resulting SD offline programs can be automatically conformed at full uncompressed HD resolution. Supporting both digital and analogue video I/O, Media 100 HD is the first integrated solution that bridges the gap between an HD future and a Betacam past. First shipments of Media 100 HD with Version 10 software are set to begin in autumn 2004.

"We know that the future of Media 100's activity is dependent on our ability to listen and respond to the needs of our customers," said Mike Savello, Media 100 vice president of sales and marketing. "Based on feedback from Media 100 customers at NAB and elsewhere, this new Version 10 feature set is a direct answer to their input. With support for multiple tracks of video, new colour correction capabilities, motion alpha mattes, and an advanced keyer, this new release allows our customers to realise the full benefits of our powerful OS X architecture."

Pricing and Availability

Complete Media 100 HD system configurations, including a new Apple Power Mac G5 workstation and high-speed media storage, are expected to start from around EUR12,000. An upgrade programme exists for current Media 100 customers interested in moving to Media 100 HD. First shipments are planned to begin this autumn.

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