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Leitch Unleashes Award-Winning VelocityHD NLE (22/9/2004)

Leitch Technology Corporation (TSX:LTV) today announced that its revolutionary VelocityHD(tm) HD/SD non-linear editing system is now shipping. Bringing guaranteed, full-quality, real-time editing performance to high definition at a remarkable price point, VelocityHD extends the power of Leitch's Velocity(tm) non-linear editing line to the realm of HD video. A key component of Leitch's extensive high-definition product portfolio, VelocityHD extends Leitch's Integrated Content Environment solutions with an exceptionally powerful and affordable HD editing solution for any post production environment.

"We're very excited about the release of VelocityHD," said Brad Nogar, Leitch vice president and general manager for post production. "Since unveiling VelocityHD at NAB 2004, where it was honored with a remarkable six awards, our customers have been eagerly awaiting it, immediately recognizing the benefits it can bring to their HD editing workflow. VelocityHD's breakthrough combination of performance, quality, flexibility and affordability is ideal for customers currently using or planning the transition to high-definition video, and we're pleased to be delivering it to them now."

VelocityHD makes HD non-linear editing as efficient and easy as standard-definition editing. Integrating the innovative new Altitude(tm) hardware platform with an enhanced version of the acclaimed Velocity software interface, VelocityHD features full-quality HD playback of two video streams, two dynamic graphics streams, true dual-stream real-time HD transitions and effects, and optional 3D effects with the A3DX(tm) DVE daughtercard. Altitude supports 1080i, 1080PsF and 720p frame formats at all common frame rates, with compressed and uncompressed (8-bit and 10-bit) recording and playback, and the flexibility to mix compressed and uncompressed footage within a project. In addition to SMPTE-292 HD-SDI I/O, Altitude also features VGA HD output, enabling HD playback to be viewed on VGA monitors and reducing the need for expensive high-definition displays. HD output is also simultaneously down-converted for monitoring on standard-definition displays.

More than just an innovative HD non-linear editor, VelocityHD also features outstanding standard-definition editing performance, with full-quality, real-time playback and mixing of multiple SD video and graphics streams.

The VelocityHD software combines exciting new capabilities with the powerful editing features that made the VelocityQ(tm) multi-stream NLE an award winner in the standard-definition domain.

"With HD being used extensively for acquisition in our market, we'd been waiting anxiously for a cost-effective non-linear editing system that would meet all of our requirements, and VelocityHD has proven to be an exceptional solution," said Jim Arthurs of Colorado-based ImageShoppe, a VelocityHD beta tester. "The ability to work in multiple HD formats - as well as in standard definition - is ideal for professionals whose clients use a mix of formats, while VelocityHD's real-time performance and the flexibility to use both uncompressed and compressed video make it well-suited for any project we take on."

VelocityHD is available from authorized Leitch post production resellers as fully integrated turnkey systems, or as a hardware/software bundles for installation into qualified Microsoft(r) Windows XP(r) Professional workstations.

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