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Leitch Adds Panasonic DVCPRO50 Support to VelocityHD and VelocityQ NLEs (22/8/2005)

Leitch Technology Corporation (TSX:LTV), a leading provider of SD/HD solutions for professional digital video, today announced the addition of support for Panasonic's(R) DVCPRO50 format in version 9.1 of Leitch's award-winning VelocityHD(tm) and VelocityQ(tm) non-linear editing (NLE) solutions.

Version 9.1 of VelocityHD and VelocityQ offers direct real-time playback of DVCPRO50 files from Panasonic's P2 series of products. When equipped with the Server Interchange Option, VelocityHD and VelocityQ 9.1 also feature the ability to push and pull DVCPRO50 content to and from Leitch's modular, scalable NEXIO(tm) server system.

"Direct support for DVCPRO25 content from Panasonic P2 is a popular feature of version 9.1 of the Velocity(tm) software, and DVCPRO50 is a natural extension," said Randy Fowlie, Leitch vice president and general manager for Digital Media. "DVCPRO50 has proven very popular with broadcasters and other high-end professionals, and we're pleased to extend our already exceptional format flexibility with this support."

The VelocityHD HD/SD NLE combines the innovative Altitude(tm) hardware platform with the powerful and intuitive Velocity software interface, bringing guaranteed, full-quality, real-time editing performance to the HD realm at an affordable price. VelocityQ combines the Velocity software with the Quattrus(tm) multi-stream, real-time non-linear editing hardware, forming a tightly integrated, multi-layer, standard-definition NLE solution.

VelocityHD and VelocityQ are available as fully integrated, "ready to run" turnkey solutions, or as boardset-and-software bundles for installation into qualified Microsoft¨ Windows XP¨ Professional workstations. Existing VelocityQ 8.2 users can purchase upgrades to version 9.1 through authorized Leitch post production resellers. U.S. customers can also order VelocityQ 9.1 software upgrades directly from the Leitch e-Store at

VelocityHD version 9.1 is scheduled for release in September and will be available as a free download from the Leitch Web site for all registered VelocityHD users.

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