QuStream Corporation

QuStream Corporation

September 02, 2005 07:52 ET

QuStream Corporation: PESA and Snell & Wilcox Link Leading Routing and Production Switchers for Dramatic Workflow Gains

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 2, 2005) -

New interface enables direct access to all Cheetah router sources from Kahuna SD/HD production switcher control surface

QuStream Corporation ("QuStream") (TSX VENTURE:QVC) is pleased to announce that, in a move to give broadcasters greater control over video inputs during live production its wholly owned subsidiary, PESA and Snell & Wilcox today announced a new interface linking the PESA 3500PRO router control system and the Snell & Wilcox Kahuna SD/HD production switcher. The interface dramatically streamlines operations by allowing the technical director in the production control room to access any input of PESA's Cheetah multirate video router directly from the Kahuna control surface.

"Production of breaking news and live sporting events requires an unusual amount of flexibility, and any technological innovation that offers the TD greater versatility can be critical in dealing with the unpredictable," said Joe Zaller, vice president of marketing and product management at Snell & Wilcox. "The close combination of the Kahuna and Cheetah systems ensures excellent performance while allowing the production switcher operator to access a broad range of signals through a simple, one-step process."

The interface between the Kahuna production switcher and the PESA 3500PRO control software, which in turn is connected to the PESA Cheetah router, gives the Kahuna operator direct control over Cheetah inputs. Router source names are transferred over to the production switcher control panel, and a physical connection between the Kahuna processing unit and the Cheetah router allows for the passage of video in either SDI or HD-SDI format.

The fast and direct access delivered by the new interface eliminates time-consuming pre-selection of sources on multiple router control panels, instead allowing the TD to focus on a single control surface and manage all available sources much more simply.

"A production switcher can accommodate about 60 to 70 sources wired directly to it, while a routing switcher can handle several hundred such signals. The interface we developed in partnership with Snell & Wilcox enables Kahuna and Cheetah users to leverage the capabilities of both systems more effectively," said Bob McAlpine, senior vice president of sales and marketing at PESA. "The seamless integration of these best-of-breed solutions gives users the unique ability to change sources quickly directly from the production switcher's control panel - a significant workflow improvement that enables more efficient, accurate, and dynamic live broadcasts."

The Cheetah, PESA's flagship router system, is a full-featured digital routing switcher with the power to handle SDI, HDTV, and non-standard digital signals in the same frame. To accommodate a wide range of requirements, the Cheetah is available in 64x64, 128x128, 256x256, and 512x512 frame sizes and can handle bit rates from 3 Mb/s up to 1.5 Gb/s. It has input and output modules available in both copper and fiber.

The 3500PRO series system controller from PESA provides a powerful Windows®-based (NT, 2000, or XP) user interface to the company's routing switcher control products. The full-featured, high-performance system provides the quick-change capabilities required for rapid configuration of multiformat signal distribution and master control switching in demanding production environments.

The Snell & Wilcox Kahuna is the first-ever production switcher to offer simultaneous SD and HD operations in the same mainframe with the same control panel. It is also the first switcher to enable the seamless integration of SD sources into HD productions without outboard upconversion. Kahuna's extraordinary flexibility enables users to work initially in SD-only or HD-only mode, and then upgrade to multiformat SD/HD operation whenever they choose. In multiformat SD/HD mode, Kahuna users can mix existing SD camera feeds, graphics, handheld shots, and archive footage directly into an HD production with no need to purchase expensive HD upgrades or extra HD upconversion equipment.

Learn more about PESA's complete line of products at www.pesa.com. Information about the Snell & Wilcox Kahuna SD/HD production switcher is available at www.snellwilcox.com.

About PESA

Located in Northport, N.Y., and Huntsville, Ala., PESA, a wholly owned subsidiary of QuStream Corporation, is a leading manufacturer of high-quality analog and digital video and audio routing switchers and control systems for the broadcasting, mobile production, post-production, corporate, educational, cable, religious, industrial, and government markets. For more information visit PESA at www.pesa.com.

About Snell & Wilcox

Snell & Wilcox, the leader in its field, delivers technologies and products that enable television and satellite broadcasters, post-production facilities, filmmakers, and communications professionals to move content seamlessly between analog, digital, high definition, and file-based systems and to bridge the world's multiplicity of line/field and color standards. The company provides switchers and keyers, standards conversion systems, networked infrastructure components, and products for noise reduction, image enhancement, and restoration. In business since 1973, Snell & Wilcox maintains its U.S. headquarters in Burbank, Calif., and European headquarters in Hampshire, U.K. Additional offices are located in New York, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, and Russia. Visit www.snellwilcox.com for more information.

About QuStream

QuStream is a global provider of creative, reliable, high-quality, cost effective, durable equipment to the creators and distributors of professional video content. QuStream is headquartered in Toronto, Canada with offices in New York and Alabama. For more information, visit QuStream at www.qustream.com.

All products mentioned herein are trademarked property of their respective owners.

Forward-Looking Statements

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