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Company Background:

ViewCast develops industry-leading hardware and software for the transformation and delivery of professional quality video over IP and mobile networks. ViewCast’s award-winning solutions simplify the complex workflows required for the Web-based streaming of news, sports, music, and other video content to computers and mobile devices, empowering broadcasters, businesses, and governments to reach and expand their audiences easily and effectively. With more than 300,000 video capture cards deployed globally, ViewCast sets the standard in the streaming media industry. ViewCast Niagara streaming appliances, Osprey video capture cards, and Niagara SCX encoding and management software provide the highly reliable technology required to deliver the multiplatform experiences driving today’s digital media market.

ViewCast (www.viewcast.com) is headquartered in Plano, Texas, USA, with sales and distribution channels located globally.

New Products at NAB:

Niagara 7500 — High-definition video streaming reaches a new level of quality and performance with the Niagara 7500 from ViewCast. Making its debut at NAB 2009, the Niagara 7500 simplifies the complex workflows associated with the transformation and delivery of high-definition video to IP and mobile networks. The Niagara 7500 features a sleek, innovative touch control interface with contextual menus that streamline and simplify the operation of this high-powered, dual quad core streaming appliance. The unit features SD and HD SDI video inputs, balanced/unbalanced analog and AES/EBU digital audio, and eight stereo pairs of embedded SDI audio inputs. Users can switch on-the-fly between incoming SD and HD video, and stream in multiple bit rates and resolutions simultaneously in Microsoft VC-1, Silverlight, and H.264 Flash Live. The Niagara 7500 includes powerful video preprocessing tools such as closed-caption rendering, de-interlacing, and inverse telecine. Users can control multiple Niagara 7500 systems remotely with the included Niagara SCX Pro management software. Further, a robust SDK for application customization is also available, making the Niagara 7500 an ideal choice for the most demanding professional broadcasting applications.

Niagara 2100 — The new Niagara 2100, with an MSRP of $3,995 (U.S.), has broken the video streaming price/performance barrier. Packed with many of the same powerful features found in ViewCast’s professional-grade streaming appliances, the Niagara 2100 offers uncompromised quality and simplicity of operation in a compact, low-cost streaming solution. This streaming media appliance allows even nontechnical personnel to stream high-quality live video. Its built-in Web interface simplifies system set-up and operation, allowing complete system control from anywhere on the network. Users can simply set streaming parameters from the intuitive interface and then begin streaming in multiple resolutions and bit rates with a single push of the front panel “stream” button. The Niagara 2100 is well suited for applications such as Webcasting city council meetings, live events, and deploying executive messaging and online training for organizations. At just the size of a half-rack (1RU x 7.5”) the Niagara 2100 fits easily into any live production environment. And since it features a DC power input, it can be powered by a battery belt for remote applications. This new member of the Niagara family of streaming media appliances accepts component, Y/C (S-Video), and composite video inputs, as well as balanced and unbalanced stereo audio inputs, and simultaneously streams multiple resolutions at multiple data rates in Windows Media® VC-1 (Silverlight™ compatible) format.

Link to product photo: www.wallstcom.com/ViewCast/Niagara2100.zip

Niagara Pro II — The Niagara Pro II is the next-generation of the acclaimed Niagara Pro streaming media appliance from ViewCast. It boasts the most powerful processing and largest memory capacity of all Niagara appliances and offers an array of innovative features that allow broadcasters, studios, and Internet/network service providers to meet the challenges of streaming globally to multiplatform audiences easily and effectively. Niagara Pro II excels at capturing, encoding, and streaming video and audio over the Internet and mobile networks for live viewing and video-on-demand applications. SimulStream and Niagara SCX Pro control and management software from ViewCast come standard with the Niagara Pro II. These applications allow users to manage the streaming workflow from a single user-friendly Web interface and enable a single video source to be streamed simultaneously at multiple resolutions, at multiple data rates, and in a variety of streaming formats, including H.264, MPEG-4, Adobe® Flash®, Windows Media® (Silverlight™ compatible), and 3GPP/3GPP2 for mobile applications.

Link to product photo: www.wallstcom.com/ViewCast/NiagaraProII.zip

Link to datasheet: www.viewcast.com/download/niagarapro2.pdf

Niagara 8224 — The newest high-density streaming media encoder from ViewCast, the Niagara 8224, is designed and optimized to capture, encode, stream, and archive premium-quality audio and video simultaneously from eight fully independent channels. With eight independent channels, compared to one or two found on conventional encoders, the powerful Niagara 8224 delivers the workflow- and cost-efficiencies needed for demanding, multichannel government and security/law enforcement operations. The encoder accepts component, Y/C (S-Video), and composite analog video inputs and balanced and unbalanced stereo audio inputs. It also allows users to encode and stream media in real time, at multiple bit rates, in multiple formats, and multiple resolutions. Encoding and streaming formats delivered by the Niagara 8224 include Windows Media®, RealVideo®, H.263, H.264, MPEG-4 Part 2, Adobe® Flash® capture-to-file, 3GPP/3GPP2, and uncompressed AVI capture-to-file. Niagara SCX Pro and SimulStream, the versatile control and management software applications from ViewCast, come standard with the system.

Link to product photo: www.wallstcom.com/ViewCast/Niagara8224.zip

Link to datasheet: www.viewcast.com/download/N8224.pdf

Existing Products Being Highlighted at the 2009 NAB Show:

Niagara GoStream SURF — The Niagara GoStream SURF is the most powerful portable streaming media appliance currently available. Designed with a combination of simplicity, portability, and power it’s a great way to stream live events quickly over the Internet, or anywhere you can access an IP network. Users can capture video to send multiple full-resolution streams to PCs and mobile devices in multiple formats at multiple bit rates — all simultaneously in real time. With its combination of simplicity, portability, and power, it’s ideal for broadcasters, businesses, and governments that need the flexibility to stream video on location while broadcasting live or on-demand in the most desired compression formats, including H.264, MPEG-4, Adobe® Flash®, Windows Media® (Silverlight™-compatible), and 3GPP/3GPP2 for mobile applications.

Link to product photo: www.wallstcom.com/ViewCast/Surf.zip

Link to datasheet: www.viewcast.com/download/NGSSURF.pdf

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ViewCast®, Osprey®, Niagara®, Niagara SCX®, GoStream®, and SimulStream® are trademarks or registered trademarks of ViewCast Corporation or its subsidiaries. All other trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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