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Max-T Sledgehammer and da Vinci 2K Provide Non-Linear Workflow Solution for Boston‘s Finish Editorial


MONTREAL and CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- Nov. 27, 2007 -- Maximum Throughput Inc., developers of ultra-high performance, software-based solutions for networked storage infrastructure and media management, and da Vinci Systems, the leading provider of color enhancement and image restoration products, today announced they have integrated their company‘s solutions at Finish Editorial in Boston to deliver an end-to-end, non-linear color grading environment.


“The combination of the da Vinci 2K Plus® front-end coupled with the dual stream-capable Sledgehammer back-end has reinvented the way we color grade our clients‘ projects,” said Terry Lockhart, chief engineer at Finish. “As we were evaluating the direction we wanted to take, it was clear that the 2K was our key investment, delivering the best and most complete toolset possible. Now that the 2K is integrated with the dual stream Sledgehammer, our clients have a fully non-linear, uncompressed, and in-context experience in the suite and they‘ve never been happier.”


When integrating the da Vinci 2K and the Max-T Sledgehammer, all material is first transferred to the Sledgehammer system where it resides as a sequence of data files. The da Vinci 2K controls the Sledgehammer as it would a telecine or videotape recorder, but it also has access to all material and can grade in full context of the whole project. Sledgehammer can resize material on-the-fly, allowing it to add resolution independence as yet another useful and highly desirable capability to the combination.


John Miller, Max-T‘s vice president of worldwide sales, added the following, “Many facilities are currently faced with infrastructure upgrades, and Sledgehammer with its simultaneous, dual uncompressed stream play/record capability offers the ideal method of adding non-linear grading capabilities to those already employing da Vinci 2K systems.”


“We‘re very excited to be working with Max-T to offer even more power to our clients who are grading with da Vinci 2K systems,” said Dean Lyon, vice president of marketing at da Vinci. “The virtual telecine workflow has great appeal for those facilities looking to maximize their equipment investments while streamlining their current process to ensure that it‘s both non-linear and uncompressed.”


For more information on the Max-T Sledgehammer, visit www.max-t.com. To learn more about the da Vinci 2K system, visit www.davsys.com.


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About Maximum Throughput

Maximum Throughput Inc. (www.max-t.com) is a media management tool developer and networked storage provider. Max-T's media aware storage solutions deliver extremely high performance over commodity networks, using smart software that runs on industry standard hardware. Software-based, media management tools are tightly integrated within the product line, delivering enriched functionality in a single, versatile solution. Having pioneered the development of shared storage solutions that can be simultaneously accessed over both data and video networks, Max-T offers products with unparalleled performance, capacity management, and capacity availability, as well as having the lowest total cost-of-ownership in their class.


About da Vinci Systems®, LLC

da Vinci Systems, a JDSU company, is the leading provider of color enhancement and image restoration products used in post production facilities worldwide. Incorporating the company's Emmy® Award-winning technology, da Vinci's products support SDTV, HDTV, data, and digital film. Since the introduction of the company's first color corrector in 1984, da Vinci has been a front-runner in the field of image enhancement, shaping color enhancement into the vital role it holds in post production today. The company is headquartered in Coral Springs, Fla., with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, France, Germany, and Singapore.


About Finish Editorial

Finish Editorial is a full service post production facility founded in 1994, and located in Boston Mass., squashed right in between the South End and the Back Bay. Finish has been there for a long time, but you wouldn‘t know it from their attitude. They take a fresh look at all projects and strive to bring energy, creativity, and expertise to any job, big or small.

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