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Touch Screen Computer Automates Complex Program Elements for Delivery of High-Quality On-Air Programming


BILLERICA, Mass. -- Sept. 7, 2007 -- The Echolab Conductor, a sophisticated touch screen computer that enables delivery of high-quality and multifaceted on-air programming, was be unveiled today to the European marketplace at IBC2007. The Conductor is the latest in a line of technologically advanced video production switchers and broadcast tools provided by Echolab Corporation.


“With the Conductor on your team, you can automate difficult tasks and then, once you‘re on air, perform those tasks with confidence, to deliver the best possible programs,” said Nigel Spratling, Echolab‘s President.


The Echolab Conductor has two modes of operation. In pre-production mode, the producer can configure the switcher, build sequences, transfer graphics, or configure the on-air soft buttons. In on-air mode, the Conductor becomes an extension of the switcher control panel. The touch screen interface features soft buttons that can execute sequences, load graphics, recall ME presets, and communicate with video servers, character generators, and other third-party devices.


The Conductor features an array of software tools to automate program elements and build communications links with video servers, VTRs, and character generators. With the system‘s sequence builder tool, the producer can prepare a complicated sequence of events ranging from operating the switcher to controlling third-party devices -- and then, while on the air, launch the sequence with the touch of a single button. The Conductor‘s integration interface enables the producer to communicate with the video server, clip store, and character generator from one unified interface, giving producers added confidence that they can immediately access third-party devices while on the air.


In addition, the Conductor provides a graphics utility for easy transfer of stills to the switcher‘s internal memory, enabling the producer to access the graphics at any time during the show by loading the still image into the mainframe buffer. The Conductor‘s configuration utilities enable quick setup, even with multiple users.


More information about Echolab‘s products is available at www.echolab.com.


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About Echolab

Echolab Corporation is a leading provider of video production switchers and tools that offer flexibility and on-air reliability for the production and distribution of digital media in a variety of formats. Built on Echolab‘s award-winning system-on-chip technology, the dual-format Opera, SDI-format Nova, and new multi-definition Ovation MD lines of production switchers deliver the highest quality output in analog and all digital formats and are scalable for future expansion and operational enhancements. Echolab is online at www.echolab.com.


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