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Ross Video SoftMetal Gets Control with Hi Tech Systems

Iroquois, ON, Canada – September 4, 2008 – Ross Video collaborates with Hi Tech Systems Ltd, packaging the HT-455 actiV Filer as an optional hardware based controller for the popular line of SoftMetal Video Servers.

“We are very pleased to expand our relationship with Ross,”

said Tom Favell, Managing Director. “Our range of controllers works very well with the Ross SoftMetal Series Video Servers, and the HT-445 in particular is a great fit for live production use.”

“The HT-445 has proven to be a great companion to the SoftMetal Series,” said Jeff Moore, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing. “The solution works so well, we decided to make it easy for our customers to be able buy them together in a package.”

The Hi Tech HT-445 actiV Filer controller is specifically designed for the control of video disk recorders and video servers. The controller provides an array of VTR like control buttons, a jog/shuttle knob and a visual interface to view clips and build and run playlists. The HT-445 simplifies the complex media control tasks for stress free on air operations.

SoftMetal is a line of multi-definition video servers designed for live production and master control applications. SoftMetal excels in its ability to support file based workflows for video clips and graphics.

About Hi Tech Systems

Hi Tech Systems Ltd develops and manufactures remote controllers for VTRs and disk servers that are used by broadcasters and facility companies around the world. The company has built a business over the last ten years that exports over 85% of its products from its UK design and manufacturing base.

About Ross Video

Ross Video designs, manufactures and supports a wide range of innovative products for use in live production applications in over 100 countries. Over the past 15 years Ross has grown an average of 20% year over year and currently employs 300 incredibly talented people. Ross’ award winning product line includes the Vision, Synergy SD, and Synergy MD/X Video Production Switchers, openGear, RossGear and GearLite Terminal Equipment, SoftMetal Video Servers, and the OverDrive Production Control System. News and information are available at


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Sara Bell

Public Relations Coordinator

Tel: +1 613-652-3020

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