Echolab Offers Educational Training DVD to Assist Overture Users in Taking Productions to a New Level

BILLERICA, Mass. — May 21, 2008 — Echolab Corporation, a leading provider of professional video production switchers and broadcast tools, today announced that for every Overture1™ and Overture2™ switcher purchased, the company will provide the user with a complimentary training DVD outlining use of the switcher's unique features, functions, and capabilities.

Echolab's high-performance 1-M/E Overture1 and 2-M/E Overture2 production switchers, available in standard definition (SD) and multidefinition (MD) models, combine internal conversion and synchronization with powerful key layering and special effects to provide simple control over complex production tasks and, in turn, streamline creation of a sophisticated on-air look. The new Overture series training DVD offers users a chassis and panel overview, details about the systems' configuration and basic operation, and direction in using the transition, layering, and keying features that enable easy application of stunning effects.

"We designed the Overture series to offer robust functionality within a highly intuitive package and interface, and this new training DVD gives new users helpful instruction in adapting this powerful switcher to meet their specific needs and goals," said Nigel Spratling, Echolab president. "Features such as the new Stinger™ transition and SuperSource™ crosspoint keys allow operators to implement simpler workflows while creating more sophisticated visual productions. Our training DVD serves a valuable jumping-off point for Overture users eager to take their productions to a new level."

Echolab's Stinger transition is a special "take block" keyer with combined mix/wipe and graphic control that reduces complex animated transitions to a single button press. The Overture switchers' new SuperSource allows the operator to build a custom layout using DVEs and graphics and then assigns the composition to a crosspoint button. A DVE key in each "take block" enables instant transition effects, and the MD Overture systems offer as many as four channels of DVE with warp and lighting effects. Robust DVE capabilities are complemented by as many as 34 internal graphics/still stores.

Overture switchers accept up to 32 multiformat analog and digital signals and provide as many as 16 multiformat outputs. Internal frame synchronization helps to ensure the quality of effects, and integrated up/crossconversion within MD models streamlines switching of video in multiple formats. Both systems are available with either of Echolab's award-winning Opera™ (SD) or OvationMD™ (MD) video production switchers, giving users the flexibility needed for fluid, cost-effective growth.

More information about the Overture series and other Echolab products is available at

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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. The company's products include the Overture1™ and Overture2™ video production systems, MultiPlayMD™ multichannel instant-replay system, MegaKeyMD™ clip player/mixer/keyer, and Conductor™ control integration system, all of which provide functionality and ease of use critical to professional-quality production. Echolab is online at