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Echolab, Crystal Vision Form Joint Venture

Echolab and Crystal Vision have formed a technology and marketing partnership.

According to the agreement, Echolab will offer its customers a comprehensive interface tool and provides U.K. manufacturer Crystal Vision with a sales and support network for its North American customers.

The companies are also jointly developing products that connect digital studio equipment to an analog infrastructure. Initially, they have created three converter products that integrate with Echolab's switchers. The universal A/D converter accepts YUV, Y/C or composite NTSC/PAL from an analog source and converts it to SDI for Echolab's Nova range of digital switchers.

Boston-based Echolab will also sell the 60 Crystal Vision interface and keying modules in the United States. The company has developed a frames system to house the boards that offers flexibility with the mixing of HD and SD video and audio modules in 4U, 2U, 1U and desk top box sizes.

Also, churches, sports stadiums and colleges, Echolab's broadcast customer base, will have access to Crystal Vision's product line.