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Pinnacle Systems Intros Video Server

Pinnacle Systems Inc. Tuesday announced the introduction of the MediaStream 300, the newest member of the MediaStream family of video servers.

The MediaStream 300 is targeted to broadcasters looking to switch from tape-based analog systems to digital television environments. The server can be configured from one to three channels and includes up to 25 hours of on-board storage in two rack units.

MediaStream 300 is suited for single-channel broadcast facilities, time delay applications, network edge servers, and cache channel expansions. MediaStream 300 can also be networked with other Pinnacle servers enabling an array of expansion possibilities. Enhancements include fiber channel networking, ethernet WAN connectivity, DVB and HDTV readiness, and the ability to upgrade to more than 1,000 hours of RAID-based external storage. In addition, the server offers clean transitions enabled by Pinnacle's patented "CleanCut" IBP MPEG trimming system, which allows broadcasters to edit content on any frame using VTR-like jog-and-shuttle capabilities.

"We continually look for ways to enhance our video servers and make them more accessible to a greater number of broadcasters. With that criteria in mind, the MediaStream 300 is a perfect addition to our product line," said Mark Sanders, chief executive officer and president of Pinnacle Systems. "The size, price and performance of the MediaStream 300 make it ideal for situations where servers were only dreamt of in the past."

MediaStream 300 components are removable from either the front or back panel for quick servicing. The I/O functions include MPEG-2 4:2:2 and 4:2:0 compression, as well as future ATSC/DVB MPEG streaming and HD capabilities.

The MediaStream 300 video server is scheduled for availability for purchase within the next 30 days starting at a suggested list price of $38,000.