Digital Broadcast and Pathfire™ Link Up to Streamline Movement of News Content Directly to Video File Servers and Editing Platforms


Joint technology agreement provides broadcast facilities a native digital interchange from Pathfire™ Digital Media Gateway into Digital Broadcast NewsBank and MediaFire Servers

GAINESVILLE, FL and ATLANTA, GA., December 22, 2003 – Digital Broadcast, a premier provider of automated newsroom and master control equipment for television broadcast, and Pathfire™, Inc., the leading provider of digital content distribution and management solutions for the broadcast television industry, announced today a technology agreement that provides broadcasters an automated and streamlined workflow to move news content directly to video file servers and editing platforms.

As a result of this agreement, news content video files received on the Pathfire™ Digital Media Gateway (DMG) in a broadcast facility can be automatically transferred to Digital Broadcast NewsBank and MediaFire servers via Pathfire™ DMG Server Connect for News.

There is no need to store video files on tape prior to transfer to play-to-air servers or video editing systems. Once files are transferred to Digital Broadcast servers, the files can be edited in native MPEG-2 format and sent direct to air, retaining master file quality and avoiding any file degradation.

With Digital Broadcast’s unique NewsEdit editing software, broadcast facility staff can perform I, P or B frame-accurate, long or short GOP MPEG-2 edits as well as frame-accurate native DV edits. Also, MPEG-2 content and DV content can be edited together and stored as MPEG-2, DV or other formats.

Newsroom workflow will benefit from the efficiency and economy realized from using the Pathfire™ and Digital Broadcast systems in tandem.

As news stories arrive via Pathfire™, they can be transferred directly to Digital Broadcast NewsBank system via DMG Server Connect for News in native MPEG-2 format and edited with other content to compile robust and seamless local interest stories.

Pathfire™ DMG Server Connect for News enables digital file transcoding and transfer of news content directly to play-to-air servers and video editing platforms. Multiple DMG users in a facility may initiate file transfers simultaneously.

About Digital Broadcast

DIGITAL BROADCAST, headquartered in Gainesville, Florida, offers a premier line of digital editing and automation control products for a broad range of applications within the broadcast television industry, including news editing and playback, ad insertion, infomercials/ local origination and programming. Its MediaFire and NewsBank product lines include frame-accurate, long GOP MPEG-2 and DV editing software, video servers and automated control systems. Additional information can be found at www.digitalbcast.com.

About Pathfire™

Pathfire™ (www.Pathfire™.com), a private technology company headquartered in Atlanta, is the leading provider of digital content distribution and management solutions for the broadcast television industry, supplying innovative digital content distribution solutions, from delivery to air, for broadcasters, news organizations, television networks, Hollywood studios and other media and entertainment companies. Through its advanced digital store-and-forward platform, Pathfire™ delivers news stories, syndicated programming, commercial spots, public service announcements and video news releases to more than 1,100 broadcasters throughout North America.

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