Tektronix Targets Avid Nonlinear Editing with Waveform Monitor

3/31/2004 - Tektronix, Inc. (NYSE: TEK), a leading worldwide provider of test, measurement and monitoring instrumentation, announced the WFMNLE, a software waveform monitor plug-in for the Avid® Media Composer® AdrenalineTM, Avid XPress® Pro, Media Composer, and SymphonyTM nonlinear editing and finishing systems. The new plug-in is an easy-to-use, flexible and non-intrusive tool that enables editors to confidently verify signal and picture quality.

Using a waveform monitor during the editing process can be difficult and time-consuming. Tektronix' new WFMNLE saves editors time by facilitating the editing process and catching errors before distribution. As a software plug-in, the WFMNLE brings Tektronix' quality and trust directly into the Media Composer Adrenaline, Avid Xpress Pro, Media Composer, and Symphony systems at a fraction of the cost of stand-alone, hardware-based waveform monitors. WFMNLE is the only software-based waveform monitor that provides a "quick-at-a glance" status alarm screen, picture screen with gamut error bright-ups, and error logging. For more in-depth monitoring, the WFMNLE has traditional waveform/vector displays that are comparable to what is found on hardware waveform monitors.

"Up until now, professional non-linear systems have lacked a software-only, high-quality monitoring tool that is built into the system," said Todd Biddle, Vice President, Video Product Line, Tektronix. "Now, whether they're using Windows or Mac platforms, Avid Media Composer Adrenaline, Avid Xpress Pro, Media Composer, and Symphony users are able to have a waveform monitoring application for every suite, improving productivity and workflow."

"By collaborating with Tektronix, we are enhancing our industry-leading editing and finishing solutions with the highest quality waveform monitoring technology on the market," said Tim Claman, Director, Interoperability and Standards, Avid Technology, Inc. "Tektronix' software plug-in solution gives our users a powerful, easy to use and a dependable waveform monitor to keep their video projects looking the best that they can."

Tektronix' Software Waveform Monitoring In NLE Systems
The WFMNLE monitors content in the RECORD window of the NLE with displays that include waveform, parade (YCbCr and RGB), field, Y-only, vector, and the ability for the user to select 1-line, all-lines, or variable number of lines (consecutive) for the waveform, vector, gamut and picture displays. Also available are Tektronix-exclusive gamut displays - Diamond and Arrowhead.

A user-friendly interface includes user selectable dual side-by-side views, placement anywhere within the NLE application or outside the application on the desktop, user-adjustable threshold settings, and a host of other features. Tektronix' WFMNLE also contains a very simple video waveform monitoring tutorial to assist users who may not be familiar with video monitoring practices. The WFMNLE supports Windows and Mac OS 10.x operating systems.

About Avid Technology
Avid Technology, Inc. is the world leader in digital nonlinear media creation, management, and distribution solutions, enabling film, video, audio, animation, games, and broadcast news professionals to work more efficiently, productively, and creatively. For more information about the company's award-winning products and services, please visit: www.avid.com

About Tektronix
Tektronix, Inc. is a test, measurement, and monitoring company providing measurement solutions to the communications, computer, and semiconductor industries worldwide. With more than 55 years of experience, Tektronix enables its customers to design, build, deploy, and manage next-generation global communications networks and advanced technologies. Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Tektronix has operations in more than 20 countries worldwide. Tektronix' Web address is www.tektronix.com.

Tektronix is a registered trademark of Tektronix, Inc. Avid, Media Composer, Adrenaline, Avid Xpress, and Symphony are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.

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