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Avid Announces New 4 Gb Version of Avid Unity MediaNetwork

Avid Technology, Inc.

announced Avid Unity MediaNetwork 4.0 – the latest version of its industry-shared-storage system. Version 4.0 of Avid Unity delivers 4 Gb (gigabit) Fibre Channel throughput for real-time collaboration in the most demanding post-production environments. The system supports a broad range of media types, including mastering-quality Avid DNxHD and uncompressed high-definition (HD) and is built around Avid’s robust MEDIArray

ZX4 hardware.

Designed specifically for storing and sharing high-bandwidth, high-resolution media, Avid Unity MediaNetwork 4.0 combines reliable storage and networking hardware with the industry’s most innovative, intuitive management software to accelerate production cycles and expand creative collaboration. In addition, the Avid Unity system offers significant performance, workflow, reliability, and administrative advantages over common storage area networks (SANs), delivering workflow efficiencies through true simultaneous sharing of media assets, down to the file level. Highlights of 4.0 include:

— 4 Gb Avid MEDIArray ZX4 – delivering the fastest throughput available for data-intensive media formats and resolutions running on industry-standard Fibre Channel infrastructure;

— Support for up to 20TB – providing an extremely scalable shared-storage architecture for post-production environments with multiple editors connected simultaneously and sharing media in real-time;

— Support for high-resolution, high-bandwidth media – allowing professionals to work with multiple streams of media in all resolutions from DV to uncompressed HD – including mastering-quality Avid DNxHD encoded media;

— Open connectivity framework – supporting a mix of Mac and PC clients for real-time collaboration throughout the entire facility;

— Multiple levels of redundancy – constituting a rock-solid, field-proven and reliable shared-storage system that ensures peace of mind in the most demanding media production environments.

Pricing for the Avid Unity MediaNetwork 4.0 system starts at

$67,000 USMSRP. Upgrade programs are available for existing Avid Unity MediaNetwork customers. The system is qualified for both PC and Mac clients, and is expected to be available through Avid’s worldwide reseller channel in Q2 2005.