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ToolsOnAir Hosts Mac-Based Workflow Partners at NAB

ToolsOnAir's booth SL1414 will be the meeting point for broadcast video professionals using Apple's Mac OS platform

ToolsOnAir together with partners Archiware, Chesapeake Systems, Laurdan and mxf4mac, will be demonstrating the power and flexibility of their just: Broadcast Suite, a complete Apple-based workflow for the broadcast industry.

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"There has been much discussion and concern among systems integrators about the announcement by Apple that they will be discontinuing their Xserve hardware, and how that will affect the viability of other server products," remarked Gilbert Leb, ToolsOnAir's VP of Sales and Marketing. "At NAB this year we will be showing a number of innovative alternatives which are already available now."

ToolsOnAir's just: Broadcast Suite, dubbed TV Station in a Mac, has gained a rapidly growing following since its release, with more than 100 installations worldwide. This year they have teamed with select partner exhibitors to demonstrate the viability and versatility of the Mac-based end-to-end workflow from ingest to playout.

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Archiware will demonstrate P4, their complete automated cloning, backup and archiving solution, while Archiware's US distributor Laurdan will display the tape archive integration of Final Cut Media Server with a Tandberg Data tape library. Chesapeake Systems, a veteran business solutions provider, will be on hand to showcase their Apple-based workflows in business, government and educational facilities, including workflow backup and archive with P4.

"The Mac OS platform has grown to become a robust and mature system for assembling a dependable, cost-effective and stress-free workflow for professional TV broadcast," says Leb. "ToolsOnAir is proud to join together and host our partners and showcase these powerful solutions at this year's NAB Show."

About ToolsOnAir

ToolsOnAir provides powerful, intuitive QuickTime-based applications designed to create a professional, fully functional broadcast production facility using Mac OS X and low-cost, off-the-shelf hardware components. The ToolsOnAir just: suite is designed with live broadcast production in mind, integrating video, audio and graphics, along with automation, asset management and multiple format capabilities. Full QuickTime and Final Cut compatibility eliminates time-intensive file conversion, and a powerful, intuitive GUI streamlines the workflow from ingest to playout.

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