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ACQUIRES MEDIAOFFICE, ADDS SERVICES COMPANY TO GROUP
New subsidiary will offer full technical, creative design and installation services to broadcasters who use Everest real-time 3D graphics and virtual set systems
(Munich, January 4, 1999) - PEAK Systems GmbH has acquired MediaOffice GmbH in Hamburg, and renamed the company PEAK Services GmbH. The new organization will provide specialized technical, graphics design, programming and systems installation services to broadcasters, supporting PEAK Systems distributors and direct sales of Everest and Sherpa.
Ralf Stanke, previously Director of MediaOffice and now joint Managing Director Peak Services said "Customers adopting Everest graphics and virtual sets systems often require external services to enable them to commence broadcasting quickly. MediaOffice has developed significant expertise in systems design, programming, graphic design, electronics design, training and production. Joining the Peak group will enable us to deliver this expertise on a global basis."
Bernd Neuhäuser, joint Managing Director of Peak Services and Managing Director of Peak GmbH said, "Its clear that Everest and Sherpa customers require access to a range of implementation services. MediaOffice includes some of the most experienced virtual set designers and operators in the world. Were very pleased to welcome them to our team."
Prior to the acquisition MediaOffice completed an implementation of Everest and Sherpa at Premiere, the number one provider of pay-per-view and cable services in Germany. This project included re-creating existing virtual sets and control software and implementing a series of new virtual set designs. The MediaOffice team can deliver full virtual set systems including specifying and configuring keyers, camera position sensor systems, on-air control and engineering and production documentation. As Peak Services, MediaOffice will retain its offices and staff in Hamburg, and will continue to supply production services to Premiere.
Peak Systems Profile
Peak Systems supplies complete on-air graphics systems and virtual sets to broadcasters on a global basis. Full training, production support and technical support services back up these systems. The core technologies employed are Everest real-time graphics generation and rendering software, Sherpa external control and Silicon Graphics computer systems.
Television graphics need to be on air fast, look great and tell the story. Frequently repeated graphics need template animation and fast breaking news stories need powerful authoring tools for the designer. Everest is a real-time, 3D, live to air graphics system for television. It is high quality, designer friendly and easy to integrate into standard production methods.
Virtual sets expand upon traditional chroma keying to immerse the presenters in a 3D world, offering new program formats, better usage of the studio and make small studios seem more impressive. Everest Graphics systems can be easily upgraded to full virtual sets by connecting the customers choice of camera position sensing system to Everest's internal virtual cameras.
EVEREST is resolution independent and is in use for PAL, NTSC, 16:9 and HDTV productions.
Sherpa is a tool kit for production of external control production interfaces linking data sources, template graphics and virtual sets. Its authoring environment directly connects to the Everest scene, and in production it provides the on-air operator with straightforward access to all the available animations.
Virtual Camera Switcher (VCS) is a hardware product designed to manage the synchronized switching (including required delays) of audio, computer and video equipment in the virtual set. This means the virtual set can be controlled completely from the vision mixer.
Peak has offices and staff in Munich, Hamburg, Florida, New York, Bratislava and London.
Editor's Note: Digital images of EVEREST are available.
Everest and Sherpa are trademarks of Peak Software GmbH; All other product and company names are the proof their respective owners.
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