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Globalstor, IRIDAS and NVIDIA Team to Debut Turnkey Digital Intermediate Solution at Siggraph 2005


LOS ANGELES, CA August 2, 2005:

Globalstor Data Corporation, working with IRIDAS and NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), today announced the debut of the ExtremeStor-DI featuring NVIDIA’s professional video processor and IRIDAS’ SpeedGrade DI and FrameCycler Digital Daily System (DDS) 3.5 software during Siggraph 2005.  Attendees can experience the high-performance, fault-tolerant, hi-definition Digital Intermediate (DI) solution from NVIDIA’s booth, #1714.

As a turnkey solution, the ExtremeStor-DI offers professional colorists and postproduction facilities a complete Digital Intermediate solution with 1000MB/sec. sustained performance. Incorporating 24, 250GB hot-swappable SATA hard drives for up to 6TB of local storage or 24, 400GB hot-swappable SATA hard drives for up to 9.6TB, ExtremeStor-DI provides exceptional post-production capabilities to satisfy the stringent technical requirements of filmmakers and post houses at one of the industry’s lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) to meet the budget requirements of independent filmmakers and boutique post-production facilities.

Built on IRIDAS’ new multi-platform architecture to support Mac, PC, and Linux, FrameCycler DDS 3.5 provides 2k and 4K playback for film-resolution digital dailies and client review sessions. Features include A/B channels, analysis tools, and support for 3D LUTs and SpeedGrade .look files for color graded playback.

SpeedGrade DI is a software-based color grading and film finishing application offering real-time playback at HD and 2K resolutions. With SpeedGrade, IRIDAS is introducing the first complete color pipeline connecting each part of the filmmaking process from production through postproduction and DI.

“SpeedGrade DI and FrameCycler DDS are built to take full advantage of advances in hardware capabilities such as those in the ExtremeStor-DI,” said Steve Crouch, Director of IRIDAS USA. “This is the kind of hardware platform that really shows what the IRIDAS applications can do.  As a certified, complete turn-key solution, our customers have the option of simplifying the purchase decision-making process without sacrifices or compromises.”

Both IRIDAS applications are powered by NVIDIA’s Quadro FX 4000 SDI for PCIExpress graphics adapter which offers advanced pixel shader technology as well as an HD signal for real-time review without conversion or rendering of frame sequences.

Bundled with Windows XP pro, this DI solution can alternatively be configured with either Windows 2003 or Linux.  Featuring dual Intel Xeon processors with 2GB of RAM, ExtremeStor-DI writes at a sustained data rate in excess of 350 MB/Sec and plays back/reads in excess of 1000 MB/Sec. under RAID 5.  The result is a powerful, integrated, streamlined DI workflow environment that enables increased productivity and even greater control at the final stages of film production.

“ExtremeStor-DI with SpeedGrade DI and FrameCycler offers an ideal platform for a broad range of post and DI applications,” said Scott Leif, President of Globalstor Data.  “Integrating NVIDIA’s SDI allows film production, post-production, and finishing professionals to perform real-time previews on HD broadcast monitors, the results of 3D compositing, editing and color grading.”

During Siggraph 2005, ExtremeStor-DI featuring NVIDIA’s professional video processor and IRIDAS’ SpeedGrade DI and FrameCycler Digital Daily System (DDS) 3.5 software at the NVIDIA booth #1714.

IRIDAS first introduced uncompressed real-time playback in 2001. It continues to be the leading developer of resolution-independent playback and non-destructive color grading technologies for film, broadcast, entertainment, and scientific research. IRIDAS’ SpeedGrade, FrameCycler, and others applications are used by most major animation and post-production houses including Warner Bros. Feature Animation, Industrial Light and Magic, The Moving Picture Company, ReelFX, Lowry Digital and many others. IRIDAS was founded in 2000 and is an independent, privately held company headquartered in Munich, Germany.

About Globalstor Data
Headquartered in Chatsworth, CA, Globalstor Data Corporation is a leading distributor of high performance RAID, SAN and storage/video servers.  Widely recognized for its value-added services, including systems integration and customer support, Globalstor is an OEM with a full spectrum of hardware and software support offering a broad spectrum of broadcast and video professional solutions including DVD Digital Video Dailies solutions, 2K and 4K Digital Intermediate solutions, and high-performance hi-definition video servers offering scaleable storage up to 9.6TB.  Globalstor serves a worldwide customer base from its U.S. headquarters in Chatsworth, California and internationally through a strong foundation of over-seas resellers.  Phone:  (818) 701-7771.  Fax:  (818) 701-7756.