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Globalstor’s ExtremeStor-DI PRO

Dual-link 4:4:4 HD-RGB Now Assimilated into the SCRATCH Workflow

CHATSWORTH, CA, September 7, 2005:

Globalstor Data Corporation and ASSIMILATE, Inc, announced today that Globalstor’s new ExtremeStor-DI PRO has been certified for use with ASSIMILATE’s SCRATCH Data-Centric Workflow Solution.  The new ExtremeStor-DI PRO paired with SCRATCH, provides digital content professionals in film post production with an open-architecture, modular feature sets, and image processing tools for a fully integrated, streamlined, end-to-end digital intermediate (DI) pipeline.

A significant and new advantage for film and post professionals is the ExtemeStor-DI PRO ships with a Bluefish444 HD|Lust 10-bit uncompressed capture card, which together with SCRATCH creates a platform in which 4:4:4 HD-RGB input can be converted into DPX or Cineon files for use at the front-end of the DI process. Users have the choice of using dual-link 4:4:4 HD-RGB, single-link 4:2:2 HD-SDI video, or 2k/4k files processed through a data scanner, or both as front-end input to DI. Using the same PRO/SCRATCH platform, the final output can also be to video, data, or both.

Integrating the latest NVIDIA PCI Express Professional Graphics card with optional HD/SDI Outputs, the standard version of the ExtremeStor-DI PRO features Dual Gigabit Ethernet, 4 GB DDR2 RAM and can be configured with either Windows XP Pro or Windows XP Pro 64- Bit operating systems.  SCRATCH adds the core post features of this combined solution, which includes real-time, multi-resolution review/ playback, assemble/edit, conform, primary color correction, scratch audio, visual effects (significantly enhanced with over 150 optional third-party plug-ins), data management, and final mastering to film.

“We’re removing the whole video input/output issue for DI.  We’re teaming with GlobalStor to give users more alternatives in the post process, which translates into an easier, faster and more productive DI process,” said Jeff Edson, CEO, ASSIMILATE. “Both companies are committed to empowering creative and post professionals with high-performance and cost-effective solutions that enable quality production of their projects as well as a strong return on investment.”

Available in both Intel Xeon and AMD Opteron CPU configurations, ExtremeStor-DI PRO is a SCSI-based solution shipping with a Bluefish444 HD|Lust capture card. PRO users can also take advantage of a free offer, enabling early adopters the opportunity to upgrade to the next generation Bluefish444 Catalyst 2K/HD/SD Analog/SDI capture card at no additional cost.

“Bundled with SCRATCH, the ExtremeStor-DI PRO offers all the tools necessary for facilities to implement a complete Digital Intermediate solution at a fraction of the cost of competitive solutions,” said Scott Leif, President of Globalstor Data.  “In addition, these solutions offer unprecedented scaleable storage capacity, which enables post facilities to purchase only what is needed, when it is needed.”

ExtremeStor-DI PRO provides up to 1000MB/sec. sustained performance using 16 Ultra320 drives Running RAID 0, and offers scaleable capacities up to 4.8TB (using 300 GB drives).

Pricing and Availability
Already being used by customers worldwide to manage the full 2k workflow of several feature film projects, SCRATCH is a fully integrated, data-centric software solution that lists at $35,000 (U.S.). See www.assimilateinc.com for your nearest sales office. Available for direct sale through Globalstor Data or to OEMs for development into specific applications, ExtremeStor-DI PRO SCSI-based system with BlueFish444 HD LUST card is available now with a two-year factory warranty.  Pricing for 2.3TB solutions start at $36,500.

ASSIMILATE is enabling the DI R-evolution with integrated, real-time, data-centric (for 2K, 4K and beyond) software and solutions for film production. The company is committed to empowering a broad spectrum of creative professionals with state-of-the-art DI solutions that deliver optimal price/performance.  To learn more about the SCRATCH product line and access customer case studies, see www.assimilateinc.com   Also, visit us at our stand at IBC 05, Hall 7 # 7.909m the RAI Convention Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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.