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Eurotek's Discreet Showcase in May
06 Apr 2004 :
Eurotek's Discreet Showcase in May includes new Smoke 6 Linux version as well as 3D MAX 6, and Combustion 3.

Discreet announced today that its smoke® 6 system on the Intel-based IBM workstation running Linux is now shipping worldwide. Discreet's smoke 6 editing and finishing system is already available on the Silicon Graphics® Octane2TM and Silicon Graphics TezroTM visual workstations. The addition of Linux workstation support and new pricing ensures that the smoke 6 system is accessible to broadcasters and the growing segment of mid-range post-production facilities.

Global interest in Discreet's smoke 6 on this new platform is demonstrated by early sales to Dynamo in Brazil, Arizona Producoes and Pix Mix in Portugal, Imarion and Buzz Image Group in Canada, Serena Digital in Spain, and Prime Focus in India. Analyst firm TrendWatch reports that 57 percent of U.S. broadcast studios expect that business in 2004 will be excellent and better than last year. As a result, Discreet anticipates the demand for broadcast graphics and promos, and post-production work for television commercials to rise, thereby fuelling demand for its smoke 6 system.

"Discreet's smoke 6 system on the Linux workstation is a great addition to our services," said Jean-Marc Laurin, smoke editor at Montreal-based Buzz Image Group. "The system is incredibly fast and versatile. Our clients are amazed at its speed. With the immense power of Discreet's finishing tools incorporated into the smoke timeline, I can finally construct, create and experiment with what's in my head and propose rapid solutions to the client - solutions that weren't on the board. I can push the limits of my ideas."

smoke 6 on the Intel-based IBM workstation running Linux is a standard-definition (SD) system that features high quality OpenGL graphics, uncompressed standard definition video I/O (PAL/NTSC) and a choice of Discreet's high-performance stone® Fibre Channel storage arrays, including the option for fully redundant hardware RAID 5 solutions. For details on product features visit www.discreet.com/smoke.

Kevin Moore, Director at Eurotek, the Irish reseller for Discreet, said: “We’re really happy to have the smoke 6 in our portfolio. The speed and performance of the system is fantastic, and the creative power of the smoke 6 toolset is unbelievable. I think that smoke 6 would be a great addition to any company’s facilities, and not just it’s ability to produce creative effects, but for fixing the day-to-day issues that arise in normal programme production, such as colour correction, re-scaling, and titling. And it’s price-point makes it very affordable for any facility!”

Eurotek are hosting a Discreet showcase on May 12th, which will include smoke 6, 3D MAX 6, and Combustion 3. Invitations will be available from Eurotek’s office, and from the Discreet web-site.

Email: kevin.moore@eurotek.ie



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