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Telestream, an industry leader in solving the challenges of media exchange in today’s multiformat, multivendor, IT-centric video environments, recently returned from the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas with two awards.

The company’s new product, GraphicsFactory, based on Telestream’s core transcoding and workflow automation expertise, enables content owners, aggregators and distributors to cost-effectively brand and repurpose media for the growing number of new distribution channels.

GraphicsFactory landed the Television Broadcast Top Innovation Award 2006 and the TV Technology STAR Award (for Superior Technology Award Recipient) for Telestream.

“With the introduction of GraphicsFactory, Telestream continues its tradition of providing industry-leading solutions for file-based workflows,” said Craig Thomas, President of Media Technology Consulting. “Extending the power of FlipFactory, GraphicsFactory automates the labor-intensive process of overlaying time-based text, still and motion graphics on video files. GraphicsFactory turns FlipFactory into an automated metadata-driven production tool.”

GraphicsFactory also offers an XML interface that enables fully automated integration of metadata into the graphics assembly workflow. In these instances, an editor creates a graphics template and then drives the graphics production process using metadata supplied from external systems.

“We’re excited to extend our current successes to this new workflow,” said David Heppe, Telestream President and COO. “Our flagship FlipFactory products are at the heart of broadcast facilities worldwide, enabling seamless file exchange, repurposing and automating ingest-to-playout in news and commercial workflows. GraphicsFactory now enables the same productivity and operational efficiency gains for a greater number of users.”


The Nevada City Business Improvement District has announce the first winner of the “It Pays to Shop Nevada City” shopping spree. The monthly drawing for a $100 gift certificate at any downtown Nevada City restaurant was drawn from more than 1,000 entries in April and was won by Mary Ann Parrish of St. Helena.

The winning entry, drawn from Nevada City Crystal & Glass, will also place Parrish’s name into the drawing for the $1,000 shopping spree to be drawn at the beginning of September. The program will run through the end of August in downtown Nevada City, with monthly drawings for the $100 downtown Nevada City restaurant gift certificate.

To enter, look for the “It Pays to Shop Nevada City” signs in more than 60 participating downtown Nevada City stores.


Barbi and Scott Jackson, owners of Scott Jackson’s Real Life Fitness, were recently featured as a “Professional Fitness Trainer” in the April IDEA Fitness Journal (www.ideafit. com). Barbi Jackson is also featured in the “Tricks of the Trade” section of the same edition.

Real Life Fitness has also recently expanded its personal training studio, growing from 1,800 square feet to 4,400 square feet, which the Jacksons report will enable them to offer more services.


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