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Slow-Motion Controller From DNF Controls Gives Clemson Tigers Fans More to Roar About

SYLMAR, Calif. — June 5, 2008 — DNF Controls today announced that its ST-304-DSR1K-T slow-motion controller is being used as part of an in-house stadium production system at Clemson University. Deployed in a portable system that includes two Sony DSR-DR1000 hard disk drives, the DNF Controls unit enables fast, flexible slow-motion replay at Clemson Tigers soccer, tennis, baseball, and basketball events while maintaining continuous record capability so that not a moment of the action is lost.

“The DNF controller permits us to get replays up much more quickly than we could with tape, allowing us to mark cue points, access that video instantly, and play it out on the video board with excellent control at any speed,” said Rick Bagby, director of the Clemson University Athletic Video Services Department. “With the ability to provide more replays over the course of a game or match, we not only give our fans a more dynamic experience, but also increase revenue generation through sponsored replays.”

Bagby built the portable production system around the DNF Controls ST-304-DSR1K-T and Sony drives, adding one monitor for live action video and a second for cued material. The combination of the ST-304 and Sony DSR systems allows operators to mark cue points on the fly and play back video instantly, even as recording continues. The DNF slow-motion controller, which supports two record and two playback channels, provides staff at Clemson University Athletics with a four-line display and a T-bar for fast, simple, and smooth slow-motion instant replay and single-keystroke cue marking for accessing up to 100 cue points.

While the department’s earlier tape-based system required operators to “park” on a replay and suspend live recording until after playout, the versatile ST-304-based solution allows for immediate playback of marked clips without interruption of recording and the potential loss of a key point or play.

“With its compact design, easy setup, and attractive price, the ST-304 has been a great fit for our operations,” added Bagby. “We’ve used the system for two years now, and its performance has been awesome.”

“In today’s live sports environment, the extent to which video complements and enhances the game has a significant influence on the fan experience and — whether the home team wins or loses — the overall success of that event,” said DNF Controls President John Duggin. “Clemson’s implementation of our ST-304 controller leverages today’s hard disk technology to enable smart yet simple control over slow-motion replay, a critical element in drawing fans into live-action sports.”

More information about the ST-304-DSR1K-T slow-motion controller and other DNF Controls products is available at www.dnfcontrols.com.

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About Clemson Video Services
Clemson Video Services strives to provide professional video for the Clemson Athletic Department. For more than 15 years, Clemson Video has handled the videotaping, editing, and duplication of all practices and games. With today’s athletic climate changing constantly, it takes an organized and competent staff to execute the day-to-day activities required by all sports. More information about the department and Clemson athletics is available at www.clemson.edu.

About DNF Controls
DNF Controls is a leading provider of hardware- and software-based control solutions for equipment used in the television broadcast, audio/video production, post-production, and graphics markets. By partnering with industry-leading manufacturers and customers, DNF provides innovative, reliable, precise, and easy-to-use products that are used in point-to-point control as well as in facilitywide multipoint control applications. DNF Controls’ customer list includes all major U.S. television broadcast and cable networks, domestic and international television stations and production facilities, mobile production trucks, stadiums, and arenas. DNF Controls is headquartered in Sylmar, Calif. More information is available at www.dnfcontrols.com.


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