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NewsKing Interface for Compix SchoolSmart(TM) Package Simplifies Graphics Playout in News Preparation and Presentation

IRVINE, Calif. — Oct. 4, 2010 — Compix, a leading developer of professional character generators (CGs), today announced that its SchoolSmart(TM) package now interfaces with Comprompter’s NewsKing newsroom system. SchoolSmart is an affordable graphics add-on package that educational institutions can use to empower their students in building valuable experience and skills in creating high-quality broadcast graphics. Through interfacing and connectivity with the Windows(R)-based Comprompter NewsKing system, an end-to-end automated news preparation and presentation solution, SchoolSmart simplifies automation and playout of Compix graphics to air.

“NewsKing gives small and mid-market broadcast facilities, such as those in educational settings, a highly automated and unusually advanced solution for newsroom automation,” said Ralph King, president of Comprompter. “Our newsroom product is a natural fit with the Compix SchoolSmart package, as both offer an easy-to-use yet sophisticated feature set and great personalized customer service, all at an attractive price point.”

Available for any Compix CG system, the SchoolSmart package includes a 10-year unlimited offline GenCG software license for students, instructors, and faculty members, who now have the flexibility to create graphics anywhere and at any time on their own computers. GenCG software provides students with tools for creating high-impact titles and graphics; working with the numerous clip art images, fonts, professional templates, and stylish backgrounds; and taking graphics right to air. Animated graphics created with the Compix software can be imported into the CG or used for other video and Web projects. Students and faculty can save and transfer their graphics via the network or on a USB drive and bring them to the main Compix system in class or in the lab for easy retrieval.

NewsKing interfaces to Compix CGs through the Compix AutoCast program, allowing students to incorporate and play out Compix graphics with no extra work or tagging. The newsroom system offers script-based automation that lifts the production elements out of the script and generates an automation list determined by the order in which scripts are stacked in the producer’s rundown. Unlike competing products, NewsKing provides complete script and production element (CG, server, tape, prompter, camera, etc.) integration for a completely automated workflow in a newscast with a single key stroke. Comprompter is also at the forefront of live captioning with voice capture, capturing real-time speech from on-air talent and converting it to text for ad-lib, prompter, competition review, and archive requirements.

“The Compix SchoolSmart package gives students the freedom to develop and hone their creative skills without competing for computer time or having to work around graphics lab schedules,” said Veronica Kim, Compix president. “The package contributes to a richer learning environment as students look to enter the professional broadcast industry. Interfacing with powerful newsroom systems such as NewsKing further enhances the students’ readiness by providing a powerful system at a price point that’s within range for high schools, colleges, and universities.”

More information about Compix and its product line is available at www.compix.tv.

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About Comprompter News and Automation
Comprompter is a La Crosse, Wisconsin-based company specializing in news and automation software for the educational, broadcast, and cable industries; servicing clients worldwide with newsroom and automation systems; and providing auxiliary newsroom software for elections, school closings, internet newscast publishing, and closed captioning. More information is available at www.comprompter.com.

About Compix Media Inc.
Compix Media Inc., the “character-driven” character generator (CG) company based in Irvine, Calif., is a global provider of the world’s most affordable broadcast graphics systems. Compix systems have been on the air 24/7 since 1986, delivering broadcast graphic solutions in more than 17,000 locations, across 80 countries. Elegant, intuitive, award-winning solutions that offer both convenience and practicality, Compix CGs are available in single and multichannel analog, SD-SDI, and HD configurations. Every Compix broadcast graphics system boasts an engaging interface, a cutting-edge feature set, and 100 percent broadcast quality, backed by the remarkable Compix Freedom Support Plan. Compix clients include all major television broadcast and cable networks, post, sports, educational, military, worship, government, and corporate facilities. More information is available at www.compix.tv.

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