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Discreet Exploration Road Show a Success

Dallas, Texas—November 25, 2003— Discreet pulled up to The Magnolia Theatre on November 11th and proceeded to offer up one of the hottest special effects presentations ever seen. Well, at least one of the hottest advanced editing system presentations. I/O Partners hosted the event as Discreet unveiled fabulous new advances of smoke® 6 on Tezro™, SGI’s® newest workstation and flame® 8, both versions publicizing the most recent advances of the software systems.

Mike Woody, Discreet’s Regional Sales Manager for the South and Latin America, stated, “We were extremely pleased to see the incredible interest generated from a single event. This is the third leg of The Exploration Road Show, and that name has proved definitive of the tour’s success. Discreet user attendance was greater than anticipated in Miami, Atlanta and now Dallas. Dallas’s venue turned out to be especially fun because we immediately saw sales generated. People were that excited about the latest features of smoke and flame.”

David Hannah, Chief Engineer for CharlieUniformTango said, “The independent resolution features in smoke and flame allow artists to do everything in one box, no longer do you have to rely on other systems to mix your media. Now, we can use 2K scans, HD and SD material in one project. Further, print graphics and logos import seamlessly into the final product, allowing all manner of traditional problems to be solved effortlessly. The workflow enhancements in smoke, especially as they pertain to timeline editing, although increased in complexity, will make managing the job easier. Also, the Colour Warper™ and extended bicubics, which flame users have enjoyed for so long, will now enhance the smoke as well. And kudos to Discreet for introducing the new Master Keyer™ as this will again cement their lead in keying technology for the next two years.”

Jim Eberle, freelance smoke and fire artist added, “The flexibility to edit at any resolution or aspect ratio blew me away, not to mention the ability to master to any desired output format. I was also very impressed with the new Master Keyer. It gives the artist so much latitude to refine a key and the added ability to randomly soften portions of a mask’s edge. Discreet really outdid themselves.”

Keith O’Neil with AMS Productions commented, “The new combo of smoke 6 with Tezro and also on the Linux operating system makes it more affordable than ever before. This is great news for the post-production industry in Dallas.”

And Mark Sullivan, inferno/fire artist for Video Post & Transfer added, "I've been working on Discreet products since 1995 and they keep getting better with every release. The latest version's feature set is very exciting. No more restrictions on resolution or number of layers. Thanks Discreet and thanks I/O Partners!"

Additional features for smoke 6 include the ability to import 3D models via FBX; new and improved media management and archiving tools including integrated OMF support; and the ability to exchange audio media/compositions with popular applications such as ProTools. For more information visit www.discreet.com

I/O Partners, Inc. is a high performance systems integrator, based in Irving, Texas with field offices around the U.S. Its solutions target advanced enterprise demands for custom networking, storage and advanced computer integrations for media and non-media companies. I/O Partners is proud to represent an extensive number of leading edge, technically oriented companies including Discreet, a division of Autodesk, Inc. which considers I/O Partners one of its largest integrators. I/O Partners has been distinguished as one of the fastest growing companies in America by Dunn and Bradstreet’s Entrepreneur publication, and is recognized as the leader in television production, broadcast integration, storage and network innovations.