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Thomson Delivers the Grass Valley Indigo AV Mixer to Maryland’s Frostburg State University

Paris, France/Nevada City, Calif. -- Frostburg State University has purchased a Grass Valley™ Indigo™ AV Mixer from Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) for its Department of Mass Communication to support the production of a wide variety of programming seen via cable TV throughout the area. Frostburg State University, a comprehensive regional university that serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland, is one of 13 institutions in the University System of Maryland.

The Grass Valley Indigo AV Mixer will be installed in the university’s on-campus TV studio, where students will use it to combine multiple camera feeds, audio sources and graphics elements in the production of a educational access cable newscast, as well as sporting events, student government meetings, and specialty programs within the university. The department also records the monthly Frostburg City Council meetings, which are televised across the campus and the surrounding region.

“The intuitive interface and easily accessible features of the Indigo make it easy to train students, said Dr. John J. Lombardi, Chair and Associate Professor of the University’s Department of Mass Communication. “The AV Mixer, with its full feature set and compact size, also offers the institution great value.”

Regional Grass Valley reseller Washington Professional Systems, located in Wheaton, MD, supplied the Indigo AV Mixer. The AV system provider also maintains an engineering facility in Mount Laurel, NJ.

With more than 20 similar installations at educational facilities worldwide, the Grass Valley Indigo AV Mixer combines features normally found in high-quality video production switchers, presentation mixers, and audio mixers. Designed for Pro AV applications, the Indigo provides video up- and down-conversion, the ability to mix in high-resolution PC graphics from any DVI-I source, advanced audio mixing, and automated device playback and control via industry-standard connections. It accepts analog and digital, standard- and high-definition (SD/HD) video and audio inputs (including embedded audio in SDI), plus high-resolution computer inputs.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589