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Convera Signs Deal With National Geographic Television

Convera’s Screening Room® software to power the National Geographic Television film library,digital archive.
Vienna, Va.(10/31/2001) -

Convera (Nasdaq: CNVR), a leading provider of software products that access unstructured information for the enterprise and government markets, today announced that Convera?s Screening Room? has been selected as the video content management software for the National Geographic Television (NGT) Film Library. Screening Room will be used to digitize and index thousands of hours of video.

As video is ingested into digital form, National Geographic?s Film Library will use Screening Room?s Browse feature to search for, preview and repurpose these video assets-all from an Internet-enabled desktop computer. National Geographic Television will also provide preferred customers with secure, online access to the video archive enabling them to select and license copyrighted material.

?Our immediate goal is to use Screening Room to provide production staff at NGT and the National Geographic Channel with unfettered access to a wealth of video resources and stock footage,? said Matthew White, Vice President, Film Library at National Geographic Television. ?In addition to streamlining our broadcast production process, Screening Room will also make it easier for other clients to search our video archive and select footage that meets their needs,? White continued.

?The Digital Media Archive project represents one of the largest deployments of Convera?s Screening Room software to date,? explained Patrick Condo, president and chief executive officer, Convera. ?We view this as a long-term relationship in which our products and services will enable National Geographic Television to fully leverage and monetize its video assets.?

Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, Convera will supply two Screening Room Capture servers at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, DC. National Geographic staff will use the software to ingest analog film and video footage into digital form.

Nearly 100 National Geographic employees worldwide will have continuous online access to the archive via Screening Room?s Browse interface. The primary users of the system will be production staff at NGT and National Geographic Channel.

Nearly 2,000 hours of video had already been digitized by NGT and will be transferred to the Convera system. Another 2,000 hours of existing analog footage will be ingested into the system over the next year. In addition to digitizing archived footage, Screening Room will be used on an ongoing basis to ingest and catalog National Geographic Channel and NGT programming along with associated B-roll footage.

Long-term plans call for further commercialization of the Digital Media Archive. Ultimately, NGT plans to integrate Screening Room?s WebSearch interface into its Web site.

About Convera?s Screening Room
Convera?s Screening Room provides scalable, high-performance access to any video asset (analog or digital) from an ordinary Web browser. With Screening Room, users can automatically capture video; browse visual summaries (called ?storyboards?); catalog content using metadata, annotations, closed caption text, and voice sound tracks; search for precise video clips using text and image clues; and create rough cuts and ?Edit Decision Lists? for further production; and publish those video assets to the Web for streaming. Screening Room turns video assets into useful, profitable resources in a cost-effective way.

About National Geographic Television
Building on its reputation for remarkable visual and compelling stories, National Geographic Television (NGT) augments its award-winning documentary production (winner of 116 Emmys and more than 800 other industry awards) with feature films, large-format, and long-form television drama programming, as well as international broadcast and video distribution. At present, NGT?s programming can be seen in the U.S. on the National Geographic Channel, MSNBC, and PBS as well as on home video & DVD, and internationally through video distribution and broadcast syndication and on the National Geographic Channel in 133 countries and over 100 million households in 21 languages. More information about NGT is available on www.nationalgeographic.com.

About Convera
Convera is a leading provider of software products that connect, manage and locate unstructured information, whether it be text, video, audio or image files. Convera?s advanced technologies and products enable organizations to leverage the value of all their unstructured content, providing the industry?s fastest, most accurate access to media within the enterprise. Convera serves over 750 customers in 29 countries from its offices throughout the U.S. and Europe. For more information, contact Convera at 800-788-7758, via e-mail at info@convera.com or on the Web at www.convera.com.

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