Tightrope Media Systems Launches New Instant Replay System

New ZEPLAY offers lower entry costs for professional-grade sports replay

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, March 25, 2013 - Tightrope Media Systems is coming to the 2014 NAB Show with exciting product launches and enhancements that bring more operational benefits to existing customers, while creating a foundation to expand into new business areas.


At NAB (Las Vegas Convention Center, April 7-10, Booth C6508), Tightrope will introduce a new 2x2 version of its tried-and-true ZEPLAY slo-mo instant replay solution for sports production. The new version brings the same rock-solid stability, ease of use and expansive feature set of its 4x4 sibling at a much lower cost of entry - as in roughly half the price.

"We have found that many customers don't require the four-in, four-out, eight-angle support that our original ZEPLAY solution offers," said Steve Israelsky, broadcast solutions lead, Tightrope Media Systems. "A large cross section of our customer base in the local cable market was being underserved in this sector. The 2x2 ZEPLAY gives these and other customers, including small-to-mid sized venues and colleges, an affordable, feature-rich and reliable solution to enhance the sports fan experience. It also gives our 4x4 customers another option if they want to add more angles at a lower price."

Both ZEPLAY units will incorporate new features for NAB that are available in the ZEPLAY 3.0 release, scheduled for right after the show. This includes a new export feature that allows production staff to export entire multi-angle sequences as opposed to individual clips, making it easier to share engaging content - and game-changing moments - immediately in an edited sequence as opposed to a series of individual clips.

ZEPLAY 3.0 also adds a number of operator-oriented refinements to the sequence editor. Individual clip speeds across sequences have always been variable, allowing operators to show play highlights from one angle at full speed; and then show the culmination of the play in slow motion from a different angle. ZEPLAY users can now specify a default rate for the entire sequence, and then modify that speed from the T-Bar as the sequence plays out. ZEPLAY 3.0 also includes an enhanced audio capability to assist in editing the highlight sequences, as well as improvements in the storyboard and editing window layouts.

About Tightrope Media Systems
Founded in 1997, Tightrope Media Systems is the pioneer of web-centric digital signage and broadcast automation systems. It provides station automation, video servers, internet video on demand, live streaming, the Carousel Digital Signage system, and ZEPLAY, a multi-channel instant replay machine for stadiums, arenas and Outside Broadcast vehicles. Tightrope's award winning systems are used throughout the world. You can reach Tightrope Media Systems at (866) 866-4118 or visit them on the web at http://www.trms.com.

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