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SAFARI Video Networks Acquires eZedia

Wynnewood, PA (May 25, 2005) - Today, SAFARI Video Networks, a subsidiary of Library Video Company, announced the acquisition of the award-winning product assets of eZedia, Inc. The outcome of this important purchase unites the cutting-edge leader in multimedia authoring software for students and teachers with the leading provider of digital video networking solutions.

eZedia is the premier, easy-to-use software tool for creating and editing brilliant multimedia presentations, digital portfolios, electronic slide shows, interactive CD-ROMs and websites. Students and teachers can combine and edit graphics, text, sound, videos and even add interactivity – with no programming knowledge required!

“We are extremely pleased to offer this outstanding creation software as part of the SAFARI Video Networks solution, as eZedia’s visual education strategy has always been consistent with SAFARI’s vision,” said Timothy Beekman, President of SAFARI Video Networks.

“We are very excited with what the future holds for us now that we have joined SAFARI,” said Fred Whitehouse, Sales Director of eZedia, Inc. “While we will continue to develop and sell eZedia as a solution, it is very exciting to now be able to bring educators a total integrated digital solution. Combining eZedia’s easy-to-use yet powerful multimedia authoring tools with the great array of SAFARI content and delivery systems will, for the first time, provide students and teachers with the ability to create standards-based projects. eZedia and SAFARI share the same passion for moving students from passive to active and engaged learners.”

According to Beekman, SAFARI’s view of the ideal educational network is a system that provides a variety of robust visual tools and content which educators use for high-quality presentation and individual instruction. The vast assortment of applications that SAFARI-supported educators have at their fingertips allows them to create a powerful visual teaching environment and an exciting interactive learning setting. “eZedia’s creative communication software adds a critical and valuable component to educational networks designed for today’s schools, and we are honored to be associated with such a reputable and well-respected company,” added Beekman.

eZedia has a loyal and exponentially growing customer base. “The eZedia product line is the most promising set of new applications I’ve seen in years. As we considered our multimedia application options, it quickly became clear that the eZedia products fit our needs perfectly. First, teacher and student users will benefit from eZedia’s ease of use. A few basic concepts will get most users off and running with these products. As use progresses, more sophisticated ideas can be introduced…or even discovered… by users. This flexibility will allow teachers to differentiate their curriculum for the various learning styles they have in the classroom,” said Matt Fuller, Director of Technology and Media Services, Wilmette Public Schools, Illinois.

eZedia is now a division of SAFARI Video Networks. For more details about the acquisition or to schedule an interview, please contact SAFARI Video Networks.

About SAFARI Video Networks

SAFARI Video Networks, a newly acquired subsidiary of Library Video Company, is the leading provider of video networking solutions for education. SAFARI Video Networks offers schools a range of video networking products, including the first truly open digital video-on-demand system; video conferencing for distance education and professional development, school news, and security; local video creation uploading and many other products. SAFARI Video Networks will provide schools, districts and states with a choice of the best new video programs digitally from Library Video Company’s vast network of the finest educational video publishers and distributors, including the award-winning Schlessinger Media content library. More information is available at www.SAFARIMontage.com.

About eZedia

Founded in 1994 by Stefan Embleton, eZedia has become a leader in digital media software technology. The company derives its name from the phrase "easy media," underscoring its corporate focus on the delivery of easy-to-use and easy-to-learn digital media authoring and development products.

eZedia is committed to providing intuitive software that simplifies the creation, integration and delivery of digital media for people at work, home and school.

eZedia's growing family of products currently include eZediaMX, eZediaQTI, eZeMatte for iMovie, eZeScreen for iMovie, eZeClip for iMovie, eZediaMotion for iMovie and eZedia Plug-ins for iMovie: V1. More information about eZedia is available at www.ezedia.com.

eZedia’s products have won several industry awards, including a Media & Methods’ 2003 Awards Portfolio for Multimedia Authoring for eZediaMX and a 2003 Award of Excellence from Technology & Learning magazine for eZediaQTI. Detailed product information is available at LibraryVideo.com.

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