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VOTING AGREEMENT, dated as of March 20, 2005 (this “Agreement”), among the stockholders listed on the signature page(s) hereto (collectively, the “Stockholders” and each individually, a “Stockholder”), Pinnacle Systems, Inc., a California corporation (the “Company”) and Avid Technology, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Buyer”).  Capitalized terms used and not otherwise defined herein shall have the respective meanings assigned to them in the Merger Agreement referred to below.


WHEREAS, as of the date hereof, the Stockholders own of record and beneficially the shares of capital stock of the Buyer set forth on Schedule I hereto (such shares, or any other voting or equity of securities of the Buyer hereafter acquired by any Stockholder prior to the termination of this Agreement, being referred to herein collectively as the “Shares”);


WHEREAS, concurrently with the execution of this Agreement, the Buyer and the Company are entering into an Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of the date hereof (the “Merger Agreement”), pursuant to which, upon the terms and subject to the conditions thereof, a subsidiary of the Buyer will be merged with and into the Company, and the Company will be the surviving corporation (the “Merger”); and


WHEREAS, as a condition to the willingness of the Company to enter into the Merger Agreement, the Company has required that the Stockholders agree, and in order to induce the Company to enter into the Merger Agreement the Stockholders are willing, to enter into this Agreement.


NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing and the mutual covenants and agreements contained herein, and intending to be legally bound hereby, the parties hereby agree, severally and not jointly, as follows:


Section 1.                                            Voting of Shares.


(a)                                  Each Stockholder covenants and agrees that until the termination of this Agreement in accordance with the terms hereof, at the Buyer Stockholders Meeting or any other meeting of the stockholders of the Buyer, however called, and in any action by written consent of the stockholders of the Buyer, such Stockholder will vote, or cause to be voted, all of such Stockholder’s respective Shares in favor of the Buyer Voting Proposals.


(b)                                 Each Stockholder hereby irrevocably grants to, and appoints, the Company, and any individual designated in writing by it, and each of them individually, as his or her proxy and attorney-in-fact (with full power of substitution), for and in his or her name, place and stead, to vote such Stockholder’s Shares at any meeting of the stockholders of the Buyer called with respect to any of the matters specified in, and in accordance and consistent with, this Section 1.  Each Stockholder understands and acknowledges that the Company is entering into the Merger Agreement in reliance upon the Stockholder’s execution and delivery of this Agreement.  Each Stockholder hereby affirms that the irrevocable proxy set forth in this Section 1(b) is given in connection with the execution of the Merger Agreement, and that such irrevocable proxy is given to secure the performance of the duties of such Stockholder under this



Agreement.  Except as otherwise provided for herein, each Stockholder hereby (i) affirms that the irrevocable proxy is coupled with an interest and may under no circumstances be revoked, (ii) ratifies and confirms all that the proxies appointed hereunder may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof and (iii) affirms that such irrevocable proxy is executed and intended to be irrevocable in accordance with the Delaware General Corporation Law.  Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Agreement, the irrevocable proxy granted hereunder shall automatically terminate upon the termination of this Agreement.


Section 2.                                            Transfer of Shares.


(a)                                  Each Stockholder covenants and agrees that such Stockholder will not directly or indirectly (i) sell, assign, transfer, pledge, encumber or otherwise dispose of any of the Shares, (ii) deposit any of the Shares into a voting trust or enter into a voting agreement or arrangement with respect to the Shares or grant any proxy or power of attorney with respect thereto that is inconsistent with this Agreement or (iii) enter into any contract, option or other arrangement or undertaking with respect to the direct or indirect sale, assignment, transfer or other disposition of any Shares; provided, however, that notwithstanding the foregoing a Stockholder may transfer Shares or agree to transfer Shares by testamentary disposition, interspousal disposition pursuant to a domestic relations proceeding or otherwise by operation of law, provided that in each such case the transferee agrees in writing to be bound by this Agreement.


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