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FOR-A introduces 1.5 M/E digital switcher at IBC2007
At the IBC2007 convention, FOR-A introduced the next generation of its VPS series of switchers, the VPS-715 GINGA, which offers all of the features of the company’s larger VPS-700 in a 1.5 M/E digital switcher.
The VPS-700 and the VPS-715 switchers both include a frame synchronizer for every input, up to 16 SD inputs and outputs, six keyers and six channels of 3-D DVE. Both switchers also come with a total of six key layers, four M/E keyers for linear, luminance, chroma (optional) with edge/shadow generation and key mask functions, and two downstream serial keyers (DSK).
The VPS-715’s large control panel consists of 16 primary input buttons, and its optional VPS-70FR Flash Recorder provides 120 seconds of uncompressed video recording along with two channels (key/fill) with simultaneous playback for video insert, CG wipe or slow-motion play-back. The switcher’s Fader link function allows for manual playback control. The VPS-715 includes redundant power supplies as well.
As another option on the VPS-715, users can add 2-D DVE in every input, delivering up to 32 DVE channels for multisource productions. It supports the 525/60 and 625/50 SD formats and features eight standard inputs, each of which has a frame synchronizer and still store feature using the F/S freeze and eight standard outputs. This can be increased by increments of four, for up to 16 primary inputs, 16 outputs and six key layers (four keyers and two DSK).
For more information, visit www.for-a.com.