09.08.2008 08:00 AM
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
FOR-A to show low-cost HD frame rate converter at IBC

At IBC (Hall 2, Stand A51/B59) FOR-A will introduce the FRC-3000 frame rate converter and a new audio function card to European professionals for the first time. The FRC-3000 joins the company’s FRC-7000 product in providing high-quality signal processing to and from a wide variety of SD and HD formats.

The FRC-3000 was developed to meet demand for signal processing at an affordable price. Its compact 1RU frame makes it ideal for news applications. The converter features text field automatic detection, which automatically recognizes scrolling text superimposed on video. A manual setting can be chosen for static fields such as date, time and program titles and logos, while allowing for those portions to be treated separately without performing motion-compensation processing.

The FRC-3000 and FRC-7000 can perform conversions between 1080/59.94i and 1080/50i, and between 720/59.94p and 720/50p HD frame rates in real time. The FRC-3000 has an eight-channel digital audio multiplexer/demultiplexer card as standard, enabling signals of different frequencies to be transmitted within a single channel. The FRC-3000 supports the FRC-70D-D Dolby E/AC-3 decoder option and the FRC-70DE-E Dolby E encoder option.

The new audio option card FRC-70DA16 for FRC-7000 supports an increased number of channels (16) for digital audio input and output. Delay compensation can now be performed for all audio channels, including international sporting event broadcasts where many audio channels are required, or when HDCAM SR 12-channel audio is being used for recording. The FRC-70DA16 can be equipped with Dolby E encoding and decoding as an option.

The FRC-3000 will begin shipping in September. The new audio option card FRC-70DA16 for the FRC-7000 is now shipping.

For more information, visit www.for-a.com.

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