08.04.2003 12:00 PM
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Accom showcases uncompressed SD/HD DDR at SIGGRAPH 2003

Accom exhibited its WSD/HDi uncompressed SD and HD digital disk recorder at the Siggraph 2003 conference in San Diego, CA, last week. A range of new features now provide the ability to easily interchange media between WSD/HDi and workstation applications such as compositing, rotoscoping and color-correction.

The WSD/HDi's import/export utility allows the unit to interface with graphics rendering computers and film printers without concern for proprietary file formats.

A new Import/Export utility has been added that allows the WSD/HDi to easily interface with a network of graphics rendering computers and film printers without concern for proprietary file formats-thus eliminating the need for complex transfer scripting or the need to use QuickTime file wrappers.

The Import utility can monitor up to five user-defined directories for the arrival of single-frame image files. As soon as an image file arrives, the Import utility automatically inserts the frame into a clip with the same name stored on the WSD/HDi. While the WSD/HDi is recording a clip, the Export utility can transfer individual frames from that clip (or any clip already stored) to any computer or film printer on the network. All popular image file formats are supported.

With WSD/HDi's built-in Windows Media Encoder 9 Series capability, footage recorded on the WSD/HDi can be encoded for remote delivery as digital dailies, either direct from the location or from a post facility to allow directors to review post-produced shots while still on set.

Customizable encoding profiles allow shots to be delivered in a range of file sizes, from compact VHS-quality dailies, up to 7Mbps (megabit per second) high-definition clips for high-quality production review, web-trailers or DVD content.

Accom's WSD/HDi stores both standard definition (525/625) and high- definition uncompressed video formats with optional uncompressed digital audio simultaneously, in the same machine. Clips with different video formats and different line standards can all co-exist in the WSD/HDi's built-in storage array.

An option allows users to record LTC time code with incoming media, and choose whether to preserve time code discontinuities or replace them with internally-generated time code.

Other features of the WSD/HDi include a standard 1000 base-T gigabit Ethernet port, control from any networked computer through the browser-based NetPanel user interface, industry-standard QuickTime compliant file format, and optional AES/EBU digital audio.

For more information visit www.accom.com.

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