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Sunday, April 7, 2002


Sony unveils the MAV-555 multi access video disk recorder

Sony introduced the MAV-555 series, a MPEG-based, multi-channel editing disk recorders at NAB2002. It combines advanced disk technology with a VTR-style of control.

The MAV-555 Series meet the recording and real-time editing requirements of today's live, sports, and news programming. The MAV-555 Series supports DTV and the new Sony Super Motion format. There are two models in the series, differing only in the capacity of their disk drives, 18 GB and 36GB.

Many features are built-in to the MAV-555 Series, including multi-channel recordering, powerful real-time editing functionality with a full range of video effects, high reliability RAID technology, and fast operation from a built-in control panel.

The MAV-555 is contained in a single, 19-inch rack mounting unit.

Other features include:

  • Selectable data rate to match application

  • Operation at 30, 40 or 50 Mbits/s

  • Networking and SDTI I/O

  • Simultaneous multi-channel operation

  • Rohde & Schwarz presents DVATM

    With its DVATM, Rohde & Schwarz presents a test set that is capable of sending, receiving, analyzing and recording MPEG-2 and ATM data streams.

    The R&S DVATM was designed for applications transmitting MPEG-2 data streams over ATM. It is a multifunctional MPEG-2 and ATM test set. It is suitable for all measurement applications in which MPEG-2 signals are transported via ATM telecommunication interfaces.

    One of the unit's main applications is the installation and putting into operation of transmission links. Incoming MPEG-2 and ATM data streams are analyzed, and new data streams generated and output to the transmission path. The test set can be inserted anywhere in a transmission link. One of the key requirements for this application is a universal interface concept, so the R&S DVATM comes with the following interfaces: SDI, MPEG2 (ASI, SMPTE310, SPI), SDH/SONET (optical, electrical) and E3/DS3 (with/without PLCP). The R&S DVATM in this way enables precise identification of faulty network elements and the effects they have on the MPEG-2 signal.

    Midas launches its B2000.

    Midas has launched the Midas B2000. The B2000 was designed specifically for TV studios and mobile video production. It supports all current broadcast standards including mixing in mono, stereo, surround, 5.1 or 7.1 (thus supporting all DTV and DVD formats) with digital assistance and snapshot automation for easy set-up. AES/EBU input and output converters are optional.

    The B2000 is available in frame sizes from 24 to a maximum of 72 channels with the master section located either in the centre, left or right side of the console. The board can be loaded with any combination of mono or stereo input modules according to user specification. The welded steel frame construction enables the B2000 to withstand the rigours of mobile installations, and its compact, desk top design with optional floor stand allows it to fit just about anywhere.

    Other useful features include legendary Midas EQ on each module; 6 aux busses (talent monitors); 8 mix minus busses for news talent feeds plus 8 stereo subgroups, 6 of which become 5.1 master outputs when in surround mode.

    There are 2 stereo masters with mono outputs and 4 VCA subgroups/audio mute groups as well as up to 5 monitor modules. Comprehensive VU and bargraph metering comes as standard as well as auto-switching dual power supplies. Inputs incorporate a separate mix minus bus and a limiter per input, automated input gain adjustment, mic/line selection plus an 8-input pre-selector option to name but a few of the extensive list of features.

    Axon introduces new Dolby E decoding card in Synapse

    Axon Digital Design introduces a new Dolby E decoding card, the DBD08, a fully compliant Dolby E decoder on a single Synapse card.

    The introduction of the DBD08 will enable multiple Dolby E decoders to be available in a smaller form.

    The Cat. No. 552 is an OEM card based on SIMM architecture and can decode Dolby E bitstreams. This enables a quick integration of Dolby E technology. The Axon DBD08 has a BNC input that takes a single Dolby E signal and outputs 8 channels of audio on 4 BNC outputs. The input can also be changed to the Synapse bus, which brings about a dual card de-embedder-decoder solution where the one-frame latency of the Dolby E decoder is compensated inside the de-embedder.

    Control of the Dolby E decoding process will be integrated into the standard Synapse systems.

    Maxell ships SUPER DLTtape I cartridges

    Maxell has begun shipping its Maxell branded Super DLTtape I cartridges.

    The Super DLTtape I media uses Advanced Metal Powder (AMP) tape formulation to provie high-recording density and increased media capacity.

    It also incorporates a back coating that receives optical servo tracks, which allows customers to use the entire magnetic surface of the media for recording data and achieving high storage capacities up to 110 Gbytes/s on one cartridge.

    Kasenna, Omneon think big and small

    Las Vegas, NV - Omneon and Kasenna shared both a room and a common strategy at NAB2002. Both companies highlighted customers both large and small to illustrate their commitment to scalability.

    Omneon introduced the MCP 2101 MediaServer, a new product set to ship in July. It features a 1 RU form factor, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, and three 2Gbps Fibre Channel loop interfaces. With eight IEEE 1394 busses, the MCP 2101 MediaServer interfaces to Omneon video and audio I/O devices (called MediaPorts). The product scales to support up to 96 realtime I/O channels and can connect to high-speed IP networks for editing, archiving, and file transfers.

    Kasenna, based on the intellectual property created during the course of a video on demand (VOD) project by Time Warner in 1993 and 1994, provides infrastructure software for video on demand (VOD) deployments. Two of its over 1,300 customers, Passenger Networks and the Sony Music Project sit on opposite ends of the scalability spectrum.

    Passenger Networks claims 85% market share in an extremely niche market: VOD for airplanes. Kasenna’s management software facilitates transmission of video to satellite dishes that sit on top of business jets. The Sony Music Project is a bit more mainstream -- so mainstream, in fact, that an origin server in Tokyo feeds 2,000 edge servers to bring Sony music videos to customers in music stores. Kasenna, which was spun off from SGI in 2000, also announced that systems integrator MP Technologies will use Kasenna MediaBase to deliver video to up to 2,000 retail music stores worldwide over the next two years.

    The company, which recently received an investment from Sun Microsystems, recently released a new version of its software, called MediaBase XMP. This new “eXtensible Media Platform” supports MPEG-4, in addition to the formats already supported by Kasenna software: Real, Windows Media, QuickTime, MPEG-1, and MPEG-2. Company CEO Mark Gray also announced a plan to expand Kasenna’s business, currently entrenched in IP delivery, into the cable market.

    Gepco International expands digital audio multi-pair series

    Las Vegas, NV - Gepco International is expanding its 5526GFC series of 110-ohm digital audio multi-pair to include 24-pair 552624 GFC. The product is designed to interconnect between digital audio consoles, recorders processors and routers.

    The 5526GFC features an exacting 110-ohm impedance, low jitter and attenuation, ease of termination and flexibility. Pair constructions consist of two stranded 26-gage conductors, foam polypropylene insulation and 100 percent foil shield with drain wire.

    Discreet unveils interactive nonlinear digital production system

    Las Vegas, NV - Discreet introduced a new creative and software architecture environment based on its Discreet Media Architecture.

    The environment system is designed to scale from a standalone workstation to collaborative workgroups. The product is also designed to work with Discreet's inferno, flame, flint and combustion systems and software.

    The modular software is designed to provide a fast, efficient and effective development of optimized solutions for high-performance nonlinear digital post production.

    The technology includes:

    • Strata, a three-dimensional nonlinear digital production environment for visual effects and finishing

    • Mezzo, a storage and asset serving system

    • Real-time performance which includes the ability to playback, manipulate and composite in real-time up to five streams of uncompressed (4:4:4) 601 video in a full three-dimensional environment.

    Network Electronics displays an array of new products

    Las Vegas, NV - Network Electronics introduced its latest addition to flashlink and a new multiplexing solution. The HD multi-rate converter and transponder is a new addition to flashlink, an optical transport platform. It provides high-performance conversion for various signal formats from one module.

    The HD multi-rate optical and electrical converter and transponder can be configured as an Electrical to Optical or an Optical to Electrical converter, or as an Optical to Optical Transponder.

    Network Electronics also demonstrated its new 32-channel Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing solution designed to bridge the gap between broadcast, film, multimedia and telco.

    The system enables up to 40 channels of uncompressed SDI/HD or hundreds of DVB-ASI channels on a single fiber. The system expands building blocks with steps of 4 channels per frame. However, any channel number can be achieved.

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