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Tuesday, April 9, 2002

BOXX Technologies premieres the HDBOXX

BOXX Technologies showcased the many features of HDBOXX at NAB2002, including support for Panasonic's variable frame rate format.

HDBOXX offers users working with HD or SD materials-from large post production and government facilities to independent filmmakers and boutique effects houses-a robust uncompressed nonlinear editing, compositing and playback solution for HD or SD.

HDBOXX is designed for television broadcast studios, cable companies, film and postproduction houses creating and delivering high-definition and standard definition (SD) content.

It keeps HD materials and images uncompressed, eliminating the need for "up-conversion" or "down-conversion," incorporates in-sync's Speed Razor 2000X for straightforward nonlinear editing and breakthrough performance with an I/O architecture and PCI bus architecture streamlined specifically for high-definition editing.

Other features of HDBOXX include support for Sony's 23.98/24 fps formats, 10 and 8-bit YUV and RGB conversion, improved rendering performance, standard and high definition input and output, QuickTime and AVI, sequential image playback and recording and plug-in support for popular programs such as Adobe After Effects and file format compatible with Discreet's combustion, Nothing Real's Shake, and eyeon's Digital Fusion software.

Modulation Sciences presents msi 189

Modulation Sciences presented its msi 189 SAP/Stereo/Video Receiver at NAB2002.

It features off-air simultaneous SAP, Stereo and Video Reception, non-intercarrier aural reception, DTMF signaling and diversity reception. It also features a stable synthesized tuner which receives any U.S. television channels from 2 through 69.

The msi 189 includes two antenna inputs. The antenna is selected on the basis of minimum multipath and maximum digital strength. The unit also transmits standard DTMF tones over the SAP channel.

Solid State Logic unveils its Aysis Air Plus 'SC' digital console

Solid State Logic has unveiled the Aysis Air Plus ‘SC,’ a specially configured version of its popular Aysis Air Plus digital broadcast console.

The SC console has built-in redundancy and security features such as hot-swappable faders and is capable of expansion as station challenges evolve. Comprehensive reset capabilities allow greater capacity and studio efficiency. Stereo or 5.1 surround operation gives the flexibility to do a variety of tasks from simple news to full surround sports coverage.

The standard complement of analogue and digital I/O is enough to handle a wide variety of applications and that can easily be expanded to fit specific requirements.

Euphonix introduces 'Max Air' Digital Audio Broadcast Console

Euphonix has introduced "Max Air," a new 96 channel digital audio mixing console designed for on-air and live-to-tape broadcast production applications.

The Max Air console is based on the technology and software of the Euphonix System 5-B; it shares the same DSP core and I/O as System 5-B and also includes much of the same processing and control software.

Max Air can control large numbers of inputs in a small space and has been ergonomically designed to speed up operation. SnapShot Recall of all console settings allows fast turn around between different shows and accurate recall for continuity from one week to the next. The console's digital architecture is highly cost effective compared to analog systems and reduces the cost of a typical installation especially when using digital connection solutions such as MADI.

Some key features of the Max Air console:

  • Each channel strip offers 4 band fully parametric EQs, 2 filters, a dedicated mix minus, surround panning and a dynamics section

  • The console's large touch screen shows hi-res channel and master metering, EQ and dynamics graphs, patch routing and more

  • Built-in MADI router

  • The central 'Superchannel' is an entire channel strip with dedicated controls for all functions

  • The control surface is modular allowing a system to be built to match the control room space and budget

  • Telex introduces RTSä SIX- and Eight-character keypanels

    Telex has introduced the RTS™ Model KP-632/24 and KP-832/20 keypanels. The new keypanels are the first of the RTS line to provide six- and eight-character alphanumeric displays.

    The KP-632/24 and KP-832/20 keypanels are variants of the KP-32 four-character keypanels. The new panels offer full programmability, DSP signal processing and routing and complete compatibility with RTS ADAM, ADAM-CS and Zeus intercom matrices.

    The new series panels can be used with RTS ADAM and Zeus Matrix systems and can also be used with existing systems after a simple firmware download.

    FujiFilm introduces Nano Cubic technology

    Fuji Photo Film has introduced a significant breakthrough in magnetic recording media technology that will exponentially increase the capacity of magnetic media, according to the company. Nano Cubic technology is Fujifilm’s innovative, ultra-thin layer coating technology that can produce higher resolutions for recording digital data, ultra-low noise and high signal-to-noise ratios that are ideal for magneto-resistive heads.

    In addition, Nano Cubic technology is capable of increasing exponentially the capacity of magnetic media. It is capable of catapulting data cartridge and digital videotape to 1TB native (uncompressed) capacities and floppy disk capacities to 3GB. To help visualize this potential, 1TB could store up to 200 two-hour movies.

    What sets Nano Cubic coating technology apart is its ability to be applied cost-effectively to a mass production manufacturing process while requiring only small modifications to current coating equipment for application. Fujifilm is beginning to work with drive manufacturers to develop new, high-capacity magnetic storage products using Nano Cubic technology.

    Accom introduces Abekas 6000 Version 4.0

    Accom introduced Version 4.0 software for the Abekas 6000 video production server at NAB. The Abekas 6000’s role as a robust, high-performance multi-purpose server for critical broadcast and post applications has been enhanced.

    The Abekas 6000 operates securely in challenging environments and is strengthened by the addition of a background progressive defragmentation capability that provides automatic continuation of defragmentation after power supply outages or other interruptions.

    It now includes the ability to record vertical timecode on MPEG, and offers the option of preserving discontinuities in the timecode or synthesizing timecode for clips after recording.

    It also features a new content management application that runs on either a PC or Mac computer workstation allows users with an Ethernet connection to a network of 6000s, to view any material stored on the servers at their computer screens via the TCP/IP protocol.

    Encoda Systems announce Landmark upgrade

    Encoda Systems announced that the Landmark II airtime sales and financial management software has been enhanced with a new Order Line function, which helps match booking requirements with available inventory.

    This new function appeals to all types of media sales professionals as it quickens the process of planning campaigns and gives faster response times to clients' order requests.

    The Order Line allows a range of data to be entered defining where a specified number of advertising spots should be booked. Users can define time, day/date ranges, break types, and TV programs.

    Landmark then uses Order Line to attempt to match the requests to inventory using ranking factors that distribute spots evenly across days and times.

    Chyron debuts Sirius router family

    Chyron Corporation unveiled the Sirius router family at NAB2002. This versatile and modular router uses common crosspoints and enabling multi-signal operations.

    Sirius provides "in-router" A to D and D to A conversion, and brings this capability to video formats. Sirius is capable of routing NTSC/PAL inputs to SDI outputs and vice versa with no external conversion equipment.

    Sirius is a multi-format, SDI/HD/analog video, AES audio, compact router of 7RU and can be configured in blocks of 8 x 8 up to 128 x 128 - all in the same chassis.

    Control is available by an internal control card or Pro-Bel's expandable, Windows(r) -based Aurora control system.

    Thomson multimedia, Grass Valley Group, announce product roadmap and product upgrades

    Las Vegas, NV - Several new products from Thomson multimedia will hit the marketplace soon.

    Thomson unveiled its Trinix 512, a routing switcher able to route standard and high-definition signals in a single frame. It is designed for network facilities, flagship stations and large OB vans. The dense routing switcher can receive 512 inputs and 512 outputs. Users can deploy high-capacity, small footprint systems that can handle SD or HD signals. It also handles SMPte standard digital video signals from 3 Mbits/s to 1.4 Gbits/s. It offers four sync inputs.

    The XtenDD Production Switcher is targeted toward standard definition environments. The switcher features LAN networking technology, high-performance chromakey capabilities, machine control and macro key memory.

    The LDK 5000 and two versions of the LDK 6000 Mk II high-definition cinematography camera are the three latest additions to Thomson's camera line.

    The LDK 5000 camera includes high resolution, HD CCDs. It features HDTV CCD sensors, an optimal aliasing and resolution performance, a 12-bit analog-to-digital conversion and a 22-bit high definition digital signal processor.

    Other new product enhancements from Thomson:

    • A Transform Engine for Grass Valley Group's Zodiak Digital Production Switcher

    • A M/E Control Panel for Kalypso

    • Kalypso System creative tools: Optional Kurl Effects and KlipCache still-store memory expansion

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