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10.01.2005
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
New Products

REAL-TIME RENDERING 3-D VIRTUAL STUDIO

FOR-A digiStorm: An on-air graphics solution; created with Brainstorm Multimedia's eStudio; Brainstorm tools allow for the creation of 3-D objects, text and animations, multi-pass textures and reflection; text quality is high with edge effects including emboss, shadow and glow; example applications include 3-D character generation, wraps, rotating logos and sports scores.
714-894-3311; www.for-a.com

LI-ION BATTERY SYSTEM

PAG L95 Power Circle: Battery uses advanced Li-Ion cell technology; provides 95Wh capacity; weighs 745g; provides extra run-time for cameras and lights up to 35W; two L95s provide sufficient power for a day's shooting with most camera and lighting set-ups; easily stowed in camera bag; available in PAGlok, V-Mount and AB connectors.
+44 20 8540 4116; www.paguk.com

HDV CAMERA BATTERY

Swit S-8770 DV: Designed for HDV cameras; has Li-Ion technology; includes built-in multiple protective circuit design; has no memory effect; display accurately shows remaining power within minutes; features 7.2V, 31.8Wh and weighs 10kg.
+86 25 85805295; www.swit-battery.com

LUMINAIRE

Sachtler Director II: Has two versions, 575 W fresnel luminaire and a 575 W PAR luminaire; optional DMX module provides remote switching and dimming, compact design and reduced weight; fast setup; operates at any voltage from 90V to 260V; equipped with four-leaf barndoors and filters.
+49 89 32158200; www.sachtler.com

CONTENT DELIVERY PLATFORM

Harris H-Class: Provides broadcasters and content providers with the means to integrate disparate processes into a single, modular system; handles all content management and delivery enterprise-wide from creation to consumption; based on open standards.
217-221-7180; www.broadcast.harris.com

HD DISC RECORDER

Sony XDCAM HD: Combines 1080-line picture quality with the workflow benefits of nonlinear, file-based production; uses MPEG Long GOP encoding at selectable bit rates of 18Mb/s, 25Mb/s or 35Mb/s; offers backwards compatibility; will play back DVCAM material recorded with an XDCAM SD machine.
800-686-7669; www.sony.com/professional

NEWS CATALOGUING AND ARCHIVE SYSTEM

Crispin NewsCat: Archives news stories and makes them easily searchable for reuse; Web-browsable interface enables multiple users to search and retrieve video from archives as well as view low-resolution proxy video.
919-845-7744; www.crispincorp.com

CLIP MANAGER

Omneon Video ProBrowse: Creates and displays low-resolution (proxy) versions of full-resolution material contained within the server system; identification and viewing is simplified with automatic proxy generation, coupled with user-selectable thumbnail images and metadata searching; monitors content directories within several networked Omneon Spectrum servers; automatically generates 1Mb/s low-resolution versions of all material.
408-585-5000; www.omneon.com

HARD DISK DRIVE

JVC DR-HD100: Attaches directly to the JVC GY-HD100E camcorder; uses a single FireWire cable to communicate audio, video, timecode and control information; is available in two versions: a 40GB capacity hard disk, which offers more than three hours of uninterrupted recording, and a 80GB version, which offers seven hours of uninterrupted recording; both record and back up DV and HDV video.
973-317-5000; pro.jvc.com

STUDIO DIRECT TO EDIT RECORDER

FOCUS Enhancements FireStore FS-2E: Records video to FireWire disk drives in edit-ready, native DV-NLE file formats; features several standard audio and video I/O options; interfaces with standard control protocols such as RS422, RS-232C, AV/C and GPI; can connect to networks via FTP using an Ethernet interface to copy files and control the unit.
408-866-8300; www.focusinfo.com

DIGITAL VIDEO PROCESSOR

Terayon DM 6400 Network CherryPicker: Applications include grooming of custom channel line-ups, rate shaping and statistical multiplexing; designed to deliver superior picture quality for both SD and HD digital video services; now features support for the H.264/AVC advanced codec.
408-235-5500; www.terayon.com

DIGITAL MASTERING AND PLAYBACK SERVER

QuVis Encore: Master and playback more than 50 video formats, including SD, HD and high-resolution graphics formats; features 12 independent channels of digital audio, a standard Gig-E network interface and native front panel access to internal storage; remote editing and playback control is available via RS-422/RS-232 and TCP/IP interfaces.
785-272-3656; www.quvis.com

ROUTERS

PESA Cheetah: 128NE offers a 128×128 routing matrix; requires one power supply of fewer than 600W to drive the compact 7RU system; the 11RU Cheetah 128XE can select between a 128×128 configuration with output options or output expansion up to 128×256 without option slots available; 128WE is housed in 11RU and supports a 128×128 configuration with all output options available and support for Matrix WatchDog.
631-912-1301; www.pesa.com

IT-BASED ACQUISITION, RECORDING, STORAGE DEVICES

Grass Valley Infinity: Uses IT-based disk drives and IT-based storage solutions; includes removable hard disk-based Iomega REV products and Pro-grade CompactFlash; features 14-bit digital imaging; allows users to choose between several video formats; SD formats are selectable in either 16:9, 4:3 or letterbox aspect ratios; features JPEG2000 codec, which delivers 10-bit 4:2:2 resolution images and is frame accurate; includes the Infinity Digital Media Camcorder and Infinity Digital Media Recorder.
503-526-8200; www.grassvalley.com

MULTICHANNEL INGEST AND PLAYOUT SERVER

Geevs MR: Handles compressed or uncompressed HD or SD media; can work independently or as part of a mass-distribution or capture facility; storage options include support for SATA, SCSI, or Fibre Channel storage; designed for integration with Lightworks' Alacrity and Touch NLEs.
+44 1256 810123; http://geebroadcast.co.uk

HD LCD

eCinema Systems DCM23: Uses custom TFT LCD technology with custom modified optics; has a 23in diagonal view, 4in width and weighs 22lb; can be used for color grading and for critical picture evaluation; communicates color from set to post; has less than 15ms response time; video displayed at frame rates for all standards.
661-305-9320; www.ecinemasys.com

DIGITAL MEDIA TOOLS

Telestream Flip4Mac: Provides file compatibility and direct file transfer into Final Cut Pro systems from Grass Valley servers and Ikegami cameras; browses, imports, edits and exports content to and from devices not natively supported by Final Cut Pro; transfers can occur faster than real time; features the ability to view keyframes and metadata support.
530-470-1300; www.telestream.net

MULTISERVICE ENCODING PLATFORM

Harmonic DviCom Electra 5000: Encodes multiple channels in multiple formats using multiple video/audio compression standards; delivers broadcast video services to a variety of devices; basic configurations simultaneously encode two full resolution SD channels using MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC and/or VC-1; can encode a single channel in multiple formats, multiple channels in a single format or multiple channels in different formats.
408-542-2500; www.harmonicinc.com

HD/SD SWITCHABLE TURNKEY BRANDING SYSTEM

Chyron Channel Box: Features 3-D motions and effects of live video, clips and graphics; has an intuitive Creation GUI; can customize Event Control GUI, all events in a scene are maintained within a timeline and controlled through the Event Control GUI; includes API and control interfaces; has an HD/SD switchable platform.
631-845-2000; www.chyron.com

COLOR CORRECTION SYSTEM

Quantel The Pablo Suite: Combines image processing hardware and color correction software; is built on the foundations of eQ and iQ; is a complete Digital Intermediate system; includes Integrated Concurrent Processing; suite includes three models: eQ Pablo Suite for HD applications, iQ2 Pablo Suite for 2K digital intermediates and iQ4 Pablo Suite for everything up to and including 4K DI working.
+44 1635 48222; www.quantel.com

NAS-BASED UNCOMPRESSED HDTV STORAGE TECHNOLOGY

Exanet ExaStore: Allows data sharing of high volumes while substantially simplifying systems integration and lowering overall costs; does not require any special hardware or software in the workstation or host computer; is based on off-the-shelf commodity hardware; provides seamless access to data regardless of load on the system, with no downtime; clustering provides total solution reliability.
917-210-8290; www.exanet.com

SAN

Studio Network Solutions globalSAN X-4: Includes 1.6TB of SATA storage in 1RU; contains a single RAID controller and two client licenses of SAN software; can connect directly to the X-4 over Gigabit Ethernet and share RAID-protected storage; is based on the iSCSI protocol; offers more bandwidth and greater distance capabilities than USB or FireWire.
877-537-2094; www.studionetworksolutions.com

NETWORKED BROADCAST MONITORING SYSTEM

Barco NG System: Includes a rack-mountable chassis; features redundant power supplies and integrated shelf-management module; is equipped with hot-swappable auto-sensing input boards supporting SD and HD video feeds; one rear-projection module is capable of simultaneously displaying multiple analog and digital video feeds together; two or more modules can be combined into a huge display wall to monitor hundreds of signals.
916-859.2500; www.barco.com

MULTIVIEWER

Zandar FusionPro+: Features two versions; a 1RU version provides eight scalable windows; a 3RU version allows for 26-channel operation; video input is modular and on easily accessible front-loading cards; user display configuration is now provided via the Z-Configurator Layout Configuration software; control remotely over RS-232, RS-422/485 or LAN; accepts all common video formats; supports resolutions up to W-UXGA and 1080p.
321-939-0457; www.zandar.com

3-D ANIMATION SOFTWARE

Avid Technology SOFTIMAGE|XSI version 5.0: Includes non-destructive character tools and a comprehensive set of migration tools for Maya users; features the GATOR attribute transfer system for repurposing properties and animation between models; has native 64-bit support for XSI and mental ray 3.4 software; has a gigapolygon core that leverages multi-processor and multi-core platforms.
212-983-2424; www.avid.com

MULTI-CHEMISTRY BATTERY CHARGER

IDX VL-4Si: Advanced battery charger system handles up to four Li-Ion, NiCd or NiMH batteries simultaneously; LCD display monitors battery condition; direct USB PC interface; charges NP-style batteries with A-E2NP adapter; quick charge at 3A for one to three channels or 2.3A for four channels.
310-891-2800; www.idx.tv

SDK

Rhozet Carbon Engine SDK and Carbon Farm SDK: Provides the encoding power of the Carbon transcoding engine and Carbon Farm to custom third-party applications; allows third-party applications to interact directly with the Carbon transcoding engine; the Carbon Engine SDK allows control of a single transcoding kernel.
408-432-3333; www.rhozet.com

AES/EBU TO ETHERSOUND INTERFACES

Digigram ES881, ES1241 and ES16161: The rack-mount AES/EBU to EtherSound interfaces are available in a variety of I/O configurations that connect any digital product to an EtherSound network; all devices offer sample rate converters on each input and World Clock input and output; ES881 offers four stereo AES/EBU inputs and outputs (eight EtherSound channels for each); the ES1241 offers two stereo AES/EBU inputs and six stereo AES/EBU outputs (four and 12 EtherSound channels respectively); the ES16161 features eight stereo AES/EBU inputs and outputs (16 EtherSound channels for each); the ES881 and ES1241 come with XLRs on the digital audio inputs and outputs; the ES16161 features Sub-D connectors.
+33 0 476 52 53 01; www.digigram.com

CAT 5E UTP CABLES

Belden CDT Brilliance CatSnake: Tactical field-deployable Category 5e audio/video cables designed for use in patching Ethernet or other Cat 5e digital audio and video formats; are AES/EBU compliant; designed for indoor broadcast applications in high-traffic areas and broadcast truck applications; features Belden's bonded-pair unshielded twisted pairs with 24AWG stranded bare copper conductors and polyolefin insulation; also available in a heavy-jacket wall version and an up-jacketed version for the harshest heavy-duty applications.
847-590-1110; www.belden.com

PATCHBAY

Switchcraft StudioPro 6425: The 64-way patchbay of 4×6 jacks is fitted with TT EZ Norm audio jacks, which allow the normals to be set or changed from the font of the panel; internally wired using 110Ω cable; connections on the rear are 25-way D-Sub; the grounds are bussed to allow passing of phantom power.
773-792-2700; www.switchcraft.com

HANDHELD TV ANALYZER

Rohde & Schwarz R&S FSH3-TV: Designed for servicing new installations and maintaining or repairing TV cable network or transmitter components; combines the functions and characteristics of a full-featured spectrum analyzer and a TV test receiver; comes equipped with a TV board, preamplifier and tracking generator; supports all common analog TV standards; can be upgraded at any time for DVB-C, J.83/B or ATSC/8VSB.
888-837-8772; www.rohde-schwarz.com

LI-ION CAMERA BATTERY

Frezzi FLB-100/130/300: Li-Ion series of batteries; 14.8V, output ranging from 100Wh to 200Wh; has an advanced power metering system; connects to all cameras using V-LOCK or other mounts; lightweight for easier camera balancing.
800-345-1030; www.frezzi.com

M/E DIGITAL SWITCHER

FOR-A VPS-700 GINA: Includes 2-D DVE for every input, up to 16 SD inputs and outputs, six keyers, six chroma keys and six channels of 2-D or 3-D DVE; offers optional 2-D DVE in every input; delivers up to 32 DVE channels; supports 525/60 and 625/50 SD formats; features eight standard inputs, each of which has a frame synchronizer and still store feature using the F/S freeze and eight standard outputs, which can be increased by increments of four up to 16 primary inputs, 16 outputs and six key layers (four keyers and two DSK).
714-894-3311; www.for-a.com

VIDEO ENCODER

Telairity Semiconductor AVClarity: Works with the Telairity-1 processor architecture to create next-generation H.264 HD broadcast video encoding systems that cut bandwidth use in half compared with MPEG-2 encoders; supports AVC level 4.0 for broadcast encoding at HD resolutions of 720p and 1080i.
408-764-0270; www.telairity.com

CHANNEL BRANDING SYSTEMS

Miranda Oxtel Series Imagestore HDTV, Intuition HD and 300: Each of the three systems allows broadcasters to output HD and SD channel branding and promotional graphics with multichannel mixing; the Imagestore HDTV features a dual DVE and integral, four-group audio mixer; the Imagestore Intuition HD's coprocessor extends the graphics capabilities of the Imagestore HDTV to allow the playout of multilevel HD channel branding; the Imagestore 300 offers SDI channel branding and a master control switching processor that features dual 2-D and 3-D DVEs, video and 16-channel audio mixing, eight-channel audio playout, automated character generation, animation and still playout and EAS support.
561-477-6124; www.miranda.com

VIDEO CAPTURE CARD

AJA Video KONA LH: The 10-bit uncompressed video capture card is available for OSX and Final Cut Studio; offers HD and SD analog and digital I/O; supports such codecs as DVCProHD, HDV playback and DV50 with hardware acceleration on-board for the playback of DVCProHD, HDV and Apple's Dynamic RT Extreme.
530-274-2048; www.aja.com

SDI-TO-ANALOG FORMAT CONVERTER

Kramer Electronics 7408: Part of the Kramer DigiTOOLS line, the compact, multistandard, adjustment-free, 10-bit analog-to-digital converter accepts an SDI (4:2:2 serial digital video) input; provides a reclocked and equalized looping SDI output; converts the original signal to analog outputs in three common signal formats: composite video, s-video (YC) and composite video (YUV); uses four-times digital oversampling to minimize digital artifacts.
888-275-6311; www.kramerelectronics.com

DIGITAL AUDIO MIXERS

Euphonix Max Air V1.4 and System 5-B V2.8.1: Software and hardware upgrades for the on-air digital audio mixing systems include live control surface module resynchronization, configurable aux sends, Image Video TSI-1000 integration, ergonomic improvements to the surface and faster embedded processors; individual control surface modules can be removed and reintroduced without the need to reboot and with no loss of audio; can be configured with 24 aux send busses or the original 16.
818-766-1666; www.euphonix.com

VIDEO ANALYZER

JDSU Uniphase DTS-200 and DTS-330: The digital and IP video test and measurement analyzers can now analyze Sony's Passage technology; offers MPEG-2 analysis and stream code capability; performs capture, accurate playback, as well as table, PID and PCR timing measurements, TR101-290, private table decodes and conditional access test; the Passage technology allows equipment from different vendors to operate concurrently on existing digital CATV networks.
408-546-5000; www.jdsu.com



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