Echolab IBC2008 Preview
Echolab, Inc. is a leading provider of video production switchers and tools that offer flexibility and on-air reliability for the production and distribution of digital media in a variety of formats. The company's products include the Overture1™ and Overture2™ video production systems, MultiPlayMD™ multichannel instant-replay system, MegaKeyMD™ clip player/mixer/keyer, and Conductor™ control integration system, all of which provide functionality and ease of use critical to professional-quality production. Echolab is online at www.echolab.com.
New Echolab Products Being Introduced at IBC2008
At IBC2008, Echolab will showcase a range of exciting products for the production of sports, news, and live events. These unique new tools bring users unprecedented live production capabilities while simplifying operation and system design.
SuperBox Module — The new SuperBox module enables users of Echolab's advanced Overture™ series of production switchers to put as many as six windows on screen at once. This plug-and-play solution simplifies news and sports production, allowing for simultaneous display of commentators, reporters, or program guests from different locations — all within one picture — without compromising the switcher's DVE capabilities. Accessible via the switcher's SuperSource™ crosspoint key, SuperBox makes it easy for users to display multiple boxes from multiple sources while continuing to incorporate attention-grabbing transitions. The module's Intelligent Masking capability provides operators with the flexibility to move or scale each box with the mask, or to move and scale video while keeping the mask stationary. SuperSource simplifies layout configuration and streamlines transitions between these multiple-box shots and full-screen images.
MultiPlayMD™ — Echolab will be showing a live demonstration of the new MultiPlayMD™ multidefinition, multichannel instant-replay system in their booth at IBC2008. MultiPlayMD offers unique functionality at an affordable price point, providing continuous recording of up to 32 channels of SD or HD content. Working with MultiPlayMD, operators can switch instantly between live, play, and record functions, with instant synchronous playback available on all channels. The system is fully integrated with Echolab's Overture1™ and Overture2™ switchers and can take "still" and "slow" modes of operation from these panels or from Echolab's Conductor™ control integration system.
MegaKeyMD™ — Being introduced for the first time at IBC2008, MegaKeyMD™ is a powerful clip player, mixer, and keyer that can serve as a networked storage device for animated graphics and video clips. MegaKeyMD accepts both HD and SD inputs and features a two-channel internal mixer and internal linear keyer to support playout of dynamic video clips. The system is fully integrated with Echolab's Overture™ switcher series to support complex animated transitions through the switchers' Stinger™ feature. MegaKeyMD also may be used with Overture systems as an additional downstream keyer or mixer on any output.
Existing Products Being Highlighted at IBC2008:
Overture1™ and Overture2™ — Echolab's new Overture1™ (1 M/E) and Overture2™ (2 M/E) switchers, available in standard definition (SD) and multidefinition (MD) models, combine internal conversion and synchronization with powerful key layering and special effects. In addition to four M/E keys and two downstream keyers, which enable title keying for graphics, logos, and bugs, the Overture family features unique Stinger™ and SuperSource™ keys that make it easy to achieve expert transitions with minimal effort.
The unique Stinger transition is a special "take block" keyer with combined mix/wipe and graphic control that reduces complex animated transitions to a single button press. The Overture switchers' new SuperSource™ allows the operator to build a custom layout using DVEs and graphics and then assigns the composition to a crosspoint button. A DVE key in each "take block" enables instant transition effects, and the MD Overture systems offer as many as four channels of DVE with warp and lighting effects.
Overture switchers accept up to 32 multiformat analog and digital signals and provide as many as 16 multiformat outputs. Internal frame synchronization helps to ensure the quality of effects, and integrated up/cross conversion within MD models streamlines switching of video in multiple formats. Both systems are available with either of Echolab's award-winning SD or MD video production switcher platforms, giving users the flexibility needed for fluid, cost-effective growth.
Conductor™ — Echolab's Conductor™ control integration system is a touch-screen computer that automates complex tasks and program elements to support fast, accurate, and creative production of the best programs possible. Internal software tools offer the operator total confidence while on air. In preproduction mode, Conductor allows the operator to configure the switcher, create complex sequences, and assign functions such as M/E presets to soft buttons. In on-air mode, Conductor becomes an extension of the control panel — a touch screen interface with soft buttons that can execute sequences, recall M/E presets, and control third-party devices. In some applications, Conductor may be used to replace a dedicated still store.
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