DA2000 and DA3000 line drivers
ALTINEX is introducing its DA2000 and DA3000, two video and stereo audio line drivers designed to fit under a table, podium shelf, or on a table leg. Their compact form promotes inconspicuous attachment, yet allows for active components necessary to amplify the signals over long cable runs. They also convert incoming unbalanced audio to balanced audio on the output to protect against noise interference. The DA2000 offers connectors for a computer’s audio and 15-pin HD video output, and supports resolutions from VGA through QXGA. The DA3000 has three RCA jacks for the standard connection of a composite NTSC, PAL, or SECAM video source with stereo audio.
Broadcast Video Systems
BVS V-chip encoder
Broadcast Video Systems has brought to market its new BVS V-chip encoder, which enables broadcasters to insert program content data without the expense of a full captioning system. It provides a method of generating and inserting V-chip data into line 21 of a composite NTSC video source. Control is via a desktop, rack-mounted remote panel, or a PC. RS232/422 port is available.
Broadcast Video Systems
Aprisa Stillstore version 2.2
Chyron is introducing its Aprisa Stillstore software version 2.2, featuring the implementation of MOS protocol. With version 2.2 software, newsroom journalists and control room operators are able to dynamically control the Aprisa family of still and video graphic clip servers from within the Avid iNEWS newsroom computer system The MOS interface between the Aprisa and iNEWS products allows users to drag and drop stills or clips directly into iNEWS stories, search and browse media from within the iNEWS system, and proof stills from a full screen on the iNEWS desktop.
Crystal Vision has released three new ADCs to provide conversion of RGBS/YUVS analog component to serial digital. The 10 bit ADC104F, ADC104FK, and ADC104N replace the ADC102 series and have been designed to offer more SDI outputs, giving up to four.
The ADC104F meets the ITU-R601 specification for filtering, making it suitable for high quality broadcast and multi-pass applications such as the conversion of component broadcast cameras or tape machines to SDI. It can generate full-frame and split-field test patterns for calibrating the system, offering the choice of eight different patterns, and includes an on-board matrix to convert RGB inputs to YUV. The ADC104FK is similar but only has the Y and sync inputs, therefore converting just Y to SDI with full ITU-R601 filtering. It is used for luminance-only signals, often with character or graphics generators for the key channel. The ASC104N nearly meets the ITU-R601 filtering specification and is for the more cost-sensitive conversion of component broadcast cameras or tape machines, and also for converting computer graphics cards with component outputs to serial digital.
Pro Tools|HD system
Digidesign has released Pro Tools|HD, an all-new, high definition Pro Tools system for professional studios. It features DSP power, comprehensive sample rate support, brand new high resolution audio interfaces and peripheral options, abundant track count and I/O capacity, and extensive routing flexibility. Pro Tools|HD systems are available in three expandable core configurations: Pro Tools|HD 1, HD 2, and HD 3. Pro Tools|HD 1 features the HD Core PCI card, supporting up to 32 channels of I/O and 96 simultaneous audio tracks. Pro Tools|HD 2 includes the HD Core card and an additional HD Process PCI card, offering more than double the mixing and processing power of HD 1 systems, support for 64 channels of I/O, and up to 128 simultaneous audio tracks. Pro Tools|HD 3 features the HD Core card and two additional HD Process cards, supporting up to 96 channels of I/O and 128 simultaneous audio tracks.
Cobra Slim FireWire
EZQuest has introduced its 60-GB Cobra Slim FireWire hard drive for Macs and PCs. The drive is OSX-compatible and weighs 0.7 pounds. It operates at 5400 RPM, has a 28-MBps transfer rate, a 2-MB buffer, and is bus powered. It is compatible with Mac OS 8.6+, Mac OSX, and WIN 98SE, ME, 2000, and XP.
Grass Valley Group
NewsEdit LT editing system
Recently acquired by Thomson multimedia, Grass Valley Group has entered the laptop nonlinear editing arena with NewsEdit LT. The NLE supports DV media, up to four channels of audio, and more than 60 GB of storage. Field personnel can use the NewsEdit LT system to control camcorder VTRs, ingest and review materials, edit materials with cuts or transitions, create edit decision lists, add audio tracks, and send finished output back to the camcorder for storage or to a microwave or satellite uplink. When not in the field, the NewsEdit LT system can be used in a networked newsroom with other NewsEdit NLE systems.
The company also announced two other products. The NewsBrowse low resolution browsing system allows journalists to browse, assemble, and save shots, clips, and complete sequences from their desktops. The NewsShare shared storage system enables journalists to view and edit the same material in different bays simultaneously. The scalable system supports up to 48 channels of video at data rates of up to 50 Mbps.
Grass Valley Group
JTK-22 fiber optic tool kit
Jensen’s new JTK-22 is a fiber optic installation tool kit for ST/SC and LC connectors that uses an anaerobic adhesive for permanent low loss terminations. It can accommodate single-mode as well as multi-mode connectors, and includes necessary tools and consumables to properly terminate fiber optic cable.
Kino Flo Lighting
Kino Flo recently brought out its new Kamio system, a True Match beauty light designed for lighting close-up shots of actors and other on-camera talent. The Kamio system produces a cool, stable, high-output daylight or tungsten-balanced beam that can be dimmed and filtered without any interference to the camera lens. It can be mounted on a hand-held camera and takes filter trays, an eyebrow, sunshades, and step-down lens adapters (sizes 80 mm to 110 mm). The company has also designed a special Kamio remote, dimming 12-V DC ballast to operate directly off the camera battery, or from a 120 VAC or 230 VAC power supply. The fixture takes True Match daylight and tungsten Kamio lamps, with a ring diameter of six inches.
Kino Flo Lighting Systems
Leitch Technology is shipping its new dpsRealityHD digital disk recorder. Based on the workflow of the dpsReality Studio digital disk recorder, dpsRealityHD bridges the gap between high definition and standard definition post production. Users can now work on projects for both HD and SD formats, as well as DVD and Internet distribution, in a single workflow in one integrated solution.
dpsRealityHD largely eliminates the need for costly HD peripheral equipment during the post-production process through the creation of SD proxies of the HD frames. HD VCRs and peripherals such as monitors can be used throughout the process, but are optional for everything but acquisition, detailed fine-tuning, and final output. The system has native support for Sony’s HDCAM format and features a flexible virtual tape file system (VTFS) and eyeon’s Digital Fusion HD nonlinear compositing and effects software.
The Light Brigade
Fiber optic testing
Understanding how to test a fiber optic network is critical for those responsible for installing and maintaining a fiber optic network. The Light Brigade has four instructional videos and CD-ROMs on fiber optic testing: Fiber Optic Testing, Troubleshooting, And Documentation; Understanding And Using The OTDR; How To Perform Optical Loss Testing; and How To Perform An Acceptance Test.
Each of the videos/CD-ROMs use close-up photography, onsite location shots, and are non-vendor specific. Information covered can be applied to any manufacturer’s applicable product.
The Light Brigade
Manfrotto is introducing the first of its new digital accessory line, the Digi-Table-Top tripod. It is designed to provide support for compact digital cameras. It was developed to maximize the superior imaging capabilities and versatility of compact digital cameras. It is lightweight, compact, and sets up in seconds to form a stable shooting platform that can be used virtually anywhere, indoors or out.
Media 100 recently unveiled 844/X, a new system for content design. It delivers realtime image processing—along with the ability to support the arrangement and editing of audio/visual content incorporating many layers—to broadcast designers, visual effects artists, and online editors. 844/X features a new content design platform, and a PCI standard subsystem compatible with personal computers called the GenesisEngine. Designed and manufactured by Media 100, the GenesisEngine is a media supercomputer that delivers more than 420 MBps sustained throughput, enabling it to process in realtime, with high precision, concurrent media functions across video and key streams. The GenesisEngine is powered by three silicon processors named Foss, Holmes, and Hatalsky.
On2 Technologies has released a preview version of its new VP5 codec. According to the company, VP5 is up to a 50 percent improvement over VP4, a video compression technology that provides 60 fps digital video delivery. Additional features offered by VP5 include realtime encoding and the ability to handle interlaced content. It is particularly suited for handling interlaced material such as live television broadcasts.
PANDUIT has introduced its Mini-Com Opti-Jack FJ keyed duplex fiber optic modules and Opti-Plug FJ keyed duplex fiber optic connectors. These keyed versions of one of the industry’s first RJ-45 style, small form factor fiber connectors offer the same performance and features of the multi-mode product line with the addition of mechanical network security. The product line is available in four color-coded key configurations—keyed W-black, keyed X-red, keyed Y-orange, and keyed Z-yellow. The modules and field connectors are field-terminable using standard SC connector field polishing methods and tooling.
REALVIZ has released the SFX Studio, a production bundle comprised of REALVIZ ImageModeler 3, REALVIZ Stitcher 3.1, REALVIZ MatchMover 2 Professional, and ReTimer 2, bringing photo-real effects capabilities to professional digital artists. SFX Studio allows users to build high-resolution panoramas from stitched or tiled images, and create photo-real 3-D models from photographs. It also provides seamless integration of 3-D objects into image sequences with automatic 3-D camera-tracking, and the ability to smoothly slow down or speed up shots.
SWE-DISH IPT suitcase
Richard Electronics has introduced the SWE-DISH IPT suitcase, which will be available through Broadcast Richardson, a division of Richardson Electronics. The SWE-DISH IPT suitcase is a compact satellite terminal based on IP. It allows transmission of broadcast-quality TV, radio, and data from almost anywhere in the world. The 26 x 19 x 11-inch system features a built-in GPS and flux gate compass and operates from 24 VDC or a main power source. The suitcase is able to withstand up to four inches per hour of precipitation and heavy winds.
Softimage, a subsidiary of Avid Technology, has announced the SOFTIMAGE|XSI Experience, a two-CD pack comprising the full feature set of the company’s SOFTIMAGE|XSI version 2.0 Advanced system, the complete searchable, SOFTIMAGE|XSI version 2.0 Online Documentation Library, and a comprehensive video-based training module. The offering is meant to give 3-D animation professionals unlimited, free access to the Softimage nonlinear animation [NLA] system and the tools to learn it from the ground up.
Precision “N” adaptors
Tru-Connector recently released a new series of precision “N” adaptors. The adaptors feature metrology-grade construction and come in straight and right angle configurations. Additional features include gold-plated 303 stainless steel bodies, BeCu center conductors, Teflon insulators, and swept center contact to assure low VWSR. The adaptors are available in female-female, female-male, and male-male combinations.
Ultimatte Corporation is now shipping its third generation realtime HD matte compositing system for all digital HD and digital cinema 24p/psf image standards. The Ultimatte HD is compatible with Panavision and other high definition cameras. Its patented technologies are available in hardware for realtime applications and plug-in software for Adobe, Avid, and Discreet users.
GigE support feature
VideoTele.com, a Tektronix company, has announced that its digital headend (DHE) solution, the Astria content processor, supports switched Gigabit Ethernet (GigE). The Astria platform’s new GigE module delivers video content over pure IP. The enhancement to the company’s DHE solution portfolio augments its current content processing options for delivery of digital entertainment via IP over ATM/ADSL and ATM/xDSL. As part of the VT.c product family, the GigE module for the Astria platform is supported by VT.c’s Aveon element management software, which gives service providers increased ease of administrative control over complex headend configurations.
ReelSmart Twixtor and
ReelSmart Motion Blur
RE:Vision Effects has released its plug-ins ReelSmart Twixtor version 2.0 and ReelSmart Motion Blur version 2.0 as native tools for eyeon Software’s Digital Fusion (and DFX+ modules). ReelSmart Twixtor enables users to speed up and slow down their image sequences. It synthesizes new frames by warping and interpolating frames of the original sequences employing RE:Vision’s proprietary tracking technology that calculates motion for each individual pixel. ReelSmart Motion Blur employs the same tracking technology to apply motion blur to sequences that previously had none (or not enough).
Wacom Technology has introduced the Cintiq 18sx interactive pen display for high-end graphics design and video editing. The 18sx features an 18.1-inch diagonal LCD screen that provides an active area for viewing images, tools, and palettes that is 48 percent larger than the 15-inch Cintiq 15x. In addition, the 18sx combines a full 24-bit color LCD monitor display with Wacom graphics tablet technology that allows use of a cordless, batteryless, pressure-sensitive pen. The pen, the 18sx Grip Pen, provides 512 levels of pressure, allowing better control of line width, intensity, and opacity. In addition, the 18sx features a 360-degree rotating stand and a single cable system.