Snell & Wilcox introduces Quasar

Snell & Wilcox has announced Quasar, an HDTV upconverter that integrates motion compensation technology. Quasar combines Ph.C motion estimation, HD conversion and Prefix compression pre-processing in a 1RU package.

Designed with intuitive controls, the upconverter handles video, film, graphics and mixed media sources. It upconverts interlaced SD 525 and 625 material to 720p and 1080i HDTV formats. Captions, graphics, logos and branding are also converted, while an integrated clipper and legalizer guarantees correct display.

An onboard aspect-ratio converter comes with a series of fixed presets for the most common conversions. Quasar also supports widescreen signaling to allow for easy integration into a transmission playout environment.

The upconverter provides a comprehensive range of image processing controls and a frame synchronizer. Signal conditioning and noise reduction filters enhance all incoming sources for optimum quality. Additionally, Quasar offers audio support, including embedded, AES and compressed formats, supports closed captions, and has a dual redundant power supply.

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