Boxx Introduces HDV-Certified Workstations

Boxx Technologies has introduced HDVPAK, designed to help customers purchase workstation platforms for editing within the new format of HDV.

Attempting to ease confusion in choosing the right workstation platform for the new format, Boxx's new HDVPAK certification program can quickly identify and select pre-tuned workstation configurations for HDV, according to the company.

The HDVPAK validation program is supported across a range of Boxx workstations, from single-processor to dual-core, dual processor--for both AMD and Intel. Boxx also offers its Nvidia Quadro FX540 by PNY Technologies, which is designed specifically for HDV, by offering graphics acceleration and simultaneous real-time HD component, S-video and composite video connections through an external breakout box.

HDV requires more power because video resolution is higher at the 1280 x 720 and 29.97 frame rate (HDV 30p), pushing 19.2 MB and consuming 8 GB of storage per hour of footage. The HDVPAK specs require that a "qualified workstation" has at least an AMD Athlon 64 3200+ processor or Intel 2.8 GHz Pentium 4 with a minimum of 1 GB of RAM and two disc drives: an 80 GB SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment)system drive for the OS and application software, and a second 250 GB SATA data drive for HDV footage.