Scan ConvertersIncreased options for pro AV scan conversion. 8/22/2011 10:08 AM Eastern
Aug 22, 2011 2:08 PM
A mini trend in evidence at InfoComm this year increases the options for scan conversion for pro AV at price points from less than $1,000 to about $6,000. Products such as the affordable Matrox Convert DVI and the Ensemble Designs BrightEye Mitto family detailed below increase the range of options for high-quality mixed media displays incorporating computer sources in almost any setting.
Ensemble Designs BrightEye Mitto
The Ensemble Designs BrightEye Mitto family of high-performance scan converters provide a way to take just about any source to SD, HD, and 3G SDI video. Computer video is now used for the most demanding applications including broadcast, mobile, high-end military, medical, classroom, worship, and corporate settings. Mac and PC computers, iPhones, and iPads can all be used as sources with BrightEye Mitto. All Mitto units accept VGA, DVI, and HDMI input signals from PC and Mac computers and can output HD- or SD-quality video. Four different BrightEye Mitto units, each with varying types of outputs and capabilities, allow you to choose the best unit for your particular video application. The BrightEye Mitto 3G is the most advanced model, featuring 3Gbps video output in addition to AES audio input and output, full control of audio levels, adjustable audio delay, and RS-232 control. The Mitto HD features everything but the 3Gbps video output. The Mitto 3G Fiber combines all these features as well as an optical output. The Mitto Pro is a basic model, featuring standard inputs and outputs and analog or embedded audio input. Each unit is 5.6”x1.7”x5.5” (WxHxD) and weighs 1.4lbs. Price: $2,500 (Mitto Pro); $3,900 (Mitto HD); $5,500 (Mitto 3G); $5,900 (Mitto 3G Fiber)
Matrox Convert DVI
The Matrox Convert DVI family of scan converters lets broadcasters take computer-based content, quickly becoming a key part of the nightly news, to air. These products are ideal for creating broadcast video from computer applications such as Skype, YouTube, Google Earth, video games, and web browsers, as well as citizen journalists’ mobile phone videos. They are also ideal to drive projectors and large displays at live events and in houses of worship. The entire Convert DVI family includes features such as a flicker reduction filter, customizable presets with user-assignable hotkeys, password protection, SD pixel aspect ratio compensation, and a standalone mode, allowing the unit to operate independently of the PC after configuration. Controls are provided via an intuitive PC-based program, which includes a live preview pane. Both the Convert DVI and the Convert DVI Plus include a progressive DVI-D input up to 1920x1200 and feature HD and SD-SDI digital outputs and HD/SD analog component, S-Video, and composite outputs. Both units can output digital and analog video simultaneously. The Convert DVI Plus includes region-of-interest support, realtime hardware upscaling, proc amp controls, and hotkey-triggered output signal freeze/unfreeze. Each unit is 6.3”x1.8”x5.9” (WxHxD). Price: $995 (Convert DVI); $1,495 (Convert DVI Plus)