What's New: Video Technology
Jun 1, 2005 12:00 PM
Video Production Suite
The Final Cut Studio HD video production suite features Final Cut Pro 5 (pictured) editing software for DV, SD, HD, and film. FCP 5 allows users to edit native HDV without generation loss. New multicam tools let editors cut from up to 128 sources, with simultaneous realtime playback of up to 16 angles at a time. In addition, the production suite includes tools for use with Final Cut Pro 5, such as the Soundtrack Pro audio editing and sound design application, the Motion 2 realtime motion graphics application, and DVD Studio Pro 4 DVD authoring software.
The VPS-700 Ginga switcher features up to 16 SD inputs and outputs, six channels of 3D DVE, and six keyers (four M/E keyers and two downstream serial keyers). It offers optional 2D DVE in every input, delivering up to 32 DVE channels for multisource productions, and supports 525/60 and 625/50 standard-definition formats. Each of eight standard inputs has a frame synchronizer and still-store feature using the F/S freeze.
The PowerLite S3 offers 1600 ANSI lumens of brightness and SVGA (800×600) native resolution in a new 5.6lb. design. The projected image begins to appear onscreen in only five seconds, and the new instant-off feature allows for immediate power-down, eliminating delays often associated with cool-down cycles. The PowerLite S3 automatically recognizes if a cable from a computer or video device has been plugged into one of its input ports and displays that signal immediately.
Sony Media Software
The new Vegas 6 nonlinear video and audio editing software supports DV and SD, and it has been specifically upgraded for HDV. It features enhanced multi-processor support and next-generation DVI/VGA external monitoring tools, as well as AAF import/export and project nesting. The Vegas nonlinear editing system works with the new DVD Architect 3 authoring program to form the core of the Vegas+DVD production suite. The software suite includes a Dolby Digital AC3 multichannel encoder for 5.1 surround output.
The 40in. TActive LCD integrated touchscreen for digital signage applications is the product of a partnership between ActiveLight and Display Werks. ActiveLight will sell the TActive and provide support solutions and product guarantees. The TActive supports multiple video inputs, features 1280×768 high-resolution and high-quality video performance, and offers a minimum viewing angle of 170 degrees. With the appropriate software, the display can be used in both portrait and landscape modes. Users can designate the entire screen as touch-sensitive or just parts of it.
Digital Disk Recorder
The Grass Valley brand Turbo iDDR leverages the digital storage, networking, and clip-creation capabilities of the Grass Valley Profile video server for event, corporate, institutional, and worship production. The 3RU recorder provides 10 to 40 hours of video storage. In addition, it can capture and deliver complex content in multiple formats — including compressed high-definition video. The iDDR can be controlled via a touchscreen interface or with a keyboard, monitor, and mouse, as well as with control systems from manufacturers including AMX and Crestron.
Network Monitoring System
Broadata Communications (BCI)
The new BCIView network monitoring system provides centralized troubleshooting of standard BCI products, allowing diagnosis of local and remote units anywhere in the world over the Internet. The system provides secure login from any web browser, so users can monitor, configure, and/or manage fiber-optic card-based products including short-haul analog video and audio, digital SDI/HDTV video, and Ethernet. It generates SNMP alarms for events such as system power-on, system loss of power, link restoration, and link failure.
Optical Stabilization System
The TS-P58A optical stabilization system provides an anti-vibration range of up to 20 percent of picture height. The system is designed for use with the full range of Fujinon's HD and SD ENG telephoto lenses. It uses Fujinon's OS-TECH technology to eliminate unwanted vibration and image shifting, employing a vibration-detection sensor that compensates for shifting light rays. The unit mounts between the camera and lens. It provides vertical and horizontal image compensation.
The VS-2DVA graphics switcher processes both 2×1 computer graphics video with audio and 2×1 DVI with audio. The switcher provides a convenient one-box solution for users whose systems have both traditional computer graphics video sources (VGA through UXGA resolutions) on 15-pin HD connectors with unbalanced audio, and DVI video sources on DVI-D connectors with unbalanced audio. The DVI inputs are equalized and reclocked to effectively reconstruct and retransmit the selected DVI signal. The computer graphics video input section has a video bandwidth of 350MHz