NAB 2012: FOR-A Intros New Video Switcher, Multi-Viewer
FOR-A Company Limited, a manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, will introduce several new products. Designed around the company’s theme of “Continuous Innovation,” Booth C5219 will include a demonstration area as well as “islands” to showcase video switchers, processors, file-based products, and specialty live demonstrations.
“NAB remains an excellent venue for us to showcase our latest products and technologies to broadcasters and other video professionals,” said Pedro Silvestre, sales director for FOR-A Corporation of America. “This year, we’ll unveil a new entry in our popular line of compact video switchers, as well as a new LTO-5 server that will set a new benchmark for LTO-5 file storage. Our innovative, new products, as well as some very dynamic technology demonstrations, will show our commitment to continuous innovation.”
One of FOR-A’s most anticipated new products is the HVS-390HS video switcher. It maintains the functionality of FOR-A’s current switcher line, but is available in 1 M/E and 2 M/E versions. It includes 16 HD/SD-SDI inputs and eight outputs (expandable to 24 inputs and 13 outputs), with frame synchronizers for all inputs.
A new addition to the HVS-4000 Series, the HVS-4000HSA, offers support 3 M/E operation capability. The HVS-4000 Series offers a choice of M/Es and control panels, and is loaded with standard features to handle complex video productions. With 16 inputs and outputs standard (expandable to 48 inputs and 24 outputs), it includes a built-in multi-viewer, direct access to preset content, and integrated control of various devices. Additional switcher models will also be on display, including the HVS-350HS 1.5 M/E switcher, linked with a MFR-3232 routing switcher, and the HVS-300HS 1 M/E switcher, coupled with a LTG-50HS HD/SD logo/title generator.
Building on its successful line of LTO-5 video archiving recorders, FOR-A will introduce the LTS-50 storage appliance at NAB. Using a network connection, it archives media files to LTO-5 high-capacity tape, regardless of file format. It’s ideal for data backup that does not require video I/O, as well as archives of nonlinear editing materials that will be reused. Options include LTR Browser software control and automatic creation of low-resolution proxy files and thumbnails when archiving MXF files. Both the LTR-120HS (AVC-Intra/DVCPRO) and LTR-100HS (MPEG-2) video archiving recorders will be on display as well, along with the MBP-100MP multi-format player and MBP-100SX MXF clip server and baseband converter. Plus, FOR-A will provide a technical demonstration of its new file-based frame rate converter.
New for NAB, the MV-1620HS supports mixed inputs of HD-SDI, SD-SDI, and analog composite signals. The compact, cost-effective multi-viewer supports 16 inputs, includes embedded audio level display for up to 16 channels per input and title display of up to 16 characters per input, and features up to two clock displays, which can also be used for countdown and remaining time displays. Plus, the unit saves up to 16 layout patterns, selected from the front panel, and PC-based software makes it easy to create screen layouts.
The new MV-42HS is a four-channel HD/SD multi-viewer that supports mixed and asynchronous HD-SDI and SD-SDI inputs (optional analog composite). It also features audio level metering and titling, and offers full screen, two split, and quad screen output. FOR-A will also showcase its MV-3200 Series, which provides customizable support for up to 32 inputs and four display outputs. The choice of input boards within its 2 RU frame provides support for various asynchronous HD/SD-SDI, analog composite, and DVI signals, as well as analog or AES audio, so control rooms don’t need to supplement their video walls with additional monitors.
Packaged in a compact form factor, the new FRC-30 HD/SD frame rate converter handles motion compensation and linear conversions. It also supports up/down/cross conversion of 1080i, 720p, NTSC, and PAL at a variety of frame rates for HD/SD-SDI and analog composite signals. The new modular UFM-30FRC frame rate converter, which can be installed in FOR-A’s UFM frame, also provides motion compensation, linear conversions, and up/down/cross conversion of HD/SD-SDI and analog composite sources at various resolutions and frame rates. FOR-A will also display its established FRC-8000 HD/SD frame rate converter and FA-9500 3G/HD/SD multi-purpose signal processor at NAB, as well as a prototype of its next-generation color corrector.
FOR-A will demonstrate ‘multi-angle, super slow motion’ shooting for the first time at NAB using nine of its award-winning VFC-7000 HD Variable Frame Rate (Super Slow Motion) Cameras shooting simultaneously and being controlled from one EVS controller. The VFC-7000 is well suited for sports broadcasting applications. Flovel, a company in partnership with FOR-A, will also display prototypes of its new 4K compact camera and HD ultra-high sensitivity camera.
FOR-A will also demonstrate its new SmartDirect all-in-one live production system. Powered by a Brainstorm graphics engine, it provides the ability to create programming, playlists, captions, and switch cameras. Optional features include: the VRCAM-S virtual studio, a video switcher link to connect with an external switcher for more elaborate wipes and effects, link to a clip server to control external servers, and a streaming interface to simultaneously encode and distribute video over the internet.