NAB: FOR-A Shows Format Versatility in Multiviewers, Frame-Rate Converters, Telestrator, Switchers

FOR-A also showcased its 1-M/E, multiformat HVS-300HS HD/SD switcher.
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FOR-A Corp. of America brought its line of video processing products to the NAB Show, including 16-channel multiviewers and quad viewers, able to tackle and even mix multiple formats—great for operations still using legacy SD equipment or planning an HD upgrade.

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“FOR-A’s series of multi-viewers offer one of the most affordable monitoring solutions,” said Susumu Hotta, president. “Clients can choose almost any format or mixture of formats from four to 16 inputs.”

The 16-channels MV-1610HS was shown as a technology demonstration at NAB last year and is now shipping. It supports mixed input of HD-SDI, SD-SDI and analog composite signals. Optional digital or analog RGB computer inputs are also available with a DVI connector. Mixing formats with different frame-rates in HD or even PAL and NTSC is possible as well.

The unit offers high-resolution video output using DVI with resolutions up to 1920x1080. The MV-1611HS series comes with HD/SD-SDI output and offers many of the same features as the MV-1610HS.

The viewers can be set to divide the screen in various combinations of small and large images from any of the 16 inputs, and can control the video over a LAN connection.

The MV-1610HS has six different I/O models available:

Among the quad viewers, the four-channel MV-410HS supports mixed input of HD-SDI, SD-SDI and analog composite signals. It offers high-resolution video output using a DVI terminal and supports user-created patterns and video transfer over a LAN connection. Other standard features of the MV-410HS include a network video transfer function and a layout editor that enables the operator to change split-screen patterns from a computer with installed supplied software.

The MV-410RGB multiviewer is a four-split-screen system that supports mixed input of RGB signals and analog composite signals. It also includes high-resolution video output using a DVI terminal. A total of eight channels of input is possible—four digital/analog RGB signal channels with the DVI-I connector and four analog composite channels. Up to four channels are capable of simultaneous display and can be monitored at high resolution.

All the channels can be frame-synched and upconverted, so SD content can be seamlessly integrated into HD programming.

FOR-A also showcased its 1-M/E, multiformat HVS-300HS HD/SD switcher. First introduced at IBC 2008, it features a compact 1 RU main unit, making it ideal for use in flight packs, mobiles or small production facilities.

Standard resizing engines on all inputs of the HVS-300HS make it possible to mix SD and HD signals in a full HD production. Optional analog and DVI/WUXGA input modules enable the use of legacy SD equipment. Standard frame syncs, available on each input, eliminate the timing issues involved with mixed signal installations. Plus, optional output modules each contain one channel of downconversion to feed existing SD systems.

The HVS-300HS also provides versatile control options. One version of the HVS-300HS is available with a traditional operation panel, and a second version offers a mini panel for control, PC Software GUI and aux remote control. The simple mini panel can be attached to the main unit or used as a standalone panel. The PC Software GUI connects via IP and offers all the features of the full-sized control panel.

It also has a software development kit for creating specialized control functions, or can integrate with third-party control systems.

The theme of accommodating legacy SD equipment continues with FOR-A’s new FRC-8000, unveiled at NAB. It’s a multiformat frame-rate converter with a new image processing board to perform HD and SD format conversion. The unit offers up-, down- and cross conversion among a wide range of format signals, plus motion compensation processing.

Another highlight at the FOR-A booth was the FVW-500HS HD/SD Video Writer (or telestrator), formerly named the MBP-100VW. It has a touchscreen monitor so users can draw and point with a finger over HD/SD-SDI video in real time, adding elements and illustrations to maps, news, charts or other presentations. It has pre-programmed lines shapes, circles, arrows, spotlights, numeric icons and can also be used for freehand drawing. Properties like line thickness, color and edges can be altered with on-screen menus. It can also display AVI animations, graphics and short movie clips.

The FVW-500HS features standard HD/SD input and output, and works with a variety of formats.

It’s also the winner of a 2009 STAR Award from TV Technology magazine.