DALLAS—You won’t have to head out west to explore the state parks of California with the Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students (PORTS) project from the California State Parks organization and the USB 3.0 Video bridge system from Osprey Video. Two USB 3.0 Video Bridge devices were installed in California State Parks’ green-screen studio to help create electronic field trips.
When the USV 3.0 Video Bridge devices are configured they enable automatic, plug-and-play ingest and transmission of HDMI and SDI video sources to USB 3.0-equipped computers. The devices can also ingest video from both HDMI and SDI video sources in HD resolutions.
For PORTS, the USB 3.0 Video bridge connect directly to USB 3.0 ports in the studio’s video-conferencing computers. One device handles HDMI while the other handles SDI, they then sit between the camera and the computers, accepting uncompressed video and embedded audio via either HDMI or SDI on one end and feeding them to a computer via USB 3.0 on the other. Video Bridge handles scaling, frame-rate conversion and deinterlacing automatically. It also features an easy-to-use interface on an LCD screen.
PORTS is a free distance-learning program that uses interactive video conferencing to teach K-12 students common core state standards in the context of California State Parks. Electronic field trips provide guided virtual tours of the parks.