ClipStoreMXc is Disk Recorder of Choice in HD Mobile Production Trucks at Mobile TV Group
MENLO PARK, California — January 10, 2007 — (Webwire) Mobile TV Group (MTVG) has made a significant purchase of fifteen (and counting) ClipStoreTMMXc high-definition digital video disk recorders from Abekas over the past nine months. The Mobile TV Group has built this nine-truck fleet of multi-format HD mobile trucks over the past three years, and each HD truck in their fleet is now equipped with two ClipStoreMXc HD disk recorders. “The ClipStoreMXc made it possible for us to offer our clients the ability to do on-air effects in Hi-Def instead of just SD. We chose the ClipStoreMXc disk recorder for its outstanding versatility, superb HD image quality and low cost.” said Philip Garvin, general manager of Mobile TV Group. “Tight integration with the Lance TDC controller was also an important factor.”
The ClipStoreMXc disk recorder features an HD/SD channel supporting video, key, audio and timecode, which can be used to record or play live video feeds, and to play pre-programmed animated transitions, teasers and bumpers. The disk recorders employed by MTVG are integrated with Lance Design TDC-100 controllers and are used to play animated graphics transitions live on the air, as triggered by the on-air switcher’s timeline events. Most times, these disk recorders are in use during live college and regional professional sporting events such as baseball, basketball, football and hockey.
During pre-game setup, the ability to easily exchange the media disk drive set inside ClipStoreMXc from one machine to another is an incredible time-saver, says Mr. Garvin. “Most of our end-user clients have purchased spare disk drive sets from Abekas for use in the ClipStoreMXc, and the TD’s (Technical Directors) arrive at the game site with all of their animations pre-loaded on the disk drives. It’s then a simple matter of sliding the disk set into the machine, and immediately after boot-up, they’re ready to roll.”
Another crucial advantage of the ClipStoreMXc, according to Mr. Garvin, is its Viewer feature, which aids ease-of- use. On a single quad-view monitor screen, the fill image, matte image, audio meter and timecode can all be viewed; with a fourth “keyer preview” pane that displays matte and fill ’keyed’ over a static background image. With a single glance, the operator knows what’s going on inside the ClipStoreMXc. This feature also saves on monitoring space in the tight confines of a mobile production truck. “The cost of the ClipStore is low enough that we were able to add these to our trucks without increasing our rates. And, above all,” Mr. Garvin concluded, “with live, on-air operations you need to have a very reliable product and first-class support — and that’s exactly what Abekas provides.”
About Mobile TV Group
Mobile TV Group (www.mobiletvgroup.com) is headquartered in Denver, and is a privately held company that operates a variety of digital HD and SD mobile production trucks. These trucks now cover both home and away games of many of the teams in Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, and the National Hockey League. The mobile units are built for MTVG by Colorado Studios.
About the Product
Combining state-of-the-art video/audio processing hardware with the latest disk drive technology, ClipStoreMXc has an extremely competitive price point and comes standard with over two hours recording capacity for HD and/or SD digital video, key, audio and timecode — all housed within a compact 3RU chassis; a four-hour capacity model is also available. Ultra-high quality JPEG-2000 wavelet compression technology at ~200Mb/s is used to record the 10-bit HD video; while 10-bit SD video is recorded without any compression at all. The media disk set is easily removed from the machine, allowing simple and fast media exchange between multiple ClipStoreMXc recorders. The rich feature set includes: dual RS422 serial control ports with Sony and PBUS protocols (providing precise control from third-party controllers, including those from Lance Design® and DNF Controls®); eight tracks of uncompressed digital audio with 24-bit resolution/48kHz sampling; LTC & VANC timecode record and playback; versatile interfacing within a network of graphics rendering computers via dual gigabit Ethernet ports; the unique NetPanelTM browser-based user interface; and a graphics file Import/Export utility featuring Windows® Media 9 encoding as one of the export choices.
As a standard feature, ClipStoreMXc can record or playback video, key, audio and timecode (VKAT) within a single operation under a unified identity. VKAT storage capability dramatically streamlines many production and post applications and greatly simplifies media management. This feature, along with the aforementioned feature set, provides a powerful HD and SD recording platform for use in live, on-air broadcasting environments.
Abekas, Incorporated (www.abekas.com) is a privately-held company headquartered in Menlo Park, California. Abekas designs, manufactures, sells, and supports a complete line of digital video/audio delay devices, disk recorders, digital special effects and editing tools for use in the worldwide professional television marketplace — encompassing the production, post production, broadcasting and computer video markets.
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