Multimedia: Catalyst CV hastens video transitions – Ensemble Designs’ video processing equipment

Multimedia: Catalyst CV hastens video transitions – Ensemble Designs’ video processing equipment – Product Announcement

Christina Follmann

Ensemble Designs Inc. lifted the curtain on enhanced firmware for its video production switcher and keyer at Siggraph 98 last week in Orlando, Fla.

The Catalyst CV, which costs $11,950 to $20,950 depending on configuration, is a hardware and software package that performs transitions between video and graphics.

The firmware upgrade to the Catalyst CV began shipping in June. It offers increased resolution for chroma keying and includes a new set of wipe patterns, the company said. These include wedge, crossover, right, left, up, down and noise. Users can now also customize the shapes of the wipes.

The upgrade provides new operational modes. The first, 4-to-4-to-4 chroma bandwidth, increases the bandwidth from the standard 4-to-2-to-2, which is still offered on the switcher. It also adds the 16-by-9 aspect ratio, used in the film industry and for HDTV, the company said.

The Catalyst CV has video inputs and internal frame buffers to handle key signals and alpha channels.

The Catalyst CV’s Ethernet support lets Mac users control the device and perform transfers. For example, they can create graphics and titles on the Mac and transmit them into frame buffers, where Catalyst CV will key them over live video or use them as background video. The Catalyst CV is also compatible with Intel-standard PCs, Silicon Graphics machines and traditional edit controllers, the company said.

Ensemble Designs Inc. of Grass Valley, Calif., can be reached at (530) 478-1830; fax (530) 478-1832; info@endes.com; http://www.ensembledesigns.com.

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