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Frontniche modifies Panasonic Blu-ray recorder for broadcasters

The Frontniche recorders reproduce films with colors that are exceptionally faithful to the original.

UK-based Frontniche has modified two versions of a Panasonic Blu-ray disc recorder for broadcast and post production applications.

The model BMR-BS850HSDI and BMR-BS750HDSDI Blu-ray Disc recorders have either 500 GB or 250 GB HDD drives, twin HD satellite tuners, SD memory card slot and USB terminal. They are the first models with an HD-SDI plus embedded audio O/P.

Frontniche said the recorders reproduce films with colors that are exceptionally faithful to the original. The combination of the Blu-ray Disc software encoding technology cultivated by the Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory (PHL) and the decoding technology accumulated by Panasonic has led to the development of the “PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus,“ a high quality image technology for faithfully reproducing film content.

The recorders operate at 1080P @ 50/60 Hz as well as at 576i, 576p, 720p, and 1080i. There’s a 1080 @ 24p for ideal film reproduction. They feature a genlock option, Dolby 5.1 embedded audio option and hardwire remote control option. They are compatible with Freesat and include a 2 RU mount.

For more information, visit frontniche.co.uk.


Sound Devices to intro solid-state digital audio recorder

Sound Devices has developed its new 788T-SSD solid-state digital audio recorder, a new version of its popular 788T recorder.  The new 788T-SSD includes a 256 GB solid-state hard drive, which allows for superior performance in the field.  The new model features enhanced data storage and transfer speed while improving its durability to be nearly impervious to shock.

Sound Devices introduced solid-state recording with CompactFlash cards for the 7-Series recorders in 2004 and the feature is now available in all Sound Devices 7-Series recorders. An internal 256 GB solid-state drive (SSD) in the 788T-SSD gives it the ability to record over 60 hours of uncompressed, 24-bit, eight-track audio to solid-state media, providing users with high quality audio recording, durability and extended record time.

In addition to its shock-resistant design, the SSD drive used in the 788T-SSD enhances data transfer due to its increased transfer speed.  The high-performance SSD media in the 788T-SSD has faster read and write speeds than the 160 GB hard drive in the standard 788T.  Like the standard 788T, the 788T-SSD is equipped with eight full-featured microphone inputs and 12 tracks of recording.  In a stainless steel and aluminum chassis weighing less than four pounds and roughly the size of a hard-covered novel, the 788T accommodates individual controls and connectors for each of its eight inputs, plus numerous additional I/O and data connections.

Based in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, Sound Devices, designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital recorders and related audio equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, and newsgathering applications.


Frontniche intros professional Blu-ray DVD player

Frontniche has introduced a professionally modified Pioneer Blu-ray DVD player featuring 3G/HDSDI/SDI, embedded audio O/P and multi-region playback capability.

The BDP-V6000HDSDI was designed for the broadcast and post production industries, and also can be used for driving professional projectors in viewing room theatres where only an HD/SDI/P are available. With the hard wire remote control, the product is also ideal for HD and SD ingest.

The player incorporates support for Blu-ray Disc and DVD media in both NTSC and PAL formats. Additionally, the player offers 1080P at 50/60 Hz, a genlock option and RS-232C support for control by remote devices or through the Frontniche Proprietary Control Software.

Users can navigate through a disc’s title, chapter and time code menus quickly and easily. The unit outputs 30 and 25 frames per second, and supports playback of all BD regional titles. One gigabyte of memory allows new video content to be downloaded to the player from BD-Live without having to re-master a BD disc while a USB 2.0 port supports external devices to expand BD Live storage capacity.

DVEO Ships Compact H.264/AVC DDR

DVEO, the broadcast division of San Diego-based Computer Modules, Inc. has announced that availability of the DVEO Millennia HD H.264/AVC digital disk recorder. Applications include TV sports, reality television and portable journalist back packs.

The new DVEO recorder has both removable 120 GB hard drive and compact flash card storage. Its native H.264 codec provides recording of 1080i or 720p content from HD cameras onto the inexpensive media.

Designed as a rugged recorder/encoder for cameras that support the HD-SDI standard, the Millennia HD is a real time, hardware based, 1920 x 1080i H.264/AVC recorder in a 8-inch x 6-inch x 3-inch package that records and encodes simultaneously.

This product, the company said, is designed for anyone seeking a small, portable, and rugged DDR. Additional capabilities include H.264 encoding/decoding to or from DVB-ASI. It also supports LTC time code.

For more information, visit www.computermodules.com.