FOR-A hits 40 in style2 February 2011
Celebrating 40 years of research, development and manufacture in the broadcast television industry, FOR-A continues to innovate and is showing its latest products at Earl’s Court.
After previews, awards and enthusiastic reviews at NAB and IBC, the range on display is now all shipping and on show at BVE2011.
BVE 2011 sees the first UK public showing of the award-winning LTR-100HS video archiving recorder offering high quality, low cost easy-to-use archive solutions. Using front-panel VTR-style controls, the built-in LTO-5 data-tape recorder provides 1.5 TB of storage per cassette, representing 50 hours of 1080/59.94 HD at 50 Mb/s. The LTR-100HS inputs and outputs HD/SD-SDI and can be used as a material / programme exchange media server. With the built-in high quality MPEG-2 codec and MXF (OP-1a) wrapper/un-wrapper, MXF files are recorded and replayed via the LTO-5 tape. Using the open technology Linear Tape File System (LTFS) the recorded files can also be accessed directly by other file-based systems, enabling wide access for building any scale of archive.
The FOR-A family of compact vision mixers expands with the new 1.5 M/E HVS-350HS (pictured). This low-cost versatile mixer is packed with capabilities to support a wide scope of on-air presentation styles while greatly reducing the need for external interface and monitoring equipment. It is very quick and easy to set-up and ready for operation. The standard eight HD/SD-SDI inputs and outputs have frame synchronizers on each input and resizing engines on four, allow asynchronous signals – including HD and SD – to be directly mixed into the same programme. The range of inputs can be extended to also include analogue and PC video. There is also choice of 20 or 12-button control panels- ideal for small OB trucks.
Meanwhile, the FA-9500 is billed as the ‘must have’ multi-purpose signal processor and frame synchroniser. The antidote to modular design, it provides a one-box solution for a wide range of video and audio processing needs. A replacement for the popular FA-9100, the FA-9500 offers a huge range functions including support for 3G-SDI, HD/SD-SDI, and composite analogue video, up/down/cross, aspect ratio and frame-rate conversion, colour correction and automatic video optimisation (AVO). There are also options to add more I/Os, frame-rate conversion, logo generation and Dolby E encoder and decoder.