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Autocue: QBox moves promptly up to speed

The new QBox v5 delivers a five times faster boot time, 60 times the storage, 10 times faster rundown transfer, twice as many controller connections, a wider choice of video outputs and genlock capability than Autocue’s existing QBox.

The next generation QBox is a 19-inch 1U rack unit with an internal power supply and a much wider choice of video outputs, including HD-SDI, composite, component, S-Video, and HDMI, plus the ability to genlock the signal. The number of USB controller connections has increased from three to six, and serial controller connections from one to two, reducing the need for additional hardware components.

The new QBox, which will ship next month, also has increased processing power, greater RAM, a bigger SSD drive and Gigabit connectivity.

“We have given the QBox a complete overhaul, incorporating the very latest hardware technology, to meet customer requests,” said Rachid Anis, Autocue CTO. “The QBox is already unique in its field, offering functionality that is a significant step ahead of any other prompting solution on the market.”

It is Linux-based and connects to Autocue’s QMaster prompting software over IP to generates the video image of the script for the teleprompter. The QMaster application can connect several QBoxes, in any location, for control across multiple locations. The latest rundown is continually transmitted to the QBox – if the prompting PC or newsroom system fails, it will continue scrolling the latest rundown, independently.