When we speculated about the announcement Apple, Matrox and Pinnacle would make, we had no clue we'd see uncompressed HD on the desktop. But that's just what Pinnacle promised to deliver by the end of summer for the Mac and Final Cut Pro. The new PCI card, the Targa Ciné, will deliver a fully configured SD system for less than $10,000 and an HD system for less than $30,000.
The card provides two ports for simultaneous connections to separate breakout boxes for HD and SD. The system can handle 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p 24. The system is optimized for Final Cut Pro running on a G4. It also handles simultaneous output in SD and HD. Apple also made two other significant announcements at a press conference this morning, including real-time DVEs and dual-stream uncompressed video with Matrox, a new, free upgrade to Final Cut pro and an acquisition (Astarte) in the DVD space. We'll bring you more details throughout the day and week, so check back often.
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