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NEWS OCTOBER 17 , 2000
Pinnacle Ships SD Version of CinéWave
HD version due out in November

by David Nagel
Executive Producer
[email protected]

Pinnacle Systems today started shipping the standard-definition version of its CinéWave uncompressed video capture and editing system. The high-definition version, originally shown at the NAB convention in April, is slated for a November release. Both versions offer numerous output options, including DVD and streaming files. The SD version comes with Apple's Final Cut Pro; Pinnacle's own Commotion Pro; Hollywood FX Silver; the Targa Ciné engine; and the Pro Analog Breakout Box. The SD system runs $7,495.

According to Pinnacle, this initial release does not include dual-stream capture.

Features include:

  • 4:2:2 or 4:4:4:4;
  • Integrated Compositing, Effects and Paint with Commotion Pro;
  • Native QuickTime;
  • Realtime 3:2 pulldown for converting 24 FPS to 30 FPS;
  • Selectable aspect ratio - 4:3 or 16:9;
  • Selectable frame rate - 24/25/30;
  • Simultaneous output of SD;
  • Uncompressed Standard Definition - ITU-R.601, NTSC/PAL;
  • Two Digital Tether ports for connecting to a family of breakout boxes
  • Format integration including composite, y/c, analog component, DV, SDI, DigiBeta, uncompressed 601.

Features of the Pro Analog Breakout Box include:

  • Analog composite, component, S-video, reference in (BNC)
  • Component S/N 50 dB
  • Component frequency response Y : 1.5 dB @ 4 MHz, -4 dB @ 5 MHz
  • Pr, Pb : 2 dB @ 1 MHz, -6 dB @ 1.5 MHz
  • Component Y/C delay 45 ns
  • Composite S/N -50 dB
  • Composite frequency response +1/-2 dB @ 4.2 MHz (NTSC)
  • +1/-4 dB @ 4.8 MHz (PAL)
  • Composite Y/C delay 30 ns
  • K2T distortion 1%
  • Analog unbalanced -10 dBu (RCA); balanced +4 dBu (XLR)
  • Signal to noise balanced > 92 dB
  • 20 Hz - 20 kHz A-weighted unbalanced > 90 dB
  • Dynamic range > 94 dB
  • A-weighted, -60 dB from F.S.
  • THD+N * balanced < 0.007 %
  • 1 kHz unbalanced < 0.01 %
  • Headroom balanced 24 dBu
  • Unbalanced 18 dBu

The CinéWave is available for the Mac G4 only. Those who purchase the SD version will be able to upgrade it to HD later on. For more information, visit http://www.pinnaclesys.com.

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