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Accom WSD/HDi Records Super-HD CameraDigital disk recorder aids development of ultra-high definition cameras (December 06, 2004)
Florida Atlantic Universitys (FAU) Imaging Technology Space Center (ITSC) is using Accoms WSD/HDi digital disk recorder for development and testing work on a new generation of ultra-high definition cameras. The Quad HD-Max camera has a resolution four times that of conventional high-definition cameras, and is being jointly developed with NASA, the U.S. Navy and Panavision.
The ITSC specializes in digital imaging research and development for applications in science, manufacturing, and the motion picture and digital video industries. The Quad HD-Max is expected to be commercially available in 2005, and will be used for surveillance, telemedicine including robotic procedures, inspection, education and entertainment.
The ITSC project team uses Accoms WSD/HDi to record output from the camera in two simultaneous SMPTE 292 1.5 Gigabit serial streams. The two channels convey 30p Bayer pattern video formatted so that each channel appears as 1920 x 1080 60i video.
?We then play back the twin signals from the WSD/HDi through our proprietary processor to recombine them into the full resolution 3840 x 2160 image, explained Project Manager John Marcinka.
Accoms WSD/HDi provides uncompressed storage for standard and high definition video, with a feature set designed for versatility and easy integration into a wide variety of working situations. WSD/HDis automated clip handling, comprehensive range of formats and built-in storage array make it a rugged and flexible high-performance solution for applications in science, entertainment and event presentation.
?Weve demonstrated the camera with the WSD/HDi for the Navy in Manhattan and offshore on coral reefs, shooting underwater with it, said John Marcinka. ?Weve tried other recorders, but what we liked about the WSD/HDi was its robustness and the very well designed user interface. It has had to perform in a variety of testing environments, and be quick and easy to work with. Clearly in developing a camera like this, the image quality we get is also very important, and the WSD/HDi is an excellent platform for faithfully delivering an exact representation of what the camera is doing.
During 2004 the camera is being qualified for use in high-altitude and space operations by NASA, and a variant will be developed for Navy surveillance and inspection applications on aircraft carriers and in drone aircraft. For the FAUs new Center of Excellence in Biomedical and Marine Biotechnology a camera will be interfaced with a submersible and used for scientific observation of the oceans.
Accoms WSD/HDi Universal-Format Digital Disk Recorder system is designed specifically for today's highly networked production environments and includes a built-in disk storage array and an extensive feature set. WSD/HDi captures both SD and HD uncompressed video content, performs real-time playback of captured render projects, and has built-in encoding to Windows Media 9 files for web-based applications or previews. The WSD/HDi performs strongly in a wide variety of roles including telecine and color grading, digital intermediaries, graphics, stage presentation, digital cinema and high-definition production.
Accom is headquartered in Menlo Park, California. Accom designs, manufactures, sells, and supports a complete line of digital video production, disk recording, and editing tools for use in the worldwide professional television marketplace ? encompassing the production, post production, broadcasting, and computer video markets.
For more information, visit the Accom web site at: www.accom.com.
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