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Aurora Debuts PipePro SDI

Original Pipe board gets price reduction By Dave Nagel
Aurora Video Systems has announced a new model in its Pipe line of video editing boards. The new PipePro SDI is a 10-bit capture and editing card offering SDI I/O. Aurora has also announced a price reduction on its original Pipe card, which is now selling for $499. The new PipePro is expected to ship in February for $799.

PipePro SDI is a new capture and editing board for Apple's Final Cut Pro And Adobe's After Effects. The card includes an SDI input, two SDI outputs and deck control via an RS 422 serial port. It can also output analog video via composite, S-video and YUV connections, and it includes a Genlock input for synchronization to studio equipment. (PipePro also produces an internal genlock signal.) Other features include four channels of 48 kHz SPDIF (AES/EBU-compatible) digital audio I/O, support for up to eight channels of 48 kHz audio embedded in the SDI inputs and outputs and output of two channels of 24 bit, 48kHz analog audio for monitoring. Finally, it also includes a feature that allows a studio monitor to be used in an extended desktop capacity, allowing for video previews of all applications.

The original (now entry-level) Pipe card has been reduced in price to $499. It launched in September for $799. The Pipe card offers full support for Final Cut Pro 4's RT Extreme technologies, as well as composite and S-video I/O and 16 bit, 48 kHz, dual-channel RCA unbalanced audio. It provides synchronization between the Macintosh desktop and NTSC/PAL video display via True Color Filtering for enhanced colorspace conversion and supports upper- and lower-field PAL with no rendering required to operate in an upper-field-first PAL timeline. It also provides single- and dual-field playback control. And it offers real-time preview compatibility with Discreet Combustion and Adobe After Effects.

PipePro SDI will be available in February for $799. Pipe is available now for $499. Both cards support Mac OS X. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the editor and producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Apple DVD Studio Pro, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at [email protected].

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