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BBC Installs Accom Universal Format Digital Disk Recorder

DDR captures both SD and HD uncompressed video content (January 27, 2005)

Accom announced the first UK installation of its WSD/HDe universal-format digital disk recorder, at BBC Post Productions graphics department at Television Centre, London. Used mainly for graphics applications initially in standard-definition production, the WSD/HDes built-in capability for high-definition will help meet the anticipated increased demand for the HD format.

Installed as a shared resource for their graphics team, BBC Post Production chose WSD/HDe for its networking flexibility and the ability to control it via a browser-based interface running on graphic artists desktops, according to Andy Wray of system integrators Boxer Systems. WSD/HDes award-winning browser-based user interface has been adapted to provide desktop preview of video clips on the server, complementing the ability to browse, select and play clips remotely.

WSD/HDe captures both Standard Definition (SD) and High Definition (HD) uncompressed video content, provides real-time playback for rendered material, and offers plug-and-play operation. WSD/HDe has 2.5 hours of built-in recording capacity at 24p format, and RAID-3 parity protection for video with redundant mirrored disks for audio.

Designed for multiple roles in a variety of production environments, WSD/HDe has a rich and versatile feature set. Interfacing easily with networked graphics computers and film printers, tape machines and edit controllers, WSD/HDe imports and exports in all major file formats, eliminating the need for custom transfer scripting or proprietary file wrappers. WSD/HDe automatically creates and names new clip files when the first frame arrives in any of up to five user-defined directories, adding subsequent frames to the clip as they arrive. During recording, WSD/HDe can perform simultaneous transfer of frames from any clip to any computer, disk drive or film printer on the computer network.

For digital encoding for remote delivery of dailies, creation of DVD content or video streaming direct to the web, WSD/HDe includes built-in Windows Media Encoder 9 Series capability. Customizable encoding profiles allow clips to be delivered in a range of file sizes ? from compact VHS-quality up to 19Mbps (megabits per second) high-definition clips for high-quality production review, web-trailers or DVD.

About WSD/HDe
Targeted at long-form applications in telecine, digital film, DVD encoding, post production, broadcast playout, stage presentation and scientific visualization. Equally at home in any mixed environment of networked Windows, Linux, Irix or Macintosh OS X equipment, WSD/HDe can be controlled by any number of users over the network via the OS-independent, browser-based NetPanel interface. WSD/HDe also includes an application programming interface (API) through the standard gigabit Ethernet port, for customized control applications. API provides the ability to control all attributes of the WSD/HD disk recorder via remote shell (rsh) and remote login (rlogin) commands, and provides image transfer capabilities via remote copy (rcp) commands. WSD/HD platform users and third-party vendors with programming skills can create user-defined applications to control all aspects of the WSD/HDi or WSD/HDe, including image transfer with external computer graphics equipment.

About Accom
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.

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