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Convergent Design Upgrades SD-Connect Converter Software

New software adds a wide range of new features and capabilities to their SD-Connect converter box (July 08, 2005)

Convergent Design is releasing new software today bringing a wide range of new features and capabilities to their all-in-one SD-Connect converter box. Stand-out features include simultaneous bi-directional mode and beta drivers for uncompressed (1:1) 10/8 bit video and audio over 1394.

The simultaneous bi-directional feature, part of a new Stand-Alone mode, supports concurrent analog video/audio to SDI and SDI to analog video/audio conversions. This special dual-stream capability effectively creates two converters in one and is especially useful for SDI-Based editing systems and dubbing applications.

In addition to this simultaneous conversion mode, the no-charge downloadable software upgrade includes 4-channel audio level meters, video legalization, adjustable delay for gen-lock, and audio/video track selection for print to tape. Furthermore, the inclusion of bow tie, multi-burst, SDI EQ and PLL, FCC composite, and SMPTE bars, among others, turns the SD-Connect into a multifunctional video test pattern generator for both PAL and NTSC.

Most converter boxes, including SD-Connect, support 1394 to RS-422 tape deck command translation. With the current software release, SD-Connect now features RS-422 to 1394 tape deck control translation as well. Believed to be the first implementation of this mode, RS-422 to 1394 translation allows control of a consumer DV deck or camcorder from a RS-422 controller (and most SDI-Based editing systems). Fast-forward, rewind, and shuttle are among the many versatile deck controls supported.

Beta drivers for uncompressed 10/8 bit video and 24-bit audio over 1394 with Final Cut Pro are now available from the new Convergent Design web site. Users can work in uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2 component or SDI video, avoiding all of the associated artifacts and related shortcomings of compressed video. Uncompressed drivers for Adobe Premiere are expected within a month.

?These new capabilities combined with broadcast quality 12-bit converters, true stand-alone operation, component and SDI (with embedded audio) video, and arguably the most comprehensive NLE support available, makes SD-Connect the most feature-packed all-in-one converter in this price range, said Michael Schell, President of Convergent Design.

About Convergent Design
Located in Colorado Springs, CO, Convergent Design specializes in the development of professional video and audio conversion products for NLE and broadcast applications. Convergent Design recently received the Vidy and Top Innovation awards at NAB 2005 for their upcoming HDV-Connect converter product.

Convergent Design
4465 North Park Drive, Suite 201
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80907

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