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Focus Enhancements Intros Scan Converters

New NTSC/PAL models to debut at NAB By Dave Nagel
Focus Enhancements has introduced the Pro AV 1280, a new model in the company's line of computer to TV scan converters. The Pro AV 1280 accepts computer images up to 1280 x 1024 and converts them to a TV video signal. The company will display the 1280 at the NAB 2002 convention in Las Vegas April 8 through 11.

The Pro AV 1280 is available in two versions--a 19-inch rackmount and a desktop configuration. Both models offer Focus Enhancements' 2D Auto Flicker Filter technology that reads the video pixels horizontally and vertically and adaptively sharpens the video image for fine font point content. Users can set the flicker filter to toggle through seven application specific settings. Control over all adjustments can be made from keypad controls, the optional IR remote control or the RS232/422 interface.

The Pro AV 1280 models have broadcast compatible NTSC or PAL outputs and Genlock input to accept a black burst signal. It also provides separate adjustable delays and subcarrier phase. Both models can convert inputs from any computer to broadcast-quality composite, Y/C and component video signals, according to the company.

The Pro AV 1280 will be available in April for $1,395 for the desktop model and $1,695 for the rackmount model. Each has a three-year limited warranty and ships with various BNC, HD, and S-VHS cables and adapters. An optional remote control for the Pro AV 1280 can be purchased from Focus for $69. For more information, visit

Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, 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

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