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Miranda Expands HD Product Line

To show new systems at the Broadcast Production Show 2005 (May 27, 2005)

Miranda Technologies (booth B64) will be showing multiple new HD products at the Broadcast Production Show 2005, including the award-winning HD-Bridge Dec HDV to HD-SDI interface, two new HD Imagestore channel branding processors, and two new Kaleido HD multi-image display processors.

Award-winning HD-Bridge HDV to HD-SDI interface
Miranda’s new HD-Bridge Dec provides high-quality HDV to HD-SDI 1080i/720p conversion with embedded audio and time code, along with digital and analog video/audio outputs. The HD-Bridge Dec’s built-in crossconverter allows users to convert effortlessly between 720p and 1080i.

Miranda’s HD-Bridge Dec is a neat and affordable desktop interface that addresses multiple HDV interfacing tasks. The interface accepts HDV via an IEEE-1394 (iLink, FireWire) connection and outputs HD-SDI at 1080i/720p with embedded audio and time code. Dual HD-SDI outputs provide one clean feed and one feed with time code and graticule markers. The interface also provides analog HD plus AES and analog audio outputs. The interface can be used for broadcast distribution and playout, with edited HDV material converted into HD-SDI for direct playout into an HD-SDI infrastructure. HD-Bridge DEC can also be used to convert compressed HDV into uncompressed HD-SDI for lossless editing.


Three new master control switching and channel branding processors
The Oxtel Series Imagestore range of HD/SD channel branding and master control switching processors has been strengthened with the introduction of three new products. The Imagestore HDTV, Imagestore Intuition HD, and Imagestore 300 processors enable broadcasters to output the most advanced HD/SD channel branding and promotional graphics with multichannel audio mixing. The new processors can be controlled by automation using the widely adopted Oxtel protocol, and by the advanced multichannel HD/SD PresStation or Presmaster 2 master control switcher panels.

The much enhanced Imagestore HDTV has multiple new features, including a new dual DVE option and an integral, four-group audio mixer. The dual DVE option allows high-quality, dual picture-in-picture effects for compelling program junctions and promotional graphics. The new audio mixer provides 16-channel audio mixing using embedded or AES audio, and this offers an elegant solution for multichannel audio playout, including 5.1 and multilingual broadcasting. The processor can also provide eight-channel audio storage for 5.1 clips, or stereo voice-overs in four different languages. Other features include animated/still image insertion, automated character generation, input switching, and A/B video mixing.

The new Imagestore Intuition HD co-processor extends the graphics capabilities of Imagestore HDTV to allow the playout of the most compelling multilevel HD channel branding. The co-processor can play out a virtually unlimited number of crawls, rolls, dynamic text layers, and still/animated graphics. Imagestore Intuition HD provides instantaneous, multi-level graphics playout, with time-line control for complex effects, including single-shot, in-loop-out, and multi-loop animations. Vast animation storage is offered by multiple high-capacity SCSI hard drives, and rapid media loading is provided by Gigabit Ethernet.

Imagestore Intuition HD’s advanced character generator is ideal for highly automated, data-driven applications and provides full creative freedom with respect to text styles, backgrounds and the dynamic qualities of individual layers. Graphics template design is performed easily with Miranda’s Intuition Builder software.

Imagestore 300 is a new SDI channel branding and master control switching processor that features dual 2D/3D DVEs, video and 16-channel audio mixing, eight-channel audio playout, automated character generation, and animation/still playout. The 2-RU processor has a highly robust design, with dual redundant power supplies, a mechanical bypass, and a LINUX real-time operating system.

Two new Kaleido HD multi-image display processors
Miranda has launched two highly affordable, pristine quality HD multi-image display processors: the Kaleido-Alto-HD 10-input processor and the Kaleido-Quad 4-input processor.

The new Kaleido-Alto-HD 10-input processor is an HD version of the successful Kaleido-Alto 10-input multi-image display processor, which features auto-sensing HD-SDI/SDI/analog composite video inputs. The processor accepts any HD format and 525/625 SDI, as well as analog composite inputs, to any of the 10 rear BNCs. The Kaleido-Alto-HD provides a high quality DVI output with up to 1280x1024 pixels. It offers a feature-rich display with embedded AES and analog audio-level metering, along with Source IDs, tallies, aspect ratio markers, and clocks/timers. The easy-to-use processor offers off-line layout editing with a full choice of window resolutions, sizes, positions, and ratios (4:3 and 16:9).

The new Kaleido-Quad is a high-quality quad-split processor with auto-sensing HD-SDI / SDI / analog composite video inputs. Unlike conventional quad-splitters, the Kaleido-Quad features flexible layout creation that allows different resolutions, sizes, aspect ratios, and positions to be displayed. The processor uses the same display technology as the top of the range Kaleido-K2 to ensure pristine video quality. The feature-rich display presents audio level meters, tallies, dynamic UMDs, aspect ratio markers, clocks, and timers. This HD-capable quad-split processor, combined with inexpensive LCD monitors, is an ideal alternative to expensive traditional CRT monitors. An SDI/composite-only version of the Kaleido-Quad is also available.

Extended HD interfacing and signal processing range
Miranda has significantly extended its range of award-winning Imaging Series XVP HD cross/up/downconverter modules with a dedicated upconverter, a downconverter, and cross/downconverter. These new interfaces all feature firmware that can be readily upgraded to provide additional signal processing functionality, thereby offering feature flexibility without a heavy up front investment. Another new Imaging Series module is the affordable QXC-801i HD crossconverter that offers interfacing between the popular HD standards, including 1080i and 720p.

Multiple new features for iControl monitoring and control over IP system
Miranda has also added multiple new features to its iControl monitoring and control over IP system, which enable operators to zero in on facility alarm conditions in even in the largest television systems.

“iControl is changing the way operators monitor signals. It can be counterproductive to keep an eye on valid signals, especially when the number of channels being watched is increasing rapidly as facilities consolidate operations,” says Robert Fisette, director of monitoring, control and new media at Miranda. “The iControl system can automatically weed out any superfluous information from the data being displayed and help operators zero in on what requires immediate action. We call this monitoring by exception (MBE), and it builds upon iControl’s capacity to leverage standard IP infrastructures and streaming media.”

iControl has been transformed into a high-level Element Management System capable of managing complex multi-channel and multi-format television operations comprising hundreds of signals. The system uses industry-standard SNMP protocols for monitoring and control of video, as well as all the surrounding transmission, networking, and building infrastructure. iControl is well suited to many different environments, including incoming feed management, multi-channel HD/SD master control, and video network operation centers for cable, satellite, and IPTV operators. A new Third Party Zone feature allows third-party applications to be hosted directly within iControl, and this allows one keyboard and mouse to control all the Miranda and third-party applications. Other new features include an embedded Web browser that provides direct access to HTML enabled devices, and a group of scripted macros that allow automatic reaction to element failures and guide operators through complex diagnostic and repair procedures.

About Miranda
Miranda Technologies is a world-leading manufacturer of video and audio equipment for the broadcast, production, and post-production markets, with a range spanning interfacing and distribution, routing, master control switching and channel branding, multi-image display processors, and monitoring over IP systems. Headquartered in Montreal, Miranda also has major offices in Springfield (N.J., U.S.), Wallingford (Oxon, U.K.), Paris, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo.

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