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Pinnacle Systems Announces PDS 6000 Production Switcher

(October 04, 2001)
Pinnacle Systems, Inc., announced its new entry-level digital production switcher, the PDS 6000. The new switcher delivers the same features integrated in the PDS 9000 -- including built-in DVEs, frame stores, chroma keyers, redundant power supplies at a lower price and footprint.

The PDS 6000 delivers a suite of real-time processing capabilities and delivers a powerful Mix/Effects (M/E) system and a full-function Program/Preset (PGM/PST/DSK) bank each with dual keyers. Both the M/E and the PGM/PST/DSK have three 10-bit 3D DVEs each -- one per keyer plus one for transitions -- for a total of six internal DVEs. The base system also includes 15 inputs expandable to 36, 14 built-in framestores delivering 56 online frames of storage, YUV color correction, independent proc amp controls for each input, clean feed, redundant power supplies, and more in a compact six rack unit chassis.

Built-in YUV color correction on all four keyer busses enables users to independently correct both luminance and chrominance at the system's inputs. Available RGB color correction delivers independent gain, pedestal, and gamma adjustment on each component.

The interface emulates a conventional M/E system, letting users take full advantage of the systems capabilities without the difficulties of learning a new interface.

The PDS 6000 is designed to integrate into the production environment using built-in communication ports allowing the switcher to control and be controlled by other equipment using industry-standard protocols via GPI or RS 422. Additional DVEs, including Pinnacle Systems' new DVEXCEL and award-winning DVEXtreme, can be integrated and controlled by the system. The PDS 6000 can also control a wide variety of servers and other devices using the BVW-75 protocol. The frame stores can be loaded directly with images generated by Pinnacle Systems Lightning, Deko, Thunder and DVEXtreme products.

The PDS 6000 is expected to ship, with limited availability, this quarter.

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