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Snell & Wilcox Adds To Its Kudos Plus Line

New ultra-compact standalone units occupy just RU (April 14, 2005)

Snell & Wilcox is adding to its Kudos Plus line of timebase correctors, synchronizers, and standards converters with four compact, stand-alone units that give broadcasters and facilities a versatile, highly portable solution for stabilizing video signals and NTSC/PAL standards conversion. The new Kudos Plus TBS150 and TBS150D are SDI and composite synchronizers, while the CVR400 and CVR400D provide both stabilization capabilities as well as conversion to and from NTSC and PAL.

With exceptionally small dimensions just one-half rack wide, the new Kudos Plus TBS150 and TBS150D are small and light enough to travel in field kits for remote newsgathering operations, where they provide stable signals from wireless remote cameras or feeds from local broadcasters. In the facility setting, the TBS150 and TBS150D support the transition to the digital and IT-based file environments by allowing analog content from VHS, U-matic, and other older VTR formats to be stabilized for ingest into a laptop or PC without glitches or dropouts.

The cool-running, low-power TBS150 and TBS150D units are small enough to sit unobtrusively on a desktop, or two can be placed side by side in a broadcast facility rackframe for stabilizing incoming satellite feeds. Simple and easy to set up and operate, the TBS150 offers composite, component, and Y/C video inputs and output while the TBS150D offers composite, Y/C, and SDI I/Os.

For applications where NTSC/PAL standards conversion needs to accompany video stabilization, Snell & Wilcox is introducing the Kudos Plus CVR400 and CVR400D, which seamlessly combine the same stabilization capabilities as the TBS150 and TBS150D with conversion to and from NTSC, NTSC4.4, PAL, PAL-M, and PAL-N. In addition to applications in the dubbing and duplication environments, the CVR400 and CVR400D provide an excellent solution for backhaul monitoring or for remote newsgathering where locally gathered material must be standards-converted before transmission. A powerful 20-point, 4-field, 5-line aperture ensures smooth motion and maximum resolution.

"Given their small size, these new Kudos Plus products will deliver extraordinary performance whether they're being used in a broadcast environment to stabilize satellite feeds or in any facility in the process of duplicating or digitizing tape-based analog material as part of its transition to an IT-based infrastructure," said Joe Zaller, VP of marketing and product management at Snell & Wilcox.

Like the TBS150 and TBS150D, the CVR400 and CVR400D use 12-bit sampling and 10-bit processing with rugged inputs. The CVR400 offers analog composite, component, and Y/C inputs and outputs, while the CVR400D offers composite, Y/C, and SDI I/Os.

All units are available for immediate delivery.

About Snell & Wilcox
Snell & Wilcox, the leader in its field, delivers technologies and products that enable television and satellite broadcasters, post-production facilities, filmmakers, and communications professionals to move content seamlessly between analog, digital, high definition, and file-based systems and to bridge the world's multiplicity of line/field and color standards. The company provides switchers and keyers, standards conversion systems, networked infrastructure components, and products for noise reduction, image enhancement, and restoration. In business since 1973, Snell & Wilcox maintains its U.S. headquarters in Burbank, Calif., and European headquarters in Hampshire, U.K. Additional offices are located in New York, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, and Russia.

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