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TV One Releases Downconverter C2-160 PCI/ISA Card

Mar 21, 2007 12:00 PM

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TV One’s new C2-160 PCI/ISA card provides high-quality scan conversion from computer or HDTV signals to standard video formats in a compact package. The card comes with all the features that are common to TV One products, such as genlock, chromakey, lumakey, PIP, and mixing. It is ready for PC integration, and it plugs into a vacant slot inside the PC where it receives all its power from a standard hard drive connector.

The card handles virtually any computer resolution up to 2048x2048 at any vertical refresh rate and all HDTV resolutions up to 1080p. Video outputs are switchable between NTSC and PAL, and they are simultaneously provided in Composite and S-Video. A PC loop-through is also provided. TV One’s exclusive AutoSet feature takes the hassle out of setup by automatically sizing and positioning the computer image to fit exactly on the video screen. All settings can be stored in non-volatile memory and are retained even when power is switched off. An on-screen display is available to assist in setup.

Variable Zoom can go up to 10X, allowing any part of the computer screen to be enlarged, while Variable Shrink can go down to 10 percent. Position controls allow movement around any desired area. The advanced Digital Flicker Elimination circuitry and high sampling rate insures crisp, clear images, while full-bandwidth chroma sampling insures faithfully reproduced, high-resolution colors.

The C2-160 also has additional capabilities, such as genlock, chromakey, and lumakey. The key mode allows computer graphics to be keyed over an external Composite or S-Video signal. The keyed image may be faded in and out. Due to the 4:4:4 sampling format, precise keying at the pixel level can be achieved. The mix mode permits glitch-free mixing between the computer image and external video. The PIP mode allows the computer input to be inset in a window over either of the video inputs. The genlock feature insures precise synchronization of the incoming signals by providing a wide subcarrier lock range with subcarrier phase adjustment.

All the functions can be controlled via an optional Infrared Control Remote Unit or via an RS-232 connection. A Windows Control panel is provided and most third party control systems interface directly with the entire C2 range of products. The unit is provided with a single break-out cable incorporating all of the required PC and video inputs and outputs, along with RS232.

The C2-160 has a suggested retail price of $995 and is available now.

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