Issue No. 03 - July-September (2006 vol. 13)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MMUL.2006.66
Farshad Fotouhi , Wayne State University
Hi-Def Authoring and Encoding Systems
Sonic Solutions released Scenarist 4 and CineVision, professional high-definition authoring and encoding systems. Scenarist 4 supports HDMV (movie mode) and BD-J Blu-ray Disc authoring in addition to standard and advanced content high-definition DVD authoring. Cine-Vision is an encoding workstation that provides control over all three HD video codes: AVC/H.264, VC-1, and MPEG-2.
Scenarist 4 can be configured to address the needs of authoring facilities producing titles in one or both high-definition formats. It also can control every aspect of the high-definition authoring process, enabling full access to the high-definition formats while ensuring maximum player compatibility of titles with next-generation high-definition players.
The CineVision encoder links directly into Scenarist 4 and supports a broad range of high-definition video input formats including Quick-Time, AVI, and DPX image sequences. CineVision also features advanced post-encode quality control and workflow optimization tools such as segment-based reencoding, ExpressQC, and StreamData. ExpressQC identifies sections that are statistically lower in quality, compared to the source material. StreamData exchanges key encoding metadata including encoding parameters, chapter-point information, and reference frame data.
For more information visit http://www.sonic.com/go/scenarist and http://www.sonic.com/go/cinevision.
MPEG Support for iPod and PSP
NewSoft's Presto! Digital Converter 1.06 adds MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 format support for the Apple iPod and Sony PSP. The product also comes with the latest version of NewSoft's VideoWorks 6.2. Other features include a "save as" option for desktop viewing or later burning; one-click burn (without going through the hard drive); real-time capture and burn; and support for DVD+/-R, DVD+/-RW, DVD+R double layer, and DVD-R dual layer recording.
Presto! Digital Converter 1.06 costs $59.95 (free upgrades to current 1.03 customers are available at http://www.newsoftinc.com).
Mash Your Movies Online
MiraVida Media introduced Jumpcut, an online video sharing and remixing—or mashing—service that lets users upload video and still pictures and mix them together with video from other Jumpcut users to create real-time, collaborative movies that can be shared over the Internet. The service is currently free and is compatible with Windows and Mac computers. Users can upload files from devices such as digital camcorders, digital cameras, and PC devices. Users don't need additional software to participate in the Jumpcut community.
Visit http://www.jumpcut.com for more information.
Opening Up Pandoras Box
Coolux International introduced the Pandoras Box MediaVision, MediaEngine, and MediaViewer. The system is a real-time compositing media server with a 4-Kbyte workspace in dual channels of 2-Kybte high- or standard-definition outputs for on-air and pre- and postproduction.
Users can reportedly manipulate up to eight video layers and 24 graphic animation layers in real time, each in 3D space. Each layer contains individual color correctors, keyers, FX engines, and transition controls. In addition, users can combine multiple outputs with horizontal and vertical edge blending, keystone correction, linearity controls, and true 3D texture mapping to deliver up to high-definition output for real-time broadcast feeds, projection screens, plasma/LCD displays, and so on.
For more information visit http://www.coolux.de/.
Small DLP Projector
Christie's DS+26 digital projector is reportedly the smallest (4 inches high and about 6 pounds in weight), high-resolution single-chip DLP projector available on the market. It features true SXGA+ 1,400 × 1,050 resolution, 2,500 lumens, and a 2,500:1 full-field contrast ratio. The projector also features up to 3,000 hours of operation from a single lamp. The built-in RJ45 port enables monitoring and control over any TCP-IP network.
For more information visit http://www.christiedigital.com.
Thermal Imaging System
Electrophysics' EZTherm XP IR image fusion camera lets users mix thermal and visible images into fused real-time video.
This thermal imaging camera introduces an advanced visible and thermal video fusion feature suited for applications needing visible image details. The image fusion function lets users mix infrared and visible imagery into real-time fused video, making it easier to visualize temperature-related problems in a wide range of objects. User-friendly controls allow adjusting between 100 percent thermal and 100 percent visible. Autothermal scaling enables the display of thermal detail within a user-specified temperature range overlaid on video.
The EZTherm XP is suited for such applications as facility maintenance, process control, test and measurement, R&D, building diagnosis, and public health screening. The camera produces thermal images at 60 Hz. The waterproof camera housing makes the EZTherm XP suitable for harsh environments.
Included analysis tools include multiple spot meters, auto hot/cold spot tracking, temperature alarm set point, area analysis, and isotherms. Thermal images can be recorded in 14-bit and JPEG formats and can be transferred to PCs using industry-standard interfaces.
For more information visit http://www.electrophysics.com.
Replay 3D Sports Video
A new 3D video replay system was released by 360 Replays for use in sports arenas. The system lets viewers see replays from a 360-degree angle. The manufacturer notes that viewers don't need to use a new type of television; rather, the product constructs replays picking the best camera view. It also offers the ability to "stitch" together several cameras and create spinning, near-3D effects, stopping, reversing, or altering the playback speed.
The system uses many more cameras than a traditional system. All of the cameras record in unison, controlled by a single operator. The cameras also point at the same spot.
The company claims that the product is unique because camera angles do not have to be chosen in advance. All camera angles are saved and can be viewed from up to 72 synchronized views when the action is complete. The system operates on a play-and-process concept, meaning that as soon as the play is complete, the replay operator can scrub time and dimensions to come up with the best angle and send the replay to broadcast. The process can be completed in less than 30 seconds.
For more information visit http://www.360replays.com.