Accom intros low cost uncompressed HDTV recording solution
November 20, 2002

by -- Broadcaster Magazine

The WSD/HDi has a video disk storage array integrated right inside its chassis. With prices starting at $32,000 (U.S.), this makes it a much more compact and inexpensive uncompressed HDTV recording solution compared to any competing DDR.

The Import/Export utility allows the WSD/HDi to easily interface with a network of graphics rendering computers and film printers without concern for proprietary file formats -- eliminating the need for complex transfer scripting or the need to use QuickTime file wrappers. The Import utility can monitor up to five user-defined directories for the arrival of single-frame image files. As soon as an image file arrives, the Import utility automatically inserts the frame into the clip of the same name stored on the WSD/HDi. While the WSD/HDi is recording a clip, the Export utility can transfer individual frames from that clip (or any clip already stored) to any computer or film printer on the network. All popular image file formats are supported, such as SGI, TARGA, TIFF and PSD.

WSD/HDi was designed specifically for today's highly networked production environment, which caters to the complex interactions of a multi-user collaborative workflow -- even when an installation has a mix of Windows, Irix and Mac OS X operating systems. This workflow is germane when creating graphics and effects for HDTV and electronic film.

Accom's WSD/HDi stores both Standard Definition (525/625) and High Definition uncompressed video formats with optional uncompressed digital audio all at the same time, all in the same machine. Clips with different video formats and different line standards can all co-exist in the WSD/HDi's built-in storage array.

WSD/HDi also provides an option for record or playback of Video, Key and Audio in a single operation under a unified clip identity. V+K+A capability dramatically streamlines many production and post applications and simplifies clip management. An additional option allows users to record LTC timecode with incoming media, and to choose whether to preserve timecode discontinuities or replace them with internally-generated timecode.

Other features of the WSD/HDi include a standard 1000 base-T gigabit Ethernet port, control from any networked computer through the unique browser-based NetPanel user interface, industry-standard QuickTime compliant file format, and optional AES/EBU digital audio. Together, these features provide the ability to easily interchange media between WSD/HDi and workstation applications such as compositing, rotoscoping and color-correction.

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