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20/04/2001

PHILIPS ADVANCES FILM IMAGING AT NAB

The Film Imaging division of Philips is to launch Scream a new resolution independent noise / grain reduction system at NAB.
Designed specifically for Spirit DataCine, Shadow Telecine and Specter Virtual DataCine the modular system interfaced directly the real time internal processing architecture of these products. A resolution independent system, Scream can operate in real time at resolutions up to 2K. This can be expanded in the future to full 4K resolution. As the processing is performed in the 2K RGB data stream before internal format conversion, all the video and data outputs supplied with the Telecine are supported.
The system includes three independent noise reduction channels one for each colour, with film profiles pre-loaded for the dye grain distribution patterns for each film stock. Philips claim operation is simplified via an easy to use interface and minimal user adjustments are required.
Film imaging will also be showing for the first time the latest enhancement to complement it 2K digital film product chain. The new Data interface for the HDTV VooDoo Media Recorder now allows the VooDoo to be used as a high-speed data back up device. The VooDoo will be able to record approximately 80 to 90 Mega Bytes per second in the first implementation with future enhancements planned to push it to a full 128 megabytes per second. Not only is the VooDoo the fastest data recorder available today, but it also has the unique feature of being able to switch from a uncompressed HDTV video recorder into a blazing fast data recorder. This feature combined with the unique high resolution VGA output makes it perfect for backing up 2K RGB image files to tape. The tape can be viewed using the VGA output with no need to load the data into a workstation for viewing.
The Data recorder can also be connected directly to the Spirit for recording image data directly to tape at a full 6 FPS in 2K resolutions, no need for a local workstation and disk arrays simplifying workflow.
Film Imaging will also be celebrating the sale of its 200th Spirit DataCine on the show floor at NAB, Customer will be announced at the show. Since the launch of the Spirit in 1996 the Spirit DataCine has enjoyed remarkable success becoming the new benchmark for high quality film transfers.
See Philips at NAB, LVCC, Booth L5010. (SP)
VMI.TV Ltd

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