Originally Posted by damon
Used to spend more time in Spain when my Sister resided in Madrid, but now that she is in Italy my travel habits have adjusted.
William, I snuck on the list so no worries. I talk mainly to the Dallas Analog Way Rep & to Benoit Lamy. We should probably step that up to Ludovic Mellot or the President Marc Loret. Not sure of the patience level however since we are not the target market.
Can we please just go HD-SDI all the way to the PJ & forget about this ridiculous HDMI "handshake" crap!!
Why not switch to TV One, the all HD-SDI (unfortunately not 3, let alone 4,5 gigabit/s) model is about the same price as the Blendzilla?
The Analog RGB/low res. DVI boxes or the pc card are less expensive , starting at around 1000,- Dollar/Euro, and would also allow for a four way blend with two boxes/cards.
I have seen the then fairly new 7200 (at least that's what it/they said;-)) on a small screen using two small lcd projectors, at ISE 2007, at the beginning of this year and the blendzone looked okay, although was in a lit exhibition hall.
From their IBC preview email:
The new C2-7260 Dual Channel Video Processor is going to be hot talking point this year. Like the existing and popular C2-7200, the C2-7260 is feature-laden with an astounding arsenal including Dual PIP, Seamless Switching, Multiple Conversion and Scaling including SD-HD conversion, Chroma and Luma Keying and also the fantastic new Edgeblending feature, but unlike the C2-7200, the C2-7260 now adds an additional 6 inputs of SD/HD-SDI giving a total of 8 SD/HD-SDI inputs.
The new C2-7310 video AND audio processor makes debut in Europe
The C2-7310 Dual Channel Video and Audio Processor will also be making its debut in Europe. Incorporating the same features and functions as the C2-7200, the new C2-7310 adds the most powerful audio processing in its category. It allows the user to embed, de-embed, delay, mix, route, and sample rate convert an astonishing 48 channels of Digital Stereo Audio to satisfy even the most challenging requirements.
Edit: I see MadMrH beat me to it. TV One became of interest when they started to include the blend option in their firmware (late last year?). Since all (most) products share this firmware, the function is also standard on the cheaper products (compared to the top of the line 7000 series at 6-16 K list).
Late last year/early this year they launched the 260 pc card at Euro 875,- plus tax, list (US pricing generally lower on these US products). And a few months ago they announced their One Task line Corio2 scaler/switcher box with the same firmware, so the same blendfunction as the more expensive boxes (but would one need two?).
I also asked for higher resolution DVI inputs (and outputs, as they also lack on the 7200 they were showing, the fully loaded HD-SDI version wasn't out yet, so a DVI-in/RGB-out option would be nice for CRT owners, I suggested. Of course this is not a key market for them, but with many higher resolution presentation projectors being fitted with DVI inputs they took on the suggestion and told me 'watch this space'.
UKP 1700,-, sounds like a lot, compared with their recently launched stand-alone box: "The 1T-C2-400 PC/HD Scaler retails at £445 (655) and is available to order now". If my memory serves me right this one was said to include the Corio 2 blend functionality, but I can't confirm this from the online specsheet, http://www.inside.nl/mailing/200705/pdf/1T-C2-400.pdf
But even if they are single channel units, given their price (roughly UKP 1000,- for two One Task units) the new stand alone boxes as well as the pc cards are still worth looking into.