updated 09:40 am EST, Thu December 11, 2003
PipePro SDI video card
system (now $500), provide an affordable solution for online and offline editors working with a variety of formats from uncompressed to DV. Aurora Pipe cards integrate with Final Cut Pro and After Effects so that editors can take advantage of new technologies such as RT Extreme. The new PipePro video capture and editing card outperforms more expensive competing devices and offers 10-bit inputs and outputs.
The PIpePro card features an SDI input, which enables editors to connect directly to a DigiBeta deck, while two SDI outputs allow for a direct connection to an external video monitor and to a digital deck controlled via PipePro's RS 422 serial port. Simultaneously PipePro can output analog video via composite, S-video and YUV connections facilitating video monitoring on a lower-cost analog solution and laying off to analog decks such as BetaSP. A Genlock input is also provided for synchronization to studio equipment, but is not required as PipePro produces an internal genlock signal onto which the deck can lock.
In addition to outputting two channels of 24-bit, 48kHz analog audio for monitoring purposes, the PipePro features four channels of high-quality, 48kHz SPDIF (AES/EBU compatible) digital audio I/O, which offers excellent sound and compatibility while giving users the ability to work in multiple channels. In addition, PipePro supports up to eight channels of 48kHz audio embedded in the SDI inputs and outputs. A second desktop feature allows editors to view and manipulate video in other applications and preview the video after processing by the PipePro card.