With the move to larger space now complete, we’re assembling a new Apple Mac-based video capture and editing system based around a Blackmagic Teranex 2D digital video processor.
Although the Teranex 2D was acquired – and put to good use – before the move to our new suite at Milton Keynes Business Centre, it was hastily installed in order to enable the commencement of an important commission from the Imperial War Museum at Duxford. Now that we’re in our new home, it’s time to consider carefully how the system will be configured to suit our increasingly wide range of clients and their diverse requirements.
As has been observed by several visitors, SimplyDV achieves an interesting marriage of some very old video technology (some of which dates back to the mid-1970s) with the very latest new digital video processing hardware and software. Let’s be realistic; you need obsolete videotape recorders and players to reproduce decades-old recordings, but you need the latest processing technology to bring it to life in a digital world. So our new systems have to be designed in such a way that they can cope with the variety of tasks presented to us on a daily basis while at the same time facilitate ease of operability and control where fast-turnaround and quality control are also important considerations.
Upscaling from standard definition to high definition in real time
This revolutionary new video processing system not only enables us to convert videotape source material at very high quality (industry-standard television and professional library archiving formats) but also means that we can actually “upscale” good old-fashioned non-widescreen video (4:3 ratio standard definition television mode) into either 1280x720p or 1920×1080 “i” and “p” HDTV resolution video at 60, 30, 50 and 25 frame rates.
This does, of course, require the old-fashioned 4:3 ratio video to be stretched up to fill the much bigger screen resolution, but it does so in a way that doesn’t (for instance) turn a circle into an oval. Quite how it does it is anybody’s guess but the results are staggering. That’s why the Teranex system is now widely in use by TV companies, post-production houses, outside broadcast suppliers and of course us!
We’re currently in the process of creating some sample material which demonstrates the full power of the Teranex 2D system. If you’re managing an important video archive or simply wish to see what your personal video footage looks like at HD specification, please don’t hesitate to get in touch in order to discuss what we might be able to do for you.