Videonics FireWriterSource: FOCUS Enhancements
The FireWriter DV character generator offers DV (IEEE-1394), along with Y/C (S-Video) and composite video inputs and outputs and can be operated locally as a stand-alone character generator or remotely over a computer network or the Internet. Many of the popular features from earlier Videonics character generators have been packed into FireWriter, which supports both NTSC and PAL formats.
FireWriter delivers high-resolution, anti-aliased titles, and character by character attributes like font, font size, color, shadow, outline, and 256 levels of transparency. Company logos and bugs can be created on a computer in applications such as Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator, then saved as JPEG images which can be imported directly to FireWriter using the built-in Ethernet connection. Users can then display their bugs and logo's over incoming video, gradient, full color and picture backgrounds with the click of a button.
FireWriter includes over 20 special effects including fades, wipes and eight speeds for scrolls and crawls. FireWriter includes special characters to support over 21 foreign languages. FireWriter offers several Play modes which maximizes flexibility by enabling the operator to play pre-arranged programs with different settings for each page, or pages can be played manually similar to a slide show or by repeating sequences for use as a video billboard.
FireWriter CG features built-in networking and it supports RS-232 serial, and FTP over Ethernet. Because FireWriter CG uses standard protocols, it is easy to control from any computer on your local area network or the Internet. Projects, fonts, and bugs can be easily archived at the touch of a button, or transferred to or from a computer.
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