News | October 1, 2001

New Variable-Aspect Converter From Snell & Wilcox Provides 20:20 Vision

Source: Snell & Wilcox, Inc.

Proprietary filter in ARC 20:20 delivers high quality, artifact-free, output

Amsterdam - With its user friendly "button-per-function" ease of control, the ARC 20:20 variable-aspect ratio converter from Snell & Wilcox, Inc. is ideal for applications that require pristine ratio conversion with minimal delay - such as high-end post-production and broadcast environments. The ARC 20:20 was introduced during the recent IBC convention held in Amsterdam.

The ARC 20:20 is a 10-bit, bi-directional, broadcast-quality aspect ratio converter with serial digital inputs and outputs. It includes high-quality vertical-temporal filtering, which makes use of all input picture lines and a comprehensive selection of conversion modes to provide artifact-free output of maximum resolution over a wide range of picture sizes and aspect ratios.

Input and output blanking enables the operator to clean the edges of a picture, e.g. when 4:3 material is displayed on a widescreen set. Background color is fully selectable. The ARC 20:20 includes composite (analog) output for monitoring, which if desired can also include engineering data.

In addition to the pre-set values for position and size, horizontal zoom and active picture size can be adjusted over a 2:1 to 1:2 range. This, combined with the ultra-smooth adjustment of horizontal and vertical picture position, means the ARC 20:20 can supply a broad range of dynamic zoom, pan and tilt effects.

ARC 20:20 is part of the new 'Kudos Plus' range of 1U signal processing equipment from Snell & Wilcox. Building on the success of the 'Kudos by Snell & Wilcox' range first produced five years ago, the latest range of Kudos Plus products provides a similarly attractive combination of price and performance, together with additional features such as a range of control options and the facility to customise.

SNELL & WILCOX is a world-leading electronics design, manufacture and engineering group with an international reputation for the development of advanced image communications technologies for the world's broadcast television, video, satellite, cable, film and image communications industries. The company is dedicated to preserving the true content of the moving video image. Snell & Wilcox Inc. has offices throughout the United States and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. Snell & Wilcox Ltd. is based in Twickenham, England with offices all over the world.