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Apantac To Unveil its Latest Production Multiviewers

Tahoma MiniQ and Crescent MicroQ for outside broadcast, in-studio monitoring

Apantac is set to debut its new Tahoma MiniQ and Crescent MicroQ multiviewers to the U.S. market in November 2012. Both products designed for space-restrictive applications such as outside broadcast (OB) vans and in-studio multi-image display monitoring.
The Tahoma MiniQ is compact and includes a toolset utilized by the line of platforms, and it accepts and auto-detects composite, standard definition (SD), high definition (HD) and 3G-serial digital interface (SDI) signals and supports digital video interface (DVI) / high definition multimedia interface (HDMI) and SDI outputs, Apantac says. It also displays embedded audiometers and supports the transport TSL protocol over Internet protocol (IP) and serial.
In addition, the Tahoma MiniQ can be used as a standalone quad-split multiviewer or be expanded to a full system with eight hot-swappable modules, which can be combined in a three-rack unit (RU) rack frame with redundant power supplies, the company says. The modules cascade feature can be used to display 4 to 32 windows per monitor, according to the company.
The Crescent MicroQ is an even more compact, fixed quad-split multiviewer with full-screen capability, Apantac says. It can be mounted onto the rear of a high-resolution display, and the unit also accepts and auto-detects composite, SD, HD, and 3G-SDI signals and supports DVI / HDMI, and SDI outputs. It displays embedded audiometers, supports the TSL protocol over IP and its power consumption is 12W and operates silently.
According to Apantac, a typical set up with both platforms includes Tahoma MicroQ units for the director wall, production assistant positions and Crescent MiniQ units for camera control, SloMo/ video tape recorder (VTR), audio or technical manager position. MiniQ can be used when more than four windows per display are required, or when layout flexibility, clocks, etc. is needed, the company says.
When combined with an SDI matrix, a Tally & Label management system with control capabilities, users can use the Tahoma MiniQ and Crescent MicroQ as a functional OB Van or studio monitoring package, according to Apantac.
The series of multiviewers offers a solution for multi-image display processing applications, whether in government applications, education or distance learning, medical facilities, and traditional control room, broadcast or professional audiovisual environments, the firm says. The hardware offers a unit with redundant power and several control methods via the front panel buttons, a simple preset panel, the Apantac ASCII protocol, via a Control Module with GPI inputs assigned to presets, and the Apantac Director software as a configuration and control application.