FOR-A To Introduce New Audio Function Card Of FRC-7000 At NAB 2008

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New Audio Function Card FRC-70DA16 Now Supports 16 Channels of Audio with Delay Compensation for all Channels; Dolby E Encoding and Decoding Available as Optional CYPRESS, CA, February 5, 2008 – FOR-A Corporation of America, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, will introduce an optional audio function card of its popular FRC-7000 HD Frame Rate Converter at NAB 2008 in Las Vegas from April 14-17, 2008 (Booth #SU5220). The new audio option card FRC-70DA16 supports an increased number of channels (16) for digital audio input and output. Delay compensation can now be performed for all audio channels, including international sporting event broadcasts where many audio channels are required, or when HDCAM SR 12-channel audio is being used for recording. The FRC-70DA16 can be equipped with Dolby E encoding and decoding as an option. A sampling rate converter and individually adjustable delay circuit have now been added as standard functions on the FRC-7000. An automatic mapping function for the audio channels is also provided, greatly reducing the setup time for audio environments with mixed Dolby E and PCM signals. The FRC-7000 is ideal for many applications, including converting the frame rate prior to transmitting the international feed of a major sporting event, and for converting filmed content for HDTV broadcast. The FRC-7000 uses vector motion compensation processing to analyze and determine the pixel movement in each image frame. The FRC-7000’s advanced scene cut detection automatically detects scene changes and turns off motion compensation processing so as to not affect the scenes before and after the frames being converted. A complete, new set of frames is then created in the required output standard. The FRC-7000 automatically recognizes similar scene cuts involving the same subject or similar visual content, resulting in frame rate conversion with minimal judder or artifacts. The FRC-7000 can perform conversions between 1080/59.94i and 1080/50i, and between 720/59.94p and 720/50p HD frame rates in real-time. With an extended format option, it provides support for 23.98PsF, 23.98P, 24PsF, 24P, 30P, 30PsF, 29.97PsF, 29.97P, 25P and 25PsF. And the FRC-7000 provides advanced scene cut detection and roll/crawl text detection. As an example of its global capabilities, Galaxy Light & Power LLC, which is involved in HD equipment rental, signal conversion and technology management for the film and broadcast industries in the UK, makes extensive use of the FRC-7000. Galaxy Light & Power Chief Executive and Senior Engineer, Andy Grant, appraised the FRC-7000 as follows: "Recently enhanced features of the FRC-7000 complete what FOR-A's competitors refer to as 'impossible tasks'. The unit converts cleanly between 23.98PsF or 24PsF to 25PsF and from 23.98 to 29.97 without using the 3:2 pulldown process. So, for the first time in history, we're transferring feature films at 23.98 frames per second into the NTSC or 59.94i HD environment without 3:2 pulldown artifacts. "Another reason for the choice was audio. The FRC-7000 is currently the only converter that can pass Dolby E encoded signals. With many live music and sports events being made available in Dolby 5.1, together with it being the audio standard for the mastering of DVD/HD-DVD/BD, this invaluable function saves having to use a large amount of additional peripheral audio processing.� The new audio option card FRC-70DA16 will begin shipping in June of this year. FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 1-714-894-3311 or visit our web site at