Published on Tuesday, 16 April 2013


FOR-A Demos 4K Super Slow-Mo FT-ONE & MXF Clip Servers

The FT-ONE can record up to 900 fps. Employing FOR-A’s high-sensitivity CMOS colour sensor, FT1-CMOS, the self-contained unit records and plays back full 4K, 4096 x 2160 pixels. One output channel can provide QFHD, four 1080p 3G-SDI, outputs while the other output channel provides down-converted HD-SDI for live viewing and play back. The FT-ONE captures images as uncompressed raw data on the system’s internal memory, which has a recording capacity of 9.4 seconds. This data is then stored on one of two hot-swappable SSD cartridges, each of which is capable of storing 84 seconds of full 4K resolution images at 900 fps.
The FT-ONE is one of the first full 4K super slow motion cameras. It was used during the football championship game this year in New Orleans, as well as playoff game coverage, and was able to capture controversial calls for slow-motion playback.  The camera has also been used in the broadcast of rugby games, automobile racing and the past season of Red Bull Crashed Ice, a series of ice cross downhill competitions. The FT-ONE is suitable for both broadcast and digital cinematography.

FOR-A has two new compact 1 RU MXF clip servers, the MBP-120SX and MBP-125SX, for ingest, playback, and playout applications and suited to file-based production workflows.
For ingest, the MBPs can capture files from an external XDCAM drive or network drive, convert HD/SD-SDI signals to MXF files in real time, and support up to eight channels of embedded audio. The MBP-125SX also supports eight-channel AES audio. Both models are equipped with HD/SD-SDI I/O and a solid-state drive, 240 or 480 GB, and both are compatible with Sony XDCAM, XDCAM HD, XDCAM HD422, MPEG HD422, MPEG HD and MPEG IMX file formats.
Multiple MBPs can also be components of a user-constructed playout system that does not require a dedicated playout server. Material can be stored on a shared NAS unit, then specified MXF files can be transferred over the network to multiple MBPs. Output from the MBPs follows the automatic program playout system. MBPs can also be combined with another video server for more advanced configurations. Clips can be added over the network, even during video recording or playback, for seamless operation.
Used with FOR-A’s MediaConcierge media management system, an MBP can be incorporated into a user-constructed clip server application, setting up database-driven management of video clips and playout programs. Each MBP ships with control software for standalone operation, and registered clips are made recognizable with a thumbnail display in the control software. Optional software adds remote control of the system over the network and manages list-based clip playout.
The MBP-120SX has one HD/SD-SDI input and output, while the MBP-125SX has four outputs, two of which support time code display. On top of the MBP-120SX’s support for SMPTE RP188 ANC time code, the MBP-125SX also adds support for ANC and LTC time code. The range of interfaces on both models includes an 100Base-TX/1000Base-T Ethernet port for high-speed file transfer, USB ports for connecting an external XDCAM or keyboard and mouse, RS-422 for external control, GPI for remote control of playback, and a DVI-I computer display port for use of the included control software.
The MBP-120SX and MBP-125SX will be available in June 2013.