Minneapolis, MN--April 28, 1997--Visual Circuits Corp. (Minneapolis, MN) announced that production availability of its 4-ReelTime Pro multichannel MPEG-2 playback card is two months ahead of schedule. The 4-ReelTime Pro is based upon the LSI Logic L64002 MPEG-2 decoder chip and was announced on March 5, 1997.
The 4-ReelTime Pro is a multichannel MPEG-2 playback card for PC compatibles. With the ability to play back four MPEG-2 streams simultaneously to a composite video output, along with MPEG-1/MPEG-2 audio (MUSICAM), it is suited for applications such as video-on-demand, ad/commercial insertion, and broadcast video servers, producing the lowest cost per MPEG-2 stream in the industry. Because of its advanced DMA bus master design, the PCI bus card is capable of playing four MPEG-2 files simultaneously while using less than 10 percent of the system CPU. Multiple cards may be used in one system. An on-screen display is included for overlaying graphics or text information over the MPEG-2 video. In addition to stereo MUSICAM audio, there are four broadcast-quality NTSC or PAL composite video outputs. S-Video format is available as an option. Each 4-ReelTime Pro channel can manage 15 Mbps files, with a maximum of 40 Mbps per card.
The genlock/video switching daughtercard will genlock each channel independently to an external source. A video switch on the board can select the MPEG-2 generated on the board or the external video as the output. Audio switching is also included, with volume and tone controls. Drivers include Windows 95 (shipping), Windows NT (Beta in May 1997), and Windows NT for Alpha (Beta in June 1997). A toolkit for developers is also available for customers wishing to write drivers for other operating systems and custom applications. 4-ReelTime Pro pricing starts at $2,495 for the base 4-channel card.
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