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RGB Spectrum Scan Converter Chosen For U.S. Army
Video Production of Advanced Combat Simulations
January 31, 2003, Alameda, CA - The U.S. Army's Training Doctrine & Command (TRADOC), based in Fort Monroe, Virginia, required high quality scan conversion for video production of 3D combat simulations on CDs and DVDs.
Tony Spica, V.P. Sales of RGB Spectrum explained, "the goal was to evolve the Army's combat simulations into a more potent tactical decision making tool, incorporating more realistic battlefield depictions, more accurate battlefield scenarios, and post-scenario tactical analysis capability. The project entailed devising new real time 3D simulations and creating post-simulation analysis video reports for distribution on CDs and DVDs. Once they created the improved 3D combat simulations, the challenge was to produce video recordings that provided high quality reproduction of the simulations' complex details. They selected the RGB/Videolink scan converter because it does an exceptional job preserving the fine, intricate detail of the simulation imagery."
|The U.S. Army's complex 3D high resolution combat simulations are converted to video format using RGB/Videolink state-of-the-art scan converters.|
High-end image generation workstations are used to produce realistic, real-time 3D combat simulations. These simulations cover the most complex elements; e.g. scenarios depicting artillery ordnance trajectories. The RGB/Videolink scan converter receives the workstation's 3D imagery in 1280 x 1024 pixel resolution and converts it to S-Video. The converted images are sent to a Sony DVCAM digital tape deck for storage. Later, the video is edited on a PC to create video reports for post-simulation analysis of tactical maneuvers, strategy, and decision making. The video reports are duplicated onto CDs and DVDs and distributed to various U.S. Army facilities.
The RGB/Videolink® 1690 is the latest in RGB Spectrum's line of video scan converters. The RGB/Videolink 1690 video scan converter transforms computer signals to broadcast standard video in real time. Computer generated images can then be recorded, broadcast, displayed or transmitted over video codecs. The unit offers NTSC/PAL composite video, S-Video and component analog video (Betacam/MII) outputs. SMPTE 259M digital output is available as an option. State-of-the-art digital signal processing (DSP) circuitry eliminates interlace flicker in the output image. Even thin horizontal lines appear stable. Its fifteen levels of filtering optimize image sharpness and flicker elimination. The 1690's zoom function lets you scale a portion of the image to fill the video screen or provide just the right amount of underscan/overscan adjustment. Synchronization and set-up are automatic. The RGB/Videolink 1690 automatically synchronizes to computer signals up to 1600 x 1200 pixels, including virtually all desktop computers and workstations.
RGB Spectrum® is a leading designer and manufacturer of videographic and multimedia hardware subsystems. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, the RGB/Videolink® line of scan converters, the DGx™ digital recording system, and SuperWall™, ComputerWall® and MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at http://www.rgb.com.