In Duet, the universal Windows interface meets Chyron's sturdy video hardware, legendary for its reliability and impeccable signal quality. Program complex animations in pre-production for real-time operation anywhere from master control facility to remote site.
Duet works hand-in-hand with Chyron's own Lyric composition/playback application for 2D/3D text, graphics and animation. Along with the CAL software development kit, Lyric is custom-made to unleash all of Duet's formidable power. Built-in Lyric features provide compatibility between your current iNFiNiT! Family assets and the Lyric format for Duet.
Standard or high definition, Duet provides world-renowned Chyron reliability and quality with an attractive price-performance ratio.
Chyron hardware has led the industry for three decades; our iNFiNiT! product line has been the heart and soul of television graphics for more than ten years. Now, the company the whole world watches carries that leadership tradition into the 21st century with Duet.
Duet's real-time digital video performance takes place in an open-system framework. The core video bus architecture simultaneously supports multiple full-bandwidth video streams, connecting with Chyron's proprietary Video Graphics Engines running the VX Works real-time operating system.
The base Duet system includes a 6U rack-mount chassis with high-speed backplane and auto-switching power supply. Seven high-bandwidth Chyron expansion slots accommodate the included 2D/3D Video Graphics Engine, and a sync generator/input-output card, leaving room for additional VGEs, mixers and other signal-processing options. A high-performance Intel(r) Pentium III CPU powers Duet's Windows processing. For flexible connectivity, 10/100BaseT networking is standard.
Duet combines world-class Chyron components with the Windows(r) NT operating system for reliability, performance, and compatibility. Seamless distributed processing between Windows NT and the real-time operating system makes for top performance, even at HDTV bandwidths.
Video Graphics Engine
Chyron's proprietary Video Graphics Engine (VGE) is the heart of the Duet system. This object-oriented 2D/3D graphics processor offers geometry calculation and dual rasterizers with dedicated frame buffers and internal keying/compositing for real-time background, video, and animated fore-ground graphics. Duet's VGEs support OpenGL operations and acceleration as well as hardware anti-aliasing, overlap, and layers. Any Duet Video Graphics Engine is adaptable to HDTV resolutions.
Standard Definition Duet
All SD Duets feature dual SDI Channels, internally mixed in a single VGE. The SD Video I/O Board provides video processing for an SDI input with key and 2 independent outputs with key in 10-bit YUV, similar to Duet's video bus. I/O is software-switchable for 525 and 625 SDI in both 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios. Duet Sync-Gen timing services include Genlock and Time Code inputs. Input/output facilities include an internal downstream keyer.
SD Duet Options
Internal Clip Player. This PCI-type module provides high-quality video playback/record capabilities for keying and mixing with other Duet video streams. The Internal Clip Player records and plays back four channels of digital audio for processing and distribution through external equipment.
Mixer Board. The SD Mixer enables selection, routing and mixing of up to three video sources. Inputs may be chosen from the system's VGE boards, the "Program" live video input to the video I/ O board, or the video input on the SD Mixer.
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