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jcupp

Grizzled Veteran
OK, OK I know it was just announced but manuals? Pictures of the back of the units? Pricing?

This thing is really cool! Wat to go guys.
 

SBowie

'the write stuff'
I spent part of my morning working on getting the manuals online, shouldn't be long. In the meantime, I'll try to grab a few snaps around the building and post them. Feel free to ask specific questions, and I'll answer as best I can.
 

stoecklem

New member
Wow. Amazing. hopefully this is in the cards down the road..my most pressing question is can we just purchase the input and output modules? A dedicated sdi to ndi and ndi to sdi is obviously tremendously useful to ndi-ize our studios.
 

SBowie

'the write stuff'
my most pressing question is can we just purchase the input and output modules?
Certainly. (And looked at the other way, don't imagine you really must have either the input or output module for VMC1 to provide a fully competent solution; these are i/o expanders. The base VMC1 system is already extremely capable even any additions.)

Back on topic, clearly either of the i/o modules can be used to multiply the inputs and outputs available in any pipeline using NDI-enabled systems, both our own and those of other developers. VMC1 IN is the first to ship, but the OUT modulke won't be too far behind.

(Both of these have a lot of other features, too, so that they do more than simple i/o.)
 

SBowie

'the write stuff'
Well ... not exhaustive, just off the top of my head:

  • Both modules have per-channel proc amps
  • And scopes
  • Support a number of interesting local display options in addition to the quadscreen split. (For example, there is a clean fullscreen mode that can serve a channel up as another hardware output.)
  • The input module can play local media files in addition to external sources.
  • The output module has independent per-channel DSKs with positioners and LiveMatte, so you can run a clean feed into one or more channels to 're-brand' it
  • The DSK sources just mentioned can be animated local media, or another NDI source, for example. They also support audio.
  • You can mix and match audio and video sources from a variety of places (so you can send the same video out with different language audio, for example).
  • In module sources and out module background sources have independent, per-channel audio and video delays.
  • The output module has EQ and comp/limiter
  • Both have optional viewport overlays and checkerboard settings,
  • Both support recording to external media (and still grabs)
  • Both support LTC
  • The input module supports Fill and Alpha to produce a 32bit NDI output.
  • Both support 8 channel audio.
There's doubtless more, but you get the idea.
 

SBowie

'the write stuff'
Here are some completely awful cellphone grabs from around the building. (They suck, so for heaven's sake, no-one tell Marketing I posted them!) Shown are the rear panels of two stacked VMC1's (2RU) units, and two stacked VMC1 IN modules (the 1RU units).
 

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GThomas

Member
Here are some completely awful cellphone grabs from around the building. (They suck, so for heaven's sake, no-one tell Marketing I posted them!) Shown are the rear panels of two stacked VMC1's (2RU) units, and two stacked VMC1 IN modules (the 1RU units).

Absolutely amazing!!! When will pricing be available?
 

GThomas

Member
I expect they already are. The first to products are already shipping. I'm not able to handle sales questions, though, sorry.

Sounds good. Thanks, Steve. Could you point us towards the manuals when they're on the site? I couldn't find them on the manuals page.
 

SBowie

'the write stuff'
Roger that. I brought it up in a meeting today and was told it was already underway, so hopefully not very long.
 

GThomas

Member
Roger that. I brought it up in a meeting today and was told it was already underway, so hopefully not very long.

Thanks, Steve. So excited for this! We're at a point with our operation where we're too big for the press box but can't break the bank building any sort of control room around our TC Mini. This just might solve all our problems.
 
I've been completely swamped this week and will be for the next few so I won't have much time to look in to this. But is there any way to integrate these with a traditional 2-wire intercom like Clear Com or Telex? And yes, Jef, I know about Dante... :)
 

Paris MkVI

Member
Someone may have already asked this, but if so, I missed it. Are these built on a Win7 background, like existing TriCasters? Or are these more independent hardware, as opposed to sitting on top of an OS?
 

SBowie

'the write stuff'
Are these built on a Win7 background, like existing TriCasters? Or are these more independent hardware, as opposed to sitting on top of an OS?
The IP Series runs under Windows 10. As an aside, pretty much everything you buy these days is dependent on an OS, from your microwave oven and car to your TV and telephone. It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that for all practical purposes, it would be impossible to do what these systems do on a 'dumb' platform.
 

SBowie

'the write stuff'
So, a little further on the details side ... consider that a single VMC1, without any outboard modules or external software - i.e., without even considering even our free NDI tools (which includes NDI Connect that can give you more SDI/HDMI inputs or outputs) - has >39 outputs ... 4 HD-SDI and 35 fully independent NDI outputs (and more, as I'll explain).

The four SDI outputs and the first four NDI outputs can be display mixed sources (i.e., the Switcher or any M/E) or any other Switcher source. All hardware sources, all four DDRs, and still Buffers are always available as NDI sources. And 8 special NDI outputs have been provided that can be freely hot-punched in the UI, and have access to all four mixed outputs as well as all hardware and NDI inputs connected to the Switcher, the DDRs, and still Buffers. Keep in mind, too, that what we don't even bother to include things that most competing systems would count as 'outputs' in this list - recorders, streaming, and multiviews.

Let's just say that this thing has more outputs than pretty much anything you can name even without adding VMC1 OUT modules (each of which adds 4 HD-SD1 outputs). And the greater number of them are available across your network. This is just insane.
 
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