Switzerland (June 8, 2006)–Following the success of its VCube and VCube HD-2K computer-based video player/recorders, Switzerland’s Merging Technologies has launched VCube SE, a streamlined and cost-effective addition to the VCube family which targets the post-production market and is expected to be available for around half the cost of a full VCube system.
Like the VCube, the VCube SE is designed to be as simple to operate as a VTR, and will be available in SD- and HD-capable versions, although the SE will only be capable of handling compressed HD. As with the full VCube, many video codecs and file formats are supported, including 24, 25, 29.97 frames per second PAL or NTSC, and content may be stored locally or streamed from a networked server.
Customers will have the choice of two main configurations with SD or SD-HD digital and analog video I/O, plus digital, analog and up to six channels of SDI-embedded audio. RS422 and MIDI machine control are also included as standard (LTC is an add-on option), making it easy for users to connect it to DAWs without Sony P2 machine control.
VCube SE comes as a software and card set specified for a Dual-Core Pentium-based workstation such as the Dell Precision 380 PC, which the customer or agent can source locally. Synchronization and control are possible via industry-standard DAWs including Pro Tools/Pro Tools LE, Nuendo, and Fairlight systems, as well as Merging’s own Pyramix.
“VCube SE has been created to meet the more specific needs of post production,” explained Ken Barnsley, sales and marketing manager at Merging. “For many basic post-production applications, our main VCube system was simply offering too much. VCube SE is now the ideal cost-effective choice for post-production houses that just need to record or import and play video in whatever format they prefer, quickly, reliably, and in sync with their DAW of choice.”
The VCube SE is expected to begin shipping in July.